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by SasquatchMan
Sun May 15, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Longmorn notes?
Replies: 3
Views: 2751

Longmorn notes?

Got into a new bottle of Longmorn Friday night, and had hyped it rather terribly to a friend who had never had it. He was impressed, but I found that the long oaky aftertaste was far less pronounced than in previous bottles. Any comments?
by SasquatchMan
Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Need help on choosing new whiskies
Replies: 14
Views: 3268

Drifting from one style of whisky to another sometimes requires, or is helped by, a whisky with similar qualities in the new style... that is, if you like bourbon because it's sweet, find a sweeter Scotch to try, or if you like it because it's spicy, there are lots of spicy Scotches... so get back t...
by SasquatchMan
Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Anyone try Macallan cask strength
Replies: 47
Views: 13743

IJ, don't they call that "Dead Man's Breath" in the pub? :D
by SasquatchMan
Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Anyone try Macallan cask strength
Replies: 47
Views: 13743

Well, ordinarily, I do enjoy Islays, - ordinarily I prefer them to others, though a spicy spey can be great too. Having a leathery mouthfeel and taste is one thing, but having that be really the only note in a very flash whisky was disappointing. Mix some of that in with a bit of salt, or spice, or ...
by SasquatchMan
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Anyone try Macallan cask strength
Replies: 47
Views: 13743

Well, I had some cask strength Mac at a tasting, last night, and I can't imagine what you folks like about that stuff. Smelled like a boot, tasted like a boot. Watered down or not, it was unidimensional, and basically unpleasant. If I had tasted it blind, I would have suggested that it was homebrew ...
by SasquatchMan
Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:54 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glen Garioch Old and New
Replies: 14
Views: 6940

Glen Garioch Old and New

By purest accident, I have recently experienced Glen Garioch 16 (or 15?). This is a lovely malt, with a super finish and a very complex woodiness to it. Interestingly, I also have on hand some McClelland's Highland, which I understand to be a 5 year old Garioch. It certainly tastes that way, and the...
by SasquatchMan
Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:07 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Sour Mash
Replies: 10
Views: 2838

Admiral, the idea I was trying to get across was that the distillation process if carried out by a chemist, would yield ethyl alcohol and a little water with it, no matter if you started with corn, barley, or sugar cane, or grapes. Making beer is really difficult - if you move it too much, aerate it...
by SasquatchMan
Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:38 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Sour Mash
Replies: 10
Views: 2838

What's wrong with your mash? Whisky on one hand is dead simple to make, much simpler than beer, for instance. All you are doing is fermenting some grain and then distilling. So really, if you can figure out a way to get yeast to eat the sugars in your mash, you get alcohol. Getting pure, good tastin...
by SasquatchMan
Fri Jan 07, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Proper pronunciation
Replies: 13
Views: 30055

I've always enjoyed making up pronunciations on the spot. I try to keep most of them glottal.
by SasquatchMan
Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: There is only ONE correct way to take your whisky...........
Replies: 11
Views: 21268

Just a reminder that Jack Daniel's still tastes best from the bottle. I actually think some malts do improve with a splash of water - Bruichladdich for one.

But neat at room temperature (STP as the scientists say) is still the best bet for me most of the time.
by SasquatchMan
Thu Dec 30, 2004 12:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bunnahabhain Vanishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3455

I went shopping for my traditional Christmas beer - Moretti, from Italy, and couldn't find it this year. Turns out that they don't import it any more... each importer can only have so many labels, and it wasn't selling so well, so it's off the list..... wonder if Bunnahabhain suffers that fate in so...
by SasquatchMan
Sun Dec 12, 2004 12:32 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Another stupid question, by a newbie!
Replies: 39
Views: 5901

Frodo, your posts are always terrific. When I'm finished War and Peace I'll get right to em!
by SasquatchMan
Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:50 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best All Rounder?
Replies: 45
Views: 8236

Harry, best everyday dram might indeed be the same as best all rounder. I'm not sure what I meant by the question. It's interesting to see what people like, and it's interesting to see what people think "all rounder" means.
by SasquatchMan
Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:44 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Johnnie Walker Red - this needs to be said.
Replies: 28
Views: 7458

Not a fan of JWR myself, but I really think the Black is pretty good.

What do you think DOES taste like whisky?
by SasquatchMan
Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best All Rounder?
Replies: 45
Views: 8236

Tom, I was thinking in the lines of having someone ask me to recommend a good Scotch. I always tell newbies to try Glenlivet, Glenmorangie or Glenfiddich. But these are good for new Scotch drinkers because they are not particularly challenging. On the other end, there are whiskies like Talisker whic...
by SasquatchMan
Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best All Rounder?
Replies: 45
Views: 8236

Best All Rounder?

Let's pull this from the overrated thread - what do you guys think is the best all rounder? Not the most impressive Scotch you've ever had, but the one you think exhibits the best flavour profile for something called "Single Malt Scotch"? Highland Park often gets the nod here. Any other su...
by SasquatchMan
Tue Dec 07, 2004 12:17 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Overrated Whisky's
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

I understand you perfectly, Tom. I'm so excited every time I purchase a new bottle, that I can't BUT be disappointed. The only time I'm really pleasantly surprised is when I buy a not very expensive malt and it turns out to really be a pleaser. When I buy a $60 Cragganmore or Abunadh, I expect a bet...
by SasquatchMan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 9:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bruichladdich 15
Replies: 12
Views: 5932

