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    Went to Costco today....

    Picked up a Macallan 10yr Sherry Oak for 19quid

    They also have Highland Park for 17.58 inc vat!

    Some cheap bargains in there

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    Johnnie Walker Red or Black label, or for bourbons, Jack D. or Jim Beam, both with a dash of fresh orange juice.

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    Orange juice? In bourbon? Never tried that.. I'll put it on the list after line dancing and getting romantically involved with my in-laws :lol: Seriously, there's a whole new world out there with single malt scotch and there's even a couple of bourbons that I really appreciate - even though they are a completely different kind of beast.

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    Fresh orange in bourbon, a good cold remedy, the orange gives you vitamin c to fight infection and keep her indoors happy, the bourbon gives it the taste you require and helps with a nights restful sleep. :drunken:

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    I'm very partial to a Glenmorangie, a Talisker and particularly enjoyed a bottle of The Macallan 10 year old. Only bottle in stock at the moment is a rather nice Glenkeir Treasure 40yr old Speyside at cask strength. A very generous gift for my 40th. Really nice. One to savor. ...and this thread has just made me pour a glass! :drunken:

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    bowmore 12 for me tonite, the first bottle since they switched from dusk, surf etc and i have to say, i'd forgotten just how nice the standard bowmore can be!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superlative
    Probably hackneyed, but johnny walker blue label is pretty darn good.
    I have tried most of the highland parks, as i grow up there, but just not a fan!
    A Glenlivet is very good also, be it 12 yr "first fill" or 25 yr old sherry cask
    Try the Scapa 16yo mate, a true Orcadian's dream! 8)

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    We had some friends round the other night and we shared a bottle of Benriach Curiositas 10yo. It's amazing :drunken: ! One of the most impressive whiskies I've had for quite some time. It's a peated Speyside, and it's just a perfect mix of peaty smoky honeyed loveliness, and dare I say it it's slightly better balanced than the Lagavulin Distillers Edition (although a touch less peaty). This might just be my new favourite whisky :D

    Looks like this in case you're interested :roll: :lol:

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    i'm interested! feel the need for vinyl yet? :wink:
    Quote Originally Posted by twhp101
    We had some friends round the other night and we shared a bottle of Benriach Curiositas 10yo. It's amazing :drunken: ! One of the most impressive whiskies I've had for quite some time. It's a peated Speyside, and it's just a perfect mix of peaty smoky honeyed loveliness, and dare I say it it's slightly better balanced than the Lagavulin Distillers Edition (although a touch less peaty). This might just be my new favourite whisky :D

    Looks like this in case you're interested :roll: :lol:
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    Just bought a bottle of Smokehead from the Whiskey store at Stansted after having a wee taster.
    Like a more mellow version of Lagavulin - will be thoroughly tasting with a large one when I get home tonight !!!

    Anyone else tried this Islay single malt?

    cheers

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    on the standard arbelour 10yo tonight, a much underrated alternative to macallan.
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    Surely for the day that's in it, you should all have some Irish whiskeys.

    Redbreast 15 or Green Spot are hard to get but really excellent. Connemara does a decent impression of peat for an Irish whiskey so you Islay folk should give it a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC78
    Surely for the day that's in it, you should all have some Irish whiskeys.

    Redbreast 15 or Green Spot are hard to get but really excellent. Connemara does a decent impression of peat for an Irish whiskey so you Islay folk should give it a go.

    How about a Tryconnell 15 year single cask or a Bushmills 21 year. Yummy :bounce: :blob:

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    Not sure where it stands in the malt catagory but I do love a shot or two of Jamesons with a splash of water and ice :drunken:

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    2nd that for bushmills 21 yo

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    just got a bottle of jura 10 year,on offer at asda think it was approx 17,not tried it yet tho.

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    nice and mellow, with a light whiff of peat, if you like this try a bowmore...
    Quote Originally Posted by chaplad
    just got a bottle of jura 10 year,on offer at asda think it was approx 17,not tried it yet tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC78
    Surely for the day that's in it, you should all have some Irish whiskeys.

    Redbreast 15 or Green Spot are hard to get but really excellent. Connemara does a decent impression of peat for an Irish whiskey so you Islay folk should give it a go.
    Powers Special 12 YO - quite unlike anything else I've ever had - in a good way :mrgreen:

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    not sure which is my favourite, but "pound for pound" jamiesons is one of my regulars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC78
    Surely for the day that's in it, you should all have some Irish whiskeys.

