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by mr_a_non
Thu Nov 03, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Beers of the World Magazine - Issue 2
Replies: 3
Views: 2053

I think you may have hit the nail on the head, Mr. T. Whereas I am open to most different types of whisky and genuinely enjoy each on its merits, I find that I like particular styles of beer more than others so am less swayed by what other people have to tell me about them.
by mr_a_non
Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Beers of the World Magazine - Issue 2
Replies: 3
Views: 2053

Got my copy today - some interesting stuff, both historically and about the current market. Perhaps it is because my interest lies more with whisky than with beer, but I am not yet as keen to read as much of the magazine as I can when I first get it. With Whisky Mag I do tend to sit down and go thro...
by mr_a_non
Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 3095

Well, just got back. Couldn't convince my girlfriend to take the U-bahn out as far as Tegel for a whisky shop, but did manage "Wein und Whisky" (really ought to be "Whisky und mehr whisky" as there was no wine in the shop). A great shop with loads of bottlings, OBs and some very ...
by mr_a_non
Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 3095

Hi,

Thanks for that! Unfortunately I will be arriving two days after the fayre! Bit of a shame! But I shall certain visit the shop.
by mr_a_non
Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 3095

Whisky in Berlin

Well I have just booked a last minute deal for 4 nights in Berlin. I am looking forward to it but have only one previous (and very short) experience of Berlin, so am appealing to anyone who may know a little more. Anyone know of a good whiksy bar, a good shop, and anything that might be cheaper in G...
by mr_a_non
Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Visiting Edinburgh, cheap whisky suggestions!
Replies: 16
Views: 9894

I am inclined to agree with Bamber here: Ed. is not the cheapest place to buy whisky (ok, there probably are odd exceptions). I would again recommend your £35 going on a few top-class drams and leaving your bottle-buying until you are at home!
by mr_a_non
Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: A journo's view...
Replies: 9
Views: 3133

Mr T, I think, if I have understood you right, that I am in full agreement that the heart of the whisky industry is to produce a quality product to be discernably enjoyed (to a large extent by forum-users). My disagreement is over the peripherals. IF whisky sales had been rising, I would bat for you...
by mr_a_non
Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:14 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: A journo's view...
Replies: 9
Views: 3133

A journo's view...

For those of you that live outside of the UK, read on regardless. The (London) Times has a Saturday column on alcoholic drinks every week. It is normally wine based but often goes further afield. Jane Macquitty is responsible for the column and I can rarely agree with anything she says about wine (e...
by mr_a_non
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Importing Whiskey
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

Bamber,

I am trying to get a few bottles across from the US because I am sure I can get it to work out cheaper that £100 a bottle.

I'll get in touch with DHL and we'll see where it goes.

Any more hints for delivery company are appreciated!
by mr_a_non
Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Importing Whiskey
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

Importing Whiskey

I have (as some of you may know from other threads) been looking to import some bourbon to the UK. Most couriers (FedEX etc) seem to have a ban on shipping spirits. Does anyone know of an international carrier who will openly accept alcohol at a sensible price?
by mr_a_non
Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:56 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: George T Stagg
Replies: 34
Views: 10994

New stock in Milroy's at £110 a bottle. To me, this seems outrageously marked-up. Even at US retail price, Fedex shipping on one bottle, import tax and duty, it still reaches nothing like this price. (However, it is not as bad as Milk & Honey who are selling it at £30 a dram in Soho!)
by mr_a_non
Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: George T Stagg
Replies: 34
Views: 10994

Just had an interesting email from a chap at the distillery. The next release ought to be in the UK in about a month and both Milroys and The Whisky Exchange will be sent an allocation. This at least means I can get a bottle BUT it does mean that I have to pay full-whack! Apparently it will be £100-...
by mr_a_non
Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: George T Stagg
Replies: 34
Views: 10994

I was informed myself by a not-so-helpful store assistant in Fort Myers, Florida, that I "didn't stand a chance". Well thanks for that vote! I know it is very limited release or I wouldn't spend so much time trying to track one down, would I!? Needless to say he got my back up a bit (even ...
by mr_a_non
Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: George T Stagg
Replies: 34
Views: 10994

George T Stagg

In the last few weeks I have taken myself to a couple of bourbon tastings and have seen a true mix: from the grim to the rather nice. I have managed to get hold of blantons, bookers and a few oither good bottlings; however, I am still after a bottle of George T Stagg. I cannot find it anywhere in th...
by mr_a_non
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: $ £ € ¥; How Much Is Too Much?
Replies: 14
Views: 3224

I guess that average price is £25-40. Would spend up to £60 on something really good, occasionally. Once a year I may treat myself to something up to £150, but certainly no more.
by mr_a_non
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What's your ratio of whisky nations ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6171

I would imagine that my current ratio is something nearing: 80% Scottish 15% Irish 5% American I would dearly love to get the American figure up a bit, but given £40 to spend, I would nearly always go for a Scottish malt that I like because I have had it before or am buying on recommendation. Frankl...
by mr_a_non
Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:18 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Value for money?
Replies: 26
Views: 8251

I'll add the Laphroaig quarter cask to the list, especially now Oddbins stock it at c.£30.

