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by lexkraai
Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Michael Jackson
Replies: 75
Views: 8557

My very first steps in the world of malt whisky were taken with a copy of the "Malt Whisky Companion" in my hand. After being introduced to single malt whisky (Lagavulin 16 y.o.) by a friend of mine, Michael's book was my first guide to the malt whisky distilleries of Scotland and their whiskies. Mi...
by lexkraai
Mon May 22, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: What is your 'Strangest' Whis(e)y?
Replies: 61
Views: 12356

My strangest whisky, without a shadow of a doubt: Laotian Snake Whisky. It's got 2 young cobras in the bottle ..... Picture and tasting notes here: http://www.celticmalts.com/edge.htm (scroll down to the May 1, 2003 entry)

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu May 18, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Aberdeen Airport, Shetland Islands..Where to buy miniatures?
Replies: 8
Views: 1949

Shetland is a fabulous place. I was there for a week a few years ago (week Orkney - week Shetland - week Islay). Two suggestions for drinks-related places: the Valhalla brewery (Britain's northernmost brewery, tiny but making great beers; you can buy their beers everywhere on the islands) and the si...
by lexkraai
Thu May 11, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Mannochmore / Loch Dhu V2?
Replies: 32
Views: 9076

Agree with Iain and kallaskander. Double-charring is a meaningless term until someone really explains to me how you can get from black to blacker. Also, in the US bourbon industry there are different levels of char. Even bourbons matured in barrels with the highest level of char are dark red, and ne...
by lexkraai
Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Whisky News
Topic: The Norfolk Whisky Company
Replies: 9
Views: 8223

Just to add: there's a second English distillery being built in the Lake District, which hopes to start distilling pretty soon as well. Web-site is here:
http://www.lakelandwhisky.com/

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Magazine
Topic: Issue #54
Replies: 47
Views: 13858

Got mine the Monday straight after Whisky Live.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Whisky News
Topic: New dedicated whisky glass
Replies: 14
Views: 10350

Hi neighbour!

Riannon is still sorting out details of European distribution. Best to contact her directly (riannon@celticmalts.com) to ask when it will be available in the UK.

Cheers, Lex

P.S. Are you connected to the university here by any chance?
by lexkraai
Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: Whisky News
Topic: New dedicated whisky glass
Replies: 14
Views: 10350

Yes, I have. In comparison with the Glencairn glass, it focusses the nose much better IMHO.

Cheers, Lex

Disclaimer: some of you know I'm connected to Celtic Malts through Celtic Spirit, but this connection has no financial angle.
by lexkraai
Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: thoughts about whisky live 2006 london ......
Replies: 14
Views: 6570

Welcome back to the forum, Lex...


Thanks Aidan! Have been very busy moving house and job, but now getting a wee bit more time again for the nicer aspects of life :wink:

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: thoughts about whisky live 2006 london ......
Replies: 14
Views: 6570

On the vouchers: there was exacly one stand holder who asked for a voucher once. All the others didn't bother. This is NOT criticism, but in my opinion exactly how a voucher system should work at such events: it gives the option to refuse pouring to those who clearly have had enough, at the discreti...
by lexkraai
Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: thoughts about whisky live 2006 london ......
Replies: 14
Views: 6570

Matt, I really enjoyed myself (couldn't go both days this time, so only Saturday). Was it just my perception or where there fewer stands than previous years? Notable absentees were Bruichladdich, Macallan, Ardbeg (yes, I know the Moet stand had a few Ardbegs, but I missed chatting to the Ardbeg peop...
by lexkraai
Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: Whisky Magazine
Topic: Whisky Magazine Online
Replies: 26
Views: 8803

I'm based in the UK and have had a paper subscription from issue one (so I have the full 'archive' ready to access at home, including my self-made index to all articles and tastings). I normally get the mag one or two days after it being published, so paying extra for on-line access certainly isn't ...
by lexkraai
Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:19 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: MYSTERIOUS WAITROSE 23 YEAR OLD
Replies: 12
Views: 4578

I've seen various distilleries being mentioned as the origin of this port-matured Speyside, but nothing with anything more than hearsay. One thing is clear, though, the bottle of 21 y.o. I bought some time ago was one of the best port-whiskies I've ever had! And the port certainly didn't drown out t...
by lexkraai
Wed May 25, 2005 7:19 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Does Anybody Hand Warm Their Whisky?
Replies: 20
Views: 6819

Same here; it opens the nose up without the disadvantage of diluting the palate. And no problem with the Glencairn glasses for me.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Fri May 20, 2005 2:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Knappogue Castle 1994
Replies: 34
Views: 12995

If anyone is interested: my personal tasting notes of almost 30 different Irish malts (including KC 1994) plus several cask samples was published in 'Malt Maniacs' recently: http://www.maltmadness.com/mm13a.html#13-12

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Wed May 11, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: Whisky News
Topic: *Scotch whisky proposals – Association puts its case*
Replies: 18
Views: 14140

Shock, horror, Iain, I'd never thought you'd stoop this low :wink: OK, seriously, I can see the SWA's point in wanting to get rid of the term 'vatted malt' even though it's a term which has been used for a long time and is clearly defined among whisky enthusiasts. I take their point that's it not a ...
by lexkraai
Thu Apr 28, 2005 9:47 am
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: How did your collection get started?
Replies: 10
Views: 4347

Of course, my collection is a drinking collection and every bottle will be opened sooner or later. Whisky is made to be enjoyed for its taste and not for just sitting in a bottle which gathers dust on a shelf .....

