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A very pleasant blended surprise

Postby r0b » Wed Jul 16, 2003 9:22 pm

I just had my first wee dram of Black and White Blended Scotch Whisky and it is a very pleasant dram. Spicy and smokey - yet smooth and mellow - with a touch of fruit and liquorice in the background. A budget alternative to Black Bottle. (I paid € 11 - amazing!). I'm gonna have another one straight away!

With the diversity of whiskey and rich plethora of brands and blends, malts, vatted... Can you really do anything but LOVE the stuff? Image
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Postby Admiral » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:03 am

Well...you could DRINK it!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:29 am

Sounds nice this Black&White. Another one I like very much is Dewars White label, quite cheap, but very light, smooth and elegant...

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Postby r0b » Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:19 pm

Huurman, I'm with ya on Dewars WL. I just recently tried it and it's a nice every-day blend. Good balance.

Moreover, I am very impressed with Kilbeggan (Irish). Almost like a "light" version of Black Bush (not as silky, but has the fruit & smoothness). It's also cheap (around € 15) so I recommend it.

Another oldie I recently had was Teacher's. Unfortunately I can't stand it. Too sherried and way out of sync. For my palate, anyway.
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Postby The Fachan » Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:38 pm

Erik, rob

If you can find it, try the Dewars 12yo Special Reserve, its even better.

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Postby Iain » Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:39 pm

Is Teachers as sherried as Whyte & Mackay? A few years back the latter was too heavy on the sherry flavouring for my tastes, so I've given it a wide berth ever since.
Passport used to be a very enjoyable cheap blend, imho. Best of all is Islay Mist, but it's not exactly cheap here.
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Postby r0b » Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:00 pm

Ian, The 12yo Special Reserve, I'll try it sometime. Thx for the tip!

Iain, I'm not sure if it's as sherried as W&M, but AFAIK there's a substantial amount of Glendronach in Teacher's, and that's my nightmare of a malt. Which W&M have you had? Are they all very sherried? I've been wanting to try the 12 year old for some time.
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Postby Iain » Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:13 pm

I only tried the standard bottling W&M - that discouraged me from moving up the range.

Bell's Islander was an excellent dram, but I don't see it around here any more.
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Postby Ash » Fri Jul 18, 2003 1:17 pm

AFAIK, Teacher's contains a more substantial part of Ardmore, which is malty rather than sickly-toffee-sweet like the Glendronach.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:51 pm

Bells Islander was lovely stuff but is sadly discontinued. Worth cchecking out is the Bells 12 yr old which is £15 in Asda.

Royal mile whiskies in Edinburgh have Islay Mist as their house blend for £13.

I must say that I thought Dewar's White Label was far better than the 12 yr old.

Never tried Whyte and Mackay at older ages but I'm a big fan of the standard bottling.
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Postby r0b » Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:25 pm

It's too bad Royal Mile have the most horrible postage rates when sending to Sweden. £ 16 per bottle! I can get 18 bottles from Germany for €18!
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Postby r0b » Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:11 pm

Ash, are there any good bottlings of Ardmore available? I can't recall having seen any official ones.
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Postby Ash » Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:36 pm

Hi r0b,
They generally don't do OB's, but there were centenary anniversary 12yo and 21yo OB's a few years back. Whisky Exchange have got some. Most common is G&M 14yo, but there are Signatory bottlings too, and the SMWS has just released one which is getting a good review, although I can't vouch for it myself yet.
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Postby Chris » Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:41 pm

One of the best blends is Johnnie Walker Red label. It is often brushed off by connoisseurs because of its popularity, but no other blend (available in North America)packs as much flavor as this. It's a bit more expensive but well worth it.
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Postby r0b » Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:53 pm

Chris, I like JW Red a lot, but the Black label is even better.
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Postby smit9212 » Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:14 pm

Have you all tried The Bailie Nicol Jarvie? For me this is an example of very fine Scotch blended whisky.
From the first moment that i was introduced to this whisky it hasn't failed in my collection. It has become my house whisky.

Greetings,
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