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by bscepter
Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cask-strength sherry bombs?
Replies: 4
Views: 7139

Re: Cask-strength sherry bombs?

i must say i'm a bit disappointed in the aberlour 12 year old non-chill filtered. it's a nice whisky, to be sure - but i was expecting a bit more complexity. i realize that it's not a "sherry bomb," per se, but it has a pleasant enough sherry nose to it. it's just a bit... bland, i'm afrai...
by bscepter
Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cask-strength sherry bombs?
Replies: 4
Views: 7139

Re: Cask-strength sherry bombs?

i picked up the aberlour 12 yo non-chill filtered today. not cask strength, but 48% ABV. i'm hoping it'll be good.
by bscepter
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cask-strength sherry bombs?
Replies: 4
Views: 7139

Re: Cask-strength sherry bombs?

though, judging by its price history, it might be a wee bit out of my league. my league.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-312352-0001-glendronach-cask-strength-batch-single-malt-scotch-whisky-speyside-highlands-scotland
by bscepter
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cask-strength sherry bombs?
Replies: 4
Views: 7139

Re: Cask-strength sherry bombs?

jmrl wrote:Pretty much any Glendronach - the business.


i'll have to check out their cask-strength. thanks!
by bscepter
Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Cask-strength sherry bombs?
Replies: 4
Views: 7139

Cask-strength sherry bombs?

this summer, i toured the balvenie distillery, where i got to "dip the dog" and bottle my own 200ml bottle of whisky right from the cask. of the three options presented, i chose a 12-year-old that had spent its life in a sherry butt. and it was absolutely glorious (and now, sadly, gone). t...
by bscepter
Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Did whiskies used to be stronger?
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

Re: Did whiskies used to be stronger?

what about blended whiskies like johnnie walker or dewars? is there a reason they're weaker today? here are a couple of vintage ads, all of which show 86 proof (43% ABV) whiskies: http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z294/hadbetterwork/Ads6/A0011586.jpg http://www.scotchandcigarettes.com/old-playboy-a...
by bscepter
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Did whiskies used to be stronger?
Replies: 3
Views: 1188

Did whiskies used to be stronger?

i've got an online subscription to playboy (for the articles, natch.), which gives you access to every issue printed since the original back in 1953. the best part for me is the ads. and as i'm sure you know, many - if not most - back in the day were for booze, primarily blended scotch. what i've no...
by bscepter
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Want to explore the smoky whiskies . . .
Replies: 14
Views: 6571

Re: Want to explore the smoky whiskies . . .

Wee Robbie wrote:
Nu2Whisky wrote: I was at one time put off by descriptors such as Sea Weed, Iodine, Medicinal, Bacon and so on. No longer.
Wee Robbie


to me, laphroaig smells like burning band-aids. and i LOVE it. :P
by bscepter
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Japanese whiskey advice
Replies: 13
Views: 3796

Re: Japanese whiskey advice

i recently finished my first bottle of japanese whisky - a yamazaki 12 yo, which only cost about $40 here in omaha. i rather liked it, actually. quite spicy and dark.
by bscepter
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky cost by region (USA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

our local trader joe's just started carrying spirits. unlike their wine prices, their liquor prices seem to be pretty good. i picked up a laphroaig 10 yo there for $42 and a glenmorangie 10 yo for $37. i haven't tried any of their house brands. there's a "lismore" single malt for $17(!), b...
by bscepter
Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?
Replies: 10
Views: 5417

Re: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?

interestingly, i've gone back to the HP 12 recently and quite enjoyed it. as i sample more whiskies, i am finding that my enjoyment of them really depends upon the day. some days i'll go for a heavily peated ardbeg or laphroaig. others, a peppery talisker. still others a highland malt with a sherry ...
by bscepter
Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie
Replies: 20
Views: 17829

Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

perhaps i'm a philistine... but i quite like the bog-standard 10yo. it's light and very peachy, which can be a nice change - though i wouldn't drink it every day. but for a $40 whisky, it's pretty great.
by bscepter
Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:44 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky cost by region (USA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

for Lansing Michigan: Macallan 12: $56 (Apparently a state mandated Minium). Balvenie DW: $68 Ardbeg 10: I need to check but I believe it is around $60 Glenmorangie 10: $43 Throwing another one out there that I have heard is insanely high in Michigan: Glenlivet 18: $98. whoa. maybe i don't feel so ...
by bscepter
Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky cost by region (USA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Re: Whisky cost by region (USA)

interesting. i asked because when i google a particular whisky for information on it, i often get vendor sites that carry it but only ship within california. and they're often waaaay cheaper than they are here.
by bscepter
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky cost by region (USA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Whisky cost by region (USA)

using a couple of benchmarks, i'm curious as to the cost of these common expressions where you live. for omaha, ne: Laphroaig 10: $44 Lagavulin 16: $79 Macallan 12: $50 Balvenie DW: $50 Ardbeg 10: $52 Glenmorangie 10: $39 it seems as if those of you in sunny california can get these for much less th...
by bscepter
Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Is a Good Blended Scotch worth trying?
Replies: 19
Views: 12026

Re: Is a Good Blended Scotch worth trying?

btw, the latest whisky advocate gives a cutty sark blend 90 points.
by bscepter
Tue May 28, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?
Replies: 10
Views: 5417

Re: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?

lots of very interesting responses here. i'm going to try the macallan again tonight and try to better apprehend what flavors i'm tasting/smelling.
by bscepter
Mon May 27, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?
Replies: 10
Views: 5417

Re: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?

