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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:43 am

Other than Ry is there any interest in a blended whisky tasting? If not, Ry and I will set one up at our convenience and invite everyone to join us with what you have.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:17 pm

When did you have in mind? I may well be interested depending on whether I have enough time to get a decent stock.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:40 pm

I have Famous Grouse, Black grouse and the port wood grouse, I may get a few others. I'll send you some samples Nick if your up for the tasting?
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:17 pm

I'll just blend in with you lot. :)
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:52 pm

April-May. Enough time to get some samples together. This is one tasting where I can actually go purchase miniatures and/or 200 ml bottles. JW Red/Black, Chivas 12, J&B are readily available in miniatures. JW Au, Bl in 200 ml. And several others.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:24 pm

Have a few waiting for an occasion like this.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:20 pm

The blended whisky tasting is coming up for the first part of April. After that we don't have any alternative tastings scheduled. Anyone have some thoughts for maybe a July or August special tasting?
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:56 pm

Ganga wrote:The blended whisky tasting is coming up for the first part of April. After that we don't have any alternative tastings scheduled. Anyone have some thoughts for maybe a July or August special tasting?


I'm going to suggest Brora and also Japanese Whiskies for our next tasting(s). What do you all think? :D :D
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:42 pm

Works for me Ry. :D When for each of these? I think we'll need a little bit of time to get something together for each of these. Thoughts on timing? July, August, September, October?
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Fri May 01, 2009 10:25 pm

Rob Allanson is trying to set up something along the lines of a DE v. non-DE tasting event. I think we can work this into the schedule when he has more details.

I'm going to propose the following schedule of Other Live Tastings. Please give your feedback.

Rye whiskies - June
Canadian whiskies - August
Brora - October
Japanese whiskies - December
World whiskies (NZ, India, etc) - February
Tennessee and other US whiskies (excludes bourbon and rye) - April

Thoughts? I'm flexible. Just thought I'd put out a full fledged suggestion.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Sun May 03, 2009 5:44 pm

Sean, I'd suggest that we make it two regional tastings. Closed/mothballed distilleries from the Lowlands and Highlands. Or we could changed it to demolished and mothballed. I know that several people have already suggested a Brora and PE has been done so these could be kept separate.

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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 06, 2009 8:58 pm

I like the ideas that both Sean and Ganga had. So putting it all together and what I was thinking, I'm going to propose the following. If anyone would like to make any additions or changes, please speak up.

Rye whiskies - June
Independent whiskies - July (The weekend of July 4th maybe)
Canadian whiskies - August
Brora - October
Closed Lowlands - November
Japanese whiskies - December
Closed Highlands - January
World whiskies (NZ, India, etc) - February
Tennessee and other US whiskies (excludes bourbon and rye) - April
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Thu May 07, 2009 3:36 am

Looks good by me. I was thinking that some IB tastings might be in order at some point. Maybe let the first one be sort of free form and maybe start setting up some tastings for Signatory, Duncan Taylor, Douglas Laing in the future.

Also, we could throw in a tasting of "Undeclared" whiskies. McClellands, Lismore, etc.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Thu May 14, 2009 9:09 pm

No other comments on the proposed tastings and schedule?

Also, reminder that this weekend is the Auchentoshan tasting. Slainte.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Willie JJ » Thu May 14, 2009 9:25 pm

Tasting schedule looks fine to me except that I'm struggling to find the time to do one almost every weekend, between this and other places. :)

I'm not going to be around for the Auchentoshan tasting this weekend sadly, because I will be in Ayr.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Fri May 15, 2009 9:20 pm

Willie, I'm happy for you but sad for us. Love to read your comments on whiskies. Hopefully you can drop in a note or two later on the Auchentoshan.

Also, at some point I'm going to do a Knockando tasting. Sometime over the summer and about a week's notice for everyone. So if you're interested. Look for this one to pop up end of June or into July.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:46 pm

A couple of thoughts for everyone out there.

First, a reminder that the Clynelish Live Tasting is this month (19-21). So bring out your Clynelish and experience some of that wonderful malt from the Northern Highlands.

Second, I want to do a tasting of undeclared malts. I have four and will likely pick up a couple additional ones. I'm thinking that a weekend in July or late June would be good. Look for more information coming.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:03 pm

Yes Sean, rye this weekend. I will join in when I can, likely more around Saturday evening. I will setup a thread on Friday.

