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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2014, 04:01 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
Who know's, maybe magic :) There are many...

Who know's, maybe magic :)

There are many other highlanders that contain light peat too and Springbank do a full range or peated malts (ok I know it's Campbeltown....but its closer to highland...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,782
Posted By opelfruit
You've clearly never had a bottle of Loch Lomond...

You've clearly never had a bottle of Loch Lomond :D :D
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 59
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Posted By opelfruit
BenRiach heavily peat a whole range of their...

BenRiach heavily peat a whole range of their whisky. Benromach also peat some of their whisky. Ardmore peath their whisky. All are Speysiders (ok, Ardmore is a highlander....).



...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-31-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,782
Posted By opelfruit
Those days are gone. Can you ever see an Ardbeg...

Those days are gone. Can you ever see an Ardbeg going for that low at release? The point is that the distilleries are going to up the prices to near the resale value and release more stock per...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-31-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,782
Posted By opelfruit
It's like house prices, and a feeling of value;...

It's like house prices, and a feeling of value; they are only in profit when you have actually sold them :)

If they are in your collection, there may be a "value" on them but they are worth...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-31-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,782
Posted By opelfruit
Don't take this the wrong way, but I have a...

Don't take this the wrong way, but I have a fundamental issue with whisky investment and people buying up whatever they can to squeeze the last bit of cash out of the bottles avaliable. It's very...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-25-2013, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,213
Posted By opelfruit
er..... Niether are like Glenlivet....

er.....

Niether are like Glenlivet. Lagavulin is completely different, it's a a totally oposite polar end to Glenlivet.

Glenlivet is sweet and smooth whereas Lagavulin is heavy, smokey and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-24-2013, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,169
Posted By opelfruit
Never had it, wasn't even aware they did a 18yo....

Never had it, wasn't even aware they did a 18yo. I'm in the UK so this may be a US exclusive (I know Oban sells big over there....for some reason :confused: ).

In the UK we get a 14yo and a...
Forum: Whisky Blends 12-19-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,117
Posted By opelfruit
Sounds like he's sold you the NAS one (entry...

Sounds like he's sold you the NAS one (entry level) and not the much more expensive 17year old.

Get a refund.

....and tell him you want to keep the NAS bottle he sold you as a "gesture of good...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 01:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,876
Posted By opelfruit
Aberlours aren't sherry finished, they are double...

Aberlours aren't sherry finished, they are double casked; a vatting of both bourbon and sherry casks and a bottling of the product. So the 12yo contains whisky that has spent at least 12 years in...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,730
Posted By opelfruit
Have you considered a Lagavulin 12yo? Cask...

Have you considered a Lagavulin 12yo? Cask strength, NCF and no e150a. They are very, very good. So far I've most enjoyed the 2011 release.


If you liked the Springbank and wanted something...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
Don't shoot me if you don't like them :) ...

Don't shoot me if you don't like them :)


....I hate recommending whisky as peoples tastes are so subjective, maybe try to sample first hey
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 06:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,835
Posted By opelfruit
I'm not good with heat from chillies if I'm being...

I'm not good with heat from chillies if I'm being honest. I like spicy food but only when it's average-mid spicy, and more and I just can't take it. I'm a right wimp.

Which, as you say, is a bit...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 06:35 AM
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Views: 14,745
Posted By opelfruit
Totally with you, it's strange what a difference...

Totally with you, it's strange what a difference that 3% can make. I find the near perfect strength to about about 50% too for most stuff but 46+ is always a good start !!


You see that...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,578
Posted By opelfruit
I use one of these for most bourbons, except the...

I use one of these for most bourbons, except the stuff I really wanna get a nose full of like BTACs etc.

I also use this to enjoy some whisky where the nose it not so to my tasting....for example...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
The smoke doesn't come from the casks being...

The smoke doesn't come from the casks being charred. Most casks are bourbon casks which are charred, chances are that if you get a 100% bourbon speyside whisky it wont taste smokey, even though its...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 05:57 AM
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Views: 1,532
Posted By opelfruit
No, it wont go bad. In theory it will last...

No, it wont go bad.

In theory it will last for years. Whisky doesn't go "bad", it will oxidize though so over time it will change it's flavour profile. The less there is in the bottle the more...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-15-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
Try some Speyside peated. It's light and smokey...

