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by whiskgeek
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What Islay to choose (peat vs smoke)
Replies: 8
Views: 2468

Re: What Islay to choose (peat vs smoke)

My favorite part of Lagavulin is the campfire smoke.
by whiskgeek
Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Wanting to Distill
Replies: 1
Views: 1008

Re: Wanting to Distill

To distill Canadian whisky, you have to be in Canada. :mrgreen:

As far as I know, nobody "adds" charcoal. Either the barrels have been charred on the inside, or they filter the whisky over a bed of charcoal before putting it in the cask.
by whiskgeek
Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:42 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Evaporation and the Angels Share
Replies: 2
Views: 820

Re: Evaporation and the Angels Share

Diffusion just means two substances will mix together evenly. You're talking about ever-changing air, and its water content, versus a water/alcohol mixture. And they're being kept separate by the barrel. So I don't think diffusion really counts here.
by whiskgeek
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Glendronach distillery
Replies: 2
Views: 3345

Re: Glendronach distillery

Thanks for the info. As Glendronach now has my attention, this is good to know.

So the 12 and 15y are finished, while the 18y is fully sherry matured?
by whiskgeek
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Trying Islay single malts and enjoying the heck out of it.
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: Trying Islay single malts and enjoying the heck out of i

I don't know, I think the 30y is their best. Your shopkeeper might have said the same thing if he stocked that one. ;-) The 12y is quite good, and costs well under half of what the 18y costs. Also, the peat is less prominent in the 18, since it fades with time.
by whiskgeek
Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Back 2 days ago japan
Replies: 1
Views: 969

Re: Back 2 days ago japan

That's great! :mrgreen: I'll make it over there one of these days...
by whiskgeek
Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Looking for a particular Scotch can someone help pls?
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Re: Looking for a particular Scotch can someone help pls?

It could be that whatever you had going on that day changed your perception of the whisky. What you ate, drank or did could have set your palate off on a strange course.
by whiskgeek
Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Trying Islay single malts and enjoying the heck out of it.
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: Trying Islay single malts and enjoying the heck out of i

Recommended tasting for non-Islay peat are Talisker and Highland Park. Highland park has a Highland peat, which is less prominent but still noticeable, and is also a more herbal and less medicinal peat. Ardmore and Benromach also have a Highland peat style.
by whiskgeek
Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky advice needed for a present
Replies: 3
Views: 2559

Re: Whisky advice needed for a present

The easiest answer is to go with a better Glenmorangie than he's got now, since you know he likes that one. Tell the store what he has, and say you want to upgrade. Or get something that says Speyside on the label. I'm thinking you could hardly go wrong. Aberlour, Glenlivet 15, Longmorn, Benromach, ...
by whiskgeek
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24093
Views: 2276387

Re: What are you drinking now?

I have some Penderyn. Better than I recalled it to be, but that may not be saying much. A year in the bottle, at 1/4-full has helped it?
by whiskgeek
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:51 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What's your latest bottle kill?
Replies: 614
Views: 107587

Re: What's your latest bottle kill?

Emptied OP Navigator and Bowmore Small Batch Reserve last night, but they were both nearly empty when gifted to me (read: left behind).
by whiskgeek
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Favorite 18 year old
Replies: 6
Views: 1951

Re: Favorite 18 year old

Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Macallan, Glendronach, Oban, Springbank, Talisker. Balvenie has some good 17's as well... Oh, did you want me to narrow it down more than that? That's only about a quarter of my 18's. :)
by whiskgeek
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Imitation Lagavulin 16 (?)
Replies: 5
Views: 2458

Re: Imitation Lagavulin 16 (?)

Lagavulin has gone through some swings in quality and flavor profile in the last few years, but I wouldn't describe any of them as "watery and bad." A corked bottle generally tastes musty. A different label makes it sound like a forgery, but I don't know the Asian markets. If you want to t...
by whiskgeek
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Clynelish
Replies: 4
Views: 1850

Re: Clynelish

I haven't had the Clynelish DE, but I think they're always better than the standard editions, so at that price, you can't go wrong. But you'd better buy both, so you can compare! :mrgreen:
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:04 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Aberlour 12
Replies: 3
Views: 4194

Re: Aberlour 12

It is now, it wasn't then.
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: aging whiskey
Replies: 2
Views: 3707

Re: aging whiskey

Better oak, longer aging, better distillation, more consistency in process.
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A heavy, oaky malty scotch, well aged.
Replies: 2
Views: 1495

Re: A heavy, oaky malty scotch, well aged.

Evangelion2014 wrote:I love the deep nuttiness of the 18, and the minty, dry red wine and chocolate character of the Ruban. I like chocolate, coffee, nutty, and dry wine notes, as well as caramel, brine, toffee and saltiness...


