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#1 ghostworks

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 04:52 PM

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I've been a single malt Scotch fan for... oh, the better part of my 30's at this point

I began well - the 1st Scotch that I ever tried was a Macallan 12

Since that first taste, I've developed quite a hobby (and inventory) of bottles and tasting memories... and if anyone else who finds this thread is a Scotch fan, I hope you'll share your own thoughts and experiences









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Posted 05 April 2009 - 05:02 PM

currently 'In Stock' at the GhostWorks Single Malt Scotch Depository

The Macallan
> Fine Oak 10 y.o.
> Cask Strength
> 12 y.o.
> 18 y.o.

The Talisker
> 10 y.o.
> Distiller's Edition 1992
> 18 y.o.
> 175th Anniversary

The Glenfarclas
> 12 y.o.
> 17 y.o.

The Glenfiddich
> Ancient Reserve 18 y.o.

The Glenmorangie
> 10 y.o.

The Glenlivet
> 12 y.o.

...I'll offer some tasting notes in future posts  smile.gif  

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:37 AM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 5 2009, 05:02 PM)
currently 'In Stock' at the GhostWorks Single Malt Scotch Depository

The Macallan
> Fine Oak 10 y.o.
> Cask Strength
> 12 y.o.
> 18 y.o.

The Talisker
> 10 y.o.
> Distiller's Edition 1992
> 18 y.o.
> 175th Anniversary

The Glenfarclas
> 12 y.o.
> 17 y.o.

The Glenfiddich
> Ancient Reserve 18 y.o.

The Glenmorangie
> 10 y.o.

The Glenlivet
> 12 y.o.

...I'll offer some tasting notes in future posts  smile.gif

Awesome!

I'll try to come back here again.

I have tried many of what you have here - consider myself a casual taster, but I know what I like.

Mac 18 - wow, love it - wish I could justify buying a bottle.

Other favorites:  Mac 12, oak 10.  Have not tried the cask strength - how does it compare?  Also heard good things about the Elegencia, if you can find it - supposed to be at duty free shops.

One of my favorites for the price is the Glenfiddich Solera reserve 15 y.o.  Currently, I have a bottle of the Ancient reserve 18 and I really like it, but I did not taste a huge difference between them.

Glenmorangie - been a while, but I liked that too.

Glenlivet 12 - been a while also, but that's because I liked it, but found for a little more $$ I liked the Glenfiddich 15 much better.

Talisker -- Not my taste -- too peaty for me.

Thanks!

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 5 2009, 05:52 PM)
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There is now...

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (1-0-0-1-0-0-1 @ Apr 8 2009, 02:09 PM)
QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 5 2009, 05:52 PM)
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There is now...

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Sweet! macallan.gif  macallan.gif  macallan.gif new_thumbsupsmileyanim.gif

Always like to have a bottle of the Fine Oak 10 on hand.  The Glenfiddich is special.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE (1-0-0-1-0-0-1 @ Apr 8 2009, 01:09 PM)
QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 5 2009, 05:52 PM)
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There is now...

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you, sir are a genius

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Awesome!

I'll try to come back here again.


please do! smile.gif

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Mac 18 - wow, love it - wish I could justify buying a bottle.

Me too biggrin.gif - a friend brought it over as a special gift, and did not want to make the long trip back home with an open bottle hidden in the car and Scotch on his breath... lucky me

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Other favorites:  Mac 12, oak 10.  Have not tried the cask strength - how does it compare?

The cask strength is a monster - it was the 2nd scotch I ever tried, and as a novice drinker I had no idea that cask strength bottlings are intended to be drunk cut with 30% to 50%water - I floored myself and burnt out my nose trying this straight... I should get around to a proper tasting, but I haven't had the courage wink.gif

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

One of my favorites for the price is the Glenfiddich Solera reserve 15 y.o.  Currently, I have a bottle of the Ancient reserve 18 and I really like it, but I did not taste a huge difference between them.

this is good to know - the Ancient is expensive and currently unavailable (or at least hard to find)

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Glenlivet 12 - been a while also, but that's because I liked it, but found for a little more $$ I liked the Glenfiddich 15 much better.

agreed - the 'livet is very basic, clean, simple - those aren't bad things

the 'fiddich certainly has more character and a smoother ride

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Talisker -- Not my taste -- too peaty for me.


yay! more for me smile.gif

(and as far as peat goes... you better stay away from the 1/4 cask Laphroaig -  user posted image oof!!! )


QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

...should be a dram glass

aye! we need one of those, too!

