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Areola Grandee posted this 16 December 2017 - Last edited 16 December 2017

OK, if there is a dedeicated thread to the hairy arsed pirate drink, then we should honour the nector of life with its own... This Christmas, Santa has been very kind. As a devotee of Islay (prounounced Eye-la, by way) heavily peated malts, with some nice older and rarer examples in my modest collection, this new addition will not be out of place and be opened and tasted on Christmas day. I am hopeful it will be exceptional, and given its rather excessive price, it had better be

Laphroaig 25 Year Old / Cask Strength / Bot.2017

It joins:

Bunnahabhain 1989 bottled 2015 - 26 year old *****
Bunnahabhain 12 ****
Lagavulin 12 Limited cask Strength ****
Lagavulin 1979 bottled 1995 16yo distillers  edition*****
Lagavulin 16 ****
Bowmore 18 *****
Bowmore 15 sherry cask ****
Bowmore 10 ***
Laphroig 10 ****
Talisker 10 ***
Highland Park 12 ***
Dalwhinnie 1980 bottled 1995 15yo distillers limited ****
Glendronach 15 (purchased in about 1996) ****
Dalmore 18****
Glenmorangie 10***
Ardbeg 10***
Jura 10
Auchentoshan 10 (Purchased in 1997)

Thing about many of the the Scottish distillaries now is that many are no longer independent and the bigger corporate owners have sadly gone for marketing sales rather than maintaining quality.  A 10 year old Macallan purchased today is nothing like the 10 year old purchased say in 1990. You can find the 1990 version in some specialist shops for about £200... (it cost around £18 back in 1990) and they are producing all these non-age labelled 'editions' which means they can release more bottles earlier and make more money.... mostly purchased in airports by tourists. They are good drinkable whiskies, but, are IMHO lower quality than teh age labelled standards.  Quality is a suffering eg. The Macallan 18 from those 1990s was a stunning malt, sadly the 18 of today is but a shadow of its former self.

Best value right now is to go for independent bottlings that were distilled in the ate 80s and early 90s and bottled at 18-26 years - branded these would be £300-£1000, but can be had from £120 which is expensive, but exceptional whisky for that price... 

Any fellow Malt appreciators out there, or be thee all pirates?

 

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Fatso posted this 16 December 2017

I'm currently drinking some lovely famous grouse which is on offer in Sainsbury's at £15 For the litre.

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Areola Grandee posted this 16 December 2017

Originally posted by Fatso

I'm currently drinking some lovely famous grouse which is on offer in Sainsbury's at £15 For the litre.

 lou_surprised

JxgrSaint posted this 16 December 2017 - Last edited 16 December 2017

As a young, underpaid enthusiast of Islay and Japanese whiskies my current collection is solidly mid-range: 

Glengoyne 21 

Lagavulin 16

Laphraoig 10

Nikka from the Barrel

Talisker Storm

Talisker Skye 

Dalmore 15 

(in order of quality - if you’re not into peaty taste then swap the Lagavulin and Laphraoig).

Got a Hibiki 17 coming from Santa though which will be VERY exciting!

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Areola Grandee posted this 16 December 2017

Only tired a cuple of Japanese whiskies, and have been very pleasently surprized, any recommendations?

SaintBristol posted this 21 December 2017

I don't drink spirits surprised  No really.    But if I did, it would be a Suntory Time.

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BTripz posted this 21 December 2017

Originally posted by Fatso

I'm currently drinking some lovely famous grouse which is on offer in Sainsbury's at £15 For the litre.

 You, sirrah, are a twat of the highest order. Never, ever darken this thread again.

BTripz posted this 21 December 2017

Meh, I am partial to a shot or two of Monkey Shoulder at the moment. Especially when it is last orders and someone else's round

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Fatso posted this 21 December 2017

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by Fatso

I'm currently drinking some lovely famous grouse which is on offer in Sainsbury's at £15 For the litre.

 You, sirrah, are a twat of the highest order. Never, ever darken this thread again.

 Got another bottle yesterday. £16 in Tesco. It's closer so I thought fuck it, It's only a quid. 

SaintBristol posted this 21 December 2017

Top bantz ... You guys!

Bathsaint posted this 22 December 2017

Oooooo, I'm Fatso and I'm posh and drink Grouse. Well, I have a half- drunk bottle of Bells in my cupboard (honestly). So, up yours posh-Fats

Bathsaint posted this 22 December 2017

This may surprise some of you, but I spent Hogmanay up in Aberdeen some years ago with a mate. His family took me to all these very posh dinners in massive houses with fantastic food on offer. Walking into each house it was obligatory to be offered a glass of whiskey - invariably Bells topped up with water. I was rather taken aback, expecting to be offered top notch malts. 

