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DrSkeptix
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Diddy Ryder wrote:
I was in a pretty well stocked whisky bar on Saturday. The Albanach in Edinburgh. Huge selection of whiskies with prices going up to 25 quid a dram.



It looks like some of those bottles have not been moved since I was there last, Bobby Burns Day, 40 years ago.

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Diddy Ryder
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LoRez wrote:
After that photo, I'm tempted to take a picture of an average American bar's whiskey selection... Jack, Jim... and more Jack... and more Jim. Although, they usually have several bottles of each.

And if they're a "higher end" bar, they might have a bottle of Makers.

I'm only somewhat exaggerating.

That looks like a nice place.


Yeah but Scotland is the home of whisky. A lot of bars in England, and even "normal" bars up here just have a bottle of Jack, Famous Grouse, and Jameson's, or maybe some Grants if you're unlucky.

The Albanach is a good bar, it's on the most touristy street in Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, but it's always full of a lively mix of tourists and locals.

I heard recently that one of the city centre hotels has a huge whisky selection with prices to match. I'll see if I can get a pic of the price list if I go and check it out.


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Diddy Ryder
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DrSkeptix wrote:
Diddy Ryder wrote:
I was in a pretty well stocked whisky bar on Saturday. The Albanach in Edinburgh. Huge selection of whiskies with prices going up to 25 quid a dram.



It looks like some of those bottles have not been moved since I was there last, Bobby Burns Day, 40 years ago.


If it ain't broke! ;)

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RATTLEHEAD
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You enjoying the Fringe, Diddy?

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Diddy Ryder
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RATTLEHEAD wrote:
You enjoying the Fringe, Diddy?


I was up at the Pleasance on Saturday but haven't caught any shows yet. I'll probably try to have one big festival blow-out before it ends.

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Does aging in-bottle do anything for a whiskey/whisky? I feel like I should know that answer but I don't.

I know wine (and even beer) changes character with aging in bottle, but with something that's both been distilled and is higher proof, I don't know if there's any further changes.

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LankyMofo
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LoRez wrote:
Does aging in-bottle do anything for a whiskey/whisky? I feel like I should know that answer but I don't.

I know wine (and even beer) changes character with aging in bottle, but with something that's both been distilled and is higher proof, I don't know if there's any further changes.


Once it's bottled, it is what it is. The aging process only takes place in the barrel.

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LankyMofo wrote:
LoRez wrote:
Does aging in-bottle do anything for a whiskey/whisky? I feel like I should know that answer but I don't.

I know wine (and even beer) changes character with aging in bottle, but with something that's both been distilled and is higher proof, I don't know if there's any further changes.


Once it's bottled, it is what it is. The aging process only takes place in the barrel.


Do you still have to worry much about oxidation?

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LankyMofo
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LoRez wrote:
LankyMofo wrote:
LoRez wrote:
Does aging in-bottle do anything for a whiskey/whisky? I feel like I should know that answer but I don't.

I know wine (and even beer) changes character with aging in bottle, but with something that's both been distilled and is higher proof, I don't know if there's any further changes.


Once it's bottled, it is what it is. The aging process only takes place in the barrel.


Do you still have to worry much about oxidation?


The general rule of thumb is when the bottle is less than half full, you shouldn't leave it sitting around for a few years. If the bottle has never been opened, it should be good in perpetuity.

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Thanks for the info. I wasn't quite sure how that worked.

Also, an interesting read, albeit 4 years old, about how the government poisoned the alcohol supply during prohibition: http://www.slate.com/...emists_war.html

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pushharder
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My favorites:

Bourbon -- Booker's

Canadian -- Wiser's 18

Irish -- Redbreast

Scotch -- Oban

Japanese -- don't have one, help me with this one

Rye -- Thomas H Handy Sazerac

Wheat -- Wheatfish, Glacier Distillery


Your list?

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LankyMofo
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pushharder wrote:
My favorites:


Wheat -- Wheatfish, Glacier Distillery



I'll have to ponder a bit more to narrow down favorites, but I've never had these. Pretty sure the only wheat whiskey I've had is Bernheim, you ever tried it? It's only 51% wheat mash bill meaning it just meets the requirements to be considered a wheat whiskey. It was pretty good, though.

