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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:45 am

Anyone tried it? I bought a bottle out of curiosity but have enough open bottles on the go just now. I'd like to know what folk think of it though.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:23 pm

Had the chance to taste it when I was in Speyside for the festival.

I did enjoy but I didn't take notes, so I can't remember too much.

Pleasant enough stuff though.
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:26 pm

Have to agree with Bruce here.

Not a mindblower, but a good dram to keep the cold out.

Glenfiddich sponsored the Autumn Speyside Festival openingparty with a few bottles of Monkey Shoulder and the standard stuff. (Bruce had been recruited into handing it out)
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Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:58 pm

SpiritofShetland wrote:.
Glenfiddich sponsored the Autumn Speyside Festival openingparty with a few bottles of Monkey Shoulder and the standard stuff. (Bruce had been recruited into handing it out)


Curiously, my popularity with the locals and the festival goers skyrocketed when I was doing that. Inexplicable. :?
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Postby Badmonkey » Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:14 am

I've never tried it, but I like the name if nothing else.
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:46 am

I just wish Grant & Sons could bottle a Kininvie Single Malt soon. They's dished it out at the Seven Stills Tour at the Speyside festivals (and it's been great stuff), but the only thing they do with it is a vatting.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:25 pm

From what I heard on the Balvenie tour, you'll never see it. It's all destined for the blender, and I inferred that the very purpose of its existence is to mix with 'Fiddich and Balvenie to prevent either from appearing as IB singles.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:01 pm

There are plans, according to a good source, that there will be a limited edition bottling of Kininvie which will be 16 years old and very expensive.

I heard this when I was touring Balvenie, Kininvie and Glenfiddich, among others.
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Postby Wendy » Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:20 am

I read recently in the current Malt Advocate magazine that Monkey Shoulder refers to a repetitive, but short term injury caused to the malt men who by hand turn the malting barley by using big wooden shovels. I couldn't help but think of my father who is a retired mechanic. When he was younger, he would occasionally and jokingly refer to himself as a “grease monkey” (slang for mechanic). No one else ever called him that…, sorry to be serious and perhaps disrespectful, but I can’t say I am a fan of this new name, although it may be a pleasant tasting whisky.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Oct 21, 2005 5:51 am

BruceCrichton wrote:There are plans, according to a good source, that there will be a limited edition bottling of Kininvie which will be 16 years old and very expensive.

I heard this when I was touring Balvenie, Kininvie and Glenfiddich, among others.


Makes sense...but they didn't tell me that! Then again, I didn't really ask.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:43 am

Have you been on the seven stills tour?

BTW, I saw Monkey Shoulder in Sainsbury's in Kirkcaldy. Might be an exclusive.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:54 pm

BruceCrichton wrote:Have you been on the seven stills tour?


Has he gone out with Neil Young again?

...Oh, seven....
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:03 pm

Is he popular in Buffalo Springfield, Massachussets?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:15 pm

D'oh!

Um, to answer your question, no, actually I don't even know what the seven stills tour is. If you will be so kind as to clue me in, perhaps I will undertake it next year.
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Postby AVB » Sun Nov 06, 2005 1:54 am

Picked up a bottle about a month ago and have been enjoying it. Along the lines of the "Easy Drinking" malts it is quite smooth and inexpensive enough to be a regular dram in your glass.

I haven't seen any official reviews but have heard Jim Murray gave it a 93!
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Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:54 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:D'oh!

Um, to answer your question, no, actually I don't even know what the seven stills tour is. If you will be so kind as to clue me in, perhaps I will undertake it next year.


It's an event on the speyside whisky festival which is booked up several festivals in advance.

You tour all the working distilleries in Dufftown plus a couple of shut ones which are still available to bottlers.

http://www.dufftown.co.uk for details.
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Postby kallaskander » Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:20 am

Hi there,

"Rome was build on seven hills, Dufftown stands on seven stills".

In Dufftown there are nine distilleries actually but they are not all working now. If I did not lose count there are 6 distilleries working in Dufftown at the moment.
Historically in alphabetical order Balvenie, Convalmore (c) Dufftown, Glendullan, Glenfiddich, Mortlach and Parkmore (c). 1974 Arthur Bell&Sons added Pittyvaich (c), demolished in 2002 and William Grant&Sons added Kininvie in the late 1980s. Together with Allt à Bhainne only a few miles out of town that would make nine. Of Pittyvaich, the tenth there is only a plain barren clearing in a little valley left.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:45 pm

kallaskander wrote:"Rome was build on seven hills, Dufftown stands on seven stills".


Oh yeah...those seven stills!
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Postby kallaskander » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:58 pm

Hi there,

yes, those my young Crosby Nash.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:06 pm

Reminds me of the terrible dinner I had Saturday...crappy swill and trash. (And sometimes dung.)
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Postby Aidan » Thu Apr 05, 2007 6:24 am

I bought a bottle of this, because I liked teh packaging. A stupid reason to buy a whisky, but I'm glad I did. This is a very nice, easy drinking whisky. I'll will be buying it again.
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