Try some Speyside peated. It's light and smokey (usually!), something from Benriach. Knowning your style something without too much wood on it; Curiositas 10yo. Fruity and floral with a bit of oak...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
He didn't want something compareable to JW Blue,...

He didn't want something compareable to JW Blue, but something with a level of peat that was very lightly handled. Given that JW Blue gets some of its peating and spice from Island and Highland...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 06:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
It depends on what you think of as peat. It has a...

It depends on what you think of as peat. It has a gentle smokeyness to it, certainly, this is peat.

The peat on Islay and the peat on the Islands/Mainland are very different. Islay Peat is lignin...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 03:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,745
Posted By opelfruit
pfft, practically a liqeur at that, just finished...

pfft, practically a liqeur at that, just finished a dram of Stagg 2013 and thats 64%, still not as bad a last years which was 71.4% - thats hotter than most new make scotch! Hell fire and brimstone I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 02:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
Most of JW Blue is made up of Royal Lochnagar,...

Most of JW Blue is made up of Royal Lochnagar, which is a creamy smooth dram. It's balanced out with other (well aged apparently) malts. I know that there is some Talisker in it and most of the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-13-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 139,044
Posted By opelfruit
Glenfiddich 15yo Distillery edition Hakushu 18yo

Glenfiddich 15yo Distillery edition
Hakushu 18yo
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-04-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,970
Posted By opelfruit
They don't admit it or deny it - it's a passive...

They don't admit it or deny it - it's a passive thing and totally accepted that 99% of whisky is coloured. Unless otherwise stated.

It'd be nice for them to list it in the ingredients on the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-03-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,970
Posted By opelfruit
It's also worth noting that the age on a bottle...

It's also worth noting that the age on a bottle is not actually (or certainly very rarely) the age of the actual liquid inside.

Scotch rules are based on the contents of the lowest possible age in...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-25-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,857
Posted By opelfruit
Yeah, we only get 40% abv doublewood :( although,...

Yeah, we only get 40% abv doublewood :( although, oddly now that you mention it, I'm pretty sure we used to get it at 43% a while back. It was definately 43% when I first had it about 8-10 years...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-14-2013, 10:47 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
Buy it. It's an old release, they did a...

Buy it.

It's an old release, they did a bunch of 17yo non-chill filtered higher strength stuff a while back that was limited. The only place I've seen this in the UK are selling for well over 100...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-09-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,863
Posted By opelfruit
If you're going to freeze it, then why not just...

If you're going to freeze it, then why not just buy a bottle of the cheapest whisky you can get your hands on? Or, come to it, why not just buy vodka.


No point wasting your hard earned cash on...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-05-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By opelfruit
Septendecim is totally ex-bourbon. You get more...

Septendecim is totally ex-bourbon. You get more vanilla and the peating seems lighter, its a bit light some Benromachs from back in the day when they used to peat their whisky. It's lighter and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-04-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By opelfruit
100 for a single bottle, or several bottles for...

100 for a single bottle, or several bottles for 100?

Best bet is for Islay whiskies, although there are some very good well peated whiskies from Speyside (Benriach Solstice for example is...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-04-2013, 09:51 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
No probably about it, really bad idea full stop. ...

No probably about it, really bad idea full stop.

What's in a bottle of whisky at 40% is not what is in the barrel. Malt spirit goes into the cask at around 65% for aging, and over time looses...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-30-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By opelfruit
You know that in 1997 Lagavulin greatly increased...

You know that in 1997 Lagavulin greatly increased production volumes to try to meet a higher demand. So the new bottlings under the new higher volumes would be bottled during 2013.

This could be...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2013, 10:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,755
Posted By opelfruit
I 2nd that. For most people walking into a...

I 2nd that.

For most people walking into a supermarket it's not easy to decide. Luckily for me I have a really good small local indenpendant shop where there are plenty of samples open, but even...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2013, 10:10 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 139,044
Posted By opelfruit
What did I buy recently? Well, er, blown the...

What did I buy recently? Well, er, blown the budget this month (and next months too!).

