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by lexkraai
Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: International Whiskey
Replies: 9
Views: 1705

And a bourbon-Canadian blend has just come on the market (Phillips Union).

Lex
by lexkraai
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: International Whiskey
Replies: 9
Views: 1705

Bunnahabhain according to their web-site. But their claim that this is the first multi-country malt whisky is simply not true. There have been a handful of international vatted malts in the past (e.g. Antipodean, Nikka Pure 'White', Celtic Desire). Celtic Desire is a vatting of Irish and Scottish ma...
by lexkraai
Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish malt tasting
Replies: 18
Views: 6427

My article focuses om Irish malt whiskies and I think it's quite amazing to see so many different bottling coming from essentially two distilleries. As to my all-time favourite Irish whiskey, that has to be a 1949 Tullamore pot still bottled by Cadenhead .... so full of flavour it makes you cry to r...
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best new distillery?
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Kilchoman is not distilling yet FAIK, so I didn't include it as a working distillery.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best new distillery?
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Hi Aidan

I assume you only refer to Celtic malt distilleries. So add Speyside, Warenghem and Penderyn. Of course there are a bunch of others that are not bottled yet as a single (off the top of my head, Kininvie, Glengyle, Menhirs, Penhallow)

Any that I missed?
Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:40 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish malt tasting
Replies: 18
Views: 6427

Thanks Aidan! Definitely curious about a cask strength Tyrconnell .... As to Coola Mills, I tried to get in touch with John Deegan to get the latest (and mention that in the article if possible), but didn't get a reply. Given that and the disappearance of the web-site, I did start to worry, but didn...
by lexkraai
Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Irish malt tasting
Replies: 18
Views: 6427

Irish malt tasting

Hi all

for the last few months, I've been trying to get my hands on as many different Irish malts as I could, for a comparative tasting. Result is now published in 'Malt Maniacs': http://www.maltmadness.com/mm13a.html#13-12

Enjoy!
Lex
by lexkraai
Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Poteen
Replies: 24
Views: 18935

I have heard rumours that some of the commercially available bottlings of poteen are nothing more than neutral spirit mixed with flavours. I've tasted a few of them next to 'real' poteen (i.e. from someone actually making the stuff in Ireland) and there is no comparison. The commercial bottlings I t...
by lexkraai
Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

I thoroughly enjoyed myself (again); tasted about 40 whiskies over the 2 days. Few comments on what other people brought up: Drunk people - there were a few who clearly had too much, but the security people handled those situations perfectly, friendly and with a minimum of fuss or disruption; kudos ...
by lexkraai
Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:04 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Proposal:New Definitions:Labelling Rules for Scotch Whisky
Replies: 12
Views: 2573

Blended Grain? Is stuff like that really produced? Yep, some of the versions of Hedonism (bottled by Compass Box) are a mixture of grain whiskies from two different distilleries. So essentially a vatted grain in old money (I also feel that the new categories cause much more confusion than they were...
by lexkraai
Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Early Times "True Old Style Kentucky Bourbon"- ful
Replies: 2
Views: 2127

Whisky doesn't go 'off' after a long time n the bottle like wine can do (the alcohol% is too high for that), so it should be perfectly ok to open and drink. Whether it's a good whiskey or not is another matter of course; let us know!

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Grain genever?
Replies: 10
Views: 2560

Filliers graanjenever does use juniper and other spices, so it's not a whisky by definition. The 'graan' refers to all the different types of distillates that go into making jenever being distilled from grain. If you don't see this 'graan' qualifier on a bottle of jenever it means that at least one ...
by lexkraai
Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: new distillery
Replies: 13
Views: 5291

Besides Kilchoman on Islay, there are plans for distilleries on Shetland (Blackwood), in Fife (Ladybank and Daftmill) and in the far northwest (Loch Ewe). All of these plans have progressed pretty far. Then there are a few more plans which have not advanced much further than the drawing board (one o...
by lexkraai
Tue Jan 25, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: No Signatory Masterclass?
Replies: 2
Views: 2671

I was about to order a ticket for the Sig masterclass when I noticed it had dropped out. Matt, when can we expect the final line-up to be posted as at the moment, ordering masterclass tickets is a wee bit hard to do .....

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Jan 20, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: No Masterclass news?
Replies: 10
Views: 5022

Looks like there's still one slot empty. When are the details of the 'TBC' masterclasses confirmed? Can't order anything until I know what's on offer!

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:29 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005 Vouchers
Replies: 3
Views: 2914

Thanks for letting us know, Matt and I'm very glad to see WM is taking 'us customers' seriously and it not 'too big' to reconsider. For me, this changes things quite a bit and, as I was among the first and more vocal people to complain about the expensive vouchers, let me now also be the first to sa...
by lexkraai
Sat Jan 01, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: Scotch Missed
Replies: 4
Views: 2841

If you like this book, make sure you also get a copy of his book on the lost distilleries of Ireland. In my opinion the better book of the two, because it illustrates the rise and fall of the Irish whiskey industry very nicely.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:25 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Thanks Richard! That probably explains why they never replied to my e-mails and letters (you don't want to admit such a failure).

