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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-28-2016, 05:59 AM
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Views: 11,950
Posted By jwise
I didn't think much of HP 15, but that was just...

I didn't think much of HP 15, but that was just from a single tasting. HP 18, on the other hand, is something to get excited about.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-24-2016, 09:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,950
Posted By jwise
I think Springbank has a similar profile as...

I think Springbank has a similar profile as Highland Park.

Do yourself a favor and try HP 18 and Springbank 15. Both are excellent and worth the extra coin.

I stumbled into a very special Hart...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 12-24-2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,227
Posted By jwise
Rio Brazos Texas Bourbon

Rio Brazos is a new distillery here in Brazos County Texas, home to College Station and Texas A&M University (whoop!)

It started out making clear (unaged) whiskey, then blending other whiskeys,...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 12-24-2016, 06:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,006
Posted By jwise
Yellow Rose Premium Collection #1

Yellow Rose Distilling says it is the oldest (legal) distillery in Texas. It is located in Houston and has received quite a few accolades for its blended, outlaw bourbon, and rye. But the focus of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-24-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,816
Posted By jwise
Dream big! My dream bottle was a 32yr old...

Dream big! My dream bottle was a 32yr old Glenrothes - the 1972 vintage.

It was life-changing, but now extinct.

As for bottles you can still find, my standard is The Balvenie 21yr Portwood....
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 12-23-2016, 03:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,351
Posted By jwise
My First Buffalo Trace Antique Collection! WLW

I just picked up this little gem! William Larue Weller. This is my first bottle in the Buffalo Trace antique collection! I have tasted several of the younger Pappies, and tasted this one as well, and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-14-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,023
Posted By jwise
I completely disagree about Laphroaig QC (or any...

I completely disagree about Laphroaig QC (or any Laphroiag I've ever had). It has overpowering phenols that turn off most new scotch drinkers. I would never encourage someone to buy a whole bottle...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-14-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,023
Posted By jwise
Absolutely!

Absolutely!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-14-2015, 04:45 AM
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Views: 7,023
Posted By jwise
Sure, you're probably right, but I don't find...

Sure, you're probably right, but I don't find Ardbeg 10 to be anything to be afraid of. I find it creamy, light, smoky, with a hint of sweet vanilla.

Highland Park 12 is always a good one. ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-13-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,402
Posted By jwise
It's VERY good to be in Texas!

It's VERY good to be in Texas!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-13-2015, 03:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,023
Posted By jwise
Ardbeg 10yr.

Ardbeg 10yr.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-10-2015, 05:15 PM
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Views: 3,402
Posted By jwise
This bottle was purchased at the Spec's downtown...

This bottle was purchased at the Spec's downtown Houston location, aka, Scotch Whisky Mecca!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-10-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,402
Posted By jwise
Review: Bowmore 20yr single sherry cask (IB)

A.D. Rattray Cask Collection Bowmore 20yr single sherry cask

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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-10-2015, 12:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,186
Posted By jwise
I consider it the best alternative when drinking...

I consider it the best alternative when drinking out of the house. Most restaurants/bars don't have anything better than Mac 12yr, so it is what I go with. I like it. It's fine. But it's nothing...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-10-2015, 12:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,575
Posted By jwise
Review: Macallan 18yr Sherry Oak

This review was written in 2011.

Tasting Notes by jwise

I have tasted this whisky before, but I confess it was a while back. In addition, I tasted it while comparing it to the 12yr Sherry...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-10-2015, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,139
Posted By jwise
Well, I've finished off my bottle of 15yr Sherry...

Well, I've finished off my bottle of 15yr Sherry Cask, so it will be difficult to review it. I could try and re-live the experience, but it is never the same... ;)

I've still got some of the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-30-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,139
Posted By jwise
I really like my bottle of 15yr Sherry Cask. It...

I really like my bottle of 15yr Sherry Cask. It isn't as complex as some others, but I find it VERY good (but I AM a sherry-freak, so maybe that explains it!)

