By g @gfc on 21st Jan 2018, show post
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During my annual whisky pilgrimage (whoops - visit to the in-laws) in Calgary I let a couple get away:
Highwood 90/20 - a dusty at a relatively new (1 year) store.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. Like an idiot, I picked it up so that the Springbank I was buying for someone could be 10% off (3 bottles or more, and the second would have been the Highwood)
For these 2, I just realized that I was paying $80 in order to spend $60 to save 10% ($14). I apologize to my friend who has to pay the full price for the Springbank.
At that moment I also gave up a bottle I had already purchased (Canadian Rockies 21) - While the price was great, I realized things were going out of control. I have a bottle a home (Thanks @nosebleed) and if I do need another the non-sale price is only $20 more in Alberta).
Amrut Naarangi for ~$140. Yes I want another to back up my unopened bottle, and I may regret this one in the future, but I suspect there will be other special Amruts in my future.
I've given up all hope of meeting my resolution for this year... but unlike recent governments I haven't turned the realization I wasn't going to make it into a reason to start buying without control.
I did pick up a few key additions to my cabinet on the trip, but not as many as I thought. I bought quite a few bottles but mostly for others.
7 months ago 6Who liked this?
I did not buy EH Taylor Single Barrel bourbon, nor did I buy the EH Taylor Straight Rye. As per usual, I went oh-fer in a LCBO allocation lottery. Not a huge deal, as I have almost no room left at home, and I didn’t really have my heart set on either bottle. Perhaps I’ll fare better in the BTAC lottery later this month, but I’d be shocked if I did. I’d love to snag a WIlliam Larue Weller, a George T Stagg, and/or a Thomas Handy
7 months ago 1Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound You're not the only one who struck out...
7 months ago 3Who liked this?
@Nozinan Yup 0-2, although I had a couple Rye's bunkered from good old Alberta.
7 months ago 0
A 1970s or early 80s bottling of JW Black Label for £60! It was a great price but I really couldn't justify paying it right now. Anyway, I'd been mulling it over but just looked and MoM had sold out.
Shame as I do want to get an older bottling of JWB and that was a great deal.
6 months ago 2Who liked this?
@RianC, that's one that got away...perhaps next time.
6 months ago 1Who liked this?
@RianC Too bad. It was different stuff back then, much better than the current version.
I was reading an email this morning about the 2019 Campbeltown Malts Festival. Man they've got some great tasting opportunities. This would be amazing. If only.......
Anyone been or even going this year? Definitely on my bucket list.
@Hewie I did indeed attend Campbelltown malts festival last year. My first time there and definitely won’t be the last but can’t make it this year (the Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam in November takes precedent this year). For my money Campbeltown is a better experience than the more celebrated Feis Islay. It certainly helped that the weather was unseasonably hot and sunny but the vibe was really relaxed and friendly and the quality of tastings, tours, masterclasses etc was the best I’ve seen at any festival. Highly recommended.
6 months ago 4Who liked this?
@Hewie - That looks . . . wow! Any/all of the cask tastings please I won't be able to make it any time soon but it does look amazing!
@dougwatts sounds like a fantastic experience. Looking at some of the masterclasses and warehouse events I think that getting there would only be half the cost. Doing a few of those will soon start to add up. Good to see the spirit of Campbeltown on show
I did NOT buy a Glenfarclas 15 because my “Alberta Connection” hit a few snafus. He assured me he’ll be able to hook me up in July...
2 months ago 0
@OdysseusUnbound I would say that the moral of your story is to never take Glenfarclas 15 yo for granted. I don't.
2 months ago 1Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound Just order it online at Zyn and have it picked up by your friend. If he is in Calgary I guess. Or wait until it gets on the LCBO shelves for $100 all in. I seem to remember you are not a fan of sulfured Scotch, The 15 is notorious for sulfur notes, just saying.
@Astroke I wonder if the 15 is hit and miss for sulphur.... @Victor is even more sensitive to sulphur than I am and he seems to like Glenfarclas 15...
@OdysseusUnbound No doubt, hit and miss. Reading some of the reviews on whiskybase, there are more than a few references to sulfur and many with none. I know friends who have complained about it. For me the 15 is the best of the bunch of 12, 17 and 21 (the ones I have tried) Sulfur does not bother me and it usually just goes away after a couple months. The last 15 I had was sulfur free, I think :)
2 months ago 2Who liked this?
@Astroke I’m not super sensitive to a modest note of sulphur. The last 3 bottles of GF 15 I’ve had have been sulphur free. But I had a 12 recently that was quite sulphury.
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