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by jruddy
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Does anyone else not care for Macallan?
Replies: 63
Views: 5333

Re: Does anyone else not care for Macallan?

Last time I tried it, I wasn't overly impressed with the 12.
The MacAllan 18 is a very fine drink.

HP 18 is also a very fine drink.

Maybe they're Apples and Oranges though...?
by jruddy
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Christmas Haul
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Re: Christmas Haul

I was angling for Gift Certificates - but Whiskey is good too! ;) Glenrothes Non-Vintage (Joe, my brother in law) Actually this one is pretty good, a decent sibling to the 1994 - similar but not quite there... Grant - The Gordon Highlanders (Joe, my brother in law) Tasting... hmm.. well.. it's the t...
by jruddy
Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Christmas Haul
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Christmas Haul

Gifts Received from well wishers with some notes: Laphroig QC (My wife found my to-buy list - thank God!) A stronger Islay, quite peaty, I still prefer Ardbeg but this nice when I want something a bit more flavourful. Glenrothes 1994 (My sister's intuition) A lovely dram, honey comes through. I was ...
by jruddy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Looking for a Special Bottle
Replies: 6
Views: 1693

Looking for a Special Bottle

I'm putting LCBO gift card bug into peoples ears this year for x-mas. Hopefully someone will come through for me, giving me the chance to buy a nice bottle to put aside. I need a bottle that I can put aside and not drink until a significant event happens. What significant event? can't really say. Th...
by jruddy
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Re: What did you drink last night?

Forty Creek Barrel Select
Easily the best 'standard' Canadian I've tasted.
:P
by jruddy
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Malt for music? Or vice versa?
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: Malt for music? Or vice versa?

...the chicken or the egg? The chicken definetly was first. Not unless you support creationist theory, in which case I stand correted. There was once an animal that was almost a chicken. It layed an egg. The cells in the egg mutated in some way to create a slightly different creature. The continued...
by jruddy
Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Need advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Need advice

You could try Isle of Jura 10 or Superstition or even something sweet like a Longmorn 15/16... and not break the bank. Balvenie DW is also nice, and though a little salty, Ardbeg 10 is great. If you're up for something different, give Redbreast 12 (Pure Pot Still Irish) a try. As far as reasonably p...
by jruddy
Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Re: What did you drink last night?

Isle of Jura 10yo - it was the last bottle in town so I had to buy it... :wink: .... jruddy: Which one did you get, the older orange box or the new packaging? I assume the older version if it was the last one in town. It's a very enjoyable dram I find. Muskrat Muskrat: It was the white box. Either ...
by jruddy
Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Next Scotch and More Suggestions
Replies: 20
Views: 2674

Re: Next Scotch and More Suggestions

I'm going to go against the grain (or malt as it were) and recommend you try the Balvenie DW. It isn't priced too badly and does have a fair bit going for it. It's not smoky or peaty but still has a nice depth of flavour for you to appreciate. If you like Islays, Ardbeg 10 is superb. If you can get ...
by jruddy
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Re: What did you drink last night?

He was surprised, but did comply when I specified "...neat with water on the side". Ha! I had to explain what neat meant to a waiter,who then came back to tell me the bartender hadn't heard of the term either... :roll: The only scotch they had was Bells so you can see it was a quality est...
by jruddy
Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Re: What did you drink last night?

Isle of Jura 10yo - it was the last bottle in town so I had to buy it... :wink: I'll need a few more tastings to wrap my head around this one... it has quite an oily palate, a little sweet, a bit of peat but the nose completely eludes me... My wife thought it was quite smooth. I prefer superstition ...
by jruddy
Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Do your drams change with the season?
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Do your drams change with the season?

I've noticed how Beer is seasonal. In the summer I'll drink anything that is lighter bodied and quenches my thirst. In the winter I want something to savour and enjoy. I've recently noticed how my whisky preference has changed from light, friendly Speys & highlanders to more smoky/peaty expressi...
by jruddy
Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bad bottle or warped tastebuds???
Replies: 11
Views: 1209

Re: Bad bottle or warped tastebuds???

