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by IainB
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Whisky News
Topic: News from Glenora
Replies: 20
Views: 11093

Re: News from Glenora

This all seems a little silly to me. We discussed this before and I remember saying that, given that within a twenty mile radius of where I live there are at least 20 places with the word Glen as part of their name, and that I don't live in Scotland, I find the suggestion that the name suggests Scot...
by IainB
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: CWS Midleton Single Cask
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: CWS Midleton Single Cask

Indeed, there's probably a folk song in there somewhere. A cautionaty tale about whiskey drinking, ending up on the couch and having no food the next day.

Or else it just shows that I haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

Anyone else tried this yet? I finished off the bottle at the weekend.
by IainB
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: ISLAY - Ireland Or Scotland?
Replies: 92
Views: 9029

Re: ISLAY - Ireland Or Scotland?

You could say that Scotland is off the coast of Ireland making all Scottish whisky Irish whiskey. Also you could say that Ireland is off the coast of Scotland making all Irish whiskey Scotch whisky. In reality, as noted above, there was in the past very close links between the western highlands and ...
by IainB
Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: CWS Midleton Single Cask
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: CWS Midleton Single Cask

This is why I don't do tasting notes - Had it again last night and the apples and pers were gone.
by IainB
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Your Favorite Bowmore
Replies: 30
Views: 4653

Re: Your Favorite Bowmore

Of the current range I've tried the 12,15,18 and 25. Also some of the older range. The best I've tried, of what can reasonably be bought, was the 25, followed by the 15. I definielty put the 15 well ahead of the 12 and 18. But the 25 stands head and shoulders above that. That said, and off the point...
by IainB
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: CWS Midleton Single Cask
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: CWS Midleton Single Cask

Well the bottle arrived last week. I had intented to save it as a Christmas treat but I cracked last night and opened it. As usual I'm not one for tasting notes but this is a cracker. From memory the nose was a not a million miles from some of the Jameson stuff, you could definiely get the grain in ...
by IainB
Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: CWS Midleton Single Cask
Replies: 9
Views: 2210

Re: CWS Midleton Single Cask

Having had a chance to taste a sample of this I've now put in my order!
by IainB
Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bonhams whisky sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2831

Re: Bonhams whisky sale

Anyway, Z will probably outbid us all. Zorro is it?? The results are out and it was interesting to see a price set for some of them. The Persse's made £900 and the George Roe £984. It was good to see the Persses at less than £100,000 remember that joker in Norfolk that had it that price?? Nope Z is...
by IainB
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 15825

Re: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary

If you look at the red bit of the front label, right under the white writing that says "Irish Whiskey" it says "triple distilled" in small letters.

I'd put a picture up but I don't know how. :oops:
by IainB
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 15825

Re: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary

Bushmills makes a big thing on tours about triple distilling. They explain that this is the fundamental difference between Irish whiskey and Scotch. I know that you can disagree with their assertion on so many lavels, but I suspect it is a good indicator that their whisky really is triple distilled...
by IainB
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 15825

Re: Bushmills 1608 Anniversary

Hi Wendy. I'm pretty certain it is triple distilled. It's about 90% Bushmills malt, albeit Crystal Malt, and I doubt it was distilled less that 3 times. The 10% grain comes from Midleton and again I'm pretty certain they always triple distill (or so they say!) I can send you a sample if you want to ...
by IainB
Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Tasting multiple 25 year olds
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Tasting multiple 25 year olds

I think you're right about leaving the Bowmore till the end. I'd kind of grouped the others in my mind (Laga Talisker Lap and Caol Ila), and so decided to do them todether. But you're right - I could still have grouped them and left Bowmore till last. I hadn't done so as I thought the higher phenols...
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Tasting multiple 25 year olds
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Tasting multiple 25 year olds

I've never tasted anything that old from those distilleries, but I've tasted them all in some form. I've personally given up on Bowmore now that the 17 is gone, I didn't really like the 18 and can see how the soapy character could distort other malts tasted thereafter. Either way, that's a hell of ...
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Clynelish 14 Sulfured Mess
Replies: 22
Views: 4411

Re: Clynelish 14 Sulfured Mess

It's quite a while sice I visited my curret bottle but I didn't find any sulphur at all. It wasn't in my mind the more complex thing I'd ever tasted but a nice easy going drink in the vein of Glenmo or Oban. That said, it's been a while. I'll try one later and report what I find.
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Tasting multiple 25 year olds
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Tasting multiple 25 year olds

Hi Red_Arremer. Thanks for that, but just to clarify, I'm not new to tasting whisky. I do the nosing thing, the water thing (sometimes), the coffee of water between tastings, the no ice etc. etc. etc. I've tasted alone and in groups on many occasions. Nor am I overly guided by whisky writers. I was ...
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

cathach wrote:
IainB wrote:So why wasn't I invited to this bullying then. Am in sulk now.



Not now!! When we're so close, we've even got some of the Continentals on board and they're quoting washback capacities at us left and right!!