    Redbreast 15 or Green Spot are hard to get but really excellent. Connemara does a decent impression of peat for an Irish whiskey so you Islay folk should give it a go.
    might try those too!

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    have given the Benriach Curiositas a thorough test drive :drunken: and what a great session whiskey it is, smokey heathery nose, all sweet and creamy on the palate and then the peatreek comes roaring back wirh a final smokey peppery blast!
    i tried it along with the bottle my pal opened which was Ardmore Peated Quarter Cask, and both had a very similar flavour profile, the latter a touch less smoke and a little more fruitiness, but equally good....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    have given the Benriach Curiositas a thorough test drive :drunken: and what a great session whiskey it is, smokey heathery nose, all sweet and creamy on the palate and then the peatreek comes roaring back wirh a final smokey peppery blast!
    i tried it along with the bottle my pal opened which was Ardmore Peated Quarter Cask, and both had a very similar flavour profile, the latter a touch less smoke and a little more fruitiness, but equally good....
    Good to hear, I have bought a bottle for the mother in law, she will share it with me thats why :drunken:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    have given the Benriach Curiositas a thorough test drive :drunken: and what a great session whiskey it is, smokey heathery nose, all sweet and creamy on the palate and then the peatreek comes roaring back wirh a final smokey peppery blast!
    i tried it along with the bottle my pal opened which was Ardmore Peated Quarter Cask, and both had a very similar flavour profile, the latter a touch less smoke and a little more fruitiness, but equally good....
    Glad you liked it :)

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    it's nearly empty! :drunken: :shock:
    Quote Originally Posted by twhp101
    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    have given the Benriach Curiositas a thorough test drive :drunken: and what a great session whiskey it is, smokey heathery nose, all sweet and creamy on the palate and then the peatreek comes roaring back wirh a final smokey peppery blast!
    i tried it along with the bottle my pal opened which was Ardmore Peated Quarter Cask, and both had a very similar flavour profile, the latter a touch less smoke and a little more fruitiness, but equally good....
    Glad you liked it :)
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    I'm trying to broaden my knowledge in whisky and am trying to get a good typical example, in terms of characteristic, from each region.

    So far I have:

    - Auchentoshan from the Lowlands
    - Caol Ila - Islay

    Im going for a Highland next up - what would be the best typical one to go for - i.e. which is most representative of Highland characteristics - and any good supermarket deals to be had?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    it's nearly empty! :drunken: :shock:
    Quote Originally Posted by twhp101
    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    have given the Benriach Curiositas a thorough test drive :drunken: and what a great session whiskey it is, smokey heathery nose, all sweet and creamy on the palate and then the peatreek comes roaring back wirh a final smokey peppery blast!
    i tried it along with the bottle my pal opened which was Ardmore Peated Quarter Cask, and both had a very similar flavour profile, the latter a touch less smoke and a little more fruitiness, but equally good....
    Glad you liked it :)
    Scary isn't it :shock: :lol: . It just vanishes :drunken:

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    Quote Originally Posted by josep
    I'm trying to broaden my knowledge in whisky and am trying to get a good typical example, in terms of characteristic, from each region.

    So far I have:

    - Auchentoshan from the Lowlands
    - Caol Ila - Islay

    Im going for a Highland next up - what would be the best typical one to go for - i.e. which is most representative of Highland characteristics - and any good supermarket deals to be had?
    Not sure about supermarkets but I reckon something like Clynelish is a good bet. Or maybe Oban. For the Lowland whisky Auchentoshan is the only triple distilled example in Scotland so bit smoother than some of the others. If you want a cracking Lowland malt give Rosebank a try :)