I would rather drink the Balvenie...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-06-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,441
Posted By jwise
I just bought a bottle of Glenrothes alba reserve...

I just bought a bottle of Glenrothes alba reserve today. It is terrible. I mean, terrible. I choked down the dram I poured, and seriously question whether or not I will ever pour another dram for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-25-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,441
Posted By jwise
My newest find is NOT a regular 15yr SB. It is a...

My newest find is NOT a regular 15yr SB. It is a 15yr SB SHERRY CASK. This is something REALLY special. If you are a sherry-bomb nut like me, you will LOVE this whisky!

Regular 15yr SB:
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-24-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 20,160
Posted By jwise
I would describe Edradour 10 as 'creamy.'

I would describe Edradour 10 as 'creamy.'
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-24-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,441
Posted By jwise
Oh my goodness!! The Single Barrel Sherry Cask...

Oh my goodness!! The Single Barrel Sherry Cask is incredible! A true sherry-bomb, delivering the goods. Oh my, it is delicious...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-20-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,441
Posted By jwise
Found a couple new ones - thoughts?

I was at Whiskey Charlie's yesterday, a local package store I hadn't been to before, and found these two. I can't wait to try them, but I figured I'd ask you folks if you have any thoughts or reviews...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-16-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,303
Posted By jwise
There are bad American whiskeys; decent but...

There are bad American whiskeys; decent but boring ones; smooth, but one dimensional; and then there is Pappy.

Pappy Van Winkle is the most amazing stuff that has ever been made in America. It...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-16-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,303
Posted By jwise
Cutty Sark is bad. Real bad. I gave away the...

Cutty Sark is bad. Real bad. I gave away the bottle I bought to "try" it.

To help with the nomenclature, here is what I have been told. The following list of categories is from the most pure,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-01-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,850
Posted By jwise
I brought Glenrothes 1992 today, and it was well...

I brought Glenrothes 1992 today, and it was well received.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-01-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,403
Posted By jwise
The 16yr is my favorite. Glenlivet 16 Nadurra...

The 16yr is my favorite. Glenlivet 16 Nadurra reminds me of it a bit. The A'Bunadh is second, followed very closely by the 18yr.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-01-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,403
Posted By jwise
Because Balvenie bottles are more attractive?

Because Balvenie bottles are more attractive?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-01-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,892
Posted By jwise
It is a great malt whisky. Upon intense study,...

It is a great malt whisky. Upon intense study, you should discover all the wonderful aspects of what the whisky can deliver, without masking it with a rich wood-finish.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-29-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,850
Posted By jwise
Whisky Time

So, a few colleagues of mine and I were talking a few weeks ago, and it seems that we are all whisky-fans. A couple guys were just getting into Scotch whisky, and a third just didn't have a lot of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-29-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,303
Posted By jwise
I am following this thread closely, as I have yet...

I am following this thread closely, as I have yet to find a blended whisky that is (1) good, and (2) cheaper than a single malt that I would prefer.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-24-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,403
Posted By jwise
I rather enjoy Aberlour. Good stuff, all. ...

I rather enjoy Aberlour. Good stuff, all.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/jerrellwise/Cigars/file-76.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/jerrellwise/media/Cigars/file-76.jpg.html)
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-15-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,892
Posted By jwise
Balvenie is one of the best distilleries,...

Balvenie is one of the best distilleries, consistently putting out great whiskies.

12yr Doublewood is a classic, and a benchmark for its genre.

12yr Signature is fantastic, offering a great...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,131
Posted By jwise
My friends and I really enjoy Glenrothes. It is a...

My friends and I really enjoy Glenrothes. It is a Speyside whisky, and the older vintages are terrific! The distillery is known for producing light, sweet, and complex whiskies.

I saw a 1988 for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,823
Posted By jwise
Tonight I was drinking some more of the Aberlour...

Tonight I was drinking some more of the Aberlour 18 with my sister-in-law, then we lit up the stogies and switched to Lagavulin 16.

We both agree, it pairs perfectly with cigars!

(Wife was...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-25-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,032
Posted By jwise
Yes, I like Lag 16. It is with me tonight, and...

