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Asher
09-05-2009, 04:20:17
WHISKY REVIEWS ARE AS FOLLOWS. PAY ATTENTION OR GTFO

I'm sure I'm leaving a lot out as I had a LOT. I didn't write **** down 'cause I'm too cool for that so I will share with you my mental shorthand notes and categorizations

// Scotch whiskys
Highland Park 12: Decent but blandish
Highland Park 18: Excellent with a touch of peat
Highland Park 25: Not as good as the 18? Stronger finish, but not better
Highland Park 30: Not as good as the 18 also. Hard to tell apart from the 25, but its def different. Had with taste pairing of smolked salmon which burned with the 30 (and 18), was fine with the 12 and 25

Macallan 10: Very good "budget" single-malt, had before though
Macallan 12: Slightly better than the 10, but not worth the price premium (i think its 30-40%)

Glenfiddich 18: Better than the 12 which I have at home, but not enough to justify the price. Strong but flavourful finish, no smoke flavour at all.

Glenlivit 18: Bland. Blandblandblandpass.

Cutty Sark 15: One of the better blended I've had. I still prefer JW Green (which is vatted)?
Chivas 18: Not as good as Cutty Sark. Still pretty good

Scapa ??: run of the mill, can't remember much

Glenmorangie Lavaltorsomething: Best Glenmorangie I've had yet. Very very good
Glenmorangie port cast: Not too different from the original. stronger finish maybe

Peat Monster: TOO PEATY

// Bourbon
Maker's Mark: Better than the last time I tried it. It's growing on me as a warm summer drink

// Canadian whisky
Canadian Club 30: Very good for a Canadian whisky, but nothing compared to the scotches

// Irish whisky
Some irish whisky (Tamdandan or someshit): First irish whisky. Cross between a Canadian Whisky and a Scotch Whisky without the character of either. Fundamentally very Irish.

// Congac
Hennessey XO: Bland and pointless, like the French

I WILL ELABORATE AS BEST I CAN TO ANY DEMANDS

Turd
09-05-2009, 12:10:13
This thread is shit.

Asher
09-05-2009, 16:24:58
You are all shit

*End Is Forever*
09-05-2009, 16:49:19
Peat Monster: TOO PEATY

What were you expecting?

Asher
09-05-2009, 17:04:40
Something more monster, less peaty

Drekkus
09-05-2009, 19:23:03
Good timing. Time to pour myself a nice glass of Macallan 15 years.

MOBIUS
09-05-2009, 20:09:16
Trying to decide between a bit of Penderyn, or some Laphroaig 15...?

Drekkus
09-05-2009, 20:18:14
Don't know Penderyn. Laphroig is great, even though I'm not always into the peaty stuff.

Asher
09-05-2009, 20:34:07
Posted this reply at Poly but the site went down before it actually went through

so posting here so as ot not lose it


I'm Jealous. Jealous. I have always wanted to try the 25 & 30.
I'm am glad to hear the 18 is superior.
I went to two Master Classes last night, by whisky experts. First was by a Highland Park global ambassador. They had rows of tables set up, each with four glasses poured and they also had smoked salmon and chocolate for food pairings to taste with. The ambassador had a pictorial tour of the distillery, with step-by-step photos of how it is made. Complete with some videos of them hand-turning the malt with wooden shovels (it's heavier than snow, he says). Inbetween we sampled the whisky with his notes on them. We had the 12, 18, 25, and 30. I was hoping for a 40, but that's pretty expensive. :nod:

I was surprised I liked the 18 the best, until the next masterclass. It was a 45m presentation by Dave Broom (a very prolific whisky author) who discussed why the older-aged malts are not necessarily better, depending on the characteristics of the distillery, storage, ingredients, etc. In most cases, he says, the mid-range are the best. The younger ones are not matured enough, the old ones too much. It's mostly a prestige thing.


18 is good, the 15 Solera Reserve may be the best Glenfiddich, and it is reasonably priced, but a little hard to find.
Will keep an eye out for it. :b:

JW Green is a superb 15 whisky
I bought another bottle of it recently as a spare, because it is no longer being sold in Canada. :(

Not sure which one you tasted. The 18 is a smooth and slightly sweet finishing highland with good malt flavor.

