May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

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What distillery should be chosen for the June Live Tasting?

Poll ended at Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:55 pm

Macallan
9
45%
Ardbeg
6
30%
Lagavulin
5
25%
 
Total votes: 20

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:01 pm

Wow, considering both of my prelim votes made it in here, this is a tough one. My new infatuation for Macallan might sway me, but Lagavulin is definitely my favorite overall. Ok enough rambling...I'm going to vote now. :smoke:

Edit: My vote is Macallan!! :lol:
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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:13 pm

I have a bottle from each distillery open, and no plans to open any others so I lucked out!

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby matthew2512 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:44 am

Ardbeg. The only one i have a bottle of at the moment.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby blawder » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:20 pm

Voted Macallan.

I like Ardbeg and, especially, Lagavulin more... but Macallan is almost as ubiquitous in bars around here as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich 12. Thought it would be good to dissect the Macallan a little with your help so as to better appreciate the next dram at the local bar.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:54 pm

Collector57 wrote:Macallan.
I don't much like Macallan so going through a tasting of several may make me analyse them a bit more and find something to like under that overbearing blanket of sherry.


Good point there C57. I never used to like Macallan much at all, but I was solely basing my opinion on one experssion that I had tried of a Macallan FO (which tasted like dirt to me really). After trying a few different sherried Macallans since then (especially at Cask Strength), I have a whole new outlook. I've really really enjoyed what I have had from them as of late. I suppose at some point I'll go back and have a dram of a FO, just to see if my opinion has changed, but I suspect I will find that I like the sherried stuff better. :smoke:

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby lohssanami » Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:58 am

I don't have any Macallan's. I just might have to travel to Mikeymad's place for the May tasting.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:16 pm

I've voted Macallan. I don't have any at the moment and would probably like to try some from sherry wood, bourbon wood and mixed (fine oak). Would anyone in the Edinburgh/Glasgow area be keen to join together so we can buy three bottles and share the volume (10 or 20 cl each?) and the cost?

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:19 pm

Assuming Macallan wins the vote - getting ahead of myself - I would be happy to do something similar with Ardbeg or Lagavulin, whichever is the chosen one.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:43 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Assuming Macallan wins the vote - getting ahead of myself - I would be happy to do something similar with Ardbeg or Lagavulin, whichever is the chosen one.


I agree, this was a really touch choice for me. I only picked Macallan because I can't wait to explore it more, and try new expressions. I have 4 bottles of Ardbeg at home, and same for Lagavulin. Between those and past botttles I've tasted several different expressions.

I'm definitely up for an Ardbeg or Lagavulin tasting in the future! We could always push for them to be on next months poll as well (asuming that Macallan even wins here) :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:41 pm

I voted for Macallan. I have a few bottles open but it's been very long since I've touched any of them, so it'd be fun to revisit them all at once!

Also looking for an excuse to open the 1989 18yo... :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby TheTross » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:55 pm

I voted Lagavulin and (selfish mode) hopefully it'll pull some votes back - that being May's Live Tasting will at last give me an excuse to open the 21 and 25 that've been sitting around doing nothing!

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:10 pm

Ganga wrote:
Also, now is the time to make suggestions for June's live tasting.


For June I'd like to nominate the two that aren't chosen for May, plus Port Ellen. :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby blawder » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:05 am

ryguy wrote:
Ganga wrote:
Also, now is the time to make suggestions for June's live tasting.


For June I'd like to nominate the two that aren't chosen for May, plus Port Ellen. :D


Would love to do the Ardbeg. Had my first OOGIE-DOLL this weekend and my eyes are still glazed over....

Should we start a forum and get the voting going, or is it too early?

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:11 pm

blawder wrote:
ryguy wrote:
Ganga wrote:
Also, now is the time to make suggestions for June's live tasting.


For June I'd like to nominate the two that aren't chosen for May, plus Port Ellen. :D


Would love to do the Ardbeg. Had my first OOGIE-DOLL this weekend and my eyes are still glazed over....

Should we start a forum and get the voting going, or is it too early?


blawder,
Sometime after the Poll ends for May, Ganga will start a preliminary poll for June, and things will go proceed from there.

It's not too late to vote for Ardbeg for May, the poll is still up. :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Dram fine idea » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:52 pm

For the June tasting - Glenfiddich - a nice light malt for the start of summer?

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:52 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:For the June tasting - Glenfiddich - a nice light malt for the start of summer?


