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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. joelscott7

    joelscott7 Senior member

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    Are there any particular Arran bottlings that you have stuck out above others?
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Picked up both HP18 and Oban 18 yr tonight.
     
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  3. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    ^ Oban 18 year is great. Finally finished the last dram in my prior bottle once I bought the new one.
     
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    Added Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve and Ardmore Traditional Cask to my collection tonight.
     
  5. NewYorkIslander

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    So I cracked open the Auchentoshan 18 from the early 80's with my dad....after we tasted a modern Auch 12 year old....was GREAT! I've always subscribed to the fact that whiskey doesn't age in the bottle, but this had such a similar mouthfeel to the 80's bourbons I've had that I'm starting to turn...unless the style 30 years ago (or 50 years ago, when it was distilled) were just THAT different. Very unique body on them.
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I imagine scotch is different from batch to batch slightly. Cognac makers combat this by changing the blend to continuously reproduce the house style and I assume blended scotch producers do the same, but what can single malt producers do to reproduce their product with identical results?
     
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    To me the difference wasn't slight, but very noticeable...and noticeably different from the modern bottling because it was very similar to the older 80's bourbons I have tasted. I wish I was good enough at tasting to be able to get into the minute differences between the same malt...are you there yet SG?
     
  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    I doubt it, I don't drink the same ones often enough. Another ten years maybe.
     
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  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    took this picture the other day, figured you guys would enjoy.


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    One of the biggest differences is the willingness to use much older stock to produce a higher quality release.
    Historically, distilleries rarely released very old whisky (20+) but would use the casks to enhance their regular bottlings. As lder releases gained value that became extremely wasteful. Years ago it was very common to find 20+ yo barrels blended into a 15 yo statement release. Now those barrels are either held or put into a 21 year old release.
     
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  12. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Senior member

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    Another find yesterday:
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    I'm dating it 1965.

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    mid 80's as well.

    Anyone with any other info, would be appreciated.
     
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  13. Huntsman

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    Jealous on the Lochnagar.
     
  14. agoldf

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    dittos
     
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    If you looked at Balvenie 15 dates you used to be able to find some massively older whiskys. I remember picking up a 26yo one once.
     
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    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Anything gone aground recently?


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    Nice work, I'm green in one eye and blue in the other!
     
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  18. joelscott7

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    Tried the Hazelburn 8 tonight, it's ok with a nice sweet aftertaste, but it doesn't last very long. I think that this would be much better aged for a few more years. There is a 12 year that I think would be really good. Overall it was worth buying, but I don't think that I'll be buying another bottle.
     
  19. bakatora

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    I've recently gotten into scotch and am wondering if anyone has any tips on jump-starting my palate? I feel like I'm wasting the things I taste because I can't grasp more than a few of the flavor notes shared by the label and reviewers. I've only tried maybe 8-12 different ones, and I'm only able to distinguish between like/dislike at this point.
     
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    I'm a newbie as well. Best thing I did is to educate myself on whiskey tasting, putting me into a better position to enjoy and get more out of my whiskeys. I asked what whiskeys were good entry levels, and what different regions had to offer. Of course, sampling for me has been the hardest, but I am learning to pick up samples before I invest in a whole bottle that I might not like.
     

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