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by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Cragganmore 12 notably changed when 1/3 full
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

Re: Cragganmore 12 notably changed when 1/3 full

Hi all, About 2 months ago I've purchased a bottle of Cragganmore 12. It's a lovely dram, and the smell is pleasant in particular. This weekend my wife and I wanted to have another Cragganmore dram. The bottle was about 1/3 full. To our surprise, the whisky was flat and lifeless. It had only faded,...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1545339

Re: What are you drinking now?

Drinking Bushmills Black Bush, an old friend that i haven't visited much in years.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1545339

Re: What are you drinking now?

DrinksGalore88 wrote:Right now I'm drinking coffee from Dunkin Donuts for the first time. Did anyone know that this stuff is actually quite good? Never would've thought Dunkin serves some decent joe.


Great coffee indeed!
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 1950s bottle johnnie walker red label
Replies: 1
Views: 797

Re: 1950s bottle johnnie walker red label

Mick86 wrote:Can anyone help me on were I can find the value of my old bottle of scotch and who I can sell it to I've been told it's worth around $500 to $600 please help


There's no way it is worth that much.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Johnnie walker green label
Replies: 14
Views: 10018

Re: Johnnie walker green label

Green Label is back for a limited time (so says Diageo according to an email I received):

http://jason-scotchreviews.blogspot.ca/ ... label.html
by Novice Scotch Fan
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: "Old Grand-dad Whiskey" Any info?
Replies: 10
Views: 33127

Re: "Old Grand-dad Whiskey" Any info?

I just picked up a bottle of the 43% ABV for $16.99 and it is great value. As others have mentioned, plenty of rye to taste, with nice balance and a decent finish. What a bargain!
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Most Improved Single Malt?
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: Most Improved Single Malt?

thanks! I am particularly impressed with the Glenlivet 18.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Most Improved Single Malt?
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Most Improved Single Malt?

Distilleries like baseball teams have their ups and downs.

In your opinion which is the most improved in the last five years? Gone from being wobbly to being quite good.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:26 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Smokehead
Replies: 42
Views: 46918

Re: Smokehead

Does anybody know if Ian Macleod Distilleries Ltd. do anything to the malt sourced from Ardbeg (my guess) that makes up Smokehead? I mean do they take it and just bottle it or do they age it further in different wood, etc? Kinda like what Gordon & Macphail do with some releases?
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Anti-Foaming Agent Use in Distillation of Scotch Whisky?
Replies: 11
Views: 3712

Re: Anti-Foaming Agent Use in Distillation of Scotch Whisky?

Most distilleries use defoaming agents. Some may not - i'm not sure - but many have defoaming arms that rotate above the washbacks. At Springbank they suspend a bucket that tilts when the foam rises and lifts it, which applies the defoamer. I'm not certain of what agents are used and by whom, but m...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:17 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Anti-Foaming Agent Use in Distillation of Scotch Whisky?
Replies: 11
Views: 3712

Anti-Foaming Agent Use in Distillation of Scotch Whisky?

An acquaintance of mine who is very passionate about scotch whisky was over to Scotland this summer and through his contacts managed to get an "unofficial" tour of some distilleries after hours. He saw the use of anti-foaming agents in the washback or beer still phase. The fellow giving th...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan 12 being discontinued???
Replies: 18
Views: 11973

Re: Macallan 12 being discontinued???

The rumours about Johnnie Walker Green started much the same way. At first just rumours, then Diageo started pulling it from certain markets and then one day production ceased.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan 12 being discontinued???
Replies: 18
Views: 11973

Re: Macallan 12 being discontinued???

Thanks for the snarky comment. Much appreciated.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Macallan 12 being discontinued???
Replies: 18
Views: 11973

Macallan 12 being discontinued???

I heard a rumour from a fairly authoritative source that Macallan 12 may be discontinued and replaced with a NAS.

Anybody heard anything along these lines?
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:28 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfarclas 15 vs 17 vs 21
Replies: 6
Views: 5507

Re: Glenfarclas 15 vs 17 vs 21

...the 15... It's a beautifully balanced sherried whisky. Yes, the 15-year old did go through what some might consider a bit of a 'patchy period' a while back, when the whisky seemed less impacted by Sherry oak, more herbal in character and a tad unbalanced toward the spirity extreme of the flavour...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfarclas 15 or GlenDronach 15?
Replies: 9
Views: 4406

Re: Glenfarclas 15 or GlenDronach 15?

I just picked up a bottle of Glenfarclas 15 and I must say I am disappointed. A little spirity and lacking sufficient complexity of flavor (think velvety sherry upon palate) for the price point. Maybe this year's release is an off year, well no maybe about it, it is a little off.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed May 16, 2012 3:56 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Auchentoshan / Three Wood Matured
Replies: 7
Views: 2341

Re: Auchentoshan / Three Wood Matured

Terrible stuff. What a waste of my money. Nose (undiluted): Subtle, very subtle, hot chocolate, vanilla and sherry. Palate (undiluted) A rounded body delivering sherry, mushroom, brackish water and preserved beets. Finish (undiluted) Carmelized onion, pepper, bitter fig, bay leaf, and some bad smoke.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue May 08, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24092
Views: 1545339

Re: What are you drinking now?

