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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Being of Welsh descent I've been wanting to try the Penderyn but there's not much chance of finding it in Ontario.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

An interesting read Pete (& photos). I like a bit of (Scotch) whisky & this other Whisk(e)y is something new to me.

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I'm sorry Pete but I just can't overcome my prejudices and get my head around the concept of English whisky. It's like drinking Scottish bitter - why would you? Adnams distilling whisky, it's like (God forbid) Macallan brewing beer. Let's keep each of these venerable institutions doing what they do best.

Whisky should come from Scotland, whiskey from Ireland, bitter from England, lager from Germany, gin from London, sour mash Whiskey from Tennessee and the Japanese should stick to cameras and import all their alcohol from those mentioned above.
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Yes, you make a good point and I was replying somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I never thought that I'd drink Chilean wine but now as often or not I prefer it. However, my next whisky purchase, when funds permit, is already decided. I took a liking to Highland Park when I was on Orkney for a few days in the summer and it will deliver pleasant memories as well as a wonderful flavour.
And what about all the great Australian wines? A very large selection of fine wines to choose from!
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

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I'm no whiskey drinker, more a real ale man - but a couple of thoughts.

Do go to Southwold if you can, everybody. It's a fantastic place. If you have to go Christmas shopping then that is a very nice place to do it. Lots of tempting pubs too.

The Adnams brewery has a tea shop attached that also sells beer. I mean. Does it get any better than that?

Oh - and what about that Zeiss Jena bokeh - eh :-)

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An interesting read Pete (& photos). I like a bit of (Scotch) whisky & this other Whisk(e)y is something new to me.
And what about all the great Australian wines? A very large selection of fine wines to choose from!
Yeah Ross, you tell 'em, especially the southern varietal vintages from Victoria and Tasmania. Something distinctive to the upper palate conferred by the cooler clime, wouldn't you say, by golly old boy!
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Yeah Ross, you tell 'em, especially the southern varietal vintages from Victoria and Tasmania. Something distinctive to the upper palate conferred by the cooler clime, wouldn't you say, by golly old boy!
Yep, even if it is in Mexican territory.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

I'm sorry to say I was bought a bottle of Welsh Whisky once. Rough as a Badgers! I awaiting tasting comments from English Whisky with interest and trepidation. Oh, and my favourite Scotch malt is usually the one I'm drinking at the time. As long as it's not got that grain stuff in it.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Dave as to the Penderyn I can vouch for it I was brought a bottle to add to my collection. I should add my collection is for drinking rather than keeping which means it does go up and down only single malts allowed! Sitting at a small 42 types at present.
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Most of the best Australian reds stay there.
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Dave as to the Penderyn I can vouch for it I was brought a bottle to add to my collection. I should add my collection is for drinking rather than keeping which means it does go up and down only single malts allowed! Sitting at a small 42 types at present.
I'm on my way ... But don't, please, give me any of that Penderyn!
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Many years ago I worked for a wines and spirits wholesaler. As a perk of the job we were allowed to buy end of bin bottles of single malts for between 2-5. I tried quite a few different varieties but the one which was the most memorable for me was a bottle of Springbank of some description. I haven't tried it since and am reluctant to do so in case it is not as good as I remember. I have a suspicion that it might cost more than 2-5 these days!

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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Springbank is a nice wee distillery in the middle of the town of Campbeltown. Visited it in 2003.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Visited Springbank this year. Excellent tour. The only distillery to do everything including the bottling. Confused a guy on the bottling line when I asked him how the machine knew the front of the bottle.
Bought one of each of 3 they produce, Hazelburn (non peated), Springbank (6 hours peating) and Longrow (48 hours peating). I'd always heard Springbank described as a Behemoth of a whisky. It is. Its like wearing a Balaclava, you don't feel the cold and can't hear much but do you need to? The Hazelburn was sampled by myself and climbing friends (including one who is a nose for Diageo) and we agreed it is nice as a pre dinner whisky. Light and flavoursome without a massive aftertaste. The Longrow was agreed as a 'man's' whisky (and the Diageo person is a lady so its not sexist). The 3 bottles set me back 120 which I consider very reasonable for something which brings cheer to a cold winter's night.
Campbeltown in its heyday on either side of 1900 was a town of about 2500-3000 people with up to 34 distilleries operating. Hence the song;

Southwold is in a part of the world I don't know much at all but would like to visit. From the Wash round the coast to and including Kent, I have this idea of taking pictures of big skies. As long as I don't have to stay in London. So I might have second thoughts on English whisky.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Penderyn malt isn't at all to my taste. They use a weird still design as i recall. For some reason their standard release is matured in Madeira casks and imo whisky and Madeira does not go together. I suspect their release they call Sherrywood would be better but i haven't tried it. Their standard Madeira put me right off.
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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Living under the vast open skies of Suffolk I often work in Southwold, will be passing the store just outside Southwold tomorrow and Weds, they have a large sign outside advertising the two new spirits.......unfortunately won't be able to stop for a sample. The store roof is one of those roofs planted with shrubs etc, very good for the environment...

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Re: Adnams English whisky, Southwold

Not particularly relevant to this thread but i won't start another.

Just a heads-up. Today i picked up this wee thing. A 30yo blend and part of the Aldi Christmas specials, it's being reviewed favourably. That, and the fact that blends are typically more expensive than malts at this age makes it a bargain at 55 a bottle.

Be quick though, this will fly off the shelves at that price.


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