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Old 08-01-2011, 08:56 PM   #576
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Re: Whisky

I went to Woodville Distillery after work last Friday since its really close. I primarily wanted to go there to get a sample of their Whitedog whiskey, which is un-aged and also just to check the place out. Its really a small outfit, but they've got some cools plans and I think somehow they got a former distiller from Makers to work with them. Anyway, tried the Whitedog and their Vodka, and while the WD was really pretty meh for me personally, the Vodka was excellent.

Anyway, they are suppose to have some aged stuff coming out very soon as well as a few other varieties. But, that mini TR was not why I wanted to post here, the main reason was this product they sell. You get two of their bottles of the un-aged whiskey and your own mini barrel for aging. I guess it takes as little as 2 months in it and you can use it for five agings (it fits two bottles). Not a bad gift idea. I haven't got a clue how it tastes if you let it age for a few years.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:55 PM   #577
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That age your own is kinda a cool idea. Is the whiskey good un-aged? I know your not going to get the complex flavors that you get from the cask but is it flavorful whiskey as is or should i just have my local micro distillers sell some of their un aged product and try to score a cask and age it myself? Still is a vool idea either way.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #578
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I just saw this thread for the first time. I don't know a lot of whiskies (that the correct plural?). However I did a search of this thread for "Edradour" and apparently in 577 posts this whisky hasn't come up. When I was in Scotland I visited its distillery. They say they're the "Smallest Distillery in Scotland" which I have no way of knowing whether or not this is true. Place IS small though . More importantly though it was the best whisky I ever had (which admittedly doesn't mean much as mentioned above).

It's obviously quite expensive since they produce in small quantities, and pretty hard to come by outside of Scotland. I just though I'll let you know about it since I assume some of you guys will be pretty keen on the subject and might be happy to find out about one you didn't know yet.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:14 PM   #579
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Has anyone tried Whiskey Stones? Apparently they are small stones used to chill, but not dilute liquor. Personally, I like the feel of ice cubes on my mouth and I'm not sure I would like the stones. I am also curious about potential damage done to my lowball glasses.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:00 PM   #580
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That age your own is kinda a cool idea. Is the whiskey good un-aged? I know your not going to get the complex flavors that you get from the cask but is it flavorful whiskey as is or should i just have my local micro distillers sell some of their un aged product and try to score a cask and age it myself? Still is a vool idea either way.
I did not particularly enjoy the un-aged whiskey and I kind of got the impression they are selling it just to make some cash. It was not cheap either, which doesn't make much sense to me personally.

I would think one problem you might run into trying to do this on your own is finding a cask small enough.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #581
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I did not particularly enjoy the un-aged whiskey and I kind of got the impression they are selling it just to make some cash. It was not cheap either, which doesn't make much sense to me personally.

I would think one problem you might run into trying to do this on your own is finding a cask small enough.
I got a bottle of St. George peated new make (i.e. peated but unaged whisky). It's not really terrible and it was interesting to taste it, but it would never be my choice for something to sip on. Not much depth or complexity of flavor, kinda like a very sweet vodka, or even more like a shochu actually, plus a very strong, dissonant peaty flavor.



I also got a bottle of the 18 month old version, which was nearly undrinkable, and the 3 year old, which was actually quite tasty. All in all a fun experiment but I paid for 3 bottles of whisky and only got one that I can really see myself drinking the entirety of.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:46 AM   #582
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I would think one problem you might run into trying to do this on your own is finding a cask small enough.
I have a friend thst works at a place by me called the new holland brewery that also makes a bunch of liqour items and he can get me a cask but they dont have a big enough place to custom make a whisky for customers. If i can find a distiller i will gladly mske my own spirit. Its a lot of "if's" though.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:57 AM   #583
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Has anyone tried Whiskey Stones? Apparently they are small stones used to chill, but not dilute liquor. Personally, I like the feel of ice cubes on my mouth and I'm not sure I would like the stones. I am also curious about potential damage done to my lowball glasses.
This is wrong on so many levels. I know this isnt ice but cold will not only dilute the flavors of the spirit but will change the whisky as a whole. You wont see me cringe more then at a bar and see someone order a $20+ dram and have ice in it. You dont get a true taste of it. If you want to get rid of the alcohol burn you can add some luke warm water. This will also open up the base flavors of the whisky. It shouldnt hurt your glasses at all as long as you are not slamming your glasses down or have cheep glasses.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #584
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Has anyone tried Whiskey Stones? Apparently they are small stones used to chill, but not dilute liquor. Personally, I like the feel of ice cubes on my mouth and I'm not sure I would like the stones. I am also curious about potential damage done to my lowball glasses.
Just chill the glasses (or even the whiskey) itself in the freezer if you like it cold. My friend uses these glasses which he seems to love also to keep a drink cold but not get it watered down via ice

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Old 08-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #585
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Has anyone tried any of the totally unaged Whiskies? (and therefore not actually whiskies!)

