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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. brp2

    brp2 Senior member

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    All: since a number of you have put me on the lookout for Mortlach, do any of you have any information about the relatively recent independent bottling First Editions Mortlach? I can't find much on line and it's not apparent whether this is a decent expression of the distillery or if it's just another weak bottling.

    Another possibility -- from another distinctive distillery but on a different end of the spectrum -- is Ardbeg's Galileo. I've read online that this is very unlike Ardbeg's other offerings, all of which I like (having had the 10, Corry', and Uigeadail rather recently). Any thoughts?
     
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    So I went to the source (First Editions) on the Mortlach, and this is what they had to say: "Whilst a lot of official Mortlach bottlings are from sherry wood, this particular one was, if my memory serves me correctly, from a refill bourbon hogshead. It has the typical Mortlach body and is well-worth a try. Naturally all our malts are without colouring or chill filtration, and bottled at cask strength." While it certainly sounds interesting, I don't think it's what I want for my first Mortlach. Because of that, I've tried to order some of the 16 F&F through the state. I'm guessing it won't work out but, if it does, I'll end up with a case.
     
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    ama Senior member

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    I would not spend the money Galileo before trying it.
     
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    Does anyone generally sip cask strength undiluted? If not, how much does one generally dilute it by, and by what means?
     
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    I always dilute my cask strengths with bottled spring water. As to what amount: whatever you're comfortable with and find to your liking. Add small amounts and taste until you find what level of dilution you enjoy. Some of the ones I have require only a teaspoon, others I dilute significantly.
     
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    I know you should, but I rarely dilute them.
     
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    +1

    J
     
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    Today's lineups: sherried casks. Staring with (the last of my) Aberlour 16, moving on to Aberlour A'bunadh neat, A'bunadh with a bit of water, then Ardbeg Uigeadail.

    Batch 45 on the A'bunadh. I like it more than my last sampling, of unknown batch. Opens up nicely with water and the texture didn't degrade significantly with a splash of water. Very nice. Will report back later with the Uigeadail, if I can still type.

    edit: reporting back on the Uigeadail. Wow. Smooth for the high alcohol but not overwhelming peat and iodine like the Corryvrecken. I likes. My memory of Corrvrecken was coming inside after walking the dog in a hurricane, 35F weather, and it being totally fitting for that. The Uigeadail is not that fierce, but with the same overall character, with sherry undertones.
     
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  9. NewYorkIslander

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    I'ma huge Ardbeg fan...have most of their limited bottlings as well as their standards...and I like the Galileo. Yes, its different, but to me it still retains a lot of the Ardbeg character. If you can get it, and don't mind spending $100 a bottle I say go for it. It is limited and once its gone, you will not see it again.

    On a side note, I generally DON'T like the idea of trying a drink before buying the bottle. So often the character of a bottle at a bar is much different than one from a liquor store shelf. Even if its stored properly, its still exposed to a different kind of environment (especially if its at a place where there's food prepared, and or smoking). Every time I order something out, that I have at home, the taste is never the same, and often, particularly with bourbons, VERY different. Its not like trying on shoes to see if they fit...
     
  10. Gibonius

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    Most bars don't have decent whisky glasses either. Drinking from a tumbler just isn't the same.

    I've also had several bottles that I just didn't like at all on the first taste, and grew into. Wrong mood, wrong environment, whatever. I had them sit on my shelf for months then came back and wondered wtf I was thinking not liking them originally.


    Next on the agenda is Lagavulin 16, just gotta wait for it to go on sale. Price is fine now, but I make myself wait until they go on sale or I'd buy everything at once and my wife would murder me.
     
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    Recently into scotch and loving it, the bottles I have tried so far are:

    Macallan 10
    Macallan 12
    Laphroaig 10
    Glenmorangie 10 (original) --> My favorite

    and one that I can't seem to remember the name, Glenmacchancie?

    Any other recommendations for a beginner?
     
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    good points both.
     
  13. Gibonius

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    If you like Glenmorangie the most of those (and in your price range):

    Aberlour 12
    Balvenie Doublewood 12
    Bruichladdich - The Laddie 10
    Clynelish 14

    Nothing too peaty and should give you a little sampling of different styles. Something to get a transition into peatier drams would be Highland Park 12, although that's nothing close to the peatiness of the Laphroiag 10 you already have.
     
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    MMMMMMM peat. Its getting near Peat Season.

    I was enjoying some Hudson Maple Cask Rye this afternoon. Its what Angel's Envy Rye should have been...stopped just short of being too sweet, which is what the AE is.
     
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    Thanks! Was about to buy the Envy; you saved me.

    J
     
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    So, anyone have any opinions on the 'Laddie cuvees and Octomore 5.1?
     
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    Ardbeg corryvrecken, so good, so good.
     
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    Good choice. Finishing off a glass of that myself.
     
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    Some people love it, but if you're looking for a whiskey profile, you won't find it. The best way to describe it is liquid graham cracker. My wife and I couldn't even finish a glass. Though, if you're into mixed drinks, an Old Fashioned might be pretty cool with it.
     
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    A couple new members of the family.
     

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