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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-06-2018, 09:04 PM
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Posted By john_b
My experience is that certain foods can have a...

My experience is that certain foods can have a negative impact on taste. No doubt you'll give it (the whisky) another try, or two. I'm with Islay Peat; let us know what you think. Your first taste...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-25-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,200
Posted By john_b
Right there with you on those two! :) ...

Right there with you on those two! :)





Another one that's in my top 5!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-16-2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,129
Posted By john_b
Have you tried any of the whiskies matured in...

Have you tried any of the whiskies matured in wine/sherry casks? There are many: some of the Macallans, the Balvenie, Glendronach, Aberlour, to name a few.

If I'm in England, I would look for...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-05-2017, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,989
Posted By john_b
I've tried adding water to a number of whiskies...

I've tried adding water to a number of whiskies as part of my ongoing learning experience, but thus far it doesn't work for me. Sometimes I try a few drops, sometimes a little more, but every time I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-04-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,989
Posted By john_b
It's been on my "whiskies to try" list for a...

It's been on my "whiskies to try" list for a couple years now, but I keep bumping it down for something else that catches my eye. Sounds like I need to move it up to the top.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-01-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,378
Posted By john_b
I agree with Islay Peat. Your survey needs...

I agree with Islay Peat. Your survey needs improving. The monetary limits suggest you have limited knowledge of the subject, and the series of questions regarding a subscription service suggest...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-11-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,354
Posted By john_b
Deanston doesn't show up on NC ABC's brand...

Deanston doesn't show up on NC ABC's brand search. It could possibly be special ordered, but then you would have to buy the entire case. :eek: If you ever travel to SC, Total Wine stores can get it...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-29-2017, 02:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,562
Posted By john_b
Yeah, wouldn't be worth the drive for me either,...

Yeah, wouldn't be worth the drive for me either, but I was there visiting family and rode into town w/my sister.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-20-2017, 01:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,562
Posted By john_b
REALLY Quiet In Here Lately...

One of my favorite single malts is Highland Park 18. It's usually $156 in NC's state controlled ABC stores, and in SC stores the price is around $159. So, imagine my surprise when I walked into a...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 01-24-2017, 01:49 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,144
Posted By john_b
Noah's Mill

I went off the reservation. Well, at least for me, a Single Malt Scotch enthusiast. Noah's Mill bourbon caught my eye, and I gave it a taste. For me, the bourbons I've had have subtle differences,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-19-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,873
Posted By john_b
The bottles kept dark and cool as you stated, I...

The bottles kept dark and cool as you stated, I don't see the packaging as necessary.

Having said that, I do keep mine in the box/sleeve. My whisky is kept in a small closet, cool and out of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-03-2017, 01:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,069
Posted By john_b
That leads me to wonder if possibly the cork was...

That leads me to wonder if possibly the cork was defective, and let the whisky get a little air constantly. It wouldn't take much defect.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-02-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,069
Posted By john_b
I've not personally had a whisky degrade that...

I've not personally had a whisky degrade that fast. I've read that some whiskies are more prone to rapid degradation than others, but this still seems rather quick, even at 2/3 air in the bottle.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2016, 11:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,789
Posted By john_b
I've not had the chance yet. The only...

I've not had the chance yet. The only Glenfiddich for me thus far is their 15. In fact, the 15 was the second Scotch I tried when I started drinking single malts. It was enjoyable, so I'll no...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,000
Posted By john_b
Highland Park 25...one of my dream bottles. Well...

Highland Park 25...one of my dream bottles. Well outside my budget, unfortunately :(
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-04-2016, 02:18 AM
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Views: 3,858
Posted By john_b
3 days, huh? :D

3 days, huh? :D
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-15-2016, 02:36 PM
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Views: 4,422
Posted By john_b
I ran across this page recently, where the author...

I ran across this page recently, where the author compares several different types of glasses. It's just one man's opinion, but interesting how he went about it (at least to me):
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-15-2016, 02:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,422
Posted By john_b
I'm not sure what it is you wish...