The Buffalo Trace Antiques were released last week in the UK (these are NOT cheap in the UK, alas) so got:
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,755
Posted By opelfruit
Back to basics

Ok, so I've been drinking "proper" whisky for about 10 years now and I started the same way as most people; Balvenie DW, Laga 16, Tali 10, Glenlivet...you know how it goes. Over time you start to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 139,044
Posted By opelfruit
You're not sick, you're a whisky fan :) ...

You're not sick, you're a whisky fan :)


....I have the same issue, this is usually how my conversations go with my wife:

"I've just ordered some bot......"
"I'm not interested"
"Just...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-25-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,397
Posted By opelfruit
...and 90% of light wih a wavelength below 300nm...

...and 90% of light wih a wavelength below 300nm is blocked by glass.

Whisky is in glass bottles.

So, the imperceivably small levels of UV given off by tiny LEDs would only have about a max...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-25-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,331
Posted By opelfruit
Yes. Lovely nose, very smooth and diverse palate...

Yes. Lovely nose, very smooth and diverse palate but the finish is well below par. Maybe they make it that way so you want to go straight back in for more, but for me the finish is probably the best...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-24-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,331
Posted By opelfruit
Funnily enough I'm a bit "fnar" with Clynelish,...

Funnily enough I'm a bit "fnar" with Clynelish, can leave it or take it. It doesn't seem to have much point for me, same tasting notes. A bit to hot and spicey with not much else going on.

I'm...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-19-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,746
Posted By opelfruit
I bought the following for my own personal...

I bought the following for my own personal consuption;


1x Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8
1x Ardbeg Day


I am willing to sell them for 1million each, shipping included to anywhere in the world....
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-17-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,332
Posted By opelfruit
I dont think its been fully covered so far, but...

I dont think its been fully covered so far, but you originally asked what justifies the price of the Oogie compared to the 10 and if it were older, well here you go;


[entering geek mode]

the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-11-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,269
Posted By opelfruit
So to sum up; you went out to chat up women :-) ...

So to sum up; you went out to chat up women :-)



.......aside, totally the wrong order for a tasting of value. Right order if your a barman trying to score with birds in your bar.

I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-21-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 17,102
Posted By opelfruit
Make sure you make it a priority to get your nose...

Make sure you make it a priority to get your nose stuck into a glass of Hibiki 21. Blend shmend, it's one of the best whiskies I've had full stop. Single malt or not. Every time I open my bottle I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-19-2013, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,612
Posted By opelfruit
Corry is a bit of a beast and needs caution. ...

Corry is a bit of a beast and needs caution.

Basically; they take Ardbeg and slap some of it in new French oak barrels and then when it's reached maturity they cut it with standard Ardbeg 10b to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-19-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,566
Posted By opelfruit
Maker's 46 is a Maker's Mark using recipe "46"...

Maker's 46 is a Maker's Mark using recipe "46" for wood. They basically take Marke's and then stick French Oak staves in the barrel. It's a nice take on a wheated bourbon as it's adds some real nice...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-19-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,566
Posted By opelfruit
Funny you say that, I've only recently ventured...

Funny you say that, I've only recently ventured into the world of bourbon - maybe 5 or 6 months ago - and I'm very impressed with what I've found.

Prices are all a bit over the place in the UK for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-17-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,566
Posted By opelfruit
No probs dude, glad you enjoyed it. I still can't...

No probs dude, glad you enjoyed it. I still can't decide if I prefer the Bog to the Day though, I keep switching between. The Day is probably more complex but the Bog is tastier.

Wish I had more...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-09-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,923
Posted By opelfruit
That definately looks like the bottle being sold...

That definately looks like the bottle being sold here:

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-3039.aspx


which is going for a LOT of money.

Apparently, the whisky inside the bottle isn't really...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-05-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,923
Posted By opelfruit
Looks like the same 1 TWE are selling for...

Looks like the same 1 TWE are selling for 2,500!!!!

Dude, get to an auction site :-)
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-05-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,923
Posted By opelfruit
There weren't produced for very long, we'd need...

There weren't produced for very long, we'd need to a see a picture to be sure as there were a few different bottlings. Just as an example, if its this bottling (750ml for the US market) then its...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-03-2013, 02:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,803
Posted By opelfruit
If you like it then buy some more while you can....

If you like it then buy some more while you can. This is a good ol' case of expression labelling rather than informational labelling.


