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by RufusA
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2011
Replies: 29
Views: 13546

Re: Whisky Live London 2011

Just to say to Rob et al, it was a good event this year, seems like some of the sparkle is coming back to WL. New venue is very good, and really nice to seem some new exhibitors. Many thanks to the lady (who's name I sadly have forgotten but may be the new Pippa), who spent most of the event running...
by RufusA
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live VIP?
Replies: 4
Views: 7739

Re: Whisky Live VIP?

Quick follow-up for this, I'd say for the London venue the extra £31 for the VIP on balance wasn't worth it. The VIP lounge was up two flights of stairs, so was away from the main throng of the Whisky event, and consisted of a comfortable room with chairs and coffee. Food seemed nearly identical to ...
by RufusA
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live VIP?
Replies: 4
Views: 7739

Whisky Live VIP?

I notice for WL London a new category of ticket has appeared - "VIP". From the descriptions the difference from a standard ticket appears to be: - 2 extra vouchers - Access to the VIP lounge - VIP Dining - VIP Entertainment - Goodies [All] this for an extra £31! For me the vouchers are unl...
by RufusA
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Highland Park 10YO Whisky Live edition
Replies: 0
Views: 825

Highland Park 10YO Whisky Live edition

Someone's out to make a tidy profit - don't think they'll get it though:

Ebay item 200451038646

£375 - :shock: for a bottle he probably paid £45, less than a month ago :shock:

Rufus.
by RufusA
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Limited edition bottle of whisky
Replies: 3
Views: 1148

Re: Limited edition bottle of whisky

Bottled in 2005, and the Whisky Exchange sold the last of their stock for a touch over £100. There's a site in Poland that appears to still be selling them for the equivalent of £200. Unless you really love sherried welsh whisky (an acquired taste), I'd flog it, and use the proceeds to buy a couple ...
by RufusA
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)
Replies: 49
Views: 26961

Re: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)

How rude of me. Pippa thanks for organising a great day, and don't take the odd bit of sniping to heart. It was a great event, just not as great as some years!

R.
by RufusA
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)
Replies: 49
Views: 26961

Re: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)

My report is that it was a goodish show, but not great. Not a patch on the early days, but sadly with the increase in the number of whisky events throughout the calendar, and ever increased costs of exhibiting, it's inevitable. Highlights from the show for me were the people. Having an animated conv...
by RufusA
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)
Replies: 49
Views: 26961

Exhibitors...

Hi Pippa, How definitive is the list of exhibitors now? It's good to see Glenfiddich (I hope they remember to pack the Balvenie) and Edrington returning. And In Spirit Brands (que?) could this be Buffalo Trace making a suprise return visit incognito? Can we safely assume that the following are no-sh...
by RufusA
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)
Replies: 49
Views: 26961

Re: Whisky Live London 2010 (26-27 Feb)

Is this a first? I do not remember special bottlings last year. There have been a few exclusive / special bottlings in the past. Last year there was the Compass Box Optimism (bottled on site), and the year before there was the memorable Glenlivet Eclipse. I have a vague recollection of Suntory doin...
by RufusA
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Whisky Show London 6th-7th Nov
Replies: 8
Views: 2628

Re: Whisky Show London 6th-7th Nov

The goody bag was a huge disappointment - not even a large bottle of water. As I was leaving I asked where I collect my goody bag from, and was told - you are carrying it! However the event itself was very good. Very nice, relaxed, plenty of time to sip, talk and chat without being jostled by people...
by RufusA
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Your fantasy whisky list
Replies: 12
Views: 2046

Re: Your fantasy whisky list

The problem with list 1 is that a lot of the whiskies people have listed are either from the Diageo all pervading "classic malts" or common place on supermarket shelves. It's like going to a good restaurant and having "Jacobs Creek" on the wine list. It isn't necessarily a bad wi...
by RufusA
Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: The Whisky Show 2 for 1
Replies: 0
Views: 560

