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Live Tastings discussion thread

Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby dramtastic » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:47 am

pkt77242 wrote:I also meant to add that I have Fiddich 12, HP 12, Macallan 12, OP 12, Auchentoshan Classic, Speyside 12, Bunna 12, Jameson NAS, and Bushmills NAS. Maybe 1 or 2 more lurking around as well.


Can't wait to read your review on the excellent Speyside 12.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby johan brugge » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:36 am

pkt77242 wrote:Do you have any Ardbeg 10? or Caol Ila CS NAS?

Yes, in fact I do. I have the Ten, Caol Ila CS, Caol Ila Moch and a Laga 16yo but that's it.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:11 pm

johan brugge wrote:This sounds like a good idea but of all the 'basic standard whiskies' I only have a Glenfiddich 12yo at home so I can't be of much use to this thread I'm afraid.

Johan, you can be of geat use. You can recall your experiences of the basic whiskies and also ask questions.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby johan brugge » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:39 pm

Is there already a particular date for the May tasting or have I missed something in the previous posts?
What's on for June? What about different ages like 3yo - 5yo, 6yo - 10yo, 11yo -15yo etc.?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby dramtastic » Sun May 01, 2011 2:51 am

Here's a list of standard/entry level Japanese whiskys. I know I'm not the only one who has some of these, but maybe other's hadn't considered them for the May tasting. I know that they are not available in every country, but all should be easy to order online.

Nikka
Pure Malt: Red, White, Black
Nikka From The Barrel
Taketsuru 12
Yoichi: NAS, 10, 12
Miyagikyo: NAS, 10, 12

Suntory
Hibiki 12
Hakushu: 10, 12
Yamazaki: 10, 12
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Sun May 01, 2011 5:17 am

Great Dram. Yes, we are aware that entry levels vary from country to country. So it is whatever the entry level is for each place.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby dramtastic » Mon May 02, 2011 8:51 am

Thought I'd put a list of potential candidates for the Back to Basics tasting this month.
Scottish Single malts(From the TWE website all under GBP35)
We have discussed 12YO as being the age limit for this tasting but Clynelish 14 and Dalwhinnie 15 are the basic malts from those distilleries and are easy to find and tasty.
Arran 10
Aberlour 10
Ardbeg 10
Ardmore TC
Auchentoshan Classic/12
Balblair 1997/2000
Bowmore Legend/12
Bruichladdich Waves/Rocks
Bunnahabhain 12
Caol Ila 12
Cragganmore 12
Clynelish 14
Dalmore 12
Dalwhinnie 15
Glenfarclas 10/12
Glenkinchie 12
Glenfiddich 12
Glenlivet 12
Glenmorangie Original 10
Glen Moray NAS/12
HP 12
Laphroaig 10
Longrow CV
Macallan 10/Fine Oak
Old Pulteney 12
Springbank CV/10
Talisker 10
Tamdhu NAS

Scottish Blends (all under 20 quid)
Teachers
Grants
Bells
Whyte and Mackay
Famous Grouse
Black Bottle
BNJ
J & B
Cutty Sark
JW Red/Black
Ballantines Finest
Chivas 12

Irish Whisky (All under 30 Quid)
Jamesons NAS/12
Bushmills Original/Black Bush/10
Tullamore Dew
Kilbeggan
Redbreast 12
Tyroconnell
Connemara Peated

You may be surprised what's lurking it the back of the cupboard.
I'm sure the US crew can put together something similar for bourbons.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Mon May 02, 2011 3:05 pm

Well done Dram. And the thought is to open it open for two weekends.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Wed May 25, 2011 5:49 pm

We really should set a date for the next tasting, that of the pre 1980 distillates.

Also, July....thoughts?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Willie JJ » Wed May 25, 2011 7:14 pm

At the moment the 11th, 18th and 25th of June all look ok for me.

What about Summer whiskies in July?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Wed May 25, 2011 8:06 pm

Summer or Independents would work. IBs for the 1st, 4th, 15th of July. :D
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Willie JJ » Wed May 25, 2011 8:54 pm

IBs is good for me
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:07 pm

Lads and Lasses:

Pre-80s for June. Let's say the weekend of Jun17-19.

July will be independent bottlings and we'll make this for July1-15 (or the whole month if you insist).

What about August? September?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:54 am

Taking suggestions for October, November and December. I have two suggestions.

