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Old 21 November 2012, 18:37   #111
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Water with whiskey is a necessity. It's what it's made for. Neat is a waste. Ice waxes the waxes and removes the flavour. 50/50 is the rule of thumb. But generally any water should be more rather than less.
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Old 21 November 2012, 18:42   #112
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The only thing that should go in a single malt is another one, with the exception of a Glayva of course
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Old 21 November 2012, 19:26   #113
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Old 24 November 2012, 17:06   #114
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Right ... ....... In my ongoing quest to find good grog for decent money ... I succumbed to a 25 bottle of Bowmore in Tesco's ... Not my favourite malt by any means, but I'll struggle to buy another Bowmore after this pathetic effort

Its billed as a 'Small Batch Reserve' aged in Bourbon casks .. No age statement.

I checked the ABV and thought hmmph 40% ? ... still .. but worth a punt just to find that gem we all look for ? .... well ......

I love Bourbon .. so where the hell is it ? .. its bitter almonds at best .. I get apples .. acidic cooking ones ! a pathetic spirit blend at worst .. it has your tounge stuck to your lips , theres the Bowmore whisk of peat and smoke then nothing but bitterness .. as my glass empties the bourbon starts to appear ... but only on the sides of the glass .. as you stick your nose in it .. its still not in the dram .. pathetic

I'd love to know who sanctions this type of whisky from a distillery that should know so much better .. I want my money back ....

Do not buy whisky lovers

Fortunatley I still have some Clynelish left I started this thread with .. now thats a good 'un

PS .. Tesco also have dropped the Jura 'Prophecy' again to 42 ... buy .. buy .. buy .. people .. not the 38 it was but better that the 52 it normally is, and it gets my vote for a seriously good dram
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The only thing that should go in a single malt is another one, with the exception of a Glayva of course
Glayva is a fine drink (best enjoyed with ice), but I wouldn't waste either the malt or the Glayva by mixing them in a glass. If you really want to experience both on the same evening best mixed in your stomach.

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PS .. Tesco also have dropped the Jura 'Prophecy' again to 42 ... buy .. buy .. buy .. people .. not the 38 it was but better that the 52 it normally is, and it gets my vote for a seriously good dram
So it it better than that weird superstition stuff that looks like someone's added irn bur?

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dunno who the other is for !!
Has she by any chance met Willk. He strikes me as those his wit and charm might go down well with the ladies?
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So it it better than that weird superstition stuff that looks like someone's added irn bur?
Its completely different as a Jura hater .. you have my word

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Has she by any chance met Willk. He strikes me as those his wit and charm might go down well with the ladies?
Well thats the trouble with drachmming ... the wit is fine at the start of the evening .. but .. to keep a lady interested .. shes more interested in the 'wood'or em.... staying power at the end of it ..
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Its completely different as a Jura hater .. you have my word

Well thats the trouble with drachmming ... the wit is fine at the start of the evening .. but .. to keep a lady interested .. shes more interested in the 'wood'or em.... staying power at the end of it ..
I am no rising to the bait. But at last you show some good taste

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Old 08 December 2012, 04:39   #119
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Was in my local hyperdales the other night and they had Oban 14YO .. which is a pleasant enough dram for light quaffing at 49 quid for a bottle .. thats..... four .. nine what is going on ? 32.50 yes .. 49 noooo
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Another update .. picked up an old favourite Auchentoshan 3 wood tonight at an un named megastore .. who flashed it through the till with a couple of hundred pounds worth of other household stuff.. and it rang up as 61 .. he was on the next item when I questioned it .. he said how much do you think it should be, and I thought well its bloody good stuff but it hasnt doubled in value since last time I bought it ?

Turns out he double wrang it .. with the ensuing shuffling and manager intervention .. it turns out .. he didnt ring 1 off 2 x 6 bottles of nice Shiraz through and just one so ... from panic .. to bonus

Anyway .. the point of the post was to say this dram has changed

Its lost a lot of its sweetness since the last time I bought it some time ago .. theres no age statement on the bottle,(never was) but it now tastes quite dry .. and is much more akin to the base spirit I always knew Auchentoshan as ... (its mostly rubbish that went for blending) It still has the flavours you are looking for which for me was mostly the bourbon, but is finish is nothing like it used to be

This is the trouble these days .. modern methods often yield a result .. but its usually only as consistent as long as the master blender is still employed... or alive

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