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by JCSkinner
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:31 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Whiskey travels back in time on Ireland's Grand Canal
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Re: Whiskey travels back in time on Ireland's Grand Canal

Oh, I've more than an idea. I helped pick it! There are two casks of Locke's 'Grand Crew' 9 year old single malt, single cask whiskeys involved. Initially it was only one cask, but public interest has been so big that our second choice cask was also brought into play. There's more details on the Iri...
by JCSkinner
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Whiskey travels back in time on Ireland's Grand Canal
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Whiskey travels back in time on Ireland's Grand Canal

A cask of Irish whiskey will begin its journey by canal to Dublin this weekend for the first time in over half a century. On Saturday at 12 noon, we will travel five decades back in time to when whiskey was regularly transported from Ireland's Midlands distilleries to Dublin by canal. Using vintage ...
by JCSkinner
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: worst whisky ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 4133

Re: worst whisky ideas

Irishwhiskeynotes has an interesting article on whiskey and green tea.
http://www.irishwhiskeynotes.com
I think the worst whisky idea ever had to be powdered whisky. I believe the SWA hit the roof at the time.
by JCSkinner
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you could...
Replies: 15
Views: 1116

Re: If you could...

Redbreast 15 year old.
Or failing that, any non-chill filtered pure pot still Irish of 15 years or over.
Come on, IDL. What's the problem?
by JCSkinner
Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Looking for a Midleton very-very rare
Replies: 4
Views: 1728

Re: Looking for a Midleton very-very rare

Available here, along with other scarcer Midletons. But possibly not in the price bracket you had in mind?
http://celticwhiskeyshop.com/asp/catego ... ecordID=96
by JCSkinner
Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Searching for Midleton Single Cask
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

Re: Searching for Midleton Single Cask

I have a spare bottle of the Midleton single cask.
I'm not particularly interested in selling, but I am very seriously hunting a Karuizawa 1971, and will consider a trade.
Equally, anyone with any rare Bushmills bottlings could get in touch and we can talk.
by JCSkinner
Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Karuizawa 1971 V Midleton VR Single Cask
Replies: 0
Views: 926

Karuizawa 1971 V Midleton VR Single Cask

Hi. I can see that the economic downturn has sadly led many people to rationalise their collections. Can I say firstly that I hope that fortunes turn better for everyone as soon as possible. Okay, here's my problem. I missed out on the Karuizawa 1971 (my birth year) which never came to Ireland. As a...
by JCSkinner
Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Alcohol-free whisky??
Replies: 17
Views: 3315

Re: Alcohol-free whisky??

Scottish Spirits Ltd will supply the following components and raw materials: .....malt and alcohol. In addition, Scottish Spirits Ltd will supply the following onsite equipment: Filling machine, crimping machine, labeling machine, tanks, filter press and air pumps... What on earth does that mean? M...
by JCSkinner
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Alcohol-free whisky??
Replies: 17
Views: 3315

Re: Alcohol-free whisky??

This is the bit that concerns me most though: http://scottishspirits.com/_en/mfg_under_license_en.html Quote: "Scottish Spirits Ltd will supply the following components and raw materials: Glass bottles - 30 ml, 200 ml, 350 ml, 500 ml, 700 ml, 750 ml and 1,000 ml - caps, overcaps, labels, 12-pac...
by JCSkinner
Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Alcohol-free whisky??
Replies: 17
Views: 3315

Re: Alcohol-free whisky??

It's not apple juice, it's utterly artificial - malt extract juice plus flavourings. Here's their procurement page: http://scottishspirits.com/_en/purchasing_en.html In there, you can clearly read: "If you are a vendor and are interested in working with us, kindly send us your best offers for p...
by JCSkinner
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:19 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bushmills Rum Casks?
Replies: 5
Views: 1444

Re: Bushmills Rum Casks?

