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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby jed52 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:45 pm

Ganga wrote:Welcome Jed. If you decide to start looking for some interesting whiskies to try, consider perusing through the Live Tastings section. Also, you will find some good notes in the "What are you drinking now" and "What did you drink last night" threads (see Whisky Chat).

And fire away with any questions you have!


Many thanks Ganga. I do keep checking all the different sections and find them all interesting, but I'm just a novice at the moment and struggle to get my palate around some of the many different flavours and, indeed, my nose around the many different aromas, but I'm sure I'll get there with a little help. I keep refering to my whisky guru, the late Michael Jackson. he has been my guide to all things single malt and beers worldwide. His books are a guiding light. It's a pity there won't be any more books from him.
Sorry, i've rambled on enough.
Thanks again. jed
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby kyorke1 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:17 pm

Welcome to the forums Jed52. I hope you have fun here.

Any Ales you can recommend? Im impressed with Copper Dragon particually the Scotts 1816, probably the best Ale Ive tried so far as I can remember.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby jed52 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:05 am

kyorke1 wrote:Welcome to the forums Jed52. I hope you have fun here.

Any Ales you can recommend? Im impressed with Copper Dragon particually the Scotts 1816, probably the best Ale Ive tried so far as I can remember.


Hello kyorke1. Yes, I could recommend a few. It depends on what style you like yourself. For instance, do you like stouts, or pale ale, or bitters, or are you willing, like myself, to try anything? What have you tried allready?
I've had Copper Dragon myself straight from the barrel, very nice beer.
Have you tried all the usual supermarket stuff. I know ranges vary from area to area, so forgive me if I mention something that is obvious.
Have you tried these bottled ales;

McEwans Champion. 7.3% Very heavy, but warming in winter.

J.W.Lees Harvest Ale. 11.5% Quite sweet. Can be layed down like a good wine. Good for about 15 or 20 years.

Brains. S.A.Gold. 4.7%. Citrusy aroma. Very smooth.

Felinfoel. Double Dragon. 4.2%? This is probably my favourite ale from Wales, but unfortunately I haven't found it in Yorkshire yet.

Theakstons Old Peculiar. 5.6%. You must have tried this beer. This is my personal favourite and is available just about everywhere.

Greene King. Strong Suffolk. 6.0%. Lovely smooth beer and easy to drink, considering the strength.

Have you tried some of the European brews, (we would probably call them largers, but it's all beer to me) such as Duvel, Westmalle, Chimay,Orval and Trappistes Rochefort? All Belgian brews. What about some lambic beers, some can be very fruity, but quite potent also.

Another favourite of mine is a German brew, Erdinger Weissbier, about 6.6% I think. Cloudy beer, but very refreshing when chilled.

Sorry, kyorke1, I've gone on long enough and you've probably had most of those anyway, I hope I havn't bored you with my recommendations.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby kyorke1 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:58 pm

Hi Jed, I'm a bit like yourself, willing to try anything but tend to steer towards different styles depending on mood. I have gone through a few supermarket bottles that you mention, the Greene King brands I find to be enjoyable especially Old Speckled Hen, Abbot etc. I haven't tried the Strong Suffolk Vintage that will probably be one of my next purchases. I drink quite a lot of local beer typically anything from the Warwickshire Beer Co. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so anything fruity or honeyed with a woody finish is ideal.

I have rarely gone abroad save the big brands like Erdinger which I can't remember being all that impressed with, perhaps being a wheat number. I will have to try some more Belgian next I think; I'm always impressed with theirs.

Don't apologise Jed, there's a good few names in there for me to research and no you haven't bored me. Thanks for the info.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:02 pm

Have you tried some of the European brews, (we would probably call them largers, but it's all beer to me) such as Duvel, Westmalle, Chimay,Orval and Trappistes Rochefort? All Belgian brews. What about some lambic beers, some can be very fruity, but quite potent also.

Aha, it's always nice to hear our beers are popular. Nice choices Jed52! Just drink them slowly.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby ken3211 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:06 am

Hello fellas! Im new to the forums but love sippin whisky like the rest of ya! My current open bottles are van winkle lot b, and Evan williams single barrel :) Im also open to sugestions. Oh im also a chess lover, model ship lover, and watch lover. Hope to meet some new friends, and try new whiskies!
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Postby Islaylee79 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:14 pm

Hello everyone,

I have recently stumbled upon this wonderful website and relative whiskey forums and am very impressed with all the chat and banter....I am a 30 year old irish man (From Co. Monaghan) living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I moved over here in 1999 to study and haven't left!