Port Cask = Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-7066.aspx)
Lasanta = Glenmorangie Lasanta : http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-7067.aspx


Never tried, but if you don't care for the really peaty smoky whiskys, avoid the Islay whiskies like Lagavulin. They are the trendy whiskies, and pretty overpriced anyway.
Yeah, still not getting into the Islays. I had some Laphroaig and if you had told me it was 100% iodine, I'd have believed you.



If you can find it, George T. Stagg is a great Bourbon, but expensive ($100 USD).
Believe it or not, the Jim Beam Black Label 8yo Bourbon is quite good and less than $20 USD.
Will look, thanks. :b:

I'm jealous again. I love rye whisky, and would like to try the upper level ones. How much is this one?
Good question, I'd no idea. They never mentioned price (they weren't for sale). It looks to be $150-200 USD (http://blog.maltadvocate.com/2008/06/16/review-canadian-club-30-yr-old/)

I don't know if I mentioned it but I also had Forty Creek, which AFAIK is an upstart type of distillery? Far better than the typical Canadian fair like Crown. The master distiller for it (the guy in all their photos) was there giving presentations on it too.


Have you tried any Japanese Single Malts? I recommend two:
Yamazaki (Suntory Distillery) 12 and 18. Almost like a blend of an old Bourbon and a SMSW. Very much like the malty robust highland whiskies.
Yoichi (Nikka Distillery) 10, 12, 15. Very delicate peat - very slight smoky finish on top of a highland whisky. Very hard to find, but worth your effort.
Will try to have a look. My socialist overlord liquor control board carries the Yamazaki 18 only ($108CDN): http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=54494
Looks like they used to carry the Yoichi 10 for $81CDN, but it is marked as discontinued. :( http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=604454


I currently have around 40 bottles, so if you are interested, I could review some of them in depth for you.
That would be cool but I wouldn't want you to just sit down and review 40. Maybe over the coming months we can bump this thread when we try whisky we can bump this with a review and subsequent discussion. :b:

Drekkus
09-05-2009, 21:23:19
Just to check I just had a Glenlivet 12 year followed by an 18 year. The 18 year is far, far from bland. Wide range of strong flavours. A lot of older whiskies tend to be smoother, this one isn't. Me like.

Asher
09-05-2009, 22:22:21
I admit to having that one near the end, and my palate was saturated. It didn't stand out to me at the time, probably because of that.

Sirius Black
09-05-2009, 23:25:54
Bourbon :b:

Try some Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon.

Asher
09-05-2009, 23:31:59
Didn't Jefferson fuck slaves?

Sirius Black
09-05-2009, 23:34:01
That's what makes the bourbon that much sweeter.

(serious note: it really isn't as sweet as Maker's Mark, but few bourbons are)

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:16:50
Ok, let's not dillute this thread with bourbon talk. :p

i just got a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 year old. Previously know as the Solera reserve (I think). Haven't tasted it yet.

Some bottles I'd like to add to my collection:
-Talisker 18 year old
-Lagavulin 16
-Aberlour a'Bunadh

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 12:24:25
Ever since you first mentioned whisky, I've had trouble imagining you drinking it Asher, it just doesn't fit?

Asher
13-05-2009, 12:27:01
Why, because I'm gay or because I am a stud?

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 12:27:56
You're too young

MoSe
13-05-2009, 12:29:22
Originally posted by Asher
WHISKY REVIEWS
I'm sure I'm leaving a lot out as I had a LOT. I didn't write down ...

...had before though
...Better than the 12 which I have at home

I WILL ELABORATE AS BEST I CAN TO ANY DEMANDS

which was the context?

were you at some fair / tasting event / customers interview ?

would a shop/outlet let you actually TASTE all their most aged liquors?

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:29:24
why isn't Laz in this thread, he's a whisky drinker, isn't he?

Asher
13-05-2009, 12:29:58
Originally posted by alsieboo
You're too young
Lots of youngfolk drink it. Including some young asian chicks

Funko
13-05-2009, 12:30:24
Drekkus, you notice she doesn't think you're too young.

