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by TheTross
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:43 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How many open bottles do you normally have?
Replies: 421
Views: 100477

Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

I'm down to 15 open bottles myself, some of which are close to being extinct. I do have ten closed bottles - most of which will stay closed for the foreseeable future though, with a few in it for the long haul - so my whisky stock's looking in a right sorry state. It's all by design though and I may...
by TheTross
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How many open bottles do you normally have?
Replies: 421
Views: 100477

Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

I currently have 21 open, with a handful on their last dregs. That's down from a peak of 50-70 bottles, which was pretty much the norm for a little while until financial circumstances dictated otherwise that has resulted in virtually no whisky having been bought for a long time. Since then I've see...
by TheTross
Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Balvenie 17yo IslayCask. Not too bad, but a bit of a mish-mash overall - almost as if it's lost its identity somewhat. Behaves like a mildly-peated blend really, but with the usual Balvenie character present. Quite a bit of lemon and vanilla in it as well.
by TheTross
Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Isle of Jura
Replies: 15
Views: 2982

Re: Isle of Jura

If it helps, these are my notes for the Superstition: Nose: Sweet. Soft peat and brine. Spicy and peppery. Cocoa powder. Hints of honey, lemon, liquorice, wood and moss. Marzipan. Faint hints of antiseptic cream, potato peelings(!) and tobacco smoke. Sherried notes. Palate: Soft and quite creamy. Su...
by TheTross
Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Isle of Jura
Replies: 15
Views: 2982

Re: Isle of Jura

Not a fan of the 10yo by and large - a bit nondescript really overall. The only other Ise of Jura I've had was the Superstition, which grew on me over time and was one that I ended up enjoying quite a lot towards the end of the bottle.
by TheTross
Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

A dram of Single Malts of Scotland (TWE) Linlithgow 25yo 46%, cask ref. 8902. Lovely stuff, with grass, honey and a slight woodiness present.
by TheTross
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Balvenie 15yo SB 1988/2003 (cask 3970). Quite fruity, with lots of aniseed on the nose and a little on the palate (alongside some liquorice and spices) and, of course, the ever-present Balvenie honey. Good stuff!
by TheTross
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Aberfeldy 12. For me this is an undemanding, no-thought-required dram that's ideal for relaxing with.
by TheTross
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How many open bottles do you normally have?
Replies: 421
Views: 100477

Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

I currently have 21 open, with a handful on their last dregs. That's down from a peak of 50-70 bottles, which was pretty much the norm for a little while until financial circumstances dictated otherwise that has resulted in virtually no whisky having been bought for a long time. Since then I've seen...
by TheTross
Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Glenlivet Nadurra or French Oak
Replies: 17
Views: 3989

Re: Glenlivet Nadurra or French Oak

I've been through a bottle of the French Oak but have had just one small sample of the Nàdurra.

I found the Nàdurra far more interesting and complex, so I voted for that.
by TheTross
Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Costco
Replies: 14
Views: 11153

Re: Costco - UK

Anyone know if there is anything special at any of the Costco's in the UK ? Not sure if you count either of these as special, but at my local Costco (Oldham) they currently sell Laphroaig 10yo for around £20 and Lagavulin 16yo for about £33. There are a couple of others too - Glenlivet 12 and a Mac...
by TheTross
Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Courvoisier VS. Not au fait with cognac at all, but I must admit I like this a lot and it makes a nice change to whisky.
by TheTross
Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Battle of the Ubiquitous
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: Battle of the Ubiquitous

[biased]Well, Glenlivet 12 was my first ever single malt and was what got me hooked on single malt whisky, so my vote goes with that.[/biased] Historic favouritism not included, my vote still goes to the Glenlivet; it's just got more about it than the Glenfiddich for me, which seems a bit basic - wi...
by TheTross
Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: One more head to head
Replies: 13
Views: 2389

Re: One more head to head

Laphroaig 10. Even if it's for a party full of non-whisky drinkers. Well, if you're going to serve 'em a peaty whisky then you may as well do it properly! And if it turns out that nobody else likes it then, as you bought it, you get whatever's left... and as I much prefer Laphroaig 10 to Bowmore 12,...
by TheTross
Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Lagavulin 12yo FotCM. A rather more timid version of the 16yo and, although quite enjoyable, not one I'll particularly miss.
by TheTross
Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Another Deathmatch!
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Re: Another Deathmatch!

VERY tough! Both are incredibly good whiskies but Laphroaig's raw peaty power just about edged it for me.
by TheTross
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Diageo - Manager's Choice Tasting Sessions
Replies: 7
Views: 1763

Re: Diageo - Manager's Choice Tasting Sessions

Robbie's Drams have the first six bottles in stock already.

I'll leave you to make up your mind about the prices...
by TheTross
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Love HP 18 but what next?
Replies: 17
Views: 2728

Re: Love HP 18 but what next?