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: How did your collection get started?
Replies: 10
Views: 4347

Curious, Dave .... I got into whisky in 1994, the first bottle I bought was a Lagavulin 16 and the second bottle a Dalwhinnie 15 .... And from then onwards it got completely out of control :wink:

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: SMWS Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

Same here: didn't see anything suspicious and signed up. Got a confirmation e-mail a few days later.


Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best of the 2 most common/popular malts
Replies: 22
Views: 5765

Assuming you mean the basic expressions of both, my choice between the two would be for Glenlivet, as I feel it has more a bit more taste, especially fruity flavours, than Glenfiddich.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Questions about bourbon/American whiskey
Replies: 20
Views: 6834

The production process of George Dickel / Jack Daniels does not differ from that of any bourbon except for one step: GD/JD filter their stuff through a very thick pile of sugar maple charcoal before maturation. This is called the 'Lincoln Country Process' and sets them apart as 'Tennessee Whiskey'. ...
by lexkraai
Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Questions about bourbon/American whiskey
Replies: 20
Views: 6834

There is a brand on the market called 'Early Times'. It used to be a bourbon legally, but has in recent years been matured in casks that have been used before for bourbon maturation. So it can't call itself a 'bourbon', but is labelled as a 'Kentucky Whiskey'. The regulations for corn whiskey for in...
by lexkraai
Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Questions about bourbon/American whiskey
Replies: 20
Views: 6834

Hi Aidan Is the rye in rye whiskeys malted? With the exception of Old Potrero, the rye in American rye whiskies is not malted. The necessary enzymes are provided by the (malted) barley in the mash bill. Old Potrero is made from 100% malted rye; other rye whiskies from a mixture of grains containing ...
by lexkraai
Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Matls-L connexion?
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

The archives of malts-L have just been moved. Try https://www.lists.uni-karlsruhe.de/arch ... lts-l.html

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: what whisky is like the old west type?
Replies: 10
Views: 8115

Old Potrero has two basic expressions: their '18th century style' is matured in toasted barrels for something like 2 years. Their '19th century style' in charred barrels for 3 years. Idea is that in the 18th century maturation would have been shorter (if it happened at all) and not in charred barrel...
by lexkraai
Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Mini-distilleries, Why not?
Replies: 16
Views: 3578

That's what I heard as well, but I don't have solid confirmation.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Mini-distilleries, Why not?
Replies: 16
Views: 3578

Is already happening in Scotland: Loch Ewe hopes to be up and running by the end of the year (is what 'Highland John' told me). Check out http://www.hotelaultbea.co.uk/ for more details.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: London forum users --get together
Replies: 12
Views: 2229

I live in Ascot, so London is not too far away for me. A Saturday afternoon/evening would normally work out for me as long as I know in advance. As to a venue, if we have enough SMWS members (I am one), the London clubroom would be an obvious one .... Members can take up to 3 guests along, so that m...
by lexkraai
Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Distillery 'club'
Replies: 8
Views: 1611

I'm not aware of any official club or web-site for this, but visiting all Scotland's distilleries is sometimes referred to as 'doing a Barnard' ....

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Islay distillery hunting
Replies: 9
Views: 3266

Graham is the 'someone' I referred to!

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Islay distillery hunting
Replies: 9
Views: 3266

Port Ellen distillery was a sad pile of rubble when I was last there (summer of 2003). You're not supposed to access the site, but as there was no one around I did wander in and around the buildings. Two of the three pagodas were still there, but all is empty shells. Some of the Port Charlotte wareh...
by lexkraai
Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: World Whisky Guide: Jim Murray
Replies: 2
Views: 2537

How does this book compare with the Whisky Bible by the same author?? Anyone who has read both books? Yep, I have. The Whisky Bible(s) couldn't be more different from the World Whisky Guide. It's got tasting notes, tasting notes and tasting notes (plus scores) of a massive amount of whiskies (malts...
by lexkraai
Mon Mar 28, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Peated single malts
Replies: 18
Views: 3670

How on earth could I forget to list what is probably my favourite distillery??? Thanks Harry!

Lex
by lexkraai
Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Peated single malts
Replies: 18
Views: 3670

If you want to explore peated malts more, then try one or more of the following:

Laphroaig
Lagavulin
Talisker
Brora
Longrow

Others will no doubt add to this wee list


Enjoy!
Lex
by lexkraai
Sat Mar 26, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: International Whiskey
Replies: 9
Views: 1720

'Antipodean' and 'Cradle Mountain Double Malt' are both vattings of Springbank and Cradle Mountain. This vatting was bottled under both names, though I'm not sure whether it was for different markets or different points in time. Look at the name on the box in the third picture at http://www.tasmania...

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