November 25th, 2011, 12:36 PM #181
Not a fan of the Macallan either. But my brother is so I stay with that when I get my annual Xmas gift for him (we exchange good scotch each year). But then, who am I to talk? My personal fave region is the peety, smoke goodness emanating from Islay. I don't like the super-mediciney stuff like Laphroaig very much. But the better stuff from Islay has won me over.
Anyway, here is bro's gift for this year. Just got it last week from our friends at the venerable BevMo for around a c-note
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November 25th, 2011, 12:56 PM #182
i'd say my favorite is glenmorangie or talisker. the former is our go to scotch because my husband doesn't like talisker quite as much as i do and we usually share the bottle. we've got a full bottle of glenmorangie right now and finishing up the littlemill which was recommended by xcheck. not bad!
November 27th, 2011, 10:59 AM #183
Mmmmm... Littlemill. Get it while you can because they shuttered the distillery, sold off the copper stills for scrap and turned the place into a museum.
Bevmo has been doing some some interesting bottlings with AD Ratray. I've had their Royal Lochnagar 14, Cragganmore 14 and Bowmore 20 (although this one might not be specially bottled for Bevmo). The Lochnagar is pretty good. The Bowmore is excellent. It looks like Bevmo is trying to compete with Binnys; a Chicago based store that has some marvelous bottlings through Signatory.
That AD Ratray Mac looks interesting because it is all Bourbon cask. No sherry.
December 9th, 2011, 11:19 AM #184
So last night, a few friends and I were hosted to dinner and a tasting of Tullibardine (pronounced, TUH-li-bar-din) by Tullibardine's international sales manager and the local distributor. We tasted the Aged Oak, 1993, 1988, Sherry Wood Finish and Port Wood Finish. The general consensus is that all are solid whiskies. Even better, they are pretty reasonably priced. I very much enjoyed the Aged Oak and 1993. The Aged Oak is a new expression whereas the 1993 and 1988 are from old production casks (the distillery was mothballed, acquired by a French company, and reopened around 2003). The Aged Oak has a genteel quality to it that presents like a much longer aged whisky; sweet bourbon influences up front with a long spicy mid-palate and a finish that includes Tullibardine's signature oats and cereal taste.
This is good stuff, and should start appearing on shelves locally now or within the next few weeks. Apparently, they're US distribution has been limited because, as a small producer, they could not afford to bottle both 700mL bottles (which is the standard internationally, but apparently is illegal in the US) and 750mL lines. They are now distributing 750mL bottles for US production.
December 10th, 2011, 02:59 AM #185
geez, i like your job or friends or however it is that you are able to try such varied and fine whiskies.
bummer about the littlemill. my husband just finished it without my knowing that he snarfed the last little bit. (pretty sure he'd had a bad day though, that's usually his reward).
December 12th, 2011, 10:17 AM #186
All it really is, is my association with the LA Scotch Club. Last night we tasted a Cadenheads Glendronach 25, Family Silver Glengassaugh 1973, Port Ellen 1974/1991 (that's 17 year old for those lacking math skills or a calculator), and a Port Charlotte 2001/2010 aged in Sherry Hogshead. All of these are hard to find (some were acquired at auction) and very expensive. We also polished off a bottle of Gordon & MacPhail's Glen Grant 21, which I heard is a very affordable bottle and tastes pretty darn good.
December 13th, 2011, 05:06 PM #187
a partner at my husband's firm knows a guy with a $3 million scotch collection... that he keeps behind bulletproof glass...
meanwhile, my dad gave me a bottle of glenlivet 12.
December 14th, 2011, 02:56 AM #188
Hope it's an earthquake-proof showcase behind that glass--if such a thing exists. I'd worry more about that than some bent on revenge f***ed over ex-colleague and his thugs busting in to shoot up the goods. But then again we don't know this guy.......
Originally Posted by lunchbox
I'll take a double Glenlivet, thanks. Still like it after all these years.
December 15th, 2011, 02:24 AM #189
i know, right?! i guess if you spend that much on liquor that you "collect", you might get a little paranoid......... lol.
Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo
definitely can't go wrong with the glenlivet. it's no frills, but my dad got it from someone from work (and honestly, i'm surprised because most of those guys like hennessy or crown royal if they're gonna drink hard liquor, johnny walker, if they go for scotch). my dad, himself, doesn't drink scotch and after it sitting there untouched the last couple visits, i bugged him about it and he said i could have it. haha. :D
December 15th, 2011, 02:34 AM #190
My Panic Room might as well have some good eats and drinks in it...