OK then. If it helps I'll volunteer to help shovel the porridge.
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Favorite All Around Whiskey
Replies: 48
Views: 7218

Re: Favorite All Around Whiskey

Generally Redbreast 15yo, or if unavalable Jameson 18. Then again, I'm biased.
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Tasting multiple 25 year olds
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Tasting multiple 25 year olds

Since coming back from Islay with a gaggle of 25 yr olds (whiskies not people), I'd been planning for a while to taste a few of them together to compare. I really thought this would be a great idea so settled down last Friday night with: Bunnahabhainn Bowmore Laphraoig Caol Ila Lagavulin (All 25 yr ...
by IainB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

Aidan wrote:I'm involved in the bullying, Micheal... I'm JohnM on the Bladnoch forum. A very good forum it is too.


So why wasn't I invited to this bullying then. Am in sulk now.
by IainB
Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Redbreast 15, where to find...?
Replies: 100
Views: 14308

Re: Redbreast 15, where to find...?

michael Foggarty wrote:grab it while you can then as it is a mistake by IDL they havent updated their system yet. Should go up in the next few days.


Phew, glad I bought a few while I was there.
by IainB
Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:06 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Redbreast 15, where to find...?
Replies: 100
Views: 14308

Re: Redbreast 15, where to find...?

It is available from the Celtic Whiskey Shop for €120 This is a shipment that was destined for Germany, unfortunately, they couldnt sell the first shipment in Germany despite it probably the cheapest place to buy it at the time. CWS has secured this and will probably sell out of it in a matter of...
by IainB
Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

At the moment though it's a triple distilled malt. Tis not!!! Tis double distilled!!! Apart from that I endorse evrything! Heartily. Fair enough. Just relaying what they'd told me in Kilbeggan. I got the impression it had been double distilled in Cooley with a final distillation in Kilbeggan, but t...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Powers
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Powers

Just looking at the Whiskymag tastings of Irish whiskeys over the years. Does anyone else find it odd that while Jameson, Paddy and just about every other Irish whiskey has been reviewed at some point the most popular pub brand in Ireland has never had a mention?

Or did I miss something?
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Celtic Whiskey Shop Islay Trip 2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1648

Re: Celtic Whiskey Shop Islay Trip 2008

I thought I put up a brief summary under the distillery tours topic. Ah, so you did! But I appreciate the added colour here that gives an impression of the trip overall, rather than just the distilleries. I'd like to have gone myself. Is it much the same faces every year? Any gossip? Out of the 23 ...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Celtic Whiskey Shop Islay Trip 2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1648

Re: Celtic Whiskey Shop Islay Trip 2008

I thought I put up a brief summary under the distillery tours topic. Great trip anyway. Quick summary Day 1 - Worst pint I've ever had in ardrossan waiting for Ferry, great scenery on Arran, distillery ok, whisky promising, hotel and food pretty good, few drams in Hotel bar with Aidan from these for...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

We might have heard more about it too if he didn't have to spend his time explaining why the peat out in the rain was wet, while the peat indoors was dry. And can you remember what his explanation was? Indeed I can. It was " Because that peat is outside in the rain". Cue undignified snigg...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

Indeed. Maybe it doesn't rain in Norway.
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Redbreast 15, where to find...?
Replies: 100
Views: 14308

Re: Redbreast 15, where to find...?

Aidan wrote:I've tried the single cask and thought it was excellent.


Me too and it was!
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

Not that it's ever going to happen.... I really don't see why it shouldn't. It's not something I had thought of at all - IainB should be commended on his creativity - but I would have thought it could be a quirky, niche product that might sell for a premium if done right. The field is clear right n...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

It would be as good a place as any for me to put my massive stocks of barley. What I meant by saying it would still be Scotch is that just the word "Scotch" adds some credibility, no matter how they make it. Scotch's reputation for making whisky does not just lie with single malts. With s...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

I agree with you on the lack of PPS. I'd heard at some stage that Cooley were considering doing one at some stage in Kilbeggan but whether it'll actually happen or not I couldn't begin to guess. I'd say Bushmills is so established as a Malt distillery it's ahrd to imagine them givign it a go especi...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

Maybe next time we visit Bowmore or Springbank maltings we can sneak a few sacks of unmalted barley into the mill!

Anyway, it would still of course be scotch, but the designations seem to be quite strict nowdays. So what would it be called?
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

I agree with you on the lack of PPS. I'd heard at some stage that Cooley were considering doing one at some stage in Kilbeggan but whether it'll actually happen or not I couldn't begin to guess. I'd say Bushmills is so established as a Malt distillery it's ahrd to imagine them givign it a go especia...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Bonhams whisky sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2831

Re: Bonhams whisky sale

I think the irish represent good value, Adrian. But I'd say they are going to go for much more than the guide. I'm going to stick a bid on the Geo Roe and see what happens. Sure there's nothing to lose. I saw this earlier on in the week and was thinking the same thing. Just letting you know in case...
by IainB
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7834

Re: Hypothetical Pure Pot Still Question

It's a possibility but they're probably more likely to try and pass something off as Scottish - expecially a single malt - and maybe use a Scottish name. That said, I suppose we don't have an equivalent of the SWA to try and protect the "Irish Whiskey" brand. I think if someone were to try...

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