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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. Huntsman

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  2. SkinnyGoomba

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    I enjoy the Nectar D'or as well, great scotch. I'll fallow up with you guys after giving the Ruban. I also usually really enjoy scotches with a second maturation.

    Do you guys also have the habit of keeping something for special purpose if you really enjoy it? All of my favourite scotches are nearly full on my bar, where the lesser ones are more often nearing their end. I generally won't drink through it until I get a backup or two.
     
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    I had the Talisker last night...it was delightful. I also love the Nectar D'Or and Balvenie CC. The Oban I believe has a significantly higher % which I'm not too crazy about, but I could be wrong.



    I just drink what I like, to be honest I'd rather have more of a variety at all times than backups of what I love. Although, i did buy a second bottle of the Balvenie Caribbean Cask.
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    sorry for the odd double post (thanks iPad),

    I have a couple of bottles on the bar that I'm less excited about, I often catching myself wanting to drink through so that their spot can be replaced with something better. Just a strange idiosyncrasy I guess.

    You guys keep reminding me that I need to buy a bottle of Caribbean cask, hehe.
     
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    I keep HP 18 in stock at all times. Once the current bottle is half done, I get a backup.

    For 'special purposes' - A.D. Rattray bottling of Bunnahabain 30 yr old is definitely a special occasion Scotch.
     
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    One full article and skimmed several others. Good I suppose, but somewhat over my head. I'm the wrong kind of chemist for that stuff. Interesting anyway.
     
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    I think I need to get a bottle of HP 18, I've yet to try it, but it seems very well reviewed here.

    My Aberlour is near death and it has been waiting for my local specialty shop to get in some stock.
     
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    While I obviously am a fan of HP 18, why not try it (perhaps alongside the HP 15) at a local bar first? You're in Manhattan, so surely spoiled for choice. Palates vary so much like a needless gamble to buy on the basis of others' reviews unless you've calibrated yourself to them already through prior experimentation.
     
  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    Hah, thats where my avatar lives, I'm in NJ. But I agree, I will give it a shot at the bar next time out.
     
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    Do try it alongside the HP 15 - I prefer the 18 by a long shot but not everyone agrees, and the 15 is cheaper.
     
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    If you're close to the city, take the PATH in and go to Hudson Bar and Books on Hudson between I think Jane and Horatio. They do a six tasting special of the high end scotch (lots of 25 year olds) for $49 (half an ounce of each) and the same for the middle end stuff for about $42 that would include the HP18. It's the easiest way to try a bunch of good scotch. Awesome place and if you like a cigar as well, then hard to match.
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks fellas. Ps...Quinta Ruban is good!
     
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    SG, if you have a Joe Canals by you (the one I visit is in Woodbridge on Rt 1) they sell the HP 12 with a free sampler of the 18 included.
     
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    Thanks rob, I've got one near by.
     
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    I agree with this. I don't even think that the 15 is as good as the 12.
     
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    Had a second chance to taste the raved about Maccallan 12, not a fan to be honest...way to oily for me, finish seems a bit off. More than just sherried (which I like) almost buttery. Not enough bite.
     
  17. SkinnyGoomba

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    It's a gateway scotch. That's the one I usually pour for friends who would like to get into scotch.
     
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    Well now that's just crazy talk. Are you saying that you prefer the 12 to both the 15 and the 18?

    But it does reinforce that beyond the presence or absence of outright technical flaws, everything is subjective in this pursuit.
     
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    Then a lot of the older core expressions probably won't turn your crank either. Congratulations, as you just saved yourself a ton of money!

    That said, you might give the G&M Speymalt bottlings from 1988/90/91 a try. Still tons of Macallan character but not as soft. If you're looking for bite, the undated Cask Strength might also be up your alley.

    I really like the 15 yr old French Oak but if you didn't like the 'buttery' finish of the 12, I can't imagine you'd like the stronger oak character.
     
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    No, the 18 is far superior, but I like the 12 more than the 15.
     

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