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I don't know anything about Whiskey and barely touch the stuff outside of Southern comfort and coke when I want to feel 17 again...

 

Anyhoo.. I won a bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey whiskey and other than not liking JD when I last tried it 15+ years ago I wondered what it is like - I recall JD being very sour so is this to make it sweet?

 

Basically should I try it or is it garbage!?!?!?

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I like a nice whisky and ginger in the garden of an evening (yeah, yeah, i know i'm a heathen for having a mixer) and have been bashing through several suntory kakubin bottles that i was gifted/picked up on hols but i have now run out! Nowhere seems to sell it at a decent price here.

anyone recommend anything slightly similar? I know its not exactly a premium brand but it seems to work well in that drink, and it's one of the few my wife will also drink.

 

http://www.suntory.com/brands/kakubinwhisky/

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I've just bought some Fighting cock 6 year old bourbon as I wanted to try a different bourbon. An Old fashioned is in the cards later when the footy is on.

 

I had some Rowans Creek small batch bourbon in a bar recently and that was lovely and smooth with nothing added.

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On 7 June 2016 at 5:13 PM, Shimmyhill said:

Cheers all, any suggestions for cocktails?

 

I've had a different honey whiskey with a dash of lime juice, ice, ginger ale and a splash of angostura bitters. Very enjoyable.

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A friend of mine who knows how much I love Japanese whisky picked me up two bottles for a grand total of £37. The Taketsuru Pure Malt (on left of pic) is worth more than that alone in the UK. The Chita (on right) is brand new and is still exclusive to Japan. And it is sublime :rolleyes:

 

 

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The 18-y-o is also meant to be good - this is a Signatory bottling; they look for good whiskies and bottle from the cask (from cask #s 5562 to 5564 in this bottle's case). https://www.masterofmalt.com/blog/post/signatory-whisky.aspx

It's the unchill-filtered range, which is good value.

I may try the regular 12yo based on this. I didn't think it was that peaty, but that could be because I'm coming off the back of a bottle of Laphroaig.

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I was wondering if any of you guys could help with advice on a 30 year old whisky? My brother-in-law turns 30 in September and I thought an age appropriate whisky would be the perfect gift (also, I cannot think of anything else to get him, so I'm desperate for this to pan out!)

 

I don't drink whisky myself though, so I've no idea what's good and what isn't. I'd like to keep the cost below £200.00 really, but don't just want to plonk for the first one I see that's less than that. I'm afraid I've no idea what whisky he normally drinks or likes, but I've bought various whiskies over the years for my mum's partner (Laphroig, Talisker, Jura, Glenfidditch... usually 12 - 18 years stuff but no idea on more detail than that) and he seems to have liked all of those as far as I'm aware. 

 

I've had a quick google for specialist whisky shops in Leicester but not seen any, so I'm likely to be purchasing online.

 

Any help would be much appreciated!

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I've already mentioned this to LeChuck, and - having now got an OK from Graham_S - I'm posting it here too, in case any of you whisky lovers find it useful:

 

My cousin Greg has an award-winning whisky blog, Great Drams:

 

https://www.facebook.com/GreatDrams/?ref=br_rs

 

http://www.greatdrams.com/

 

... and he has recently got together with a couple of other people to set up a whisky-tasting-by-post subscription service called The Dram Team, which "curates out-of-the-ordinary whisky tastings and delivers them right to your door."

 

https://www.facebook.com/thedramteam/

 

https://www.thedramteam.co.uk/

 

 

(I'm not a whisky fan, and have never used the service, so make no guarantee of anything - I'm just providing links)

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I like whisky but I don't really have a clue about it - but I was given this 8yo Lagavulin 200th anniversary as a gift and I really like it  - very smoky & peaty. I've been enjoying a glass in the evening with a game of Civ 5 on the PC :) It seems like a potentially expensive hobby if you get a taste for the good stuff.

 

https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/32558/lagavulin-8-year-old-200th-anniversary 

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5 hours ago, Captain LeChuck said:

This thread has certainly gone quiet. My consumption has dropped, but of late I have come to a conclusion regarding certain whiskies.

 

Basically, any whisky that doesn't have an age statement pales in comparison to even the crappiest 10 Year old whisky.

 

They put out these crap whiskies with fancy names like "Winter's Gold", "Founder's Reserve", and my most recent one from Cardhu, "Gold Reserve". 

 

They're all rubbish. Grab a proper 12 Year Glennfiddich or Aberlour, and there's just no comparison, a real gulf in quality.

 

The only exception I have come across is the very first NAS whisky I tried: Macallan Gold. That's decent.

 

Looking in Morrison's this evening, I was dismayed to see they only had three malts with an age statement (Aberlour, Highland Park and Glenfiddich), with everything else being one of these 'special editions'. I hope it's just a fad, but I fear it's because they don't have adequate stocks put away to reach a decent age.

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I agree that those non-age statement whiskies aren't as nice although Laphroaig Quarter Cask, one of the first of the non-age statements I remember seeing, is decent.

 

I just bought myself a bottle of old trusty Lagavulin 16. I justified the cost by not buying shoes. I was meant to buy new shoes for a wedding, but I think I can get away with polishing up the old ones. They've gone a bit mouldy but I reckon it'll buff right out with a bit of polish. Whisky's more important than shoes.

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I remember reading on a whisky blog that the demand for aged whisky is outstripping supply and no age whiskies are supposed to be a decent alternative. Shame to hear they aren't as good as traditional aged malts I'm guessing the blog (flaviar) was paid by the whisky industry to promote the no age malts.

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Had a crack at some of this:

 

1792_Ridgemont_Reserve_Kentucky_Straight

 

It's really very, very good indeed. Quite smooth and a touch more mellow than the normal bourbons I drink. Not cheap (between £40 and £50 usually) but it's a very nice tipple.

 

This one wasn't quite as good, but it is still a nice bourbon and a bit cheaper than the 1792 at about £25 - £30.

 

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On 11/06/2016 at 20:49, LiMuBai said:

In other news, has anybody managed to try (or order) one of those new Norlan glasses? 

 

http://www.norlanglass.com/#the-glass-that-will-change-whisky

 

 

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Got a two-pack on the way to me - mainly as my current tumblers are about a thousand years old now and needed replacing anyway. Will let you know when they arrive!

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