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BS: Question about Scotch

Tattie Bogle 21 Dec 18 - 08:47 PM
Steve Shaw 21 Dec 18 - 08:23 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Dec 18 - 07:45 PM
Tattie Bogle 20 Dec 18 - 09:29 AM
Dave the Gnome 20 Dec 18 - 04:46 AM
Dave Hanson 20 Dec 18 - 02:40 AM
Steve Shaw 19 Dec 18 - 07:25 PM
Tattie Bogle 19 Dec 18 - 07:09 PM
Steve Shaw 19 Dec 18 - 06:19 PM
Mossback 19 Dec 18 - 05:46 PM
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Senoufou 19 Dec 18 - 05:24 PM
Jos 19 Dec 18 - 05:16 PM
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keberoxu 19 Dec 18 - 01:32 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 21 Dec 18 - 08:47 PM

Never redundant! It will keep......or maybe it won't.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 21 Dec 18 - 08:23 PM

We thought my sister had wanted me to get a bottle of malt for Christmas for me for which she would later reimburse me. So I bought a bottle of Laphroaig Ten. But it seems we had our messages crossed, and she's bringing me a bottle that she's already bought. So I now have a redundant bottle of Laphroaig.




Damn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Dec 18 - 07:45 PM

Single malt does make a great gift, if you know others who drink it. I seem to be the only one in my immediate circle of friends and family who enjoys it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 09:29 AM

Well you really are missing something by never adding water.....
The friend who puts on very good whisky tastings at our local rugby club will only use one brand of bottled water, Highland Spring.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 04:46 AM

I add water sometimes but our tap water does have a chlorine-y taint so I use bottled stuff. Or just let the tap water stand in a jug for a while. I never put ice with Scotch but do with bourbon or other American whiskies. Not sure why!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 02:40 AM

Never put anything in a single malt, except another one.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 07:25 PM

My abundant saliva dilutes the whisky quite enough, thanks! And don't forget that all these malts that hover around 40% have been well diluted already.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 07:09 PM

I may also be repeating myself, having previously contributed to the thread and having a bad attack of deja vu when I first saw Steve's "new" thread (subsequently merged with the older one!)
Yes, I still like A-Bunadh, and no, I don't, on the whole, like the heavily peated ones. (Some reminiscent of operating theatres with all that carbolic!)
Have to make an exception for the Lagavulin 16-year old, as (on another lucky day!) we won a bottle while visiting a "ceilidh night" at the Lagavulin distillery some years ago: we didn't have the first ticket out of the raffle hat, but the lady who did had worked for the distillery so wasn't bothered about winning another bottle of whisky: she went for a piece of local pottery. Ours was the second ticket out, and guess what prize we chose?
And my third lucky win was the "Roll a 1 coin at the bottle" - a favourite game at ceilidhs as everyone thinks they are a crack shot and this will be easy: the coin nearest the bottle wins. Easy to raise 100 or more in a few minutes if you have a half-decent bottle to roll at: on this occasion it was Glenkinchie, from Pencaitland near Edinburgh: more than half-decent! And I won!
As for adding things to whisky: YES to water in moderation, no to anything else. It "releases the vapours" - if you go to any official whisky tasting, they will advise you first to try the whisky neat, then to add small amounts of water: you will get far more amazing flavours out of it than just drinking it neat all the time.It is not diluting it; it's bringing on a whole new experience!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 06:19 PM

Never had that one. I'm determined to live to 135 so that I can sample every malt in existence. My liver may not agree.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Mossback
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:46 PM

What's the concensus on Craigellachie 13 year old?

Thanks,

Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:34 PM

It will keep for ever. If you set fire to booze it burns off all the alcohol. I never use wine in cooking until I've boiled it in a small saucepan then set fire to the vapour. Not only is that fun, it also removes the harshness that alcohol adds to dishes. I got that tip from Elizabeth David. Can't say fairer than that!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:27 PM

That was to Jos.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:27 PM

I was thinking that myself. We generally buy a bottle of Morrisons cheapie (the cheapest at 40% Vol, mind), which lasts us for donkeys' years. We never drink it as actual brandy. Miniatures are incredibly bad value.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:24 PM

Thank you Steve and Jos!
I don't think I'll set it alight (might do though, could be fun!) and I've convinced Muslim husband that any alcohol will evaporate with the heat of the pudding. I just want to pour about three drops onto the thing once it's in our pudding bowls, then add double cream.
I see that Asda has what they call a 'mini bar' so might investigate that.