For blends, if you like peat then I definitely agree with the Teachers suggestion, which I find to be terrific value and is one of my firm favourites. So is Black Bottle if you can get it - pretty cheap and well peated. Might I be so bold as to recommend a cliche? If so then I can think of far worse...
by TheTross
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Head to Head Deathmatch!!
Replies: 24
Views: 3455

Re: Head to Head Deathmatch!!

No fair! T10 just threw some pepper in HP12's face, rendering the plucky islander useless!

Er, yes, Talisker 10 for me too.
by TheTross
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Ok, notes for the Talisker: Nose: Sweet - almost sugary at times - with notes of ground white pepper and quiet peat and Tabasco. Hints of marzipan and fruit cake. Nuts? Subtle oak. Lots of sherry (but never vinous). Slight suggestion of liquorice and minted dark chocolate. Palate: A little oakiness ...
by TheTross
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:21 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Minnesota Malt wrote:Laga 16 to end the nice weekend and also because it is my Birthday tomorrow :D

I will be at the quarter century mark :shock:


Is that all? I passed that a few days ago; oh to be 25 again :P

The more I drink this Talisker the more I like it... might even post some notes in a short while.
by TheTross
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:12 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Another glass of wine with a steak dinner. Sean Had steak and wine for my tea too! And very nice it was. Am currently getting very near the end of a bottle of Talisker DE 1991/2004 that I've had for around three years... The typical Talisker profile is obvious but I'm not too sure that the sherry w...
by TheTross
Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday
Replies: 1669
Views: 219176

Re: Happy Birthday

Aww, thanks everyone :oops:

Won't be celebrating it tonight though thanks to being at work tonight... that's what the weekend'll be for!
by TheTross
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Laphroaig 10. I'm getting lots of pear from this tonight alongside the obvious peat smoke, with a slightly medicinal finish rounding it off. I could drink this this all night!
by TheTross
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:24 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

What did you think of the unpeated CI Willie? I've had the 2006 and really liked it, though it didn't half make me eyes water at first! Currently drinking a dram of Jura Superstition. Not a bad dram at all, with a nice layer of peat and a little wood accompanying the overall sweet, briny and sherryi...
by TheTross
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you could...
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Re: If you could...

jimidrammer wrote:Would like to have tried the "White Horse" Lagavulin 16yo


Miniatures of the White Horse Lagavulin 16yo crop up every now and then on ebay, or at least they do on the UK site. Have a scout around on the US version from time to time to see if there's one on there.
by TheTross
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:52 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Springbank 18
Replies: 7
Views: 3959

Re: Springbank 18

In my opinion the 18 is simply a very good, enjoyable drink. I'm biased though as I do like Springbank... My notes on the 18, fwiw: Nose: Lots of sherry. Ground chocolate, toffee and dark treacle. Lightly briny, salty and herby. Maybe a light earthiness. Traces of mint (Kendal mint cake). Quite crea...
by TheTross
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you could...
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Re: If you could...

St Magdalene 1979/1998 Rare Malts. What a dram that one was!
by TheTross
Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cork Annoyance
Replies: 33
Views: 9391

Re: Cork Annoyance

The only synthetic cork I've come across was in a bottle of Amrut. It actually works really well and is much stronger than natural cork; perhaps this is the way forward if screwcaps aren't deemed suitable.
by TheTross
Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cork Annoyance
Replies: 33
Views: 9391

Re: Cork Annoyance

So far I've had three corks break; two were on bottles that I was opening for the first time, one of which was quite expensive. That one almost resulted in me having a thromby, since half the cork ended up in the whisky. It took bloody ages to fish out... I ended up using two darts to get it out, wh...
by TheTross
Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1574447

Re: What did you drink last night?

Kim wrote:Tesco's 10yo Islay


I drank last night too! What are your opinons of it?

Also finished the remnants of a bottle of Springbank 18. A decent dram but I prefer the 15.
by TheTross
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2288379

Re: What are you drinking now?

Tesco 10yo Islay. Not exactly the best single malt I've ever had, but it's just about passable...
by TheTross
Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky Disposal
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Whisky Disposal

I'll second Ganga's suggestion of vatting them. The end result might just surprise you... of course, there is the possibility that it could end up being complete pig-swill - but at least you can say you tried something constructive instead of immediately resorting to pouring your hard-earned down th...
by TheTross
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation
Replies: 46
Views: 5986

Re: Teacher's and a surprising JWRed observation

When I went snowboarding a few years ago, I bought a bottle of JW Red in Duty Free to be used as a hipflask dram. I thoroughly enjoyed it, to the extent that I bought another bottle on the way home. However, upon drinking it at home I found it to be incredibly insipid, leaving me wondering what on e...
by TheTross
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Talisker 12, for France
Replies: 6
Views: 1596

Re: Talisker 12, for France

Don't get me wrong; it's not bad whisky.

That said, for me it's also nothing particularly special, falling short of the 18 and, perhaps more tellingly, the 10. It's almost as if it's been dumbed down and seems a little weary in comparison to the OBs mentioned.

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