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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

Makers Mark cask strength.

Can't believe I haven't had this one yet. So much more interesting than standard Makers. 111 proof, so not a momster. Maple syrup nose. Honey, vanilla, and syrup fading to cinnamon and allspice. The cinnamon lingers in a long finish. Viscous and syrupy. Super smooth for the proof.

I've gotta pair this up with a cigar. The syrup and cinnamon is powerful, buy smooth. This one needs a big, bold smoke to compliment.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 11:07 PM

I haven't gone through all 30pgs of this thread, so forgive me if this has been discussed:

 

I love, love Laphroaig 10yr. I drink it need, and I find the flavor profile so delightful. I taste a rich vanilla-y thing going on, with that lovely smoky-ness

 

 

I tried Ardbeg 10yr a few months ago. I couldn't get into it. All I got was the smoky-ness, but didn't get any other flavors.

 

Is this a case where actually adding a dash of water might actually open it up more? I haven't tried that in a really, really long time, but I preferred it neat with the Scotch I tried it with.



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:35 AM

I haven't gone through all 30pgs of this thread, so forgive me if this has been discussed:s interesting to

 

I love, love Laphroaig 10yr. I drink it need, and I find the flavor profile so delightful. I taste a rich vanilla-y thing going on, with that lovely smoky-ness

 

 

I tried Ardbeg 10yr a few months ago. I couldn't get into it. All I got was the smoky-ness, but didn't get any other flavors.

 

Is this a case where actually adding a dash of water might actually open it up more? I haven't tried that in a really, really long time, but I preferred it neat with the Scotch I tried it with.

 

It is always interesting to compare with and without a splash of water.  The pour often changes considerably.  You should try it.

 

Usually when I order a whiskey for the first time, I order it with a glass of water.  If I'm digging it neat, I sip the water as I go.  But, often I'll add a splash to the whiskey at some point.  It does often subtly change it.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:38 AM

This happened at my liquor store. Must be some good scotch.

http://www.nj.com/be...quor_store.html



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

This happened at my liquor store. Must be some good scotch.

http://www.nj.com/be...quor_store.html

 

Gat damn, those are stupid prices.



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:47 AM

For anyone who's a nerd like me, there's a nice YouTube channel of 2 guys (a whisky sommelier and the other a whisky "mooch") who try out a ton of whiskey and give their impressions of it. They do a good job of going through some of the history of the distiller and have some great background knowledge.

 

It's a nice reference if you're thinking about buying a bottle of something but don't know if you'll like it or are wondering how it compares to other whisky that you've tried before. It's called Whiskey Vault for anyone who's curious. 



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 11:54 AM

You guys/gals try that maple old fashioned we were chatting about?

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 02:21 PM

You guys/gals try that maple old fashioned we were chatting about?


Dang it, I keep forgetting! Definitely going to seek out some bourbon at the hotel bar this evening... Going to need it to prepare for this stupid work retreat tomorrow.

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 03:42 PM

I expect full reviews.... Or else....

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:01 AM

This happened at my liquor store. Must be some good scotch.

http://www.nj.com/be...quor_store.html

 

 

 

  • Mature whisky is expensive not because it's necessarily better, but because it is rare.  Mature whisky is not rare because they don't make a lot of barrels of it- they cask lots of barrels intended for long maturation. Instead, mature whisky is rare because so much is lost from each cask during maturation due to evaporation (angel's share).  A 50 year old whisky barrel starting with 195 liters of new make spirit might only have 2-3 liters left in it when it's uncasked, depending on environmental factors.  Entire distilleries that have long since been non-operational and mothballed have been purchased for millions of dollars for their warehouses full of old maturing whisky that hadn't been uncasked or bottled yet.  Port Ellen Distillery on Islay is one of these.  It was shuttered in 1983 and then bought by conglomerate Diageo, who slowly bottles and releases their leftover stock.  Port Ellen, depending on vintage, sells for $1000-$6000 per bottle.


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:10 PM

I expect full reviews.... Or else....


No maple, but found a bar in Breckenridge last night where the bartender took great pride in preparing our old fashioneds. Rye whiskey from a distillery near Vail, lemon peel, and Luxardo cherries in a heavy glass without ice. Fantastic.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 10:35 PM

Putting down a few drams of Basil Hayden while staring into the Pacific.

The addition of rye in their bourbon adds a good bit of spice.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 06:40 AM

Last night we went to Southern Tier distilling.

I will admit upfront to a bias against micro distilled whiskies. I'm not sure where the difference lies, but almost none I've tried to date can run with the product the big distillers put out.

