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#851 Post by David K o l i n »

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#852 Post by M.Kaplan »

In honor of Rabbie Burns, I opened this Glenfarclas 21 that my father purchased at the distillery 25+ years ago. Less sherried than current Farclas and a little smokier. Alas, no haggis this year.
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#853 Post by M.Kaplan »

My friend Craig Daniels organized this bottling of Macallan 25 for his tasting group, the Earls of Zetland in Adelaide. There were 36 bottles, each with a personalized neck label. Dark, dark, clean as a whistle sweet sherry (not a hint of sulfur) bottled at 54% cask strength. Rarer than hens teeth and delicious. My bottle was hand carried from Australia by a friend almost 20 years ago and remains a highlight of my collection.
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Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: January 23rd, 2021, 8:58 pm
Pat P wrote: January 23rd, 2021, 2:27 pm I normally reach for the Islay's like, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Laphroaig but I also enjoy on occasion Macallan, Balvenie and Abelour. Prices are really skyrocketing, I swear the last time I bought Lagavulin 16 it was around $65 and now it's $105. I'm jealous of those that can find the GOT for $25, I have never seen it.
Costco always has the Lagavulin 16 for $65.99.
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ChrisW wrote: January 29th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: January 23rd, 2021, 8:58 pm
Pat P wrote: January 23rd, 2021, 2:27 pm I normally reach for the Islay's like, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Laphroaig but I also enjoy on occasion Macallan, Balvenie and Abelour. Prices are really skyrocketing, I swear the last time I bought Lagavulin 16 it was around $65 and now it's $105. I'm jealous of those that can find the GOT for $25, I have never seen it.
Costco always has the Lagavulin 16 for $65.99.
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Lagavulin 16 at Costco pricing is the only way to do it IMO. Price increases + tariff really stings on that whisky.

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#856 Post by David H. »

For those here in the States, who have you had good luck with purchasing scotch from that ship? How have your experiences been with The Whisky Exchange and/or Master of Malt? Any good places stateside?

I have one or two really good places in the tri-county area here in Florida but they don't always have what I'm looking for.

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#857 Post by Jay $$ Winton »

High malt prices have driven me to blends for now; a 1.75 of Pinch 15 was $65.
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#858 Post by Mike Cohen »

What style is Famous Grouse? I saw a recipe for a cocktail that called for it and before I buy a bottle, I'd love to know if I had a bottle on hand that I could sub instead.

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#859 Post by Mike Grammer »

Michael S. Monie wrote: January 18th, 2021, 2:12 pm Any thoughts on Linkwood 15 year old bottled by Gordon & MacPhail?
Sorry, Michael, just checking back in on the thread. It's nice--very Linkwood for me in that it's smooth and elegant and lifted. Not a world-beater, but glad to have it in my cabinet. 8/10?

Reporting in on 2 new treasures that entered the cabinet. A 24 yr. Clynelish that was a special bottling for Kensington Wine Market in Calgary is friggin' sensational. Smoke but definitely not from peat, real elegance, carries it's 52% + with no need for drop-of-water addition, lovely feel and hint of salinity. 10/10 everything I like about Clynelish is in here plus the smoky aspect that is fascinating (and I've never before had in one of these). Other friends got marked berry tastes on the palate.

A 22 yr Cadenhead small batch Glenrothes is good. Excellent balance (checks in at 49%), a trifle sweeter than I'm used to with Glenrothes, but good carry, finish and persistence. 7.5/10
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Mike Grammer wrote: February 25th, 2021, 6:13 am A 24 yr. Clynelish that was a special bottling for Kensington Wine Market in Calgary is friggin' sensational. Smoke but definitely not from peat, real elegance, carries it's 52% + with no need for drop-of-water addition, lovely feel and hint of salinity.
Supremely jealous! Smoke-not-from-peat is delicious. How waxy?

I'm drinking the Caol Ila 2018 Year Feis Isle that offers the same type of smoke and salinity, plus a nice nice bit of oily/waxy elements.
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BryanG wrote: February 26th, 2021, 2:52 pm
I'm drinking the Caol Ila 2018 Year Feis Isle that offers the same type of smoke and salinity, plus a nice nice bit of oily/waxy elements.
That sounds nice. Where do you get it?

I haven't seen it around where I live.

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#863 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

BryanG wrote: February 26th, 2021, 2:52 pm
Mike Grammer wrote: February 25th, 2021, 6:13 am A 24 yr. Clynelish that was a special bottling for Kensington Wine Market in Calgary is friggin' sensational. Smoke but definitely not from peat, real elegance, carries it's 52% + with no need for drop-of-water addition, lovely feel and hint of salinity.
Supremely jealous! Smoke-not-from-peat is delicious. How waxy?

