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Old 19 November 2012, 05:34   #101
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What had you in mind ?
I think I want a nice surprise! So something that delivers something special
I don't want to take over this thread but any recommendations will be considered carefully - thanks to all so far.

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Old 19 November 2012, 06:03   #102
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Well Gennlemen ... tonight I'm trying a 'Benromach Peat Smoke' No age statement.
on the subject of which, I tried their Organic one when it was being sold as an 8YO - Reckoned it had the "maturity" of their 10, but smoother. If you know what Im trying to say!

Anyone tried the Organic in it's current guise? I keep seeing it, nearly buying it & being distracted by something else....
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I think I want a nice surprise! So something that delivers something special
I don't want to take over this thread but any recommendations will be considered carefully - thanks to all so far.

This one will definately surprise, I think its gorgeous .. and not what I expected at all ... but then Ive been banging the drum for this distillery for a while now

ARRAN Sauternes Finish 50%

You could go for a sweetish Yamazaki, another I really enjoy,

YAMAZAKI 12 Year Old

or if you like a bourbon finish

YAMAZAKI Bourbon Barrel 48.2%

or this .. another firm favourite of mine .. it only tastes right as cask strength to me , another sweetish one on the start but huge body then it dries right out like the tide

SPRINGBANK 12 Year Old Cask Strength

And another of excellent value

ABERLOUR A'BUNADH Batch 42

although a little less grand in my opinion than those opinions of the online tasters

I'm guessing youve tried the Campbelltown stuff perhaps the Aberlour too, but the others if you havent will surprise you, although a tasting would be in order to avoid disapointment on the day .. get thee to Arran lad, and taste some of their stuff
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Old 19 November 2012, 14:00   #104
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Jesus Bigman you must have some pallet!! I do agree with you re Arran nice drop.

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anyone care to share their glassware preferences?

I tend to use different glasses,
I definately have 'only whisky' glasses, I only use two, and I dont have any of those posh 'nosing' glasses

I like a clear plain straight walled tumbler 200ml which is about 2/3rds the size of an ordinary one

I dont generally like cut glass ones as I love to see the colour of the dram unhindered, and any favourites or new drams will go in that which is a Friday or Saturday night job Also when swilled round, you see the spirit stick to the sides and that in its self, releases enough for the nose. Being as I drive a lot I tend not to consume whisky at all from Sunday night through till Friday, but if I'm slack or feeling the need I have a slightly smaller one which is a cristal one, as it seems to make the dram last longer as its harder to tell how much is left in it, with the pattern on the glass

Oh and while were on confessional I prefer my drams with water ... sometimes up to 50% ... there I've said it now actually I vary it depending on the brew, but many of them would slip over the back of your throat without giving up all their secrets if you didnt. I definatley disagree with taking it neat, its a complete waste IMHO .. and thats all it is... just MHO

Although I have mentioned, different water can do so much for a whisky too... and is not to be underestimated, it wouldnt be unusual to use more than one type (ie bottled) when trying to get a handle on something that didnt taste like I expected it might.
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I think I want a nice surprise! So something that delivers something special
I don't want to take over this thread but any recommendations will be considered carefully - thanks to all so far.

Some may be available for a wee bit less elsewhere, there's even a Glenburgie for Bigmuz

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Some may be available for a wee bit less elsewhere, there's even a Glenburgie for Bigmuz

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Got to admit, I mentioned it earlier , as I thought this was another eye opener, but I couldnt be certain of the one I tried as it came from an independant source .. I think the one you found is 'it' though, which I was also looking at last night, as it was a cask strength of about that age but its 5 or so years since I found/tried it. As to price .. bear in mind that the above is for a 50 ml bottle
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Christmas must be on its way .. two boxes have arrived from 'a ' whisky shop, of which I have learned, one is for me dunno who the other is for !! and I dunno whats in 'em oooh the suspense ..and its ages yet
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Andy you have just mentioned my favourite liqueur. You should try putting equal measures of G and a good malt and sit back and enjoy a Rusty Nail. You'll never look back.

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I have learned, one is for me dunno who the other is for !!
Perhaps for some of yer RIBnet friends... on you that is
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