Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

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Which would you want to have re-opened?

Poll ended at Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:40 am

Brora
15
71%
Port Ellen
6
29%
 
Total votes: 21

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby johan brugge » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:20 pm

I voted PE. At first I didn't really like my Brora, although I've grown to like it a lot. I still like my PE better than my Brora. Maybe I haven't tried the 'right' Brora yet. Who knows? I'll find out eventually.

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby olikli » Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:28 pm

That's a really difficult question. I defintitely would like to see both re-opened. I voted for Port Ellen though as I haven't had a single disappointment with it yet. The only Brora I've ever tasted was a bit underwhelming in contrary.

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:28 pm

Brora... Though as others have stated, this boils down to a VERY difficult choice.

I'm trying to cough up the precise reasoning behind my selection, and I suppose it's due to the following...

1. Islay appears to be regaining considerable momentum in the single malt marketplace, what with the opening of Kilchoman as well as the incredible range of releases now being offered by the other distilleries on the island. Where a 'new' Port Ellen would fit into this scenario (I've always viewed its main attraction as a malt as being a complex melding of a 'softer' sort of peat - not to say lighter necessarily, just more integrated - and a somewhat delicate malt core, the combination of which permits more secondary aromas and flavours to emerge), I'm not quite sure. The northern Highland malts, by contrast, remain woefully underserved and underappreciated.

2. Good as some contemporary issues of Clynelish can be, I've yet to come across any that hold a candle to the best Broras.

3. My ancestors (on my late mother's side of the family) hailed from Caithness / Sutherland Country, so there's a bit of an emotional tug there.

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby sku » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:27 pm

Great, fun post. I too picked Brora. I've never thought all that much of PE and prefer many of the existing Islays to it, but Brora is much more unique and I agree with you, I've yet to have a bad one.

How about some other pair ups: Rosebank vs. St. Magdeline? Glenugie vs. Convalmore or for us Americans, Stitzel Weller vs. Michter's.

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby I_SPEY » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:37 pm

I've tasted just a couple of Brora samples and a few Port Ellen bottles. Although I do like the PE's, I'm more curious about the Brora's. Have read lots about these, was offered a bottle of 30 yo recently for € 165,=, but the person made a big mistake and asked € 295,= :shock:
No way. Will wait for another chance!

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby johan brugge » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:47 pm

OK. That's enough. All this talk about the Brora's only fuels my desire to try some more. The next one I'll get will be a Brora. Any suggestions?

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby I_SPEY » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:01 pm

johan brugge wrote:OK. That's enough. All this talk about the Brora's only fuels my desire to try some more. The next one I'll get will be a Brora. Any suggestions?


Vergeet je portemonnee niet, Johan! (Don't forget you wallet, Johan!)

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby johan brugge » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:13 pm

I_SPEY wrote:Vergeet je portemonnee niet, Johan! (Don't forget you wallet, Johan!)

Weet ik. De prijzen zijn soms echt belachelijk.
I know. The prices are sometimes plain ridiculous. Are there any IB's worth my money?

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby Drammed » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:29 am

I have not tried either so I did not vote, but is another Islay a bad thing :D

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby Drammed » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:37 am

Ganga wrote:
Drammed wrote:I have not tried either so I did not vote, but is another Islay a bad thing :D


Depends on whether you like to get ACE'd. And remember, Kilchoman is coming.


Excuse my ignorance but...ACE'd?

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby daveski » Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:38 pm

Although i am huge fan of both, i think i am narrowly swayed by the Brora. Probably, because i haven't had the chance to try as many of the Broras, hence the reason to reopen and give me that chance :D

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Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:06 pm

Ganga wrote:The annual releases are very good whisky and I don't think you'd be disappointed if you like peated whiskies.

I know it's a bit of a long-shot, but you might want to try and track down an official Diageo release (or, if availability is a serious constraint, an IB) distilled during the late 1970s. The 1982 Rare Malts Selection issue I tried didn't have nearly the peat impact that a 1977 distillation (in the same series) did, and I believe that the peating levels employed over the last couple of years of operation at Brora had a tendency to drop. Mind you, that 1982 was still one sweet whisky!


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