Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. ama

    ama Senior member

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    Its a relatively lightly peated Ardbeg named Blasda. I enjoy it, but many don't care for it at all. The biggest problem is that it is very light tasting. It was only bottled at 40% ABV which for Ardbeg is a little problematic due to its inherent thinness.
     
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  2. b1os

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    Apparently from '08: One of the most talked-about releases of 2008 is finally here: Ardbeg Blasda is a lesser-peated version of many people's favourite Islay malt, being just 8ppm in bottle (as opposed to the standard 10yo's 23ppm).

    Whoops. Just ten minutes too late. Note to myself: refresh page before posting.
     
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  3. ama

    ama Senior member

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    Ardbeg Galileo is nice. Worth trying IMO.
     


  4. I<3Bacon

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    Did you make it out to one of the launch parties?
     


  5. ama

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    Naw, I just had D&M send me a couple. Great store, not the cheapest, but one of the nicest and most professional.
     


  6. embowafa

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    Can't believe I've ignored this thread...

    I've been spending the last several months building up a modest single malt collection (some blended).

    Here's what's currently sitting on the shelf:

    Lagavulin16
    Caol Ila 12
    Ardbeg 10
    (These three, to me, are the best that Islay has to offer....not huge on Laphroig as it's just a peat bomb with not much sweetness behind it, but maybe i need to revisit it.)
    Highland Park 12
    Dalwhinnie 15
    Bruichladdich "Laddie Ten" - Good goddamn, i love this stuff
    Glenfarclas 12
    The Glenrothes 12 (i think?)
    Hibiki 12
    Yamazaki 12
    (I'm a big fan of the Japanese whiskeys...although, after trying both, the Yamazaki 12 is better than Hibiki 12)
    JW Gold
    Macallan 10

    I need a lot more practice at tasting and nosing the stuff, but I'm always willing to put in the extra effort :nodding:
     
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  7. MrGimpy

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    I've been meaning to pick up a bottle of the Laddie. It's very attractively priced and I've heard good things. How would you describe it?

    On the subject of attractive pricing, recently got a bottle of the Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend. Very pleased--it's very smooth (as you'd expect from a blend), buttery and well balanced, without being boring.
     


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    It's a great unpeated Islay (the peat's hiding in the back...just the right amount). To my untrained palate, it's very rich, sweet, strong citrus notes...but almost like a citrus dessert...like a lemon bar. It's far more complex than just that, but that's what comes to mind for me.

    It's probably my favorite to drink right now.
     


  9. ama

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    If you like over the top lemon check out Astar from Glenmorangie.
     


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    Forgot to include Glenmorangie 10-Original on my list.

    I've read that the stuff above and beyond the Original aren't really worth the price of admission. Is your experience different?
     


  11. Kid Nickels

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    I remember last year around this time they had a bottle of 10 that also came with a sampler of the Nectar d'Or, Lasanta, and Quinta Ruban .... I posted a pic and some deets a while back.. definitely worth a try!
     


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    It's very good. I'm terrible at describing these things, but it's a great bottle for the price. I'm always surprised, in a good way, whenever I pour a glass. Has a lot of depth and complexity, but the overall flavor profile is just different (in ways my whiskey vocabulary is insufficient to describe) from the rest of my selections.
     


  13. Huntsman

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    Most of the Glenmorangies that I've tried that are neither their 10yo nor the 18yo are really good -- I love Nadurra, Nectar d'Or, and Astar (though I don't find it lemony at all).

    ~H
     


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    Anyone tried the Hillrock Solara bourbon? Made in New York, new boutique distillery. Interested, but would like to hear more about it.
     


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