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by Admiral
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: The Top 5 Things Malt Whisky Drinkers Do Wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 3023

Re: The Top 5 Things Malt Whisky Drinkers Do Wrong

Ganga - that's a really interesting point about how we lament that whiskies are not cask-strength. That actually prompted a lot of discussion on another whisky forum I'm active at, and that - in turn - prompted the big question: Are 40% whiskies your friend or your foe? Have a read of this and see w...
by Admiral
Sun May 31, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: The 1980's Heavy Metal Guide to Single Malt
Replies: 0
Views: 1578

The 1980's Heavy Metal Guide to Single Malt

This is just for a laugh, and very much "tongue in cheek", but if you like single malt whisky and you can remember some of those artists from the 1980's, you'll like this! (Also, if you actually get all the jokes, you're either a certified whisky tragic, or you're a rock music historian, o...
by Admiral
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:05 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: How to survive a whisky expo show
Replies: 0
Views: 1132

How to survive a whisky expo show

Forgive me posting this link in several different locations, but I figure Whisky Chat might get some good discussion going. As someone who has been on both sides of the table at a whisky expo show (e.g. Whisky Live, etc), I'm often amused at the mistakes people make. This prompted me to write an art...
by Admiral
Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:00 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Going to a whisky tasting expo? Read this first!
Replies: 0
Views: 2897

Going to a whisky tasting expo? Read this first!

There are lots of mini-whisky shows around these days that emulate Whisky Live, not to mention Whisky Live itself. So what should you do when you walk into a room and you're suddenly confronted by 100 or more whiskies to taste? Here is a handy survival guide.... http://www.whiskyandwisdom.com/?p=392
by Admiral
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:58 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Are you heading off to Whisky Live soon? Read this first!
Replies: 0
Views: 3883

Are you heading off to Whisky Live soon? Read this first!

Walking into a hall and being confronted by 200 or more different whiskies can be a confronting experience. Want to know how to get the most out of your day at Whisky Live? Read this first: http://www.whiskyandwisdom.com/?p=392

Cheers,
Admiral
by Admiral
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: The Top 5 Things Malt Whisky Drinkers Do Wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 3023

The Top 5 Things Malt Whisky Drinkers Do Wrong

It's been a while since I last dropped by the Whisky Mag forums! Great to see such activity and interest! (Also interesting that threads I was contributing to back in 2004-2006 are still going strong! :shock: ). I recent wrote a piece on The Top 5 Things Malt Whisky Drinkers Do Wrong. I'd love for p...
by Admiral
Mon May 12, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Buying an EMPTY cask(?)
Replies: 13
Views: 8062

Re: Buying an EMPTY cask(?)

Amazing. I contributed to this discussion 11 years ago, and I haven't been near this website for at least 5 or 6 years. Your post just now triggered an auto email to me to advise me that the topic I was involved with had received a reply! Probably says something that I still have the same email addr...
by Admiral
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Askaig
Replies: 10
Views: 3743

Re: Port Askaig

I tried the Port Askaig 17yo a year or two ago. It's a pleasant Islay without being particularly complex or detailed. Which is a polite way of saying I found it possibly one-dimensional. But it was a nice dimension to be in!
by Admiral
Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:25 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best Abunad´h Batch
Replies: 155
Views: 30758

Re: Best Abunad´h Batch

I look forward to it, my friend! :D

Cheers,
AD
by Admiral
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?
Replies: 100
Views: 10423

Re: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?

No, it wasn't rough or spirity, like turpentine.

The mouthfeel was slimey and the taste was like a super-oxidised wine. Imagine pouring a glass of sherry, letting it sit on your coffee table for a month, and then tasting it. :shock:
by Admiral
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:17 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?
Replies: 100
Views: 10423

Re: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?

Edradour "Straight from the cask" Tokay Finish.

Undrinkable. I purchased this from the bar at the visitor centre. I took one sip and walked away, leaving my glass on the counter.

Cheers,
AD
by Admiral
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: "Plain oak"?
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: "Plain oak"?

