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Old 01-16-2013, 01:57 PM   #91
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Ill usually drop one small cube in it, or just a bit of water. I know some people would jump up and down at the ice idea but it seems to work for me. I always laugh when I see people order a glass of decent scotch....on the rocks....or as someone once said....a scotch snow cone
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:16 PM   #92
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:12 AM   #93
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Not saying it's my favorite but the O'ban 15 I am drinking right now is pretty good.
Are you sure it is not 14 or 18?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:00 PM   #94
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Here's the current state of my scotch cabinet.



My favorite has to be the Lagavulin 12 year 2009 limited edition cask strength. This one is my second, and I have a third stored in the back of the cabinet that will remain untouched for a while.

Also, the small bottle on the right is an American single malt from a distiller on Long Island called Pine Barrens. They're doing some pretty interesting stuff that compares well with what Scotland is putting out.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #95
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Highland Park.
I just got a bottle of Highland Park 18, unbelievably smooth.

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There is a reason this one sits in so many ‘Top 5′ or ‘Top 10′ lists. This is unmistakably Highland Park and uncontestably smooth and sophisticated. If you weren’t a believer based on Highland Park’s younger vintages, I dare you to not be moved by this one. If ever there were a gateway malt, this would be it.

Age in whisky in a contentious subject. And well it should be. Too many years in a ‘live’ cask can easily lead to the oak dominating the whisky. Conversely, the natural mellowing that occurs can round out jagged edges as if the cask were a rock tumbler working a precious stone. There is a fine line here, and this line is the one we expect the distiller to walk.

Though 18 years is much like the bare threshold of maturity in Western thought, it is already approaching old age when it comes to whisky. The finished product becomes much more delicate at this point. Highland Park has time and again flaunted its rich and beautifully aged whiskies in the face of this idiom. The 25 year old is gorgeous. The 30 year old is awe-inspiring.

And the 18? Quite simply one of the best standard expressions on the market. It is unconventional in how its stark simplicity is actually a deep complexity. Spend some time wrapping your head around that one, but do so with a glass of this in hand.

The senses, both nose and taste, are seduced with creamy honey and rich peat smoke, before being led into the depths of this whisky. Dusty, spicy vanilla…mild cigar…rich sweet butter…a bouquet of soft fruit and barely seen floral notes. I even get a tiny hint of dill somewhere. Quirky and unique. The delivery is unbelievably smooth and calculated. Rich wood smoke teases, then mellows out with sweet caramel notes (and yes…this is a good thing).

What I wouldn’t give to have this at cask strength. Stunning and majestic.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:56 AM   #96
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #97
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I'm new to this whole Scotch thing. I went to a whiskey party at a friend's house last year, and loved the Laphroaig I drank there. I bought a bottle of that Connemara Irish Whiskey (the one that anotherguy posted) last fall, and it was mighty tasty. I just picked up a bottle of Bowmore 12 and opened it tonight. It has such a good flavor and the warmth is soothing in a way... I think this could be a habit.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #98
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sipping on a Talisker Distillers Edition right now. Quite a bit different than the normal 10 year, which I love. Smoother. Sweeter. More well rounded. A touch of water really smooths it out. recommended
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Here's the current state of my scotch cabinet.



My favorite has to be the Lagavulin 12 year 2009 limited edition cask strength. This one is my second, and I have a third stored in the back of the cabinet that will remain untouched for a while.

Also, the small bottle on the right is an American single malt from a distiller on Long Island called Pine Barrens. They're doing some pretty interesting stuff that compares well with what Scotland is putting out.
oooohhhh. I see Uigeadail in there. Amazing that one. What is your thoughts on Galileo? I've got a bottle. I like it, but reviews are hit or miss.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #100
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Highland Park 18 for my bday last night. Wow!


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Old 03-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #101
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My scotch experience is rather limited, but here lately a healthy glass of Balvenie Doublewood over chilled whiskey stones with a slight splash of water ( sacriledge... I know ) is my favorite end-of-evening drink.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #102
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Drinking some "The Macallan" 15 yo Fine Oak. On the 3rd glass and it is not bad. Gonna buy me some "Neat Whiskey Glasses".

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Bowmore 12. Just a sniff, swirl and a splash. Love it.
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sipping on a Talisker Distillers Edition right now. Quite a bit different than the normal 10 year, which I love. Smoother. Sweeter. More well rounded. A touch of water really smooths it out. recommended
It is on one reviewers top 10 list. Sounds like good stuff.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:27 AM   #105
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My scotch experience is rather limited, but here lately a healthy glass of Balvenie Doublewood over chilled whiskey stones with a slight splash of water ( sacriledge... I know ) is my favorite end-of-evening drink.
I have my sights set on The Balvenie Tun 1401. An upscale grocery store has one bottle from vat #3. My wife said I could get it for our anniversary next week.
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