I'm not sure what it is you wish differentiated...are you referring to the effect the different glass shapes have on the taste of the whisky?

If so, my personal experience is that a glass that is...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-09-2016, 01:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,000
Posted By john_b
:D Who knows? Sometimes the palate is a funny...

:D Who knows? Sometimes the palate is a funny thing. Maybe the first time it just didn't hit you right.

My first Islay was Lagavulin 16, and it was a bit much for me. I've had it several...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-05-2016, 01:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,942
Posted By john_b
Sales tax is 6 or 7 %, and there are added taxes...

Sales tax is 6 or 7 %, and there are added taxes on liquor. I threw my receipt away and don't remember the rates, but I think it's 9% surtax.

The Bowmore is same price at home in NC. DoubleWood...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-31-2016, 11:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,942
Posted By john_b
Visited family in SC this weekend, so that also...

Visited family in SC this weekend, so that also meant a stop at Total Wine. The only Old Pulteney they carry in Columbia is the 12, but apparently out of stock, so I went down my "try" list and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-11-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,297
Posted By john_b
Can you order from Master of Malt? If so, they...

Can you order from Master of Malt? If so, they still have Macallan 12 sherry oak:

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/the-macallan-12-year-old-sherry-wood-whisky/?srh=1
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-09-2016, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,257
Posted By john_b
Bill, what's the regular price? Here in NC, it's...

Bill, what's the regular price? Here in NC, it's $51.95. I don't go into the stores often, but I've yet to see it on sale.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-14-2016, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,942
Posted By john_b
Nice haul!! I see several that are on my "try"...

Nice haul!! I see several that are on my "try" list...the Old Pulteneys in particular.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-30-2016, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,602
Posted By john_b
North Carolina ABC lists Old Pulteney at 43%, so...

North Carolina ABC lists Old Pulteney at 43%, so maybe that's what you'll find.

Minnesota is definitely a "whisky friendly" state; Pulteney is $49 here in NC, and in Total Wine in South...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-12-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,348
Posted By john_b
Lol...I should have clarified my comments. My...

Lol...I should have clarified my comments. My mother would have asked sternly "were you raised in a barn?!"

Since I'm almost always drinking my coffee or Scotch at home by myself, I tend to think...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-11-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,348
Posted By john_b
Try spending some time nosing the whisky before...

Try spending some time nosing the whisky before you take the first sip, then nose more between each sip. The olfactory senses contribute significantly to the taste process. Maybe try smaller sips. ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-11-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,962
Posted By john_b
You do what I should have done. I've...

You do what I should have done.

I've always been a little awkward with social interactions, and sometimes don't handle them as well as I could (or should) have.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-11-2016, 02:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,962
Posted By john_b
A stranger in the store...

Stopped by my local state controlled ABC store yesterday to purchase the next item on my "try" list: Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 year old. It's been on my list for over 2 years, but I've found a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-10-2016, 07:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,348
Posted By john_b
I doubt you're imagining it, and I wouldn't think...

I doubt you're imagining it, and I wouldn't think you're mistaking the burn for a flavor.

There are so many chemical reactions that occur during the making of Scotch whisky that it MAY be possible...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-08-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,246
Posted By john_b
I understand your concern, having read some of...

I understand your concern, having read some of the web pages that suggest the "year" duration.

Here's the thing: Scotch whisky doesn't have a timer built into it. Some of those whiskies will...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-08-2016, 02:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,246
Posted By john_b
I don't have any experience with Private...

I don't have any experience with Private Preserve. My preservation methods consist of keeping the bottle in a dark place (a closet), and not expose it to excessive heat. Once a bottle is open, I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-26-2016, 03:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,514
Posted By john_b
For my first taste, the whisky is neat. After...

For my first taste, the whisky is neat. After that, I have tried adding a few drops of water to some whiskies. Thus far, I have yet to find a whisky that I like better with water. I always...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-24-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,513
Posted By john_b
^^^THIS!!^^^ Put 10 people around a table,...

