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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby ldelucia » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:36 am

Hello my name is Luciano, I am in Boston Ma and am a big fan of Scotch whiskes.

I look forward to learning more from the fine people on this forum.

I am a big fan of fine cigars as well.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:01 pm

Welcome. I strongly recommend that you come out and ask questions. A secpmd recommendation is to get involved with the group at Julio's in Mass. They do Wednesday evening tastings.
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Postby motorrader » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:00 am

Hello all, new to the forum and the magazine. Testing out my first post.
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Postby taralt » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:12 pm

Hi all,

I am from London and new to the forum, and have been drinking single malts for the last four years or so. Recently I have become much more interested in trying new malts and widening my collection (although on a reasonably tight budget! :) ).

Talisker 10 year old will always hold a special place in my heart as the malt that introduced me to single malts, but I'm also a big fan fan of the Islay malts (Lagavulin and Ardbeg in particular), and a couple of particularly nice speysides.

Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing the passion and enthusiasm for great whisky!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:19 am

A big warm welcome to both of you. Feel free to come out to the rest of the forums and participate. :iwbrnt:
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby whiskybride » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:56 pm

Hello! :-)
I'm here... because I know nothing whatsoever about single malt scotch and I'd love to soak up some insight.

:dead:

I'm soon to marry a wonderful young single malt scotch type of guy. He loves Speysides, and his favorite is a Strathisla 12. He doesnt like his scotch too peaty and he's definitely got a sweet tooth... so this is EVERYTHING I've managed to find out subtly for my own purposes. I'm looking for a scotch that will melt his heart, my price range is up to about $150. I was curious about a Strathisla 25, so anybody feel its worth the price or likely to be up his alley?
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:19 am

Welcome whiskybride. I think you have a wonderful question but I would suggest that you start a thread under Questions & Answers as I think you are likely to get more responses.

My experience with Strathisla has been pretty good but I have not tried the Strathisla 25 from the distillery. Some other thoughts for sweet whiskies: Macallan 18 (Olorosso sherry version not Fine Oak). Glenfarclas 17, 21, 25. Balvenie 17 Doublewood. These are big on the sherry sweetness so think caramel, nougat kinds of flavors. Highland Park 18 yo would also fit but it does have a touch of smoke (peat). Lochnagar (sometimes Royal Lochnagar) is what I call a "candy" dram. Butterscotch flavors. However, it is not very common and you would likely need to find independent bottlings (Signatory, A D Rattray for example).

Where are you located? I might be able to point you to a store.
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Postby MakingMemories » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:46 am

Greetings everyone, trying my first whisky two days ago I was compelled to discover other varieties, sampling Scotch, Irish, and Canadian. Lo behold, I have fallen in love with the scotch, which has lead me here. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:07 am

Welcome! Hopefully, you'll spend a little time with us here. We're more than happy to offer help and suggestions.
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Postby antihero » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:39 am

Evening, all.

Curt here. I'm the guy from www.allthingswhisky.com. I read the forum, buy every issue, but usually spend all my time with family, work and my own site. Just wanted to come chat though. So...hellos from Calgary, Canada.

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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Stinkyplum » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:26 pm

Hi,

A few years ago I founded a whisky society with a few friends (all from Sheffield, mostly fathers). Every two moinths we chip-in for a more expensive bottle than we'd usually buy and spend the evening drinking it, and chatting.
It started as a social thing, but we've all been surprised how our tastes have changed and developed over the last couple of years, and how our love of whisky has grown.

We also have occasional "field-trips" to the whisky tasting evenings at The Blake - an amazing whiskey pub in Sheffield.

My favourite whiskies (so far) are Caol Ila, Aberlour a'bunadh and (most recently) Balcones Brimstone.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:19 am

Welcome Curt and Stinky! :thumbsup:
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Postby kriera » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:08 pm

Hi there! just wanted to introduce my self, my name is Kilian, i'm from Barcelona, Spain. Used to drink from time to time Macallan, but recently wanted to know a bit more about whisky and discover more flavours and tastes.

Bests!

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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:17 pm

Welcome Kilian. :thumbsup: Hope to see you in here asking questions and commenting about your own experiences.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Gunslinger » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:00 am

Ganga wrote:Welcome to the forums mlawrenson. From where do you hail?

James lawless I worked in the glen mhor distillery Inverness for 11 yrs now retired fiddlers arms great pub etc etc .
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Postby Gunslinger » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:59 am

I am aged 69 retired and live with my wife Cathy I have 2 grown up children son is an artist lives in Edinburgh my daughter lives in Warwick I have 3 grandchildren.
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Postby Gunslinger » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:04 pm

:lol: cheers every one don't forget to visit the fiddlers arms on your travels Great pub etc etc .
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:18 am

Welcome gunslinger!
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Postby Rimjim » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:11 am

Good morning!

I'm Rimjim from North London. Relatively new to the Whisky world but already fairly obsessed!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:19 am

Welcome! I see you've been floating around the forums a bit. Please continue to do so. Would love to see what you think about the drinks you are having and more than willing to provide some comments to any questions you have.
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Postby mzporto » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:47 pm

Hello Sirs. Just joined today. I'm a big fan of single malts, specially Islay ones. I'm from São Paulo, Brazil, which is a big disadvantage, since the market here is completely taken by blended - and specially cheap - whiskies.

However, in the last 1-2 years, I've noticed an increase in the variety of single malts available to us, and have been able to buy most of my favorite basic whiskies from the shelves of brazilian stores. Hopefully, sometime soon, we will have access to whiskies such as Lagavulin and higher-end Glenmorangies (I have these bottles, but bought them when travelling).

