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#41 BaldiePete

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:46 PM

Very nice - a fan of the Talisker I see. I've not had a bottle of that for a while.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:58 PM

Great collections folks!!
Love the range of HPs' BaldiePete!!

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:12 PM

QUOTE (BaldiePete @ Jun 1 2009, 01:46 PM)
Very nice - a fan of the Talisker I see. I've not had a bottle of that for a while.

it's not for everyone, but I've got a special love for that peaty 'wood fire' taste


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Posted 01 June 2009 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (BaldiePete @ Jun 1 2009, 01:46 PM)
Very nice - a fan of the Talisker I see. I've not had a bottle of that for a while.

I got a bottle with a fiver off in my local Bockwinkels last Friday smile.gif

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:47 PM

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 06:57 PM

7 pints of Guinness, a few Powers 12 and a few Highland Park 12's as well. I feel no pain.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 03:38 PM

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE (Hatchetaxe&saw @ Jul 9 2009, 06:57 PM)
7 pints of Guinness, a few Powers 12 and a few Highland Park 12's as well. I feel no pain.

Goodnight.

Good morning!

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 10:02 PM

Pete, I've just acquired a Highland Park 12 (many recommendations for it)

I haven't opened it - what can I expect?



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Posted 24 September 2009 - 03:43 PM

i'm easing my way into the scotch whiskey bourbon area.  i didn't know where to start so i went to the liquor store and picked up a sample of jimmy beam whiskey bourbon.  added a few drops of water and i'm still not sure what i think.  it smells good but the taste......
i really want to like whiskey or scotch cus it looks so good in the bottle and sometimes i don't feel like a beer.  any tips???

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:38 AM

If you are looking for a nice easy drinking bourbon that wont kill your pocket book, get a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.  To begin with, put either water or ice in it then try it "neat".  If you find it too much for you "neat" water or ice is acceptable.  If you use ice though don't make a bourbon icey out of it  biggrin.gif
I would like to recommend Powers Gold Label irish whiskey as well.
As for single malt scotch, try either Glenfiddich 12 yr or Glenlivet 12 yr.  A little water is fine, but ice ruins scotch IMHO.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE (Gov @ Sep 25 2009, 07:38 AM)
If you are looking for a nice easy drinking bourbon that wont kill your pocket book, get a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.  To begin with, put either water or ice in it then try it "neat".  If you find it too much for you "neat" water or ice is acceptable.  If you use ice though don't make a bourbon icey out of it  biggrin.gif
I would like to recommend Powers Gold Label irish whiskey as well.
As for single malt scotch, try either Glenfiddich 12 yr or Glenlivet 12 yr.  A little water is fine, but ice ruins scotch IMHO.

got it thanks.
maybe instead of buying the whole bottle i'll just try it out at the bar.
i just don't want to look like a fool trying to drink it.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 10:32 AM

QUOTE (ghostworks @ Sep 13 2009, 04:02 AM)
Pete, I've just acquired a Highland Park 12 (many recommendations for it)

I haven't opened it - what can I expect?

Only two weeks late !

Expect a very smooth dram, with enough smokiness to give it character but sweet enough to make it an easy one to drink too much of.  wink.gif  

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 11:17 AM

Bought a bottle of 12yr old Yamazaki yesterday.
Lovely stuff.
Honeyish, with a kind of burnt cognac finish. Very good indeed.



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Posted 23 October 2009 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (BaldiePete @ Sep 27 2009, 10:32 AM)
QUOTE (ghostworks @ Sep 13 2009, 04:02 AM)
Pete, I've just acquired a Highland Park 12 (many recommendations for it)

I haven't opened it - what can I expect?

Only two weeks late !

Expect a very smooth dram, with enough smokiness to give it character but sweet enough to make it an easy one to drink too much of.  wink.gif

I didn't try it until last night (held off until I could get the 'crew' assembled for a proper Scotch tasting)!

That said: we all liked it. But that was it. Just liked it.

I felt it finished a little too abruptly for my tastes - no 'ride' to the drink. The nose, however, was a thing of beauty. vanilla and a faint caramel vibe. Wish the rest of it was as satisfying.