^^^THIS!!^^^

Put 10 people around a table, pour them all a sample of the same whisky, and you'll get a variety of answers as to what each of them smell and taste.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-24-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,907
Posted By john_b
Bill, I have no clue how to read the code,...

Bill,

I have no clue how to read the code, so I emailed Balvenie. Maybe you should email them, too. They might at least answer one of us. ;)
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-23-2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,513
Posted By john_b
First, I'm not an expert. Far from it,...

First, I'm not an expert. Far from it, actually.

Second, you've asked a few simple questions for which, I'm afraid, there are not simple answers.

But here goes:

The flavors you...
Forum: Bourbons, Canadian, Tennessee, Collectibles and more... 03-19-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,699
Posted By john_b
I don't have a bar as such, just part of a shelf...

I don't have a bar as such, just part of a shelf in a small pantry closet. Typical for me is to have 2 to 5 bottles on hand, with 2 or 3 open. Never had more than 4 open at a time. Currently, I'm...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-19-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,402
Posted By john_b
Our state control allows for a special order...

Our state control allows for a special order process, but the problem is that you have to buy the entire case. For example, if I order a bottle of Tun 1509, that product ships in a case of 3. If it...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-09-2016, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,548
Posted By john_b
I'm startin' to feel like I stepped in a pile of...

I'm startin' to feel like I stepped in a pile of dog poo....:confused:
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-09-2016, 01:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,548
Posted By john_b
My memory about such things is poor at best, but...

My memory about such things is poor at best, but now that you mention it, there may have been.

JoJo said she was going to check it out, so maybe she will come up with something.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-08-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,548
Posted By john_b
For any forum members that may read this: the...

For any forum members that may read this: the survey seems to be legitimate.

To the OP: I tend to be skeptical when I see a link such as the one you posted. But I run solid antivirus and I...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 03-07-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,127
Posted By john_b
Welcome to the forum! The Lagavulin 16 and...

Welcome to the forum!

The Lagavulin 16 and Laphroaig Quarter Cask are certainly peaty and smoky. Although Quarter Cask is one of my favorites, I'm told that some find it a bit too much. If your...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-28-2016, 01:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,259
Posted By john_b
Macallan 12 sherry oak was my first good Scotch...

Macallan 12 sherry oak was my first good Scotch whisky, and it opened the door to further exploration for me. Enjoy the journey!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-26-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,402
Posted By john_b
Not knowing Kentucky's alcohol regulations, I'll...

Not knowing Kentucky's alcohol regulations, I'll ask a question: can the cooperative liquor store order it from their distributors?

Do you have any relatives or friends in neighboring states that...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-17-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,226
Posted By john_b
Most, but not all, of the Islay whiskies are...

Most, but not all, of the Islay whiskies are peaty/smokey, and there are also peaty/smokey whiskies from the other regions of Scotland. If you go for an Islay whisky, keep in mind the Islay peat...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-01-2016, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,594
Posted By john_b
I really like Quarter Cask (and the 10...and the...

I really like Quarter Cask (and the 10...and the 18) myself. But I remember an older thread in which I recommended QC to a poster looking for suggestions, and several responders expressed...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-30-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,602
Posted By john_b
It's on my list, but I've not made it to...

It's on my list, but I've not made it to Springbank yet. Right now, my list looks like this:

Talisker 18

Glenmorangie 18

BenRiach 20

Oban 14
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-29-2016, 02:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,594
Posted By john_b
In the sherried whisky category, Glendronach is a...

In the sherried whisky category, Glendronach is a good one. Their 21 year old Parliament is within your range: about 87 pounds on Master of Malt. Their 15 Revival is probably the best value in the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-17-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,960
Posted By john_b
I finally decided to open and taste Batch 1. I'm...

I finally decided to open and taste Batch 1. I'm not a collector, and there's no point in my pretending to be.

Without going into tedious details, Tun 1509 Batch 1 is a very good whisky. It is...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-12-2016, 01:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,096
Posted By john_b
Welcome aboard!

Welcome aboard!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-14-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Just got back from a trip to Orlando. While...