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LankyMofo wrote:
pushharder wrote:
My favorites:


Wheat -- Wheatfish, Glacier Distillery



I'll have to ponder a bit more to narrow down favorites, but I've never had these. Pretty sure the only wheat whiskey I've had is Bernheim, you ever tried it? It's only 51% wheat mash bill meaning it just meets the requirements to be considered a wheat whiskey. It was pretty good, though.


Never tried the Bernheim.

I do like the wheated whiskies hence my affinity for Maker's 46 and Old Weller 107 (still bourbons, just had the rye replaced with wheat).

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Stew
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16 Aug 2014

For all my Iron Brothers who enjoy the whisky's and bourbon's, there are two excellent magazines to which I have subscribed for many a year. Yes, there are many publications which are after your subscription dollar (or pound sterling as the case may be), but the following is where I obtain knowledge on current bottling's and past favorites:

Whisky Magazine
www.whiskymag.com
(USA & Canada): (800) 909-2283
(Japan & India): +81 (0)3 5418 4611
(excluding North America, Japan, South Africa, & India): +44 (0) 844 322 1237

Bourbon Country
[email protected]
(502) 333-0086

Enjoy the weekend.

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pushharder
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Caretaker charged with drinking more than $102,000 worth of valuable whiskey dies, ending case

http://www.foxnews.com/...ntcmp=obnetwork

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Stew
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pushharder wrote:
Caretaker charged with drinking more than $102,000 worth of valuable whiskey dies, ending case

http://www.foxnews.com/...ntcmp=obnetwork



What a way to go. Wonder how long it took him to consume the cases. Bet he had a smile on his face, too, when they found the cadaver.

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My girlfriend gave a friend of hers a kilo of tea and her friend gave us a bottle of Johnnie Walker Premier (apparently only sold in Japan) and a Macallan 12 years old. Wow.

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Tim33345
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Evan Williams is my favorite, but this stuff is pretty damn good, very smooth. Not too expensive either.

I like Jim Beam, but I don't think the black label is worth the price.

Just tried Wathens single barrel, reminds me of Makers but more flavor.

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Stew
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Nards wrote:
My girlfriend gave a friend of hers a kilo of tea and her friend gave us a bottle of Johnnie Walker Premier (apparently only sold in Japan) and a Macallan 12 years old. Wow.


Two bottles of fantastic whisky. An excellent gift to receive. I can see a weekend of good sippin' on the porch, accompanied by a few fine cigars.

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Tim33345 wrote:
Evan Williams is my favorite, but this stuff is pretty damn good, very smooth. Not too expensive either.

I like Jim Beam, but I don't think the black label is worth the price.

Just tried Wathens single barrel, reminds me of Makers but more flavor.


I agree. The EC is a good choice where both price and taste count.

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Stew wrote:
Nards wrote:
My girlfriend gave a friend of hers a kilo of tea and her friend gave us a bottle of Johnnie Walker Premier (apparently only sold in Japan) and a Macallan 12 years old. Wow.


Two bottles of fantastic whisky. An excellent gift to receive. I can see a weekend of good sippin' on the porch, accompanied by a few fine cigars.


How about sippin' on the sofa watching Eric Young's fishing show?

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Found a new bargain whisky. McClelland's Highland single malt Scotch. Kind of reminds me of Johnny Walker black without the smoke. It has a nice apple taste. I really like it for a non peated whisky. 22 bucks was a bargain. Might see how it pairs with a cigar later.
Edit sorry about the blurred image

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LankyMofo
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CrowdHater - I received Lagavulin 16 as a gift two years ago and finally cracked it last weekend. It is smoky as hell and I think it'd be right up your alley if you haven't tried it yet.

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LankyMofo wrote:
CrowdHater - I received Lagavulin 16 as a gift two years ago and finally cracked it last weekend. It is smoky as hell and I think it'd be right up your alley if you haven't tried it yet.

I guarantee I'd love it. Can't find it anywhere. Might try it at a whisky cigar bar near my house. From what I remember it is kinda pricey like Talisker.

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LankyMofo
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crowdhater wrote:
LankyMofo wrote:
CrowdHater - I received Lagavulin 16 as a gift two years ago and finally cracked it last weekend. It is smoky as hell and I think it'd be right up your alley if you haven't tried it yet.

I guarantee I'd love it. Can't find it anywhere. Might try it at a whisky cigar bar near my house. From what I remember it is kinda pricey like Talisker.


Yeah, it's about $95/bottle. Not quite my thing, but I really, really think it'd be a new favorite of yours.

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