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battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:09 am

Is there a venue for this?
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Leither » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:57 am

BP - they are held in the Toolboth Tavern, Canongate (bottom of the Royal Mile), here in Edinburgh. Mark, who runs the Cadenheads shop over the road from the venue, takes the tastings.

Other threads headed up Jolly Toper refer.

WillieJJ and myself are regulars, as well as other forum members (and lurkers) who also enjoy these informal tastings.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:00 pm

Hmm, I might make it along to this.

Who do I need to contact if I decide to go?
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Leither » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:43 pm

Contact is Mark at chws@wmcadenhead.com
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:44 pm

Cheers.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:36 pm

jmrl wrote:Sorry BP, and eveyone else, I posted this in a bit of a hurry and can't always check replies daily. The tastings are not part of a secret society. All are welcome.

Although I work for Cadenheads Whisky Shop these tastings are my own sideline and admittedly they do heavily feature Cadenheads and Springbank but only because I can easily try before I buy. It is not unusual to find other independent bottlers in the line up as well as official bottlings. I'd only include something I'm proud to offer and as it is my own business I have an obvious interest in making people enjoy the night enough to come back, hopefully with friends.

Contact myself (Mark Davidson) through the shop on 0131 556 5864 or via mail here or chws@wmcadenhead.com

I cannot commend the Jolly Toper tastings highly enough. The whiskies are invariably interesting, often very good, and offer a chance to try whiskies you wouldn't otherwise get to try. Mark's style is not high and mighty like some whisky tastings - he is down to earth and by the second or third dram, it is a conversation between everyone in the room rather than a lecture. Sometimes, too, Mark manages to get little gems for the interval act - like new make from Springbank and Longrow - or malt peated to different levels - or different types of chocolate.

But the real highlight - forget the 50yo Taliskers and flights of Brora - is the raffle at the end. The expectation as you see other people walk off with old Cragganmores; the bafflement as you end up with Fishsky yourself, and the agony as you taste it (slowly, for two days...) is what it is all about.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Elagabalus » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:26 pm

This would be fun!!!!!!!! :P
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:42 pm

jmrl wrote:I've got some of the ice wine cask Glen Breton too. Not to mention some Potters from KelownaBritish Columbia for the Canada-curious. That Rappahannock is also known as Wasmund's, its all of 4 months old!


I was looking for the Ice Wine Glen Breton in February when I was over in Edmonton. Couldn't find it anywhere, but the price seemed to be really high, matching the prices of the actual Ice Wine. It will be good to try this having tried a little of the ice wine.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:11 am

Oh, and what time will this start at?
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:43 pm

Willie JJ wrote:It starts pretty sharp at 7.30, but I usually try to get there a little early to have a beer and blether with Mark D.


Thanks, just checking as I'll be leaving Glasgow around 6-ish and didn't want to be running in the door if it started at 7.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:58 pm

Looks like I will be running in at 7:30 anyway - the cheap train tickets don't start until the 6:30 train.

Grrr...

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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:33 pm

butephoto wrote:Looks like I will be running in at 7:30 anyway - the cheap train tickets don't start until the 6:30 train.

Top tip - that train will be full of 2 hours worth of cheap day return ticketholders. They open the gate about 30 seconds before the train leaves - you will thank yourself for putting yourself into pole position for a sprint to the train to get a reasonable seat. All the seats around you will be taken, so don't hope for a clear seat next to you.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:50 pm

Nick Brown wrote:
butephoto wrote:Looks like I will be running in at 7:30 anyway - the cheap train tickets don't start until the 6:30 train.

Top tip - that train will be full of 2 hours worth of cheap day return ticketholders. They open the gate about 30 seconds before the train leaves - you will thank yourself for putting yourself into pole position for a sprint to the train to get a reasonable seat. All the seats around you will be taken, so don't hope for a clear seat next to you.


Oh, joy. Thanks for that. I think you can get through the gates at Queen Street as soon as you have a ticket. Might be wrong, though.

I'll get there anyway, and I'll actually be able to go home first so I can pick up a little treat for those of you at the tasting...

:iwbrnt:
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Newbie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:05 pm

Just to let you know I'll be participating in this tasting as well :D



Before you get all excited / suicidal at the prospect of meeting yours truly, unfortunately I can't make it in person. But Mr Davidson has been kind enough to send me a set of drams so I will be there with you in spirit!

I am quite excited as it will be my first tasting and I look forward to sharing opinions on the various whiskies on offer.

This maybe the closest I'll get to sharing a drink with you guys. So slainte Leither, Willie, Bute and Nick Brown and hopefully I will make it up there one day and share a drink with you!
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:34 am

Excellent night. Cheers Mark! An interesting a varied selection of whiskies.

And I came home with the remains of the North Port bottle for £13.

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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:03 pm

jmrl wrote:I'll post a review of the evening when I get the chance. Its me 40th birthday right now so have to do something memorable - perhaps a trip to the Ratho climbing wall to WATCH. Otherwise - nice to finally meet a fellow forum friend in Mark - thanks much for the chance to taste Ian Buxton's/Royal Mile Whikskies' Port Charlotte my buddies there offered me a dram but discovered they had scoffed the lot. Newbie - I'll hopefully get your drams in the post tomorrow so you can add to the discussion soon.

Campbeltown Loch 21yo blend from Springbank distiller's was a fine start to the evening but those who had tried it before felt this bottling lacked a bit of the depth and luxury of earlier batches, still they were giving it away at £26.20 - its now discontinued and we've got none left in the shop.

to be continued......


Hey, Happy Birthday! Good to meet you too and glad I had something for you to try that you hadn't in return.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Newbie » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:16 pm

Thanks Mark, I'll have to get up early and wait for the postman tomorrow!

What did everyone make of the Port Charlotte, I am considering getting a bottle is it worth it?
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:28 pm

Newbie wrote:Thanks Mark, I'll have to get up early and wait for the postman tomorrow!

What did everyone make of the Port Charlotte, I am considering getting a bottle is it worth it?


The short answer - yes.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Newbie » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:42 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
butephoto wrote:The short answer - yes.

I agree. Yes!


Argh you guys, my credit card was hoping you would have said no! But guess I might have to reluctantly order a bottle now :wink:

Nice line up of whiskies you had at the tasting, were all the whiskies included in the tasting or did people bring some bottles to share?
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:32 pm

jmrl wrote:Young grains are harder to find but I'm not sure if that reflects how easy it is to find mature stock at early age or another reason.

The one notable exception, though, is Cameron Brig which is bottled by the owners at young ages. Apparently it is popular in Fife.
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Re: battle of the 21yos Edinburgh 03/04/08

Postby Newbie » Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:11 pm

jmrl wrote:Newbie no need to have an early bed as I'll be posting minis tomorrow so keep an eye on Monday's postie, smell his breath if he hasn't got something in a small box marked 'definetly not worth nicking'.


Wish I read this before confronting the postman this morning!

Was pretty excited so when the postman showed up with a parcel this morning, I ran out of the front door and almost rugby tackled him for it!

Unfortunately the parcel was for my neighbour.... :oops:

At least the Bladnoch new make turned up, nice one Willie :thumbsup:
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