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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
    I honestly didn't know that about the naming convention - that's interesting. +1ed on that.

    I am not sure about the mixing - but was nearly 100% sure that was true. Are you 100% on that? I would understand that a non single malt would be mixed from many whiskeys; but what I mean is if there are two barrels of whiskey (x1 and x2), a bottle sold will not have some from x1 and x2 - even though they are from the same batch. Not sure if that makes any sense at all Click here to enlarge


    Regarding blue label, I thought it was a 25, but instead looks like it has a blend of some "exotic" whiskeys, some claimed to be up to 50 years of age. Who knows. You would think for a bottle that expensive, they would give you a bit more detail. I would love a bottle though - no doubt about it.

    Cheers.
    i remember watching a docco on the JW distillery, i'll find it after work to confirm. But for blends like red, id bet on it haha. unless you go back a decade +, every bottle of JW red will taste almost identical!.. unless they're just THAT precisely blended, and the master blender makes sure all the single malts that go into it are of a consistent flavour. Been a few years, i'll get back to you on this one lol.

    Yeah, theres no doubt it's not a tasty whisky that's easy to drink, but i just can't get past the price clouding my judgement, and to me it's a valid way to judge a scotch.. even if offered free, there ARE other scotch' that i'd pick first, because of the specific flavours i enjoy Click here to enlarge

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
    Re - and NO, you do NOT buy a 25yo because it's smooth, they actually get LESS smooth because the flavours become stronger!.. more time sokaing up the smokey wood flavour.

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    This is something I would firmly disagree... out of everything we have talked about smoothness and taste are two different dimensions. I am talking about the sillky feeling in your mouth. You can easily discern this using a 10 and 15 year, it's not even close.

    Taste? Yes, that's going to change with time - some like the oaky flavor, some don't.
    yeah, it depends on what you define smooth... cheaper ones cut with grain alcohol have the astringent burn associated... once you go to decent single malt, you'll find going from 40-46% ABV can often reduce the burn

    but say, lets go to the extremes of lagavulin.. the astringent iodine/peat/smoke becomes stronger and stronger as you go up the age ranges, that i would define as less smooth, due to your nose being punched/tongue scraped with the flavours lol.

    mostly my favourite scotches are in the 8-12 range, but very well produced... sometimes, like has been said, with the flavour from the barrel becoming more prominent as it ages, some OTHER flavours can be masked that i enjoy.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    Agreed as well. Every book I've read on whiskey says the longer something sits on oak, the more mellow (read: smooth) it becomes. It is also more likely to pick up a smokier flavor over time versus a vanilla/caramel flavor. If I had to guess, smoothness is likely attributed to the burn of the alcohol - the longer it sits, the more likely the alcohol content is to go down (evaporation, soaking in to the wood, etc), which will limit some of the burn.

    -Rich
    true, there's the angels share to account for as well, concentrates a lot of the flavours there... but they still have to get it to 40% minimum, often 43 or 45/46% depending on which scotch it is, or cask strength etc.

    doesn't the vanilla come from vanillin in the oak casks?

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trufus Click here to enlarge
    Yeah I'm with you. Still, I encourage everyone I meet who only drinks one thing (or one type of thing) to venture out.

    One of the great things about scotch is that it's so diverse within the category. That sometimes makes it tough to convince a hardcore scotch drinker that anything else is worthwhile.
    yeah, no (or few) scotch drinkers enjoy ALL scotch, they may as well be totally different alcohols!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
    yeah, no (or few) scotch drinkers enjoy ALL scotch, they may as well be totally different alcohols!
    lol - that's a quote that should define this thread. Click here to enlarge

    Yeah, interestingly enough, I learned that a lot of people cut with propylene glycol to reduce the alcohol and make it artifically "silky" - I think things like these are what define a more expensive batch than another, but who knows - maybe they all do it... Definitely learning a lot though - good post.

    Yes, the vanilla flavonoids do come from an oak cask - that's my understanding also.

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    Monkey shoulder for those that like it smooth.
    its a blend of three speyside single malts.
    very nice tripple malt at its best!

