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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 13 - 05:20 PM

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You're very welcome!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Jun 13 - 05:05 AM

"From Killin to Aberfeldy" - yes, good song, written by Harold Boulton ( he of the Skye Boat Song) - and there's another whisky for you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 12 Jun 13 - 08:50 PM

Been there. It was mentioned in the loch Tay boat song.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 12 Jun 13 - 07:46 PM

Latest present from a friend was Aberfeldy: seriously nice, not very peaty, but I don't like too much smoke anyway. ( Aberfeldy is in Perthshire, lovely wee toon).


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 12 Jun 13 - 07:16 AM

Does the phrase, "On offer" sound like an oxymoron to you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 11 Jun 13 - 10:21 AM

Just bought a bottle of Bunnahabhain 12 year old - it was on offer. Apparently it's not particularly peaty compared to Laphroaig and Lagavulin. And not chill filtered.

It's just sitting on a shelf at the moment, calling faintly to me. I may uncork it and abstemiously toast Iain Banks tonight.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 10 Jun 13 - 07:45 PM

I can afford Glen Fiddich, Glen Morangie or Glen Livet. I simply choose not to buy anything that is obviously over priced.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jun 13 - 11:48 AM

Price doesn't necessarily mean it's one you'll enjoy more, I learned that with the Laphroaig. If you can afford it and not wince at the price every time you take a sip, that's a good thing!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 10 Jun 13 - 07:20 AM

I ran out of Scotch! I was facing the grim specter of privation, so, in a panic, I trundled off to Hannafords for a 5th of Glenfiddich. Abelour is not know north of NH. The price looked more like a telephone number!
So, I searched the shelves until I came up with a more reasonably priced single malt. McClellands, half the price of the Glen Fiddich or Glen Morange. I was surprised at how smooth it is. If I can drink it neat, it's good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 May 13 - 04:52 PM

Skoal!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 15 May 13 - 04:44 PM

At this very moment I am raising a dram of 12 year old Aberlour to three people who are dear to me.
Andy,since 1957. He's in hospital with severe vertigo. He will be 91 in August.
My younger brother, Erlon, 77 today.
Utah Phillips who would also be 77 today.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 May 13 - 04:27 PM

One or two people would disagree, Dave, just a quick browse found umpteen recommendations to add a little still water but, hey, I know what you mean and every man to his own taste. As long as he doesn't try to inflict it on everyone else and insist everyone else is wrong! :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 May 13 - 02:48 PM

Bill D is correct about cask strength, sip it very slowly and savour every drop, but no water.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 May 13 - 11:12 AM

Very interesting site, thanks Dave! Chapter six covered the information exactly!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 May 13 - 11:08 AM

I must say that I tend to use a bit of water in standard strength so I think I would find cask strength too strong for my pallette. I am pretty sure though that the 'standard' 40% ABV came about to standardise whiskys as, ably demonstrated above, cask strengths can vary wildly. I could be wrong of course. And often am!

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Bill D
Date: 15 May 13 - 10:44 AM

Aberlour A'bunadh tastes... ummm... intense. Somehow, the basic flavor, when carried by higher proof, has a different effect on the system.. from taste buds to brain. One does not 'toss back' a dram of cask strength, just to prove you can do it. And a tiny dash of water does seem to help 'open' the flavor... (make up your own verbs).

I have a very small amount of Aberlour A'bunadh left... if I decide on a treat after my craft show, it will mean choosing between A'bunadh & Takisker. Haven't had Talisker in several years.

I used to buy... many years ago, Slivovitz Plum Brandy at 101 proof. People asked me "How can you stand such overwhelming stuff?" Easy... I sip it slowly and gently. I LIKE strong drink occasionally.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 May 13 - 09:47 AM

Aberlour A'bunadh 59.5 abv

Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2 abv

and

Lagavulin 12 year old abv 57.5

the 3 most georgous whiskies on the planet, drank neat of course.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 15 May 13 - 07:05 AM

That
Cask strength" stuff is liquid dynamite!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 May 13 - 03:39 AM

It is indeed diluted before bottling, SRS. The 'cask strength' is higher and there is a very good explanation here.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 May 13 - 11:47 PM

What is the difference, aside from the alcohol proof, between "regular" single malt and "cask strength?" Does it taste different? How do they reduce the alcohol - do they mix water in before bottling to reduce it to (usually) 40%? Or is the 40% a level at which they bottle most of it, and for a stronger brew they leave some of it in the cask longer? If the higher the amount of alcohol means more sugars have been used in the fermentation process, is cask strength less-sweet?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 May 13 - 03:19 AM

Hey Concerned, at the weekend I had some 12 year old Lagavulin cask strength, 57.5 abv I'm a pensioner and I don't give a shit what you think.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Bill D
Date: 13 May 13 - 10:15 PM

I got 4 routes to 4 stores (Google Earth shows me all I need).... now I need to save gas money to drive there---which may preclude my buying spirits when I get there... *grin*

(mostly, it's being too busy next 3 weeks to do anything except make crafts and run the craft show at our annual folk festival....if I sell the right piece, I may treat myself to a bottle of something nice.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 May 13 - 07:46 PM

Bill, have you worked out the route for your field trip to Total Wine and Spirits? They haven't expanded to Maine, the closest store to Kendall is in Norwalk, CT.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 13 May 13 - 07:43 PM

handout? you get hand outs? I'd kill for a hand out! They throw their used ullage at me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Elmore
Date: 13 May 13 - 06:38 PM

Can You buy sex workers with food stamps?


