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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:45 pm

I was at a party last night where the only drams were Old Pulteney 12 and Glenfiddich 15. I drank much of both and didn't regret any of it. :D
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:54 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
The Third Dram wrote:Convalmore 28 Year Old Natural Cask Strength (official bottling), distilled 1977

Any thoughts on that one? Personally I enjoyed it?

Likewise, Willie. The one aspect I particularly like is that the whisky isn't 'tired' in the least. Add a well balanced and complex palate delivery, and you have a quite excellent spirit.

Glad I nabbed some when I had the chance a few years back.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:41 pm

Yes it's really full of life. I have a thing for Convalmore mainly stemming from the Cadenheads 1977 distillates and this one. I understand the new 36yo Diageo release (another 1977) is excellent, but haven't tried it. It's too much money for me I'm afraid.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:45 pm

Was at a party last night which is why I missed ringing in the changes on the forum, but it was good fun and we had:

Glenfiddich 18yo
Johnie Walker Blue King George V
Glenfiddich 19yo Age of Discovery Madiera
Glenfiddich 19yo Age of Discovery Bourbon
Glenfiddich 19yo Age of Discovery Red Wine
Cadenhead's 20yo sherried blend
Oban Distiller's Edition
Old Pulteney 21yo
Glen Moray 10yo Chardonnay Cask
Bowmore Legend
Then a general free for all

I wasn't in great shape for posting when I got in :)
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:29 am

And when you are in free for all mode.... :smoke:

What did you think of the Bow Legend? I find it is variable but usually involves oaky smoke and lavender. Some folks are suggesting that the newer distillate is getting more citric (grapefruit). Your thoughts?
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:36 pm

Vague recollections of it being pleasant, but insufficient memory for sensible comments I'm afraid.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:47 pm

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve followed by Carlos I Imperial Solera Gran Reserva last night.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:22 pm

The Third Dram wrote:Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve followed by Carlos I Imperial Solera Gran Reserva last night.

I remember the Gold being quite smoky back in the late 1990s but a lot less so about 5 years ago. How is it now?
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:31 pm

To my taste buds, the new Gold Label Reserve (no age statement) seems:

1. A tad less precisely delineated in its flavour delivery than the previous Gold Label 18 Year Old (the last bottle of which I sampled a year or two ago).
2. Very slightly smokier.
3. A little more texturally rich.

The newer bottling is enjoyable, to be sure. However, for me, it lacks the clearly conveyed complexity of the best issue(s) of Clynelish (which apparently still lies at the core of this blend) - I'm thinking here of a 1972 Rare Malts Selection in particular - and harkens more toward the standard 14-year old Diageo version... Creamier and less overtly coastal, especially. The grain component is also smoother (some might say "duller"). I feel the caramelization adjustment may have been increased marginally to create a whisky that will readily appeal to less seasoned Scotch drinkers.

In contrast, the Gold Label 18 Year Old (since replaced with the far pricier 18-year old Platinum release) displayed a more layered characteristic where various delicate flavours kept appearing sequentially from palate entry through to finish.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby bredman » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:05 pm

I remember little of last night. All i remember is i opened a Bladnoch 18 55% and it only just survived until the morning.

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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby bredman » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:06 pm

Is it just me or have the forum smilies shrunk ...
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:56 pm

Tried three different Rakis last night. All good.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:20 am

bredman wrote:Is it just me or have the forum smilies shrunk ...

You just have to know your perspective is ******! Smilies have not shrunk...at least recently.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Klas » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:57 am

Glenlivet Nadurra
Highland Park 18
Ardbeg still young
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:40 pm

Arran Single Sherry Cask (cask strength), distilled 2001
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Alvinthethird » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:42 am

Bookers Bourbon, and Lagavulin 16 at the recommendation of a friend after i told her i wanted get more experience with peated whiskies. both great, and that Bookers packs a punch!
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Booker's is great. :D
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby bredman » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:53 pm

Glenmo' Astar was flowing well into the early hours.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:14 pm

I didn't drink nuthin ... :(
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:23 pm

Willie JJ wrote:I didn't drink nuthin ... :(

Why don't we believe you? :mrgreen:
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:28 pm

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:17 pm

Ganga wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:I didn't drink nuthin ... :(

Why don't we believe you? :mrgreen:

I don't know. The smiley looked appropriately miserable :?
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:37 pm

I had a Grand Cru from BJs. Very nice Belgian-style.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:11 pm

Douglas Laing Big Peat
Laphroaig 10 Year Old
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby bredman » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:54 pm

Astar and Laphroaig QC.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby StudentOfWhisky » Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:41 pm

Finished off a bottle of HP18 for Burns
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:49 pm

StudentOfWhisky wrote:Finished off a bottle of HP18 for Burns

That was very selfless of you :)
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:30 pm

Stuck to my side of the pond last night with pours of Willett Pot Still Reserve and Wiser's 18 Year Old.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:14 pm

Well Springbank 18 yesterday but a whole lotta things the previous 4 days. :thumbsup:
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:59 pm

Ardbeggeddon?
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby mikeymad » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:57 am

indeed...

tried to drink most of these..

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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:29 am

Good man :D
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby The Third Dram » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:21 pm

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve... A pleasant enough whisky that, unfortunately, simply isn't terribly exciting. Certainly not a patch on the previous 18-year old Gold Label, which let more of those wonderfully complex Clynelish traits come through on the palate.

Auchentoshan 1998 Fino Sherry Cask... As it poured (no water added). A bright, lively and very nicely balanced expression of this distillery's make.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:42 am

The Third Dram wrote:Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve... A pleasant enough whisky that, unfortunately, simply isn't terribly exciting. Certainly not a patch on the previous 18-year old Gold Label, which let more of those wonderfully complex Clynelish traits come through on the palate.

Auchentoshan 1998 Fino Sherry Cask... As it poured (no water added). A bright, lively and very nicely balanced expression of this distillery's make.

Aye, first time I had JW Gold was around 1997. It was very good then.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:38 pm

Glenfiddich 18yo
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