Nicholas Templeman: A Bespoke Shoemaker

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    Co la breith first!
     


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    Sorry to have missed you - I'll be back in early April most likely. Looking forward to coming back, it'll be a pleasure to meet with you.
     


  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Oh!! When you said "ho,ho, ho"...

    Well then, co-là breith sona dhut, a bhalaich!
     


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    I generally just roll the two together and make a month of it #yolo and all that
     


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    I literally can't even right now.
     


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    Wait, the kids are still saying yolo right
     


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    Don't worry, I am sure today's urban youth would be proud
     


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    One of my favorites.
     


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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :fonz:
     


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    Don't think I've actually tried Highland Park, I'll have to remedy that at some point. I think it makes up a decent portion of Grouse which is pretty good as far as ubiquitous blends go, so I'm confident it'll go down well. Who am I kidding, I've yet to meet a whisky I didn't get on with..

    Not included in the shot was a decanter newly refreshed with Teachers, I haven't had that for 'kin years and I'm curious to see if it's gone as far downhill as everyone says.
     


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    Just on principle, I'm not real fond of blends...I've heard Famous Grouse is the best of them...I like the distinct character of single malts and have always gravitated towards Lagavulin and Laphroig and so forth. I thought HP was a little pedestrian at first. But as I got into my first bottle I realized it was just a matter of refining my sensibilities.

    Highland Park is one of the few whiskys...aside from the typical Island whiskys (HP is from Orkney) ...that still uses peat (as opposed to gas or anthracite coal used in many lowland whiskys) for drying the malt and this results in a delicate but definite peat reek that most of the "lawlan"...even some heiland...malts are missing, without the iodine and kelp overtones that the island malts tend to have.

    The HP distillery owns their own peat bog that they have been harvesting for 200+ years (and still have more than 2/3 of it left). HP has been named Best Spirit in the World a number of times and World’s Best Single Malt and received a perfect 100 at the Ultimate Spirit Challenge. All in the last ten years.

    Of course, the winners were 20 years old or older...more than I can afford. But even the plebeian 12 year old is rapidly becoming my all time favourite.

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    I don't mind a blend, especially on the rare occasion I'll have more than one or two glasses. Most of the Malts I like are the more challenging ones, and occasionally I'll want something a bit simpler. Plus, in the single malt world where spent barrels are preferred, you've got to get the tannins out of the oak somehow so grain whisky has an important place. Single Grain whisky is quite an interesting drink, and I'm a fan of a fair few American grain whiskeys, especially a straight rye. Even more so when that rye is turned into a Sazerac or Manhattan etc. I'm looking forward to that Blantons more than anything though, been years since I had a bottle in the rotation.

    As far as blends go, Grouse is ok. It's a bit to smooth and a bit too sweet for my tastes. I think it would be a let down going from a single malt to that. When I got into whisky, Teachers was the best blend out there with he highest malt content. The ownership changed about 5 years ago and supposedly the access to certain malts ended, so we'll see how well this one goes down. I'm sure I'll struggle through it if I have to.
     
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    Been a while since anyone's asked for a chisel toe, shame really because I like doing them. Should probably make up some square samples to remedy that. There'll be an unusual brogue pattern on the toe of this pair, whoever can guess what it'll be wins a prize*!


    *possibly
     


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