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by steveblack
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you watching while drinking whisky
Replies: 553
Views: 96408

Re: What are you watching while drinking whisky

Baraka Bluray while having a bunch friends chatting. Movie being lacking in any dialogue or a narrative is great as it allows conversations and at the same time provides stunning visuals if one were to get bored of a talk thread or just need a new point to start a chat about what you see in the movi...
by steveblack
Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: How much money do you spend on whisky each month?
Replies: 9
Views: 10901

Re: How much money do you spend on whisky each month?

When I purchase I buy 4-8 bottles that would cost 250-400 USD. As a average per month I might be spending about 150-175 dollars. I have now stopped the urge to collect and this has seen my unopened collection come down from its peak of nearly 40 bottles. Now I have some 4-10 bottles at any time. Ano...
by steveblack
Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Greatest Influence to Your Enjoyment
Replies: 13
Views: 9918

Re: Greatest Influence to Your Enjoyment

I would vote for finish because the corollary to a great finish is almost always a great palate but they are almost equal in my opinion. Anyway the palate is the moment and finish is the memory. If the moment is forgotten immediately, then it is not very special. Of course only memories of great mom...
by steveblack
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Unique Whisky suggestions for gifts
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: Unique Whisky suggestions for gifts

Just to add to what I wrote, apart from the Glenmorangie, others are not available in Dubai or in this region, to my knowledge. If your travel include India, check out Clynelish 14 as I have seen it nearly 30% cheaper in Indian duty free compared to DDF prices. It is a very good whisky that doesn't ...
by steveblack
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Unique Whisky suggestions for gifts
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: Unique Whisky suggestions for gifts

I would second Jazz Lover's suggestion of buying at Houston than at Dubai Duty Free as the selection of malts while reasonably OK, it may not be as good as it is at Houston. Just in case you need some rare whisky while at Dubai Duty Free, check out the Le Clos shop in departure, somewhere near gate ...
by steveblack
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?
Replies: 15
Views: 5784

Re: Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?

Thanks bredman, that is reassuring :)

Anyway have decided to try this out during the weekend. Will post how this goes.
by steveblack
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?
Replies: 15
Views: 5784

Re: Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?

Thanks Ganga for the thoughts and the link. I am not feeling good about the purchase even after reading that not so bad review.... :?

So the best I can do is to stop the wait and try the bottle.

The HP 18 gets the nod for the occasion. 8)
by steveblack
Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?
Replies: 15
Views: 5784

Bruichladdich X4 +3 - anyone tried it?

Hi I just bought this whisky for a special occasion which is a month away. This was an impulse buy and I was tempted by the ABV and I have enjoyed all the cask strength whiskies that I have bought before. This is also the first time I had not conducted any research prior to buying. I was just readin...
by steveblack
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Birthday present: help me choose?
Replies: 16
Views: 2140

Re: Birthday present: help me choose?

airi where do I find girlfriend like you... Birthday or no birthday, all that my wife gives me is a curious look every time she sees my 40 odd bottles :D

Hope the Bday is a grand party.
by steveblack
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Anyone Else Drunk?
Replies: 40
Views: 34069

Re: Anyone Else Drunk?

lockejn wrote:
mikeymad wrote:
steveblack wrote:And I thought nobody here ever get drunk :D


Sure we do -- 1.75L and we are just as drunk as a normal person on a Saturday night bender.

Cheers,

That's cask strength, mind you. :empty:


Ha ha.. Feels relieved..and less guilty too :p
by steveblack
Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Anyone Else Drunk?
Replies: 40
Views: 34069

Re: Anyone Else Drunk?

And I thought nobody here ever get drunk :D
by steveblack
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Smokiest whisky?
Replies: 31
Views: 18223

Re: Smokiest whisky?

dramtastic wrote:Off the top of my head
Nikka Pure Malt White
Hakushu 12
there are others of course.


Thanks, I presume it is in reply to me. Is there a scotch that would meet the criteria? Japanese whiskies are difficult to get in here.
by steveblack
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you watching while drinking whisky
Replies: 553
Views: 96408

Re: What are you watching while drinking whisky

Watching Scent of a Woman after a long gap. Pacino is mesmerizing even after watching him so many times. I took breather to read the forum before Gabriella Anwar comes to tango.

Me drinking Lagavulin 16, Pacino is on Jack Daniels..Hoo Haa :D
by steveblack
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Smokiest whisky?
Replies: 31
Views: 18223

Re: Smokiest whisky?

Just out of curiosity, is there a whisky that is predominantly peaty with very little or no smokiness? Is that possible?....

Just to know what peaty is...
by steveblack
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Newbie!
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Re: Newbie!

Welcome to the forum :thumbsup:

I am sure this liking is going to stick with you for a long time. :)
by steveblack
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Honey or Toffee
Replies: 6
Views: 1475

Re: Honey or Toffee

I get Toffee with Glenfiddich 15 Solera.
by steveblack
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Why on the Rocks?
Replies: 14
Views: 10364

Re: Why on the Rocks?

Why not on the rocks? Ok.. just implying there are no rules. When I started drinking whiskies in my early twenties, my idea of 'cool' drinking was to drink on the rocks. Only the whiskies I used to have then did not lend themselves to be drunk on the rock. The fascination remained. When the Chivas a...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4
Replies: 22
Views: 7006

Re: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4

Thanks for the clarifications dramtastic. I can use it as a reference for my Jap whisky purchases. They are slowly but steadily becoming available here. Thanks.
by steveblack
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Dubai Airport
Replies: 13
Views: 5892

Re: Dubai Airport

Thanks for the head up. Need to check in early next time :)

Hope they will stock Talisker 18, Caol Ila CS which are not with the duty free.