ST has a fairly large line of distilled products, and frankly, most of them are stuff I have no interest in, so I didn't want to order a flight for tasting. I rilled the dice and ordered a 2oz glass of their 50/50 whiskey, a blend of corn and wheat whiskey. And to my surprise, it was very enjoyable. Not terribly complicated on the palate, but solid. Corn notes dominated, but unlike most corn whiskies I've had, it was soft and round, and carried some decent barrel notes. I'm sure the wheat was helpful there.

The wife, who is rather picky about her whiskey, ordered an Old Fashioned made with 50/50 and proclaimed it one of the best Old Fashioneds she's ever had. They make them with Luxardo cherries and bitters with a label I didnt recognize.

The whiskey is $36/bottle. Is it a $36/bottle whiskey? I'm not sure it is, but it's the closest I've had to craft whiskey that is actually worth the asking price.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:35 PM

I bit a hole in my tongue this morning. It's awful. I finished about 6 ounces of eagle rare in an attempt to numb it. It's working, but now I'm out of eagle rare. I just mixed bird dog chocolate and bird dog blueberry whiskey. It's sooooo bad!!!

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:13 AM

Hoping to start my whiskey collection soon.

 

Wish List: 

 

Tap 8 Canadian Rye Sherry Finish

Slane Irish Whiskey

Angels Envy

Jameson Caskmates



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:21 AM

Hoping to start my whiskey collection soon.

Wish List:

Tap 8 Canadian Rye Sherry Finish
Slane Irish Whiskey
Angels Envy
Jameson Caskmates


I was just gifted a bottle of Slane last weekend. I'll give it a try soon and report in.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:48 AM

I was just gifted a bottle of Slane last weekend. I'll give it a try soon and report in.

 

I've had a glass at a local whiskey bar in Buffalo and I was a fan of it. It's a younger whiskey so it has a bite, but I enjoy the flavor a lot. 



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 04:11 PM

I was just gifted a bottle of Slane last weekend. I'll give it a try soon and report in.

 

Last weekend I bought a bottle of Slane to start my collection. I have a Jameson Crested that's unopened, I'm saving it for some special occasion. 

 

I think the next purchase will be Angel's Envy



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:20 PM

Just finishing off The Balvenie 12 year Josie got me last year. This year's Christmas booze is a 2017 release Basil Hayden's Dark Rye and a Nonino Moscato Grappa. That's a very fine grappa my friends. Quite the palate cleanser.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 12:29 AM

Bought a bottle of teeling irish whiskey the other day, pretty good

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:12 AM

The beer thread has been revived, time for the whiskey thread to pick up some steam.

 

I've made some progress on my whiskey collection. Currently:

 

Slane

Jameson Crested

Jameson Caskmates

Angel's Envy

 

Went to a whiskey bar last night, tried Four Roses Single Barrel and Macallan 12. I enjoyed both, especially Four Roses. That's on my list now to add to the collection.



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:00 AM

Carter is just chugging through the bottle of Basil Hayden Dark Rye I gave him for Christmas. It's smooth. Too smooth haha 



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:15 AM

I want to try Angel's Envy, but I can't justify spending over $50 on a bottle. Not when I absolutely love Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare and can get them for $25 and $27. And absolutely zero bars around here carry anything that isn't 1/2 an ancient bottle of Knobb and one equally ancient bottle of Makers.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:28 AM

The beer thread has been revived, time for the whiskey thread to pick up some steam.

I've made some progress on my whiskey collection. Currently:

Slane
Jameson Crested
Jameson Caskmates
Angel's Envy

Went to a whiskey bar last night, tried Four Roses Single Barrel and Macallan 12. I enjoyed both, especially Four Roses. That's on my list now to add to the collection.

I recommend michter's 10yr for a special occasion. Regular michter's bourbon for casual drinking.

Edited by SkuggaLiger, 19 January 2018 - 11:28 AM.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:50 AM

I recommend michter's 10yr for a special occasion. Regular michter's bourbon for casual drinking.

 

I'll make note of that. The 10 year is an expensive one isn't it?



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 03:35 PM

I'll make note of that. The 10 year is an expensive one isn't it?

Yes. I'd find it somewhere first and try it. Everyone's tastes are different.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:26 PM

The beer thread has been revived, time for the whiskey thread to pick up some steam.

 

I've made some progress on my whiskey collection. Currently:

 

Slane

Jameson Crested

Jameson Caskmates

Angel's Envy

 

Went to a whiskey bar last night, tried Four Roses Single Barrel and Macallan 12. I enjoyed both, especially Four Roses. That's on my list now to add to the collection.

