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by robbi@laurenson.com
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?
Replies: 69
Views: 33035

Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

I have a reconnaissance/acquisition mindset...I drink first, but if I find something I really like I'll buy another bottle and put it away. I'm about 9 years in now at 45 years of age, and at some years later point will start cracking the bottles I've saved. I only have 15 or so bottles so far, so I...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Anyone Else Drunk?
Replies: 40
Views: 33464

Re: Anyone Else Drunk?

Last day of work in its death rattle...that's mah goal! Tick tock tick tock...

I think I'll start with a little Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky...see where that takes me...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Greatest Influence to Your Enjoyment
Replies: 13
Views: 9512

Re: Greatest Influence to Your Enjoyment

This is a tough one, but for me the finish can kill the dram. It can be a real deal-breaker which spoils the enjoyment of the other aspects for me. I suppose the base measure I have of whether I like a whisky or not is whether I like the finish.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sun May 29, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

I'm very fond of a 50/50 mix of OP12 and Caol Ila CS. The salt and maritime notes of the OP and the industrial coal smoke of the Caol Ila work wonders together.

malthound wrote:Opened Old Pulteney 12 years old.

Not sure ... kinda got used to my peaty malts.

I shall persevere though!
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri May 13, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

Actually Caol Ila CS instead.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri May 13, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

Laga 12 and Uigeadail so far, both 2010 bottlings. I suspect a Port Charlotte Ar Duthcas next...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

robbi@laurenson.com wrote:Port Charlotte PC8 Ar Duthcas.

I get a big whiff of microwave popcorn up front. It's not bad, just surprising :).


There's a similarity to Port Ellen in this. Lovely nose, maybe a little lacking in complexity; but full, farmy/buttery and billowing.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

Port Charlotte PC8 Ar Duthcas.

I get a big whiff of microwave popcorn up front. It's not bad, just surprising :).
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

Laphroaig 10 CS Batch 001
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Do all ISLAY Distillers offer completly different Phenolics?
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: Do all ISLAY Distillers offer completly different Phenol

It's a little difficult to understand your English, but it sounds to me like you like a dry coal smoke rather than a medicinal peat. I'd reccomend you try a Caol Ila Cask Strength and see if that's up your alley. If you like a briny (salty) flavour, one of my favourite home blends is 1/2 Old Pultene...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

Uigeadail bottled 2010. I was actually expecting to like this more than I have experienced so far. After a Laga Distiller's Edition and now the Oogie, I'm starting to think that sherry is not my favourite. It is a lovely whisky, but I find the sweetness perhaps distracting or unnecessary. I do like ...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

Bowmore 12 Mini - hadn't tried this before and very pleasantly surprised.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

Benriach 20 - bananas, pineapples somewhat spoiled by acetone hints. Vanilla, wood, faint nuttiness, hazlenut, maybe. Finish is long but bitterish, spirity.
Ardbeg 10 - the usual :)
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle opened?
Replies: 492
Views: 86499

Re: What's your latest bottle opened?

Old Pulteney 12. Been on my list for a while and the pair of Glencairn glasses that came with it made the purchase easy. I'm impressed...it's very good for the price. A little water and a little time and you have something worth savouring. OP12 goes into my regular rotation now.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2070

Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

i believe this is incorrect as it is sugars that break down into ethyl alcohol (ethanol) as part of a fermentation or distillation process. the body's metabolic process does not convert the ethyl alcohol back into sugars/carbohydrates upon consumption (all the "-ose" is gone). it is true ...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2070

Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

igneous wrote:Bang for the buck. Zero carbs.

Unfortunately not so - alcohol does contain calories and breaks down very quickly into sugars (carbs). In fact, while there is alcohol in your system your metabolism will prioritize it over any other form of energy. It is the 'uber carb'.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1284598

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Bunna 12. First Bunna, enjoying it so far.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1284598

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Found another 2005 Classic Islay Collection and I couldn't say no. IMO this is a steal - cost was EU136.00 and by a 7:2 ratio a PE 5th Release 200ml would run about EU100.00 or more. So you get a Laga 12, Laga 16, CI 12 and CI 18 200ml for EU9.00 each. Even in Europe this is a great value...in South...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Royal Wedding Bottlings
Replies: 3
Views: 2008

Re: Royal Wedding Bottlings

Probably the usual Bell's Decanter.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle kill?
Replies: 614
Views: 101339

Re: What's your latest bottle kill?

I had this same experience with the Ten. The L7 was distinctly better to my mind. The L9 (in this case) seemed dirtier if that makes any sense.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle kill?
Replies: 614
Views: 101339

Re: What's your latest bottle kill?

Balvenie Doublewood
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1477463

Re: What did you drink last night?

Please report back, I have a couple of Batch #001 waiting for opening. As for me, I watched the Scots win over the Springboks at rugby while making a decent dent in a bottle of Ardbeg 10. I hate to think the Springboks lost because I wasn't drinking Brandy and Coke (South Africa's national nasty mix...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

CI Cask Strength, and some Windhoek lager. Trying to rub the stain of the week out of my psyche.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

L9 Ardbeg 10...somewhat unimpressed next to the L7 it's replacing. Lacking some of the rich lemon smoke and sweetness, and a bit more 'crass' for lack of a better word.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1284598

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Ardbeg 10, L9 275 14:53 6ML, replacing an L7.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How do you taste whisky?
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: How do you taste whisky?

I suppose it's not a bad fallback, then, if a tad pricey :lol: .
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How do you taste whisky?
Replies: 3
Views: 597

How do you taste whisky?

I'll take a fairly small sip into the back of my mouth, enough to coat the tongue completely, then roll it forward over my tongue and repeat a few times to engulf my mouth with the flavour. I'll breath in slowly after swallowing, and let the vapours out through my mouth and nose slowly, taking some ...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

I think this Friday calls for a Balvenie to unwind the week, then a Laga 12 CS to welcome the weekend.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1477463

Re: What did you drink last night?

Laga 16. Still hits the spot.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Drinking whiskeys with high alcohol content
Replies: 12
Views: 9650

Re: Drinking whiskeys with high alcohol content

With a high alcohol whisky I find nosing with my mouth slightly open allows me to 'control the mix' so to speak. You can gain quite fine grained control over how much vapor is going through your nose this way. Another tip (I forget the source, I think on a Ralfy reader comment) is to take a sniff of...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1284598

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Classic Islay Collection 2006 - a bargain given the Port Ellen 6th release that's in it. The PE itself is worth 75% of the cost of the collection, so the Caol Ila 12 and 18 and Laga 12 and 16 which make up the rest are basically had for a song.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-12837.aspx
Not bad stuff, especially at the price.
by robbi@laurenson.com
Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2100369

Re: What are you drinking now?

Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky
by robbi@laurenson.com
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live Cape Town 2010
Replies: 1
Views: 6640

Whisky Live Cape Town 2010

Iattended Whisky Live in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday evening. It was absolutely packed, a testament to how popular whisky is in SA. Had an entertaining master class with the folks from Benriach, and though Speyside is not entirely my cup of tea, the session was informative and well run. We tas...
by robbi@laurenson.com
Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Replies: 4
Views: 1701

Re: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

I have to think there are many other spirits that would take to cinnamon a lot better than whisky.

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