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by Rufus Skytrousers
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes
Replies: 48
Views: 36709

Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Cannot wait to hear the news regarding Laga 12 2009/2010 , just demolishing a bottle of the 2009....corking stuff.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What is your whisky of the year for 2010?
Replies: 41
Views: 5863

Re: What is your whisky of the year for 2010?

Its a bit early really, to say what the personal whisky of the year is as yet....Particularly when there is unopened bottles of Laga 12 , Ardbeg Corry, Laph Cairdeas, Laph cask, and a LOT more on the side, not opened and not tried before! :shock: However, I have had some very nice surprises this yea...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 4324

Re: Port Askaig

Collector57 wrote:Well RS, I just opened the Port Askaig 17 and it really is good! Lovely drop


You Did? I'm envious :lol:


Is there anything that you can compare it too?
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 4324

Re: Port Askaig

Thanks for those observations all. Looks like PA 17 may be winging its way to me in the near future. :thumbsup:


P/S forum issue sorted.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 200ml bottles - what are these called?
Replies: 20
Views: 23251

Re: 200ml bottles - what are these called?

I've heard them called "Quarter bottles" in a number of places.

I love 'em, great way to try different expressions without to much financial risk. I wish to hell more companies did them, as I reckon I've just about tried all the ones available that I want to.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Want to explore the smoky whiskies . . .
Replies: 14
Views: 6503

Re: Want to explore the smoky whiskies . . .

If your in the UK Wex, the larger branches of Sainsbury's carry the 20cl bottles of Talisker 10... Always a good way to sample scotches, without too much risk, price wise.

P/S Other than that,..I reckon Longrow CV is a real good one for you, when you have pocket.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Monkey Shoulder
Replies: 7
Views: 3121

Re: Monkey Shoulder

Thats the ones..you see its not going to be the good barrels they put in the blend though is it, or rather I'd be astonished if they did? I've not heard of the 3rd either, but both expressions I've tried of Balvennie , seriously underwhelmed me , as did Fiddich. Obviously, some of the more expensive...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Monkey Shoulder
Replies: 7
Views: 3121

Re: Monkey Shoulder

I've not tried Monkey Shoulder , but I've seen a listing of the main malts (3) in its composition and I was not enthralled, cannot recall all but Glenfiddich was one.
To be honest , when something is so heavily marketed, I tend to be very sceptical.

Hot Tip? Vatted malt? Try Nikka All Malt.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

Re: What should I buy next?

Well, here's an update on what was eventually ordered :thumbsup: *Fortunately* just prior to ordering, I opened up my bottle of Aberlour A'bunadh, this one being batch 28. As we all know,a real sherry monster, bottled at cask strength . I was astounded to find that I did not like..not like it at all...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 4324

Re: Port Askaig

Thanks everyone. :)


In relating to CI, would anyone like to give opinion on which CI standard bottling it (PA17) resembles most?

Basically, I like the 12 and cask strength, but admit to being underwhelmed seriously by the 18.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Famous Signature Speysiders
Replies: 14
Views: 3957

Re: Famous Signature Speysiders

I recently had a bottle of Aberlour 10..one of the s'martkets had it a bargain £14.99.

Its not bad...not exciting, under any circumstance , but far preferable to the other 2 , and a pleasant dram.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 4324

Re: Port Askaig

Collector57 wrote:I haven't personally, though I have one waiting in the wings.
Tim at TWE did do tasting notes on his blog. And there are comparative notes for standard CI Cask Strength versus Port Askaig CS on the other forum



Other forum? Do you mean TWE?
by Rufus Skytrousers
Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 4324

Port Askaig

Just a request...has anyone tried any of the Speciality drinks bottlings?

Port Askaig I believe they label as...Thought I read somewhere its believed it comes out of Caol Ila.

Any comments anyone?
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Why the name Compass Box?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: Why the name Compass Box?

Cannot say for sure, but perhaps this may have helped inspire the name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_the_compass
by Rufus Skytrousers
Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

Re: What should I buy next?

Thanks very much everyone..you certainly have given me plenty to think of. Just to mention some....The 2 japanese whiskies mentioned, and the Springbank 18 are sadly out of my price range. The Ardmore,(trad cask) is a staple of mine, so thats already attended to . :thumbsup: Of the rest..at the mome...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: Cragganmore 12

Thanks for that...I'd latched on to the DE as it seemed a relatively low cost way of trying another expression of a scotch I know I liked. I shall give it a miss. I'll mull over the 10 yr old....it sounds very promising. I have to watch the pocket though.As you will have seen on another thread , I'm...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: Cragganmore 12

Just as a follow up to this thread. The 20 cl bottle of Cragganmore 12 I had, has gone down the hatch! So, my impressions? Quite favourable...Not an immense whisky, but pleasant and enjoyable. Seems to be dry tasting. Will I buy it? Yes..I will, will be used as a change from Peaty monsters.Cost here...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Will be buying 5 bottles soon - but what 5?
Replies: 11
Views: 1580

Re: Will be buying 5 bottles soon - but what 5?