White Horse and it is as good as I remembered it.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue May 08, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: is caol ila(sb)anyones favourite islay?
Replies: 26
Views: 5730

Re: is caol ila(sb)anyones favourite islay?

Traditionally the main islay malt in White Horse was Lagavulin. Might be different these days though. I think its now Caol Ila. I'm not so sure about that. I just got a bottle in North Carolina and it states on the back label that Lagavulin is at its "heart". Diageo wouldnt make that clai...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue May 08, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: August 2011 Live Tasting - Pre 1980 Distillates
Replies: 18
Views: 22213

Re: August 2011 Live Tasting - Pre 1980 Distillates

Willie JJ wrote:
Ganga wrote: I've been told the older White Horse blends included Lagavulin.

No doubt about that. Probably until fairly recently I would have thought


I think Lagavulin is still a component. I just acquired a bottle in North Carolina and it says on the back label that Lagavulin is in the blend.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Fri May 04, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Johnnie Walker Double Black
Replies: 9
Views: 4276

Re: Johnnie Walker Double Black

I bought a bottle and since I like JWB I was curious about the DB, my conclusion was that the 12yo presents as a blend and a very good one at that. The Double Black is kissing cousins nearer to a malt however the peat smoke is not significantly bigger but it all melds together nicely. Still the Dou...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue May 01, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Johnnie Walker Double Black
Replies: 9
Views: 4276

Re: Johnnie Walker Double Black

Here in Canada it is $69 a bottle. That's a lot for a no-age-statement blended scotch.

No, I would not agree that all scotch is over priced. Consider the following:

Teacher's
Black Bottle
Te Bheagh
GlenDronach 12
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:43 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Johnnie Walker Double Black
Replies: 9
Views: 4276

Johnnie Walker Double Black

What do you think of it?

Here's what I think:

- overpriced;

- balanced Islay emphasized blend;

Pleasant enough, but I think this is not much better or different than Black Bottle.

C'mon, weigh in on this.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:14 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfarclas 15 or GlenDronach 15?
Replies: 9
Views: 4406

Re: Glenfarclas 15 or GlenDronach 15?

I have been recently drinking both of these fine bottles and I would have to say the GlenDronach 15 slightly edges out the Glenfarclas. GlenDronach 15 is more complex and has greater concentration of flavor, not that Glenfarclas is a shrinking violet. both are excellent, and Glenfarclas has better q...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Would buying ARDMORE be like TEACHERS?
Replies: 3
Views: 997

Re: Would buying ARDMORE be like TEACHERS?

The answer is: yes.

Ardmore Traditional Cask and Teachers share a lot of common characteristics. I recommend the Traditional Cask.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glenfiddich 18
Replies: 11
Views: 5688

Re: Glenfiddich 18

The consensus among many is that the 15 Solera is superior (an opinion I hold), but that being said, the 18 is very good. I like both.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What Whisky Industry Practice should be outlawed?
Replies: 11
Views: 946

Re: What Whisky Industry Practice should be outlawed?

I thought it would be something other than coloring, as everyone knows about that.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What Whisky Industry Practice should be outlawed?
Replies: 11
Views: 946

What Whisky Industry Practice should be outlawed?

Click on this link: http://www.thewhiskywire.com/2010/11/whisky-insiders-sam-simmons.html It takes you to an interview with Sam Simmons, global ambassador for Balvenie. In the interview, the second to last question and answer exchange goes like this: Q: What do you think is going to be the next big ...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10889
Views: 1005191

Re: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.

Oh, I got carried away today and bought Glenfarclas 12, 15, 17 and 21. I gotta get back on budget!
by Novice Scotch Fan
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What do you think of the Hibiki 12?
Replies: 3
Views: 2659

Re: What do you think of the Hibiki 12?

The 17 is incredible and lightyears better than the 12. Trouble is sourcing it in the US is very difficult. Last time (about a month ago) I looked into it, the 17 was not being distributed at all in the US.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?

You're absolutely right that the cc could change the flavor profiles in something as delicate as whisky, my real goal was to show that there isn't much cc added to assure color consistency. That being said, I still believe that most people could not tell the difference. You would need a very well t...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?

So Dredman, what offensive flavor do you believe excessive caramel imparts to the spirit? Bitterness? Inquiring minds want to know.
by Novice Scotch Fan
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?

Apparently, Bowmore Darkest is finished in Oloroso sherry casks for two years. This is a very dark malt, like one of the darkest I have ever seen. I find it hard to believe that two years in sherry casks would color it that much. Accordingly, the marking in Germany that colorant is added makes sense...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Adding water.
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: Adding water.

Adding water depends on the malt. I never add anything to Highland Park 12, 15, 18 or 25. But, I always add a little to Cragganmore 12, Glenlivet 18 and some cask strength bottlings of other distilleries. Why? I find a little water can make the flavor profile more nuanced, complex if you will. Of co...
by Novice Scotch Fan
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:30 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Bowmore 15 Darkest - Any Caramel Added?

This single malt is very dark in color. Especially when you consider it is 'finished' in sherry casks. Anyone know if there is caramel added?

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