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woollypigs

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #50 on: January 18, 2009, 10:00:02 pm »
There is a Pub in Aalborg, Denmark, which had around 80 (only) different whisky's. And yes I spend a lot of time in there drooling as I was a poor student for most of the time and could not afford the ones on the top shelf.

I did treat myself to a wee drop of MacAllan 25 year old on my 25th birthday, and it was most enjoyable :)
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #51 on: January 18, 2009, 10:51:32 pm »
For Xmas Pingu got a bottle of Cragganmore, and a bottle of Talisker Distillers Edition (14yo, aged in sherry cask) from one of my brothers, to add to his collection. (Talisker 18yo, Caol Isla, etc)
Basically whenever he's stuck for a present my bro gets him some whisky, which works out quite well for Pingu being as my bro works for Diageo and can get all sorts of interesting stuff.

I think my brother has his 'retirement fund' stashed in a sideboard made up of unusual bottlings of their outputs.
He actually works at one of only a handful of single grain whisky distilleries, which is handy.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #52 on: January 18, 2009, 11:07:14 pm »
I have one bottle left from the family distillery. Which is now a PC World.

I'm not sure I'll ever open it.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #53 on: January 18, 2009, 11:19:50 pm »
I have one bottle left from the family distillery. Which is now a PC World.

I'm not sure I'll ever open it.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2009, 09:10:57 am »
PC World in Inverness.  :'(
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #55 on: May 20, 2010, 03:49:27 pm »
Exhuming this, I've just been given a bottle of 1970 Aberlour by Helen's dad*.
It's come complete with an immaculate presentation box.
Bottled in 1991 after being matured in bourbon casks since 1970.
They made 8000 bottles.

I'm quite fond of the ordinary Aberlour (less so the "young" stuff my mum and dad insist on buying me when they're visiting from Spain) so this promises to be a treat.
But, when do I open it ?
Should I open it ?
An even bigger question- should I return it ? I'm pretty sure that Helen's dad hasn't looked into how much it's worth (web-search says ~£300). Helen is pretty adamant that it's a present for me and I should do what I like with it.

Selling it isn't an option so, return or drink at some unspecified time in the future ?

*I've never met him- her parents were clearing out their place in Brixham before they sold it. They live in France now. We also got quite a large selction of wine  :thumbsup:
He doesn't like whisky- it was a present from a supplier when he retired.



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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #56 on: May 20, 2010, 03:52:03 pm »
Drink & return the bottle?  ;)

Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #57 on: May 20, 2010, 08:25:07 pm »
Never managed to keep a bottle for more than...couple of hours tops! Never could see the point of glasses. And as for adding anything to any spirits....
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #58 on: May 20, 2010, 08:33:23 pm »
Party at your place then ;)   :thumbsup:

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #59 on: May 20, 2010, 08:39:26 pm »
Exhuming this, I've just been given a bottle of 1970 Aberlour by Helen's dad*.
It's come complete with an immaculate presentation box.
Bottled in 1991 after being matured in bourbon casks since 1970.
They made 8000 bottles.

I'm quite fond of the ordinary Aberlour (less so the "young" stuff my mum and dad insist on buying me when they're visiting from Spain) so this promises to be a treat.
But, when do I open it ?
Should I open it ?
An even bigger question- should I return it ? I'm pretty sure that Helen's dad hasn't looked into how much it's worth (web-search says ~£300). Helen is pretty adamant that it's a present for me and I should do what I like with it.

Selling it isn't an option so, return or drink at some unspecified time in the future ?

*I've never met him- her parents were clearing out their place in Brixham before they sold it. They live in France now. We also got quite a large selction of wine  :thumbsup:
He doesn't like whisky- it was a present from a supplier when he retired.


My mouth is watering. I'd keep it and open it on the next big special occasion ie birthday/anniversary/birth and have a little tipple. Not much and then keep it for the next occasion.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #60 on: May 20, 2010, 09:29:54 pm »
Once opened, good whisky does not keep well. Drink within a week  ;)

i'm sure there would be some willing volunteers to aid you in this task ::-)

Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2010, 10:07:45 pm »
Next big event, short of a lottery win, is my 50th  :'(
I'm not sure that getting my new/replacement Enigma will count  ;)

Serious question:- has anyone noticed whisky (or other strong spirits) going off ?
I know that, in theory, they should oxidise (more so as the bottle empties) but I've never noticed any change in taste, even with bottles that are several months old.