The Whisky Show 2 for 1

For anyone outside London who doesn't get the e'ning st'nd'd, they are offering this week 2 for 1 tickets to the Whisky Show next month in London. I had previous been dithering but at £50 a head (with the offer) with no nasty booking fee extras, proper food and no vouchers, :iwbrnt: Details: http://...
by RufusA
Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Whisky Show London 6th-7th Nov
Replies: 8
Views: 2628

Re: Whisky Show London 6th-7th Nov

If it helps anyone, the Evening Standard are from today running a 2 for 1 offer for attending the Whisky Show. If you split the cost with a friend, at £50 with a decent meal (not just chewy meat in a bread roll), a goodie bag (with real goodies in it), and no whisky vouchers, it's IMHO very good val...
by RufusA
Thu May 28, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Restaurant with Whisky - London?
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: Restaurant with Whisky - London?

eggs & laddie thanks for the info. Green's sounds great, but looking at the prices we'd be hard pushed to eat well with a glass of house wine for under £100 a head. A whisky bill on top would probably bankrupt the company! Your recent review of Albannach is very helpful, but sadly disappointing!...
by RufusA
Wed May 27, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Restaurant with Whisky - London?
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Restaurant with Whisky - London?

I've been tasked with organising a meal out in London for ten work colleagues. I know a few of them are whisky lovers so thought it would be a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I dusted off an old copy of whisky mag (prob circa 2007) when Boisdale near Victoria was a Whisky Icon, an...
by RufusA
Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

Isn't Faemussach the name of the local peat bog - does this imply that it has a certain unexpected hint of smoke? Though probably part of the marketing inspired alphabetical naming sequence for the seemingly annual special single casks that bought us "Eclipse" last year. Ian is Faemussach ...
by RufusA
Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

Thanks everyone for clarifying the key thing - it would have been a tradegy to turn up without a way of enjoying the special dram.

Must remember to check the Glenlivet site now again, and looking forward to meeting a few familiar faces at WL.

Rufus.
by RufusA
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

Surely it's the personalised metal Guardian card you need. The key is for when you visit the distillery!

Alternatively, find Ian and keep him talking when he has a bottle or two of good stuff in his hand - seems to work wonders every year!

Rufus.
by RufusA
Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

Rufus what is the best tube station to go to? I don't know this venue. However Putney Bridge tube would definitely be the nearest / best. Looking at a map, it looks a 5ish min walk from Putney Bridge tube station. Left out of the tube, left again and then down Ranelagh Gardens. The main gate is at ...
by RufusA
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

WARNING: Saturday tube closures!

For anyone travelling to WL on Saturday and planning to use the tube, there are a few line closures that may affect your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/by-date.aspx?offset=9 (URL may need changing after today): Closures: District - Barking to Upminster District & Circ...
by RufusA
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

I have been going to Whisky live for 4 years now I've gone to nearly all but missed the first (lack of publicity) and 2004 (pending birth of no2 child)! Its a shame that we no longer have the Friday night slot as we have had previously. Having talked up WL for a couple of years, around Christmas ti...
by RufusA
Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

There may be all sorts of licensing issues with selling alcohol for consumption off the premises in an open vessel. Then again if they were "selling" the whisky for consumption on the premises they would probably have problems with "The Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) Order...
by RufusA
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

bamber wrote:I would have drunk it. I'd have had no choice.


I tried, but there were just too many to save.....and they kept coming.... and coming..... *sobs*

Note to self: make sure I always carry a portable slops "bucket" with a screw cap in case this situation reoccurs!