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:31:07
I'm ooold. :(

My full beard gives it away, doesn't it?

Asher
13-05-2009, 12:31:45
Originally posted by MoSe
which was the context?

were you at some fair / tasting event / customers interview ?

would a shop/outlet let you actually TASTE all their most aged liquors?

It was at a Whisky expo/tasting event called Spirit of Toronto.

http://www.spiritoftoronto.ca/

Lots of booths from lots of place with lots of free samples. In the Master Classes, they had even more rare stuff to sample as well as a presentation (I only went to the Highland Park one).

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:31:46
Originally posted by Asher
Lots of youngfolk drink it. Including some young asian chicks Ok, maybe we should broaden the topic after all.

Asher
13-05-2009, 12:33:02
Originally posted by Drekkus
Ok, let's not dillute this thread with bourbon talk. :p

i just got a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 year old. Previously know as the Solera reserve (I think). Haven't tasted it yet.

Some bottles I'd like to add to my collection:
-Talisker 18 year old
-Lagavulin 16
-Aberlour a'Bunadh

I have a Glenfiddich 12 (I understand it is one of the most popular Scotches), which is decent.

Funko
13-05-2009, 12:33:37
Originally posted by Drekkus
I'm ooold. :(

My full beard gives it away, doesn't it?

At least you still have a full head of thick curly hair

Asher
13-05-2009, 12:33:40
Originally posted by Drekkus
Ok, maybe we should broaden the topic after all.
My brother and I got incessantly hit on by this Asian chick in her early twenties at the show. Smashed out of her mind.

She must have told us a dozen different times how AMAZING JW GOLD was, which I didn't care for much.

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:37:42
Originally posted by Funko
At least you still have a full head of thick curly hair indeed. Unless you are talking about something else? :hmm:

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:38:14
Originally posted by Asher
My brother and I got incessantly hit on by this Asian chick in her early twenties at the show. Smashed out of her mind.

She must have told us a dozen different times how AMAZING JW GOLD was, which I didn't care for much. Blends should be banned from this thread as well.

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:40:51
Originally posted by Asher
I have a Glenfiddich 12 (I understand it is one of the most popular Scotches), which is decent. yeah, me too, although nearly empty. it's decent indeed.

Funko
13-05-2009, 12:41:29
Maybe that explains why it's nearly empty.

MOBIUS
13-05-2009, 12:46:47
Originally posted by Drekkus
indeed. Unless you are talking about something else? :hmm:

Drekkus: Gives good head.

MoSe
13-05-2009, 12:48:43
Originally posted by Funko
At least you still have a full head of thick curly hair Originally posted by MOBIUS
Drekkus: Gives good head.

Drekkus: Gives good full thick curly-haired head

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 12:51:47
Originally posted by Funko
Maybe that explains why it's nearly empty.
could be, could be


Ok, everyone out of this thread and back to the M hunt thread for spamming. This one's for whiksie

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 12:51:49
I just have trouble associating young people with whisky. My ex use to drink it, but he's another story.

MOBIUS
13-05-2009, 12:52:22
A new thread?

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 12:59:36
I'll threadjack, and make it quick: HE WAS A DICK.

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:10:59
Was he a hot dick, though.

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:11:31
PS: I am no longer young. I am 25, which means I'm no longer in my early 20s.

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:13:14
just 25. Aaah, the memories.

Must admit that I was still drinking Four Roses back then.

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:13:46
Just 25? I'm practically in a retirement home.

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:15:46
I liked being 25. Sort of the perfect age.

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:16:33
Being 25 in the 60s was cooler than it is now, Drekkus.

Now I'm too old for cybersex and too young for prostitutes. It's a difficult period.

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 13:16:45
He was, in an arrogant, metal way. Fantastic body, if ruined by cut scars, shit tattoos and a couple of piercings.

25 is still young, younger than my ex and current men.

MoSe
13-05-2009, 13:16:58
jesjes waswas

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:17:54
Originally posted by alsieboo
He was, in an arrogant, metal way. Fantastic body, if ruined by cut scars, shit tattoos and a couple of piercings.

25 is still young, younger than my ex and current men.
He was a cutter? :(

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:19:32
Originally posted by alsieboo
He was, in an arrogant, metal way. Fantastic body, if ruined by cut scars, shit tattoos and a couple of piercings.

