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Re: A wee dram from holiday

That's a great marketing idea! One of my favourite subjects. I could bore for Britain on malt!
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Re: A wee dram from holiday

Until I briefly lived in Scotland I could not stand the stuff. My friends up there embarked on a mission to educate me. Malts are totally different to blends.

A spot of water (preferably from a burn) actually brings out the flavour, nothing to do with diluting it! I rarely have more than a dram at anyone time. It does tend to be a scots dram though.

Its worth keeping an eye on the co-op as they seem to always have one malt or another on offer - means paying 20ish rather than 30ish.
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Pete, only a couple of distilliaries left? You have been busy. That is a nice collection you have - I don't recall trying anything from Europe or Japan so that is something to look foreward to.
That's not my collection, they're just the open bottles . My collection is just shy of 300 bottles . Mainly closed distilleries, Ardbeg, and Japanese.

I haven't tried a Killyloch, Kinclaith, Ben Wyvis, or a Hillside. Had my first Glenisla recently.

Japanese malt is made in the Scottish style, and with their culture of perfection it is very good indeed, as good as Scotch malt. Japan is the 2nd largest producer of Malt and Blended whisky in the world... now i could really start to bore your socks off.



edit: i haven't tried Daftmill yet, but Francis is yet to release any yet from his young distillery.
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Re: A wee dram from holiday

We visited Islay many years ago, and visited all 8 distilleries. At Bruichladdich the owner opened the still safe as the first of the quadruple distilled was going through, and gave us a wee sample. Although raw, it was delicious, but obviously far to strong to drink.

We later invested in a case "in the cask", which was delivered some 5 years later, of the Octomore - the worlds peatiest whisky. It cost us, with duty, about £50 a bottle. We recently had it valued at £300 per bottle. We have 6 bottles left.

I also tried Japanese whisky for the first time a few weeks ago, and agree it is technically perfect. Perhaps too much so, as it somehow lacked a little character.
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Re: A wee dram from holiday

Another super set OM.

Very interesting narative which adds to the excellent pictures.

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We visited Islay many years ago, and visited all 8 distilleries. At Bruichladdich the owner opened the still safe as the first of the quadruple distilled was going through, and gave us a wee sample. Although raw, it was delicious, but obviously far to strong to drink.
I've tried their X4. Once at 18 months old and a bottle of the 3yo, they called it X4+3. It was ok, drinkable (even at the 63.5% they sold it at) but slightly on the rough/spirity side.

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We later invested in a case "in the cask", which was delivered some 5 years later, of the Octomore - the worlds peatiest whisky. It cost us, with duty, about 50 a bottle. We recently had it valued at 300 per bottle. We have 6 bottles left.
I have a case of the Kilchoman Futures, it was just a 5 year wait .

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I also tried Japanese whisky for the first time a few weeks ago, and agree it is technically perfect. Perhaps too much so, as it somehow lacked a little character.
There are just 10 Japanese distilleries, and unlike Scotland they don't trade with each other, so for blending purposes the distilleries each make their malt in many different styles to create their own cheaper blends - it gets confusing. Of the cheaper stuff Hakushu 12 is my favourite, typically 50+ a bottle from specialists.
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Re: A wee dram from holiday

Thank you all for your thoughts on this very important topic.
Whatever cask, single, or blend you imbibe please enjoy it.
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Re: A wee dram from holiday

Those with an eye for an exclusive whisky could try this from the Glengoyne distilliary:

Im thrilled to announce our forthcoming Live Online Tasting Event to which youre invited.

On 7th November at 7pm GMT live on the internet I will be opening up three, beautiful Glengoyne casks that have slumbered in our warehouse for up to 27 long years. And asking YOU to vote on which one we should bottle.


I will conduct a live online tasting. Under the watchful eye of the Family worldwide, we will rigorously dissect the three cask-strength whiskies, giving you a virtual, but thorough, flavour of each single cask, single malt.


The winning cask will be announced LIVE ON THE NIGHT, and you will then have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two bottles from the cask. Until we bottle the whisky, we wont know how many bottles the cask will yield but we estimate between 400 to 600. Priced at 350, each exclusive bottle will arrive with a certificate of authenticity
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