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post #2146 of 3232
I bring them to parties, where they are kicked in short order.
post #2147 of 3232
OK, so how does mid-October sound? Thats seemed the best time for the folks at Longs and I told them we'd love to taste a variety of stuff, not just limited to Scotch Whiskey. They seemed to think they may be able to get a hold of some special bottles that may be released around that time...I'll post more info here when I find out...in the meantime, you should sign up to their newsletter if youre in the area...I know they're doing a whiskey and food pairing course at Longbow on 3rd and 73rd.
post #2148 of 3232
Works for me.
post #2149 of 3232
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The 700-millilitre bottle worth $26,000 is extremely rare, with only 15 bottles available in Ontario, and 50 worldwide, every year.

Ontario gets 30% of all the bottles in the world?
post #2150 of 3232

Sounds good to me, too! The bar exam will be behind me and I will hopefully be celebrating passage!

 

~ H
 

post #2151 of 3232
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Ontario gets 30% of all the bottles in the world?

However many bottles it is I bet they all go to GTA.
post #2152 of 3232
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

^^^nice.

What do you guys do with bottles you have that you're just not crazy about? My collection is filling up rapidly, and over the course of learning what I like and what I don't I've got a few opened bottles with one or two drams poured that I am almost certain I won't be drinking any more of. Just keep them out for guests? Wish there was a way to swap them with others who are in the same predicament.


I usually hang on to them, arguing that at least they look good on the bar, and then I try them later -- often my taste has changed or evolved and I find something new in those spirits. If not, I usually just use them in cocktails (unless somethign that is actually special, which I would probably share/give away).

 

Compass Box Orangerie is one of those on my list. Really does nothing for me at all. But, it makes a good Pennicillin, so there you have it. On the other hand, I also cannot really stand Fernet or Luxardo Bitter, so they sit on the bar, filled with nitrogen. Someday, someone will want one, and there you go.

 

~ H

post #2153 of 3232
Does anyone have an opinion on Laphraoig 10 year vs Laphraoig 10 year cask strength? They're pretty much the same price.
post #2154 of 3232
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Does anyone have an opinion on Laphraoig 10 year vs Laphraoig 10 year cask strength? They're pretty much the same price.

Cask strength every time and all the time. Quarter cask of that's around the same price is more approachable than those two.
post #2155 of 3232
Buy both...though if I had to chose go CS everytime. Lap 10 is classic as far as I'm concerned.

Just picked up a Laph 14 from Douglas Laing distilled in 1992, can't wait to crack her open.

Speaking of Laphroaig, anyone try the new Cairdeas yet? Thats another I'm eagerly awaiting to pop.

Skinny...we went North Jersey today instead of Princeton...though we'll be down there in a week or two to visit a friend who just gave birth...will stop by. Travels north yielded GREAT things:
ORVW10
Stagg 2012
and a Michters 10 year old

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Cask strength every time and all the time. Quarter cask of that's around the same price is more approachable than those two.

Approachable I'm not worried about. My last Islay was Ardbeg Corryvreckan, and they don't come too much peatier than that. Might have to pick up the Laphroaig CS, although it's not exactly Islay season (for me anyway).


Current dram is Aberlour 16, which is really hitting the spot in the current mild summer weather. Nice depth, I think like it better than A'bunadh. Finding myself going it to more than the Macallan CS, which is the closest dram on my shelf.
post #2157 of 3232
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Does anyone have an opinion on Laphraoig 10 year vs Laphraoig 10 year cask strength? They're pretty much the same price.

Get the cask strength. You're basically buying "concentrated" Scotch for the same price. Toss in an ice cube or some distilled water to lower the ABV down to 40% or so.
post #2158 of 3232
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Get the cask strength. You're basically buying "concentrated" Scotch for the same price. Toss in an ice cube or some distilled water to lower the ABV down to 40% or so.

That was my thought, wasn't entirely sure it was that straightforward.
post #2159 of 3232
Giving a gift and looking for any suggestions in the ~$250 range.

They enjoy whiskeys/bourbon and have a mixed taste in scotch (Islay, Speyside mostly).

Perhaps someone has a bottle of Pappy burning a hole in their cabinet? [edit: this is not a serious statement]
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post #2160 of 3232
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Giving a gift and looking for any suggestions in the ~$250 range.

They enjoy whiskeys/bourbon and have a mixed taste in scotch (Islay, Speyside mostly).

Perhaps someone has a bottle of Pappy burning a hole in their cabinet?

You won't find any Pappy for that much...$400 for just the 15, 20 is about $600...and thats with hard searches. You could get lucky as they will drop in a few months and retail is somewhat reasonable. I'd go single malt for that much...there are some good Bruchladdiches out there in that range, the Octomore is neat, but perhaps a bit too hyped to justify the high cost. Bourbon wise EC 21 is coming out soon, but its dailed in at under $150. If you can find a bottle of the Balvenie Tun, thats around $250.
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