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Why do people like strong smoke whiskies?

Postby Marvin » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:17 pm

Seems to me the smoke in most cases is overwhelming and blots out lots of other properties. Bowmore 12 and 17 I notice the smoke more than anything and the aftertaste is almost pure smoke.
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Postby Scotchio » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:24 pm

I think a lot of people are just born that way,certainly most of my peat loving friends didn't make a conscious effort to become peat freaks. It's just what felt right for them.
I think it's been very helpful for them that media icons such as Jackson and murray have been prepared to speak openly about their love of the black stuff enabling others to be more open and confident about their preferences. :D
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Postby Reggaeblues » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:48 pm

For me it was the facination. someone bribed me...put me on the spot, to sing some tunes at aparty. I wasn't up for it so he offered me a litre of glenfiddich. I'd heard of it, and drunk it, but the magic of malt whisky was still in the future. he then twisted my arm by adding a litre of Lagavulin 16 to the bait!. Never heard of it, but liked the bottle. Then one day I opened it, and the aroma was like nothing on earth. "This is whisky?!?"

I thought, " if anyone could distil a huge old 16th century bible, this is what it would smell like." Slowly I got to know the brew inside, and with each visit to the bottle, my fascination grew...

Perhaps a year later, I fell in love...

As your palate becomes accustomed, you will find the smoke is not a mask, more a doorway to pass through to all sorts of other flavours...and remains a wonderful backdrop. But you don't HAVE to like smoky whiskies! I also love sherried Macallans, tho' the good 'uns are now expaensive...and many lighter drams.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:53 am

That's the reason I fell in love with whisky! Or maybe I smelled the ocean and beach and seaweed through the smoke and fell in love with Ardbeg, and in turn, whisky. And it took awhile to begin drinking other non-smoky whiskies.
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Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:56 am

Probably because they like the taste.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:58 am

And it's cool! Especially if you're an avid non-smoker!
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:02 am

Why not? Some people like Brussels Sprouts for crying out loud...
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Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:02 am

TheLaddie wrote:Why not? Some people like Brussels Sprouts for crying out loud...


That's just what your mother told you when you were a kid. You don't actually believe her, do you?

Actually, smoke has a nice taste to it. Smoke is what barbeque tastes so damned good as well.
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Postby Wave » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:05 am

To me variety is the spice of life whether it's food, music, women :wink: or whisky.
If I was stuck to just one type of anything I'd be bored out of my mind!


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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:21 am

Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:33 am

Vultures, time to try a new aftershave Mr. T.


OK, that was the last wise crack for the evening.
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Postby Wave » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:39 am

Just like me they long to be close to you. :roll: :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Postby les taylor » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:50 am

Thesh wrote:-

TheLaddie wrote:
Why not? Some people like Brussels Sprouts for crying out loud...


That's just what your mother told you when you were a kid. You don't actually believe her, do you?

Actually, smoke has a nice taste to it. Smoke is what barbeque tastes so damned good as well.

I found that those that don't like brussels. Once they've had them thinly sliced, pan fried in butter with sliced bacon and garlic. They just can't have enough of them.

:)

Hey just noticed I'm on triple nelsons.
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Postby Aidan » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:51 am

I always loved the smell of the turf fires at home. Still do.
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:02 am

Thesh wrote:That's just what your mother told you when you were a kid. You don't actually believe her, do you?


Yeah right. Next you will be telling me Santa Claus doesn't exist..... :(
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:03 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?


Because vultures are attracted by certain smells :twisted:
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Postby les taylor » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:43 am

The laddie wrote:-

Yeah right. Next you will be telling me Santa Claus doesn't exist.....


It must be true most new houses are built without chimneys. So he must be made up, its good to tell the truth to children. .................


:)
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:09 am

les taylor wrote:The laddie wrote:-

Yeah right. Next you will be telling me Santa Claus doesn't exist.....


It must be true most new houses are built without chimneys. So he must be made up, its good to tell the truth to children. .................


:)


You mean I have good for one month out of every year for my whole life (except 1984, but Mum never found out about that) for nothing? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby les taylor » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:25 am

What happened in 1984?


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Postby Paul A Jellis » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:49 am

TheLaddie wrote:
Thesh wrote:That's just what your mother told you when you were a kid. You don't actually believe her, do you?


Yeah right. Next you will be telling me Santa Claus doesn't exist..... :(


Don't panic Laddie, I've just seen him in Debenhams.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:44 pm

les taylor wrote:What happened in 1984?


:)




Winston Smith tried to take on Big brother :wink:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:08 pm

Aidan wrote:I always loved the smell of the turf fires at home. Still do.


