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By @T4sho3 @T4sho3 on 27th May 2011, show post

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@Benancio
Benancio replied

@Victor My amigo. I’ve always enjoy your insight as well as your company. It’s been a while. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought another bottle, still living off my reserves. The issue I have with these inflated prices is must don’t deliver the goods, at least not at the price they charge. I know what I like, It’s mostly tequila and IPAs right now, but if I come across a bargain on Scotch or Bourbon i Love I’ll add as many as I can afford to my collection. Sometimes quality comes at a high price sometimes it doesn’t.
I stopped chasing Pappy, I remember when it used to be stocked on the shelf.

Cheers Friend Benancio

10 days ago 5Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Benancio

Great to have you back on board again! I hope we hear from you often.

Your name came up at a recent EPIC TASTING, which it just occurs to me I still have to post. Stay tuned...

10 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

@Nozinan It’s been some time since I’ve hosted an Epic tastings. I have a couple of buddies, we take turns drinking each other’s good stuff. I login from time to time and read reviews and threads. I’ll be looking for your post. It’s good to be back.

10 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Nock
Nock replied

@MadSingleMalt That is a delightful line up. I would be very interested to hear your taken on the Local Barley 11yo and the 14yo CS . . . as well as the 15yo and the 18yo. All those bottles are so variable.

And by the way, that light 100 Proof bottle is not from 2011. It is from the early 2000's. I was buying the black label 10yo in 2008. I have an old photo from 2009 with a black label 10yo at the half way mark. I probably bought the black label 10yo 2008 or so. Further, there was this black and orange label before the all black one. That is a photo. My guess is that this was mid 2000's. I am thinking your bottle was late 90's early 2000's.

10 days ago 5Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Nock - . . . what I'd give to have a taste of those bottles now!

10 days ago 0

@RianC
RianC replied

Some good news about a new job and massive change in career today so got a Talisker 18 to celebrate - I'll open one again soon smile . I was also able to pick up (completely by accident, you understand?) a Caol Ila 12 for £30 due to a happy partner and some supermarket vouchers that needed using up.

A good day!

9 days ago 10Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@RianC Congratulations on the change in job - I hope that all works out well for you. Good to have an excuse to buy something special too sweat_smile

9 days ago 2Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@RianC, Good news and a good bottle pick! Talisker 18, one of the better choices. All the best with your career change. Wishing you success with a pour from my own bottle of Talisker 18.

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Benancio, I know the kind of stuff you pickup and I fully intend to come and see the new additions. It's good to see you posting at Connosr.

9 days ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

@Benancio I miss you. Sorry you and your wife didn't meet Julie before she passed from the physical. That will have to wait for the spirit world, I guess. Let me know what you are liking these days in the tequila/mezcal/sotol/raicilla etc. category. I bought my first, and only, so far, $ 160 bottle of mezcal last year.

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

@RianC The perfect reason to treat yourself and friends to something special, bravo.
Talisker 18 is a favorite along with the Distillers Edition.

Congratulations!

9 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

@paddockjudge Anytime you’re in my part of the country you’re welcome in my home. I’d take it as a personal insult if you didn’t stop in and stay with us.
Benancio

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

@Victor I’m sorry for your loss and we regret that never had the pleasure. You have our deepest sympathy. We all will be together again.

I’ve been on a Blanco kick lately, spring coming and all. I have a good friend that’s into Mezcal, I’ve even tasted a few that taste like Scotch.

Cheers my good friend.

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

@Victor Peggy mentioned that she loves the scarf that Julie got for her.
True friends Benancio.

9 days ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

@Nock, thanks a bunch for the Springbank label history lesson and that great old photo!

I really just knew that I bought my first-ever 10/100 in the tan label in 2011. I can remember it precisely. I didn't realize that it had been kicking around for a while at that point.

You're right. My tan 10/100 and your black & orange standard 10 in the picture are from the same era. Another connecting style cue you didn't mention is the rounded label top, as opposed to today's straight ones.

Who else misses those shiny black ones that came in the middle, around 2014 or so? The ones that said "Springbank" over and over again in black-on-black gloss behind the main lettering. They might not have matched the distillery's rustic aesthetic very well, but they were cool!

9 days ago 0

@MadSingleMalt

@Nock, the most interesting aspect my club's Springbank Spring Break lineup was that two people brought different versions of the standard 10, and they were drastically different. Two totally different whiskies. Both recognizably Springbank (that is, the same generally recognizable style of sharp salty zippy funk), but the quality was totally different. One 10 (which happened to be in the current color-block label) was rather dull, while the other 10 (in the older label) was just leaping out of the glass.

I know, batch variation and all that. But it was still quite surprising.

Beyond that, I can tell you:

*10/100: One my favorite whiskies ever.

*11 Local Barley: Kinda like the 10/100 but with a nutty little something on the tip of your tongue that holds its own charm.

*15: Much less funky than the previous time I tasted it. Both times were from a friend's bottle - I've never really spent time with this one.

*18: Very fine quality, but sorta nondescript. I thought the same when I previously tried it once at a bar. It's very good, but I think I prefer the younger ones, especially for the price.

*14 CS Fino: I've exchanged plenty of comments about this one with @KRB80. For now, I'll just say again that it's very "brown" tasting a way that I found slightly disappointing. But many people loved it. (It's a 1996-2010 single cask, by the way, which is long gone now.)

9 days ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

Many thanks for your kind words and likes, gents!

How was the Talisker @paddockjudge? I think I'll open one when I get my first new pay check so I'll feel like I've really earned it!

A big change, and starting from the bottom (again), but I'll be getting paid to be somewhere I love being and I think there's a lot to be said for that! Cheers relaxed

9 days ago 4Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@RianC

"but I'll be getting paid to be somewhere I love being and I think there's a lot to be said for that"

When I moved from my teaching hospital-based Internal Medicine practice to my current home-based Palliative Care practice I took a 30% pay cut, but whenever I had done vacation coverage for the people there prior I always felt like I was being treated like a valued guest. I was very happy to see that as a full time member of the group, everyone is treated that way. I came up with the following statement,

"There are 2 kinds of people who work here: Those who complain about stuff and those who have worked somewhere else."

Being where you want to be, doing what you want to do, and earning enough to get by in the process.... I don't think you can do much better than that professionally.

I wish you much success in your journey. If it were not 837 am, and if I didn't have a whole day of responsibility ahead of me, I would pour something great in your honour. Maybe tonight.

9 days ago 3Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@RianC, the wee pour of Talisker 18 was magnificent. This bottle has been open 49 weeks, sitting at 1/3 fill level. Every dram poured from this bottle has been better than the previous pour. Having three bottles opened concurrently would be the way to do it......and marry them all when they reach 1/3 fill level.

9 days ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Nozinan - Thank you - that was heartfelt and touching. Much appreciated relaxed

Well I'll have to see how it goes but I am certainly optimistic in a way I've not been for a long time. If life has taught me anything so far it's that finding a way to be happy is what it's all about and this new job ticks many of the right boxes for me!

I'm glad you've found that balance in your life/career also! I shall raise a glass to you as well later, most likely some Arran 10 JMcT Ed. - easily the best Arran I've had so far!

9 days ago 0

@RianC
RianC replied

@paddockjudge - Very glad to hear it! The latter part of your post should be on the whisky porn thread, surely?! smile

9 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Benancio
Benancio replied

Opened a Beam product and a bag of caramel popcorn. Watch the golf tournament, life is good.

7 days ago 3Who liked this?

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