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By @Wodha @Wodha on 15th Jan 2010, show post

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@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@bwmccoy You've got the Mariners, and they are kicking it right now. Seattle is closer to us than Toronto, so we are just as much Mariners fans as Jays fans. We'll take either one for a World Series win.

26 days ago 3Who liked this?

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

@BlueNote - Likewise, if I'm not rooting for the M's, I'm rooting for the Jays. As for the M's, I hope the All-Star break didn't break their Mojo. The 14 game winning streak is going to be put to the test right away with 10 games against the Astros and the Yankees over the next couple of weeks. We'll see where they stand after that.

Thursday night = poker night. While playing on-line poker with the guys, I had a very small pour of Up North Distillery North Idaho Single Malt Whiskey (43% ABV) to see if a few months of air had improved it. Nope! Still tastes like paint thinner.

I also had a small pour of Corsair Triple Smoke (Beechwood, Cherry & Peat) American Single Malt Whiskey Pot Distilled 40% ABV. While this one is nothing special, it is at least drinkable unlike the previous one.

Had a decent sized pour of Longmorn SMWS 7.269 (17 year - Feb. 2004) "Luscious, silky and sensuous" - 2nd-fill ex-bourbon barrel - 55.5% ABV. Much better!

Finished the night with a dram of Undisclosed Island Single Cask Nation release for The Water of Life Film. 6 casks (5 unpeated + 1 peated) 48.8% ABV. I assumed that this was Bruichladdich since it was associated with the film, but have been told by a reliable source that it is Arran.

26 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

Just a good old Laphroaig 10 tonight with the addition of a couple of slices of dried smoked pancetta from the Devon Good Game company in the bottom of the glass for experimental purposes. My wife thinks it’s weird but I reckon the dregs of the glass or the pancetta will take on some of the influence of each. How can it not! Cheers all and have a good weekend.

25 days ago 6Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@Timp Your wife may have a point there, Tim. laughing

25 days ago 4Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

Hi all! Seems like an age since I was last on here but probably only a few weeks smile Hope everyone's doing OK?

We've been having a mini heat-wave of late with temps of 40°C, which for the UK is crazy high, so not much whisky being consumed but plenty beer!

That said, I recently opened a bottle of Supersonic Mach 3 from North Star Spirits and, when I've had a dram, it's usually been from that bottle. Having one now post dinner and it's a lovely drop - lots of toffee/fudge notes, dry spices, orange peel a little ginger and a wisp of smoke at the tail. Has an Old Skool sherry vibe about it and, for just over £40, is one of the best value malts I've bought in a while. Not too complex, but a young sherried whisky full of character an far too easy to drink ...

Tyndrum whisky just got some back in stock so I picked up a second bottle. If you can use the website, I've added a link. Seriously, snap one up while you can, folks.

tyndrumwhisky.com/supersonic-mach-3-2013-n…

25 days ago 7Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@BlueNote haha joy

Mind you just finished the dram and the pancetta, and as long as it’s not left too long in the whisky it’s lovely. I think if you left it in there too long it would lose all of its own flavour.

Have dumped the rest - four slices, in the remains of the bottle, we shall see. Thinking it might add a smoked meat note to the whisky. A little like Caol Ila for instance. Who knows. grinning

25 days ago 5Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Timp, I'm all for experimentation...and the only thing better than pancetta, is chocolate; however, I'm not suggesting.... wink

25 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@paddockjudge interesting suggestion.. hmmm.

25 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@RianC Sounds like a pretty good deal. Enjoy it for us!

25 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

Brother's family came over for a very good Friday night dinner. I poured my brother and me some Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 YO. I'm still easing myself back into whisky since my bout of COVID and at 46% this easy sipper fit the bill.

25 days ago 5Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@RianC Nice to hear from you Ryan and cheers for the steer to the North Star. Nabbed one this morning. Always nice to have a good value malt on the go. Cheers..

25 days ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

I tried a pour of Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Cask last night and I was pretty impressed. I’d like a little more smoke but it does say “Sherry Cask” and not “Extra Smoky”.

24 days ago 6Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Timp - thanks! I think you'll enjoy it and, for the price, it's no great loss either way. Be interested to hear your thoughts on it. Gets a touch smokier with every pour, which is nice!

24 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@Nozinan glad your feeling better.

@RianC will let you know as I won’t be able to resist opening it when it arrives!..

24 days ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

Tonight my wife and I had a post-dinner Margarita following a somewhat improvised recipe (makes 1 Margarita):

  • 2 oz Aguamiel blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • juice of 1 whole lime

I like to do a shake and then “dirty dump” into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. The tequila is nothing expensive or fancy, but I’m fairly certain it’s additive-free. Even in a cocktail it retains its peppery, savoury, vegetal essence.

24 days ago 8Who liked this?

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

For happy hour, a couple of Jerry Thomas Manhattans made with Rittenhouse Rye BiB.

24 days ago 6Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

I find Lagavulin to be a special treat on a hot and sunny day. This past Saturday I enjoyed a pour, two actually, of 9 YO House of Lannister GOT release while enjoying what is likely to be the finest day of this summer. Blue sky, a soft breeze, 30C (86F) and a bbq with the family. One of the youngsters told me that my glass smelled like a bbq. Cute kid ... pass the bottle of bbq juice please.

22 days ago 8Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@paddockjudge It must be in the genes. The kid's already got a nose for good whisky.

