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by lucabeer
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Peat Ceiling Effect?
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

Re: Peat Ceiling Effect?

Glad you found that part of my tasting note interesting! And yes, the idea of logarithmic senses came from my experience with sound (myself being a Hi-Fi enthusiast). Also sight works that way: and it's the reason why gamma curves on digital cameras are exponential, to compensate this lack of linear...
by lucabeer
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan Fine Oak 8 & 12 YO
Replies: 7
Views: 3713

You know, they like Grappa in Italy as well! ;) Again, I tend to hate grappa... and I am Italian! :D Not the food either: after some of the Italian food that I like (pasta, lasagne, risotto with mushrooms/pumpkins/cheese, melanzane alla parmigiana, ecc. ecc.) I think that a heavily sherried malt go...
by lucabeer
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan Fine Oak 8 & 12 YO
Replies: 7
Views: 3713

Why do they like those young malts so much in Italy ? Strange... Strange indeed. I am Italian, and I don't like these overly young malts too much. The problem is that the brands always pushed these young single malts as an alternative to blends... and as such, meant to go with ice. And with ice, ev...
by lucabeer
Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan Fine Oak 8 & 12 YO
Replies: 7
Views: 3713

I have! I think that it's not that far from the 12yo. There was much more difference between the previous "sherry" 7yo and the previous "sherry" 12yo, than there is between the Fine Oak 8yo and the Fine Oak 12yo. I am not crazy about the Fine Oak series, but the 8yo is actually q...
by lucabeer
Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Springbank Rum Finish?
Replies: 6
Views: 2764

I am not very fond of the Rum finished Springbank (at least the latest bottling, from 2004 if i remember correctly). Nothing too exciting about it, although certainly not bad. Just a bit above average, I'd say.

Certainly not as sweet as the Port version (of which I am not fond either, anyway).
by lucabeer
Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:06 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Serendipity
Replies: 10
Views: 4255

Bad stuff, this Serendipity. I actually prefer the Glen Moray 12 to it... And of course it's not even comparable to pure Ardbeg!
by lucabeer
Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: ARDBEG KILDALTON - ANY GOOD ?
Replies: 11
Views: 4074

The 1980 was marketed as unpeated, but IMHO it actually was lightly peaty. I could clearly detect some peat hidden in the sweetness.

Great release, IMHO. Just a bit different than usual...
by lucabeer
Sun Jan 08, 2006 5:25 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Musings about Ardbeg and the future
Replies: 7
Views: 3194

I am a big fan of Ardbeg, not only the old ones (the few I have tried) but also the recent younger bottlings. That said, I think it would be a shame if they decided not to mature some of their actual production in sherry casks. The Uigeadail proves that some sherry can actually bring a great lot if ...
by lucabeer
Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Port Ellen recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 6032

I've yet to have a PE I didn't like, or a Bowmore I did. Look around (if you can find it!) for a Bowmore 1974 (a 23 or 25 year old, if I remember correctly) by Signatory. It's in the flat dumpy bottles, not in the tall ones. It's bottled at 49% and it's great: completely different from any OB Bowmo...
by lucabeer
Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Talisker 20 or 25?
Replies: 11
Views: 8272

IMHO the 20 (I have only tried the one from refill bourbon casks): it's edgier, more peppery than the 25.

The 25 is very good, but a bit too honeyed (with hints of propolis) for my taste compared to the dry and austere 20.

Both are very good, anyhow.
by lucabeer
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glen Grant
Replies: 31
Views: 10167

Yes! The main character's name was Michele... the "whisky expert"!

We all remember his sentence: "Colore chiaro, gusto pulito, è Glen Grant!" (Clear colour, clean taste, it's Glen Grant!).
by lucabeer
Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:29 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glen Grant
Replies: 31
Views: 10167

The 5 yo is the big seller, and it is promoted as a long drink and for its "mixability" - I recall an ad campaign in the late 1990s recommending folks drink it topped up with apple juice. Primarily targeted at European markets, especially Italy. A bit too "young" and lacking in ...
by lucabeer
Tue May 31, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: DOES YOUR PARTNER LIKE A MALT TOO ?
Replies: 20
Views: 3403

My wife does not like whisky very much, except for Aberlour 15, Laphroaig Quarter Cask and some Rare Malts like the Royal Lochnagar or Rosebank (but with some water).

Go figure...
by lucabeer
Wed May 25, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Serendipity - Ardbeg/Glen Moray
Replies: 48
Views: 24012

IMHO it's very weak and watery, very un-Ardbegish. Quite unexciting.

A bit like dry white wine with some extra punch, and very little peat.

Not very complex, either.
by lucabeer
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: New Ardbeg on the horizon
Replies: 32
Views: 11211

The lighted peated '81 Ardbeg is not that Ardeg-like to begin with. To water it down further with Glen Moray does sound dubious in hindsight. I enjoyed A17 but it was vatted with some peatier stuff too and there seems to have been light and lighter batches of that one; mine were all good. Harry Act...
by lucabeer
Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: New Ardbeg on the horizon
Replies: 32
Views: 11211

I tried the Serendipity... well, I'm afraid it's not great...

Very bland, almost watery. No obvious Ardbeg influence (practically no peat!), neither much of Glen Moray's peachy fruitiness.