What I mean by this is that most distilleries state the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-02-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,970
Posted By opelfruit
I suspected they are "Limited" due to either the...

I suspected they are "Limited" due to either the number of bottles that the guy in the shop has avaliable to him, or Ardbeg's approach to selling in Oz.

Most likely the former, as I wasn't aware...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-31-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,970
Posted By opelfruit
Not sure why; corryvrecken and oogie are both...

Not sure why; corryvrecken and oogie are both part of the standard lineup. Ardbog certainly is limited and pretty much globally sold out. I'll sell you my spare bottle for a million quid :-D...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-30-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,074
Posted By opelfruit
Just be careful, thewhiskyshop are about 20% more...

Just be careful, thewhiskyshop are about 20% more expensive than most other retailers.

Balvenie wise, there isn't much between the 15yo single barrel and the 17yo doublewood (50 and 75...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-26-2013, 01:56 AM
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Views: 2,672
Posted By opelfruit
Yeah, move house! :D

Yeah, move house! :D
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-25-2013, 09:51 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
If you mean by "good investment"; a solid place...

If you mean by "good investment"; a solid place to put your money in the hope of higher resales and good profit.....then no.


If you mean by "good investment"; a way to get the stuff you want for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-25-2013, 05:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,970
Posted By opelfruit
Which one was it? I'm not sure which one won...

Which one was it?

I'm not sure which one won the 100 points, but in 2012 there were 2 bottlings;

48.1% mid year and 45.7% late in the year, make sure you get the right one :)


....no not...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-25-2013, 05:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,970
Posted By opelfruit
The DoubleWood is the whisky that first got me...

The DoubleWood is the whisky that first got me into single malts. It's a nice, safe bet, malt but wont do much to light up your life.

Much better introduction to Balvenie would be the 12yr...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-24-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,355
Posted By opelfruit
http://www.htfw.com/glenfiddich-snow-phoenix ...

http://www.htfw.com/glenfiddich-snow-phoenix


yours for 300, which is over twice the retail value, but then it's limited and sold out everywhere.

Praise be said for buy whisky when it's first...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-23-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,970
Posted By opelfruit
I've got a bit of an obessive nature (when I say...

I've got a bit of an obessive nature (when I say a bit, I mean a lot). So I try not to have too many bottles open at once or it get a bit stressed out. I tend to run with the below;


1 Islay
1...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-22-2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,766
Posted By opelfruit
http://www.whisky-academy.com/index.htm ...

http://www.whisky-academy.com/index.htm


If you are feeling flush :)


Samples of aromas found in whisky with a manual/guide on how to identify the aromas and what they mean.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-18-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,766
Posted By opelfruit
I need to get myself some friends like that :D ...

I need to get myself some friends like that :D


Draw up a request list for him to give to his clients for next time!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-18-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,766
Posted By opelfruit
Never had JW Blue label so can't comment. I'm...

Never had JW Blue label so can't comment. I'm sure it's very nice, but I've heard more about it being disappointing and over-priced than anything else.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-17-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,766
Posted By opelfruit
http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/tasting-tips.htm...

http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/tasting-tips.htm



doesn't really cover how to write descriptors, it's kinda personal. When I taste whisky I don't really try to pick out individual elements;...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-17-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,066
Posted By opelfruit
Both were originally released as Committee...

Both were originally released as Committee releases and then went on to form part of the main line-up, so at the moment they are permenant. Although, there does appear to have been a recent forumla...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-14-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,351
Posted By opelfruit
{personal opinion only} It's better than...

{personal opinion only}

It's better than Aligator, can't decide if I prefer it to Day or not, I think I do. I like the finish and what the manzilla brings to the party.

It's a tough one for the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-13-2013, 08:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,351
Posted By opelfruit
...It's very good. Yeah, it's this years...

...It's very good.


Yeah, it's this years annual special release, following on from Aligator, Galileo and last years Ardbeg Day (which I know, strictly speaking, was a Commitee release).

...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-09-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,283
Posted By opelfruit
Heh, the guy I get mine from still has Galileo...

Heh, the guy I get mine from still has Galileo and alligator for 100 and seeing for 95. He prides himself on not taking the piss out of the consumer, which is why he gets all of my custom.