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Edited by ghostworks, 08 April 2009 - 07:01 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:59 PM

I tried athe Glenmorangie at the local watering hole and liked it, also received a bottle of 15 Yr. Glenfarclas from a friend that I helped out.

I thought they were both excellent ... drank them neat.


Thanks for posting this thread!

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:03 AM

I'm not at home, but I'll give it my best shot.

Highland Park 12 & 18
Macallan 12 & Elegancia
The Speyside 12
Glenfiddich 12, 15 & 18
Glenrothes(12 I think)
Tyrconnell
Bushmills 10
Bushmills 16
Connemara
Glenmorangie 10
Lagavulin 16
Cragganmore 12
Glenlivet 12
Jura 10
Ardbeg 10
Bowmore Surf & Darkest
Talisker 10 and Distiller's Edition
Auchtenoshen 12
Balvenie Doublewood & 15
Midleton Very Rare
Laphroaig and Quarter Cask
Cardhu
Caol Ila 12

There's a few more, but I'm drawing a blank.

Have some exquisite blends too:

Whyte & Mackay 21
Johnny Walker Black Label
Power's 12 year (probably my favourite of all time, along with Bowmore Darkest)
Johnny Walker Blue Label - we are not worthy.



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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 8 2009, 07:01 PM)
QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Awesome!

I'll try to come back here again.


please do! smile.gif

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Mac 18 - wow, love it - wish I could justify buying a bottle.

Me too biggrin.gif - a friend brought it over as a special gift, and did not want to make the long trip back home with an open bottle hidden in the car and Scotch on his breath... lucky me

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Other favorites:  Mac 12, oak 10.  Have not tried the cask strength - how does it compare?

The cask strength is a monster - it was the 2nd scotch I ever tried, and as a novice drinker I had no idea that cask strength bottlings are intended to be drunk cut with 30% to 50%water - I floored myself and burnt out my nose trying this straight... I should get around to a proper tasting, but I haven't had the courage wink.gif

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

One of my favorites for the price is the Glenfiddich Solera reserve 15 y.o.  Currently, I have a bottle of the Ancient reserve 18 and I really like it, but I did not taste a huge difference between them.

this is good to know - the Ancient is expensive and currently unavailable (or at least hard to find)

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Glenlivet 12 - been a while also, but that's because I liked it, but found for a little more $$ I liked the Glenfiddich 15 much better.

agreed - the 'livet is very basic, clean, simple - those aren't bad things

the 'fiddich certainly has more character and a smoother ride

QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

Talisker -- Not my taste -- too peaty for me.


yay! more for me smile.gif

(and as far as peat goes... you better stay away from the 1/4 cask Laphroaig -  user posted image oof!!! )


QUOTE (Alph Seeker @ Apr 8 2009, 11:37 AM)

...should be a dram glass

aye! we need one of those, too!

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Good to know about the cask strength.  If you cut it, please post back with how it compares to the 12, for example after cut.  Could this be a money saver?  biggrin.gif

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This looks exactly like what I had last night!  biggrin.gif  (the Glen 18.)



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Posted 10 April 2009 - 10:18 AM

QUOTE (Hatchetaxe&saw @ Apr 9 2009, 09:03 AM)
Glenrothes(12 I think)

Lagavulin 16

Ardbeg 10

Auchtenoshen 12

Caol Ila 12


whoa there, laddie!

that's a respectful cellar...

when you have a moment, could you give us some notes on the ones I've highlighted (above)?

I've been interested in trying them all

also - what are your preferences (peaty, smoky, honey etc)?

just curious  smile.gif  

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 03:56 AM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 10 2009, 03:18 PM)
QUOTE (Hatchetaxe&saw @ Apr 9 2009, 09:03 AM)
Glenrothes(12 I think)

Lagavulin 16

Ardbeg 10

Auchtenoshen 12

Caol Ila 12


whoa there, laddie!

that's a respectful cellar...

when you have a moment, could you give us some notes on the ones I've highlighted (above)?

I've been interested in trying them all

also - what are your preferences (peaty, smoky, honey etc)?

just curious  smile.gif

Here goes, I am an amateur, but hopefully this will give you something to go on. I'll score them as well, like Michael Jackson used to: 70 good, 80 very good, 90 excellent, 100 The Angel's Share!

