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Any One for a Scotch?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by French Cuff Consignment, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    if you like more sherry

    but damn imagine if the DE was cask strength. im drooling thinking about it


    with holiday season you might be able to find shops with free shipping. i bought the solist by looking on winesearcher and the store with the best price was also offering a shipping discount
     
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  2. JubeiSpiegel

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    I wish everything was available in cask strength... :drool:
     
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  3. Gibonius

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    If you haven't had the 16, I'd just start with that.

    It's not such a huge difference from Oogy, just more subtle peat (and that's just because Oogy is a huge peat bomb).

    This taste profile map might be helpful. See what kind of stuff you've tried before, what's similar, and where you can branch out. I had another version with more malts, but can't find it anymore.



    This guy gets it. I'm finding that I just prioritize cask strength stuff in general. A'bundah is cask strength, Oogy and Corryvrecken are cask strength, and I love Laphroaig 10 cask strength. Now most of my favorite bourbons/ryes are cask strength too. Clynelish and Oban DE are some of the non-cask strength ones that make the list, and they shine on balance and texture. If you're going for flavor, CS is the way to go.
     
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  4. brp2

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    Speaking of the Solist, I opened this little one tonight; really nice and intense stuff:
    [​IMG]

    Also, while the bottle and package omit the Solist name, I'm pretty sure that's what it is as it's listed at 57%.
     
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  5. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    Somebody told me earlier today the name solist (soloist in german) just indicates that it's a single cask and they all have different finishes but they also make small batch whiskeys. It's why in the databases there's so many different bottles even in the same year
     
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    That makes total sense. I was just guessing based on descriptions of the ex-bourbon Solist at 57% versus the regular ex-bourbon at around 46%.
     
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  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    This happened to me as well, the past four years or so I've moved toward mostly peaty whiskies. I have a few exceptions to that, but none are ex-port or Sauternes cask.

    My mainstay are sherried islays.
     
  8. taxgenius

    taxgenius Well-Known Member

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    Had the Ballantine's 30 Year Old today. Excellent.
     
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    Kid Nickels Well-Known Member

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    ^ This is Taiwanese. Nice stuff… I know it well. :slayer:


    I cracked one of these the other day and it was my first time trying it. Nice, but I wasn't blown away… I'll have to try it again.

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. LucasFilms

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    Drinking Glenmorangie right now
     
  11. indesertum

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    this is by far one of the grossest things i've ever tried and one of the worst purchases i've ever made

    it starts off ok with thick sherry and that familiar malt sweetness that is quite nice and shows potential. it ends in this gross diesel, fake leather, new car plastic smell that is really disgusting.


    remind me not to buy random whiskeys without trying them first. could it be bottle sickness or something and will eventually get better? really tempted to email kavalan or the shop i bought it from and see what they might say.
     
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  12. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Well-Known Member

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    there's good pizza, great pizza, and even ok pizza, but it's got to be really really bad for you to say it's bad pizza. Scotch on the other hand, well... there's plenty of bad stuff out there and if you've never heard of it and it's under about $60, it better be Irish or Bourbon (I don't even count Canadian stuff).

    (not that I'm saying Ka Va Lan is cheap, just sayin' IMO blind buying Scotch is a little riskay)
     
  13. CBrown85

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    Got a bottle of Lava DE; I figured I could try the regular 16 any time but this stuff is selling quickly here. I'll return it if I try the 12 or 16 this week and get blown away.

    Looking at grabbing a few cheaper bottles. Laphroaig Quarter Cask and the Highland Park Dark origins next time I'm at the BCL
     
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    I have one of those and it has a similar profile
     
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  15. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    dang. i am sad. was really looking to it
     
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    I like the regular Kavalan for everyday drinking and prefer the bourbon cask over the sherry
     
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  17. indesertum

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    good advice thanks. read a lot of good things about the sherry cask and figured the variation between casks wouldnt be too bad. guess i was totally wrong.

    also i realized just awhile ago that I was sent the wrong bottle as the packaging is different and the label does not specify Solist. Also a little confused because I thought Solist referred to their single casks, but this one also appears to be a single cask
     
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  18. guccihomme

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    I drink Laphroig. I've tried them all and can't find any with more flavor, peat, and smoke. I love smelling an empty glass when done. It pairs nice with Japanese food.
     
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    received a few bottles recently and the two that stood out are below.
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    hibiki 17, haven't had it in a long long time, surprisingly very smooth almost sweet whiskey. I can taste a huge difference between this one and the 12. I think i now have been spoiled and will have to keep buying the 17 to keep in the house.
    [​IMG]

    JWB always a classic, great whiskey. I am just really impressed by the presentation and taste.
     
  20. cchen

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    Nice pickups! The Hibiki 17 is my go-to Japanese whiskey. Better pick up a few bottles and hold them as the prices are going up on April 1.
     

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