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by JWFokker
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1702358

Bulleit and Knob Creek bourbon.
by JWFokker
Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How many of you actually drink the older scotch's?
Replies: 31
Views: 3614

I actually prefer young whiskies. There's something to be said for strong, potent flavors in lieu of complexity. Also, I'm not a big fan of heavy wood flavor, which generally develops with age as well. I'm quite happy to drink whiskies 15 years old and younger. Besides, I can afford more 12 year old...
by JWFokker
Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:33 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Good yet inexpensive???
Replies: 17
Views: 4146

The Balvenie 10 is still $30, isn't it? The Balvenie Doublewood is more popular, but it's a few dollars more. Personally, I like them both equally, though fans of sherried single malts will likely prefer the Doublewood.
by JWFokker
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:47 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Cocktail Articles in Whisky Mag, Good or Bad Idea
Replies: 34
Views: 6266

Well, I'm sure the best cocktails could be made with the best whiskies, but as a whisky enthusiast, I think it's a waste of good whisky. I mean, you could make beef stroganoff with Filet Mignon, but you use chuck roast or flank steak instead because it's just not deserving of a high grade cut of meat.
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Cocktail Articles in Whisky Mag, Good or Bad Idea
Replies: 34
Views: 6266

It's wrong to use any decent whisky for a cocktail. Only low grade stuff like Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort should be relegated to being a mixer and I can't imagine the peaty flavor of a single malt Scotch whisky being a great compliment for any cocktail.
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Newbie Bourbon Enthusiast
Replies: 9
Views: 3922

If you enjoy Evan Williams, give Elijah Craig and Knob Creek a shot. They're both pretty similar, though I'd say Elijah Craig is better balanced than Evan Williams. You should definitely try Evan Williams Single Barrel, as it's even better than the standard blend.
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Most Underated Whisky
Replies: 62
Views: 8955

Delinquent wrote:Longmorn and Bunnahabhain!


I'll agree with that and add The Dalmore. I think it gets ignored because it's only $20 a bottle. Too many equate high cost with quality. If you were to exclude all $20 whiskies, you wouldn't have Elijah Craig and Evan Williams, two truly excellent bourbons.
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Single malt and screwcap!!!
Replies: 60
Views: 10635

Don't really see the point of synthetic corks. They don't perform like real ones as far as breathability is concerned (if that's an issue), and they offer no better a seal than a screwcap. Those who like real cork will find them inelegant. Those who don't care will be happier with a screwcap, which...
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Single malt and screwcap!!!
Replies: 60
Views: 10635

My only concern would be the quality of the seal made by whatever device is used. Certainly, cork rot is an issue, but most screwcaps I've seen are rather flimsy and don't exactly inspire confidence. Hopefully someone in the industry will do a study on oxygen permeability of metal screwcaps vs corks...
by JWFokker
Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How influential are the whisky reviewers?
Replies: 30
Views: 5442

I generally use reviewers as a point of reference. I don't assume whiskies that Michael Jackson gives a 9 will be a 9 for me as well. With the multitude of flavors that whiskies possess, a number simply cannot do them justice. Whisky reviewers are no different than movie reviewers in my opinion. As ...
by JWFokker
Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:32 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Difference in price
Replies: 83
Views: 15555

I agree with the other UK posts, Talisker was on special offer in Tesco recently and I recently regarded it as a fairly cheap malt. I don't know about the Speyburn. Even when not on special offer, I'd still regard Talisker as an average price malt here. Is US demand different from UK demand? I don'...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Difference in price
Replies: 83
Views: 15555

Re: Live & Learn

OK then, It seems that we all pretty much agree that the actual making of scotch, the indgredients and process have probably the least influence on price. Which I wouldn't have guessed coming into this converstion. In reality it has more to due with marketing, advertising(ie sophisticated lying), p...
by JWFokker
Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Difference in price
Replies: 83
Views: 15555

It seems to me that you're not looking for the real answer, merely one that is close enough to your preconceived notions of what it should be. MrTattieHeid is one of the more knowledgeable members of the forum and if his answer doesn't agree with whatever you want to hear, that's too bad. There's no...
by JWFokker
Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Difference in price
Replies: 83
Views: 15555

Demand is an elusive factor when it comes to luxury goods. The demand is regulated solely by the desire of the market for the product. It's rather difficult to accurately gauge the desire of the market for something as subjective as a particular flavor of whisky. Personally, I quite readily accept t...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:53 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: New to whiskey. How to acquire a taste.
Replies: 18
Views: 32305

If you want to get into whiskey, go to a tasting session. The more whiskeys you taste the wider your palate will be, the more flavors you can appreciate. If after tasting a couple dozen different whiskeys you still don't really like it, you may just not like whiskey. I recommend that you experience ...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What makes Bourbon such a unique alcohol to you?
Replies: 23
Views: 3334

Jack Daniels and George Dickel whiskey are not bourbon, because they aren't produced the same way as true bourbons. They're Tennessee whiskeys because they undergo the Lincoln County Process. In fact, they're the only two Tennessee whiskeys in production. The Lincoln County Process imparts a signifi...
by JWFokker
Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:05 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Balvenie 12
Replies: 51
Views: 19524

If you liked the Balvenie Doublewood, try a Macallan or a Longmorn next. Highland Park is quite good too, but too similar to the Balvenie Doublewood to make it a worthwhile purchase. It's all about trying new flavors with single malts. The best way to go is to spend an evening or a few in a bar that...
by JWFokker
Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:01 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: good Talisker
Replies: 13
Views: 4903

You might also try the Distiller's Edition line. The bottle I have now is a bit more peppery than the more recent 10yo bottles I've had. I think they may just handpick the casks with the most distinctive Talisker flavor and give them the DE designation. The cream of the crop more or less. Unfortunat...
by JWFokker
Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:56 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best value $20 bottle of single malt
Replies: 26
Views: 8787