Interesting point, dave - the 15 DOES change with a splash of water. The bottle says something about ideal drinking strength, but also mentions to go ahead and add a drop of h20, which I thought improved it's bouquet and general flavour profile.
by SasquatchMan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:33 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is an older whisky by definition a better whisky?
Replies: 25
Views: 10828

I'm so outrageously impressed with the McClelland's Highland... if this is indeed Glen Garioch bottled at 5 years, well, I'll have to get an older Garioch to compare. Admiral said it all in his post. Some get better, up to a point, some don't progress as much or as nicely, but certainly there is a m...
by SasquatchMan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Overrated Whisky's
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Admiral, my suspicion is the the little people, who are drinking for enjoyment, rather than "professionally", probably have a limited taste range that they would call enjoyable. If a whisky is too salty, too seaweedy, too whatever-unusual-flavour you can think of, it will find a few fans, ...
by SasquatchMan
Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:12 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bruichladdich 15
Replies: 12
Views: 5932

Admiral, I'd like to see your notes on the Bunnahabhain.

I'm not quite to the point of saying Bruichladdich is "bad" but it sure as hell doesn't stack up against others in the price range. But I won't be buying it anymore.
by SasquatchMan
Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:07 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Overrated Whisky's
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Overrated by whom, Tom? I've never seen a whisky proclaim itself to be anything but amazing. Imagine turning a tube in the liquor store and reading "This thoroughly mediocre whisky exhibits no particularly distinguishing character, and tends to have rough edges. Best served at the end of a long...
by SasquatchMan
Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bruichladdich 15
Replies: 12
Views: 5932

Bruichladdich 15

Well, some of you may remember a vote or two for Bruichladdich on the "Most Overhyped Whisky" thread, and mine was certainly one. I was so disappointed with the Bruichladdich 10 that I really couldn't imagine trying the other expressions, but a bottle of the 15 fell into my hands last nigh...
by SasquatchMan
Fri Dec 03, 2004 1:36 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Brandy - scam or just very average
Replies: 12
Views: 2895

Metaxa anyone? That's a brandy sort of thing that actually does have some character.
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bowmore Malts anyone?
Replies: 33
Views: 11766

Bowmore makes good stuff. Very reasonably priced around here, too.
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 27, 2004 6:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Your own "classic" whisky's?
Replies: 79
Views: 17099

Tom, this won't excite anyone, but I always have a bottle of Grant's for the mixing crowd, Laphroaig 10, Aberlour 10, usually a glendfiddich or glenmorangie of some type, and usually some Irish, ordinarily Bushmills malt. And a botlle of uncle Jack's too.
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky Scoring
Replies: 13
Views: 2678

The thing I don't like about whiskey "scoring" is that it gives me no idea what it tastes like, only a summation of how much I enjoyed various aspects of a dram - and that's obviously not the same thing. I really like some whiskies that I would score pretty low. Jack Daniel's old 7 for ins...
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Irish whiskey-for a scothdrinker seeking new experiences...
Replies: 16
Views: 4762

You haven't heard of Paddy's Revenge Cabernet? :lol:
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 8:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Irish whiskey-for a scothdrinker seeking new experiences...
Replies: 16
Views: 4762

Aidan, I certainly don't mean to be putting Irish whiskey down. I thoroughly enjoy the Bushmills malts. They have a delicate but earthy flavour, and a certain kind of pureness about them that I really like. My post was more an answer to the direct question of why Irish whiskey isn't more popular, an...
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 2:52 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Irish whiskey-for a scothdrinker seeking new experiences...
Replies: 16
Views: 4762

Aidan, while I won't argue about the snobbish element in the Scotch drinking crowd - I would point to the Bruichladdich situation for example. A whiskey that if it sold for $30 instead of $60, people would spit out. But sell it with a glass and charge a lot - well, it MUST be good. Snobbery notwiths...
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:04 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Irish whiskey-for a scothdrinker seeking new experiences...
Replies: 16
Views: 4762

It kind of depends on what you want... as far as I can tell, the Irish drink a lot of beer. If you want an Irish that is similar to Scotch, then maybe the Bushmills 16 yr... but if you are looking for something that is different than Scotch, something more along the lines of Redbreast or some other ...
by SasquatchMan
Sat Nov 13, 2004 1:01 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: -blank-
Replies: 8
Views: 1394

The article was informative, and thank you for it. But next time, just be up front with it. Trickery and shenanigans = never appreciated = makes me not want to do business.
by SasquatchMan
Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Any Feedback on Tamdhu?
Replies: 28
Views: 6930

A friend of mine went to BC from Alberta for a little holiday, and forgot about the price difference. I think he wound up buying a bottle of Aberlour for over 50 bucks. Alberta privatized liquor sales and instead of taxing a few bottles a million % they tax a million bottles a few percent. The Govt ...
by SasquatchMan
Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Any Feedback on Tamdhu?
Replies: 28
Views: 6930

Maybe as an independent it WOULD be worth it. It IS a decent dram. However, I'd not rate it anywhere near Cragganmore in terms of manners. It does NOT rate against A'bunadh, Highland Park, or any of the other stronger tasting whiskies (from any area). I'd prefer Tamdhu to Tamnavulin (which I won't b...
by SasquatchMan
Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:07 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Any Feedback on Tamdhu?
Replies: 28
Views: 6930

Frodo, I would rate Tamdhu as somewhere in flavor between Aberlour and Tamnavulin. It is a very middle-of-the-road speysider - but gosh, what kind of $ are you paying for it? It's about a dollar more than Aberlour out here - like $35 Cdn or so. An enjoyable, and strangely refreshing whisky. From wha...

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