I can...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-08-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,001
Posted By opelfruit
Yeah, peat is a funny old thing.... some...

Yeah, peat is a funny old thing....


some peat is smokey, some is sweet and some is medicinal. So for your Islay top 3 peated you have:


Lagavulin - Smokey peat
Ardbeg - Sweet peat...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-08-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,001
Posted By opelfruit
Ardbeg 10 not as "manly" as Lagavulin 16? ...

Ardbeg 10 not as "manly" as Lagavulin 16?


- Ardbeg 10 is peated to 54-56 ppm, Lagavulin 16 to 25-30ppm (half the peating level)

- Ardbeg 10 is 46% abv, Lagavulin 16 is 43% abv

- Ardbeg 10...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-07-2013, 11:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,001
Posted By opelfruit
i'm not 100% sure where you're going with this,...

i'm not 100% sure where you're going with this, you've listed things there which are nothing at all like a Lagavulin 16.


Do you want something similar to a Laga 16 for a lower price, or...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-07-2013, 02:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,256
Posted By opelfruit
Some stuff Ardbeg do really makes the whisky...

Some stuff Ardbeg do really makes the whisky sing, the Marsala casks dull it off a bit, but whilst it knocks a bit of the classic Ardbeg out of the end result I like the other things it brings to the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-06-2013, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,029
Posted By opelfruit
you pronounce it "oog-a-dal" - Ardbeg are masters...

you pronounce it "oog-a-dal" - Ardbeg are masters of producing whiskies noone can pronounce.


Distillery Editions (if the ones I think you mean) are a range of whiskies produced by Diageo's...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-05-2013, 10:04 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
2 different whiskies mate, so you can't really...

2 different whiskies mate, so you can't really compare. Both a fanstastic in their own right.

It's like comparing a Talisker 18yo against a 57 deg north - you can't really do it.

If it were me...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-29-2013, 02:29 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
Most things coming out of Dalmore. Never...

Most things coming out of Dalmore.


Never been a fan of it, everything I've tried takes a lazy toffee option, too "watery" with no where near the complexity I'd expect.

...don't get me wrong,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-27-2013, 10:40 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
I'm with you on 2 of those points; I always...

I'm with you on 2 of those points;

I always try to buy stuff that is not chill-filtered and not coloured.

And I never really (well, only a few exceptions) buy stuff at 40% - i feel it's a cop...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-27-2013, 08:30 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
English whisky, oh yes :D ...

English whisky, oh yes :D


http://www.masterofmalt.com/country/english-whisky/


and if you look at something like St George distillery, it's also very bloody good. Albeit a bit young as its...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-24-2013, 09:52 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
and then to make things even more confusing for...

and then to make things even more confusing for your average consumer, they can label whisky as "Scotch Whisky" no matter if it's Single Malt, Blended Malt or Blended Whisky (with grain), provided...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-17-2013, 01:04 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
A lot less sherry, in fact none. Corry is made up...

A lot less sherry, in fact none. Corry is made up of ardbeg in new french oak casks vatted with classic younger ardbeg

No finishing, no sherry, nothing. The new French wood gives it the tar and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-26-2013, 07:36 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
It is a must-try, too me the price is irrelevant...

It is a must-try, too me the price is irrelevant its that good. Its easily worth it.

They can take sheery very well, provided its dont right. You need to balance the salt and sweet/dryness, hard...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-25-2013, 07:39 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
I find the corry less sweet up front but then...

I find the corry less sweet up front but then sweeter and fruitier as it moves mid palate to finish with a really beefier version of the normal Ardbeg nose.

A few of us have had this dilemma,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-18-2013, 09:33 AM
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Posted By opelfruit
A'bunadh isn't 5 years old, it's a vatting of...

A'bunadh isn't 5 years old, it's a vatting of casks of various different ages - some of which may be much older. I think the range of casks is from 5 years up to around 25 years.


Age is all...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-11-2013, 08:07 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
ah, Ardbeg 10. It's like that really old pair of...

ah, Ardbeg 10. It's like that really old pair of jeans you own, you dont really want to be seen out in them but god almighty are they comfy - and always the go to choice when you need that feeling of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 04:52 PM
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Views: 6,127
Posted By opelfruit
best suggestion so far. Or...how about a...

best suggestion so far.