Here is the report with pics.

http://www.moodiereport.com/document.ph ... c_id=26018
by steveblack
Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What would make the whisky bitter?
Replies: 6
Views: 4801

Re: What would make the whisky bitter?

I describe some of the younger whiskies as being astringent, typically NAS to 10 yo Speyside whiskies. I would suggest that this reflects the oak casks used rather than e150. And yes, more notable in those casked in European Oak. Thanks. What I experienced may not be the cask alone I feel. There wa...
by steveblack
Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What would make the whisky bitter?
Replies: 6
Views: 4801

Re: What would make the whisky bitter?

So what makes the whiskey bitter? I imagine there are many plausible explanations lying behind the potential experience of bitterness in a whisky, including: 1. The addition of E150 to a degree that makes it readily discernible, especially on the finish. 2. The utilization of European (pedunculate)...
by steveblack
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1364190

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

You sure it wasn't the Tali 18, Steve? Not that the 10 isn't great, but the 18 is "da bomb" as the kids say nowadays. Hope you like the Elijah Craig, I'm not much of bourbon drinker but that one really got me going. No, Talisker 18 is not available here, though I have it in my sight for l...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What would make the whisky bitter?
Replies: 6
Views: 4801

Re: What would make the whisky bitter?

jazz lover wrote:Too many years in wood..


These were not very old. The eldest was the JW Black at 12 years. May be not all whiskies take kindly to spending years in the barrel and they must be finding its way into the blends...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What would make the whisky bitter?
Replies: 6
Views: 4801

Re: What would make the whisky bitter?

Caramel makes it bitter on the finish, to me Do not know if the whiskies in question had Caramel. I strongly believe they did. The cheaper ones were actually more bitter making me suspect something other than Caramel also might be in play. Those cheap NAS blends must be oozing color thanks to the C...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4
Replies: 22
Views: 7006

Re: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4

So the black text would mean what? Untried? Just OK?
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4
Replies: 22
Views: 7006

Re: 100 Japanese Whisky's.......Plus 4

This confirms what we already knew. You are our resident expert on the Japanese whiskies.

Congratulation 8) :D :thumbsup: :iwbrnt:
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What would make the whisky bitter?
Replies: 6
Views: 4801

What would make the whisky bitter?

Last week I got to taste JW Black Label and some even cheaper blends after a long gap. The immediate conclusion is that even the entry level single malt like Abelour 10 or Glenlivet 12 is much better than them. Forget the lack of flavour or taste. I was surprised by the fact that all the blends tast...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1364190

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

Good one Steve :thumbsup: Thanks. I was toying between 'Fiddich 15 and the Tailsker 10 for replacement-of-finished-ones category. You praising Talisker 10 so much helped seal the decision. When I first had it, my tastes were evolving and didn't appreciate it as much, but now realize what a wonderfu...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What is your whisky of the year for 2010?
Replies: 41
Views: 6272

Re: What is your whisky of the year for 2010?

I am taking this as the best whiskey discovered by me in this year.The best I have had this year were: Clynelish 14 - Just love this one. Complex and wonderful on the palette. Nadurra CS - Another fav. Unfortunately finished mine so soon and am unable to get another one in my region. Nikka from the ...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What is your most recent (whisky) purchase.
Replies: 10890
Views: 1364190

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

Connemara CS peated. First buy and very good first impression. Talisker 10 (my second bottle. Nearly 2 years since I bought the first. Regret not buying more before. Very very good.) Clynelish 14 (Got this at US$ 48, which is nearly US$ 21 less than what they sell at Dubai duty free. It would be a c...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie
Replies: 21
Views: 17962

Re: Your favourite 'basic' Glenmorangie

I have had all of them except the Sonnalta and I voted for Original. I thought of the dram that worked for me every time or most of the time. Actually it would be a tie between Astar and Original, but on tie, I gave the vote to the less expensive one. Nectar was right up there, but the last bottle I...
by steveblack
Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Nadurra & Aberlour a bunadh at Toronto Duty Free
Replies: 3
Views: 1008

Re: Nadurra & Aberlour a bunadh at Toronto Duty Free

Thank you Nick Actually my fears were unfounded. The 48pct is good, but CS as I remember was excellent. Unfortunately I could not get the CS version again to try. But you are right about water. The 48pct need much less water or none at all. A friend of mine who is a cognac/brandy drinker with an att...
by steveblack
Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Dubai Airport
Replies: 13
Views: 5892

Re: Dubai Airport

To bring up an old topic.. I was in Dubai airport today and they told me a new high end spirits bar/shop is opening in a week. It's from Diageo, and the staff will be well trained on product knowledge etc. You can try whatever catches your eye in a bar environment and then buy a bottle Called the E...
by steveblack
Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: I'm confused, peat? Smoke?
Replies: 5
Views: 16229

Re: I'm confused, peat? Smoke?

Glad you asked the question. I have this confusion too. For a long time I used the words peat and smoke interchangeably. After all they burn the peat to dry the malt so both tastes get into the whisky. Or so I thought. When I bought Jura superstition, I found something was wrong. The whisky was supp...
by steveblack
Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Which one should my next purchase be?
Replies: 20
Views: 11787

Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Good choice there with Clynelish 14.

I had tried the 4 top voted ones you listed and I like the Clynelish 14 the best followed by Laph QC and CI. In fact Clynelish among the best I SM whisky I have tried (From among 40).

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