I also have a very small collection of scotch, basically, the bottles I stumbled across and that I believed were too good not to be acquired, and too rare around here to be drunk. In the collection, my favorites are Octomore 5.1.169, Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix and 18YO Special Reserve (gold bottle), Lagavulin 12YO 2004, a recently acquired Macallan Over 25 Anniversary Malt and a Glenrothes Vintage 1985, which was Distilled 10 days after I was born.

My favorite whiskies are (not in order) Lagavulin 16YO, Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Glenmorangie Signet, Glenfiddich 15YO, Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or and Octomore, which I had the opportunity to taste a dram in the store I bought my bottle.

I'm really interested in learning more about whisky and also about collecting them, such as: which whiskies are worth collecting and which are worth drinking, which will become valuable with time and which won't etc. I'll be following the forum on a weekly basis!!

See you guys.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:58 pm

Welcome! I look forward to seeing more of your contributions (I just finished reading through your posts). Whether or not I agree with your thoughts, I do believe you did a very good job of expressing yourself and your points are very defensible.

As for your question about collectible vs. drinkable, much of the collectible is very drinkable. :shock: The other thing to look at is closed distilleries. Port Ellen and Brora closed in the pre-1985. Any new releases are 30 years old and command a high price from the start. Only worth collecting if you really have the funds at this point. A relatively new comer in this category is Littlemill. Generally speaking it has been looked upon unfavorably but I have found that the single cask entries from independent bottlers are much better. If you have time, go look up the Archive Littlemill bottling at WhiskyBase. One of the other things you can look for are limited releases from well established distilleries such as Macallan, Ardbeg, Springbank. If you want to build your collection and have stuff to try, buy 2. :thumbsup:

And as always, please ask questions. We're glad to share.
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Postby awesome7 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:46 am

:angel: HI ALL IM SEBASTIAN FROM WORLD OF WHISKIES BEING TRYING AND WHISKIES SINCE 9 YEARS.SO WOULD BE NICE TO HEAR AND DISCUSS ANYTHING ON SINGLE MALTS.
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Postby SuperT » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:28 pm

Hey everyone! Just joined after having an eye opening experience with Scotch (long story).

I'm a national sales manager for a software company and reside in the Carolina's with my wife, 2 boys and dog. Look forward to chatting and learning from you all!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:39 pm

Welcome Sebastian and SuperT. I look forward to seeing your questions and following your whisky journey.
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Postby mcmalty » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:52 pm

Greetings all,

I've been lurking on here a while and finally decided to take the plunge and register 'cause :iwbrnt:

I've been an enthusiastic whisky fan for the last few years, and I'm always looking to broaden my horizons with folks more experienced than me!
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Postby Alvinthethird » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:34 pm

Hello all, Alvin here hailing from Chicago- I'm a creative: Artist+DJ+Designer
I'd say my whisky journey started with a trip to London a couple of years ago- a friend took me to the Salt bar there, and during a afternoon of smoking hookah/shisha and eating lamb, I ask for a recommendation and the server brings out the Balvenie 12y DW. This last year I have really started to dive in more, attending tastings, and learning which of my friends are whisky fans as well. I even co hosted a tasting on the beach during 4th of july- I hate beaches but love whisk(e)y!

a few favs: Balvenie- 12y DW, 14y CC, 21y PW | Redbreast 12y | Talisker 10y | Nikka from the Barrel | Blanton's Single barrel

looking forward to learning a lot on here!
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby bredman » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:16 pm

Welcome to the forum Alvin. :D
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Postby Willie JJ » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:54 pm

Welcome indeed!
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Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:24 am

A very warm Welcome Alvin. Since you are in the Chicago area, I recommend you visit Binny's. You should be able to find some interesting whiskies there to explore and if you have questions about some of the offerings, fire away.
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Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:32 pm

Ganga wrote:Welcome Curt and Stinky! :thumbsup:

He may be impolite and have poor hygiene, but there's no need for abuse.
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Postby jrstout89 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:09 pm

I just found an appreciation for whisky and this forum so I'd like to introduce myself.
My name is Joe and I'm currently living in southern California. My wife has always liked different whisk(e)y but after having a bad encounter when with them in my young and wild days I managed to avoid them for around 25 years.

Around 6 months ago I was looking in the cabinet for something to drink and came across a Macallan 12 with a couple fingers worth left in the bottle. I poured a dram and sat down with it, took my time sipping it and fell off the wagon. Ever since then I've been trying as many as possible.

So far I've sampled from Lagavulin, Laphroig, Talisker, Glendronach, Glen Morangie, Glen Livet, Macallan, and Balvenie. Not many in that list that I've actually disliked. Next on my wish list is an Aberlour.

Thanks for the site and a lot of interesting reading.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:31 pm

Welcome Joe. At some point you should look to find others with an interest and you can exchange samples. If you are in the LA area, you might consider looking into the LA Scotch Club too.
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Re: NEW MEMBERS - INTRODUCTION AREA

Postby linny » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:56 am

Hello ladys and gents, im from Australia. My old man brought me up on blended scotches before beer, so I've always gone back to it... last couple of years I have been distilling and have moved to all grain. But to learn and appreciate the art, I trying to research and see what connisourers think and say. I prefer single malts and at least 12 year's aged. Always willing to learn more

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Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:05 pm

Welcome Linny. I've found that I started out that way. Over the last 20 years, my tastes have expanded to a point where I enjoy any good whiskies be it single malt, blend or whatever.
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