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    not really a liquor guy, i like the mellow buzz of beer benders. jd is usually what i get if i want to drink, after 2 or 3 they all taste about the same anyway

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by louis redfoot Click here to enlarge
    after 2 or 3 they all taste about the same anyway
    I must say this is not true.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I must say this is not true.
    well if you're buying, i like louis

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by louis redfoot Click here to enlarge
    well if you're buying, i like louis
    I'm not buying.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I must say this is not true.
    yeah.. it's more like 5 or 6 Click here to enlarge

    the next bottle i've been suggested is

    http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_...h-whisky-700ml
    boop

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
    yeah.. it's more like 5 or 6 Click here to enlarge

    the next bottle i've been suggested is

    http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_...h-whisky-700ml
    Is that a good source to purchase from?

    I'm going to get myself a bunch of bottles before summer starts.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Is that a good source to purchase from?

    I'm going to get myself a bunch of bottles before summer starts.
    unfortunately for you - australian.. pretty sure you'd be able to find cheaper over there lol

    fortunately for me - good prices for australia Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I found the Macallan 12 very easy to drink and quite smooth personally.
    Can't wait til you try Oban. It's easier/smoother than Macallan 12 IMHO.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    Can't wait til you try Oban. It's easier/smoother than Macallan 12 IMHO.
    Then Oban is now on my list good sir.

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    ah, see? you are finally listening to me Click here to enlarge

    although Macallan 12 is bueno in my book.... Oban is one of my favorites.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alex@ABRhouston Click here to enlarge
    Tullamore dew should be considered (again) as well
    Added to the list.

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    Click here to enlargeDate night with my wife at a new whiskey restaurant (Bourbon Brothers). Lots of whiskey options (I'm doing Four Roses Small Batch on two cubes).

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    You're upside down.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    You're upside down.
    Trying to post from my phone via safari. Not working too great... I'll fix it when I get home. Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    Trying to post from my phone via safari. Not working too great... I'll fix it when I get home. Click here to enlarge

    -Rich
    For whatever reason when I upload attachments from my phone the same thing happens. I hate this software. With all my heart I hate it.

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    word of warning: A customer gave me a trio of scotch to try.
    Talisker 10yr
    Caol Ila 12 yr
    Lagavulin 16 yr.
    I can get some bad nasty hootch down the pipe…. home made whiskey/moonshine/slivovitz/etc…. but this is like $#@! dipped used bandaid flavored horse piss. wow. i mean, the Talisker I tried after finishing off some Macallen 18 year… and I went *wow* this is bad. choked it down, but thought maybe I was drunk was the reason it didn't agree with my palate. The Caol Ila was my first drink today, straight up, neat. I literally threw it down the drain. *barf*
    I have no earthly idea if perhaps it went bad, was a joke or what.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alex@ABRhouston Click here to enlarge
    word of warning: A customer gave me a trio of scotch to try.
    Talisker 10yr
    Caol Ila 12 yr
    Lagavulin 16 yr.
    I can get some bad nasty hootch down the pipe…. home made whiskey/moonshine/slivovitz/etc…. but this is like $#@! dipped used bandaid flavored horse piss. wow. i mean, the Talisker I tried after finishing off some Macallen 18 year… and I went *wow* this is bad. choked it down, but thought maybe I was drunk was the reason it didn't agree with my palate. The Caol Ila was my first drink today, straight up, neat. I literally threw it down the drain. *barf*
    I have no earthly idea if perhaps it went bad, was a joke or what.


    good thing I have some Oban to whisk those garbage flavors away Click here to enlarge
    LOL well we both have very different views on the Talisker 10.

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    no, seriously- there must be something wrong with this box of scotch. all 3 of them are HORRIBLE. the closest thing I can think of them tasting is liquid bandaid.
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    All three of your bottles stink?

    I just wrapped up MazdaBoost (damn does Mazda have a lot of engines/models to sort through) and now I'm enjoying some Scotch while watching the dunk contest.

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    Take two on the picture.


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    Cheers to you.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Cheers to you.
    Thumbs up.

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