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    royal lochnagar or dalwhinnie - both can be found on offer quite regularly especially in waitrose.
    a few tips by region...
    lowland - you have about covered it!
    speyside - macallan or glenlivet, each at either end of the spey spectrum, macallan is muscular and sherried, glenlivet floral and delicate

    highland - royal lochnager is toffeeish, dalwhinnie is caramel with a hint of peat

    island - talisker - near volcanic or highland park - peaty yet sweet and heathery

    islay - caol ila is very good but try bunhabbain - light and delicate with a hint of peat or my personal fav - laphroaig - go for the quarter cask expression - smoke, kippers. hospitals, granny flats...but in a good way :)

    campbelltown - spring bank - salty chewy and lightly maritime

    irish single malt - connemara - light and smoky - bushmills 10yr - floral and minty

    japanese single malt - suntory yamakazi - spearminty, sweet hint of smoke

    some tips
    lidl sells ben bracken single malt which is actually a malt from the mothballed tamnavulin distillery, quite rare otherwise and highly recommended
    tescoes islay malt is caol ila
    sainsburys taste the difference islay is probably a bowmore


    enjoy!
    Quote Originally Posted by josep
    I'm trying to broaden my knowledge in whisky and am trying to get a good typical example, in terms of characteristic, from each region.

    So far I have:

    - Auchentoshan from the Lowlands
    - Caol Ila - Islay

    Im going for a Highland next up - what would be the best typical one to go for - i.e. which is most representative of Highland characteristics - and any good supermarket deals to be had?
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    Wow - thanks guys - plenty to go on.

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    Got a bottle of Laphroaig Triple Wood in duty free when going on holiday the other week. Unfortunately its so nice, that when I came back from a week away, theres only a couple of glasses left from the 1Ltr bottle :(

    Also got a 16yo Jura recently, which wasnt a usual bottling (IIRC, may be just the standard). I found it a little sharp, and not as much to my taste as I was ecpecting. Still an interesting bottle though, and its always good to have variety available for friends so they dont drink all my Lagavulin.

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    Have bottles of Laphroaig quarter cask and 10y in front of me now. Love them both but I think the quarter cask is the winner. The 10y is much sweeter but the quarter cask is better balanced.

    Tried the Ardbeg Uigeadail the other day. Was not impressed at all. Maybe the taste buds were off. :( Will try again in a day or two.

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    Re: Whiskey

    Has anyone tried the Glen Moray which is in Aldi for 13.99 and Waitrose 17.99 ?

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    The Glenturret - from Scotland's oldest working distillery, in Perthshire.

    Very hard to find in the shops, you need to look for a specialist Whisky dealer or better still, pay the Distillery a visit! It's now owned by Highland Distilleries (The Famous Grouse).

    Shimply shtunning...

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    light, winey and grapy oddly enough. not tried a bottle but had a few at a mates and the jurys out for me found it intruiging but a little odd; at 14 quid its gotta be better than a blend! my local co op is knocking out jura origins at 16.99 and glenfiddich 12yr at 19.99.
    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb
    Has anyone tried the Glen Moray which is in Aldi for 13.99 and Waitrose 17.99 ?
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    Re: Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by josep
    I'm trying to broaden my knowledge in whisky and am trying to get a good typical example, in terms of characteristic, from each region.

    So far I have:

    - Auchentoshan from the Lowlands
    - Caol Ila - Islay

    Im going for a Highland next up - what would be the best typical one to go for - i.e. which is most representative of Highland characteristics - and any good supermarket deals to be had?
    I like Oban. West Highlands.

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    a miniature of glenfarclas 10yo tonite, a gift from a workmate :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb
    Has anyone tried the Glen Moray which is in Aldi for 13.99 and Waitrose 17.99 ?
    I would've said you're better off with a supermarket own brand malt. There's a few good ones about. Glen Moray as Jon said is a bit thin and spirity. Not a bad whisky, but not far off if you get my drift... :roll: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    a miniature of glenfarclas 10yo tonite, a gift from a workmate :)
    Lovely.

    I'm a big Glenfarclas fan. Have a 15y/o and a 17y/o on the go at the moment (well, bottles are open and in the stash) and bought the father in law a bottle of 30y/o as a wedding thank you present last year. He's very generous and breaks it out whenever I'm up there. One of the nicest malts I've ever had.

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    must admit it was very nice, i keep looking at the glenfarclas 105
    Quote Originally Posted by S Works
    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    a miniature of glenfarclas 10yo tonite, a gift from a workmate :)
    Lovely.