Rufus..
by RufusA
Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)

Nigel, I know I'm not Matt / Pippa but in answer to your questions: 1) The prices of Masterclasses have been known from before they were available to book - £13 each: https://secure.paragraphpublishing.net/tickets/event.php?url=wl-london-2009 2) Based on previous years, there is no discount for book...
by RufusA
Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009

Pippa, Thanks for the comprehensive exhibition list. It's quite sad to see a number of familiar names won't be there - perhaps a sign of the economic downturn! Still looks like enough to be interesting for a day though. Vouchers are an annual bone of contention which you haven't "always had&quo...
by RufusA
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2009 (27-28 Feb)
Replies: 133
Views: 51185

Re: Whisky Live London 2009

Looking at the list of exhibitors, it's looking more healthy now, well on a declining par with previous couple of years (after the rot had set in). However can Pippa or whoever clarify a few of the names: You have Chivas Bros and Longmorn listed. Will they have two separate stands, or is this a litt...
by RufusA
Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whiskylive London
Replies: 7
Views: 6199

Re: Whiskylive London

I've seen the 6 - 7 March 2009 quoted on a couple of sites, and looking at the events calendar for Lawrence Hall London, there's nothing else being held there that weekend. Though AFAIK it's not as yet official, so whether you want to book flights on the basis of internet rumours who knows! Also mil...
by RufusA
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Supermarket Deals
Replies: 1438
Views: 272028

Re: Supermarket Deals

Popped into my local Tesco earlier this morning. They've got Highland Park 12 year old with £6 off down to £19.47 just now, which is a decent offer. Even better though, the bottles come with a free 50ml HP18! http://www.conn75isdead.com/stuff/icon_iwbrnt.gif My local Tesco seems to have found an ol...
by RufusA
Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Does anyone know this Bruichladdich 15-year-old?
Replies: 5
Views: 2142

Re: Does anyone know this Bruichladdich 15-year-old?

Wow that must have been gathering dust on the shelf for a while! Don't recognise the bottle, but assuming it's not a reproduction of the style that looks like something that was bottled in the late 1980's / early 1990's before they introduced the compass motif. Is there anything on the bottle to ind...
by RufusA
Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Which SMWS bottling?
Replies: 2
Views: 690

Which SMWS bottling?

My good lady wife has suggested buying me a bottle or two from SMWS for my birthday - which is nice! It's been a while since I've visited the society rooms, so haven't tasted any of their current list. Has anyone got any recommendations - preferably in proper sized bottles (not the girly 50cl ones)?...
by RufusA
Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: postage for whisky
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

Re: postage for whisky

The simple (boring) answer is that anything up to 2kg in weight can be posted as a "small packet" and international signed for small packets are quite cost effective. Above 2kg unless it's printed papers (you get cheap rates for posting newspapers), then the only Royal Mail option open to ...
by RufusA
Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Electronic Whisky Tasting notes (for PDA etc.)?
Replies: 14
Views: 1705

Electronic Whisky Tasting notes (for PDA etc.)?

Sometimes when out drinking with friends, or shopping (for whisky of course) I come across a malt that makes me wish I had some tasting notes with me. There might me a taste / aroma I can't identify, or I just wish to have a few bits of information about what makes one edition of the Laddich differe...
by RufusA
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg Corryvreckan?
Replies: 543
Views: 54690

Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan?

I was getting a bit fed up with this, so vented some of my frustration on Michael Heads via email. Also made him aware of their obligations under the Distance Selling Regulations: Performance 19. - (1) Unless the parties agree otherwise, the supplier shall perform the contract within a maximum of 30...
by RufusA
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg Corryvreckan?
Replies: 543
Views: 54690

Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan?

I wonder if the 100 degrees proof will get changed to 114.2 degrees proof as it crosses the Atlantic? Doesn't quite have the same ring though!

Just out of interested, is the Corryvreckan bottled at cask(s) strength, or has it been a little dilluted down to make it 100 degrees proof?

Rufus.
by RufusA
Thu May 29, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Smoke + Sherry???
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: Smoke + Sherry???

Bowmore Darkest is a classic Smoke and Sherry whisky, though not to my tastes.

Depending on how much subtlety you want a 10YO Talisker presses all the right peat, smoke, sherry buttons for me in a nicely balanced, unbrash way!

Rufus.

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