I'm going to suggest that the Independent Bottlings be scheduled to begin July 1 (Canada Day) and run through the weekend. But hey, this is merely a suggestion and I'm sure Musky and others will want their say.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:26 pm

Ganga wrote:Second, I want to do a tasting of undeclared malts. I have four and will likely pick up a couple additional ones.

Hmm, I have a load of those. Especially Islays. Need to get organised though.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:27 pm

I see no specific dates on the suggested schedule but Canadian whiskies are coming up here for August. I'd suggest that we do Canadian whiskies either the last weekend of August or first in September.

What say you? Canadians, do you have some suggestions?
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:48 am

Which weekend works best Sean? I am indifferent but appreciate the chance to learn something about Canadian whiskies.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:32 pm

Sean, I picked up four samples to join you in. Hopefully, we'll find someone to gives us some further insights into Canadian whiskies.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:05 pm

So is anyone going to come out for the Canadian whiskies? Look for me on Saturday (evening for the UK folk).
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Holysinner » Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:33 am

I'll be there with my lone Canadian (Forty Creek Barrel Select). I always read the notes with interest but haven't had a bottle to match the tasting before. I'm strongly considering picking up the FC Double Barrel Reserve, a little peer pressure could push me over the edge. :wink:
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Holysinner » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:23 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Holysinner wrote:I'll be there with my lone Canadian (Forty Creek Barrel Select). I always read the notes with interest but haven't had a bottle to match the tasting before. I'm strongly considering picking up the FC Double Barrel Reserve, a little peer pressure could push me over the edge. :wink:


HS, get it, I had it at a tasting a while back and enjoyed it.

Sean

Thanks for the encouragement Sean, I picked up the Double Barrel.

Also grabbed 3 mini's (Crown Royal, Wiser's, and Seagram's 7 Crown)...but looking at the bottle of Seagram's 7 it says American Whisky, and on the back 66% grain spirits. So I take it Seagram's 7 isn't Canadian. Is it even considered whisky at all with that much grain neutral spirits, or is it whisky blended with vodka?

Either way, I think it will have to be relegated to a mixer and not part of this tasting.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:47 pm

I had a strange thought last night while dramming (it happens often). :insane:

Would anyone be interested in doing a personal vattings tasting? I just thought I'd throw it out there, if there is any interest we can put it together.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ganga » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:37 pm

Closed Highlands
World whiskies (NZ, India, etc)
Tennessee and other US whiskies (excludes bourbon and rye)
Personal Vattings

Choose your poisons. I don't care when and what order. :D Just let me know when.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:04 pm

lockejn suggested that we try a Rye Whiskies live tasting. I think it's a great idea, as I would like to read other peoples thoughts/notes on some ryes. I have tried several, but I have pretty much decided that it's just not my thing. I find them ok, but pretty one dimensional for the most part.

However I always keep an open mind with things, and I'd like to read more thoughts and notes from others on some different rye bottlings.

I would like to suggest either the weekend of April 2-4 or April 23-25 for this, to get it kicked off. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments are welcome.

Edit: Rye whiskies were already done, but with a very small turnout. Possibly due to availability or scheduling conflicts, I'm not quite sure. So we have 2 choices:

1) We can add to the current thread
Rye Whiskies

2) Start a new one to accommodate new members, new whiskies.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby lockejn » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:59 pm

I didn't realize Rye had been done so recently. If it's a go, I'd like to see a new thread. Would be interesting to see how participation changes this time 'round and if folks from the first thread have different perspectives almost a year out.
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:28 pm

Ask and you shall receive. :D I will schedule a Rye Whisky tasting for the weekend of April 2-4. I look forward to reading everyones notes for this one. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby mikeymad » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:12 am

Hey Ryguy...

Sounds like a good Idea.

I had a get together with David Perkins last night of 'High West Distillery'
http://www.highwest.com and he showed interest in this Rye 'on-line tasting'..

I was going to send him a message pointing him where to go, but there is nothing really to point him to right now... without making him read a bunch of threads.

Is there a way to setup the thread a little early to give him an Idea of what is going on?....

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Re: Other Live Tastings

Postby Ryguy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:57 pm

Mikey, I hope that David is able to pop in over the weekend and share some rye tasting notes with us. After browsing the website, I'm very interested to hear more.


I have set up a thread here: Rye Whisky Live Tasting
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