My fav whisky used to be Glenfiddich, but only a tiny wee taste at Hogmanay and Burn's Night. It's a bit strong for me.

Actually Jos, buying a quarter bottle of brandy and keeping it would be a good idea if we can't get a miniature. I'm sure it does keep for years!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Jos
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 05:16 PM

I don't know about miniatures but you could probably buy a quarter-bottle, and keep it for next year and the year after, ... for years.
If the supermarkets don't have them, try an off-licence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 04:54 PM

If you want it to catch fire it needs to say at least 40% Vol on the bottle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 04:19 PM

Nothing to do with Scotch, so apologies for the Drift, but does anyone know if one can buy miniatures of brandy anywhere? We're usually teetotal, but I want a tiny bottle of brandy to pour over the Crimbo pudding. None of the supermarkets seem to sell miniatures any more, and we certainly don't want a blooming great bottle of the stuff.
Any ideas?


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 01:32 PM

Like Gallus Moll, preceding,
I have not looked at every post on every page on this thread.
So, for all I can tell,
someone has already posted a link to this six-and-a-half minute video.

As I have read, this video was commissioned by the Johnnie Walker people
to show to Diageo, the Japanese firm which acquired Johnnie Walker;
it was intended as an in-house educational tool.

The video leaked online, however, and went viral.
Robert Carlyle, asked for details about shooting the video,
remarked that the final take was near the end of daylight,
it was roughly Take 34, and he was "knackered."

The Man Who Walked Around The World


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 01:08 PM

Well, Irn Bru may well be Scottish,
but is it Scotch? I doubt it --
and I don't even drink ... alcohol ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 10:24 AM

Wot's wrong with Vodka and Irn Bru?

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 07:08 AM

I visited the Talisker distilery on Skye many years ago, wonderful place and 10 year old is one of the worlds geat whiskies, Talisker Storm is not bad but Talisker Skye seems very wishy washy to me without peat.

Lagavulin 16 year old is is great whisky but well overpriced, it seems to be priced that way to keep it exclusive, I rather like the 12 year old cask strength mind, my current one is 57.7% abv abottle at Sainsbury's to

I regularly troll the supermarkets fo bargains, Ardbeg 10 year old 36 at Sainsbury's and 37 at Tesco this morning.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 04:48 AM

Lagavulin always seems a bit dear. The Lagavulin 16 is a thing of beauty, for sure. On the subject of mucking about with names and expressions, years ago I was a Macallan addict, then they started mucking about and I never knew which of the labels belonged to the beloved Macallan ten-year-old. Around the same time I developed a taste for the peaty, smoky Islay ones so I stopped fretting about Macallan. I watch the shelves like a hawk for the Talisker 10-year-old on sale with a few quid off, but more often than not it isn't even there, replaced by those extremely unworthy substitutes Talisker Skye and Talisker Storm. Is nothing sacred?


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Dec 18 - 02:16 AM

I've drank most of the Ardbeg expressions, they are all fabulous, Steve Shaw is spot on about Laphroaig Select, what were they thinking of, it's probably why most supermarkets stock it as their cheapest brand, for supermarket own brands Asda's Islay is hard to beat, and it's only 18.50 a bottle.

Don't get me on about Lagavulin, absolute top whisky IMHO.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 10:28 PM

Happy Anniversary Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 10:11 PM

I stopped adding anything to whisky a long time ago. It did take a while to cultivate a taste. I find that now that this is my main hard liquor, when I go through the liquor store and see all of the candy-flavored gins and vodkas and such they are totally off-putting.

And a whisky-shaped parcel sounds like a very nice holiday gift!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 08:19 PM

Dammit, Maggie, I now realise how I've duplicated meself in this thread! Still, with Christmas coming and, along with it, the eager unwrapping of whisky-shaped parcels to come, it seems like an appropriate revival of a very fertile theme for discussion. And definitely do not add either water or ice (heaven especially forfend the latter) to any malt worthy of its name. If I hear of anyone doing that, be aware that I'm very likely to call a constable.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 07:42 PM

apologies if this has been mentioned already - havnae time tae read thro' it all!
Was half- watching Rick Stein the other day because he was in Australia - in fact, Tasmania, and one of the places he visited was - a small whisky distillery!! Think it jas been going about 15 years? they grow their own barley on the (large) island -- and their single malt has recently been awarded - best in the world? unless I misheard it -- not sure who was judging it and as it doesn't have a large output we may never get a chance to taste it here- -
I am not sure if I approve of whisky produced outwith Scotland getting to call itself malt or single malt?!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 07:28 PM

Steve, I transferred your post, please read through this remarkable thread to see what people have already had to say about Scotch. My favorite is the Ardbeg (not the most expensive one). I found a very good comparable tasting one in the US from Total Wine and More, their Sheildag house brand, the Highland variety.