Love me some Angel's Envy... so, so smooth.

 

Carter is just chugging through the bottle of Basil Hayden Dark Rye I gave him for Christmas. It's smooth. Too smooth haha 

That sounds pretty tasty!



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 12:55 AM

Seems like wny has a larger selection of irish whiskey lately

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 06:17 AM

Down in the Maldives, they had 15 year pappy on the shelves, I sucked it up and paid the 16$ for the 3 oz and found it to be quite delicious.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:00 AM

Down in the Maldives, they had 15 year pappy on the shelves, I sucked it up and paid the 16$ for the 3 oz and found it to be quite delicious.

 

Atta boy.

 

It's been a few years since I've had the opportunity to drink anything other than the 10yr old stuff (which is highly overrated).  15 was always very enjoyable stuff.  I've wondered if it has lost any of its luster since the whiskey boom.  Hard for me to justify the cost to find out these days.



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:07 AM

Atta boy.

It's been a few years since I've had the opportunity to drink anything other than the 10yr old stuff (which is highly overrated). 15 was always very enjoyable stuff. I've wondered if it has lost any of its luster since the whiskey boom. Hard for me to justify the cost to find out these days.


I've always though pappy was a bit overrated too, especially compared to some others I've had.

I think considering my locale, it was worth it, much much better than the 10 year for sure, but I'm still partial to my Green Spot Bordeaux cask

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Posted Yesterday, 08:36 AM

Anyone else going to the Buffalo Whiskey fest this Sunday? Should be a good time



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Posted Yesterday, 08:44 AM

The flames would have enough capspace at the deadline to take Kane though. Looks like they are getting some cap relief due to long term injured reserve. 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:15 AM

The flames would have enough capspace at the deadline to take Kane though. Looks like they are getting some cap relief due to long term injured reserve.

Is that a new brand of whiskey?

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Posted Yesterday, 09:16 AM

Is that a new brand of whiskey?


It comes out of the Pronger distillery. Give it a try. It's overpriced.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:48 AM

Just a quick whiskey PSA:

 

I just bought a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and it is NOT good. Lots of harsh, chemical flavor. Sipped alongside standard Buffalo Trace at the same price, and the BT was much, much more enjoyable. And I am not super-picky; I am totally happy with Wild Turkey, Old Forester, and many other low-mid grade offerings. 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:56 AM

Just a quick whiskey PSA:

 

I just bought a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and it is NOT good. Lots of harsh, chemical flavor. Sipped alongside standard Buffalo Trace at the same price, and the BT was much, much more enjoyable. And I am not super-picky; I am totally happy with Wild Turkey, Old Forester, and many other low-mid grade offerings. 

 

Interesting. I have heard that Elijah small batch hasn't been as good since they removed the 12 year age statement. I wasn't sure if it was mind tricks from people thinking older whiskey is always better, but you would be the third person to report the newer small batch being less than impressive



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Posted Yesterday, 11:44 AM

Just a quick whiskey PSA:

I just bought a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and it is NOT good. Lots of harsh, chemical flavor. Sipped alongside standard Buffalo Trace at the same price, and the BT was much, much more enjoyable. And I am not super-picky; I am totally happy with Wild Turkey, Old Forester, and many other low-mid grade offerings.


I agree.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:14 PM

Anyone else going to the Buffalo Whiskey fest this Sunday? Should be a good time


I’ll be there. Looking forward to it. It sold out so I am curious just how crowdef it is going to be.

Just a quick whiskey PSA:

I just bought a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and it is NOT good. Lots of harsh, chemical flavor. Sipped alongside standard Buffalo Trace at the same price, and the BT was much, much more enjoyable. And I am not super-picky; I am totally happy with Wild Turkey, Old Forester, and many other low-mid grade offerings.


I’ll have to try a new bottle and see if I agree. That would be very disappointing if EC quality has dropped. It used to be a favorite of mine. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a 3-5 yr old bottle of it in my cabinet. Might be worth a side by side tasting.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:17 PM

I’ll have to try a new bottle and see if I agree. That would be very disappointing if EC quality has dropped. It used to be a favorite of mine. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a 3-5 yr old bottle of it in my cabinet. Might be worth a side by side tasting.


Yeah, go do that. I'm interested in what you think. I got one a few months ago after a couple bottles of Buffalo Trace, and Eagle Rare and I really didn't appreciate it compared to them. Even compared to larceny. Definitely thought it was way overrated. I still drank it in 2 weeks, but that more due to my alcohol abuse than it being good to drink.





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