I have run into this phenomenon before. I now look at Whisk(e)y as an aquired taste and a varying taste. Speysides are pretty easy to become accustomed to - kind of like kids and Ketchup. But other bottles introduce new flavours that don't exist in most speys. You might find that after aquiring a ta...
by jruddy
Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best whisky as a Christmas gift?
Replies: 11
Views: 1513

Re: Best whisky as a Christmas gift?

Though you've asked not to, I'm going to have to be obvious here... I'm not sure abot the price in UK, but I think the Highland Park 12 would be my choice for an introductory bottle. It seems to have a little of everything going for it - if they don't like HP 12 at all, they probably won't like scot...
by jruddy
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Never again...
Replies: 139
Views: 23230

Re: Never again...

Balvenie 1993 Port Wood. I just blind tasted the PW and the 12yo DW and prefer the DW. My wallet agrees so unless my tates change before the bottle empties, it's going to be a one off. :cry: It's too bad because I really enjoyed the 93 PW at Whisky Live. I wonder if that's because it was my 8 or 9t...
by jruddy
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Best Blended Whisky
Replies: 65
Views: 21288

Re: Best Blended Whisky

I picked the Ballentines 21 from the list - it is an incredible blend.

But for the value you can't beat Teachers!
by jruddy
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Never again...
Replies: 139
Views: 23230

Re: Never again...

Balvenie 1993 Port Wood. I just blind tasted the PW and the 12yo DW and prefer the DW. My wallet agrees so unless my tates change before the bottle empties, it's going to be a one off. :cry: It's too bad because I really enjoyed the 93 PW at Whisky Live. I wonder if that's because it was my 8 or 9th...
by jruddy
Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Single Malt Pricing and Blends
Replies: 9
Views: 1713

Single Malt Pricing and Blends

I attended a Master Class featuring Ballantines premium blends, 17,21,30yo. I must say the 21 was quite good, one of the best I've ever had. But I also have a $24 bottle of Teachers in the cupboard that isn't bad at all, especially at the price. I have to admit, super premium blends aside, I don't u...
by jruddy
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey
Replies: 26
Views: 2297

Re: Irish Whiskey

Redbreast 12 was what got me back into drinking spirits instead of beer. (Though I still do enjoy a pint or two on occasion.)

I tasted most of the Bushmills line and found Blackbush to be my favourite.
by jruddy
Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1079184

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Two weeks ago - Balvenie 1993 Portwood

Just today - Ardbeg 10 - I was looking for the last bottle of Jura Superstition in town but couldn't find it so I "settled" for Ardbeg 10.
:thumbsup:

All mentioned were among the 12 or so :?: I tasted at Whisky Live Toronto.
by jruddy
Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live Toronto 2007
Replies: 50
Views: 10623

Re: Whisky Live Toronto 2007

I attended Whisky Live Toronto, it was great. I showed up around 3:45, sampled until 5:00 ate a bit, samples until 6:00, attended Ballentines MC at 6:15, sampled a bit more, went walking and had a 2nd supper and took the Go Train home. Highlights: Meeting Steve from Ardbeg - a friendly Scotsman who ...
by jruddy
Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: To replace or not to replace
Replies: 64
Views: 14117

Re: To replace or not to replace

My cupboard is out of space. My wife says I have to start finishing bottles off before trying more... :evil: I will absolutely replace: Balvenie 12 dw Longmorn 15 (So long as I can find it...) And I really must replace the last bottle of Redbreast that I haven't yet replaced... :( If funds flowed a ...
by jruddy
Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Re: What did you drink last night?