I was at a distillery in Scotland last month where I was advised that they use a cask up to 5 or 6 times!

First fill is known as First fill
Second fill is known as Refill
Third fill is known Refill 2
Fills four to six are simply known as plain oak.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Who won the Highland Park 40 Year old?
Replies: 38
Views: 4734

Re: Who won the Highland Park 40 Year old?

I didn't win the competition, but I was fortunate enough to taste a dram of it. A bloody sensational dram!! I'll need to win the lottery before I can buy a whole bottle for myself, but I can thoroughly recommend the contents.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12
Replies: 15
Views: 4898

Re: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12

Reggaeblues said, But it is a different beast than the 16, which has a strong sherry influence. I've often wondered about that. Yes, the 16yo is very sweet, and seems to have a subtle hint of sherry. And yes, it's also very dark, although this is meaningless as Lagavulin 16yo has spirit caramel adde...
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12
Replies: 15
Views: 4898

Re: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12

The original 12yo was bottled at 40%. They stopped producing it when they brought out the 16yo "Classic Malts" expression back in the early 1990's. It's such a rare bottling that I simply assumed this was not the bottling being offered to you. I assumed it was the cask-strength that you co...
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:51 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Vatted Malts, experiences?
Replies: 29
Views: 3082

Re: Vatted Malts, experiences?

Have had the LFW "Living Cask " Anniversary Vatting that was Brora and Glenlivet , superb but a tad expensive...... Ah, yes, that's actually the very bottling I was referring to above. (I said it was Brora and Longmorn, but I knew that wasn't right when I typed it....I just couldn't remem...
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Montgomerie's Single Cask Collection
Replies: 6
Views: 5934

Re: Montgomerie's Single Cask Collection

I have two Montogomery bottlings at home, which I haven't yet opened. Whilst that means I can't answer your question or help directly, what I can say is that (a) they were going very cheap in the store I found them (b) whilst there is no colour due to caramel, there is also hardly any colour from th...
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: This may sound crazy...
Replies: 30
Views: 2205

Re: This may sound crazy...

Whilst everyone has assumed that the honey points to Highland Park, honey always points me to the Perthshire malts. The really honeyed drams come from Perthshire, so try Tullibardine, Edradour, Blair Athol, maybe even Deanston.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12
Replies: 15
Views: 4898

Re: Ardbeg 17 vs Lagavulin 12

You need to bear in mind that Ardbeg 17 is a relatively lighter Ardbeg and not as peaty as other Ardbegs.

If you want a peaty smoke bomb, then go with the Lagavulin 12.

If you want to discover a more subtle interpretation of Ardbeg, then go with the 17yo.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:25 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2512

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

I tried four or five different Aussie (and Tassie) whiskies in the summer. I'm genuinely trying not to be offensive. But the truth of the matter is, I didn't finish any of them, which upset my hosts a little, but while Oz is undoubtedly very good at many things, from sporting endeavour to wine, whi...
by Admiral
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:14 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2512

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

Actually it was two different distilleries, the Lammerlaw Distillery and Milford was from the Willowbank Distillery both in Dunedin (aka New Edinburgh). I found this good article about NZ & Australian whiskey distilleries, They must have played around with it a bit and/or borrowed the name, bec...
by Admiral
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2512

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

That's a bit harsh! :x
by Admiral
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?
Replies: 66
Views: 25718

Re: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?

Talking for myself, I like to stroll around a shop without too much "interference" from the staff. I usually know what I am looking for and I know when to ask for help if I eventually need some support in deciding what to buy. I guess that it is not always easy to know who would like support and wh...
by Admiral
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: MICHAEL JACKSON - 6TH EDITION
Replies: 15
Views: 8360

Re: MICHAEL JACKSON - 6TH EDITION

Thanks for those replies!

Mind you, it makes me wonder what this guy was reading. When I expressed surprise about it, he insisted that it was the 6th edition.

I'm sure he must therefore have got his wires crossed, but I wonder what with?

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:00 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?
Replies: 66
Views: 25718

Re: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?

