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by Gate
Tue Dec 30, 2003 2:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Smoke signals from the mainland
Replies: 2
Views: 595

Longrow is also a beauty.
by Gate
Tue Dec 16, 2003 1:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Ardbeg Uigeadail
Replies: 8
Views: 4292

Cheap? :D Ears prick up at that word in conjunction with Ardbeg. Exactly how cheap, before I rush off in search of a bottle?
by Gate
Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:46 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whiskey Sour How To
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Aaaargh! Get thee benhind me! I tried a ready-made whisky sour mix once. It was truly foul (although not as foul as the ready-made Mai Tai mix I tried on the same occasion). Don't go there: a whisky sour should be fresh or it's not worth drinking, and if mixing one up freshly is too much trouble, th...
by Gate
Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:40 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Red Breast 12
Replies: 30
Views: 8708

Redbreast is great stuff. I find it very distinctive, even amongst Irish whiskies, but I'm not quite sure what it is about it - a sort of fruitiness, I think, but definitely not that orangey edge you get with a successfully sherry-matured Speyside.
by Gate
Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:46 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What is Diageo playing at?
Replies: 30
Views: 5970

If "vatted" doesn't work in other languages, then why not "mixed"? Presumably because that doesn't sound as good as "pure"?
by Gate
Thu Nov 27, 2003 6:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie whisky drinker looking to expand my tastes
Replies: 13
Views: 5881

The Dickel is good whiskey, but a bit more distinctively stronger tasting than many bourbons (strictly speaking, getting in touch with my inner pedant, I think Dickel is actually Tennessee whiskey, not bourbon). I wouldn't give up on bourbon altogether until you've tried Marker's Mark or, even bette...
by Gate
Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:46 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: barley
Replies: 49
Views: 5356

This got me thinking: Does anyone make (or have they ever made) "grain whisky" (i.e. the continuous still stuff) from pure barley, and if so, how does it compare for taste with the stuff made from wheat and maize?
by Gate
Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Special Questions?
Replies: 6
Views: 1915

I actually tried some House of Lords 12-year-old a couple of weeks ago. Perfectly all right, nothing special as 12 y.o. blends go, apparently Edradour is the principal malt used, and the bottle had embossed on it the name "Whiteleys" (if I remember correctly). I think it's all part of the ...
by Gate
Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:55 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What is origin of term "highball"?
Replies: 7
Views: 10290

The highballs are on me - as the giraffe said in the jungle bar. :lol: Sorry, but when the ancient bad joke goal is as empty as that, you just have to shoot. I had always thought that a "highball", generically, was a long drink of a spirit and soda or similar mixer, so "high" in ...
by Gate
Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:40 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: fierce debate
Replies: 43
Views: 8906

I'd go for Grouse of the two - it's a fine whisky (I love JW Black, but find the Red a bit rasping). But I wouldn't go for either as my everyday blend of choice. For that, it has to be (as praised by all right-thinking peatophiles everywhere) Black Bottle, or (as not quite so widely praised, but sti...
by Gate
Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:51 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Cooking with malts: a waste of good whisky?
Replies: 53
Views: 15714

I reckon the same rule goes as for wine and beer in cooking - if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it. Not that this means I wouldn't use bad whisky, since I quite like to drink a drop of real firewater from time to time :wink: It depends on what you're cooking, as well: for something like Atho...
by Gate
Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:08 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whiskey v whisky
Replies: 7
Views: 2953

Rittenhouse Rye says "whisky" on the label as well (mind you, that's not bourbon, so that wouldn't blow the bet). According to Jim Murray's "Classic Bourbon, Tennessee and Rye" book, though, the Federal classification legislation which defines "bourbon" also uses the &q...
by Gate
Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:00 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Isle of Jura Superstition
Replies: 21
Views: 18411

It's available in Duty Free in quite a few places, so maybe there's a way for the US/Oz residents to get hold of a bottle. I looked at it only two weeks ago at Heathrow and decided against buying. Bad call, it seems. Still, there's always the Christmas list :wink:
by Gate
Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:06 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whiskey v whisky
Replies: 7
Views: 2953

Maker's Mark calls itself "whisky", doesn't it? I don't have a bottle to hand to check (must put that right pronto 8) ).
by Gate
Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:04 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What whiskeys should we drink with turkey ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1338

:lol:

Johnny Walker Blue Label is dead sophis and reely expensive. Just make sure you drink it out of the glasses with the gold rims and keep the bottle on the table so everyone can see.
by Gate
Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:57 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Water with whisk(e)y: yes or no?
Replies: 126
Views: 39728

Water with whisk(e)y: yes or no?

I'm with Harry and Admiral on this: taste neat first, and then usually go on without adding any water!
by Gate
Sat Oct 04, 2003 5:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Supermarket whiskies
Replies: 1
Views: 660

Supermarket whiskies

Does anyone happen to know what the Waitrose Lowland single malt is? It's a 10-year-old, and I have been assuming Glenkinchie, but I live in hope that they might be purveying Rosebank.
by Gate
Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Does triple distillation make the best whisky?
Replies: 26
Views: 30428

Well, none of my top 5 whiskies, judged either by my estimation or the amount of it I drink, is triple-distilled, so that has to produce a resounding "no" to the question. But there are some belting triple-distilled whiskies around (and blends based around triple-distilled elements), and w...
by Gate
Mon Sep 08, 2003 8:44 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Malts and vacuum
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