Or does nobody keep a bottle that long ?  ;D


Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2010, 04:34:27 pm »
Whisky lovers may like this sporcle quiz :)

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2010, 04:48:33 pm »
Pah, only 15 right. I needed a dram first, I think!
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2010, 10:02:13 pm »
Whisky lovers may like this sporcle quiz :)

Their spelling of Macallan is wrong. ;)
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #65 on: October 07, 2010, 09:59:53 am »
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Their spelling of Macallan is wrong

Yes, it's a pain when this happens. Still, will know to use writer's spelling on the second, third etc attempt ...

Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #66 on: October 07, 2010, 11:43:00 pm »
Have you tried spelling "Bunnahabhain" when you're up against the clock ?  :o ;)

And yes, I'll have another go.


Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #67 on: October 08, 2010, 09:39:38 am »
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Have you tried spelling "Bunnahabhain" when you're up against the clock

Yes... and I screwed it up. Got it right the second and third time, tho  :)

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #68 on: October 08, 2010, 09:48:05 am »
Britchladitch too!
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woollypigs

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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #69 on: September 18, 2016, 08:52:41 am »
Port Ellen, 59.35%, distilled in 1978, 24 years old, Islay single malt, one of 12000 and numbered. She is my pride and joy, very tasty, does need a wee bit of water to calm her down but boy do the flavours come out. This whisky is getting harder to get hold of as the distillery burned down in '81 (I think) and they stopped distilling it.
Ah remember this, well I for some reason decided that I would save the rest for a special occasion.

Last night PG Tips and I decided that we should have a drop of the Spirit of Lewis from the Abhaidd Dearg distillery on Isle of Lewis. While I was getting the glasses ready I remembered that I had a another bottle and it has been years since I had sip from that.

While I was telling PG Tips how I got this bottle back in 2003, I looked it up on the old 'tinterweb. Back then, I got it at the eye watering £110 a bottle, but I just had to have as I had read so much about it.

It is the the PORT ELLEN 1978, 24 Year Old, 2nd Release 70cl / 59.35%, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A very nice drink, as I have popped it open (key word here) cause how else would I know if what I have read is right, and true to the written word - it is very good whisky.

Today the very same bottle unopened (a much more important key word here), would go for about £1500-1750 on the whisky exchange ..
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #70 on: September 18, 2016, 08:16:56 pm »
Serious question:- has anyone noticed whisky (or other strong spirits) going off ?
I know that, in theory, they should oxidise (more so as the bottle empties) but I've never noticed any change in taste, even with bottles that are several months old.

I have tried a few whiskys that had gone off. A lowland "Littlemill" that probably had been opened a decade or so and with very little remaining. A very light bodied and slightly "odd" whisky to start with.
A Redbreast std 12y.: same story; it had been opened for many years with very little in the bottle. The owner who had kept the bottle for fun, claims that pot still whiskey doesn't keep well when exposed to air.
 
Other whiskys I have tried may have changed slightly over the years, but not always for the worse and generally very little if the bottle is more than ½ full.
I would say that decanting the whisky into a smaller bottle is a very good idea if the bottle is less than ½ full and you expect it to last a year or more before finishing. 
I guess  that light bodied whiskys bottled at 40% is probably more at risk than a peaty cask strength whisky at 57%.



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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #71 on: December 21, 2016, 09:57:51 am »
I decided to treat myself this Christmas (no-one else will so why not) and spend far more than I normally would on a bottle of Bruichladdich (sp?) Port Charlotte.

I opened it last night and had a wee tipple. I was very not disappointed, not quite as peaty as I was expecting, but it was absolutely gorgeous.  The aroma was more honey-ish than heavy peat, but with a bit of smokiness and iodine, and the flavour again was very subtle for such a heavy whisky (bottled at ~60%) and had loads of honey, bitter orange, almond and then subtle peaty smokeiness.

I'd definitely recommend
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #72 on: December 21, 2016, 10:02:56 am »
There is just so much to choose from. Port and sherry finishes with peat smoke are my favorite  :P

Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #73 on: December 21, 2016, 10:09:07 am »
I've bought my father a bottle of "Paul John Brilliance" for Christmas.   it's from Goa....    Should be interesting to try, it gets good reviews.
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Re: A wee drop of whisky
« Reply #74 on: December 21, 2016, 12:46:40 pm »
PC World in Inverness.  :'(
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