The real man's drink: Whisky

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PostThe real man's drink: Whisky
by Mockmaster » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Hi there,

Are you a whisky connoisseur?

Do you like the odd tipple?

It's always been my favourite spirit. Later this month I'm hopefully attending a 'Burns Night Whisky Masterclass', which should be illuminating, and I've decided to start seriously collecting. Both Single and Blended Malts. Could be an expensive hobby though.


I recently picked up:

Yamazaki 12 year old (sharp and smooth. I didn't know the Japanese were this good at making whisky)

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Johnny Walker Black Label (smooth blended malt)

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Laphroaig (far too peaty for my tastes.)

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Macallan 10 year old (probably my favourite 'special' whisky, aside from Jim Beam)

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One aim I have is to get some Johnny Walker Blue label.

At £150 a pop however, it might be some time before I acquire some. Anyone tried it?


Got any other recommendations?

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Oh Teh Noes » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Tastes poo.

Need to get Aneurin and Lewis in here. They know what's what.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Fatal Exception » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:58 pm

Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Scottish can make it, everyone else is gooseberry fool.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Mockmaster » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Fatal Exception wrote:Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Scottish can make it, everyone else is gooseberry fool.


Have you tried Yamazaki? I think it might change your mind on that front.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Weapon of Choice » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Fatal Exception wrote:Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Irish can make it, everyone else is ****.



Jameson's for me. Paid £60 for a bottle one night while working in Greece. Got bolloxed, went to a gypsy nightclub and spewed in some random's handbag.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Mockmaster » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:02 pm

Weapon of Choice wrote:
Fatal Exception wrote:Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Irish can make it, everyone else is ****.



Jameson's for me. Paid £60 for a bottle one night while working in Greece. Got bolloxed, went to a gypsy nightclub and spewed in some random's handbag.

Persona non grata was I


Ah yes, I like a bit of Jameson's. Mcnulty's favourite.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by 20% » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:02 pm

Mocky, get some of this.
It's now my favourite Whisky ever.

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Always keep a bottle handy... for close encounters.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by That's not a growth » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:03 pm

Mockmaster wrote:(sharp and smooth. I didn't know the Japanese were this good at making whisky)


I was sure I heard Stephen Fry once say that it was in fact the Japs that invented whiskey. :?:

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Fatal Exception » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:04 pm

Mockmaster wrote:
Fatal Exception wrote:Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Scottish can make it, everyone else is gooseberry fool.


Have you tried Yamazaki? I think it might change your mind on that front.


Probably it would change my mind, I'm just goinjg by my limited experiance with thieving my dad's. :lol: He sometimes gets expensive bottles from clients and I've liked the single malts. I find the cheaper blended ones too harsh.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by 1>3>4>2 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:05 pm

LewisD wrote:Always keep a bottle handy... for close encounters.


:lol:

I like Whiskey alot, i prefer Whiskey to beer for some reason. I Drink a wide range. But im not like a Lewis or Aneurin of Whiskey.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Mockmaster » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:07 pm

LewisD wrote:Mocky, get some of this.
It's now my favourite Whisky ever.

Always keep a bottle handy... for close encounters.


Oooh, cheers Lewis. I'm putting that on my list! I trust your recommendation.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Adam Pollard » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:08 pm

I'm sure as strawberry float not a connoisseur, but over the past few weeks I've destroyed a the best part of a bottle of Bells.

My old man seems rather concerned by this shocking development, and my excuse of "well I didn't want to drink your beers" didn't really wash, even though he doesn't even like whiskey. So if he doesn't like it, WHY THE strawberry float IS IT IN OUR DRINKS CABINET? Ah... it must be for me to experiment with! :lol:

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by still » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:14 pm

Fatal Exception wrote:Single Malt or nothing at all.

Also, only the Scottish can make it, everyone else is ****.


Ah, the voice of the unlearned ! You do realise that blended has been around for centuries and single malts, as in drunk for themselves, really not that long at all - a very modern trend ?

Drink both - the whole point of single malts is that they were originally distilled for the very purpose of blending - try jnb or hankey bannister - (churchills favourite if you are a tru blue..) - for excellent blends and jnb is very reasonably priced too.

malts - lagavulin 16 yr is my all time fave but at £40-00 a bottle its all getting a bit silly...

Also the canadians, americans and japanese all distill some very excellent whisk(e)ys - I take it that the irish contibution is commonly acknowledged.

Right now - 'laphroig', before that 'bushmills' - bit of a contrast I admit ! - also on the weekends menu - 'the macallan' and 'jamesons'.

Desire for the future - probably some nice 'edredoir cask strength' - if I can persuade my father to let me have some !!!!

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Phatman » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:14 pm

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Got a bottle of that for Christmas. Nice and smooth and the personal choice of Ron Burgandy. So you know it's good.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by 20% » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:15 pm

Mockmaster wrote:
LewisD wrote:Mocky, get some of this.
It's now my favourite Whisky ever.

Always keep a bottle handy... for close encounters.


Oooh, cheers Lewis. I'm putting that on my list! I trust your recommendation.


Yay! :D

I'll try and describe it's taste to you. (Also means I've an excuse for a few sneaky drams... :shifty: )

*Tastes*

I'd usually describe the smell, but my nose is well strawberry floated, :D You do get a fantastic scent of lemons and Caramel though, usually.
It's got a really smooth and incredible sweet taste to it. The sweetness then flattens out and you get a really nice warmth and woodiness that lingers for ages on the tongue. It's a great Whisky, and I recommend everyone buy some :D

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by still » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:18 pm

LewisD wrote:Mocky, get some of this.
It's now my favourite Whisky ever.

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Always keep a bottle handy... for close encounters.


Lewis - where from ? - how much ??

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by 20% » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:21 pm

From HERE and it's priced at £26.42

Anny bagged a 14 or 15 year old one from somewhere, but dunno where he got it.
I've not seen it in any shops near me, so have to buy it online :(

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by 20% » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:22 pm

There's a 30 year old one.

For £97
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by Scotticus Erroticus » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:22 pm

If you're looking for a good whisky at extremely reasonable prices then I'd recommend the Red Label version of Johnnie Walker which isn't actually called Johnnie Walker. Either way its extremely nice whisky and well priced. Avoid Irish whiskey at all costs because its sickening. Kenmore Whisky which is available from M&S is a nice hidden gem of a whisky, but make sure you eat before you drink Kenmore because its pretty heavy tasting stuff and its not wise to fill yourself up on it. Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie etc are to be admired, but they don't really compare to the proper, proper hardcore malts that are top of the notch. Enjoyable though.

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PostRe: The real man's drink: Whisky
by Mockmaster » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:24 pm

LewisD wrote:*Tastes*

I'd usually describe the smell, but my nose is well strawberry floated, :D You do get a fantastic scent of lemons and Caramel though, usually.
It's got a really smooth and incredible sweet taste to it. The sweetness then flattens out and you get a really nice warmth and woodiness that lingers for ages on the tongue. It's a great Whisky, and I recommend everyone buy some :D


That description sounds divine. Can't wait to try it.

closer - some good recommendations there (aside from the Laphroaig, I can't stand it :lol: ). I nearly bought some Bushmill's earlier today actually. I was just put off by my Laphroaig experience and the fact that Bushmill's is also an Islay malt. I'm going to have to go for some Hankey Bannister, simply for the trivia of it being Churchill's favourite.

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