We went onward to the Dalwhinnie 15. A completely different dram, and the 'ride' that I was missing with the Highland Park was definitely present here. Even so... there was just something missing - a little 'grassy' or too much wheat. I'm okay with gentler Scotch (not everything I drink is a Talisker or Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve) but The Dal failed to impress.

I was 0 for 2 on the night, so I brought out the big guns - a Talisker 18 for the finish.

Good lord.  wink.gif


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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:12 PM

[file this one under the WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY TELL ME!!? file]

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So.

Out for dinner with five friends at a rather expensive restaurant (entre's $18-$22 and up) and I arrive early.

Bartender says I'm her first customer, would I like to "...try something on the house?"

"Anything?" I ask.

"Sure!" she says.

They have a respectable single malt selection (Talisker 10, Glenfiddich 18, Macallan 18 etc) but I spy the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban on the top shelf. I've been curious about this finish, but never tried it.

Of course free is the best way, so I point it out.

She stretches up and I ask for a pour in a rocks glass, neat. I order a separate glass with a few ice cubes (I made the mistake of asking for a 'few' cubes in a Macallan 12 at a bar once - I got the drink served with shaved ice in a brandy snifter... but that's another story).

The nose of the Quinta Ruban is one of the most distinctive I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Cream, vanilla and a subtle sherry-port right off the bat. I dropped a single cube in the glass and let it open up a little. Hints of chocolate and more sherry, with the vanilla opening up into something like a baked confection.

First sip, I'm in love. The ever so slightly creamy texture walks right on down my throat, hand in hand with that heady (but not candyish or overpowering) vanilla. Second sip is even more wonderful. There's a ride going on here that's hard to describe. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope, with six or seven different flavor notes and scents all slowly but consistently pinwheeling and morphing into new and luxurious combinations, variations on their theme.

Two friends arrived shortly, and I ordered another one as we headed to our table. My bartender informed me that this one was going to cost me... smile.gif - so I settled up before heading to the table ($11!)

I had a third glass much later (we were there for four hours) which is rare for me. I was having such a great time with it, I couldn't resist.

The best news - local stores nearby stock the Quinta Ruban at a great price:

Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12Yr 750ml
Retail Bottle Price $46.99
Retail Case Price $281.94



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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:37 PM

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 03:33 PM

Just back from a 3 day trip to the Islay distilleries!!!

Visited and sipped drams in Laphroaig, Bruchladdich, Lagavulin & Bowmore.
Bought 6 fabulous bottles.

On the Island I purchased:

Lagavulin 1993 Distiller's Edition
Bowmore Maltman's Edition - only 3000 bottles made
Bruchladdich 1991 Yellow Submarine

Then in the airport there was an incredible sale:

Balvenie 14 yr old Goldencask
and........a Bushmills 1608 400th anniversary edition..........

And a lovely bottle of Tamdhu. Add to that a pewter Quaich and 7 snifters.
A remarkable weekend.
The hotel had over 260 Islays, the best I tried were:

27 yr old Port Ellen
Port Wood 1988 Bowmore
Bunnabhainn 1984
Cask Strength Caol Ila and many more.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE (Hatchetaxe&saw @ Oct 26 2009, 03:33 PM)
Just back from a 3 day trip to the Islay distilleries!!!

Visited and sipped drams in Laphroaig, Bruchladdich, Lagavulin & Bowmore.
Bought 6 fabulous bottles.

On the Island I purchased:

Lagavulin 1993 Distiller's Edition
Bowmore Maltman's Edition - only 3000 bottles made
Bruchladdich 1991 Yellow Submarine

Then in the airport there was an incredible sale:

Balvenie 14 yr old Goldencask
and........a Bushmills 1608 400th anniversary edition..........

And a lovely bottle of Tamdhu. Add to that a pewter Quaich and 7 snifters.
A remarkable weekend.
The hotel had over 260 Islays, the best I tried were:

27 yr old Port Ellen
Port Wood 1988 Bowmore
Bunnabhainn 1984
Cask Strength Caol Ila and many more.

I would reach through the internet and throttle you if it were possible... biggrin.gif

Fantastic adventures  trink39.gif  




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