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by Jon Barleycorn
Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:49 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How to Celebrate St. Paddy's
Replies: 8
Views: 1299

Re: How to Celebrate St. Paddy's

Well, I ended up at the liquor store with the lowest prices, but not the best selection. Got a Jameson 12 and was disappointed. I seem to remember it having more flavor - or perhaps my tastebuds are getting dull with age. Oh well, I'll try your suggestions. Erin go bragh and me go sleep. :sleep:
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How to Celebrate St. Paddy's
Replies: 8
Views: 1299

Re: How to Celebrate St. Paddy's

Great to hear from you, cousin! How are Don and Ron Barleycorn? I've read about Green Spot, but don't think it's available over here, at least not in this area. Someday... I saw a "John L. Sullivan" Irish whiskey recently, named after a legendary boxer. The one review I found was positive,...
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How to Celebrate St. Paddy's
Replies: 8
Views: 1299

How to Celebrate St. Paddy's

First of all - hello everyone, this is my first visit in a few years! I'm a single malt fan that has tried a few Irish whiskies, though haven't found one in the affordable range that I thought had the depth and "gravitas" of a Scottish malt. Thought for St. Patrick's Day I'd pick up a bott...
by Jon Barleycorn
Sat May 03, 2008 4:21 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: No more Irish in The Smooth Sweeter One?
Replies: 11
Views: 915

Re: No more Irish in The Smooth Sweeter One?

No more Smoother Sweeter Smoky Peaty Ones? That's a shame - I enjoyed all three of the Easy Drinking flavors, and appreciated their contribution to making good whisky affordable. The smoky one is my favorite - kind of a poor man's Islay dram. Guess I'll buy up what's left at my local outlet and rais...
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:52 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Jameson 12 or Bushmills Black Bush
Replies: 45
Views: 39031

Re: Jameson 12 or Bushmills Black Bush

I voted for Jameson 12, it's my favorite Irish whisky under $40US so far. I keep hearing great things about Redbreast so I guess I'll have to find an excuse (like St. Patrick's Day) to spend a little more money and check it out. :mrgreen:
by Jon Barleycorn
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Most underappriciated single malt
Replies: 131
Views: 13328

Re: Most underappriciated single malt

The more people there are that appreciate whisky, the higher the demand and price will be, so I'm happy for it to remain something of a niche item. Regarding specific malts mentioned, I would second Old Pulteney as a great bargain. I recently got hold of a BenRiach 10 peated (known as "Curiosit...
by Jon Barleycorn
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: White Horse or Teacher's
Replies: 29
Views: 10306

Re: White Horse or Teacher's

Teacher's is one of my everyday bargain drams. I tried White Horse after reading JM's rave in the Whisky Bible, and didn't see what the fuss was about. Its low price might yet make it attractive if I find myself even more financially challenged than I am now.
by Jon Barleycorn
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:13 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What kind of whisk(e)y do you buy?
Replies: 39
Views: 4976

Re: What kind of whisk(e)y do you buy?

I agree it's probably better for the environment to drink whatever is distilled closest to you. Too bad the state of Maryland, which at one time was famous for its rye whiskey, no longer has any distilleries. That forces me to buy whiskey from places a bit farther away, such as Kentucky, Scotland an...
by Jon Barleycorn
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: a hundred dollars...
Replies: 30
Views: 2253

Re: a hundred dollars...

The only $100 bottle of whisky I've ever had in my cabinet was a Dalmore 21, given to me by a dear friend in the folkie world for whom I'd composed a birthday waltz. Though I was quite appreciative of her gift, part of me had to admit I would have been even happier with two nice $50 bottles. So with...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:14 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Standard Blended Scotch
Replies: 19
Views: 7253

Re: Standard Blended Scotch

With an eye toward saving money I've tried to develop an appreciation for standard blends, including Grant's and White Horse which Jim Murray rates highly, but after single malts they just seem lacking in flavor. Pleasant enough, but nothing to make you go "ahhh...". I do find Teacher's ac...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky
Replies: 6
Views: 2942

Re: Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky

I was intrigued by the idea of Virginia single malt, but hesitant to plunk down the money for something aged only 4 months. Then a friend brought me a bottle after a trip to Richmond. I really want to like this stuff - it's something new and different made by hand in an American state other than Ken...
by Jon Barleycorn
Fri May 25, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Which Critic do you most agree with?
Replies: 74
Views: 15952

JM's Whisky Bible can be entertaining, but I find it hard to give much credence to someone who gives standard Jameson's a rating of 95 while dismissing Balvenie 12 with a 77, mostly because he cut his finger in the process of opening it.
by Jon Barleycorn
Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Try a Rye
Replies: 12
Views: 2452

I just bought a Sazerac from a local shop that I quite enjoy. There's no mention of age - is that the 6 year old?
by Jon Barleycorn
Sat Mar 31, 2007 5:27 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Balvenie 12 VS Highland Park 12
Replies: 35
Views: 18081

Doublewood is a lovely whisky, but I love the interplay of sweet and peaty notes in Highland Park. For me, it's the whisky that has everything, and the only one that inspires me to sigh blissfully when I take a sip.
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bourbon vs. Single Malt
Replies: 13
Views: 10333

Your'e right, Len - It makes more sense to compare apples to oranges rather than to the full spectrum of citrus fruits, which is kind of what I was doing. For the record, my favorite bourbon so far is the Van Winkle 10 year old - it's especially luscious while still being affordable. I'm open to sug...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bourbon vs. Single Malt
Replies: 13
Views: 10333