I'm drinking the Caol Ila 2018 Year Feis Isle that offers the same type of smoke and salinity, plus a nice nice bit of oily/waxy elements.
The 2018 Caol Isla Feis was good for sure, though I liked the 2019 even better. I can't say I thought smoke was non-peaty, though.
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I'm drinking the Caol Ila 2018 Year Feis Isle that offers the same type of smoke and salinity, plus a nice nice bit of oily/waxy elements.
That sounds nice. Where do you get it?

I haven't seen it around where I live.
Don't know where you live, but if you're in the US, I'm not surprised. We don't see a lot of the festival bottles here. With people lining up at the distillery for them, I'm guessing no one sees a lot of them anywhere!
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#864 Post by Mike Grammer »

Only a little bit of waxy, more a sense of ultimate smoothness.

As mentioned, this was a special bottling for this store, which is the whisky shrine of Canada, basically. There are only 185 bottles of it in circulation. Sarah---I'll try to save some to bring to you guys when it's finally safe to do an east coast trip :)
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#865 Post by Justine DiPrete »

The Balvenie 12 is my go to, I don't like overly peaty scotch and this is the probably the smoothest one I've tried.
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BenRiach The Original 10, warm & tasty. Great price!

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#867 Post by David H. »

Had an opportunity to enjoy "This Is Not A Luxury Whisky" from Compass Box this past weekend. What an amazing dram! Moved to the top of my list of bottles to buy in the near term, if I can locate one.

Also had Phenomenology, unfortunately, this was brought out after TINALW. While it was overpowered, the softness and femininity of the whisky was present. Looking forward to trying both again, in reverse order.
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US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56279525
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Corey N. wrote: March 4th, 2021, 6:01 am US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56279525
This is SUCH good news.
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Corey N. wrote: March 4th, 2021, 6:01 am US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56279525
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Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: March 4th, 2021, 8:35 am
Corey N. wrote: March 4th, 2021, 6:01 am US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56279525
This is SUCH good news.
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#872 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

Very good news. Hopefully European wine is next!
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Corey N. wrote: March 4th, 2021, 6:01 am US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56279525
Awesome, and thanks for sharing the link. [cheers.gif]
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#874 Post by K John Joseph »

Glendronach 18 Allardice - Fairly heavily sherried scotch with big fruitcake and spice notes. Issue here is the wood. It's drying to the point of tannic, and while the sherry and spice notes are nice, I can't help but think that the wood is just a bit too dominant. Still, an enjoyable dram.
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Edward H. Earles wrote: February 26th, 2021, 4:38 pm
BryanG wrote: February 26th, 2021, 2:52 pm
I'm drinking the Caol Ila 2018 Year Feis Isle that offers the same type of smoke and salinity, plus a nice nice bit of oily/waxy elements.
That sounds nice. Where do you get it?

I haven't seen it around where I live.
It's delightful! I'm in Los Angeles, but bought it at the distillery.

I've been drinking it slowly as I know I won't get it again!
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#876 Post by K John Joseph »

Compass Box - The Spice Tree - Deep amber color, aged in french and american oak. Ginger snap, toasted oak, vanilla, and toffee, hint of red fruit. Reasonably smooth and enjoyable. Appropriately named.
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Johnny Walker Black Label, with VERY occasionally a glass of Johnny Walker Blue Label. In vile weather a single malt (several are OK). RTPL

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My all-time favorite Bunnahabhain. Whyte and Whyte was a small Signatory importer who chose some fantastic casks of 1950s-1970’s distillate. This 25 year old Bunny was aged in a perfect fresh sherry cask (not a hint of sulphur) and bottled at 53.3 abv. My drinking pal, Brian McHenry, nicknamed it “The Poorman’s Black Bowmore” due to its similar profile to the legend. I paid $124.95 for this bottle in the late 1990’s, during the golden age of Scotch whisky for the consumer. If you find any Whyte and Whyte dusties, buy them.
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Anyone have a strong opinion/experience with Gordon & Macphail bottlings?

EDIT: should have searched first - I see some opinions earlier in this thread...oh well newhere

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#880 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m »

not exactly "drinking" ... yet ... but today I bought the last bottle on the shelf of a cask strength single cask bottling for Trader Joe's from Mannochmore. 14 yo. 54.3% abv. They actually denote the exact cask (#4279), and the total number of bottles (168). Ex-bourbon fill. Bottled by Alexander Murray & Co.. Consider this 750 mL was $60, it's pretty much going to have to completely suck for this to not have been worth it. Fingers crossed that it's a diamond in the rough!
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Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:30 pm not exactly "drinking" ... yet ... but today I bought the last bottle on the shelf of a cask strength single cask bottling for Trader Joe's from Mannochmore. 14 yo. 54.3% abv. They actually denote the exact cask (#4279), and the total number of bottles (168). Ex-bourbon fill. Bottled by Alexander Murray & Co.. Consider this 750 mL was $60, it's pretty much going to have to completely suck for this to not have been worth it. Fingers crossed that it's a diamond in the rough!
Certainly sounds promising - let us know!
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