March 2008 Live Tasting

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What should distillery should we do for the March Live Tasting?

Bruichladdich
8
20%
Balvenie
21
51%
St. Magdalene/Closed Lowlanders
5
12%
Springbank
7
17%
 
Total votes: 41

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:27 am

I chose Springbank since I have a couple to choose from. Just have one St. Magdalene...

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:39 pm

I am really eager to try Springbank, so I voted for that. Only have one 'Laddie, the 1984, and no Balvenie or St. Magdalene. Do have one Rosebank though, a 20yo 1981 vintage so I guess that counts as a closed lowlander?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:41 pm

Oh and preferably after the 17th since I will be visiting my girlfriend who is in Austria for a couple of months..

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:07 pm

Having only tried the Founder's Reserve Balvenie and absolutely loving it I am keen to try more and would happily pick up a couple of other Balvenies for next month's tasting.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TheTross » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:11 pm

I voted Balvenie, simply because it's the one that I've got most expressions of. Would be happy with any of the others though, as I have/could easily get bottlings for all of them.

As for a date, I definitely can't do the weekend of the 21st (Easter weekend) - I'll be away for all of that. Any other weekend is good though.

And thinking about April... Talisker? :insane:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:57 pm

If we go for Springbank I can at least buy the miniature of the 12yo with Glencairn Glass pack in the window of the deli on the corner 8)

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby SoMK » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:40 pm

I voted Bruichladdich because I've got quite a few :oops: bu Balvenie would be great as well !
Last night HP tasting was fun ;)

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:54 pm

How about doing a tasting of the Distiller's Edition malts at some point in the future? I adore the Cragganmore one and would be keen to try others.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby K-Mile » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:50 pm

butephoto wrote:How about doing a tasting of the Distiller's Edition malts at some point in the future? I adore the Cragganmore one and would be keen to try others.


That would be fun, but a H2H of all 6 or 7 expressions (from a single year) would be an expensive excercise for most I guess, unless you already own them. They go for around 70 EUR here in NL..

But I'm sure a lot of forum members own a few, even from different vintages, so it sure sounds like a good idea.

Considering Easter weekend, would the 28th work?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:33 pm

I like the idea of a Friday night tasting. Any Friday in March but the 21st would work for me.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby clicker7 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:09 am

I'm up for Balvenie.... Hope I can join you next month.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:22 pm

I've found a pack of three Balvenie miniatures for a tenner, so that would be a start for me if we go down the Balvenie Road :wink:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:53 pm

I just remembered, (silly me!) I do have a few Bruichladdichs. I'm not sure if I'm ready to open them yet though, we'll have to see what happens if it's the distillery we choose or not... :?
(I could possibly be convinced to taste one I have in mind, a 10y from about the late 70's, early 80's bottling). :?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:09 pm

I voted Balvenie but I'm happy with anything as long as there's time to get stocked up :)
K-Mile wrote:Considering Easter weekend, would the 28th work?

I agree - might be more chance of getting someone from the brand to join in if it's not on Good Friday so I favour 28th over 21st.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:37 am

Ganga wrote:Well, it looks like we're trying for March 28 for this tasting. I see Balvenie taking the lead and no one has made any suggestions for April. I will start by suggesting Aberlour. The whisky calendar has Macallan. Anyone else?


I finished my second bottle of Aberlour 10 last night and I'm getting a bit sickened by it now, but that's the only one I've tried.

Have we done Ardbeg? Was that part of the Laphroaig/Islay tasting? I know people here have loads of Ardbegs.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Bob O. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:56 pm

I voted for Balvenie but Bruichladdich would be fun as well. i'll need to pick up a few more bottles beforehand. I think with all of the different 'Laddie bottles it would have to be a weekend tasting instead of just one night. :D

As for April, I like the Talisker recommendation.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Spirit of Islay » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:50 pm

Voted Laddie cos it's an Islay !
Predictable but who cares...... :lol:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby les taylor » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:56 pm

A vote for Bruichladdich here. It would be nice if it dosen't happen this month then a near one in the future. If for no other reason than the diversity of the Laddie expressions.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby hook55 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:47 am

:D I voted Balvenie only because that is the only one I have tried.. :cry: I think no matter what one you choose? it will be good. :P :mrgreen:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:08 am

Springbank is my choice. I happen to have one.
Imported from our southern neighbours.

