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Corks...vs...Screwcaps

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Postby blackkeno » Tue Dec 03, 2002 5:45 am

It depends on my mood but certainly the following would be up there: Springbank Local Barley 30yo; Ardbeg 29yo (OMC "The Ardbeggeddon"; Aberlour A'bunadh; Longrow Millenium (Samaroli 12yo). These are all fine for me without water, although I usually add a drop or two.
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Postby Ize » Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:57 am

Speyburn 21yo at ~60% was nice without water. There is Jägermeister-type of licorice taste in it which is astonishing finding in a whisky. Image

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Postby hpulley » Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:23 pm

I love MacArthur's Old Master's cask strength 60.5% bottling of Fettercairn taken neat. It has a lovely earthy, mossy nose and taste and a white-hot finish but somehow the body feels just medium until you swallow it.

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Postby Ileach » Tue Dec 03, 2002 8:44 pm

Laphroaig 10 yo cask strength

or

Bowmore non-age cask strength

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Postby ccarleen » Sun Dec 08, 2002 2:28 am

Talisker 25 Years Old 1975 Distilled 2001 Bottled 59.9% Natural Cask Strength is very fine neat hand warmed. A drop or two of water is only needed for added nose.
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Postby Aidan » Sun Dec 08, 2002 1:32 pm

Connemara Cask Strength is superb.
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Postby GordonH » Sun Dec 08, 2002 4:46 pm

If i'm feeling extravagant the Ardbeg Provenance is Superb without water . But if not the DL Brora 1972 / 29yo / 59.5% and the Cad Ardbeg 1991 /11yo / 60.3% are well worth not hitting with water , they stand out on their own!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Dec 09, 2002 4:33 pm

Bunnahabhain 1965 at 46.1%, a nice Glenturret Vintage 1972 at 47%, perhaps a Highland Park 25Y at 51.5%, Aberlour A'Bunadh at 60.2%, and some Port Ellen from the distillery's annual release, is very good. And many others I like.

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Postby anna zigure » Mon Dec 23, 2002 8:18 pm

I know that this might sound crazy but try a cask strenght 15 years old of ( are you sitting down) Glenfiddich- with soft water not hard water if you dilute it that is !
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Postby yorkie » Mon Dec 23, 2002 9:12 pm

Just off to try and work my way down the Glenfarclas (I am trying very hard here to spell this right)105 cask strenght (oops!)

And yes I do have to dilute it with good old Pennine tap water.
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Postby Dana » Tue Dec 24, 2002 12:59 am

While I am American, and prefer Scotch whiskies to bourbon, one high proof bourbon
which I particularly enjoy is "Booker's Bourbon ,produced by Jim Beam brands.
It has a complex nose ,a smooth taste

.and a very long finish. Reminds me of an excellent cigar.

A great duty free choice for those of
you leaving the States for your home countries.
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Postby Dana » Tue Dec 24, 2002 1:03 am

Regarding Bookers bourbon it is 63 percent abv and is able to be drunk neat with some spring water in a separate glass.
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Postby blackkeno » Wed Dec 25, 2002 8:32 am

I just picked up George T. Stagg, a 15yo bourbon at 68.8% abv from Buffalo Trace. This is he best bourbon I've ever had. Must rank in my top 10 (or 5) whisk(e)ys. I can't even bring myself to add a drop of water it is so smooth and delicious!
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Postby Lemmy » Mon Dec 30, 2002 11:43 am

The best ones are Glen Garioch 29 y.o. from 1968 and Talisker 25 y.o. To drink them with water is a great sin. Haha.
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Postby mickblueeyes » Sun Jan 12, 2003 10:06 pm

Caledonian Selection Macallan 26 yr, 1974, 102.6°

Caledonian Selection Caperdonach 31 yr, 1970, 104.6°

Hart Brothers Clynelish 15 yr, 1984, 108.2°

Caledonian Selection Laphroaig 20 yr, 1981, 110.6°

Longmorn 25 yr (sherry and bourbon cask), 110.0°

Highland Park 10 yr, 1988, 115.2°

Aberlour A'bunadh

SMWS Mortlach 13 yr

These are the cask-strength bottlings that I personally rated at 8/10 or higher. I drank each of them undiluted.
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Postby mickblueeyes » Sun Jan 12, 2003 10:07 pm

Sorry, on the above the Longmorn and Highland Park are also Hart Brothers bottlings.
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Corks...vs...Screwcaps

Postby St.Peat » Fri Feb 07, 2003 9:53 pm

There have been many discussions about corks and bottle closures, and air transfer, etc.

Would you buy a Springbank Local Barley 30+yo (or other cherished bottling) if it came with a screwcap?

Screwcaps are touted as being a better closure than corks. What would have to change in the screwcaps' design or appearance for you to change your mind?

Or, shall we just drink our whisky faster, so it doesn't matter much, which?

Wrote this one with coffee ... dreaming of a dram of Macallan NAS C/S (red/orange label).

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Postby Gate » Fri Feb 07, 2003 10:39 pm

There's something particularly satisfying about breaking the seal on a metal screwcap for the first time. The American-style plastic screwcaps are probably a better seal, but nothing like as tactile.
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Postby St.Peat » Fri Feb 07, 2003 11:05 pm

We have both styles here, Gate.

I have a Glenfiddich 15yo C/S 1-litre bottle which a friend spirited away from Scotland for me. That bottle has a shallow black plastic cap with an O-ring seal. I found the whisky tasty, so I opened and closed it frequently, getting my drams out. At cask strength, and in a larger size than I usually have around, the bottle has lasted some time. However, the cap, which still seals tightly (best I can tell) may breach at any moment, as there are two ugly cracks running vertically up its sides.

On the Bladnoch forum WhiskyGuru John McDougall has recently extolled the virtues of screwcaps. Perhaps he has something there ... I'm not entirely sure, though.
http://www.bladnoch.co.uk/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi

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Postby Gate » Sat Feb 08, 2003 10:10 pm

I have only just realised (either brain addled by excessive dramming or a worthy concentration on contents rather than packaging)that my bottle of Hedonism has a plastic stopper, made from the same stuff as plastic wine "corks". Seems to make a nice seal, and quite stylish.
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Postby Rudy » Sun Apr 13, 2003 5:10 pm

Hello St. Peat,

in addition to some great suggestions above, I'd like to add the

Lagavulin 12 y 58%
Signatory's Edradour Straight from the cask 60.2 %

They're all quite affordable, especially the Lagavulin, since all other recent Diageo (former UDV) releases seem to be extraordinary overpriced.

[forgot to say:] I usually add some drops of water.
[2nd correction:] the Douglas Laing Brora Old&Rare Platinum Selection 1970/2002 at 58.4% can be taken neat.

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Postby ceedeedoos » Mon Apr 14, 2003 3:14 pm

aberlour a'bunadh, 60.2% and neat or with very little water
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