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by bond
Tue Aug 10, 2004 2:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: When did you first..
Replies: 58
Views: 13468

Am digging this topic after a while .... my first malt was Bowmore. I was a bit of a (blended) whisky drinker by then but I took to it instantly. My malt collection has since expanded and I have sampled a variety of malts across the Scottish isles but Bowmore remains a favourite companion. Most othe...
by bond
Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: new bottle of lagavulin
Replies: 19
Views: 5204

Coming back to Lagavulin, I recently picked up the Double Distillers edition but found it nowhere close to the normal 16YO. The 16YO is far more complex yet subtle. The finish has that "bear hug of peat" minus the powerful traces of iodine that one might associate with say, Laphroaig. Is t...
by bond
Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:32 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266818

Lawrence, Presume your first dram was a J W Black too. Of late, I have been experiencing an eerie Macallan-like finish on J W Black. Blamed it initially on my ill-developed tasting skills. Procured the next bottle from a Duty Free in Turkey. Ditto results. In a separate string Admiral had mentioned ...
by bond
Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:11 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What whisky do Europeans drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 3107

I guess Asia is the culprit when it comes to taking Ballantine to this (undeservedly) high ranking. What does surprise me however, is that Jack Daniels outsells J W Black! Would be interesting if one could get a hang of how much of that 1.48 bn sales was outside the U.S. Also, was always under the i...
by bond
Fri Jul 30, 2004 1:31 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Single Malt: Necessarily Scotch?
Replies: 12
Views: 3491

Single Malt: Necessarily Scotch?

Does "single malt" whisky have to be from a scottish distillery? Or can any manufacturer selling produce from a single distillery call it "single malt"?

Are there any Association rules here?
by bond
Fri Jul 30, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What whisky do Europeans drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 3107

As an aside, Orientals seem to have a marked preference for Ballantine, which I guess is the largest selling whisky in Asia. You only need step into any of the watering holes in Phillipines or Korea to see what I mean. Grapevine also has it that the North Korean Premier is the single largest consume...
by bond
Wed Jul 28, 2004 3:43 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266818

Haig Gold Label it was, last night.. eminently drinkable with a pleasantly sweet finish.
by bond
Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:12 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Old Mull Anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 1576

Old Mull Anyone?

I recently consumed OLD MULL, a blend which I had not heard of before. It came heavily recommended by my whisky store manager and picked it up in "good faith". Must confess I found the palate rather robust and developed . Haven't found much information about this blend except that it possi...
by bond
Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:50 am
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12288
Views: 1266818

Sampled Auchentoshan for the first time and I was not really impressed .

Have been admonished on this forum in the past for taking a condescending view towards Lowlands but I am somehow getting increasingly convinced they will never be up my street.
by bond
Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic:
Replies: 24
Views: 8389

I agree about the Talisker probably not being the heart of J W Black. Have been throught running arguments on this across discussion forums. I suspect however that Lagavulin does team up rather prominently with Cardhu. On J W Gold, the label mentions Clynelish as the heart of the malt and hence my o...
by bond
Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:52 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic:
Replies: 24
Views: 8389

Am fairly certain it was not a slip.

The booklet accompanying the bottle still maintains that the blend does indeed contain whiskies upto 60 years of age.

But is it really paying dividends? Apart from the snob value as an expensive whisky, does Blue Label actually fly off the shelves?
by bond
Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:02 am
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2004 (again)
Replies: 22
Views: 10918

This book is not available in India and neither does Amazon ship here.

Can anyone help me with the name of the publishers so I can organise for the book to reach me.

Thanks.
by bond
Sat Jul 10, 2004 7:58 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Mortlach Signatory Bottling
Replies: 14
Views: 7374

Mortlach Signatory Bottling

I had asked a friend who was travelling to the U.K. to get me a Mortlach 16 YO but he got me a bottle which reads as follws: Signatory Bottling 13 YO (1990) Casked in Sherry Butt (Mortlach) Has anyone of you sampled this or any of the older bottlings? I tried a dram and found the sherry masking any ...
by bond
Thu Jul 08, 2004 9:49 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best drink after a few too many.
Replies: 21
Views: 4155

I usually continue with whatever got me tipsy in the first place! And of course, water before going to bed.
by bond
Wed Jul 07, 2004 9:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic:
Replies: 24
Views: 8389

Scrolled down for a different tasting note and stumbled upon this one. Agree. JW Gold is by far the best of the walker blends. It is Clynelish which is at the heart of the blend. I have, however come across more die-hard J W Black Label loyalists than any other whisky. In India though, it is a rathe...
by bond
Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Non Chill Filtered
Replies: 14
Views: 13017

Non Chill Filtered

I have been drinking Single Malt whiskies for close to Two years now with a marked preference for the heavier Islays. I recently sampled a Ardbeg 10 YO 46% strength (non-chill filtered). I found the drink to be remarkably complex and wonderfully mighty on peat. What exactly is non-chill filtered and...
by bond
Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:59 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Dalwhinnie 15 year old
Replies: 7
Views: 4980

I have come to prefer Dalwinhhie as a post dinner dram. The honey in the finish is a lot more pronounced and enjoyable, post dinner.

In fact, I find it very similar to Balvenie especially on the finish.
by bond
Tue Jun 08, 2004 5:38 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Lake Island- Distillery?
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Lake Island- Distillery?

A senior colleague is visiting Scotland and will be at Lake Island, Edinburgh. Is keen to do visits to some of the more picturesque distilleries in the vicinity.

While Glenkinchie seems an obvious choice, any other recommendations?

Also, any "must-visit" pubs in the neighbourhood?
by bond
Sun Jun 06, 2004 5:44 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: cheap blend
Replies: 14
Views: 3106

To digress slightly and get into polling mode, I somehow prefer to begin by downing a blend or two (not always cheap) before I move on to the malts. I have come to believe it "warms up" my palate readying it for the heavies. Works best if the core malt of the blend follows it... say a J &a...
by bond
Sun May 30, 2004 4:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glenkinchie 10 year old
Replies: 17
Views: 9814

I couldn't have agreed with you more Admiral. Whisky tastings are extremely subjective. I have known really serious whisky lovers opt for, say a glenfiddich-18 yr over laphroaig. (the "band-aid" apparently gets to them) My palate has come to prefer the heavier malts and I somehow look forw...
by bond
Sat May 29, 2004 12:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Glenkinchie 10 year old
Replies: 17
Views: 9814

in an attempt to get the discussion back to the "original" I sampled glenkinchie 10 yr old recently and I must say it was rather disappointingly lacking in character.. the citrus in the finish is possibly the only positive note in the malt Possibly a good introductory malt given that heavi...
by bond
Sat May 29, 2004 9:11 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Black Label- Constituents
Replies: 6
Views: 2129

Dave Broom's book does mention Lagavulin and Cardhu as the core of JW malts. My point of confusion is Paul Pacult's review of JW Black where he has opined that it was Talisker that came through the best. Have not managed to have it ratified elsewhere though. In my opinion, the oiliness of Talisker i...
by bond
Wed May 26, 2004 12:54 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Black Label- Constituents
Replies: 6
Views: 2129

Black Label- Constituents

Have been thru several discussion forums so far but am still in search of a conclusive answer/reference source... What are the malts that are at the core of JW Black Label, that unbeatably smooth blend? Have been thru several arguments on whether it is a cardhu/lagavulin combination or primarily tal...

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