As an aside, I am not a great Black Bottle fan: seems to give particularly nasty hangovers after hardly any of it.
by mr_a_non
Tue May 03, 2005 2:46 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Changing for the better?
Replies: 25
Views: 6058

Mr T, I must say I am in full agreement with you. Most manufacturing industries have lulls in demand. It is to the great credit of the whisky producing industry that (despite closures) a large number of distilleries survived the lull that you were told about at Lagavulin. If any industry can ride ou...
by mr_a_non
Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best of the 2 most common/popular malts
Replies: 22
Views: 7016

Glenlivet it is. Have never been a fan of the basic expression in the famous triangular bottle. It has always struck me as odd that I dislike this so much, whilst their older expressions are much more pleasant.
by mr_a_non
Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky and London
Replies: 15
Views: 6844

From the descriptions of the whiskies, you can, with a little inclination and research, find them out for yourself. Having checked about a dozen on the list when I first got a copy I found them all to be correct.
by mr_a_non
Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky and London
Replies: 15
Views: 6844

The three options for the best whisky are Salt (corner of edgeware rd and seymour street). It is a trendy bar with music. Serves lots of cocktails but has 150+ single malts. Certainly worth a visit. On Piccadilly the Athenaeum hotel has a far more relaxed hotel bar with 100+ malts. This one is for a...
by mr_a_non
Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: First Ten & Twenty
Replies: 9
Views: 5117

I do love a nice bit of counterfactual speculation. I'd opt for the following as my first ten, I'll muse about the second lot and post later: Glenfiddich 12yo (I'm with admiral that people would want to see it, God knows why) Macallan 10yo (One of the other names a lot of people have heard of) Glenl...
by mr_a_non
Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 56
Views: 11206

Well, to tip the scales in favour of youth: I am 19. Before anyone else says it: yes it is very nice to be young (etc. etc.) BUT it does mean that you can feel a little out of place at tastings!
by mr_a_non
Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: My own cask
Replies: 9
Views: 3530

Does anyone have any approximate prices then? Or do I need to contact the distillery and see what they say about the matter?
by mr_a_non
Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: My own cask
Replies: 9
Views: 3530

Maybe I am just being dull (not anything new) but is there any information on this on the HP website? I can't find it!
by mr_a_non
Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Laphroaig quarter cask
Replies: 29
Views: 14461

Laphroaig quarter cask

Inspiration was taken from another thread. For those of you that don't know, to be able to buy a bottle of this whisky you had to be a Friend of Laphroaig (FOL) and enter a draw.
by mr_a_non
Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:05 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1334376

As I read this, I was lucky enough to have been pulled out of the hat (so to speak) in the Friends of Laphroaig draw for a bottle of the quarter cask: therefore have just ordered a bottle.
by mr_a_non
Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Color matters?
Replies: 31
Views: 11371

If I had the choice between a nice looking bottle and an ugly bottle, I would choose the nice looking one. That does not mean that it matters how the bottle looks.


Surely if the nicer bottle would draw you to buy that one, then it DOES matter how it looks.
by mr_a_non
Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:28 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 26389

I agree that being based in London I am well located for whisky, whether it be events, shops or bars. If the worst comes to the worst, my house to Scotland is only 3-4 hours by a trip to the airport and a cheap flight. However, I have to agree with the majority that the voucher system is most unappe...
by mr_a_non
Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:31 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Johnnie Walker Red - this needs to be said.
Replies: 28
Views: 9079

My two penneth worth on the subject: I agree that JWR has it's place as a mixer (but so does Bells). Other than that, I agree that JWR is a whisky: it tastes like one to me, at any rate. However, it is one of the primary reasons why a lot of non whisky-drinkers think the stuff is vile. By itself JWR...
by mr_a_non
Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Scotch Malt Whisky Society - is it worth it ?
Replies: 29
Views: 10668

I'll certainly add, from personal experience, that in the UK, membership is open to anyone over 18. I grant that it seems very odd to set the age of entry to 25, especially when you consider how the market understands it must aim at the younger consumers.
by mr_a_non
Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Brandy - scam or just very average
Replies: 12
Views: 3316

Bamber, Point taken about the price thing. I grant it probably isn't comparable unless you like cognac a lot BUT I would say that the £55 cognac I spoke of is of the same standard as the scotch that you could by for the same money. As far as £35 recommendations go. Calvados wise, I would go with the...
by mr_a_non
Thu Dec 02, 2004 4:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Brandy - scam or just very average
Replies: 12
Views: 3316

I am a big Armagnac and Cognac drinker (especially the latter) but don't care much for Calvados. There is a lot of truth in what people are saying. £30-40 will buy you a better quality bottle of whisky than it will brandy: it is that simple. Until you are spending £100+ a bottle, you are not going t...
by mr_a_non
Fri Nov 26, 2004 7:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Color matters?
Replies: 31
Views: 11371

I understand the point: whisky is primarily there for taste and secondarily for smell. Clearly a large majority of the big producers think that colour matters, or they wouldn't add the caramel. So we can probably assume it matters for most brand-loyal blend drinkers. As for more serious malt drinker...
by mr_a_non
Sat Nov 13, 2004 8:26 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Let's hear your top 5 10YO's (OB)
Replies: 26
Views: 6584

Again, in no order:

Laphroaig
Macallan
Talisker
Balvenie
Springbank

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