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2009 Monthly Distilleries

Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:46 am

Dramit, Willie makes such a good argument. 8)
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby pkt77242 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:07 am

So Feb. 21st and 22nd? Did we decide on which distillery we were doing first? I know that Matt usually does a banner on the site the weekend of the tasting but is there a way to do it the week before the tasting to help advetise it to people who may only visit once or twice a week?

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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:08 pm

Looks a really good list for the next 12 months. Thanks Ganga. I think the Jan 2010 run is a good idea.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:23 pm

Thank the fellow forumites. I think they did a wonderful job of selecting a broad range of distilleries for the upcoming 12 months. :D The proposed schedule beginning in February is as follows:

Glenmorangie
Glenfarclas
Bunnahabhain
Clynelish
Auchentoshan
Benriach
Bowmore
Glen Grant
Dalmore
Bruichladdich
Longmorn
Pulteney

So Glenmorangie for February barring some input from Matt Page that suggests something else would be better served for this month. Hopefully, any input he has will be given in the next few days.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:31 am

Do we have a date for the February one yet? Not the 27th and 28th I hope as I it will coincide with Whisky Live
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:25 am

I've made a blanket suggestion of the third full weekend of each month. That would make the tasting the prior weekend, 20-21. That is unless someone has some objections.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:18 pm

No objection from me, Ganga. As Willie says above, it makes it easier to plan and it is good to know when you're going to be having a dram (or many) :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:32 pm

I agree, the third full weekend of the month works for me. It's easier to plan ahead if it's the same weekend each month. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:56 pm

I like the whole idea of knowing what we are tackling and when. Ok, we lose some of the excitement of the monthly vote but there is time to organise bottles and swap samples. Speaking of which, there, only 3 weeks left for the Glenmo tasting. Better start thinking about bottles. :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:42 pm

Looking forward to these, At least I have some Glenmo!
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:12 am

A thought just crossed my mind so I thought I'd post it out here. Since we have set a list of distilleries, we have a good idea of when things are coming up. When trading samples, we can take advantage of the opportunity to send expressions for several of the tastings. That is, if the opportunity presents itself. Just a thought....
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Dram fine idea » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:22 pm

That's not a bad idea, Ganga. I wouldn't recommend sending samples out for the latter distilleries as it could be hilarious/frustrating trying to find them come the end of the year. Perhaps two or three months in advance would suffice.

For the Glenmorangie tasting, if you're interested Oddbins are selling a tasting pack for £24.99 - (4 * 10cl of the Original (10 year old), Sherry Wood (Lasanta), Port Wood (Quinta Ruban) and Wine (Nectar D'Or).
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ryguy » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:49 pm

It is a good idea Ganga, especially for those who don't regularly swap samples throughout the year. It definitely helps to plan ahead and make it easier to obtain samples for future tastings.

BTW, I have a nice Glenmo for you, will be sending soon. :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:56 pm

Yes its a really good idea Ganga. Especially if your organised like I am not.

I'll have to have a rake around and see what Glenmo I have. Got loads, but don't want to open more than one or two. Nothing terribly interesting I guess, but I could possibly supply some of the old Port Wood finish to compare to Quinta Ruban, or something like that.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:04 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:For the Glenmorangie tasting, if you're interested Oddbins are selling a tasting pack for £24.99 - (4 * 10cl of the Original (10 year old), Sherry Wood (Lasanta), Port Wood (Quinta Ruban) and Wine (Nectar D'Or).

That's really helpful Steve. I haven't really bought much Glenmo in the last two or three years. :thumbsup:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:21 am

$50.95 at the LCBO
(GLENMORANGIE FOUR EXPRESSIONS SET) (4X100ML), LCBO Item # 84780

..for those of us living in the colonies. I picked up one at Whisky Live Toronto last fall.

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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:56 am

The four glenmo expression set (4x100ml) is $47 for me at total wine.

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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Dram fine idea » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:18 pm

I also meant to say that Morrisons are selling a 70cl bottle of the Glenmorangie Original (10 yo) for £16.99 - expires this weekend though. Oh and Talisker 10yo is down to £23.99. Hope that's enough temptation.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Lucas » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:45 pm

See, maybe I would go for the 100ml bottles of four expressions, it's fair deal, but I don't really like Lasanta:/
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:50 am

I need to find out what samples are out there for Glenmo. I have a full 10, not the Original, and Necatar d'Or. Maybe I'll just pop those two and put more of an effort into getting a Bunny or two for March.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:32 pm

A reminder for everyone, Glenmorangie tasting is this weekend. Please stop by.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:24 am

I'll be there, I've got some original and port wood finish for the occassion :thumbsup:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Giovinetti » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:23 pm

I would like to join in this weekend, but need to ask if there is one Glenmorangie you could recommend that will give me a fair sense of the new things they are doing there?