That's exactly why Lagavulin was my first love--it took me right back to Lewis on a chill October morning, every time I stuck my nose in the glass.
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Postby Aidan » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:20 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:
Aidan wrote:I always loved the smell of the turf fires at home. Still do.


That's exactly why Lagavulin was my first love--it took me right back to Lewis on a chill October morning, every time I stuck my nose in the glass.


Yes, as I have a gas fire in our new home, Lagavulin has to do. My uncle cuts as much turf as could need, but I've no longer anywhere to burn it.
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:57 pm

les taylor wrote:What happened in 1984?


:)


Definitely not telling until Santa's been... 8)
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Postby Jacques » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:27 am

I must confess that my first bottle of Single Malt was a Lagavulin 16... I have been drinking blends for many years and never had the opportunity to taste the SM's. Well, as I was saying, my first bottle was Lagavulin 16 and when I tried it the first time, I did NOT like it at all... my second try was with some water and again did NOT like it... my third was with water and ice and again did not like it and just gave the bottle away to someone (can't remember who now).... this was about 2 yrs ago.... now that I started with my addiction to SM's, I will confess again that I have bought a bottle again and are waiting anxiously to try it... Don't know what will happen, I'm looking forward... I hope it much better as I have had Talisker and Laphroig, but ....????!!!!
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Re: Why do people like strong smoke whiskies?

Postby duckmcf » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:54 pm

Marvin wrote:Seems to me the smoke in most cases is overwhelming and blots out lots of other properties. Bowmore 12 and 17 I notice the smoke more than anything and the aftertaste is almost pure smoke.


For me Whisky without Peat smoke is like;

Lamb without mint sauce
Punch without Judy
Beer without football :shock:
Bond without Aston
Pies without Sauce
Skis without snow
Pink Floyd without Roger :roll:

But seriously, given that you've quoted the relatively mild Bowmores as too high in peat smoke, your palette is obviously quite sensitive to the smoke influence in a negative way. That’s cool, some people don’t like cricket either. There are others on this forum who really dig the peat smoke influence and as you can probably tell, I’m one of them.

Everyone’s different, and wouldn’t be a dull old world if we were all the same.

If I were you, I’d steer clear of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig as I suspect they’d blow your doors off...
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Re: Why do people like strong smoke whiskies?

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:01 am

duckmcf wrote:Lamb without mint sauce
Punch without Judy
Beer without football :shock:
Skis without snow
Pink Floyd without Roger


I love lamb; never liked mint sauce.

Judy would certainly be better off without Punch.

Beer is fine on its own!

Ever heard of waterskiing?

Okay, you have a point with the last one...but whose fault was that? :wink:
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Postby Andrew_Toronto » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:54 pm

like scotch in general smoke's an aquired taste.

I liked the sweeter, fruitier highland/speyside malts until i bought a bottle of bowmore 12...at first i thought ugh! smokey! but after a while I came to love it. the others seems weak in comparison. I wanted more more more! bring on the lagavulin, bring on the ardbeg and laphroig!

My perfect scotch should taste like roasting "s'mores" on a campfire in the woods by a lake...chocolate, vanilla, biscuit, earthy grass and SMOKE!
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Postby Wendy » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:17 am

Andrew_Toronto wrote:like scotch in general smoke's an aquired taste.

My perfect scotch should taste like roasting "s'mores" on a campfire in the woods by a lake...chocolate, vanilla, biscuit, earthy grass and SMOKE!


Andrew: By your description of "your perfect scotch", if you haven't tried it yet, I think you would quite enjoy the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. The LCBO has it on stock, but I am sure it is moving quickly off of the shelves (with my help!) and the price can't be beat.

Cheers,
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:05 am

Andrew_Toronto wrote:like scotch in general smoke's an aquired taste.


For some. As has been noted here by myself and many others, some take to smoke like a duck to mother's milk. (Or something like that. :? )

Andrew_Toronto wrote:My perfect scotch should taste like roasting "s'mores" on a campfire in the woods by a lake...chocolate, vanilla, biscuit, earthy grass and SMOKE!


Yikes! I hope Johnyy doesn't read this!
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Postby Andrew_Toronto » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:19 pm

thanks wendy i'll grab one!

what does "quarter cask" mean? aged in a small barrel?
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Postby Jan » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:06 pm

Andrew_Toronto wrote:thanks wendy i'll grab one!

what does "quarter cask" mean? aged in a small barrel?


Yes - or rather it is finished in one.

http://www.laphroaig.com/whiskies/quart ... arter_cask

The added wood contact is supposedly beneficial to the whisky. Don't know but the QC is one heck of a whisky, which I can only recommend.

Hmm... perhaps I should go and get a bottle for myself... :D
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