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Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 01-09-2014, 08:44 AM
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Posted By singordie1818
recent purchases

as i mentioned in another thread, i recently took the plunge for what is a modest heist, apparently, by forum standards--but a significant plunge, for me. i've uncorked them in ascending order of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-26-2013, 02:17 PM
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Views: 5,494
Posted By singordie1818
Enter the monster...

Just popped the cork on The Peat Monster. I had the idea that maybe my experience with a fairly straightforward expression like Smokehead would allow me to appreciate the pleasures of a more...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-23-2013, 08:02 AM
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Views: 5,494
Posted By singordie1818
a brief update

so, on friday, at around the time i was finishing up my last class for the semester, my "gang of four" scotch whiskies arrived...

i waited--well, as long as i could--and finally relented when i...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 02:13 PM
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Posted By singordie1818
So I pulled the trigger...

Hey, guys and gals! Thanks for your thoughts. This evening, I made made my bed and await the chance to lie in it. Frankly, I went a bit over budget, in order to squeeze in a 4th bottle...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-16-2013, 01:11 AM
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Posted By singordie1818
thanks for the reply

IP and friends:

thanks for the feedback. i'm no stranger to ardbeg, but their 10 year-old is, perhaps surprisingly, not my favourite, although i certainly enjoy it well enough: simply put, i've...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12-12-2013, 02:32 PM
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Views: 5,494
Posted By singordie1818
Stuck In A Peat Bog: A Quandary

Hey! Long time, no post. I'm looking to treat myself for the New Year, and would love some advice or comments regarding my proposed purchases.

Specifically, I'm thinking of picking up maybe 3 or...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 09-01-2013, 03:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,891
Posted By singordie1818
imminent "nomikurabe" alert

hey, islay peat! hope you've been well--and STILL hoping to hook up at some point in the not-too-distant future.

I think that i may have mentioned a recent first encounter with hakushu NAS and...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-21-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
thanks for the reply

will do, macca--and now i need to manufacture an excuse to get back to melbourne, one of my absolute favorite cities. love the laneways, love the pubs (napier, rose, etc.), and love me all the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-02-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
p.s. to macca

checking my cell phone pics, i see black adder 1991 raw cask and kilchoman machir bay: and both--the kilchoman, in particular--were wonderful!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 08-02-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
thanks, macca!

whiskey & alement's specialty is their boilermaker pairings: for less than 20$AU (a lot at $17 or so, as i recall), you get very high quality bottles and drams--and they're very good about making...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-31-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
padraig sea & macca: thanks for the...

padraig sea & macca:

thanks for the responses. to both of you, i would recommend a go at the springbank 10, as it seems to have a fair balance with just a bit more "oomph" (for me, at least),...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-25-2013, 02:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
update

i have to say that i DO find the caol ila to be a bit of a grower... i've experimented with letting my dram breathe a bit longer before lifting i to my nose and beyond... it DOES seem to have some...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-19-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
thanks!

thanks, Islay Peat... it may well be, as is often the case, that my appreciation of this one will go up as the level of whisky in the bottle goes down: that's the fun part of the process of making an...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-18-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
p.s.

if it wasn't clear above, my main issue with the caol ila 12--as with the highland park--was that i had hoped for it to play a bit "bigger". does balance--the quality, above all, that both of those...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-18-2013, 04:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,141
Posted By singordie1818
quick hit: a first impression of caol ila 12

just uncorked a bottle of caol ila 12 last night... herewith a few (very few) impressions--or the strongest amongst them:

this is one of the loveliest looking bottles i've come across, sporting a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-04-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,422
Posted By singordie1818
thanks! and my god, woman, closing in on 2000...

thanks! and my god, woman, closing in on 2000 posts? when do you find the time to put down your glencairn and write (or vice versa...?!?)?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-04-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,422
Posted By singordie1818
thanks for the replies!

Islay Peat, bkblankenship:

thanks for the comments. feel as if i have such an UNdiscerning nose and palate that prose is the best i can muster when trying to communicate my impressions--tho' i...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 07-02-2013, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,422
Posted By singordie1818
some thoughts on springbank 10

so, i recently popped the cork on a bottle of springbank 10. to put this in context, i bought myself 5 bottles for my birthday in late may. so far, i have finished a bottle of glenfarclas 105, a 35...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-18-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,179
Posted By singordie1818
here in japan, i see the ardbeg 10 online (via...

here in japan, i see the ardbeg 10 online (via rakuten) for 3500 yen or so (under 40 bucks, and under 35 as recently as last month, when the yen was a little weaker!)... for that matter, the...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-11-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,179
Posted By singordie1818
good reply, IP. i think i've mentioned that...

good reply, IP. i think i've mentioned that (with the glenfarclas 105, for example) holding a small amount in the mouth and introducing saliva has produced some favorable results for me. nice...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 06-06-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,742
Posted By singordie1818
wow, surprised to find the uigedail below the...