Keep an eye out for Blackadder's 1990 21y Balblair (56.4%). :thumbsup:
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Glenfarclas 21 and 25
Replies: 1
Views: 1702

Re: Glenfarclas 21 and 25

I find the different ages of Glenfarclas to be very similar. Other distilleries seem to better capture different styles with the different ages. Glendronach, for example. If you like Glenfarclas, I think you'll find that to be a good step up. I might also recommend Aberlour.
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Looking for suggestions on scotch.
Replies: 2
Views: 1133

Re: Looking for suggestions on scotch.

I really haven't tried many different kinds of whiskey outside of Johnnie walker. I really enjoy Johnnie walker Black and Gold and dislike Red and Blue. I want to branch out into different whiskeys and I don't know where to start. Any suggestions ? Given your preference for a bolder whisky, I'd rec...
by whiskgeek
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Bruichladdich Nose = Vomit? Anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 2083

Re: Bruichladdich Nose = Vomit? Anyone?

I do seem to detect unpleasant flavors and scents more often the the people I drink with, but I haven't noticed that one.
by whiskgeek
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: My Flask Collection
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: My Flask Collection

I had a bottle of CC Classic, once. It came with a Rocks glass. Got it in the late nineties.
by whiskgeek
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Independant Bottler finishes
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

Re: Independant Bottler finishes

That's how it's done, basically.

There are legalities regarding the sale of spirits, though. You couldn't do that outside of Scotland, for example.
by whiskgeek
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Speyside Distillery Tour
Replies: 1
Views: 1665

Re: Speyside Distillery Tour

Many distilleries give free tastes. Sometimes only with a tour. Some charge for tastes. I'm not sure if any sell drams of whisky by the glass. Many distilleries are just plain closed to the public, of course. There are many fine establishments in the Speyside area with extensive whisky collections. ...
by whiskgeek
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Help me buy my next bottle
Replies: 6
Views: 1055

Re: Help me buy my next bottle

I'm sure you'll like Talisker as well.
by whiskgeek
Thu May 22, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Memorials
Replies: 3
Views: 10174

Re: Memorials

It's a bourbon night here. Four Roses for your auntie.
by whiskgeek
Thu May 22, 2014 5:20 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Kirkland Whiskies
Replies: 5
Views: 12586

Re: Kirkland Whiskies

I just tried some Kirkland 18y Speyside Sherry Finish. I think it cost about $40, which seems like a good deal, but it was pretty weak. It was dark in color, but obviously artificial, since we could hardly taste any sherry. Must have been second-fill, and it did say "finish." I could detec...
by whiskgeek
Thu May 22, 2014 5:11 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday
Replies: 1669
Views: 218335

Re: Happy Birthday

Thank you, Ganga!
by whiskgeek
Mon May 05, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: A scotch question or 2...
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: A scotch question or 2...

As part of getting the barley ready for fermentation, they heat it up in a kiln with fire below. In some places, they burn peat. Peat is decomposed vegetation that is found in wet swampy areas. It looks like mud in the ground, but they dig it up, dry it, and burn it. It imparts its medicinal flavor ...
by whiskgeek
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: How balanced is Laphroaig 18?
Replies: 5
Views: 1890

Re: How balanced is Laphroaig 18?

Is Laphroaig 18 very balanced in the terms of smokiness, peatness and seaweedness? Are you asking of those three things are balanced with each other, or if they're together balanced with everything else? Either way, that's kinda hard to answer. I don't get much seaweed, and I don't find Laphroaigs ...
by whiskgeek
Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:32 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Whisky for special occasions?
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: Whisky for special occasions?

What are your favorites?
by whiskgeek
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Hi I'm the new person
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: Hi I'm the new person

Of the basic four Laphroaigs - the 10y, 18y, Quarter Cask, and Triple Wood - it seems just about everyone likes the 10 less than the other three. But people don't agree one which one is their favorite.
by whiskgeek
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:32 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Storing in Refrigerator?
Replies: 6
Views: 9659

Re: Storing in Refrigerator?

Big temperature changes are probably worse for it than consistent high temperatures.
by whiskgeek
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: 18 year old islays to try?
Replies: 5
Views: 1076

Re: 18 year old islays to try?

Answering your question strictly, you'll probably like Bowmore 18. Caol Ila has an 18 that's lighter on the peat. I would also suggest Lagavulin 16. Can't think of any other peaty Islays in that age range. Wait a few years for PC18? Which begs the question, why 18-year? Laphroaig 10 is probably more...
by whiskgeek
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Oxidation of whiskey
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: Oxidation of whiskey

I have a friend who says all Scotch whisky gets better as the bottle goes down. But he doesn't let any bottles hang around for more than a few months.
by whiskgeek
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Questions about independent bottles ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1645

Re: Questions about independent bottles ?

It's done all different ways. Most of the big independents have their own cask inventory and their own warehouses. But not all. Some independents buy casked whisky. Some cask it themselves. Some warehouse it themselves, while a few lease space at the distilleries. Some buy it at the time they have i...

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