killerwhale wrote:thanks Mr Fjeld, i have heard of the 12 being good, a little pricey though...
I will give it a try however....
Hi Willy I forgot to say why I think they are good: The JPS has a nice sherry influence and is immediately apparent in the nose. It's a bit short in the finish though. The Jameson 12 benefits from a larger portion of pure pot still whisky in the blend and has a very nice nose, taste and long finish for a blend. You'll find both pure pot still character in it with nice spicyness and a nice dose of sherry cask influence as well. It's one of my all-time favourite whiskies and in my view well worth the extra money compared to the NAS blends. However, you should perhaps try it at a bar first because some find it too spicy.
Surprised he was when I told him it's based on "the 7 Islay malts"...the Speyside content disguises this in our opinion, but then we're used to, and favour, the raw stuff...
I did have the McClellend's Islay and though it's gentle, it was very nice for the price..... approx 37-38 (Canadian ofcourse)
Reggaeblues wrote:My neighbour gave me a large dram of Black Bottle the other night. Wow! Very smooth and sweet - the ultimate session deam, perhaps? Especially ast the price! He said he paid 12 quid for it!
the 10 year old BB has more Islay Character than the standard but I prefer the standard.
I recommend Islay Mist, which is RMW's house blend.
JW Gold, if you can afford it, is sweet and honeyed while Dew Of Ben Nevis 12 is almost like a liqueur.
Also try Cameron Brig grain whisky, if you can get it.
killerwhale wrote:I just checked the web site.... no Ballantines 17
I'll still talk to the product consultant and see if she can get one brought in.... if the price is decent ofcourse
Any BCLDB store can order almost any porduct from another store, they just have to do it!! Try and give them a push.
Only had one dram, and yes, I COULD afford it because I asked them for a JW Black(another good 'un IMO) and since they had none, felt obliged to pour me a "Gold" for the price of a "Black!" No complaints! VERY nice...
...and yes, I did try the BB10 once, but I think I agree - at least, the standard made a bigger impression on me the other night.
And I agree with BubbaC, I love Blackbush...more so than Bushmills SM 10.
Strange to be bigging up blends rather than the usual brace of southern Islays...
...but that's no bad thing here in sunny UK. As a travelling musician one has to be prepared - many bars stock no malt beyond Glenfiddich. Though I did actually play somewhere last year that had an Ardbeg 10! I think my surprise and delight made it all the sweeter...
Sweet? Ardbeg? you cry...well, yes, actually!
I shall just enjoy the modest selection I have now and pick up new ones when they finally get them in... though one of these days I surely must 'run for it' and try to get the elusive(at least in my neck of the woods )
killerwhale wrote:thanks Lawrence, the only problem is that with an item that is not listed, one has to order a case...... though I suppose it may be possible to get one bottle... just depends on whom one 'pushes'..... I'll have to pick my 'battles'
PS, the Strath in Victoria have some Ballantines 17 in stock....
I have found out that I would need to order a case or go through strath and pay the transit fee.... I tried regular Ballantines and , well it was aweful.... I tried it again on another night to see if it was just a bad night for me and.... it again was not enjoyable at all..... so, I shall pass on Ballantines and look for something else...
I do have 3 single malts I'd like to try and I'd like to give black bush a go.... also was thinking of bourbon, perhaps wild turkey rare breed?
and I'd like to give the vatting compass box peat monster a go.... so many to try
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