Yes, I like Lag 16. It is with me tonight, and after I finish off a little more of the Aberlour 18 I am currently drinking, I will move on to it.

I like it because it has a VERY strong flavor...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-25-2013, 01:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,823
Posted By jwise
Merry Christmas! What Are You Drinking?

I sit here staring at my unopened bottle of Aberlour 18yr, salivating.

About to cut the wax and pour a dram.

What are you drinking this Christmas Eve?
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-17-2013, 03:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,818
Posted By jwise
I've only been drinking Bunny 12 since 2008 or...

I've only been drinking Bunny 12 since 2008 or so. No idea about any change.

I love Glenfarclas 15, and the 17 is as close as you can get stateside.

Try the Aberlour 16yr. It is very good,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 03:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
My apologies. I was not being precise in my...

My apologies. I was not being precise in my choice of words.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
I have not tried the non-sherried Aberlour 12yr. ...

I have not tried the non-sherried Aberlour 12yr.

I love Glendronach. I have finished off 15 and 12 year expressions.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
All the core expressions from Aberlour are...

All the core expressions from Aberlour are sherry-finished. That is the end of their similarities.

18yr is very delicate, subtle, somewhat complex, but mostly a very smooth sherry-finished whisky.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,400
Posted By jwise
I don't remember ANY smoke/peat in any true...

I don't remember ANY smoke/peat in any true Highlands (except Specifically labeled "peated cask" expressions.

Highland Park (an "Island" whisky) has some smoke, as does Oban, Talisker, Jura, and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,408
Posted By jwise
I love Aberlour A'Bunadh, but it should really...

I love Aberlour A'Bunadh, but it should really come with some kind of a warning label.

Oh wait, it does...
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-13-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,653
Posted By jwise
I have had Macallan 12, 18 and cask strength. I...

I have had Macallan 12, 18 and cask strength. I have not had the 15yr, but even without tasting it, I would bet the Balvenie 15yr would beat it.

Balvenie pretty much beats Macallan (or any other...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-13-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,850
Posted By jwise
This one? ...

This one?

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/jerrellwise/Cigars/file-75.jpg (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/jerrellwise/media/Cigars/file-75.jpg.html)
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-13-2013, 03:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,723
Posted By jwise
I would scour every shop in your area looking for...

I would scour every shop in your area looking for every sample size whisky you can find.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,653
Posted By jwise
I like Macallan 12 and 18, but yes, they are...

I like Macallan 12 and 18, but yes, they are over-priced. The fine oak series is not for me.

I don't care for Glenmorangie other than their wood-finished expressions: Nectar D'Or, Sonnalta PX,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,500
Posted By jwise
The 25yr is very good. Here's what I said about...

The 25yr is very good. Here's what I said about it back in 2011:
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 02:04 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By jwise
Hmmm... Good to know. Now I REALLY need to try...

Hmmm... Good to know. Now I REALLY need to try it.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,326
Posted By jwise
Hmmmm... I agree with Glenfiddich. The 15yr...

Hmmmm... I agree with Glenfiddich. The 15yr Solera is barely drinkable. The others I spit out.

I don't care to drink (or at least buy!) any Glenlivets I have tried (core expressions) save the 16...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 01:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,914
Posted By jwise
I really need to try Ardbeg 10. Is it sweeter...

I really need to try Ardbeg 10. Is it sweeter than Uigeadail?



Um, can I steal that quote? That's priceless!!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,326
Posted By jwise
Wow! I'm surprised to hear it. What are your...

Wow! I'm surprised to hear it. What are your thoughts on the other Glenlivets, and forthat matter, the Aberlour lineup?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-09-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
Bruichladdich makes at least one good whisky (the...

Bruichladdich makes at least one good whisky (the one I tried!) However, they make SO many whiskies, I hesitate to get too involved with them, for fear the specific expression will be discontinued...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-07-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 33,500
Posted By jwise
I love the Ardbeg Uigy, but haven't tried the 10....

