My name is Iain, I live in Glasgow. Relatively new to whisky drinking and the associated appreciation. I feel I am spoilt for choice living here in Scotland so I'm looking for advice and education in all things blended or single malted.
My name's Josh. I'm 23 and have been into whisky for about a year. I mostly drink malts, but enjoy all sorts of whisky. I'm finishing grad school presently and will be making a big move soon for my job.
Oh, I also started a review blog a little while ago http://joshziewhisky.blogspot.com/. Let me know what you think - I'm always looking for advice!
I'm new (ish) to the world of whisky, obviously been drinking it for some time however have decided to progress my like for the wee dram and start collecting interesting bottles limited edition/exclusive bottles. The trouble is I'm an opportunistic soul and quite like the idea of collecting whiskies that will grow in value
Does anyone have any advice for someone starting out, I appreciate it's a how long's a piece of string question but thought it might start an interesting thread!
My name is Samuel and I've started to drink malt whisky only very recently (about 2 months ago). Although I had been a drinker of whisky for some time, only now I'm doing it more seriously.
I've joined a single malt club (SMC) here in Portugal to have guidance through this world of malt whiskies, and so far it has been a great help. I'm sure that in here I'll get the same help.
I've began to by single malt whiskies only from the brands I've know. The result was only speyside whiskies, LOL. After a whisky dinner, promoted by the SMC, I was told to buy other whiskies from the different regions. This is an example of the help and advice that, I think, some of us, the beginners, need. This will help us to develop our art knowledge and perception.
Hope to hear from you again, and by my whisky profile you can see what I've been drinking.
Thanks and regards,
Ganga wrote:good to have you here Samuel. Feel free to ask away. We'll try to come up with useful answers to the best of our abilities. Have you had your first Islay yet? If not you are in for quite the surprise.
Hi Ganga, thanks for everything!
Yes I did. The lucky one was Caol Ila 12Y and I must say it's something else. Very out of the standard taste and aroma. Something like medicinal, very unique I must say.
I had some friends in my house and I promoted a whisky taste: Old Pulteney 12Y first, Caol Ila 12Y next and finally Talisker 10Y. The reaction was not so nice towards the Caol Ila, specially after dinking the Old Pulteney that is must sweeter than the Caol Ila, LOL.
I'm Canadian, and new to the forum. I hope to learn and share some good knowledge going forward.
I'm a fairly new convert to whisky, turned on to the spirit by the work of Mr. Ralfy Mitchell of Youtube fame. He got me thinking about this beverage, and sure enough, as I few like minded people and I got together, we started taking an interest in quality single malts and blends, and gave up all thoughts of mixed drinks, and instead went straight for the Glencairn glasses. It has been a short, but very interesting voyage so far.
new here and have learned lots from just browsing for the past few months but have many questions to ask and knowledge to learn
I moved to Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland from England 6 years ago and have only just got round to starting a collection!!
thespeculator wrote:Probably hasn't changed much haha
I went through Ft William on my way to going up Ben Nevis. The weather station hut up there hadn't changed much either from the old black & white photos we saw down in the town.
I only have one whisky listed in my favourites, which is the sherry-cask 21 year old Glenlivet. My husband, who is the avid whisky lover in our family got a bottle for his birthday a couple years ago. He said it wasn't peaty enough for him, but I loved the fruitiness and lack of spice that the peat adds. So that bottle became mine
My husband likes the Islay whiskys and we went to Scotland (spent 4 days in Islay) for our honeymoon. I joined this forum because I want to get him whisky for our anniversary but I'd like to do the research first.
I'm new to the forum, but not all that new to whisky. I grew up in Kentucky, so you can draw your own conclusions! I now live in Minnesota, where I'm an operations instructor for a nuclear power plant. I realized I had gravitated towards SMS about ten years ago, but I still enjoy a good bourbon every now and then.
My tastes run towards the bigger Islay malts, but there's great whisky everywhere! I'm looking forward to interacting with you all. As I've perused these forums, it seems like most everyone is open-minded and helpful when questions are posted. I always thought of whisky lovers as gregarious by nature, so it's nice to see that belief confirmed!
I've had a subscription to Whisky magazine since the beginning of this year but only just got round to getting on to the forum. I want to expand my knowledge as much as I can and it seems like talking to knowledgeable people on here who love whisky just as much as I do is the way forward
Over the last couple of year I've got more and more interested in whisky. I went to Whisky Live London in 2011 which made me even more passionate about whisky. Since then I haven't looked back and have tried every new whisky I can get my hands on. I went to the TWE Whisky Show 2011, the first Fisherman's Retreat whisky show this year, and more recently TWE Whisky Show 2012.