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:30 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Thanks Richard! I've e-mailed and written them several times without ever getting a reply, so hopefully they'll respond to someone from within China.

Keep me posted if you hear anything.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:59 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Richard, this is from Wuliangye's own web-site (boldface is mine), http://www.cbw.com/company/wuliangye/intro.html "The main products of the distillery include 3 types, 18 varieties and 42 specifications of liquor, including Wuliangye Spirits, Jianzhuang, Wuliang Spring, Wuliang Purity, Ampenas...
by lexkraai
Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:39 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Accomodation in ISlay
Replies: 20
Views: 8021

Last time I was on Islay, I stayed in a B&B in Port Ellen, which I can recommend fully: warm welcome, great choice of breakfast (fresh fish every day). Rhona & Hamish Scott, 53 Frederick Crescent, Port Ellen, tel +44-(0)1496 302694. Hamish used to be a distiller at Ardbeg, so whisky-stories ...
by lexkraai
Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:06 am
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Hi from Shanghai:)
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Hi Richard and welcome to this forum! Hope it will increase your enjoyment of all things whisky. As you're living in China, have you ever come across a Chinese whisky, called 'Ampenas' form the Wuliangye distillery? If so, do you know anything more about this whisky, such as what grains are used for...
by lexkraai
Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:51 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Funny little incident
Replies: 29
Views: 5239

I'm looking forward to it!


So am I! But having seen a draft of the text already, I sort of know what I'm looking forward to: a very thorough piece of work!

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:35 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Funny little incident
Replies: 29
Views: 5239

To spare David the embarassment of having to plug his own book, all the info you need here: http://www.nwp.co.uk/forth_coming_titles.cfm (second book down)
by lexkraai
Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Funny little incident
Replies: 29
Views: 5239

And all the best for 2005 to you, David. Please do let me know when your book is published!

Lex
by lexkraai
Tue Dec 21, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Funny little incident
Replies: 29
Views: 5239

And all of that in a day's work? By the end of the day you probably didn't know whether to laugh or cry ..... By the way, what's the latest on your Campbeltown book? I've heard vague stories that it has been published already (amazon lists it as published in October), but NWP gives April 2005 as pub...
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:17 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Belgium Single Malt
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

One of the Malt Maniacs has already visited or will visit soon and I'm sure a report of that will be published before too long on http://www.maltmadness.com/maniacs.html Also, I've been in touch with the distiller and he said he'd send me a sample of new make as, clearly, I'm curious.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 16, 2004 5:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Corner
Topic: Rommel Whisky - what worth?
Replies: 3
Views: 1918

I've seen similar prices ($40-60) for these bottles.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:24 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Belgium Single Malt
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

More info, from the people actually distilling, at http://www.belgianwhisky.com . They just started, so it'll be at least three years before we see a Belgian single malt bottled.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

Of course we are lucky in this part of Europe to have so many whisky events being organised so close-by. But being in that situation means there is choice and you will go to those which offer the best value-for-money. I have tremendously enjoyed the previous four WL events and had every intention of...
by lexkraai
Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

As I strongly feel people have responsibility for their own actions, I would be more than happy to sign away my 'rights' to any litigation against WM for getting hurt as a result of me being drunk. Like others on the forum, I despise this litigation culture and it would never have even crossed my mi...
by lexkraai
Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

Where do you draw the line on a person who is sober or sober enough?? Any rules of engagement for this?? The rules for that are exactly the same as the one you use for deciding whether to sell vouchers to someone. Unless you decide to sell vouchers to anyone who wants to buy them, no matter how dru...
by lexkraai
Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:28 am
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

Exactly my thoughts, Ian.

Matt, any idea yet as to whether there will be a rethink of the voucher system or whether it will remain as it is? Like quite a few other potential visitors I'm holding back ordering tickets until I know what I'm actually ordering.

Cheers, Lex
by lexkraai
Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Live
Topic: Whisky Live London 2005
Replies: 60
Views: 23918

Matt, of course I see the potential problem, but I just don't see how hitting especially the whisky enthusiast hard is going to solve it. This whisky enhusiast is interested in exploring what whiskies are on offer, s/he will just taste a tiny bit. Charging £2.33 for each of the first 12 tiny sips an...
by lexkraai
Sun Dec 05, 2004 6:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: The new Still.
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Hi Frodo

More than just a tweak for sure! Picture and some details in the last of my series of 4 articles on the history of whisky distilling in Wales: http://www.celticmalts.com/journal-a32.htm

Cheers, Lex

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