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by Giovinetti
Sun May 03, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Recommedations/Japanese whiskys
Replies: 16
Views: 2578

Re: Recommedations/Japanese whiskys

My experience of Japanese whiskies is also rather limited, and the one that I have enjoyed most, Yamazaki 18, sounds like it could be purchased locally. I think I would do a bit a research and find out what is exclusive to Japan. This would include not only Japanese whiskies but ALSO those stellar n...
by Giovinetti
Sun May 03, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Another dram of the Glen Garioch 15yo. I am starting to like this whisky. It isn't a great whisky, but it is different enough in its tasting profile from the usual whiskies I drink to find a place on the shelf. I continue to appreciate its assertiveness and that it can be had for a decent price.
by Giovinetti
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is 5 AM too early to drink if...
Replies: 12
Views: 2699

Re: Is 5 AM too early to drink if...

I have only had whisky early in the morning once and that was when I landed at Heathrow and was waiting for a connecting flight. Did manage to scoop some nice bottles at World of Whiskies while they allowed me to sample a HP, Balvenie, and Laphroaig. Usually if I drink in the morning it is not befor...
by Giovinetti
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Jameson NAS. I have had a better NAS. Has a buttery nose and even a slight buttery finish, but the experience is ruined by an off peppery flavor.
by Giovinetti
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1456240

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

pkt77242 wrote:While in Monterey I picked up a bottle of Lagavulin 21yo. Bottle 5547.

Sean



:evil: The world's Laga 21's are being picked up one by one and I sit here being able to do nothing about it!
by Giovinetti
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: My small collection-pictures
Replies: 13
Views: 1984

Re: My small collection-pictures

Gotta agree with the comments here blacksabb. If you can hold to 10 bottles you willpower is strong indeed. The path to a large drinking stock/collection begins with ..."o.k. so maybe I will hold to 15" or "maybe I should only collect Glenwhatevers" or, as is usually the case, &q...
by Giovinetti
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Selling all my whisky - Please Help.
Replies: 32
Views: 5318

Re: Selling all my whisky - Please Help.

Sorry to hear you must sell.

Two questions:
1) Is there a bottling date on the Uigeadail?
2) What ABV is the Laphroaig 10yo CS?
by Giovinetti
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What's the best looking whisky bottle?
Replies: 64
Views: 18554

Re: What's the best looking whisky bottle?

Alas, no pictures, but of the current bottles I probably like the Balvenie and Springbank/Longrow design the best.
by Giovinetti
Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

...actually the 18yo is (bott. 1992).
by Giovinetti
Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

In the midst of a little Macallan OB tasting:
7yo (c.2003)
12yo (1995)
18yo (1974) to end.
by Giovinetti
Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: a wee bit smokier than Highland Park 12?
Replies: 8
Views: 3506

Re: a wee bit smokier than Highland Park 12?

I kind of like Ganga's suggestion of the Talisker DE. I have only had the 1992 bottling but I think it would be a whisky that moves in the direction of the famous smoky Islays while still providing some of the sherry sweet underbelly. To be clear, I wouldn't say, and perhaps no else is saying this e...
by Giovinetti
Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

Out with some friends last night to a restaurant that only had one single malt of interest: Macallan 7yo. Offers the famous Macallan sherry profile, albeit lightly.
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Lagavulin 12yo (2004). It has been 3-4 years since I have had the 2004 and I was a little concerned when I bought it a couple of months ago that maybe I wouldn't think so highly of it ("among the top 3 whiskies I have had over the past 4 years"). I needn't have worried. Holy cow! Gorgeous ...
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Macallan 12yo (bottled 1995). Need more of this.
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie Question on Coloring Agents/Macallan
Replies: 9
Views: 1592

Re: Newbie Question on Coloring Agents/Macallan

This is all quite interesting and I apologize if I my descriptions are confusing. But, I have never experienced any of the bitter or sharp tastes mentioned as associated with sherry whiskies, especially with the Macallans I have had. Some of the recent Macs have seemed "dull" or "unba...
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

More of the Glen Garioch 15yo. The perfume taste has decreased and it remains a pleasant, spicey, an assertive whisky. The good sale price will probably induce me to have another on hand.
by Giovinetti
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Macallan 12yo (bott. 1995). Nice rich sherry on this one and good raisiny finish. Not sure why Macallan can't/won't produce this kind of sherry 12 anymore. Maybe they have, but I haven't had any of those bottles over the last 7 years! Anyhoo, enjoying what I am drinking.
by Giovinetti
Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Macallan 12yo most probably bottled in 1995 given the code numbers on the bottle, packaging, and Italian Tax Strip. A wonderful sherry Macallan whisky of memory! This is the last of the Macallan 1990's 12yo pre-Tin 70cl bottles I have. Alas, at some point the good whisky we collect must be consumed!...
by Giovinetti
Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