To follow up on TNbourbon's post - I think the use of new barrels might be the key factor in creating bourbon's distinctive flavor profile. Because virgin oak imparts such a strong vanilla note to the whisky, it could be that my inexperienced taste buds have a hard time picking up the other flavor c...
by Jon Barleycorn
Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bourbon vs. Single Malt
Replies: 13
Views: 10333

Bourbon vs. Single Malt

I've been a whisky fan for a couple years now, mostly drinking bourbons and single malt Scotches. Though I enjoy both, I have to conclude that I detect less difference in flavor among bourbons than among single malts. Though each bourbon I've tried has some individual characteristics - some are swee...
by Jon Barleycorn
Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Pay by the glass or by the bottle?
Replies: 20
Views: 3519

Besides the driving, there is also the expense of having a glass of the good stuff at a bar. Baltimore has a decent single malt bar, but I've only managed to go there twice. Being a husband and father sharply limits my bar time, and bar budget as well!
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your spouse/significant other's attitude towards whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 16929

Now that we're back on topic - I usually have my dram(s) after my wife goes upstairs to bed, not so much to keep her from monitoring my consumption, but because I treasure my time alone at the end of the day with my book and glass in hand. Of course, if I had 4 large drinks she would know about it a...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: When I say dram I really mean...
Replies: 44
Views: 11683

I'm a little worried about the ones in this poll whose "dram" is a "pint". Please say you're talking about beer! :o
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:32 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your spouse/significant other's attitude towards whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 16929

Your spouse/significant other's attitude towards whiskey

With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I'd find out to what extent our love of the dram is problematic (if at all) for those nearest and dearest to us. I'd put my wife in the middle category, though she may be doing a very good job to hide her distaste for my latest passion. Are there some happ...
by Jon Barleycorn
Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Which Critic do you most agree with?
Replies: 74
Views: 15952

I was just given the latest edition of JM's bible, and though it's enjoyable to browse through, I find myself questioning the number of whiskeys he rates in the 80's and 90's. 95 for standard Jameson's??? Anyway, as a relative newbie I am interested in reading most any whiskey book I can come across...
by Jon Barleycorn
Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:45 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glenfarclas and Old Pulteney
Replies: 19
Views: 4469

OP has gotten to be a staple with me for times when I want something sweet and light rather than strong and smoky. The price is quite palatable as well.
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What did you get for X-mas ?
Replies: 70
Views: 8925

I got Buffalo Trace bourbon from my Kentucky sister-in-law, and Tormore 12 from my older brother. As usual my younger brother assembled a gift box of exotic and wacky snack foods for me, which included a bottle of Old Crofter's. Perhaps a bit of a gag, that - but he did bring me some Caol Ila 18 fro...
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:57 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What makes Bourbon such a unique alcohol to you?
Replies: 23
Views: 3271

I'm having some Van Winkle 10 yr old right now, and loving it!
EC is nice too. Haven't had the others, but have heard good things about them.
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:14 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Usquaebach 8 yr old
Replies: 0
Views: 539

Usquaebach 8 yr old

Being constantly on the lookout for inexpensive ways to satisfy my whiskey habit, I noticed this reasonably-priced blend at a local shop. What experience do any of you have with this product? If it's on the level of the standard blends I'll take a pass, but if it would make an acceptable everyday dr...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Whisky when your sick?
Replies: 29
Views: 16909

I finallly had a chance to try Aidan's recipe last night, as I was feeling totally knackered from a bad cold. The whisky toddy was warming and soothing, and I slept very well indeed. Tonight I'm mixing a stronger one!
by Jon Barleycorn
Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:18 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What genre of music you love to listen?
Replies: 19
Views: 3461

As a full-time classical musician, I was gratified to see the high percentage of forum members voting for classical music in this poll. Having said that, I am like many others posting on this thread that enjoy a wide variety of musical genres, including reggae, mon. Interesting that Baltimore's majo...
by Jon Barleycorn
Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:16 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Good economical Speyside
Replies: 29
Views: 5817

I would certainly include Speyburn 10 on any list of good cheap Speysiders.
It is a pleasantly light and charming malt that can be had for under $20.
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:27 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Island of Geese - what is it?
Replies: 2
Views: 2189

Thanks for the tip - though the web page didn't exactly clear up the mystery. If this is indeed a product of Caol Ila or Lagavulin I guess you can't go too far wrong.
Strange that no information turns up even on a cursory Google search.
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:36 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Island of Geese - what is it?
Replies: 2
Views: 2189

Island of Geese - what is it?

I've seen an attractively priced bottle at some local outlets that purports to be a 10 year old Islay single malt called Island of Geese (or is it Isle of Geese?) Does anyone know what this consists of? I was hoping it might make a good everyday smoky dram. Thanks - and my apologies if this has been...
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Canadian rye drinkers
Replies: 25
Views: 13678

I have found Canadian whiskey in general to be too light and "spirity" for me, although Forty Creek Barrel Select is a nice dram. Interestingly, though it is made from a blend of corn, barley and rye, it tastes nothing like bourbon, despite the similarity of ingredients.
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:42 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: GG2BoB
Replies: 89
Views: 13911

Bonnie voyage! :D
by Jon Barleycorn
Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Whisky when your sick?
Replies: 29
Views: 16909

There's an old Irish jig called "When Sick is it Tea You Want?" I always assumed that the answer to this question was "No!", and that the implied drink of choice would be whiskey. Now we have a couple Irishmen confirming this idea. Next time I get a cold I'm trying Aidan's recipe...
by Jon Barleycorn
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:23 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: whiskey drinker's age
Replies: 79
Views: 13931

At 53 I'm definitely an old man on this forum - wish I could have discovered whiskey a few decades sooner. As it is, I have a huge number of bottles to go through to catch up with you all! :D Glad to see there are some women in this little club. All the female whiskey drinkers I know are super smart...

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