Because of my professional (Civil Engineer) I have been able to travel all over the UK but mainly Scotland. My introdcution to malt and specifialy Islay malt started a couple of years ago whilst working at Islay airport. The people on Islay are fierce friendly and when I mentioned that I was fond of the odd dram or two the chaps at the airport made a few phone calls and got me on a personnel whiskey tour of Laphraoig Distillery......this was back before the new visitors centre was open...... I loved it and loved the malt even more......since then I've been back at least once a year and usually stay with Friendly Grumpy Graham over at the Port Charlotte Hotel (lovely place and a savage selection of malt behind the counter!).....I've been lucky enough as well to befriend Mary over at Bruichladdich and even helped close the distillery one Saturday......(I did buy a Valinch and one of the 16 series though)!......

I am trying to be a bit more open minded with my whiskeys but always end up coming back to Islay.....I suppose there is something about the place......also the last time I was their (April 2009) I found out I was going to be a father for the first time!!.....if the misses and me have a baby girl we are going to call her Islay (thats if i'm allowed!!) :thumbsup:

looking forward to the whiskey chat
Bye,
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby johan brugge » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:47 pm

Islaylee79 wrote:Hello everyone,

I have recently stumbled upon this wonderful website and relative whiskey forums and am very impressed with all the chat and banter....I am a 30 year old irish man (From Co. Monaghan) living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I moved over here in 1999 to study and haven't left!

Because of my professional (Civil Engineer) I have been able to travel all over the UK but mainly Scotland. My introdcution to malt and specifialy Islay malt started a couple of years ago whilst working at Islay airport. The people on Islay are fierce friendly and when I mentioned that I was fond of the odd dram or two the chaps at the airport made a few phone calls and got me on a personnel whiskey tour of Laphraoig Distillery......this was back before the new visitors centre was open...... I loved it and loved the malt even more......since then I've been back at least once a year and usually stay with Friendly Grumpy Graham over at the Port Charlotte Hotel (lovely place and a savage selection of malt behind the counter!).....I've been lucky enough as well to befriend Mary over at Bruichladdich and even helped close the distillery one Saturday......(I did buy a Valinch and one of the 16 series though)!......

I am trying to be a bit more open minded with my whiskeys but always end up coming back to Islay.....I suppose there is something about the place......also the last time I was their (April 2009) I found out I was going to be a father for the first time!!.....if the misses and me have a baby girl we are going to call her Islay (thats if i'm allowed!!) :thumbsup:

looking forward to the whiskey chat
Bye,
Lee

Welcome Ken and Islaylee. Seems like you've been making the right friends at the right places Islaylee. You lucky sod!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby borgom » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:59 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum Ken & Lee!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:36 am

Welcome Ken and IslayLee. Good to have new blood to share the experience.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby dramtastic » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:04 am

G'day to Ken and Islaylee nice to have you on the forum.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Jonpol » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:31 am

As my alias implies my name is Jonpol. I hail from the blistering heat, the hot side of the sun. I call Arizona my home, a native.

I prefer good scotch and beer to most anything.

I manage a liquor dept in an upscale grocery store chain out here. I get to try a lot of different expressions of everything.

No mothballs here. I'm usually active in all I do except for church. My beautiful wife would prefer the opposite.

My biggest stress in life is trying to decide what to drink on any given night. :P

I prefer Islay although I have not developed a taste for Laphroig. Not sure if I ever will.

I have long hair. I can be crass. I purposely talk like a hillbilly to entertain myself a few times a day. I clean up good. Some people think I have class but my friends know I'm a caveman who stumbled into the wine and liquor business. I have friends from all walks of life. I enjoy my life, my wife, and raising my kids. I'm the guy everyone asks..."why are you in such a good mood"....I tell them I was born this way :smoke:

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Postby dramtastic » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:23 am

Well bring it on then Jonpol, welcome and I look forward to your posts.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:15 pm

Welcome Jonpol. I look forward to hearing more from you, especially as you may find out about things coming to the southwest US. (LA boy here)

FYI, there are a couple of fellow Arizonans on here located in the general Phoenix area.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Jonpol » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:34 am

I prefer trade tastings so I can sample the wine, beer, and whisky all in one visit. With a family of teenagers most of my off time is already spoken for. I did however miss the most recent BenRiach/ Springbank tasting. That was a hard one to miss. Theres a Signatory event coming soon. I may be able to make that one.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Jonpol » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:41 am

As for new items Talisker 25yr, 30yr, and 175th Anniversary recently hit. Port Ellen 8th Edition 29yr Cask Strength, Brora 25yr Cask Strength and Laphroaig 15yr just landed in small amounts. Oban D.E. hit a few months ago and the 18yr hit two weeks ago.