Just got back from a trip to Orlando. While there, I picked up a couple that I can't buy in my home state: Bunnahabhain 18 and Laphroaig Cairdeas 200 year anniversary.
Forum: Whisky Blends 12-02-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,662
Posted By john_b
Agree. To the best of my knowledge, limited as...

Agree. To the best of my knowledge, limited as it may be, whiskies do not age in the bottle. All of the aging takes place in the barrels.

I'm not knowledgeable enough to say that all wines age...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-02-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,453
Posted By john_b
Lol...yep, many years ago when I was learning how...

Lol...yep, many years ago when I was learning how to do it with coffee. When I finally regained my composure, all I could do was laugh at myself. :D
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-01-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,453
Posted By john_b
What you're describing is a tasting technique...

What you're describing is a tasting technique used in other beverage tasting...coffee definitely, and maybe wine as well. Probably some others... The coffee tasters then slosh the coffee around as...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-30-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,453
Posted By john_b
There are some Scotch anoraks that would tell you...

There are some Scotch anoraks that would tell you the adulteration of whisky with water is a sin. Fortunately, I've only encountered a scant few online, and (so far) none face to face.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-29-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,127
Posted By john_b
You've tried quite a few! And that's why I...

You've tried quite a few! And that's why I wanted to see what you had tried; having read your descriptors, I would not have suggested Laphroaig's Quarter Cask, yet there it is on your "liked" ...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-28-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,127
Posted By john_b
Greetings and welcome! The descriptors given...

Greetings and welcome!

The descriptors given are helpful, but if you're willing to list a few specific whiskies you've tasted, both that you liked and didn't like, such information would be...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-23-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Your nose is not deceiving you. The 12 is peated...

Your nose is not deceiving you. The 12 is peated very slightly; according to Bunnahabhain, just under 2 ppm.
Forum: Whisky Blends 11-19-2015, 05:36 PM
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Views: 4,629
Posted By john_b
I've surely spent far more money than the...

I've surely spent far more money than the (probable) cost of that oak tumbler on things that ended up being money poorly spent. Fortunately, not too many times in my almost 60 years. There was...
Forum: Whisky Blends 11-19-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,629
Posted By john_b
Call me a skeptic... ^^^This^^^ ...

Call me a skeptic...



^^^This^^^

Granted, my knowledge of whisky, barrels, etc. is limited, but the understanding I have is, as Islay Peat stated, that it takes a LONG time for the charred...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-14-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,184
Posted By john_b
Sometimes I say something, then realize that in...

Sometimes I say something, then realize that in my knee-jerk response mode I've said something at odds with my personal beliefs. Strange how a person can do that; maybe the rest of you don't have...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11-10-2015, 04:22 PM
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Views: 3,184
Posted By john_b
No I would not; could not. For me and my budget,...

No I would not; could not. For me and my budget, such a bottle is completely out of the question.

Having said that, would I LIKE to buy a bottle? Yes. There are a lot of older single cask...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-30-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,137
Posted By john_b
This thread may help you with the picture: ...

This thread may help you with the picture:

http://www.clubwhisky.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94853
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-28-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
I've not tasted the Yamazaki yet, but the...

I've not tasted the Yamazaki yet, but the Balvenie 21 is very good. If you get a chance, try GlenDronach 21 and see what you think.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-23-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,786
Posted By john_b
After I saw your reply, I checked out the pricing...

After I saw your reply, I checked out the pricing here in NC: Signet $199.95, Glenlivet XXV $399.95.

Ouch!!

Here's my 2 cents, and I'm not sure it's even worth that much:

The Signet's...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-21-2015, 12:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,786
Posted By john_b
I've never tasted either one. Is buying both an...

I've never tasted either one. Is buying both an option?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-11-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
I appreciate the feedback! Trying to decide on...

I appreciate the feedback! Trying to decide on my next purchase...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-10-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
In my relatively limited experience, HP 18 is one...