I'm looking forward to getting to know people on this forum and sharing our love the best drink man has ever known.
Wanted to say hi to everyone on here.
Have just got back to Europe from a rather lengthy stint, over 3 years, in Asia, mainland China to be more precise, where a good whisky was nowhere in sight. So as you can imagine I am more then ready to start indulging in some drams and starting to build up my collection once again.
Luckily my grandfather is an avid whisky drinker so until my collection is on its feet I'm sure he will b happy to share with his grandson Speaking of which I am currently, and rather desperately, looking for a specific SMWS bottling as a surprise Christmas gift for him, have a look here if you are a SMWS member: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=18129
All that aside I look forward to not only reading the many interesting topics on the forum, already in the middle of two rather long discussion threads, but also hopefully contributing.
So once again: pleasure to meet you all!
I have been a big fan of scotch ever since I became intrigued by my parents philosophy on it. "Usually you are the only one drinking it at the party and no one will steal your hooch!"
Suffice to say I have since refined my tastes and have really begun expanding out and trying new (and old) scotches.
Of my tastings so far I tend to stay in the Speyside and Highlands of the Scotch whiskies. Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, MacCallan, Balvenie, but have also dipped into the blends as well. I am looking to start expanding my tastes.
Looking forward to learning about whiskies in general and thanks for having such a great resource.
I'm Paul and i'm a bit shy with just recently joining.
I'll introduce myself... i'm from England (UK), i'm 23, single. My favourite whiskys are Glenfiddich and The Black Grouse. I am very glad to be here
I am from London and new to the forum, and have been drinking single malts for the last four years or so. Recently I have become much more interested in trying new malts and widening my collection (although on a reasonably tight budget! ).
Talisker 10 year old will always hold a special place in my heart as the malt that introduced me to single malts, but I'm also a big fan fan of the Islay malts (Lagavulin and Ardbeg in particular), and a couple of particularly nice speysides.
Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing the passion and enthusiasm for great whisky!
I'm here... because I know nothing whatsoever about single malt scotch and I'd love to soak up some insight.
I'm soon to marry a wonderful young single malt scotch type of guy. He loves Speysides, and his favorite is a Strathisla 12. He doesnt like his scotch too peaty and he's definitely got a sweet tooth... so this is EVERYTHING I've managed to find out subtly for my own purposes. I'm looking for a scotch that will melt his heart, my price range is up to about $150. I was curious about a Strathisla 25, so anybody feel its worth the price or likely to be up his alley?
A few years ago I founded a whisky society with a few friends (all from Sheffield, mostly fathers). Every two moinths we chip-in for a more expensive bottle than we'd usually buy and spend the evening drinking it, and chatting.
It started as a social thing, but we've all been surprised how our tastes have changed and developed over the last couple of years, and how our love of whisky has grown.
We also have occasional "field-trips" to the whisky tasting evenings at The Blake - an amazing whiskey pub in Sheffield.
My favourite whiskies (so far) are Caol Ila, Aberlour a'bunadh and (most recently) Balcones Brimstone.
However, in the last 1-2 years, I've noticed an increase in the variety of single malts available to us, and have been able to buy most of my favorite basic whiskies from the shelves of brazilian stores. Hopefully, sometime soon, we will have access to whiskies such as Lagavulin and higher-end Glenmorangies (I have these bottles, but bought them when travelling).
I also have a very small collection of scotch, basically, the bottles I stumbled across and that I believed were too good not to be acquired, and too rare around here to be drunk. In the collection, my favorites are Octomore 5.1.169, Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix and 18YO Special Reserve (gold bottle), Lagavulin 12YO 2004, a recently acquired Macallan Over 25 Anniversary Malt and a Glenrothes Vintage 1985, which was Distilled 10 days after I was born.
My favorite whiskies are (not in order) Lagavulin 16YO, Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Glenmorangie Signet, Glenfiddich 15YO, Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or and Octomore, which I had the opportunity to taste a dram in the store I bought my bottle.
I'm really interested in learning more about whisky and also about collecting them, such as: which whiskies are worth collecting and which are worth drinking, which will become valuable with time and which won't etc. I'll be following the forum on a weekly basis!!
See you guys.
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