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by Rory B Bellows
Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Laphroaig 10 & BC
Replies: 36
Views: 10655

The LCBO has discontinued Laphroaig 10. If you don't believe it, go on their website and see it for yourself.

I'm mighty pissed-off.
by Rory B Bellows
Sat May 05, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Laphroiag 12 Year
Replies: 12
Views: 2018

No Laphroaig shortages here, as far as I know.
by Rory B Bellows
Sat May 05, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What are the best Macallan 18 year old vintages?
Replies: 19
Views: 11453

Re: What are the best Macallan 18 year old vintages?

dgilbert wrote:So far the best one i have had is the 1979
the 1981, 1983, and 1985 have in my opinion been better then the 1987
and 1988 that i have had.


I think you are very fortunate for being able to sample so many Macallan 18s.
by Rory B Bellows
Fri May 04, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Glenfarclas!
Replies: 45
Views: 10128

I own a bottle of the 15 year-old, and it is supurb. Possibly the best Speysider I've owned (Aberlour A'bunadh #9 being the competition).
by Rory B Bellows
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1045796

Glenfarclas 15. Superb.
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Favourite Whisk(e)y cocktail?
Replies: 34
Views: 3734

A Manhattan. Two parts bourbon, 1 part red Vermouth, dash of bitters. My favourite. I figured your drink of choice to be a Flaming Homer, RB. :lol: Quaichuser, you are the first person to get the Simspon's reference in my screen name. THIS CONTEST IS OVER: give that man the ten thosand dollars
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Canadian Whiskey
Replies: 35
Views: 6410

There is only 1 single malt whiskey produced in Canada, Glen Breton by Glenora, and it is distilled in the Scottish tradition . They actually just won a years long legal battle with the SWA over the use of the term "glen" in their brand's name. I've not tried it yet but it's s'posedly ver...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Offering a single malt to guest....
Replies: 143
Views: 23261

I don't think you should correct a guest, unless they are drinking copious amounts of your malt, then it's time to replace it with something else (like that bottle of Johnnie Walker Red label you got as a gift because they heard you "like scotch").
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: What types of spirit other than whisky do you drink?
Replies: 58
Views: 10048

I always keep a bottle of Martell VSOP cognac in the house. Armagnac is also one of my favourites, outside of whisky.

I've noticed that most people who like whisky, also tend to like French brandies such as these ones.
by Rory B Bellows
Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Disappointed with HP 18
Replies: 50
Views: 7066

Gentleman, this topic ws supposed to be about the disappointment of HP 18, but there are more posts about glasses than the whisky.
by Rory B Bellows
Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Favourite Whisk(e)y cocktail?
Replies: 34
Views: 3734

A Manhattan. Two parts bourbon, 1 part red Vermouth, dash of bitters. My favourite.

Drinking single malt all the time is narrow-minded.
by Rory B Bellows
Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: what should I get next??
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: The Hoj and his hunt for whisky...

Would I be right in assuming that "the macallan 12 yr speyside" as listed on the MLCC website would be the sherry oak ? I do believe they have that at the LC right beside me, at a somewhat decent price.. maybe I'll pick that up as an introduction to the sherried malt's.. What's the Glenmo...
by Rory B Bellows
Sun Feb 18, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky for my Wife
Replies: 37
Views: 5989

I was given a bottle of Dalwhinnie DE for Christmas. I don't think much of it myself, but my girlfriend's friend tried it last night, and she said she liked it because it was "gentle". So maybe she would like it.
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: what should I get next??
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

My next bottle will be the Aberlour a'bunadh, so I'll be checking out the heavy sherried malt's when I pick that up. All I can find where I live for Macallen is the Fine Oak series, which I've been told is really not worth the money. I haven't heard much about the Oban 14 before, I may check into t...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Your First Bottle of Malt
Replies: 27
Views: 5179

Glenlivit 12. I kept drinking it, thinking: "what's the big deal?"

The next was Bowmore 12: "oh!"

And then Macallan 12 (the real one): "ooohhhh!"

And then Lagavulin 16: "A HHAAAAAAAA!"

Been hooked since.
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: what should I get next??
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

ANYWAYS, my ranking so far of what I've tasted since my introduction to the world of single malt scotch: 1. Ardbeg 10yo (based on very preliminary tasting) 2. Highland Park 12yo (like everyone says, the perfect all-arounder) 3. Bowmore 12yo (nice and smokey. To me this is what drinking smoke in liq...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: what should I get next??
Replies: 46
Views: 4853

Re: what should I get next??

