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Danger, danger!

Post by DRT » 22:30 Tue 24 Jul 2012

I am sitting at a hotel bar enjoying some relaxing live mellow jazz and a glass of Lagavulin 16yr Single Malt.

Suddenly I remembered seeing an unusual bottling of Lagavulin in my local Waitrose so decided to google it to find out more. Within seconds I was steeped in Lagavulin geek-tastic tales of sherry casks, double distillation and the promise of a Noval Nacional 1931-esque Lagavulin 21 year old. At £900 per bottle I quickly decided it wasn't for me but the experience left me thinking that £64 didn't seem too bad for the Lagavulin 1994 Distillers Edition*.

Oh no! I remember this feeling 10 years ago when I convinced myself that Fonseca 1966 was cheap. :?

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Post by PhilW » 22:46 Tue 24 Jul 2012

aren't you supposed to be somewhere?
I'd recommend trying Single Barrel Balvenie if they have that also (my favourite whisky) but it sounds likely you prefer the more peaty malts?

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Post by DRT » 23:01 Tue 24 Jul 2012

PhilW wrote:aren't you supposed to be somewhere?
I'd recommend trying Single Barrel Balvenie if they have that also (my favourite whisky) but it sounds likely you prefer the more peaty malts?
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Balvenie? They have the 15yr on the list, but I'm finding it hard not to go for the Laphroaig. Your assessment of my taste in whisky is bang on :wink:
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Post by jdaw1 » 09:14 Wed 25 Jul 2012

DRT wrote:Balvenie?
DRT likes stronger tastes than Balvenie. Perhaps best described as delicate.

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Post by griff » 08:52 Fri 27 Jul 2012

The Lagavulin DE is a lovely dram. Best price was at Waitrose as it receives a premium in most shops. Not sure if they stock it anymore however.

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Post by JacobH » 10:52 Wed 08 Aug 2012

Whilst I sympathise with DRT, my desire to drink whisky (and brandy, for that matter) is now so rare, I hardly find I can justify the price of a decent bottle to have in the house, especially since most pubs in London have a reasonable selection now.

I do remember feeling a similar thing to him when someone at work was given a set of 20cl bottles of the Johnny Walker black, green, gold and blue bottles. I could quite happily see myself drinking my way through quite a bit of the gold or blue. A look at their retail prices (I think this was before the gold was reformulated) put a stop to that though...
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Post by JacobH » 10:53 Wed 08 Aug 2012

PS. Incidentally, as Port drinkers, shouldn’t we celebrate more blended whiskies? :twisted:
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Post by DRT » 22:54 Sun 10 Feb 2013

In July 2012 I enjoyed the occasional glass of malt whisky when staying in hotels.

Today my kitchen cupboard contains semi-filled bottles of:

Black Grouse
Various Supermarket BOBs (4 or 5 bottles)
Aberlour A’bunadh
Aberlour 16 yr old
Caol Ila Distillers Edition
Dalwhinnie 15 yr old
Glenfidich 12 yr old
Glenfidich 15 yr old
Glanfidich 18 yr old
Lagavulin 1995
Laphroaig 10 yr old
Talisker 12 yr old

Some of the current selection might have replaced bottles that outlived their usefulness.

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Post by jdaw1 » 23:10 Sun 10 Feb 2013

DRT wrote:{slippery-slope-icon}

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Post by DRT » 23:16 Sun 10 Feb 2013

jdaw1 wrote:
DRT wrote:{slippery-slope-icon}
Woosh!
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Post by DRT » 23:19 Sun 10 Feb 2013

Question: why does whisky make me want to eat dark chocolate?

I have never been a big fan of chocolate. I don't dislike it, but very rarely seek it out. But give me a glass of Malt Whisky and I crave it!

Why?
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Post by AHB » 21:28 Mon 11 Feb 2013

DRT wrote:Question: why does whisky make me want to eat dark chocolate?

I have never been a big fan of chocolate. I don't dislike it, but very rarely seek it out. But give me a glass of Malt Whisky and I crave it!

Why?
Because you want the tannins that you normally find in your staple drink of Croft 2004 LBV / Dow Crusted / Morgan 1991 VP. Next, once you have found the right balance of whisky to dark chocolate you will find that you begin to crave cherries / plums / blackcurrant / melons - the actual fruit will depend on which particular port your subconcious is wishing you were actually drinking.

Remember, whisky is only good enough to have been used once or twice in a hundred years to fortify port. Drink the real thing, drink Port.
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Post by DRT » 01:34 Sat 21 Sep 2013

My lifestyle coach recently advised me to "only drink well".

En route from The Whisky Exchange are 18 year old malts from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Talisker.

I am nothing if not obedient.

I will report back on the results of this purely scientific experiment.
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Post by djewesbury » 10:42 Sat 21 Sep 2013

DRT wrote:My lifestyle coach recently advised me to "only drink well".

En route from The Whisky Exchange are 18 year old malts from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Talisker.

I am nothing if not obedient.

I will report back on the results of this purely scientific experiment.
Have you ordered Bournville? :wink:
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Post by jdaw1 » 10:52 Sat 21 Sep 2013

DRT wrote:My lifestyle coach recently advised me to "only drink well".

En route from The Whisky Exchange are 18 year old malts from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Talisker.

I am nothing if not obedient.
Your lifestyle coach did not say that the only thing you should do is drink well. He said that if you are to drink, then drink well. His instructions were logically equivalent to ‟Don’t drink badly”. And you don’t actually need four bottles of temptation immediately to hand.

That said, when I last had the Talisker 18YO, about seven years ago, it was wonderful.

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Post by Old Bridge » 07:28 Mon 27 Mar 2017

DRT wrote:
01:34 Sat 21 Sep 2013
My lifestyle coach recently advised me to "only drink well".

En route from The Whisky Exchange are 18 year old malts from Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Talisker.

I am nothing if not obedient.

I will report back on the results of this purely scientific experiment.
I find an excellent peaty (slightly different peat from Laphroaig and Caol Ila) whisky in Longrow 18yo from Springbank distillery. If you have not tried it, you have a treat in the coming.

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