Teacher's Highland Cream, $23CAD / 75cl I was afraid of trying this cheap blend, not because I thought it would taste terrible, but because I thought it may taste as good as some of my favourite singles. Well... it's ok. Not bad, really. Malty, dry with a nice finish. I'd drink it again and will pro...
by jruddy
Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1079184

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

:angel: I was a good boy and only spent $23 on 75cl... I thought I'd better get something for when the heretics come to visit: Teacher's Highland Cream! :P I've never tasted it, but had to buy it, if only based on Michael Jackson's comment "The whisky world's answer to Kendal Mint Cake." (...
by jruddy
Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: The Glenlivet 18, Highland Park 12 + 2 bonus drams
Replies: 1
Views: 3687

The Glenlivet 18, Highland Park 12 + 2 bonus drams

Two duty free bottles. 1L of Whisky for less than the price of 750ml. Denver Duty Free - The Glenlivet 18yo 1L - $65 USD Gatwick Duty Free - HP 12yo 1L - £25.99 1st - The Glenlivet 18yo Nose - Light, Fruity, Sweet Palate - Sweet, Flowery, Smooth Finish - Mild, Easy A very smooth, light and easy drin...
by jruddy
Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Scapa 14 - my first taste. Nose: Heather, Lavender Palate: Sweet, Cooked Fruit, Mild Wood, Heather Finish: Short A light, smooth inoffensive single. I will happily drink this bottle, but won't be buying another. I much prefer a fuller flavoured dram, though my underdeveloped senses may be missing so...
by jruddy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1079184

Scapa 14 for my guests this weekend to enjoy. I hope it is as smooth as I've heard.

Packaging gives me heartburn though... :headbang:
by jruddy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Scapa 14 Packaging
Replies: 7
Views: 3190

Scapa 14 Packaging

I have never (until today) even thought of purchasing Scapa 14, simply because of the contemporary packaging (which is a nice way to say an ugly modern looking tube). Based on comments by my guests I needed a lighter dram to offer up and bought a bottle. Is it me, or does this tube look more like so...
by jruddy
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Dram for a head cold - go cheap or go for the gold?
Replies: 18
Views: 2877

Dram for a head cold - go cheap or go for the gold?

Blast! There is a summer cold going around and I've caught it!

So... when you have a head cold, do you feed it the good stuff or the cheapest blend you can find?
by jruddy
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Going to Denver - What 2 bottles to add to my cabinet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2431

Ganga wrote:I was curious about the inclusion of the Macallan FO 12. Is this a typo? I thought the FO 8, 12, 18 and 25 were only available in Europe.


Yes, I typed in 12 instead of 15 - I thought I fixed it but I guess I must have added the 15 in as a new line instead of replacing the 12... :dead:
by jruddy
Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Going to Denver - What 2 bottles to add to my cabinet?
Replies: 9
Views: 2431

Going to Denver - What 2 bottles to add to my cabinet?

You didn't steer me wrong with Longmorn 15, so I'm posting my next dilemma. I'm going to be travelling to Denver in September and the prices are significantly better at Davidsons Liquor store than here in Canada. With these choices I will save between $25 and $40 per bottle including exchange. (Of c...
by jruddy
Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What does oxidation do to the taste?
Replies: 6
Views: 3008

What does oxidation do to the taste?

I tried a Dalwhinnie 15 last weekend at my brother-in-laws house. He is not a whisky drinker and the bottle had been given to him in an opened state (half gone) by his father years ago. I suspect it has been open for 10 or 20 years, with the cork broken off and plastic wrap held over the top with an...
by jruddy
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

Phase 1 of my basement renovation is complete. I celebrated with a tall dram of Highland Park 18. :smoke:
by jruddy
Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1079184

Longmorn 15 - for my Sister and Brother in Law (He'll be back in Canada from Afghanistan for a couple of weeks soon!) I have 1/2 bottle at home, it is sweet rich and fantastic for the price. Balvenie 12 Doublewood - going to save this for when I go and visit the forementioned family members on Aug 1...
by jruddy
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266263

In an attempt to help my lovely wife (the wine drinker) understand why I keep buying different bottles, I set up 3 very different drams for a test. Alas it wasn't blind for myself, as I knew each by the colour, but my wife was totally unaware of the three distinct bottles. We sat down these three an...

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