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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Dec 16, 2007 1:38 am

A holiday whisky or Christmas whisky theme would be great. Although distillery is also a fairly wide open theme. Besides, the holiday/Christmas tasting might be too personal, but we could always tell stories too. But wait a minute, damn, I'm leaving town, and won't have online possibilities from Friday afternoon the 21st until the 25th!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:52 am

Ganga wrote:Heya Musky. Xmas Tasting, do we want to do a theme or try for a distillery?
Ganga:
9 days and counting maybe we should pursue a free pour style tasting with a theme of "What is your Christmas Whisky?" Then everyone who wants could join in with whatever they have for a celebratory dramming. This could lead to a subsequent themed "What did you Score at Christmas" dramming. Followed by "What are you dramming for New Years eve"?
Di Blasi, you'll be away but mayhaps you could drop in on one of the possible three? Anyone else have comments or ideas to pursue on this thread? Maybe we could do the first theme around Friday 21 or Saturday 22 next week? The second could be "Boxing Day" and the third as New Years falls across the globe.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Danny » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:03 am

Well, being that I have all those days off, I will plan to join in. i think a favorite Xmas dram etc. is a great idea.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:08 pm

Sounds great! We'll leave town, and the online world for a small village of 500 people at the mouth of the Sogn Fjord, beautiful and peaceful and quiet, on Friday the 21st, so I'll miss the first 2, but I should be back in time for the 26th, "second day of Christmas," "Boxing", or Wrestling day, or whatever you all call it in your parts. In the US it's called "the second biggest shopping day of the year!!!"
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:29 pm

Di Blasi wrote:Sounds great! We'll leave town, and the online world for a small village of 500 people at the mouth of the Sogn Fjord, beautiful and peaceful and quiet, on Friday the 21st, so I'll miss the first 2, but I should be back in time for the 26th, "second day of Christmas," "Boxing", or Wrestling day, or whatever you all call it in your parts. In the US it's called "the second biggest shopping day of the year!!!"
JDB: You mean Sogn doesn't have even dialup? I'm celebrating Christmas in Longlac (dig out your Canadian Atlas for that one) and even there we'll have internet access.

Okay, it looks like a Holiday tasting schedule could be set up like this:
1) Dec 21 @ 1900 UK: "Favorite Christmas Dram"
or Dec 22 @ 1900 UK: "Favorite Christmas Dram"
2) Dec 26 all day: "The Whisk(e)y I scored at Christmas?"
3) Jan 1,2008 @0001 all morning: "My New Years Dram"

I'll try to be at both Dec 21 and 22; Boxing Day may just be a login, quick hello and report then off; finally, New Years eve being whenever I crawl home.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:58 pm

Sounds interesting. I'll try to join the 26'th too. No such luck on the 21'st and 22'nd as I'm working. As for Christmas whiskies - I think I'll open some sample bottles from Jan which are very very interesting! :thumbsup:
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:59 pm

Of course there's an internet connection in the little village of a few in Norway, "the most internet connected in the world," or so they say! But the house we're staying in doesn't have it cause it's just a weekend/monthly house belonging to my fiancee's folks. The uncle next door has it, but we won't be there. A few days away from this thing might do me some good. But not to worry, we'll be drinking whisky for sure!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Matt2 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:35 pm

Not as nice as it should be, but here you go. :thumbsup:

Favourite Christmas Whisky - 21st December - 7:00pm
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:41 am

Is the live tasting on the 27'th still on?
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:33 pm

If it is I may bring something rather special along!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:53 pm

Malt-Teaser wrote:If it is I may bring something rather special along!

That's a good idea Malty. Looking forward to seing you there :thumbsup:
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:02 pm

I'm back in town so I may jump in too, we'll see.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:38 pm

Sadly, and not sure how I'll manage, we won't be online at the new place for a few weeks, at least! I'm at the in-laws place luckily now, but dinner soon at back to our place to celebrate. I'll be with you in good spirits Ganga, and all the others too!!!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Danny » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:37 pm

Ganga, I would like to join, but we are away all afternoon and this evening. Could join in on a tasting tomorrow though.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:25 am

Ganga:
Gee, I'm having a Singleton of Authroisk right now. that's about as "live" as it gets 'round here! What've you got?

Have you any options you'd like to toss up for a tasting this month? How about Jura or maybe HP? I suspect most of us have a Highland Park or three floating around.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Danny » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:33 am

HP would work for me. or Aberlour or Talisker. Don't have any Jura.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:31 pm

I'd like to be in on a HP tasting, but I go away in a week till the end of the month so I'll miss it. Any chance you picking something else for January?
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:02 pm

Still no connection at home, but hopefully by the weekend I should be. But was just thinking, how about adding a webcam to our live tastings???? Matt?? Is it possible??
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:56 pm

Okay... how about a Talisker tasting? Or, better yet, (in honour of The Bard who was born Jan 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire) Arran, the closest distillery as the crow flies. Arran just beats out Campbeltown for nearness with Glasgow and Glengoyne being closest on land.