A little background: I haven't tried any of the "new design" bottles. I stopped buying Glenmo because I didn't like their whisky (10yo, Madeira, or 18, while the Portwood was just OK). Not wanting to write any distillery off, I am thinking this might be the occasion to give them another try. Hence my question.

P.S. I don't think the mini (100ml) is available around here, but if it is I would probably buy that first.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:07 pm

I found I liked the new line a whole lot better. It's very similar in profile though. I'd recommend the 4X100 ml pack if it is at all available to you. You will get a good sense of the underlying malt from the Original (10 yo) but also see what the various finishes do for the malt. My personal preference is for the Nectar d'Or (sauternes); I find it very sweet, sort of like an apertif. Others like the La Santa (sherry). The Quinta Ruban is port finish.

If you can't find anything either old or new, please join in as you will at least see everyone's tasting notes and you will be able to ask questions from those participating. I look forward to seeing you there. :thumbsup:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:12 am

Ganga wrote:
Glenmorangie
Glenfarclas
Bunnahabhain
Clynelish
Auchentoshan
Benriach
Bowmore
Glen Grant
Dalmore
Bruichladdich
Longmorn
Pulteney


I've had one posted regret about Clynelish for May. Evidently Feis Ile falls on the weekend for this tasting. How does everyone feel about swappming Clynelish and Auchentoshan?
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 am

Why would you swap them Ganga?
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ryguy » Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:57 pm

Collector57 wrote:Friday is our regular night out so I won't make Friday tastings.
If they continue to Saturday night, that'll be a different matter...


I'm pretty sure these will all be weekend tastings Nick, where some folks take part Friday, Saturday & Sunday. It makes it easier for more people to get involved that way too. :D :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ryguy » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:02 pm

LagaDrinker wrote:Why would you swap them Ganga?


I too am confused, Ganga please explain. :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:59 pm

At least one person interested in the Clynelish tasting will be occupied with Feis Ile that weekend in May. He didn't mind missing the Auchentoshan tasting so I suggested a switch if the group agreed that was ok. It doesn't matter to me one way or the other.

If swapping distilleries is objectionable, would it be better to move the tasting forward or back one week? Aren't there a few festivals that occur in May? Feis Ile is one.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby LagaDrinker » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:18 pm

Ganga wrote:At least one person interested in the Clynelish tasting will be occupied with Feis Ile that weekend in May. He didn't mind missing the Auchentoshan tasting so I suggested a switch if the group agreed that was ok. It doesn't matter to me one way or the other.

If swapping distilleries is objectionable, would it be better to move the tasting forward or back one week? Aren't there a few festivals that occur in May? Feis Ile is one.


I don't mind swapping at all I just wondered what the reason for the swap was. Its fine by me :thumbsup:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:04 pm

I say we make the swap then, no problem at all! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

New order is as follows, starting with Glenfarclas in March:

Glenfarclas
Bunnahabhain
Auchentoshan
Clynelish
Benriach
Bowmore
Glen Grant
Dalmore
Bruichladdich
Longmorn
Pulteney
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:12 pm

Ganga wrote:If swapping distilleries is objectionable, would it be better to move the tasting forward or back one week? Aren't there a few festivals that occur in May? Feis Ile is one.

I object!

Just kidding :) .

May is a terrible month for festivals. There is something on every weekend, so no point in pushing the date around.
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Ganga » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:32 pm

Glenfarclas! Huzzah!

Glenfarclas is coming up in two weekends. What's everyone have on tap?

Me?

11, 46%, Glenfarclas for Traverso
25, 43%
40, 48.5%, Scott's Selection 1965
43, 50%, OMC 1965

As you may guess, I'm looking forward to this tasting. :D
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:52 am

I've lost the plot with the monthly tastings :o I only bumped into the last one by accident. Would it be possible to sticky a list of dates & distilleries at the top of the live tastings board, for those of us with very small memories and the inability to scroll through threads to find when tastings are? Please? :angel:
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Re: 2009 Monthly Distilleries

Postby Caledonia » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:56 pm

I would like to take part in the next live tasting (im a virgin at it), perfect timing for one of my fave distilleries (on a whole).

If some people could give me pointers I would really appreciate it , I have a benriach saught out already, but whats the general idea?
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