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 May 13 - 05:30 PM

Food stamps? Welfare? Bloody luxury. There's you bloody lot lording it over us with yer food stamps and bottles of Chateau de Chatelais. I get three ha'pence a week in handouts from t'local rag and bone man and spend it on me ration of extra strong lager and heroin. And still have enough change to buy a fish supper for thirty seven naked coal pickers.

Tell the kids nowadays and they won't believe you...

:D


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 13 May 13 - 04:14 PM

Some people just don't understand sarcasm when they see/hear it!
I've never been on food stamps or welfare in my adult life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Bill D
Date: 13 May 13 - 03:26 PM

yes, Kendall.. for shame! ;>)

I was gonna share my 8 year old Glen Gyle with you at the Getaway, but now that you've admitted your Liberal ways, I may have to get you to hold the gun on me and make me drink it myself!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,concerened
Date: 13 May 13 - 01:47 PM

You are lucky to have food stamps..and now you are using them to buy booze?
e..you should be ashamed of yourself...thousands starving in the world and you can abuse a liberal caring system that feeds you? .and for nothing? Dreadful..hang your head in shame.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 12 May 13 - 07:23 PM

No, no one gave me any Scotch for my birthday, now I shall have to save up my food stamps for three or four years and buy it myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,concerened
Date: 12 May 13 - 03:47 PM

And that was against me with a nasty comment about my spelling.Well..hey!! I am big i am good.. to err is human to forgive devine..no need for your patronising remarks..


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,concerened
Date: 12 May 13 - 02:59 PM

Well, well, well..amazing aint it..a little criticism
and the self rightouse smug clowns join forces.The only personal attack came from Bill D.. the self admitted sponger.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 12 May 13 - 12:17 PM

No. sigh


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 May 13 - 10:31 AM

Hey, Kendall, I forgot to wish you happy birthday earlier this week. Did anyone give you Scotch for the occasion?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 12 May 13 - 09:19 AM

There is a much better term for people who give no-one but themselves any pleasure. Wanker. Sound like anyone round here?

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 12 May 13 - 07:16 AM

Only if we allow it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Elmore
Date: 11 May 13 - 10:59 PM

Doesn't matter what the topic is. Some troll comes out from under the bridge to screw up the thread.(Was that a mixed metaphor?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 11 May 13 - 09:09 PM

I expect by now he knows he is not welcome with that attitude.
"A sword, in its scabbard, keeps another so."


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 May 13 - 08:07 PM

Ignore him. He's a troll. Pour a dram and enjoy it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 11 May 13 - 07:19 PM

He came to the right place!


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Bill D
Date: 11 May 13 - 04:12 PM

Mr. 'concerened', sir... YOU made a special effort, hiding your real name, to find fault with people for discussing their favorite drinks... when they can afford them. YOU assumed we were rich, and called us several nasty names.

YOU need lessons in manners...


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 11 May 13 - 01:25 PM

Be careful with the personal attacks. That's the only no no here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,concerened
Date: 11 May 13 - 12:15 PM

Well Bill D leaving aside that you are a self admitted bludger, who doesnt mind sponging of his good mates.you are also some kind of a smug buffoon whose only come back is my inabillity to spell


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 11 May 13 - 10:19 AM

You know what they say about opinions.
\
From what I've seen here, a rich mudcatter is an oxymoron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Bill D
Date: 11 May 13 - 10:16 AM

"...privalaged clowns with your gold plated salaries..."

*grin*... don't I wish! I have at most 2-3 beers a WEEK, and make a bottle of Scotch last for months. Wine at holiday dinners... and mostly that brought by others.

At least my near poverty status doesn't prevent me from decent spelling.

Ah well, anonymous criticisms are popular on almost every topic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 May 13 - 10:05 AM

Why bother, "concerned"? Did you read the whole thread? The discussion has to do with affordability, special occasions, and quality of the brand. You object to consumers educating themselves?


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,concerened
Date: 11 May 13 - 09:29 AM

Got every right to express my opinion as you have, Mr.Thread policeman.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: kendall
Date: 11 May 13 - 08:23 AM

Then go outside and puke. Stay there if you don't like the thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: GUEST,Concerened
Date: 11 May 13 - 07:56 AM

More crap talked about whiskey/whisky or watever than tyere is about wine.Dont youu self indulgant posers realise that there are more issues on people minds than the percieved quality of drink?
Fact is that most people cant afford the stuff that you lot of privalaged clowns with your gold plated salaries, pensions and/ or buy to rent portfolio sporting liberals and tories nomarks seem to mop up till your eyes bubble..you make me sick..


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Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 May 13 - 12:18 AM

:) All those little states lumped together - I should have put the locations onto a Google map for you.

Yes, and in addition to the Scotch, take time to look through their beers (sold by the bottle or the six-pack - you can sample easily), their wines, and see if they have any interesting little 1-jigger samples. There are some point-of-purchase racks with little bottles, but I think they're mostly designer samples. I was hoping they might have things like the little bottle of Ardbeg that my Secret Santa so thoughtfully included in my package last holiday season.

I am sure there are arguments against having large stores move into an area, cutting out the little guy, but I'm tired of having only one sample of a particular variety of a wine to sample at any given small local store. Whether a single vine or a blend, I like to be able to compare. An example - I've been interested in sampling output of the Tempranillo vines, but the store near me ever only had one brand. At the larger store I found straight batches of Tempranillo, and I also found blends. There is one called Red Guitar, Old Vine Tempranillo Garancha (Grenache?) that is spectacular with strong seasoned food, and very affordable. Etc.

SRS


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