I like Tallie and suspect most of us have some but an Arran tasting may be something to consider as well.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:15 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:Still no connection at home, but hopefully by the weekend I should be. But was just thinking, how about adding a webcam to our live tastings???? Matt?? Is it possible??

I'll put you off your whisky :) .
Only if you're wearing that hideous red Chrissie hat again!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby pmullin » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:23 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:Okay... how about a Talisker tasting?...

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I'm a newbie to these live tastings, but would love to participate, and have a few Taliskers (10/DE/18/25) to follow along with.

Arran would be a little more problematic, as the local monopoly doesn't have any in stock. :(
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:45 am

I had wondered how widespread Arran was globally. Okay, unless someone has a better idea, how about a Talisker tasting this month? Once again the question comes up: what date and time?

Friday nights seem to be a good option as spouses seem to make plans for Saturdays.

From previous experience, starting at 7 pm GMT seems to work fairly well, although it puts the East Coasters at 2 pm (1:30 in Nfld) and Central Standard (Winnipeg) at 1 pm. California/ BC is still at 11:00 am but if we (the rest of us) hang around long enough they catch up with a vengeance.

A staggered start of 7 pm GMT and 10 pm GMT might be an option to try as well. This later start would put the West Coast at 2 pm, Winnipeg at 4 pm, the East Coast at 5 pm (Yeah yeah, 4:30 in Nfld) and still allow UK/Europe to play a bit with us in our sandbox.

So, how about Talisker - whatever you own - on Friday January 18 at 7 pm GMT and 10pm GMT? We can start with a basic Tallie 10 yo, that many will have, and then run up through the older age and DE offerings. If you don't have a Tallie, pick another SM and join in the fun, someone will always have a version of what you're enjoying to compare notes with.

In practise what really happens is a few of us come on too early and stay on too late and everyone else weaves in and out as they are able. Matt can set up a thread for us if we ask, once the date and time is firmed up. Sometimes we even get a special guest to answer questions.

Does this date meet most everyone', that wants to participate, agreement?

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby pmullin » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:10 am

I can certainly participate for a while on the evening of the 18th, although I have to attend a "Live Live" tasting later in the evening. But I think that I can bear the burden for the cause! :D
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:44 am

Jan 18th is my next Gourmet evening, sorry, I couldn't make that date, but please go ahead without me.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:36 pm

I may be able to join in on the 18th, but if it's Talisker, I might not, as I don't have any and not able to get any at the moment. I'll be peeking in if the internet is installed by then.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby les taylor » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:44 pm

I'm at a meeting that evening. I should be home about 10pm. I'll have a look in then.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:49 am

Sadly, I have to work that weekend but I'll be lurking around and enjoy your tasting notes.
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:07 pm

Will Matt be sending out Talisker "perfume samples" for this one?? NOTE: I've got a new address if so Matt!! :D :mrgreen:
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:21 am

Mr Fjeld wrote:Sadly, I have to work that weekend but I'll be lurking around and enjoy your tasting notes.
Oh darn, I was hoping that was your weekend off! Maybe we could set up a little post Robbie Burns night followup on Saturday January 26th? I'm planning on being a bit more careful this year and not get too blootered before the Friday night festivities are done.

Please PM me and see what we can do.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:02 pm

I won't be able to pick up any Talisker before then, but if I'm around I'll be peeking in, seeing what I'm missing!
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:24 am

Was just thinking and discussing with Muskrat, how about a blind tasting???! 8)
We all taste whatever we want, revealing all but what exactly we're drinking! This may be fun as we can give each other hints, and see who guesses first? What do you all think? Other suggestions?
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:20 am

Nobody around? I hadn't received any PMs and so, after having had a nap and worked on my "Immortal Memory" speech for next Friday, am about to pour me a Tallie.

Slante!

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:26 am

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Talisker
1986 Distillers Edition
Smoke and syrup, like being in a Maple sugar shack.
Sweet sherry then the smoke slams into your tastebuds and overwhelms them so very well.
Smoke and sweet that just redolently roils across the roof of my mouth and settles in for a nice fireside chat.
This is one of the almost drained bottles and still packs a wonderful aroma and flavour.
Deep reddish gold lovely
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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:16 am

Willie JJ wrote:Am I missing something? Where's the tasting note tab?
Down at the bottom of the "Post a Reply" screen. Scroll down...
that's right...
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Okay, there are three "file tabs"
"Options ", "Upload attachment" and "Tasting Note"

Click on Tasting Note and start typing. When you're done click on "Add Tasting Note" at the bottom of the screen and you're pretty much done. I recommend you hit "Preview" before you hit "Submit" just to make sure the note is going to post properly. Sometimes it doesn't quite take and you end up with a bunch of extraneous programming commands that clutter up the note. In that case, I just clean it up first in the "post a reply" window before hitting the submit button.

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Re: Live Forum Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:19 am

It's settled in very nicely. The tingle is all over the roof of my mouth and the smoke just enhances the enjoyment. The higher proof doesn't hurt either. This is an excellant warming dram for a cold winter night.

How's yours? A good midnight dram?

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