I love the Ardbeg Uigy, but haven't tried the 10.

I like sherry-finished Islays. Lag12 is another good one.

As for my favorites:

Glenrothes 1972 (1991 is also really good)
Highland Park...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-07-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,326
Posted By jwise
Of the Glenlivet line, the 16yr Nadurra is my...

Of the Glenlivet line, the 16yr Nadurra is my favorite. I don't care for the 12yr (too bland), the 15yr French Oak is quite drinkable, but not worth purchasing, the 18yr is quite nice, but almost too...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-07-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
I think the 12yr is a fantastic value, the 16yr...

I think the 12yr is a fantastic value, the 16yr is a wonderful whisky, and the 18yr is superb! The A'Bunadh is just the cat's meow for a sherry-bomb.

Aberlour is some of the best and most...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-30-2013, 03:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,950
Posted By jwise
I had my brother-in-law over last night, and we...

I had my brother-in-law over last night, and we busted the seal on an Aberlour A'Bunadh (batch #21), AND Balcones Baby Blue (Texas blue corn whiskey).
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-30-2013, 02:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,400
Posted By jwise
Nope, I searched it, and sure enough, I said it. ...

Nope, I searched it, and sure enough, I said it.

http://www.whisky.com/forum/showpost.php?p=119664&postcount=5

Sorry everyone for offending you with my comments...

I think I'll go pour...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-30-2013, 02:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,579
Posted By jwise
Balcone's Distillery out of Texas is making some...

Balcone's Distillery out of Texas is making some really great whiskies. I am a fan of Blue 100, Baby Blue, and Rumble. Very good stuff!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-29-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,400
Posted By jwise
I apologize if my "big boy pants" comment...

I apologize if my "big boy pants" comment offended you. I'm not sure if this was my comment, but it sounds like something I would say. ;)

It was surely made in jest. Heck, you drink straight...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-27-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,950
Posted By jwise
What to open over the holidays? Hmmm... I've got...

What to open over the holidays? Hmmm... I've got quite a few still sealed up in the cabinet.

Maybe Glenrothes 1985? Or perhaps the McPhails 30yr?

The Glenmorangie 12yr Madeira Finish is still...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-26-2013, 06:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
Nope - never had it.

Nope - never had it.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-25-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,460
Posted By jwise
You aren't alone. It took a while to be able to...

You aren't alone. It took a while to be able to drink straight whisky and enjoy it.

The first three successive whiffs will be mostly the evaporating alcohol you smell. Take a fourth/fifth/sixth...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-25-2013, 07:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
That bottle is ancient history. I can't remember...

That bottle is ancient history. I can't remember what it was. I probably bought it in 2008 or 2009.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-25-2013, 07:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
I'm a big fan of the Oliva Series V figurado.

I'm a big fan of the Oliva Series V figurado.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-25-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
Nope, still sealed up, waiting for the proverbial...

Nope, still sealed up, waiting for the proverbial "rainy day."

Unfortunately, the port wood finish is long gone. It was wonderful!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-22-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-22-2013, 05:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,908
Posted By jwise
I'll play... ...

I'll play...

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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-22-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,436
Posted By jwise
I don't care for the Macallan Fine Oak series at...

I don't care for the Macallan Fine Oak series at all. In fact, I think Macallan is an overhyped whisky that is way too expensive. The Macallan 18yr is a good whisky, but ridiculously priced at...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-14-2013, 04:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
Rumble, 100% Texas Spirit Rumble ...

Rumble, 100% Texas Spirit

Rumble


Balcones Rumble is a one-of-a-kind Texas spirit made from the finest local wildflower honey, mission figs, turbinado sugar and natural Texas Hill Country...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-14-2013, 04:15 AM
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Views: 13,163
Posted By jwise
Uigedail is sherry-finished, and therefore has a...

Uigedail is sherry-finished, and therefore has a roundness that is superb. Lagavulin's Distiller's Edition is very similar, but much more expensive.

It is my favorite Islay, as the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-14-2013, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,972
Posted By jwise
Yeah, that's a misprint. Glenlivet's 16yr...