There's a lot of mention here about tourists in the shop, inferring that tourists are bad. Am I missing something? Every time I've gone in the shop I've been a tourist. Yes, admittedly I used the sentence... I asked a pretty simple question to one of the guys behind the counter and the response tol...
by Admiral
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:05 am
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: MICHAEL JACKSON - 6TH EDITION
Replies: 15
Views: 8360

Re: MICHAEL JACKSON - 6TH EDITION

A few weeks ago, an audience member at a tasting I was running came up to me afterwards and told me that he'd obtained a lead copy of MJ's 6th Edition - apparently all written posthumously by noted industry people and other whisky writers. I admit I've only done a quick search on the net, but I can'...
by Admiral
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:21 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?
Replies: 66
Views: 25718

Re: Is Royal Mile Whisky The Most Unfriendly Shop?

I also went to the Edinburgh shop during September when I was in town. I agree wholeheartedly with Lawrence. I was very underwhelmed by the experience. The shop was dark and gloomy, and the staff sat behind the counter showing no interest at all in the customers. Nothing was available to taste or sa...
by Admiral
Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: A Visit to the SMWS Vaults & a Dram
Replies: 11
Views: 1376

Re: A Visit to the SMWS Vaults & a Dram

Hi SoI, I'm actually leading a whisky tour, and the itinerary & dates were locked in about 5 months ago by a travel company. They subsequently asked me to lead the tour, so I couldn't do much about the dates by then, as the tour already had bookings. I'll be in Edinburgh on 25th & 26th May, ...
by Admiral
Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:31 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: A Visit to the SMWS Vaults & a Dram
Replies: 11
Views: 1376

Re: A Visit to the SMWS Vaults & a Dram

Hi all,

I'm returning to Edinburgh (and other parts of Scotland) next year....last week of May / first week of June.

I'd look forward to the opportunity of catching up with anyone who's around at the Vaults when I'm in town.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:25 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2512

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

Bakery Hill from Australia got something like a 94 or 95 in Jim Murray's Bible back in 2007. There are currently 11 malt whisky distilleries in Australia - five of which have matured stock between 3 and 15 years old. Whilst the volume of spirit being produced is obviously relatively small, I still f...
by Admiral
Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Your Favorite Bowmore
Replies: 30
Views: 3448

Re: Your Favorite Bowmore

A few months ago?

Yikes....the discussion must have come up again. The one I was referring to took place back in about 2004 or 2005.

Cheers,
ADmiral
by Admiral
Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:29 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Your Favorite Bowmore
Replies: 30
Views: 3448

Re: Your Favorite Bowmore

There was a thread on the forums from several years back that discussed FWP (French whore perfume) in Bowmore. The term was coined by PLOWED to describe an overly perfumed aroma and palate that started occuring in the Bowmore lineup and lasted a few years. I can't seem to locate the thread right no...
by Admiral
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:38 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cask Strength, love them/hate them, which are your favorites
Replies: 53
Views: 3822

Re: Cask Strength, love them/hate them, which are your favorites

Cask strengths are my malt of choice. The problem (my problem!) is that once you start to drink a considerable amount of cask strength whisky, your palate develops a habit of not being excited by lower strength whiskies. By this I mean that regular whiskies bottled at 40-43% start to seem fairly wea...
by Admiral
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:28 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Vatted Malts, experiences?
Replies: 29
Views: 3082

Re: Vatted Malts, experiences?

One of the best whiskies I ever had was a Loch Fyne Whisky proprietary bottling that featured a vatting of old Brora and Longmorn. Geez it was good. Of the commercially available vattings, JW Green is acceptable. I quite liked the Jon Mark & Robbo bottlings from a few years ago, although it seem...
by Admiral
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: VAT 69
Replies: 4
Views: 5976

Re: VAT 69

I served Vat 69 up as the "welcome dram" at a tasting I hosted a few months ago for about 60 people. I should preface these comments by stating that the audience was reasonably experienced with whisky and were generally accustomed to drinking cask-strength, single malts. I served the Vat 6...

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