I agree.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby TheTross » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:00 pm

Looks like being Macallan. Haven't got any Macallan at all, so unless Matt can provide a sample or two I'll have to be an innocent bystander next month :coffee:

As for June - I can't remember if this one has been suggested recently, but I'll put Bladnoch forward. I also quite like the idea of Glenfiddich as I think it's often overlooked in favour of the 'less-commercial' malts, and I'd love to know what people thought about it.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:43 pm

Maybe we should ask Matt what we can expect otherwise we can set up a sample exchange. :iwbrnt:

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:10 pm

You are making me worried.
Should I be worried?
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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:12 pm

Ganga wrote:Macallan it is. Oh boy, oh boy.

Now, I'll have to see what I have available.


YES!! Macallan, I'm excited if you can't tell. Can't wait to open up the 18 I just bought! :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby blawder » Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Macallan, The!

The market around here has recently been flooded with Macallan 15 FO. Had never seen that before, it was introduced as a rarity at a recent whisky tasting, and now it is ubiquitous.

Will certainly score a bottle of that (at least) for the tasting.

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:24 pm

What will everyone be tasting? So far I have the following:

Macallan Cask Strength OB
Macallan 12yr OB
Macallan 18yr 1989 OB
SMWS Cask # 24.96 Macallan 16yr

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Matt2 » Tue May 06, 2008 1:59 pm

Hi everyone,

This sounds like an interesting one.... contacted them to see if anyone can join us from the distillery.

As for samples, I am waiting to hear back. They will be UK only again (sorry), and if you want some samples then please PM me with your name, address and a confirmation saying 'I am over 18'

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby TheTross » Fri May 09, 2008 7:04 pm

Unbelievable! I'm not going to be able to make this tasting either*! I'll have to belatedly take part sometime on Saturday I'm afraid, but I've got the following available:

Macallan 15yo Fine Oak
Macallan 10yo CS 58.8% (miniature)
Macallan 12yo (miniature)
Macallan 16yo (SMSW Cask #24.96) (miniature)
Macallan 18yo 1988 (miniature)


*I totally forgot it's Whit Friday next Friday and I'm going to a friend's house with a few others to watch the band contest, then visit a few pubs around the area, meaning I'll be getting home sometime Saturday. D'oh!

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Mon May 12, 2008 4:35 pm

ryguy wrote:What will everyone be tasting? So far I have the following:

Macallan Cask Strength OB
Macallan 12yr OB
Macallan 18yr 1989 OB
SMWS Cask # 24.96 Macallan 16yr


I have also added for the tasting a Macallan 15 Fine Oak (OB) and a Signatory Macallan 'UCF' 1990 17yo. The Fine Oak is already opened, and if I get the Sig here by Friday, I may open that too. :D :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Matt2 » Tue May 13, 2008 4:59 pm

Haven't heard anything from Macallan or Edrington so it looks we will be on our own for this one, and no samples.... :cry:

So to make up for it I will crack open one from my private collection and send a sample out to those who requested one. It's going to be The Macallan Fine Oak 30 Year Old!

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby les taylor » Tue May 13, 2008 5:02 pm

Matt that is extremely decent of you and such a nice thing to do. Thankyou. :thumbsup:

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Tue May 13, 2008 6:55 pm

Wow, that's extremely generous of you Matt!! Great job!! :D :D :D :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Fri May 16, 2008 1:54 pm

Just a reminder about the Macallan Live Tasting today at 7pm GMT, or for those of you in the U.S. 2pm EST.

Cheers!! :D :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Leither » Fri May 16, 2008 2:44 pm

Matt, that's brilliant and very much appreciated :thumbsup:

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Fri May 16, 2008 4:36 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Got my sample from Matt this morning. Many thanks again.

Cheers


Sweet Willie!! And great job Matt for getting them out so quickly!!
Willie I'll be expecting to see a nice tasting note from you on that one. :D :D

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby Ryguy » Fri May 16, 2008 4:49 pm

Willie JJ wrote:I shall take my time on it Ryan. :thumbsup:

Thanks, You're the best!! And BTW - I'm obviously really jealous :P

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Re: May 2008 Live Tasting Poll

Postby arkle » Fri May 16, 2008 6:41 pm

Thank you Matt, its much appreciated, when I opened the packet and saw the age I was impressed, then I re-read this thread and now I see its from you! wow! what a chap you are x x x x x ! :D


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