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Subject: BS: Single malts
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 07:08 PM

I will drink any single malt whisky, from lightweight to the heaviest smoky peaty jobs. However, though I may be a prosecco socialist, I am no millionaire. I definitely prefer the heavier peaty jobs. My two go-tos are Talisker ten-year-old (beware of those imposters, Talisker Storm and Talisker Skye) and Laphroaig ten-year-old (beware of the terribly inferior Laphroaig Select, but the Quarter Cask is very good). But today is my 42nd wedding anniversary, and, for the third year running, Mrs Steve has bought me a bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail. I think it costs about fifty quid, but, I tell you, this is by far the finest malt I have ever supped. It's dear, but it's 52% vol. so you get a lot of bang for your bucks. The damnedest finest dram I've ever supped. It's malt. Discuss.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 17 - 09:09 PM

Congratulations on that raffle win!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Sep 17 - 02:20 PM

Smoky Black Grouse no bad at a'!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Sep 17 - 07:38 AM

...and the ABV of the standard whisky x 10 is...

400!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Sep 17 - 04:52 AM

Free whisky always suits my taste. Just don't start the evening with it, that's all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Sep 17 - 04:48 AM

Won a bottle in Saturday's raffle: Smoky Black Grouse. Apparently a blend of smoky peaty single malts, so probably won't suit my taste: will let you know!
Yes to A'Bunadh!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 08:50 AM

This A'Bunadh, batch 58 was bottled at 61.1 abv. delicious.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 08:07 AM

I am off to Whitby tomorrow so will not get chance to go to Wrights until the first Saturday in Sept but I shall bear your recommendations in mind :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 05:42 AM

I'm off up to Wright's in a while for a bottle of Ardbeg 10 year old and a bottle of Aberlour A'Bunadh, this also a great whisky at a great price for 60.5 abv

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 04:17 AM

VSQ Bar

I noted with interest that the drinks range was chosen with the assistance of Wrights!

Wooly Sheep is good but I tend to gravitate to either the Narrow Boat or the Beer Engine. Early Doors is quite good as well if you are there early on and their beer is very reasonably priced.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 02:22 AM

Gin Bar in Skipton ? no but I'll have a look next time I'm there, I usually call in at The Wooly Sheep for a pint or 2 of Taylors when I'm in Skipton.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 21 Aug 17 - 03:14 PM

Must meet up sometime then Dave. I think I could learn a lot! Have you visited the Gin bar in Skipton as well?

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 21 Aug 17 - 02:01 PM

There's a community funded distillery being constructed near Dingwall at the moment, called Glenwyvis, and there is a share offer open at the moment! Have a look at Glenwyvis Distillery Ltd and you can learn more, think they also have a facebook page? And - you can watch as the distillery is being put together.
If you cannot afford shares you could always support in another way by paying to have your name as a subscriber carved onto a wall or beside a pathway.
they are already producing gin, hope to start distilling whisky soon, tho it will be three years before you get to taste any- ---!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 21 Aug 17 - 02:16 AM

I have been a regular customer of Wrights for many years, great shop.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 01:50 PM

The Whisky shop is only 5 miles away from us and, using my bus pass, I can be there in 20 minutes. I could learn a lot there. Not sure how long it would take me to get back...

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 12:29 PM

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, published annually by Dram Good Books, not cheap, tends to be a bit the same every year, I last bought one in 2016 I don't bother now.
You could probably buy it cheaper online


Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 06:02 AM

Thanks Dave - I could do with a copy of that bible :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 05:59 AM

My other favourite is Lagavulin 12 year old, another peat monster from Islay.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 06:09 PM

In the Jewish version, it's a Rumanian omelet. First, steal three eggs....


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 05:54 PM

Indeed, Dave. I happen to have a small supply of that meself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 03:17 PM

and tonight I be mostly drinking Ardbeg Uigeadail, surely one of the finest whisky's in the world.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Aug 17 - 03:14 PM

As the saying goes ' you can't make omelttes without nicking eggs ' [ old Lancashire proverb ]

Dave H


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