In my relatively limited experience, HP 18 is one of my favorites. :)

Has anyone here tasted BenRiach 20 or Glenmorangie 18? If so, what did you think?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-08-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,955
Posted By john_b
My average per bottle price was running around...

My average per bottle price was running around $90, but several purchases over the last 6 months or so have pushed my average over $100 :( I've got to get a better handle on it, somehow.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-04-2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,717
Posted By john_b
Glad you enjoy it! It would be helpful to know...

Glad you enjoy it! It would be helpful to know which whiskies in Laphroaig's range you've tried.

That aside, why not try something from all the Islay distilleries? Having tried Laphroaig, you've...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10-03-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
My first single malt...it clearly showed me that...

My first single malt...it clearly showed me that I prefer single malts over bourbons.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-15-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,996
Posted By john_b
348 Canadian sounds like a bargain. I think...

348 Canadian sounds like a bargain. I think that's about 265 US dollars? I'm seeing 399 US in North Carolina and South Carolina for Glenlivet XXV. I've seen north of 400 US on a couple of online...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-13-2015, 01:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,996
Posted By john_b
300 - 400 is tough to come by for me, therefore I...

300 - 400 is tough to come by for me, therefore I would have to decide between spending hard earned dollars on something I know I'll enjoy, or taking a risk and buying something untried.

When it...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-29-2015, 02:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,960
Posted By john_b
I think "worth" will be in the eye of the...

I think "worth" will be in the eye of the beholder. What to one person is a ridiculous sum for a bottle of anything, will be a bargain for someone else.

Perhaps a more direct answer your...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-21-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Yes, the 10 is fairly sweet. Sometimes I'll sip...

Yes, the 10 is fairly sweet. Sometimes I'll sip a Rochefort 8 instead, because it isn't as sweet, but still dark and rich.



Those differences can be, and often are, the foundation of a good...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-21-2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
What is it about the Talisker 18 that makes the...

What is it about the Talisker 18 that makes the difference for you? It's on my wish list; hopefully I'll get to it one of these days.

For me, some younger whiskies can be a little rough around...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-20-2015, 11:42 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Two of my favorite beers are Trappistes...

Two of my favorite beers are Trappistes Rochefort 10, and Schneider Aventinus (now labeled Tap 6 Unser Aventinus) Not an A+ in my notes but still a favorite when I want a good hoppy kick is DFH 90,...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-20-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Short version: it's an enjoyable whisky. ...

Short version: it's an enjoyable whisky.

More detailed: the peat/smokey notes are not overpowering, and lean more toward an Orkney/heathery flavor than an Islay peating. There's mild oak, faint...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-17-2015, 07:57 PM
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Posted By john_b
Bought a bottle of Talisker 10.

Bought a bottle of Talisker 10.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-06-2015, 02:34 PM
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Posted By john_b
I've said that very thing. I grew up in a little...

I've said that very thing. I grew up in a little southern town, where the only thing available was the typical big label stuff. But now that I've tasted really good beers, the stuff of my youth...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-05-2015, 01:03 PM
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Posted By john_b
I assumed the same thing. I was thinking about a...

I assumed the same thing. I was thinking about a whisk(e)y with a beer chaser, which some folks call a boilermaker, or maybe a depth charge, which is what I think of when I hear the term...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-04-2015, 06:39 PM
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Posted By john_b
A 750 ml bottle yields 16.9 drinks/bottle, using...

A 750 ml bottle yields 16.9 drinks/bottle, using 1.5 oz as 1 drink. I use 15 drinks per bottle because it's simple and is more in line with how I pour.

So, if a bottle costs me $69, each drink...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-04-2015, 06:16 PM
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Posted By john_b
No doubt some enjoy the two together, i.e. the...

No doubt some enjoy the two together, i.e. the aforementioned boilermaker is one way, but mixing beer and whisk(e)y is not for me. I enjoy the individual flavors of each beverage on their own.
Forum: Whisky, Scotch, Bourbon, Whiskey Events, Tastings & Festivals 07-23-2015, 12:39 PM
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Posted By john_b
Some day, I hope to attend WhiskyFest (probably...

