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Old 12 November 2012, 07:52   #41
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Never in the lighter styles and only enough in the big bruisers to reduce the ABV to around 40-45% - basically a splash! I tote a bit of Ardbeg or Laphroaig when pack camping as it carries light and stretches out with water
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Old 12 November 2012, 08:06   #42
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I just like taking the time to enjoy the experience of tasting a new one, sometimes the good ones just take you by surprise!!
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It has a curious lemoney honeyed palate with a salty finish.
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sted ov wofflin onn bowt peet boggs, matyewrin in barruls wot av ad uvver shitt in dem, misst cuvverd hilsides an de lyke stikk sum fkin peppsi inn itt an gett itt dowen yorr nekk
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Recent finds - Smokehead - the grey coloured tin one is particularly good. It's like all the best bits of all the Islay malts rolled into a glass.....
Ive lifted that off the shelf ...but never got it into the basket yet ... think its time to have a snifter

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One I would "barge pole" was (and I now forget the distillery) but they matured it in Rioja casks. "This should be heavenly" thought I, fab whisky - fab wine. Well. It was at best mediocre. Add water to make it taste like flat "own brand" cola. Wish I could remember whose malt it was.
Funny how it works out ... a worst for me of late was a Glen Moray (pish however its finished) but some master blender thought they fix the problem by maturing it in chardonnay casks boy that stuff was baaaad




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Caol Isla, if my residual Gaelic learning is correct, means Song of Islay - well named it is too...... I think that the base 12yr old is the best buy - it's an intermediate Islay style - not particularly peaty but not very light either. It has a curious lemoney honeyed palate with a salty finish.
Aye thats a fair description, a nice dram, .....you just have to look at Islay its self for the massive variance in the product ... fantastic

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For those "big" nightcaps, or special days, I haven't found anything to beat Ardbeg's Uigeadail.
Ive only tried it once but it certainly has some mighty flavour Wasnt it the Corryvreckan that one the Whisky of the year a while back ? whats it like compared to that ?
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Old 12 November 2012, 10:08   #45
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Certainly has some mighty flavour Wasnt it the Corryvreckan that one the Whisky of the year a while back ? whats it like compared to that ?
No, that's the Uigeadail. The Corry is fantastic too, a huge whisky, but I couldn't taste the extra money

I didn't try them side by side, but I think that the Uigeadail has a better balance, more harmonious* as it were. To be fair, I'm not ever going to be on a quest for "more peating" so wee dhraps like Octomore leave me cold - I think they just pander to fanatics - the type who eat the strongest chillies, rawest meat, etc.

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Splooth

yum yum .. takes a while for the catalogue to load .. keep scrolling down .. and theres more ... and even more theres loads of stuff in here I didnt know existed
What a fantastic site,,,,,,,bookmarked immediately and will be using often Hic
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Irish Whiskey

A long story with a sad ending. The making of Whiskey is an old Celtic Nations trick that goes back centuries. Irish Whiskey reached it's pinnacle in the late 1800s when Irish Whiskey was the toast of these islands. Scotch played a much smaller part in those days and Irish was a common "shout". The USA was a major consumer and Irish distilleries were on full steam. Then came the dual hammer blows of Independence in Ireland (with the associated trade war with what was left of the Empire) and Prohibition in the USA. There was a commercial bloodbath and we have never returned to those glory days, producing bland whiskeys that are traditionally taken alongside stout, or at the end of the night. There are only three meaningful distilleries here now - Bushmills, Midleton and Cooley. They produce all the labels and brands that you see doing the rounds. Of them all, I'd only bother with Bushmills' better malts and Midleton's Redbreast 12yr Pot Still and it's kissing cousin, Greenspot. Black Bush is OK, if you're stranded in a dry corner some night.

Cooley was recently acquired by Beam, who will pour in cash. Other distilleries will come in time and if the world interest in Whisky/Whiskey continues, it will be just a matter of time before something special happens here. As you navigate into those western loughs and islands, you can't help but think - hmmm, Arranmore 10yr old Malt, or maybe a Cask Strength Falcarragh...
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These guys for shipping to the UK - linky

These guys for the Irish Republic - linky

Any other suggestions? I've used the Whisky Exchange a few times - they're VERY good. I have a delivery coming from the other outfit in a few days, so I'll report back. They're legit but I don't know what their service and packing are like. You want your grog to arrive on the right side of the wrappers
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That filth ? .... actually as I mentioned before, I rate Jura 'prophecy' as a very fine dram indeed despite being a confirmed Jura hater I can still taste the base spirit, but its cloaked in a massive mix of other beauty ... the trouble is finding it at good money .. my local Tesco has it on offer one week at 38 then 55 the next ?

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Irish Whiskey reached it's pinnacle in the late 1800s when Irish Whiskey was the toast of these islands.
Here now.. to be sure .. I had a Connemara peated Irish last week I was well surprised with who makes that ?
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