Bob & Jill wrote:Arebee,
Welcome and nice to hear from another Islay preferrer. Laphroaig 10 was also our first Single Malt and it too will remain near and dear to the heart.
Bob & Jill
Thanks for the warm welcome Jill (and Bob). Every malt I've tried since drew immediate comparisons to the Laph 10 and it was never equalled in my eyes, not even by the Laph 15. The Laph Quarter Cask changed that!
Bob & Jill wrote:Arebee,
We have been hearing a lot of good things about Laph Quarter Cask on the Forum and it’s nice to get your recommendation too. It is definitely on our next to try list.
Bob & Jill
I had a few drams of it last night at a Cajun BBQ cigar dinner. Fantatsic pairing with both the Cajun spices and full bodied cigars.
Aidan wrote:Who is everyone?
I'm Aidan - well I was Christened Aidan, but most people call me by my second name - John. I'm 34, married (for a year and a half now), and living in Dublin. I'm an editor/writer... Interested in whisky, football, skiing, golf...
First go into whisky after visiting the whisky heritage centre in Edinburgh, although I had been drinking it before that.
My name is David I'm 52 years old and married since 17th of february 2003 with my stunning wife.
I picked the nickname because my friends always call me nose (I seem to have a big one).
Began drinking whisky at around 1976 with a friend by starting to make our own whisky i.c. two parts of an blended and one part of Southern Comfort, it was smashing then.
In 1990 I went to Scotland for the first time (with a close couple I knew, and kept doing so for the next ten years ,on my own, I was still single then). It was propably in Glasgow I ever tasted a Malt Whisky, it was grant
I did several walks, mostly The West Highland Way (5 times) but several others also.
During them walks you come to several small villages where there is nothing other to do then going to the pub at night, that's the way I learned about Scotch Malt Whisky.
My first book on Malts is from Michael Jackson (The Whisky Almanak - in Dutch)
I like to collect books about Whisky, do have about 25 now and there are still 21 on my list to have (4 off them will be new releases, coming to the end of this year)
Welcome to the forums - may you spend an enjoyable & educational time here.
I'm also partial to whisky books - I do not collect them as such, but have 10 by now and have just ordered three more... (Whiskymen, Whisky Classified & one about whisky marketing (can't remember the title right now))
Have you found out more about the Maclean book? Sounds interesting, his books is usually quite good...
My name is Ian. Late 30's. Married. Estimator for a construction company.
Born in the Fair City and lived in the Lang Toon for 21 years, but now living in S.E. London. I tell you it's tough being an exiled Scot down here at the moment - St. Georges Flags everywhere. So I've decided to lock myself away in a darkened room with a few cases of malt until this World Cup thing finishes, or at least until England get knocked out of it and life returns to normal.
Still have a property back in Perthshire, approx. 3 miles from the Tullibardine distillery. I remember that we used to have weekly training in the Maltings just round the corner from the distillery (next to the Hotel)back in the Mid 1980's before the distillery was mothballed. I played a few games of football for the team in Blackford then. The headroom in the Maltings was very low and you had to be careful not to hit your head on the steel joists that were supporting the concrete floors. Back then the distillery must have had long silent periods as the Maltings were only ever used occasionally.
I get back home quite frequently and always manage to pick up a bottle or two on my travels.
I got "into" whisky through my Dad really. He always liked a dram, however he preferred blends to malts. Later on though - he appreciated a good single malt.
Over the cousrse of the last few years I have managed to acquire a good few bottles. Far too many for the wife though - running out of stoarge space. I have no particular preferences, as I am happy to try anything and generally base my decision on the mood I am in at that particular time. I have found though that I do tend to gravitate towards one of the Islays or Campbeltowns, particularly if i have had a busy day at work. I enjoy having a few drams with friends and often have a whisky evening/session with some Irish mates of mine.
I am a member of the SMWS (for 5 years now). Have been to to the London Members Room a couple of times. I assume that some of you who post on here must live in the London area? Let me know who you are and we can meet up one evening and have a dram or two.
Tend to buy most of my wares from the SMWS (some good bottlings every now and then) or from one of the many good stockists based in London.
Outside the world of whisky, my main interests are golf, rugby and reading.
Good active forum with plenty of interesting thoughts and debate - from a personal perspective it's always interesting to note what people outside of Scotland think of our country, people and it's whisky.
Lastly, going off at a tangent here I have a friend coming over from Texas in September for a week. We are primarily going to have a few rounds of golf and I have earmarked a day in Speyside to drive round the whisky trail. Which distillery gives the best tour? - I have heard good reports on Balvenie. Obviously, I would be looking for something more substantive than the usual tourist dross. Will probably stop off at Edradour on the way back down the A-9 also.
That's it. Keep the chat flowing.
My name is Martin and I am 34 years old, married since 1998. Our son Eric is now 4 1/2 years old.
I am swiss and living near the city of Basel and working in the international logistics business.
I have lived in Japan for several years studying Japanese and later I have worked in the Sales Dept. of a japanese company in Tokyo.
BTW, my wife is Japanese!:D Therefore I frequently go back to Japan for family visits (aprox. once a year). Next time I have to get my hands on one of these great japanese single malts! I have heard that there are a few marvellous out there!
I am fairly new to the world of whisky. Actually it started around February 2006. This November I will attend my first whisky tasting organized by a good wine and whisky shop and importer here in Basel: http://www.ullrich.ch
So far I can say that I don't like the smoky stuff I am more on the fruity, winy side.
Feel free to get stuck in and ask as many questions as you like no matter how small or trivial they may seem. We all are learning all the time. However if you peruse the 'Questions & Answers' Forum you may find that alot of them are already answered.
Les Paul- Do you know who paul Stanley is? He is one of the lead singers in the band called Kiss. He has a guitar collection and he uses a Les Paul guitar...among many others. I'm a big Kiss fan!
I'm not a Kiss fan either but they put on one heck of a show! I got to see them in concert back in 1975, which kinda tells you how old I am.
My name is Tom, age 48 and I'm a Control Room Operator at a power plant (non-nuclear). I am divorced and without children which leaves me time to happily pursue my greater hobbies, collecting & drinking fine single-malts, music from the sweetest sounds of Mozart to the brutal metal of Hatebreed and traveling abroad. I've been to Scotland 4 times and have traveled extensively throughout Scotland in my own sort of 'whisky trails' and so far I've visited & toured some 22 distilleries from Highland Park in Kirkwall to (Isle of) Arran near Lochranza and hoping to make it back some time to do an extensive tour through Speyside (Islay was this year! ), next year is set aside for Japan.
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