The 28th would probably work for me as well. Next month? Caol Ila!
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby lohssanami » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:38 am

Pardon me for my ignorance, but I've never been privy to what an actual live tasting comprises. Not that this is a secret society (being in an open thread... :wink: ), but does it only consist of having the whisky and just sharing notes and opinions?

Sorry for the dumb question. :oops:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:18 am

Just sharing notes and opinions? Oh no, no, no it's so much more than just that. Oh wait, yes you're right - that's about the sum of it :) It's good fun. The last one is here and the Glenlivet one where Ian Logan joined in is here. I think if Matt gets enough notice he might try to get someone from the brand to drop in.

It's not a dumb question. See you at March's tasting Lohssanami :thumbsup:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby lohssanami » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:57 am

Ok...I'll join in on this one, and get my feet wet, so to speak.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Wave » Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:16 pm

I voted Springbank as I have a couple of expressions and I might be so tempted to open the 14yo port finished cask strength, though 'Laddie & Balvenie are fine too but I don't think I've got any lowlands(!), easily fixable. I can do the 21st but I'll be on late since I work the evenings that week, the 28th would be much better!

Caol Ila for April?
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:51 pm

I guess a lot of people are out on a Saturday?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:03 pm

I'm generally out on Friday night too, but not too late these days.

Saturdays I'm generally spending time with my other half.

I'll just try and join in whatever night it's on at some point.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Wave » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:13 pm

As a rotating shift worker for the last 30 years I'm not even sure what a real weekend is!! :o
Either day is fine with me unless I'm at work or going in that night.


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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:01 am

Collector57 wrote:Now Balvenie have discontinued the Founders Reserve should we all be buying it up?


I seem to remember reading somewhere that it wasn't quite being dicontinued - just that there might be less of it, or something..?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:38 pm

Collector57 wrote:Now Balvenie have discontinued the Founders Reserve should we all be buying it up?

Eh! What? (Musky just waking up out of his early morning stupor)

Is this the old rumour chestnut being revived or have Balvenie been telling us falsehoods for the last two years? I assume that Founders Reserve will be replaced with a higher priced, lower aged offering at an inflated price if this turns out to be true.
:x
I certainly won't be running willy-nilly down to the LC to purchase the "last" FR or it's suspected subsequent replacement anytime soon, I can assure you.
:P
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:49 pm

The B_ _ ... can't say that here, eh?

So they've been playing us along, while at the same time, my sources in the Industry have been assuring me that it was being discontinued. For two years. Guess my contacts were 100% correct.

I am very disappointed in Balvenie.

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JJ, we still on to get blotto at the end of the month?
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:53 pm

I really like FR and will be buying up loads of it to not only keep for future drinkies, but to well and truly demolish in the near future. And of course the live tasting.

:iwbrnt:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:54 pm

If only my 1000 Oaks barrel was here, I could create my own expression...

*rummages through the 'drinks cabinet', wondering what Sambuca would do to a whisky...

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Matt2 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:48 pm

Balvenie Samples

Good news from the disitllery, they are sending some product my way for samples. If you would like some samples of the Balvenie range please let me know by PM with these details:

Subject : Gimme some Balvenie
Your name :
Full address :
I confirm I am over 18 or of legal drinking age in the country I reside.

And please list any Balvenies you already have so we don't waste any samples.

This offer is open to anyone, anywhere, but we may not be able to get samples beyond Europe. Will do our best in the time left.

There's also a good chance there will be a special guest or two, just waiting for confirmation.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:35 am

:thumbsup:
Very nice, compliments.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:21 pm

I truly appreciate your work and offerings Matt, thanks again, fantastic! :thumbsup:


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