We had this discussion before if I remember rightly. Perhaps someone with better site-searching experience than me could link to the relevant thread? Anyhow, to repeat myself from back when, what you've got is the (to my mind very tasty indeed) Select Casks vatting, which is bourbon-casked Bush (lik...
by JCSkinner
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:13 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?
Replies: 100
Views: 11048

Re: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?

Worst? I've had a few; but then again too few to mention!! Sorry I couldn't forgo the 'My way' reference. Paddy, White Label Bushmills, Johnny Walker Red and Dunphy's I found extremely offensive to three, possibly even four of my senses. Harsh words there about two entry level Irish blends that are...
by JCSkinner
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?
Replies: 100
Views: 11048

Re: So, what's the worst whisky you've tasted?

Edradour tokaji finish.
Even the mrs won't touch it, and she'll drink most things happily.
by JCSkinner
Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: The Irish Whiskey Society Inaugural Meeting
Replies: 1
Views: 734

Re: The Irish Whiskey Society Inaugural Meeting

A splendid night it was too.
Great to see such a turnout and such a society has been long overdue.
Credit is due to Michael - a Scot no less! - for organising us feckless Irish whiskey fans at long last!
by JCSkinner
Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Old comber and coleraine whiskey
Replies: 8
Views: 5494

Re: Old comber and coleraine whiskey

I take it you mean Coleraine whiskey from the now defunct Coleraine distillery rather than the cheap and cheerful young blend Bushmills make with that name? There was an aged bottling some years ago and those bottles are now going for silly money. I've never had the pleasure sadly. I do have a coupl...
by JCSkinner
Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are they right in the Isle of Man?
Replies: 6
Views: 778

Re: Are they right in the Isle of Man?

Hi Willie and Mr T. It seems to me the man is being incendiary for the sake of it, in the hope of seeming 'hip' and iconoclastic while pushing his 'clear whiskey spirit' product. Certainly, and I've studied the history of Ireland in the 1840s, I've never came across any mention of Scottish distiller...
by JCSkinner
Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Are they right in the Isle of Man?
Replies: 6
Views: 778

Are they right in the Isle of Man?

A few years back, I got given a bottle of Manx spirit, a so-called clear whiskey made in the Isle of Man. It tasted young, unexciting and quickly forgotten. Anyhow, I was looking at their website recently when I read this: http://www.manxspirit.com/history.htm Some very controversial opinions expres...
by JCSkinner
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:24 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2797

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

The couple of oz whiskies i've tried have been of a high quality. The taste profiles are definately different to any other whisky but as with most it just depends on your taste. The Great Outback Rare Old Australian Single Malt Whisky is definately one of the better (and distinct) single malts i've...
by JCSkinner
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2797

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

Twice the distilleries...
A fraction of the output...
None of the quality...?
by JCSkinner
Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Redbreast 15, where to find...?
Replies: 100
Views: 11287

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

No luck required. I walk down the road for 20 minutes, and voila! An off-licence with a small stock of Redbreast 15 yo at a semi-reasonable price (ie less than you're seeking to extort.) Everyone's right, by the way. It is 120 euro at Midleton and in the Celtic Whiskey Shop. It is no longer availabl...
by JCSkinner
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Redbreast 15, where to find...?
Replies: 100
Views: 11287

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

A_High_Court_Judge wrote:REDBREAST 15 y.o.
1 case x 6 bottles.
Collectable at an Irish Pub near Munich.

Eur 550. Complete.


Add in the cost of shipping and that's no bargain for a whiskey that retailed at 55 euro a bottle in Germany in July.
I can get it cheaper in Dublin.
by JCSkinner
Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:21 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1634199

Re: What are you drinking now?

Drinking Bushmills 21 yo.
Because people on TV keep telling me I'm worth it. Hasn't got me buying any of their face cream, but it did send me to the best open bottle in the house. Who says ads don't work?
by JCSkinner
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: White Bowmore?
Replies: 8
Views: 2206

Re: White Bowmore?