Yeah, that's a misprint. Glenlivet's 16yr Nadurra is very good, too, however. It is the only Glenlivet I actually like.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-13-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,643
Posted By jwise
I am a huge Aberlour fan, and Balcones Texas...

I am a huge Aberlour fan, and Balcones Texas whiskey fan. Both come in similarly shaped bottles (the Balcones Rumble is a FANTASTIC whiskey, nothing like a bourbon, and everything like a fine Scotch...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-12-2013, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,972
Posted By jwise
I've never had Old Pultney (sp). I would put...

I've never had Old Pultney (sp).

I would put Aberlour 12 up against Balvenie DW, any day.

However, Aberlour 16 is where the distillery really shines. VERY good stuff, and very affordable.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-25-2013, 01:54 PM
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Views: 4,300
Posted By jwise
I really like sherried whisky, to include Islays....

I really like sherried whisky, to include Islays. Thus, I really enjoy the Distiller's edition Lagavulin and Ardbeg Ug.

However, I have not had any other Ardbeg expressions (at least, not full...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-16-2013, 03:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,579
Posted By jwise
Drinking it again, tonight. Strong phenols,...

Drinking it again, tonight. Strong phenols, iodine, and smoke.

I'll put it up against Quarter Cask later this week.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-15-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,579
Posted By jwise
Laphroaig Triple Wood

I'm in Austin, Texas on business, and decided I needed some whisky to drink as I watched the Parade of Motorcycles ride by my hotel marking the kickoff for the 2013 Republic of Texas Rally. Just a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-13-2013, 02:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,368
Posted By jwise
It's pretty one-dimensional: heavy sherry finish,...

It's pretty one-dimensional: heavy sherry finish, smooth as silk.

But seriously, that's delicious.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-09-2013, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,012
Posted By jwise
No, I'm afraid not. I have had the 12, 15, and...

No, I'm afraid not. I have had the 12, 15, and 18yr expressions from Glenfiddich. I didn't care for the 12, the 15 was alright, and I spit out the 18. Couldn't stand it. It had a dry, tartness to...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-09-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By jwise
A friend of mine who has just recently gotten...

A friend of mine who has just recently gotten into drinking whisky was given a bottle of Laphroaig QC by his girlfriend. After taking one sip, he sold the bottle to me! I gave him market value, so...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-09-2013, 10:54 PM
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Posted By jwise
Haha! I'm glad you got this all sorted out! ...

Haha! I'm glad you got this all sorted out!

There are slight differences between batches, which is easier to notice over a prolonged time period, not just two bottles on a shelf. Some...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-08-2013, 03:39 PM
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Posted By jwise
Welcome. What's your favorite(s) so far?

Welcome. What's your favorite(s) so far?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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Posted By jwise
I just picked up a couple new bottles: ...

I just picked up a couple new bottles:

Lonach 36, which is a blended whisky containing 40+ year old Caprodonach, Glenlivet, Bunnahabhain, or Highland Park. I say "or", because it is not commonly...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 01:49 PM
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Posted By jwise
You could always go with Macallan 18yr. It is a...

You could always go with Macallan 18yr. It is a very smooth, delicately sweet whisky. I would expect anyone who likes Glenlivet 12 to absolutely love Mac18.

It is also expensive, notoriously so,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 06:23 AM
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Posted By jwise
Yeah, that's good advice. Get him the oldest...

Yeah, that's good advice. Get him the oldest bottle of Glenlivet you can afford.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-07-2013, 12:18 AM
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Posted By jwise
Distiller's Edition is a sherry finished...

Distiller's Edition is a sherry finished Talisker, making it akin to the HP18. Maybe a little peppery/spicier than the HP18.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 09:17 PM
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Posted By jwise
The 'Farclas 15 is a simply divine dram. I rank...

The 'Farclas 15 is a simply divine dram. I rank it ABOVE its older brethren, the 17, 21, and 25. I would be surprised to learn if anyone who has tasted the GF 15 would disagree with me on my...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 09:10 PM
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Posted By jwise
The 15yr and older Glenfarclas expressions are...