25 is still young, younger than my ex and current men. men? :eek:

Lurker
13-05-2009, 13:21:10
"Old" is all in the mind.

Funko
13-05-2009, 13:21:10
Originally posted by Asher
Now I'm too old for cybersex and too young for prostitutes. It's a difficult period.

:lol: :beer:

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 13:21:13
Originally posted by Asher
He was a cutter? :(

Attention seeker. He only did it when he wanted sympathy because he'd been caught out shagging fat australian women when I wasn't around. Some other times before that, but it was more of a 'pity me' than 'I have serious problems and need help'

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:22:37
isn't that always the case?

MoSe
13-05-2009, 13:23:08
Originally posted by Asher
Being 25 in the 60s was cooler than it is now, Drekkus.

Now I'm too old for cybersex and too young for prostitutes. It's a difficult period.

Being 25 in the 60s means you're pre-war born, you asshole
;)
and that you'd be at least 65 now

Drekkus, Asher just implied that you're around 70

I'm old, and I was 25 in the late '80s, 20 years ago
great time
all went downhill later (i.e. worse, not "easy")

Lurker
13-05-2009, 13:23:14
Hey, someone's gotta shag the fat aussies. :shrugs:

Funko
13-05-2009, 13:23:58
Yeah, someone has to shag poor Greg.

MOBIUS
13-05-2009, 13:28:20
Poor Greg:(

alsieboo
13-05-2009, 13:30:00
Not all cutters are attention seekers, just most of them.

I'd prefer it if he had have been shagging Greg!

Mose, I thought you were youger?

Now, back to talking about whisky?

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:30:18
Originally posted by Lurker
Hey, someone's gotta shag the fat aussies. :shrugs: :lol:

King_Ghidra
13-05-2009, 13:30:30
Originally posted by MoSe

all went downhill later

gravity eh

Asher
13-05-2009, 13:30:54
whisky whisky whisky

down in my belly

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 13:32:38
OK, everyone spam the M hunt thread plies

MoSe
13-05-2009, 13:56:47
Originally posted by alsieboo
Mose, I thought you were youger?

Now, back to talking about whisky?

I'm immature
:cute:
and fat from the inside keeps my skin young and smooth


it's been ages I last drank a whiskey

in my early 20s I was attracted by Glennfiddich because of the cool triangular bottle
supermarket-shelf aged tho, not the rarer ones

alas I could only afford cheap JB's, Ballantine, Four Roses
during a trip to Ireland ('83) I got the habit to Jameson and Powers and a 3rd I forgot the name, it sticked for a couple years
then got a bit into Laphroaig and Lagavulin, occasionally Caol Ila
then I had a bourbon spell, here you can only find JD and Wild Turkey, unless you hit fancy shops. While I had a friend running a pub, I could find Evan Williams by him.
only around 35 I discovered Glenmorangie during a trip, but rarely kept a bottle at home

I figure at home I now have a 7y Havana Club, some Cognac (could be Courvoisier), some Tanqueray, but no whiskey.
but over the last year I only had 2 or 3 shots in total due to liver fatigue, which is just now beginning to recover

Last time I got drunk it was IIRC during the 2007 Cahmpions League final, which I watched alone drinking a whole Piper Heidsieck extra-brut champagne magnum (1.5 l)

Asher
13-05-2009, 14:01:07
Glenmorangie was my first excellent single-malt that kickstarted this whole thing

MoSe
13-05-2009, 14:01:25
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
gravity eh

I though it was a parameter specifically used for beer only
Actually I found out it can refer to alcoholic beverages in general

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_(alcoholic_beverage)

:D

Drekkus
13-05-2009, 14:07:15
Originally posted by Asher
Glenmorangie was my first excellent single-malt that kickstarted this whole thing The regular 10 year old is indeed an excellent entry into whisky. Always have a bottle in the house.

Drekkus
14-05-2009, 20:16:53
Laz, any tips for high quality whisky?

MOBIUS
15-05-2009, 10:47:19
Johnny Walker Red is great for using as paint stripper for DIY projects?