Some day, I hope to attend WhiskyFest (probably NYC), but it won't be this year.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-14-2015, 01:31 AM
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Posted By john_b
Picked up a GlenDronach 21 Parliament and a...

Picked up a GlenDronach 21 Parliament and a Laphroaig 18.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-02-2015, 12:12 PM
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Posted By john_b
For many years, Alaska has been very high on my...

For many years, Alaska has been very high on my list of places to visit, but I've not been able to make it happen thus far. That little thing called money, or rather the lack thereof, keeps getting...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-02-2015, 01:20 AM
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Posted By john_b
To quote from an old favorite movie (Cool Hand...

To quote from an old favorite movie (Cool Hand Luke): "What we've got here is...failure to communicate." :confused: :)

I thought the OP was asking for a distilled or technical difference, but by...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-27-2015, 02:17 PM
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Posted By john_b
Basically, Single Malt is whisky made from malted...

Basically, Single Malt is whisky made from malted barley and is distilled at single distillery. Unless it is identified as "single barrel," Single Malt will most likely have whisky from multiple...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-23-2015, 01:03 PM
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Posted By john_b
Highland Park responded to my inquiry with the...

Highland Park responded to my inquiry with the following:
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-17-2015, 01:16 AM
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Posted By john_b
Welcome! Or should I say, welcome back! This...

Welcome! Or should I say, welcome back!

This forum seems to chug along, but hasn't been very active lately. I don't recognize any of the names you mentioned, but I've only been here about 2...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-09-2015, 12:27 PM
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Posted By john_b
I recently bought a Balvenie Tun 1509 and an...

I recently bought a Balvenie Tun 1509 and an Auchentoshan Three Wood.
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 02-24-2015, 01:54 AM
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Posted By john_b
So far, I have no experience with BenRiach's...

So far, I have no experience with BenRiach's finished whiskies, having only tried their core 12 and 16 year old expressions. I've tried GlenDronach's 12, 15 Revival, and 18 year old Allardice, and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-17-2015, 03:25 PM
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Views: 7,166
Posted By john_b
Pittsburgh is not far from the Ohio state line. ...

Pittsburgh is not far from the Ohio state line. If you can't find what you want in PA, maybe a short drive is in order ;) Ohio's Liquor Control website lets you search for brands by county.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-16-2015, 03:04 PM
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Views: 7,166
Posted By john_b
It would be helpful to know where you're located,...

It would be helpful to know where you're located, at least a state if in USA. There may be another forum member not far from you that could suggest a store within driving distance.

That aside, an...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-14-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,166
Posted By john_b
Sigh...judging by the reaction, perhaps the...

Sigh...judging by the reaction, perhaps the Quarter Cask was not a good recommendation, and I will defer to those of you who are more experienced than am I. But to my palate, it's quite tasty. The...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-13-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,166
Posted By john_b
I would consider Bunnahabhain 12, a very gentle...

I would consider Bunnahabhain 12, a very gentle intro into Islay whisky; or, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, another Islay, the oak may be a little lacking for you, but it's definitely smokey yet not...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-01-2015, 02:45 PM
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Views: 2,608
Posted By john_b
2015

Happy New Year to you all! May 2015 bring you many blessings!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2014, 01:36 AM
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Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
I really like Glendronach. Of the 12, 15, and 18...

I really like Glendronach. Of the 12, 15, and 18 year old, I think the 15 Revival gives the best value for the money. I still plan to try the 21 year old Parliament and see how that one compares.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-17-2014, 11:18 PM
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Views: 4,376
Posted By john_b
Did you buy it locally? If so, I would consider...

Did you buy it locally? If so, I would consider taking it back to the store and asking them to taste it. Who knows, maybe the store will swap for another bottle. The burned plastic taste you're...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-17-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 138,988
Posted By john_b
Picked up an Aberlour A'bunadh, a Laphroaig...

Picked up an Aberlour A'bunadh, a Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and a Highland Park 18 yesterday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to me :)
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