The 15yr and older Glenfarclas expressions are vastly different than the 10 and 12yr.

I am not a fan of the 105. I would strongly urge you to try the Aberlour A'Bunadh or the Macallan Cask...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 02:47 AM
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Posted By jwise
Wow. I would never offer up these to someone who...

Wow. I would never offer up these to someone who enjoyed the Glenlivet 12, but is looking for something smoother.

One is a very complex, non wood-finished malt; and the other is an over-proofed...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 02:43 AM
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Posted By jwise
SHOOT-OUT: Mac 18 vs. Glenrothes 1991 vs....

SHOOT-OUT:

Mac 18 vs. Glenrothes 1991 vs. Aberlour 18 vs. ??

That would be a great blind tasting!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 02:40 AM
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Views: 8,252
Posted By jwise
Frankly, I would never put the two (Mac & HP) up...

Frankly, I would never put the two (Mac & HP) up against each other. They are just two very different malts.

I would put Mac 12 up against Aberlour 12 Double Cask, Balvenie 12 Doublewood, and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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Posted By jwise
Hahaha! Yes, different strokes. I find the...

Hahaha! Yes, different strokes. I find the Macallan 12yr Sherry Finish to be on the boring side, with little in the way of complexity or refinement. Highland Park beats it on every matrix except...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-05-2013, 03:21 AM
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Posted By jwise
I just finished off my bottle of Balvenie 14yr...

I just finished off my bottle of Balvenie 14yr Caribbean Cask last night.

I've never had Highland Park 14 yr. The 12yr is good, but the 18yr is where it is at! HP18 is some of the best stuff...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-04-2013, 10:05 PM
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Posted By jwise
Of ALL the above whiskies, I would rank them...

Of ALL the above whiskies, I would rank them thus:
1) Glenfarclas 15
2) Ardbeg Uigeadail
3) Talisker 10
4) Laphroaig QC
5) Highland Park 12, etc...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-03-2013, 01:41 AM
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Posted By jwise
I found a bottle of 25yr Glenfarclas for a really...

I found a bottle of 25yr Glenfarclas for a really great price at a small shop a couple weeks ago at a "dive". It had quite a bit of 'dust' on the bottle.

I also have found many extinct vintages...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-01-2013, 05:45 AM
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Posted By jwise
The Macallan 12 is nice. The 18 is very smooth. I...

The Macallan 12 is nice. The 18 is very smooth. I mean...smoooooth.

The Macallan Cask Strength is the sherry bomb. I put it up against Aberlour's A'Bunadh. Over-proofed...sherry...bombs!!

The...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-29-2013, 04:11 AM
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Posted By jwise
I've never tasted Hibiki (any expression) nor the...

I've never tasted Hibiki (any expression) nor the Signet from Glenmorangie. However, I have had the Glendronach 15yr Revival.

Here was my review of it from 2011:
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-28-2013, 12:06 AM
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Posted By jwise
I've seen Green selling for $83, while the Gold...

I've seen Green selling for $83, while the Gold was listed right next to it at $86! Supposedly, Green is harder to get than any other expression (which makes sense to me, as Green is the best value...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-27-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,115
Posted By jwise
My sister-in-law really wanted to be a Scotch...

My sister-in-law really wanted to be a Scotch drinker. One of the heroines in her favorite book series drank Scotch whisky, so she wanted to as well.

So, I offered her tastes from a number of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-27-2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,579
Posted By jwise
My analysis of your (former) wishlist: ...

My analysis of your (former) wishlist:

Glenfarclas 15 - Stunning malt, delivering sweet sherry overtones with lots of spice and a bit of smoke. I think it beats the Glenfarclas 17, 21 and 25.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-27-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,579
Posted By jwise
Jojo, it was your persistent recommendations and...

Jojo, it was your persistent recommendations and mentions that led me to finally pull the trigger on a bottle of Dalmore 15, and I am so glad I did! The 15 is such a great whisky, which I compare to...
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