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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #125 on: March 15, 2021, 03:43:21 pm »

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #126 on: March 15, 2021, 03:45:02 pm »
Have had great success with these two

https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/
https://www.masterofmalt.com/

I haven't tried to order online here but this is my local shop for such things

https://wineandwhisky.co.uk/

Excellent, thanks!

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As for recommendations it all depends, honestly, but for your budget you can get a good drop, so don't worry too much there. I for one don't like the Laphroaig much but I know others do.


Just browsing both sites, they have almost too many interesting options to choose from!

This one looks fun and modern and suitably hipsterish:
https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/seaweed-and-aeons-and-digging-and-fire/seaweed-and-aeons-and-digging-and-fire-10-year-old-whisky/
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #128 on: March 15, 2021, 04:01:18 pm »
Laphroaig, together with nearly all the other Islay malts, is something of an acquired taste, and one that I never did manage to grasp.  Too medicinal for this Unit.  Bruichladdich being the honourable exception.  Even Miss von Brandenburg likes Bruichladdich, or “Bruchlandung*” as her mother read the label.

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #129 on: March 15, 2021, 11:49:49 pm »
(I have no idea where the recipient's tastes lie on the whisky spectrum.)

Do they like whisky? Can you sneak a look at their drinks cabinet? A couple of brand names might suggest which way their tastes lean and could be expanded. Maybe the new(ish) Cotswold whisky or the recently launched Aussie one (Starfield, something like that? I had a taste of the new make, too young to be called whisky legally, a couple of years ago and it was actually pretty decent, belying its youth) would both be interesting and fall outside someone's preconceptions of the Scotch they are used to.

As Mr L hints, I'd be reluctant to give someone a Laphroaig unless I knew it was a taste they'd already acquired.

citoyen

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #130 on: March 16, 2021, 12:15:11 am »
Do they like whisky? Can you sneak a look at their drinks cabinet?

Yes. No.

It's a bit of a last-minute request - trying to come up with an idea for a leaving gift for a colleague and I remembered he liked whisky from when I worked with him elsewhere some years ago. We're a small team, hence the low budget. Not a sign of his unpopularity. I don't know him well enough to know what whisky he likes though.

I like whisky myself, but I've never got into it in any serious way. Though I do know enough to appreciate why Laphroaig might not be to every whisky lover's taste.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #131 on: March 16, 2021, 07:23:14 am »
Don't let the budget make you think that you can't get a good drop. I refer you to https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=13715.msg2449368#msg2449368

Here's a few that's within budget - Monkey Shoulder, Copper Dog, Sheep dip - just different and not the "normal" names of whisky, but nevertheless tasty and enjoyable.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #132 on: March 16, 2021, 12:35:03 pm »
OK, connoisseurs, where's a good place to buy whisky online? whiskyshop.com looks like it has a decent selection but I've never used it and can't really claim to be knowledgeable enough on the subject to make a well-informed decision.

It's for a gift, budget is £35, so any recommendations would be welcome too. I thought this one looked decent - is it?
https://www.whiskyshop.com/laphroaig-select

(I have no idea where the recipient's tastes lie on the whisky spectrum.)

An Cnoc would be a good choice. Its hard not to like it. Sweet, honeyed, unpeated.

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #133 on: March 16, 2021, 12:41:57 pm »
Agreed, I've forgotten about that one.
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citoyen

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #134 on: March 16, 2021, 01:50:04 pm »
Here's a few that's within budget - Monkey Shoulder, Copper Dog, Sheep dip - just different and not the "normal" names of whisky, but nevertheless tasty and enjoyable.

An Cnoc would be a good choice. Its hard not to like it. Sweet, honeyed, unpeated.

Thanks for these suggestions. I've passed them on to the person responsible for purchasing.

For a gift, there's definitely something appealing about going for something that isn't one of the "normal" names, which would be another reason to avoid Laphroaig.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #135 on: March 16, 2021, 04:58:37 pm »
Hence An Cnoc. There's nothing specific in it that will offend, but it is really nice, all dried fruit and honey.

Used to be called Knockdho or something. Not to be confused with Knockando.

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #136 on: March 18, 2021, 11:25:22 pm »
the whisky section of my mother in laws drinks cabinet has effectively been my responsibility since my father in law died in 2016.  He always offered me a dram as soon as I set foot inside the house and he knew his stuff.   :'(

Anyhow my difficulty is that its about 130 miles from where I live and our visits are relatively infrequent but weve been here at our extended household in Covid parlance this week on annual leave. 

The aforementioned whisky section of the drinks collection took something of a dent last night due to a bereavement in the street where she lives.  Very mild weather and the consumption of a number of al fresco deoch an dorises helped avoid illegality.  A very nice cask strength purchase from SMWS bit the dust. 

So today I purchased a bottle of M&S 12yo single malt which i believe is Auchentoshan, and a 10yo Glengoyne.  Both pleasant if a little tame but ideal for the drinks cabinet purpose.

The Auchentoshan looks to be a few quid cheaper than the branded version.