    I'm a big Glenfarclas fan. Have a 15y/o and a 17y/o on the go at the moment (well, bottles are open and in the stash) and bought the father in law a bottle of 30y/o as a wedding thank you present last year. He's very generous and breaks it out whenever I'm up there. One of the nicest malts I've ever had.
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    It's a lovely drop and well priced too. If you want to buy online I can recommend LFW:
    https://www.lfw.co.uk/acatalog/Glenfarclas.html#a188

    No affiliation other than I've been to their shop, they're super friendly and their service is first class in my experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    must admit it was very nice, i keep looking at the glenfarclas 105
    Quote Originally Posted by S Works
    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    a miniature of glenfarclas 10yo tonite, a gift from a workmate :)
    Lovely.

    I'm a big Glenfarclas fan. Have a 15y/o and a 17y/o on the go at the moment (well, bottles are open and in the stash) and bought the father in law a bottle of 30y/o as a wedding thank you present last year. He's very generous and breaks it out whenever I'm up there. One of the nicest malts I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk
    light, winey and grapy oddly enough. not tried a bottle but had a few at a mates and the jurys out for me found it intruiging but a little odd; at 14 quid its gotta be better than a blend! my local co op is knocking out jura origins at 16.99 and glenfiddich 12yr at 19.99.
    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb
    Has anyone tried the Glen Moray which is in Aldi for 13.99 and Waitrose 17.99 ?
    Thanks.
    I went out and bought a bottle.
    It's surprisingly acceptable, light, winey--yes, but also slightly sweet finnish.
    It's going to replace Bells as a beater whiskey 8)

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    Talisker has always been my favourite; i just love that smokey taste. Though i recently was given a bottle of Highland Park 12 yo... apparently from kirkwall and have really enjoyed it. Again it has that smokey taste; i've tried reading through a few of the pages on this so apologies for any repetition but would love to know a recommendation for my next bottle bearing in mind my preferences.

    cheers,

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    Well, since you ask...

    Quote Originally Posted by zelig
    Just bought a bottle of Smokehead from the Whiskey store at Stansted after having a wee taster.
    Like a more mellow version of Lagavulin - will be thoroughly tasting with a large one when I get home tonight !!!

    Anyone else tried this Islay single malt?

    cheers

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    SInce tried it (several times :drunken: ) - very nice - and a smoother, less full on smokiness than my usual favourite - Ardbeg

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    Oban

    Here are some of my thoughts from a tasting last night at the Hacienda Grande.
    Oban: West Highlands. More refined palate than a lot of Highland malts, reasonably complex and not overpowering. A little sweet and a bit salty, smooth overall with a nice finish, floral, some nice smoke and definately spicey. The complexity definately opened up with a bit of water, but it took some of the power with it.
    Not the cheapest, but worth the money. It's also a good choice for a novice interested in expanding his palate. Get a bottle for the cabinet.
    If your a fan of peat monsters, you won't like this much.

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    bulleit bourbon

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    turning this thread on it's head - malts to avoid!
    i vote for
    drumguish - likea blend pretending to be a highland malt, all syrupy and not much else.
    loch dhu - mmm treacle,fag butts,dettol and tarmac, lovely :roll:
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaizki
    If I had to choose just one keeper from my current cabinet, Highland Park 16yo.. it's better than the 18 or even 21yo in my opinion and a lot of friends agreed when I had it blind-tasted to check if I'm crazy.

    Other regulars include:
    - Caol Ila 16yo
    - Bowmore Mariner and cask-strength
    - Lagavulin 16yo
    - Ardbeg, Talisker, Laphroaig

    So yes, I like the smoke, peat & salt to be there, especially in the wintertime. As the days warm and brighten, I tend to migrate towards gin anyway :drunken:

    Edit: Argh I'm at 999 posts?! Have to shut up and sleep now, I guess tomorrow I need to pull together a worthy post with the obligatory pictures :shock:

    funny you say that i felt the18yr old chivas regal tasted smoother, than the 21 yr old chivas royal salute i,m currently drinking ,but i,m wondering wether i should have touched it all .

    reading through some of the post,s i decieded i liked the sound of some the islays,when looked in the cabinet i,ve found a bottle of 1lt laphroaig quarter cask,that i thought my cousin had worked on me for a bottles jack daniels about 3yrs ago,after reading some of the post,s i may examine the contents a bit more closly.

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    new acquisition to be tried tonight, a friend surprised me with a gordon and macphail 1996 caol ila.
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    macallan excelsior tonight :drunken:
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    Caol Isla is very easy to drink, i.e. a very pleasing palate and with a good balance; not too pungent even though it's from Islay.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on tonight's sample.

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