Anyways, It's paycheck time again, which means a new bottle for me to try.. I want something different, I enjoy a nice smoky flavor, but I don't want it to be sickeningly harsh. For reference, I don't find the bowmore 12 or Laphroaig 10 (from what I remember) too harsh. As it stands I'm torn betwee...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Whisky or Whiskey
Replies: 18
Views: 4302

colour-color metre-meter tire-tyre It's just regional differences in the English language. Canadian whisky is spelled so because of the high number of Scottish immigrants in our past; therefore, I would suspect that Bourbon is a whisk e y because of the number of Irish immigrants to the US. So there...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: When I say dram I really mean...
Replies: 44
Views: 11673

I just grab a glass and pour.
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:28 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are you a Malt Snob?
Replies: 65
Views: 11476

Elagabalus wrote:What on earth do you do with a mini horse?
Do you own a circus?


Sorry, I don't actually own a mini-horse. It's on my wishlist, though (along with a bottle of St. Magdalene 19 yo :wink: )
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:55 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are you a Malt Snob?
Replies: 65
Views: 11476

Re: Are you a Malt Snob?

I think a large number of single malt scotch whisky drinkers think most, if not all other whiskies such as American, Canadian, Irish, Japanese etc are simply inferior. It's simply not true but they think it anyway. I concur Lawrence. I think different whiskies are often compared to scotch, rather t...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are you a Malt Snob?
Replies: 65
Views: 11476

Responding personally as a snob - and not as a Johnnie Walker Blue drinker - I do not live in a gold house - and my Unicorn is in the shop - so I rely on a Midget Pony to get around... :wink: Dave, two of my favourite things are minature equines and malt scotch. Maybe we should start a Mini Horse a...
by Rory B Bellows
Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Aberlour 16 DM
Replies: 12
Views: 4092

Has nobody else tried Aberlour 16 double-matured?
by Rory B Bellows
Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are you a Malt Snob?
Replies: 65
Views: 11476

I wouldn't consider myself a snob, but when someone says to me "I prefer to drink Johnnie Walker Blue Label", I know they're posing.

I can't help ripping into them, asking them "do you also live in a gold house and ride a unicorn to work?", and so forth.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Why are we so hard on Bowmore?
Replies: 34
Views: 6006

Why are we so hard on Bowmore?

I mostly hear negative comments about Bowmore, and even though its not my favourite, I still think some of their offerings are good malts (I especially like the length of the 12 year old). Why do you think this distillery gets this kind of treatment?
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Disappointed with HP 18
Replies: 50
Views: 7066

Elagabalus: I've read very negative reviews of the Riedel glass, so I've avoided it. Apparently the shape is useless for nosing.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Numbed Tastebuds?
Replies: 10
Views: 3551

I have a running hypothesis that all of our tastebuds are becoming numb. Most non-scotch drinkers I know all think I have an iron stomach, and make comments like that after trying gentle malts like Dalwhinnie. I don't even feel much of a bite off of the likes of Laphroaig anymore. I still haven't go...
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Good Bourbon?
Replies: 28
Views: 5435

I prefer Marker's Mark. It has dryness to it that I haven't encountered in other bourbons.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Lagavulin 16 - huge disappointment
Replies: 58
Views: 16764

I think the huge difference between Ardbeg and Lagavulin is the sherry notes in the later. So even though Ardbeg packs a harder peaty punch, I marginally prefer Lagavulin because of the added depth. Rumour has it that Lagavulin has taken the sherry out of the mix for the 2008ish release, so I guess ...
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Disappointed with HP 18
Replies: 50
Views: 7066

jimidrammer: I felt that the main flaw in the glass was its 12oz size as well. I would much prefer to be about 6-8oz. But my girlfriend chose them without any help from me, so I think she did very well with zero knowledge of single malts.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Abunadh: how do you drink it?
Replies: 46
Views: 7776

I found a little water cooled it off just enough to let the fruit come through.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best Islay Distillery
Replies: 48
Views: 13376

Lagavulin, but Ardbeg is so close I can feel the Beast breathing down my neck. Bowmore is third, but only because of it's length.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Bourbon
Replies: 38
Views: 7720

Maker's Mark is the most consistent. And in the summer, it makes a very good old-fashioned cocktail.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your monthly budget?
Replies: 71
Views: 15357

The lowest, otherwise the phrase "we can't afford more furniture" is not a sufficient excuse. Unless that furniture is meant to store more malts, then I'll try to phrase it carefully.
by Rory B Bellows
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Which Critic do you most agree with?
Replies: 74
Views: 15938

I think that Jackson's descriptions are the most straight-forward of the three.

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