1. October Trick or Treat - Chocolate and whisky
2. December Sherry Xmas - Sherry matured or finished whisky
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:56 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Ganga wrote:Taking suggestions for October, November and December. I have two suggestions.

1. October Trick or Treat - Chocolate and whisky
2. December Sherry Xmas - Sherry matured or finished whisky


Sounds good. Maybe a peat tasting for January?


What about November? Fowl whiskies? :P
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:42 am

Ganga wrote:Fowl whiskies? :P

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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:52 pm

Nice Willie, very nice. :thumbsup: I'm sure MacDeffe could add the Arran Peacock as well.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby AdamMY » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:04 am

Submitting a suggestion for August. A play off of the 2012 London Olympics.

International Whisky competition (sort of a free for all in terms of what can be consumed). Each person could post their gold silver and bronze. If they have enough different whiskies they could group then into different events.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:38 am

Yes but what of January and February? I'm sure someone has some ideas for peat's sake.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby AdamMY » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:12 am

I thought January was going to be keep the peat logs burning. February could be a Month in Short Supply. For bottles that are small batches or single casks, or just in general limited runs.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:59 am

Short Supply....hmm. That would seem like a good one for April. Short Supply, AKA Spring Cleaning.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:47 am

So it has been suggested that following April's Spring Cleaning that we should have new bottles (May flowers) for May. Thoughts?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby AdamMY » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:52 am

Sounds good to me!
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:47 am

Hey, it's time to start thinking about JUNE. Thoughts?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:32 am

Long hot summer days in the sun with cool drinks and barbecues.


Unfortunately I live in Scotland and won't get any of that. What about obscure malts?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Fri May 11, 2012 6:01 am

You want to maybe expand on that thought Willie? I find it an interesting way to go.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Willie JJ » Mon May 14, 2012 9:16 pm

Ok how about defining it as malts that are either not bottled by the owners or where maybe only one expression exists but is not actively marketed. A provisional list of Scottish distilleries:

    Allt-á-Bhainne
    Auchroisk
    Aultmore
    Balmenach
    Benrinnes
    Blair Athol
    Brackla
    Craigellachie
    Dailuaine
    Dufftown
    Glenallachie
    Glenburgie
    Glendullan
    Glen Keith
    Glenlossie
    Glen Scotia
    Glen Spey
    Glentauchers
    Inchgower
    Linkwood
    Macduff
    Mannochmore
    Miltonduff
    Mortlach
    Strathmill
    Teaninich
    Tormore

I realise that this is a long list, but a lot of these are hard to find so a bigger list means that more folk might have some of them. Also I'm perfectly willing to concede that some of these have established a substantial following and could be knocked off a list of obscurity (e.g. Mortlach, Linkwood, Glen Scotia, Benrinnes). Any thoughts?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Fri May 18, 2012 5:24 am

Works for me. Will get it started when the time comes. Keep the suggested list coming.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:57 am

Thoughts for July and August?

We seem to always drift towards independents in July. What about looking at Canadians, US and French whiskies (July 1, 4, etc)? August, Harvest whiskies....those with big grain influence or maybe grain whiskies.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby AdamMY » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:34 am

Ganga wrote:Thoughts for July and August?

We seem to always drift towards independents in July. What about looking at Canadians, US and French whiskies (July 1, 4, etc)? August, Harvest whiskies....those with big grain influence or maybe grain whiskies.


One of these months I would prefer a general "summer drams" tasting. Basically whisky that we find nice and light, fitting for a summer day. These could potentially be rather young whisky, or other whisky that is otherwise light and refreshing even in the heat of summer.
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:47 am

I'm easily convinced for July.... :thumbsup:
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:19 am

Summer drams are up. What about August and September?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:57 am

Do to circumstances that are beyond my control (and that I approve of) there is a requirement for "Xmas in August". :smoke:
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby Ganga » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:58 am

Hey, what does everyone want for September? October? November? December?

How about 4 Legged Whiskies for November, a traditional hunting season?
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Re: Live Tastings discussion thread

Postby AdamMY » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:05 am

That sounds good for November, I am guessing you are implying things like Fiddich, and Dalmore, and any other whisky that features a four legged animal?

For September, I am suggesting a Bourbon theme, making it open between Bourbon Whisky and Bourbon cask Whisky ( I.E a single bourbon cask whisky is fair game for the tasting).
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