I can't stand anything Bowmore, it tastes like bacon grease in seawater to me, but the Dalmore I can stand behind as a solid value. It's still around or under $30 most places. Oddly enough, the Dalmore Cigar Malt I've actually seen for less than the standard 12yo some places. I've yet to try it thou...
by JWFokker
Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:57 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Clynelish 18yr Benivor bottling
Replies: 0
Views: 1570

Clynelish 18yr Benivor bottling

Anyone tried this one before?

http://www.internetwines.com/rws28571.html

For $37 I couldn't say no to it, so I've got one on the way with my case of oatmeal stout beer. I think I paid more for the 14yr OB a few months back.
by JWFokker
Tue May 23, 2006 6:23 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Longmorn why aren't they sold more widely
Replies: 26
Views: 7867

I had a couple drams of an old 15yo bottling (bottled sometime during the 1960's) a few months back and it reminded me of a Macallan, but with even more sherry. A very big flavored whisky. Almost kinda thick tasting like syrup. Good stuff but I don't think I could drink it on a regular basis. But th...
by JWFokker
Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:23 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Let's save the Balvenie 10
Replies: 11
Views: 3317

I thought it was still going to be available in the US? But to be honest, the Doublewood is a better whisky and for just a few dollars more, I think it's definitely worth it. If there were a bigger price difference, I might be more concerned.
by JWFokker
Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:14 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: How much do you drink and how often?
Replies: 21
Views: 6381

I couldn't say exactly how much I drink a night, but not much usually. I do like to savor it. Each bottle lasts quite a while. Though lately, I've been trying to broaden my horizons and imbibing other alcoholic beverages that are NOT scotch whisky. I generally consume more of those a night, but only...
by JWFokker
Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: HOW LITTLE I KNOW !
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Nossing Lebovsky! Nossing! And tomorrow, ve come back and ve cut off your Chonson!
by JWFokker
Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bargains?
Replies: 118
Views: 36643

Not to travel too far off topic, but what inexpensive bourbons do you recommend? I gave Wild Turkey 101 a shot and thought it was awful, disgusting stuff. All I could taste was a disgusting, awful raw corn flavor. Is the corn flavor inherrent to all bourbons?
by JWFokker
Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:00 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What type of whisky would you carry in your flask?
Replies: 33
Views: 10381

Talikser, always. I like it best best warm, and I do mean warm. I purchased a small 2oz hip flask a while back that fits in my pocket and it works wonderfully. Despite having such a small opening that somewhat inhibits the nose, warm whisky has such a full flavor it compensates for lack of nose comp...
by JWFokker
Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: New Whisky Products
Replies: 28
Views: 6858

Why would you want to flavor scotch of any sort? I've heard tales of individuals using scotch in cocktails, but the retelling usually incorporates a certain amount of condescension regarding the jerk who would do such a thing. Considering that many single malt scotch drinkers don't even hold blends ...
by JWFokker
Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:55 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Non-chillfiltered blended?
Replies: 5
Views: 2717

I saw a bottle of Compass Box Eleuthera the other day, and it's not chill filtered either.
by JWFokker
Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Do you ever get drunk?
Replies: 86
Views: 17157

I've actually never been drunk. A bit wobbly a couple times, yes, but never incoherent or even close to physically ill. A few times I've felt it the next day, but combining a few drinks with sleep deprivation will usually have that effect.
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you were to introduce someone to single malt whisky ....
Replies: 17
Views: 11243

If I were introducing someone to single malts, I wouldn't have them buy anything. I'd let them try a couple drams of each of mine and save them the expense of buying something they may not like. I know I thoroughly regret some of the blind purchases I made. Almost every whisky has it's proponents. S...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: The best 10 years old malt
Replies: 79
Views: 22759

Perhaps I just need to get more familiar with the Ardbeg 10 I purchased recently, but after a few drams of it, I'm not amazed by it like many seem to be. It's certainly worlds better than the heinously bad Bowmore 12 I had the misfortune of consuming, but maybe I'm just not an Islay fan. My vote goe...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:54 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Thoughts on Blends
Replies: 78
Views: 19982

I've had a couple of Chivas Regals, a couple of Johnnie Walkers and some Dewars, and they just don't compare to the distinctiveness of a single malt. They're a bit of a mishmash, not helped at all by mixing grain alcohol in with the malt whisky. They don't have any sense of individuality to me. Chiv...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:43 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Could someone explain what a "dram" is?
Replies: 10
Views: 3943

8-10oz isn't quite 1/3 of a bottle, is it? Perhaps I'm overestimating then... 2 drams for me usually takes out about 1/5 to 1/6 of the bottle. 1oz is 29.6ml, which means that a 750ml bottle has 25.3oz in it. That would make 8-10oz, 1/3 to nearly a half a bottle. I think you mean 4-5oz (about 1/5 a ...
by JWFokker
Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:34 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Why Are Cask Strengths More Expensive Than Their Equivalent?
Replies: 6
Views: 997

That tax is horrendous. I can forget about any plans I might have had for moving to Australia. In the US it's not nearly as bad. In fact, I don't think there's any special tax for higher proof alcohol, or Bacardi 151 wouldn't be so cheap. Of course, I think the UK still gets the best deals on scotch...
by JWFokker
Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: The best 10 years old malt
Replies: 79
Views: 22759

From Internet Wine and Spirits, it's $42.99. BevMo wants $46.99 for it. I'm not sure what shipping would be for you. It may turn out that BevMo has cheaper shipping, I don't know. I've ordered from IWS before and though shipping is slow to NY unless I want to pay a fortune, everything is well packag...

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