Helium and whisky gang thegither!
by Gate
Fri Sep 05, 2003 10:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Caol Ila: in which order?
Replies: 11
Views: 1954

My rule of thumb on "no age statement" whiskies is that if there's no age statement and it's cheap, it'll be young and probably horrible; but if there's no age statement and it's mid-to-high price, it will be a vatting of old and young whisky, with some of the old possibly very old and fin...
by Gate
Thu Sep 04, 2003 4:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Fake Macallan
Replies: 332
Views: 58606

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Iain: <B> "To one side are the 19th century vintage bottles, many of them open..."</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE> But I thought that "open serve" was a dreadful practice of dodgy pub ...
by Gate
Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Malts and vacuum
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

There was a thread on this, in which it was suggested that using a vacuvin or similar was probably worse for the whisky than just leaving the part-consumed bottle sealed. From my own experience, the less whisky left in the bottle and the longer you leave it, the more likely it is to suffer, but it d...
by Gate
Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:10 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: have you heard of a whisky made in Banff
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Russell, I came across a couple of pictures of Scots Grey miniatures, where you can get an idea of the label, on http://www.ne.jp/asahi/miniature/smallworld/ScotchS3.htm It looks as if you could even get a bottle from http://www.whiskyrarities.com/home.htm or (although my Spanish isn't great, it loo...
by Gate
Wed Aug 27, 2003 4:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: Michael Jackson's malt whisky guide
Replies: 40
Views: 16584

Michael Jackson's malt whisky guide

Time for a new edition, surely? Or even better, how about one where Jacko's score for each whisky is shadowed by one from Dave Broom - then you'd be talking Whisky Bible.
by Gate
Tue Aug 26, 2003 9:48 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: To mix, or not to mix
Replies: 5
Views: 737

A whisky mac is nice when you're in the mood (Crabbies ginger wine and the "hottest" whisky to hand, or even better, Talisker plus the King's Ginger Liqueur - that doesn't half warm you up). Whisky sour is nice if you start with a fairly mild whisky, of the J&B variety or Canadian, and...
by Gate
Mon Aug 18, 2003 3:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Laphroaig and age
Replies: 17
Views: 7100

Depends what you mean by "roundedness", I suppose. I don't regard it as necessarily meaning less strength of flavour. Less of a kick up front, maybe. It has to depend on mood, for me. I have to confess I haven't had the regular 10yo for quite a while, but I do like the cask strength 10 - b...
by Gate
Sun Aug 17, 2003 9:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Laphroaig and age
Replies: 17
Views: 7100

I have (but won't for much longer http://www.whiskymag.com/ubb/wink.gif ) some 22-year-old Laphroiag bottled by Berry Bros (from their Heathrow shop). very nice indeed - best way I can describe is as being to the OB 15-year-old as the 15 is to the regular 10 - smoother, more rounded, but still with ...
by Gate
Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Online whisky shops in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 723

I don't know about recommending them, but there are quite a few German outfits listed in the wonderful Bozo's whisky links (the site address appears to be http://home.swipnet.se/~w-16873/ , but googling "bozo's whisky" will get you there). One of them, Big Market, I remember as having a re...
by Gate
Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Online whisky shops in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 620

I don't know about recommending them, but there are quite a few German outfits listed in the wonderful Bozo's whisky links (the site address appears to be http://home.swipnet.se/~w-16873/ , but googling "bozo's whisky" will get you there). One of them, Big Market, I remember as having a re...
by Gate
Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:44 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfiddich
Replies: 55
Views: 6726

I rather like the sound of that Wardhead (and for that matter that Burnside and Aldunie)- has anyone ever released any as an IB? Caddies - if you're out there?
by Gate
Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:44 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfiddich
Replies: 53
Views: 6175

I rather like the sound of that Wardhead (and for that matter that Burnside and Aldunie)- has anyone ever released any as an IB? Caddies - if you're out there?
by Gate
Mon Aug 04, 2003 4:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How single is a single?
Replies: 6
Views: 2828

Lawrence: I got the 66.15, a 10-year-old. I'd never had Ardmore as a single before, and I liked it from the first undiluted sip. Big, malty-sweet and smoky, but not overly phenolic. This bottling isn't terrifically complex, but just a real good drinking malt. I reckon it would handle old age pretty ...
by Gate
Mon Aug 04, 2003 4:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How single is a single?
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Lawrence: I got the 66.15, a 10-year-old. I'd never had Ardmore as a single before, and I liked it from the first undiluted sip. Big, malty-sweet and smoky, but not overly phenolic. This bottling isn't terrifically complex, but just a real good drinking malt. I reckon it would handle old age pretty ...
by Gate
Fri Aug 01, 2003 4:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A Sweet Dram
Replies: 8
Views: 3840

The SMWS Ardmore is a cracker! Definitely sweet (but malty sweet rather than sherry sweet) and with a real good dose of smoke, rather than phenolic peatiness. I wouldn't call it particularly complex, but a really nice drinking dram. If this is the backbone of Teacher's, I may have to give Teacher's ...
by Gate
Fri Aug 01, 2003 4:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A Sweet Dram
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

The SMWS Ardmore is a cracker! Definitely sweet (but malty sweet rather than sherry sweet) and with a real good dose of smoke, rather than phenolic peatiness. I wouldn't call it particularly complex, but a really nice drinking dram. If this is the backbone of Teacher's, I may have to give Teacher's ...

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