Wanted to try either of:

Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash 1

Glenglassaugh's "The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name"

or the newer aged for 6 months Glenglassaugh's The Spirit Drink That Blushes to Speak Its Name

Back to actual whiskey, I quite fancy trying Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky (or True Blue).

Just about to open a Glenlivet 18 Year Old, which I'm quite looking forward too.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:49 PM   #586
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Just got a bottle of Highland Park 18 for grad school graduation, I'm expecting good things...
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:12 AM   #587
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I really must learn to read just a few posts previous to mine...
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:17 AM   #588
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BUMP!

anyone had anything new or good latly??
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:21 PM   #589
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Got a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye from someone which is new to me as in my first bottle I've ever had of it tho I have tried it before...its also really good.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:56 PM   #590
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Recently opened the bottle of Talisker 57 North that I picked up in London. It's extremely rich, almost like the Talisker 10 year with some caramel melted into it. And of course, a lot more burn from the alcohol.

For the peat lovers: don't forget about Clynelish! One of the best peated single malts out there, IMO.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:38 PM   #591
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Nothing new or exciting lately, but considering making the trek out to bardstown for the Kentucky bourbon festival in September. Anybody else planning on going this year?
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:49 AM   #592
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^ i read about it, seems like a good time. I just wish i liked bourbon as much as scotch. Idk when the great whisky event is in san fran but i think id go to that over kentucky.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:20 AM   #593
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idk when the great whisky event is in san fran but i think id go to that over kentucky.
you're talking about whiskeyfest San Fran, and it's coming up in October. I've been to the NYC version of this event, and it was excellent. Highly recommend making it if you can.

http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskyfe...ncisco_faq.asp
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:35 PM   #594
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I just bought a bottle of Knob Creek small batch 9 year. Haven't tried yet. It was like $40 for 1.75 litre at Costco.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:09 PM   #595
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you're talking about whiskeyfest San Fran, and it's coming up in October. I've been to the NYC version of this event, and it was excellent. Highly recommend making it if you can.

http://www.maltadvocate.com/whiskyfe...ncisco_faq.asp
I love the idea of this event, but looking thru the list of whisky that they are going to have looks a little crappy. Dont get me wrong all of those whiskies have a place for whisky drinkers but id like to see a higher ticket price and have the higher end whiskies that are harder to come upon then these take its place. For all that i hear about this event it just seems to lack what it could be. Make it a $300-400 ticket and have only small batches or limited edt casks. Just an idea.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:53 PM   #596
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I'm really liking the Ardbeg 10 year. Anyone tried any of the other Ardbegs and, if so, how do they compare?

I bought a glass of the Supernova at a steakhouse a few months back and while it was pretty interesting, I don't know if I would make it a daily dram (or could afford to).

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #597
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2011

Also, for Vancouverites, Hopscotch festival in November and tickets go on sale in late September I believe. Laphroaig 10 yr should also be available in government liquor stores as Laphroaig has resumed distribution into Canadian markets. As of this writing, only 7 bottles are left in Vancouver.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:50 PM   #598
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Just,

Ardbeg is great if you like peaty scotch. I love it.

I find the 10yo sorta boring, fine, but not a favorite.

Also not a huge fan of the Alligator, but I've only had it once: http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1070484

The Uigeadail is awesome and full of flavor, lots of peat and some sweeter/mellower notes as well. I love it. It's cask-strength, 108 proof. http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1011309

The Corryveckan is also awesome, and probably my favorite. It's maybe a little it more balanced than the Uigeadail and not QUITE as peaty. http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1051653

The Supernova is crazy amounts of peat, sort of a novelty drink. I like it, but it's certainly over-the-top. Plus it's very expensive and hard to find.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:04 PM   #599
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do you guys prefer the peaty, smokey scotch whiskey as opposed to the Irish ones? Its funny to me that the country with the worse soil quality has such a high rep for whiskey- I guess the smokiness gives more character to the drink.
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ofc Ireland has similar type whiskey from Connemara and the aran islands among others
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