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Whisky drinkers? Which is best?

IronGiant

Moderator
Wasn't sure we could get through a whole one but I found my Gran Dram glass, on the right:

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zeppelino

Distinguished Member
Tried the Haig Club stuff as it was on offer - found it to be sweet just with ice. Much better with Coke Zero but given it’s more expensive than Bells etc I won’t be buying it again, not for mixing.

Looking forward to payday when I can get a nice single malt in - hoping tesco still have the Bowmore 12yr old on offer.
 

BT Bob

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Tried the Haig Club stuff as it was on offer - found it to be sweet just with ice. Much better with Coke Zero but given it’s more expensive than Bells etc I won’t be buying it again, not for mixing.
For me, Haig Club is "ok", but that's about it. There are so much better whiskies (blend and single malts) at less money. It's a triumph of advertising over substance.
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
For me, Haig Club is "ok", but that's about it. There are so much better whiskies (blend and single malts) at less money. It's a triumph of advertising over substance.
Agreed. My wife thought it was expensive due to the nice bottle. Looks good on a drinks tray but not great in the glass. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll finish the bottle...
 

BT Bob

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Tolq

Well-known Member
I'm finally going to another whisky tasting event on Friday. This one is arranged by the local shop run by Duncan Taylor - it will focus on the Black Bull range and a few of their independent bottlings. I'm not normally a drinker of blends, and I've never tasted the Black Bull whiskies, so this should be interesting :)
 

494930

Distinguished Member
I'm finally going to another whisky tasting event on Friday. This one is arranged by the local shop run by Duncan Taylor - it will focus on the Black Bull range and a few of their independent bottlings. I'm not normally a drinker of blends, and I've never tasted the Black Bull whiskies, so this should be interesting :)
How much do you actually drink at a tasting? I'd love to do one but I'd need to drive there/back and wouldn't feel comfortable driving after a single beer for instance. Is it literally just a few drops of each whisky?
 

Tolq

Well-known Member
How much do you actually drink at a tasting? I'd love to do one but I'd need to drive there/back and wouldn't feel comfortable driving after a single beer for instance. Is it literally just a few drops of each whisky?
It varies from tasting to tasting - one 15ml measure per whisky seems to be the norm around here, so if we are tasting 6 whiskies in just under 2 hours, I don't think I would be able to drive by the end, even if it were legal! :laugh:
 

494930

Distinguished Member
It varies from tasting to tasting - one 15ml measure per whisky seems to be the norm around here, so if we are tasting 6 whiskies in just under 2 hours, I don't think I would be able to drive by the end, even if it were legal! :laugh:
Thought that would be the case :(
Enjoy the tasting :smashin:
 

Tolq

Well-known Member
Thought that would be the case :(
Enjoy the tasting :smashin:
Cheers - I am going with by brother-in-law, and we're planning on sharing a taxi back... You could do the same with a couple of friends/family, or ask the event arranger if there is some sort of car-pooling going on.
 

BT Bob

Well-known Member
How much do you actually drink at a tasting? I'd love to do one but I'd need to drive there/back and wouldn't feel comfortable driving after a single beer for instance. Is it literally just a few drops of each whisky?
Not quite the same as going a distillery or supplier, but another option that I do a couple of times a year is to organise your own.
If you have a few mates who like a dram, why not host your own? Get everyone to bring a different bottle - could be one they already have (even if it's open) or buy one and then try each one in turn, talk it over, see what everyone else is sensing in the dram. Most whiskies have tasting notes you can find online so you can compare your own thoughts with those.
It can be a lot of fun, have some nibbles, get some music on and have a laugh with some mates.
 

BT Bob

Well-known Member
Happy Paddy’s Day.
Sláinte
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Hillskill

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Picked up a Suntory Hibiki yesterday along with a couple of bottles of red from Waitrose. Bit of an impulse purchase but happy to say I love the whiskey. Very smooth
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
Hibiki is lovely but the price has shot up stupidly in the last few years.

I had a bottle of both the 12-year-old and 17-year-old that I received as gifts from clients. At the time they were about £50 and £85 (good few years ago, before Japanese whisky became popular)

Now the 12 year old is £400 and the 17 is £600.

Needless to say, I've never replaced them but instead bought the NAS Harmony and it's a lovely dram.
 

BT Bob

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@BT Bob

I have both of those currently unopened.

In your opinion, how are they?
Until I'd tried the Teeling, the Redbreast was my favourite Irish Whiskey - think more-complex Jamesons. I received the Teeling as a retirement gift and I absolutely love it. So smooth (as are all Irish whiskies I've tried). It's a little paler colour-wise (there's Redbreast in the glass) and, to my palate, a little smokier - don't misunderstand me, this is nothing like an Islay, for example, and maybe smokier is the wrong word, but there's a depth to the flavour (especially with a splash of water) that is lovely.

Picked up a Suntory Hibiki yesterday along with a couple of bottles of red from Waitrose. Bit of an impulse purchase but happy to say I love the whiskey. Very smooth
I like the Hibiki, but you do need to be careful as they often sell it in 50cl bottles so what might seem a reasonable price for a "proper" bottle, is actually only for 2/3 of a bottle.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
Any others worth picking up while we have relative easy buying?
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
I'm very partial at the moment to The Dalmore 15. not that keen on the 12 or the older or more specialised ones that I've tried but the 15 is very light and smooth.
It's unusual in the way they achieve the finish by taking it out the oak casks after 12 years IIRC and then split into 3 different type of Sherry/Port casks for the remaining years before being put back together.

I just opened a bottle of Kavalan Single malt (NAS) which is excellent if a little unusual, you can taste a subtle hint of exotic fruits in it. Not harsh or smokey so as with all whiskies it depends upon taste.

Aberlour 16 is a nice drop with a lovely sherry finish to it, having spent half it's maturation in Sherry casks.

If bourbon is your thing Eagle Rare is a nice 'sippin whiskey at a decent price. It's Buffalo Trace bourbon, only aged 10 years.
I'd also recommend Gentleman Jack, it's far superior to the regular Jack Daniels and only a few quid more. Woodford Reserve Double Oak is a good bourbon and Bulleit Rye is a nice alternative to bourbon, being a little spicier and less sweet.

I've got a Makers 46 open just now and wouldn't rate it that much compared to others. It's a perfectly good mixer bourbon with a nice kick having the higher proof, but it's nothing special and I wouldn't replace it with another.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
As above the Dalmore 15 is a lovely light drop.

Most of the good Irish whiskys are very smooth.

BT Bob a few posts above seems to like both The Teeling and the Redbreast. I have both but they're not opened yet.
 

GingerRocky

Active Member
oh yes, found that post, ill grab that one, the redbreast. will check our dalmore, wasn't keen, like you on the 12 yr old and also another of theres.
 

mcbainne

Well-known Member
As above the Dalmore 15 is a lovely light drop.

Most of the good Irish whiskys are very smooth.

BT Bob a few posts above seems to like both The Teeling and the Redbreast. I have both but they're not opened yet.
Dalmore tops for me (hence my avatar) 15 is the pic of the bunch at a reasonable price, King Alexander III is even better but a bit steep now price wise

Try Auchentoshan 3 wood, similar to Dalmore 15 but slightly sweeter and much cheaper
 

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