More the delicious Macallan 18yo (1974)!
by Giovinetti
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Trying more of the Glen Garioch 15yo (43%, OB) at 11:00 a.m. Seems a little less perfumy and more spicey. It is an assertive whisky!
by Giovinetti
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie exploration - Part 1 & Part 2
Replies: 31
Views: 3689

Re: Newbie exploration - Part 1 & Part 2

Laph QC vs CS? You really can't go wrong with either, but I personally prefer the 10yo CS. For me it remains Laphroaig's jewel within its inexpensive range. I would be surprised if having enjoyed the QC you wouldn't find the CS even more enjoyable. I think the CS is one of the best bang for you buck...
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Laphroaig 15 -Gone but not forgotten
Replies: 28
Views: 6703

Re: Laphroaig 15 -Gone but not forgotten

I know one of my friends will be very disappointed with this news as the Laph 15yo is his favorite everyday malt (he will be o.k., I think he has at least 3 cases of the stuff) . I confess I never really got this one. I have had it on many occasions and it was always enjoyable, but the 10yo CS seeme...
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Currently experiencing the Glen Garioch 15yo (43%, OB). Nose: Really grabs (spice) and relaxes (incense) at the same time. Lots of honey and lots of perfume. I like the nose on this a lot. Holds a lot of promise. Palate: For some reason I was expecting a lot more peat. I thought its younger sibling,...
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Highland Park 18yo... This would be a really great dram if it was at 46% or higher. Couldn't agree more. :thumbsup: It's hard to know, of course, but I would be willing to take the bet that it would be quite impressive as well (though for me, bottled at least 48%+ as I'm not sure the extra 3% would...
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1456240

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

Decided to spring for a Glen Garioch 15yo OB as it was on sale (26,00 euros) in one of the local supermarkets.
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

Decided not to open anything new yesterday so:

Balvenie 12yo
Lagavulin 16yo
Macallan 18yo (1974)

All were very nice!
by Giovinetti
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

I am finishing the night with a Laga 12 2004 release. A absolutely wonderful whisky. Peat, Peat and more Peat, but also has some wonderful notes of barley sugar, brine and iodine. Also smoke that keeps multipying from the palate throught the finish. Sean This is one of my favorite recent Laga 12 yo...
by Giovinetti
Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

Lagavulin 16 (L8). Don't ever remember picking up a Bubblegum taste before, but still plenty of rich sweet peat. Altogether another very good one, but I miss some of the campfire notes. Who knows, with Laga 16 my next (L8) could have plenty of smoke.
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1660474

Re: What did you drink last night?

Lagavulin 16yo (L8 084). More bubble-gum than I remember but actually quite pleasant! Nice peaty finish. I really like this whisky.
by Giovinetti
Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: I'm baaaack!! - with a question about Macallan
Replies: 20
Views: 2095

Re: I'm baaaack!! - with a question about Macallan

Glad you found a Macallan 12yo Sherry. I am assuming it is for a fair price and I think you should have an experience of it. Don't know if your bottle is 40% or 43%. Is Australia like the US in producing 43% editions when Europe might have the same bottle at 40%? In offer of my two cents: I prefer t...
by Giovinetti
Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

Decided to brighton up a gloomy Sunday by opening my last Macallan 18yo 1974 (43%, bottled 1992). Nose: warm spice, sherry, cherry candy Palate: very rich sherry spice cake and a raisiny sweet finish. Even picking up some straw notes that fits very nicely here. Not wet hay, but a clean straw that ma...
by Giovinetti
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Balvenie Rum Cask 17yo
Replies: 10
Views: 4240

Re: Balvenie Rum Cask 17yo

I have not enjoyed any of the stated finishes (so far tried only "New Oak" and "Islay") and now I am not seeing any reason to go out and get the Rum Cask. Interesting observations about the 21yo. Are the bad reviews on this one only with those bottled since 2008? I have never tri...
by Giovinetti
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Highland Park Re Release
Replies: 19
Views: 3588

Re: Highland Park Re Release

Giovinetti wrote:This is a terrific bottle. Among the best HP's I have ever had. I have one in reserve and would like to buy more but not at the current offer price. Still, I think they did a nice job with the packaging.


....nice job with the packaging too. Where is the edit button?
by Giovinetti
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Highland Park Re Release
Replies: 19
Views: 3588

Re: Highland Park Re Release

This is a terrific bottle. Among the best HP's I have ever had. I have one in reserve and would like to buy more but not at the current offer price. Still, I think they did a nice job with the packaging.
by Giovinetti
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2460428

Re: What are you drinking now?

More of the Balvenie 12yo Doublewood. I am enjoying this particular bottle less and less. Maybe the recent sickness has thrown the tastebuds off, but it does seem less well-balanced than I remember and slightly off.

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