Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by French Cuff Consignment, Dec 14, 2006.
Fresh as I return.
Dude, you're taking this shit far too seriously. What what old chap I say.
The downfall of this thread began at post °8 then, I guess.
I'm sorry mate,
you came too late.
How can you take single malt Scotch too seriously?
On the other hand, I don't think it is a matter of too serious or not. It's simply a matter of the way discussion forums are set up and what expectations are generated. Why have subject topics and subtopics, at all? Why not just have one big umbrella thread where anyone can talk about anything and everything?
I don't think the occasional reference to Japanese malts is offensive. No more than the occasional reference to Irish malts. But most of us are drawn to this thread and post to it, monitor it, and read other peoples remarks because the title contains the word "Scotch."
It would be an entirely different crowd of people here if the title were "Bourbon" or as Bill said, "Scotch or something like it."
I seem to recall reading somewhere that Scotch cannot be just anything...some International Trade rule or something like that. Just as Champagne can only be from one specific region in France, and made with only one specific process. Tequila the same. If that's so, it is at least inappropriate to conflate Scotch with other whiskies.
It's kind of like mixing liquors in one glass...and who cares what glass looks like.
I'm on board with you. I think though, you have taken the thread far too seriously when you start saying stuff like "the purpose of this thread is compromised" when 2% of the discussion is about non-Scotch whiskeys. Like, really? We had a purpose and it is being compromised? WTF?
If there was a thread about champagne, I think it'd be completely legit to discuss crémants etc. there, too. Just my 0,02.
And don't tell me you wouldn't write in this thread if the title was "Scotch or something like it.".
I see you're an 'interpreter'. I'm not dissing you but I don't recall (or see) where I said the "purpose of the thread is compromised." My quotes are appropriate but yours were not.
And really, old son, there's a big difference between 'purpose' and 'subject.' From my POV, the purpose is to enjoy and entertain ourselves by discussing and sharing insights about a subject that we've all implicitly agreed to talk about.
yeah i was quoting that one dude who i accused of tkaing this too seriously. you're cool.
For what it's worth as a relative newcomer to scotch and its ilk, I quite appreciate suggestions of Japanese whiskies. They are basically intended to be the same type of drink and I think most people would view them as direct alternatives to each other. I wouldn't tend to buy them, because I wouldn't have a clue what I was looking at, but if people make suggestions of what's good and how it compares, then I'm very interested to read that and I can't think of a more sensible place to put them.
Maybe you are referring to Hibiki 12yrs. I am referring to the 17 and 21 yrs. Both are stellar and comparable to the finest of Speyside.
Not sure why but the Hibikis don't do much for me....though the 30 year was a treat! But I am a big fan of Yamazaki...I recently tried the Sherry Cask and Puncheon bottlings and they are both excellent.
I tried out some Lagavulin 16 year last night. Quite a bold taste and it was the first scotch I ever had that actually made my lips tingle (weird feeling). I am still not sure if it was really worth the $30 for the 2 ounces.
Lagavulin 16 is a beautiful malt, but if you find it on the strong side, and unsure about your passion for the peat and smoke bombs, try Black Bottle. Yes, it is a blended scotch and merely $20 in the US, but it is a very nice, refined, smokey peatey scotch whisky that is a nice introduction to Islay. Coincidentally, it is mostly made up of Lagavulin. Cheers!
Any suggestions for a very briny/salty single malt scotch? That's a flavor I haven't experience much in the scotches I've tasted, looking for one that maybe even over does it a little bit, just to get an idea of what it's like...
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