Quite boring. It reminded me of dry white wine.
by lucabeer
Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Longrow 10 & 14
Replies: 19
Views: 7230

Hm....I seem to be getting the idea that Longrow of any age and finish is almost a waste of money? - Or at least highly overpriced! Does that mean Springbank is a good option - the 15 YO perhaps? Skål! Christian If you want a Springbank/Longrow, either go for a very old one (expensive!) or for the ...
by lucabeer
Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: favorite label/bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 6981

I like the Lagavulin bottle very much, although I slightly prefer Ardbeg for the content!

Also the Rare Malts have very restrained but intriguing labels.
by lucabeer
Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Longrow 10 & 14
Replies: 19
Views: 7230

Personally I think that the Longrow 14 (autumn 2004 release) sucks big time: sour, disagreeable, weirdly sherried and with clashing flavours. It is the malt I have scored lowest in my malt mileage on MaltManiacs.

I prefer the 10yo, though it's overpriced.
by lucabeer
Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: FWS
Replies: 37
Views: 5669

These days I am enjoying a bottle, opened a few weeks ago, of Bowmore Darkest. Well, it sure is weird. Perfume is OK, but taste and aftertaste have noticeable winey taste which at times is even strongly reminiscent of violets. It's not disgusting at all, simply very weird. Maybe this is what is ofte...
by lucabeer
Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Residue in Whisky Bottle
Replies: 25
Views: 12226

So it's not dandruff... I'm relieved!
by lucabeer
Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 56
Views: 9190

30 years old.
by lucabeer
Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What's your Dram-size
Replies: 47
Views: 24539

40-50 ml. Yes, I like a big dram!
by lucabeer
Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Residue in Whisky Bottle
Replies: 25
Views: 12226

C_I wrote:Interesting that you (lucabeer) also find white precipitation (white flakes even, bit like dandruff?) in the Talisker 1986 DE.


Yes, like dandruff (yuck!). And some little brown specks, too.

In the Springbank, hugish long flakes. They looked a bit like wax crumbles.
by lucabeer
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:04 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Residue in Whisky Bottle
Replies: 25
Views: 12226

I had the residues in a Springbank 10, and also in a Talisker DE 1986.

I don't think it's an issue...
by lucabeer
Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 60-quid investment
Replies: 5
Views: 1690

Campbell, See if you can spot a Macallan 18Y old 1985 or a 1984. Because they stopped with the vintage years. And Macallan is has been vallueable thru the years at auctions. Cheers, Erik I am pretty sure that the 1984 and 1985 Macallan 18Y were not vintage anymore... Last vintage was 1983, if I am ...
by lucabeer
Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Lagavulin 16yo... going, going, gone?
Replies: 48
Views: 15567

The Classic Malts - of which Lagavulin 16 is the proud flagship - is one of the greatest marketing triumphs Diageo ever achieved. I would be very surprised to see them undo the theme. I guess it depends on which market you look at: here in Italy Diageo puts great effort in pushing Talisker. Sure, t...
by lucabeer
Fri Jan 14, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Talisker: Very sweet, and where is the pepper?
Replies: 37
Views: 12503

The good stuff was in a clear box, with the map of Skye all over it.

http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/Ima ... ker-10.jpg


I still have one bottle of it at home, intact. I plan to open it soon!
by lucabeer
Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Is there any 25y.o. Dalwhinnie
Replies: 8
Views: 2870

Here in Torino I have recently seen a 29yo OB, but the price is outrageous (234 Euro)... no 25, sorry.
by lucabeer
Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bunnahabhain Vanishing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3490

SasquatchMan wrote:I went shopping for my traditional Christmas beer - Moretti, from Italy, and couldn't find it this year.


What kind of Moretti do you enjoy?

The regular, the Baffo D'Oro, the Sans Souci, the Sans Souci Ice, or the Rossa?
by lucabeer
Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: need information
Replies: 10
Views: 1658

I only tried the ordinary Ballantines blend (no age statement): boring, dull, to say the least. Only alcohol, little flavor.

To tell the truth, if you let it oxidate for a few months in an opened bottle, it actually improves, revealing a delicate sweetness. But not my cup of tea!
by lucabeer
Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2203

ry6265 wrote:thanks lucabeer!

I wounder if the chinese movies are in your language?


Never! I order my DVDs from Hong Kong so that I can enjoy them in Cantonese/Mandarin with English subtitles... I really can't stand to see oriental movies with dubbing!
by lucabeer
Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:03 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2203

Hi Richard, and welcome!

I am a fan of Chinese movies, so since you come from the land of John Woo, Zhang Yimou, Jet Li, Tony Leung, Chow Yun Fat and many others, you are DOUBLY welcome! :)
by lucabeer
Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:55 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What gets pushed to the back of the cupboard?
Replies: 41
Views: 6614

Longrow 14 (recent release): very sour, almost astringent... The sherry (probably amoroso?) is very badly integrated, almost no peat at all. Springbank Port Wood OB 2004 release Yes, it seems that the recent bottlings from Campbeltown are going downhill! At least I managed to find two days ago a dis...
by lucabeer
Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12287
Views: 1264406

I still do remember the Lagavulin DE 1979, that was a great dram. I wonder who still got a bottle of that fine stuff??? Cheers, Erik I have just finished a bottle of the 1979. I had never drunk the Lag DE before, and it was a bit disappointing: TOO sweet, sometimes unbearably (for my taste). Not ba...

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