wow, surprised to find the uigedail below the glenfarclas (or any of those on the list, really--save, perhaps the QC) and the laphroaig QC below the talisker. different strokes for different...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-27-2013, 01:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,091
Posted By singordie1818
first impressions: glenfarclas 105

sorry for the duplication of a post from another thread, but it seems to belong here, as well...

so, i uncorked the glenfarclas 105 on thursday and have sampled it on 3 successive nights (about 2...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-26-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks for the reply

the thought did cross my mind that i might want to try the a'bunadh. it just wasn't available at the store from which i bought the other 4 bottles, which were the base purchases (my "50 years of...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-26-2013, 01:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
first impressions of glenfarclas 105

so, i uncorked the glenfarclas 105 on thursday and have sampled it on 3 successive nights (about 2 drams per night). i knew that this was my "wild card" bottle", so my expectations have been...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-23-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

bj:

thanks for the reply. it's not skepticism about the expression, more a general sense that speyside/highland expressions [I]in general[I] may not do it for me. I am certainly willing to be...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
P.s.

note that the HP12 is the 43% incarnation (the U.S. import?), not the 40%: both were available online. also, it's a 75 cl bottle--and every little bit helps. this "plus 7% solution" suits me fine!!!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 03:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
hmmm...

anyone know how to make those pics bigger--if it is possible?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-22-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
special delivery!

so... i waited this morning for my "fun pack" to arrive. submitted for your approval, my "gang of five": "50 (years of scotch) at 50 (years old)" and one to grow on: the "wild card" cask strength...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-21-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,091
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

thanks for the input. in the end, i went with my gut (and availability) and made the glenfarclas 105 my "wild card" 5th bottle: my fun pack will arrive tomorrow morn! i'll let u know how it goes...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-17-2013, 04:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,891
Posted By singordie1818
he who hesitates stays sober

man, my local HAD those hakushu bottles a while back--and i thought about getting one--but they're gone now! BUMMER!!!
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-17-2013, 04:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,091
Posted By singordie1818
nikka!

i DID like the nikka from the barrel that i had, as well as the yoichi NAS--so it seems that nikka is more to my taste, generally, than the alternatives to be found under the suntory umbrella... if...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-17-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,091
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

yeah, i'm feeling like the laphroaig CS can't be that much better than the good ol' QC, which i lovelovelove. i sense a yoichi 10 in my fairly near future: i just think that i should go all-out on...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-17-2013, 12:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,091
Posted By singordie1818
Cask Strength Suggestions

Hey, folks! I've been seeking your inout on aother thread related to an upcoming birthday purchase, and I'd like to supplement it/narrow it down here. Specifically, I am figuring to include one...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-14-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

cool! the one thing about the yoichi 10 is that it's readily available at my local liquor store, whereas the glenfarclas is not anymore (it was, as were the HP 12 and the caol ila, if i recall...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-14-2013, 07:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
P.s.

the springbank seems like a decent price at about $32, the glenfarclas likewise at $35 or so. anyone seen better?
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-14-2013, 07:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
update

hey, if there's anyone willing to add input, i'd love to hear from you. so far, i feel sure that i'm going to buy lagavulin 16 (for about $45/4500 yen) and caol ila 12 (for a hair over $30/3000...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-02-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
i like your thinking...

a man after my own heart! lol would love to meet up under such auspicious--and delicious--circumstances...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-02-2013, 03:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
islay peat!

the buzz on the hibiki 17 seems much louder than that for the 12... a tad expensive, though. u bring pure malt white and/or black out this way and u've got a friend for life! and, of course, i'll...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-02-2013, 01:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
NAGAOKA! how do u know this nothing town?

islay peat, i'm in nagaoka! yeah, the 180 ml (and 50 ml) bottles are the way to check out a few new expressions--including hibiki (12 and) 17, as well as the ones you mentioned. well played! all...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-01-2013, 09:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
great reply

thanks, islay peat, once again. a road trip is not likely--i'm married with a kid, and work takes up the week--but i appreciate it. it might just be a solo trip to take sometime down the road.
...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 05-01-2013, 04:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

islay peat & jwise,

thanks again for great and thoughtful input. jwise, i actually have had Aberlour A'Bunadh on my radar--and "to do" shortlist--for some time now: you may have noticed a...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-30-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks again

thanks, islay peat, for the follow-up. i appreciate all the input.

i've had the yamazaki 12--it was the 1st japanese single malt i sampled--and it wasn't really to my liking: it lacked that...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-30-2013, 05:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
thanks for the replies

thank you, brussell and islay peat!


yes, i am indeed firmly in the islay camp, and i feel like branching out in my exploration of those expressions is one tasty task on tap for me :-) i also...
Forum: Single Malt Scotch Whisky 04-28-2013, 02:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,510
Posted By singordie1818
Birthday Bash Buying: Suggestions?

hey, folks. a newbie here--and a relative newbie to SMSW (and to scotch--and whisk(e)y--more generally)...

here's the deal. i've discovered/developed a taste for scotch these past couple of...
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