22 days ago 5Who liked this?

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

I've wanted to try bottled, pre-made cocktails for a while. The other day I was at the store and noticed a High West Barrel Finished Manhattan 375ml bottle for about $25, so I decided to pick one up. For the past 2 nights, I had one 2oz pour over ice with a Luxardo cherry and a dried orange slice for garnish. The verdict: It is a quality cocktail, but it is sweeter than I make mine and I prefer a little more bitters. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but only because I prefer the way I make mine. :-)

21 days ago 4Who liked this?

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@BlueNote, oh so true! This little one happened to stick her nose in a glass of 21 YO Glen Elgin sherry cask and blurted out "plums"....she was only a year-and-a-half. Grampa's gonna have a whisky buddy.

Note to self....leave lots of low hanging fruit in the cabinet and lock-up the top shelf trophies.

21 days ago 7Who liked this?

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

We’re visiting my older son and his wife at their home in Idaho for a couple of days. I recently gave my son a membership to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for his birthday. In addition to some non-Society bottles, he’s added a couple of Society bottles to his collection since then. Additionally, I brought 7 Society bottles and 3 non-Society bottles with me to share with him.

We started off with a “Honey Spirit” and a barrel aged “Honey Spirit” from a local distillery. Not bad, but the barrel aged one was better than the non-barrel aged.

We had a dram of his Aberfeldy 12. I don’t think I’ve had this one before. Not a bad whisky for the money. Typical Speyside notes, but some depth and a little complexity that surprised me. Not enough to buy a bottle, but it was a very drinkable dram.

Next, Deanston SMWS 79.6 (9 year - April 2012) "Rough and jumble" - 1st-fill ex-bourbon barrel - 60.8% ABV.

Followed by Glenburgie SMWS 71.79 (14 year - Sep. 2006) "Adventurously awesome" - 1st-fill ex-bourbon barrel - 58.7% ABV.

Moving on to Sherry-finished; Strathmill SMWS 100.27 (11 year - Mar. 2010) "Colorful and flavorful" - After 8 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, transferred to a 1st-fill Oloroso hogshead - 55.3% ABV.

Finished the night with a peated Glenturret SMWS 16.60 (10 year - Nov. 2010) "Entering uncharted paths" - Re-charred hogshead - 56.9% ABV.

As you can see in the photo below, there is more to explore tomorrow night…

21 days ago 4Who liked this?

@TracerBullet
TracerBullet replied

@bwmccoy I have tried a number of the pre-made cocktails an so far I have found them all to be sweeter than I prefer. I find myself added additional rye or bourbon (depending on the cocktail) to bring the drink closer to what I like.

I, like you, prefer to make my own.

20 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

Couple of drams tonight. @RianC s sample of Ledaig 10 and it was lovely. Sweet peat and smoke and really nice integration. Pretty sure I have had a bottle of this a few years ago and don’t remember it being this good. Nice, cheers mate.

To follow a large dram of my Dads bottle of Jameson Black which wasn’t too bad tbh. He has had it open for a long time as he doesn’t drink much any more so maybe that helped.

Cheers all.

18 days ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Timp - glad you liked it! Funny, I find that batch to be a bit below par!?! I was wonder how others might find it. Has a touch too much bitterness in the finish for me.

Polished off a Glendronach 15 last night. Good drop, glad I hAve another but won't be seeking any of their CF 'd stuff ...

Also had a Tali 18 - never disappoints! Love the funky fruit notes then seaweed, smokey peat finish.

17 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@RianC Interesting. Didn’t get that bitterness but it did seem very sweet to me.

Yeah always liked the Glendronach 15 and have a nearly full bottle of the 2014 open. From the last of the batches that were supposed to be at least 18. Can include you a sample of one of these if you fancy doing a head to head with your other bottle? Unless it’s the same year mind!! smile

17 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

Had a pour of Wild Turkey 101 last night, while assembling a drawing table for my lovely fiancée. The bottle is about 3/4 full, but has been open for awhile (2+ years?…I’ve been doing a poor job of keeping track of the details of my cabinet over the past six years).

It was a very pleasant drink…I could have easily had several pours. However, I was struck by HOW pleasant it was…namely, no alcohol hit at all, but also a very flat/basic/plain bourbon profile (including little to no distinctiveness on the nose). If the 101 version is this non intrusive, I can’t imagine even noticing I was drinking bourbon if I had a pour of their standard proof bottle. A very odd experience for me.

17 days ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Timp - ooh yeah would love to try those older bottlings, mine are from the re-released ones c2018-19. Would be good to see what all the fuss was about and if the later bottles really are as inferior as some say ...

16 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Timp
Timp replied

@RianC No problem mate, in the box.

16 days ago 2Who liked this?

@fiddich1980
fiddich1980 replied

A bottle which lingered for too long in my stash. Distilled 2001 bottled 2013.

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

Today was a special day. Not only did I finally beat my wife at cribbage (something I may have done once before in my life), I actually beat her ANDmy sister in law simultaneously, and my wife was skunked!

To celebrate, and also because I was preparing a sample, I poured a half ounce of Milk & Honey Apex series pomegranate wine cask finish, batch 8. At 59.5% it’s no shrinking violet. With a little water and the Ashok Manoeuvre, this 3 year, 1 1/2 month old CS beauty really shines.

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