Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    I was at a business function at Suntory a few years ago and the spirits were flowing freely. One of the members of the group (an exec at Suntory) noticed a display cabinet that held the really good stuff, including the 30 year Hibiki, and demanded that someone find the key. A key was located and the Hibiki was ours! Pure heaven!

    Oh. My. God.

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  2. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    You've gotta love the clout of Japanese execs at times like that.

    Hibiki means "resonance." I know you've all been dying to know that.
     


  3. Patrick Bateman

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    And the kanji for it is very beautiful.



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  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Yes, complex but beautiful. "Hibiki" can mean "resonance," "echo," and is also used when you want to say that a word or phrase "has a certain ring to it."
     


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  6. Kent Wang

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    That would smell fantastic.
     


  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Man, times are a changing!

    I mention I received an $800 dollar bottle of Scotch from Scotland and no one bats an eye, someone else mentions an $800 dollar bottle of Scotch from Japan and everyone swoons. I guess something got lost in translation. [​IMG]
     


  8. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Well, MacSanta was very good to me this year! Not only did he get me a bottle of 21 y/o portwood ages Balvenie, he got me a 30 y/o fine oak Macallen. I have already cracked the first one, which is a very nice smooth drink, but will wait for NY Eve to open the Macallen.

    Actually, I was going to rave about how much I love Balvenie and how lucky you are, when the thread suddenly plunged into a discussion about Japanese whiskies.
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Thanks Red, my faith in humanity is restored! I hope my joke didn't pass everyone by though. Remember what Bill Murray was pitching in Japan?
     


  10. Huntsman

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    Man, times are a changing! I mention I received an $800 dollar bottle of Scotch from Scotland and no one bats an eye, someone else mentions an $800 dollar bottle of Scotch from Japan and everyone swoons. I guess something got lost in translation. [​IMG]
    Well, I didn't swoon over either, actually -- not a big Balvenie guy, have no clue about the oak Macallan, and the same goes for Hibiki (however the talk about the name was really interesting to me). The usual Macallan 25 would catch my interest in a nanosecond, though. This is not to say that I would turn away any of them however... [​IMG] I also compliment your Santa immensely. [​IMG] Picked up a Distillery's Reserve Crag today, as well as a JW Green and Jamies' 12. The 30 yo Crag was really calling to me, but it was alot of coin. Regards, Huntsman
     


  11. Mr. Checks

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    I believe Scotch was the gift this year. My local guy sold out in record time, had nothing left but Grand MacNish in the plastic (drunk's) bottle.
     


  12. Huntsman

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    I agree. I hope, however, that it is not merely a trend for the sake of it, as I'd find that truly agitating. My guy told me of stories where people complain that their Cask Strength whiskies are garbage, absolute jet-fule and want to return them. Argh.

    ~ Huntsman
     


  13. Huntsman

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    Okay, had a little shootout on Tuesday, since this thread was on my mind. Although an amateur when it comes to scotch, I was surprised at the stark difference between JW Red and Black. The Red tasted like petrol after the Black. Laphroig wasn't doing it for me, just too much peat. So, what would I look for if I wanted a single malt, but not so heavy on the raw peat notes?
    I'm sorry this didn't get an answer earlier: My vote is for Dalwhinnie 15. For more explanation: The Islay whiskys, cf. Bowmore, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, as well as the Island whiskys, Talisker, Jurra, Arran, Scappa -- tend to exemplify peat. The Speysides tend to have a much lesser hit and are sweeter -- Macallan, Cragganmore, Balvenie, Aberlour, Cardhu are examples. The Highland scotches tend to be much lighter, but still vary alot by internal region, with the North and Central whiskys being the ones I'd choose for you Dalwhinnie or Glenmorangie Sherry Finish, and Glengoyne (though it is arguably a Lowland). Regards, Huntsman Edited to put Cardhu in it's proper home in Speyside, not in Islay.
     


  14. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Today was the last (half) day of work before the New Year's vacation. New Year is a big deal in Japan, so everyone went around giving New Year's greetings and making merry with drink flowing freely. Several bottles more than can possibly be drunk are presented to various people just for the sake of good cheer. Such is the last day of the year at a Japanese company.

    I was presented with a bottle of a 15 year old Suntory Royal whisky -- clearly a blend. It's hard to place in terms of Scotches, but it's quite drinkable. It's like a distinctly whisky version of a Camus cognac -- heavy vanilla notes.
     


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    I am poor and have been drinking Bowmore Legend. It doesn't even specify age but it's $16 a bottle.
     


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