Glenrothes - Not sure about this one, there are better, older ones. I find it quite acidic, very sharp,  too citrusy, with a poor finish. 70, at a push

Caol Ila - Smoky, peat, strong taste of the sea, salt, seaweed. Long finish, each mouthful delivers a wonderful experience. 90

Ardbeg - Great appearance, no colour, and slightly clouds when you add water, down to the non chill filtering apparently. Again like the Caol Ila, but more intense, more fire, a classic Islay, smoke, peat, antiseptic. Finish isn't that long, but to be honest it beats the shit out of your tastebuds, so they need a break! 90

Auchentoshan - one of the few Lowlands I have. Very good, dark coppery colour, sweet, wine taste, aniseed/liquorice, long finish. 85

Lagavulin - Hail the mighty Lag. Medicinal, iodine, smoke, peat, sea, salt. There is so much going on, stunning whiskey, the perfect Islay malt. Finish goes on and on. Amazing. I'd give it a 100,  because I can't fault it, everything is balanced perfectly.


My own favourite flavours would be honey, in particular, some of the Irish malts and aged blends. Powers 12 year old is amazing, it's honey in a glass, beautiful colour too, dark sherry, gorgeous. Same with the Bushmill 16 Single Malt. Very subtle, with long honey overtones.

And I'm a sucker for that taste of the sea, that medicinal, seaweedy kick you get off the guys I listed above.

We had friends over last night, and we tried the Johnny Walker Blue, Talisker Distillers Edition & Highland Park 18. Exquisite, every one!

If you have any recommendations, please pass them on!!

Slainte!

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 12:18 AM

Try some Old Pulteney 12 for a real maritime treat!

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:25 AM

Hatchetaxe&saw, I don't know much about single malts, but that review seemed anything but amateurish. Your descriptions make me want to buy a couple of those.  yes.gif  

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:22 AM

QUOTE (1-0-0-1-0-0-1 @ Apr 12 2009, 07:25 AM)
Hatchetaxe&saw, I don't know much about single malts, but that review seemed anything but amateurish. Your descriptions make me want to buy a couple of those.  yes.gif

Thanks 73, you're very kind! I've read a few books on whiskies, so I have the terminology, but my palette is still a bit suspect...

But the one thing I always do, and this really is the key to releasing flavours, is adding an eyedropper amount of water to each glass. The difference is incredible.
You may as well add kerosene if you're going to add ice. Kills all the flavour.
Ice is good for bog standard blends, but never single malts.

If you can get your hands on the Lagavulin, you will not regret it.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:20 PM

...oh, let's not start the 'ice' discussion biggrin.gif

common misconceptions:

> Single Malts are to be drunk neat, in a snifter or nosing glass

> if anything is to be added, it must be room temperature mineral water

etc etc

these are just a few of the calling cards of supposed Single Malt aficionados

now

I don't know about the rest of you lot, but I'm comfortable enough with my own tastes to know what I like and what I don't

if that wasn't enough, George Grant (sixth generation, and current Brand Ambassador for The Glenfarclas distillery) has personally told me, "aye, eets your Scotch, then - if ye want tae mix it with ginger ale, add nine ice cubes, brush yer teeth with it, go right on aheid!"

I like a single cube with certain drams (The Talisker especially) and the water I prefer to use in the cubes is sourced from the same spring (or glen) as the Scotch is produced from

(and yes, importing spring water from Scotland is more pretentious than drinking Scotch itself) smile.gif

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:24 PM

[on another note, The Lagavulin 16 s available at my local liquor store for just over $60 - based on your rec., I'm thinking of securing a bottle this weekend]

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:51 AM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Apr 16 2009, 02:24 AM)
[on another note, The Lagavulin 16 s available at my local liquor store for just over $60 - based on your rec., I'm thinking of securing a bottle this weekend]

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That's a very good price. I hope you enjoy it.
Scottish ice-cubes, I love it! Yep, you've definitely checked into the Pretentious Motel, but that's a good thing....

I'm awfully pernickety about the snifter as well. It has to be a snifter, or if I'm really dumbing down, a brandy balloon..........

Taxi!! Pretentious Motel!

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:30 PM

...oh, I still haven't been to the store.

Serious Ghost slacking going on...

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:58 PM

Just a curious question.

NPR had an interesting piece on the exploding whiskey market in China.  Sales have increased 500% in the past 5 years.  Any thoughts on what a growing Chinese interest in whiskey means to prices or availability?  Have any of you aficionados noticed any changes recently?




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