I had a dram of this last night, kindly provided by Bowmore at the Auchentoshan Tasting organised by the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin.
All I can say is, it's reputation is well-earned. This is easily the finest whiskey I've ever had. It's just a crying shame it's so damn pricey.
by JCSkinner
Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:29 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries
Replies: 42
Views: 2797

Re: 'Minor' whisk(e)y countries

Fair points. I hope I am wrong and I wish the Irish whiskey industry well. And I hope that will come about from increased interest in pure pot still whiskey as a style that is distinctive to Ireland. I'll drink to that. I should also disclose that as soon as I've made my first €100m I plan on ope...
by JCSkinner
Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: Whisky Events
Topic: Auchentoshan Tasting In Dublin
Replies: 3
Views: 1222

Re: Auchentoshan Tasting In Dublin

Got the pass! I'll be there. Anyone else? I saw the list (upside down as I was added to it) today and it looks like a good crowd are coming, though it may not be quite sold out yet. So if anyone has a last minute urge to sample Auchentoshan, now's the time to get your ticket. I also picked up a coup...
by JCSkinner
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

I'm going to have to bail as well. The Mrs just walked in the door after a week in the Canaries (without me! Meh.) :evil: Look at all of us, running for the carriage before it turns into a pumpkin! I'll be back tomorrow and I'm looking forward to reading people's perspectives on more Irish whiskeys!...
by JCSkinner
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Sorry Nick. I edited my post. I was thinking of a different Bushmills 1608.
by JCSkinner
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

I love the 1608 too. It's annoying you can only get it in duty free. I saw it in RMW earlier JC and they have it in the website: 1608 at RMW You can have it delivered to your door (for a price of course). Cheers for that, Willie. Fortunately, I have a couple of 33cl bottles in the cabinet, but I'll...
by JCSkinner
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

This is the gass thing about whiskey ... we as individuals have very different tastes and maybe sometimes certain tastes are accentuated in my taste buds and vice versa with JC so we get 2 varying reports. I have to say the 1608 really does it for me and I can honestly say it is probably one of my ...
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Bushmills Select Casks 12yo - travel retail. I can't my head round this one at all - to me it's like the Bushmills 10, just bland, but the rum cask influence seems to have given it a tangy, off-key element. I have now tried this about 6 or 7 times, after buying it earlier this year, and can't fatho...
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Moving on to the Knappogue 94, courtesy of Micheal. Nose: Cut grass from the off. You'd know straight out that this was Bushmills spirit. But then there's some new things - exotic fruit like lychees, fudge, cocoa powder. Palate: Milk chocolate, a creaminess coating the whole mouth, followed in turn ...
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Okay, the Connemara 12 yo now. Top of the range, but like Adrian said already, not the best to my mind. Nose: Feinty again. Pineapples, more nail varnish, and carbolic soap type phenols. Not so smokey, perhaps as a result of some extra time in the wood, but I'm not getting too much vanilla character...
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Redbreast 12 courtesy IWC Nose : Honey, vanilla custard, cream - yumm Palate : This is amazing. There is so much going on here that it's hard to identify individual components. But it's just lovely. Sweet, malty, creamy, spicey, oaky, sherry?, everything Finish : Long, long. Vanilla, oak and raisin...
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Willie JJ wrote:Sorry about that guys. Its been in the post since Tuesday, but that's clearly not enough. :(


Not your fault. Witness our national postal service, An Post in (in)action!
:headbang:
by JCSkinner
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)
Replies: 112
Views: 15707

Re: Irish Whiskey - 15th November - 7pm (GMT)

Okay, the OB Connemara now. Nose: It shows a lot of family resemblance to the CS here. More feinty nail varnish, pear drops, perfumy and solvents in general really, plus charcoal smoke. Maybe not as rich a nose as the CS. Palate: There's a serious caramel mouthfeel here. Cooley aren't pulling a Jame...

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