Thanks for the recommendations. I was advised a while ago to get the Caol Ila cask strength over the 12 year old. There is an option off the website I am buying from to get 3 Caol Ila 20cl in one package - 12 year, 18 year and cask strength - maybe this is my best bet as far as the Caol Ila goes. W...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Most overrated malt?
Replies: 67
Views: 34228

Re: Most overrated malt?

Yes, regarding Clynelish, my comments are centred on what I'd heard about it, prior to me tasting it. My comments in my whisky file book are quite scathing about it. Its a few years since I tried it., so my my palate may have changed, but I was not impressed, thats for sure. So, maybe just a persona...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

Re: What should I buy next?

So...you just got them...uhm...only sherry?! An old good Mortlach, 17yo. Layer of sherry, sandalwood, leather, dark choccolate... Not heard regarding the Mortlach 17...but apparently, the Mortlach 16 is superb. Well, according to at least 2 acquaintances. Seems to be very well thought of. High on m...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

Re: What should I buy next?

Sheery monster plus peat....uhm...mumble mumble... Yes I got it!!! You gotta catch Lagavulin Distiller's Edition or Caol Ila Distiller's Edition... Also Laphroaig Triple Wood is a well balanced sweety-peat Thanks Matteo, But the Laga DE and the Caol DE are already in my stash....Islay after all, wo...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Most overrated malt?
Replies: 67
Views: 34228

Re: Most overrated malt?

There are a number of scotches , which are not unpleasant, but I'm sure that their perceived desirability, is almost 100% down to their marketing budgets. Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie Macallan, Balvenie.. and also , Glenlivet and Clynelish. HP12 is also very overrated IMHO. Dead without water. Must say...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

Re: What should I buy next?

I've release 28 of that , but not yet tried.....Anyone advise as to other release's?
by Rufus Skytrousers
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What should I buy next?
Replies: 21
Views: 4424

What should I buy next?

Dear all, Owing to a lovely warm summer here in South Lincs, the Gin has been out and whisky is being largely ignored. However, I'm looking to enlarge my stash , ready for the oncoming Autumn . So, looking for advice on what I should buy in next. I'm an Islay fan , I'm well stocked of those (aside B...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:32 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Laphroaig Cairdeas
Replies: 5
Views: 1512

Re: Laphroaig Cairdeas

My bottle of the recent issue arrived this Friday past.

I shall have to use my self discipline, drinking little scotch at the moment...

So roll on Autumn, (in a whisky sense) will be interesting to try alongside 10 and QC
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Caol Ila Distillers Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Caol Ila Distillers Edition

Thanks folks, a mixed response. The bottle of DE I have still sits awaiting attention. :thumbsup: I'm quite a fan of Caol 12 , its far from perfect, but a good dram when some peat is needed , but not the huge hits from other Islay malts. I considered the cask as superior to the 12 , but only equal i...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Talisker 10
Replies: 2
Views: 1724

Re: Talisker 10

Have you tried other Talisker expressions?

Oh yeah, has anyone tried Bunnahabhain 12 alongside Tal 10?
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: Cragganmore 12

Quote:Ardbeg311: A 20cl bottle was the safe bet. With anything smaller it becomes difficult to get to know the whisky enough to begin to judge. I too love Islay whiskies (save for a number of Bruichladdich bottles), but I'm not a fan of the Cragganmore 12 nor of the Cragg DE (both last tasted in 200...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: Cragganmore 12

Thanks again everyone. I have ordered, but have gone for the 20cl bottle.Just to be cautious. I tend to take more chances with Islay's , being a bit of a peat monster, but, we will see. My order comprised , Talisker DE (love it) Talisker 10 (one of the very best "basic" expressions.) Bunna...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Pick Two!
Replies: 25
Views: 2721

Re: Pick Two!

[/quote] Salty/Briney! I've made up many a brine mix(salt and water) to cure meat and it's one scent I know from years of experience. Maybe some people only think they know what brine smells like or are mistaking it for something else? At any rate it's the top note I personally get when nosing the T...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1475167

Re: What did you drink last night?

Just had my first tasting tonight of a Talisker gift pack. Comprising the well known 10, the DE , and the 18. First impressions for all expressions are very favourable. Will be tasting again tomorrow, with no food ( had some smoked cheese earlier) , but by heck that 18 at first impressions seems to ...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Pick Two!
Replies: 25
Views: 2721

Re: Pick Two!

Ardmore Trad cask would be an interesting choice... I really like this whisky but it's quite salty/briney, which I thought was something that the original poster was looking to avoid. Salty/Briny? I suppose it shows different palates , but I wouldn't think of those tastes with Trad cask. Laphroaig,...
by Rufus Skytrousers
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Pick Two!
Replies: 25
Views: 2721

Re: Pick Two!

Ardmore Trad cask would be an interesting choice...perhaps Bunnahabhain 12 may be in the frame?

I really rate it.

If your feeling really adventurous perhaps an Ileach or Finlaggan might hit home.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: Cragganmore 12

Thanks folks, I'm in two minds as to whether I should buy a full bottle or just try a 20cl "taster" .

I'm primarily a Islay fan, but spreading wings is a good idea I reckon.

mmm! Will be making an order friday, will ponder till then methinks.
by Rufus Skytrousers
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Cragganmore 12

Any observations concerning the above expression?

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