In my cupboard at the moment (apart from the Bells) is a bottle of that Talisker (disparagingly mentioned earlier as being one of those airport whiskeys) and a rather nice, half-finished bottle of Dalwhinnie. 

Areola Grandee posted this 22 December 2017 - Last edited 22 December 2017

Originally posted by Bathsaint

This may surprise some of you, but I spent Hogmanay up in Aberdeen some years ago with a mate. His family took me to all these very posh dinners in massive houses with fantastic food on offer. Walking into each house it was obligatory to be offered a glass of whiskey - invariably Bells topped up with water. I was rather taken aback, expecting to be offered top notch malts. 

In my cupboard at the moment (apart from the Bells) is a bottle of that Talisker (disparagingly mentioned earlier as being one of those airport whiskeys) and a rather nice, half-finished bottle of Dalwhinnie. 

 Point of order Sir Bath! (merely to correct some important facts -and to highlight a pendantry that takes over when it comes to the nectar of life) 

1. When referring to Scotch, Its Whisky - no 'e' - those hairy arsed Oirish place an additioanl 'e' in their spelling... 

2. Bells is not Whisky, its the toxic extract when you have filtered the 'solid matter' from a chemical toilet - do not utter its name again on this thread... Fatso is sailing close with his blended malt and grain Grouse... on a SINGLE MALT THREAD. Fucking Philis. You will have been offered Bells as you were English 

3. Talisker - the 'true' 10 year old is a great malt, its the non-age labeled marketing led stuff with twattsh names, that the owners are flogging to make a ton of money whilst the popularity of the water of life is on a high, that get the evil eye from me... often charging £50-£80 for something that could have 3 year old casks contributing... In the words of wee jock McJock proprietor of local Whisky specialist shop, ''its an abomination in the eyes of the lord'

4. Dalwhinnie is nae bad - good smooth 15 year old. I have a good half bottle of a 1980 distilled 95 bottled limited that is rather splendid

 

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Fatso posted this 22 December 2017

Originally posted by Areola Grandee

 

4.  good smooth 15 year old. 

 

 Fuck me. Has operation Yewtree shut down? Sort yourself out, @AG

gavstar posted this 22 December 2017

this one is good because you can drink it everyday apparently.

 

BTripz posted this 22 December 2017

I've just had a bowl of Scotch Broth....

gavstar posted this 22 December 2017 - Last edited 22 December 2017

Originally posted by Bathsaint

This may surprise some of you, but I spent Hogmanay up in Aberdeen some years ago with a mate. His family took me to all these very posh dinners in massive houses with fantastic food on offer. Walking into each house it was obligatory to be offered a glass of whiskey - invariably Bells topped up with water. I was rather taken aback, expecting to be offered top notch malts. 

In my cupboard at the moment (apart from the Bells) is a bottle of that Talisker (disparagingly mentioned earlier as being one of those airport whiskeys) and a rather nice, half-finished bottle of Dalwhinnie. 

 I think you're talking about the tradition at christmas and new year where the riff raff get invited round the posh houses and are given a tot of cheap whiskey to help them get through the cold winter times.

Areola Grandee posted this 22 December 2017

Originally posted by gavstar

this one is good because you can drink it everyday apparently.

 

 I am feeling a little ill. Gentlemen, I may have to go an lie down for a while.

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dinger posted this 22 December 2017

I was having a long, hard think about getting a bottle of this yesterday: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/19641/mackmyra-brukswhisky

Any of you lot ever tried it?

Areola Grandee posted this 22 December 2017

Originally posted by dinger

I was having a long, hard think about getting a bottle of this yesterday: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/19641/mackmyra-brukswhisky

Any of you lot ever tried it?

 Nope, but looks interesting. That site stocks a 1979 Lagavulin distillers edition for .... £1400. I paid £47 for mine back when it was released in 1995. I have about a 1/4 of it left as its is stunning but had no ideathese were now now that expensive!! will work out about £100 a dram for what I have left!! 

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pap posted this 22 December 2017

Ok, AG, you've got your way.

This will be the only thread we ever allow on malt.

If anyone tries to jip you off by starting a new one, be it on whisky, loaf or teasers, the mods will come down on them like a ton of bricks.

This is the Single Malt thread.