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@MaltActivist
MaltActivist started a discussion

Thanks to @CanadianNinja for proposing this idea.

Enter your ONE dram which you feel deserves the title of Connosr Whisky of the Year 2013. I will extract a shortlist of 10 expressions based on submissions. I propose April 4th for the shortlist.

Once we have that I will set up a real time poll where all members can cast their final vote on the chosen whiskies. We can close voting by April 11 and announce the winner on April 12.

If you think this is a good idea then please submit your ONE dram you feel should win!

10 years ago

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@Volks
Volks replied

great discussion chaps, shes a bloddy tough one to decide on though, one dram. hmmmmmmmm ive got 3 very distinct ones in my mind but to put it in one..... Ill get the ball rolling with the Glenfarclas 40

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Onibubba
Onibubba replied

@tabarakRazvi I am reading this as best whisky released in 2013. So, I have to give my vote to the one whisky released this year that I enjoyed enough to buy several more bottles. That whisky is Ardbeg Ardbog. Sweet, salty, nutty and peaty, it really delivers. I think the reviews on this site back this one up!

10 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Mammon
Mammon replied

Best 2013 release: Glen Garioch Sherry Cask Matured - 1999

10 years ago 0

@sengjc
sengjc replied

With some difficulty, I'll cast my vote for the Amrut Intermediate Sherry.

Seems unfair as there are so many good whiskies out there.

Unfortunately, I am yet to crack open any of the bottles of Glenfarclas 40 that I have as I am saving those for my 40th which is many years from now.

10 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

I don't often get to open my bottles the year they're released. So although my favourite dram of 2013 was probably something else, my favourite whisky that was released in 2013 (and that I happened to taste in 2013 would have to be FORTY CREEK HEART OF GOLD

10 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot replied

Kilchoman Coull Point, in the mouth it goes from tropical fruit and sunny barley fields to stormy peatbogs and red fruit. That developement did it for me.

10 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@tabarakRazvi - great thread and obviously a hint of what lays ahead for this positive and caring community.

I tried some GREAT whisky in 2013 which included Amrut Intermediate Sherry, Talisker 18, Highland Park 25, anCnoc 22 YO, Corby's Lot 40 and various Glenfarclas Family Casks; however, I keep returning to a Canadian artisanal blend. I hereby nominate, from Grimsby Ontario, Heart of Gold by Forty Creek.

10 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@paddockjudge

great minds think alike... though it is said that fools seldom differ.

10 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

Springbank Cask (early 80's): Sadly not my bottle but a generous pour from a generous friend! Made a poor relation of my Caol Ila DE. which I thought rather good - In any other company, the DE. would have been 'stellar'.

10 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

I should say the other 3 best whiskies I TRIED in 2013 (made available to me in 2013 but not released that year) would have to be:

  • Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 44

  • Bladnoch 11 year old sherry cask matured at 55%

  • Amrut Cask Strength original bottling (2007)

10 years ago 0

@Nolinske
Nolinske replied

Jeffersons presidential select 25 yo

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist replied

My favorite whisky of 2013 (and released in 2013) would be the Kavalan Solist Fino. Blew me away!

10 years ago 2Who liked this?

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

Balcones Brimstone! So different from anything I've ever tasted. Wood smoke all the way.

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@CanadianNinja

@JoeVelo, I've been trying to find a bottle of that myself. Unfortunately, no such luck!

10 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist replied

Gents. Another week left to submit your candidates....

10 years ago 0

@maltygirl
maltygirl replied

There are so many great whiskies out there but I'd have to say the one I tried in 2013 that I really enjoyed was Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky. It enters likes a bourbon and finishes like a scotch. The best of both worlds in my opinion.

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander replied

An old bottling of Laphroaig 10 Year Old, pre-Royal Warrant (43%ABV)

10 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

Amrut Intermediate Sherry

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@systemdown
systemdown replied

I'll put in a vote for Longrow Red 11yo Shiraz cask

10 years ago 0

ricko replied

I agree Onibubba, Ardbeg Ardbog for myself. Every time I drink this whisky, I am amazed by its quality and its uniqueness. A delight... Special mention to Johnnie Walker Green Label, because Diageo stops production of the blend with best value for money...

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@vanPelt
vanPelt replied

I like the idea of extracting Connosrs' choice. Just all bear in mind that doing it this way reveals more about product availability (and brand recognition) than actual informed comparison! For example, if I re-nominate the WWA winner Sullivan's Cove... how many Connosrs have actually bought it or tried it to be able to really consider it?
With this in mind, I nominate the Glenmorangie Ealanta.

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

@hunggar
hunggar replied

I agree with @tabarakRazvi; The Kavalan Solist Fino is amazing. However it's a bit pricey, and if we're going for premium, I'd have to say that the Yamizaki 18 was GREAT this year (as it always is). But as an affordable and available new release, I think my final vote would be for the Glengoyne CS 001. If we're trading in aged whisky for CS whisky; this is the way it should be.

@ricko: I'd love to say I'm tired of saying this, but I"m not (as I annoyingly rub it in again). The JW Green is still in production, albeit only for the Taiwanese market. By all means save this for drinking, but do NOT collect it.

10 years ago 1Who liked this?

Rigmorole replied

Clynelish 1997, 15 Year Old, The Exclusive Malts

10 years ago 0

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