I hear Laphroaig 25yr is coming. And still no word on Talisker 18, been a while since we had some and it goes fast.
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Postby ClubSmed » Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:00 pm

Welcome to ken3211, Islaylee79 & Jonpol. I hope you find the forums everybit as enyoyable and informative as the rest of us
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Islaylee79 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:14 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Welcome Jonpol, Ken and IslayLee.

I would be one of the Arizonians that Ganga was talking about. Do you by any chance ever attend any of Sportsman's tastings?

Sean


Hi Sean,

It's homecoming year this year in Scotland so there are a multitude of organised whisky tasting events being held throughout the country.....the last trade whisky fair I was at was an Oddbins Whisky and Wine event at Murrayfield Rugby Stadium here in Edinburgh last year. I had a feast of whisky that day......sampled the Connemara Peated single malt that day and a Connemara Cask Strength as well which was wonderful.....

There is a Whisky Live event taking place in Glasgow on 13th Sept which I wouldn't mind sliding over to. I see Laphroaig are one of the many exhibitors and I would love to try the new 18 year old Laphroaig release before I buy a bottle!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby marinekilz » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:53 am

Hello all. My name is Brad, I am in NJ but was born and raised in the bronx nyc. I was in the marine corp for 8 years which will explain the screen name. I work for BMW now. I seldom drink scotches, but I do enjoy them when I do.

What brought me here is my brother in law enjoys his scotches and I am trying to figure out one for him. There is a post in the Q&A section of the forum.

well anything else you people would like to know ask I am answer :-)

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Postby Liechtenstein » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:30 pm

Welcome, Brad...and thanks for your service.

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Postby Ganga » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:22 pm

Welcome Brad. I'll make sure to check out the Q&A section.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby oldleslie » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:39 am

Hi folks, I've just joined and this is my first post.

I'm 29 and have been tasting/drinking/collectign whisky for about 10 years. My first ever dram was at age 14 - a Glenmorangie in the Royal British Legion...

I live a few miles from Ardmore and work in Aberdeen.

I have a collection of some 140 bottles, all bar three are open. One is an A-bunadh that I just haven't got around to yet. The other two are public-releases of Supernova and I've already got one of those open, along with a committee release.

Anyway, just saying hi!

Slainte,
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Postby johan brugge » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:14 pm

Hey Iain,
Welcome to the forum. I'm looking forward to read your comments.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:18 pm

Welcome Ian. Good to have you here.
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Postby Liechtenstein » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:49 am

Welcome, Iain/Oldleslie!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby borgom » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:09 am

Welcome to the forum Iain!
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Postby dramtastic » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:59 am

Welcome Iain
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Postby Laydowncracker » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:09 am

Hey there!

I'm Bas, a Dutch man currently happily living together with my girlfriend in Edinburgh. I am still in the of a the student though I only have to finish this one big paper. Some two years ago I decided that it would be best for me to start drinking whisky and after a shopkeeper back in Holland decided I should try some Talisker my finances were doomed but I was in heaven!

Cheers!
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Postby borgom » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:02 pm

Welcome Laydowncracker.
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Postby johan brugge » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:41 pm

Welcome to the forum Laydowncracker.
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Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:44 pm

Welcome Laydowncracker. Yup, Talisker will doom you. :P
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby MoreDalmore » Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:18 pm

Hello everybody!

I just registered and wanted to introduce myself to all.

I am a single male of 45years ( expensive as I aged quite well if I might say so myself :wink: ) who is now only drinking malt whisky's for about 2 to 3 years now.

In the last half year I decided to learn more about it so I bought both "Whisky" by Michael Jackson and "Whisky Classified"by David Wishart and instead of buying 1 bottle at the time I now usually have 3 to 4 different bottles opened to be able to compare.

So far I only had 32 different malts so I am still very much in the process of tasting as much as different malts I can ( for a reasonable price ).

I have been reading these forums for a couple of days now and as for one I love polls ( I frequently serve a few musicforums ) so I decided to join!
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Postby johan brugge » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:03 pm

Hello MoreDalmore, nice to have you here. I'm looking forward to read some more posts from you.
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Postby ClubSmed » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:15 pm

Welcome MoreDalmore!

I hope you find all answers you are looking for here
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:48 pm

Welcome MD. Love the handle!

I look forward to reading more from you and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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