Yes it sounds like a dark sherry. I do not remember a lot of dark sherry in HP 12 but some of it could be there, but there is definitely a lot of dark sherry in Mac 12. You'll quickly learn that the type of sherry used can cause things to taste drastically different. If it really is a dark sherry t...
by bscepter
Sun May 26, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?
Replies: 10
Views: 5417

Re: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?

Macallan and HP are owned by the same company so they are probably getting their sherry casks from the same source thus causing you to have a problem with their sherried whiskies but not others. interesting! yes, i don't have a problem with the sherry-finished balvenie (though it's not my fave) and...
by bscepter
Sun May 26, 2013 1:45 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?
Replies: 10
Views: 5417

what do HP 12 and Macallan 12 have in common?

there's something i don't like about either, and i can't put my finger (or nose) on it, but it's the same smell/flavor. i realize that they're from different regions, but there's just something "off"-smelling about both of them, both on the nose and the palate. my vocabulary isn't advanced...
by bscepter
Thu May 16, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Kirkland 18yo Speyside Sherry Finish
Replies: 0
Views: 1243

Kirkland 18yo Speyside Sherry Finish

$32/bottle at my local costco. it's bottled by alexander murray & co. it has a sort of balvenie feel to it for me. a bit of banana and caramel. but it's pretty smooth, as you'd expect an 18yo whisky to be. then again, i'm a whisky n00b, so what do i know... does anyone know what it is? according...
by bscepter
Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

legatobd wrote:We'll still be here the next time you need more suggestions.



cheers to that!
by bscepter
Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Drambuie Prince Charles Edwards Liqueur
Replies: 2
Views: 2842

Re: Drambuie Prince Charles Edwards Liqueur

whoops, i mean bonnie prince charlie gave his secret liqueur recipe to the people who helped hide him.
by bscepter
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Poteen
Replies: 24
Views: 21801

Re: Poteen

i had real poteen when visiting my mother in ireland in 1989. she lived in county mayo in a little town called ballycroy. we were at the local and some old guy whom she knew gave me a very small bottle under the table and told me to drink it when i got home. i had a sip - it was like drinking a hosp...
by bscepter
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Your top 5 bang for your buck whiskys
Replies: 66
Views: 29566

Re: Your top 5 bang for your buck whiskys

i'm new to this, but so far, i have to say that the laphroaig 10 yo is the best bang for the buck i've tasted. at about $45/bottle it's nearly half the price of lagavulin 16 and has a very similar feel to me.
by bscepter
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

We refer to OB - official bottling, and IB - independent bottling. There are many geeks, myself included, that prefer the risks and rewards of purchasing independent bottles, which tend to be mostly single cask/cask strength etc. - they are often much better than OBs, and occasionally not. An examp...
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Drambuie Prince Charles Edwards Liqueur
Replies: 2
Views: 2842

Re: Drambuie Prince Charles Edwards Liqueur

My great grandmother had a bottle of Prince Charles Edwards Liqueur, she used to work for Harry Lavier's in Cincinatti, Ohio. He was at the inauguration and im guessing this is what the drank there. The bottle has a 1745 date as is unopen, I was just wondering if it would be worth anything? drambui...
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 18 year Glenfiddich
Replies: 5
Views: 1406

Re: 18 year Glenfiddich

from what i've read, unlike wine, whisky does NOT mature in the bottle. so once it leaves the cask, it can be drunk now or in 40 years and not make a difference.
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Is a Good Blended Scotch worth trying?
Replies: 19
Views: 12026

Re: Is a Good Blended Scotch worth trying?

i got back into scotch via johnnie walker black, which i still find quite nice.
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

Lots of good independent CI too, so shop around. what do you mean by "independent caol ila?" Independent bottlers such as Signatory, Douglas Laing/Old Malt Cask, etc. While the product was produced at the Caol Ila distillery, they were bottled by another company. interesting. but why woul...
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

bredman wrote:Lots of good independent CI too, so shop around.


what do you mean by "independent caol ila?"
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:04 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

trying the caol ila for the first time. first thoughts: wonderful nose. definite islay smells. peat and smoke mixed with citrus. very familiar. much lighter color than lagavulin or laphroaig. almost straw colored. love the taste, though. i think i may have found my third favorite whisky. i almost pi...
by bscepter
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

Just picked up a bottle of Caol Ila. I'll crack it tonight and report back.
by bscepter
Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

one other newbie question: i first assumed that the lagavulin was smoother because it was older (and therefore more expensive), but i find that the laphroaig is almost equally, though not quite, as smooth, and it's only 10 years old. i have yet to try an 18 year old or more. i'm almost afraid to, as...
by bscepter
Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie here, looking for recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Newbie here, looking for recommendations

Thanks for the recommendations! I live in Omaha, home of the Dundee Dell, which is reputed to have the best whisky collection in North America. I think I'll head there this weekend and try a few mentioned here!

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