Or...how about a bottle of 12yr which you know he likes and a bottle of 15 (or 18) year if you budget allows.

So 1 you know he likes and a new one, a step up, to try.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 03:40 PM
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Posted By opelfruit
:O yikes! It's gone up a lot

:O


yikes! It's gone up a lot
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 03:08 PM
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Views: 6,421
Posted By opelfruit
How much for?! It was a release of 336...

How much for?!

It was a release of 336 bottles actually, so even less ;)

very rare and only sold direct from the distillery.


you're looking at around 800-1000 ($1200-$1500), if you can...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-28-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,972
Posted By opelfruit
One of the things i love about forums like this...

One of the things i love about forums like this is taking part in peoples journeys. In the space of 3 months you've started out on one of lifes most enjoyable journeys and we're going along for the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-27-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,972
Posted By opelfruit
Thats probabltly the biggest difference; personal...

Thats probabltly the biggest difference; personal experiences and reference points, but palate quality too -genetically speaking. For example; around a quarter of the population cannot, genetically,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-26-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,003
Posted By opelfruit
Port Ellen closed in 1983, so this is from the...

Port Ellen closed in 1983, so this is from the last year of it's run, which makes it quite collectable. Even if Diageo do reopen it the stuff will still be sought after as it's the "original" stuff....
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-23-2013, 08:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,313
Posted By opelfruit
Good call. People often knock glenfiddich...

Good call.

People often knock glenfiddich but its a great entry level malt that ticks all the boxes. There is a reason its one of the best selling malts in the world. It wont light up the room but...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,313
Posted By opelfruit
There will be dozens for you. There are so many...

There will be dozens for you. There are so many good whiskies out there from different areas it's neigh on impossible to find something you wont like.

I was trying to introduce a friend of mine to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,313
Posted By opelfruit
http://www.masterofmalt.com/shipping.aspx ...

http://www.masterofmalt.com/shipping.aspx


Actually they lifted this some time back and are shipping to the US of A again. The guy lives in the uk anyway.

Their service is excellent but the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,313
Posted By opelfruit
The only thing worth it on there is fiddich, the...

The only thing worth it on there is fiddich, the rest will turn you off so dont bother.

There a tesco near you? The one near me was selling balvenie doublewood in 20cl bottles for around 15....
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-20-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,260
Posted By opelfruit
Agreed, Ardbeg 10 could give a "cigar lover" a...

Agreed, Ardbeg 10 could give a "cigar lover" a similar and familar profile, but is a bit risky.

Shame they reformulated the Cigar malt, the old one was a much better whisky...

yeah, maybe...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-20-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,260
Posted By opelfruit
The Dalmore produce a scotch specifically to...

The Dalmore produce a scotch specifically to compliment fine Cigars - The Dalmore Cigar Malt. It may be in the budget....it goes well with cigars but it's not really a great whisky...it's ok, but...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-20-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,397
Posted By opelfruit
The Glencairn is a cut crystal one from actual...

The Glencairn is a cut crystal one from actual Glencairn Crystal company - can be found on www.thewhiskyexchange.com - not sure if they ship to the US tho. It's nice, very weighty and holds a good...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-19-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,397
Posted By opelfruit
Not as fancy as you guys, but got a rosewood...

Not as fancy as you guys, but got a rosewood sideboard with room for my spirits glassware on the top of 1 side and around 20 bottles on the bottom. Down to 10 at the mo as waiting for some releases...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-18-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,745
Posted By opelfruit
They catch most people out; so different from the...

They catch most people out; so different from the 16yo, totally different beast. Much more ardbeg than lagavulin i think.

I try to get one each year as they are the only really affordable diageo...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-17-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,745
Posted By opelfruit
Lagavulin 12yr special releases are stonkingly...

Lagavulin 12yr special releases are stonkingly good, the 2011 was one of my favourites if you can find it.

Im also partial to glendronach single casks and recent benriach single casks were very...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-12-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,173
Posted By opelfruit
It was sold in ALDI which is a budget supermarket...

It was sold in ALDI which is a budget supermarket in the uk. Original allocation was around 6 bottles per store which went on a first come first serve basis. I missed one.

It was indeed retailing...
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