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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
Sortilege Canadian Whiskey Maple Syrup Liquor - gift from Bman. Yum.


I have a bottle of this I brought back from a Quebec trip in 2002 that I've never opened. Thinking I will this weekend... Smile
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Hart Brothers - Mortlach 11 Year-Old Speyside


How is it? I have a bottle of Mortlach 14 I brought back from Scotland and I'm waiting to open it until I have a broader single malt experience.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Hart Brothers - Mortlach 11 Year-Old Speyside


How is it? I have a bottle of Mortlach 14 I brought back from Scotland and I'm waiting to open it until I have a broader single malt experience.


I'm not an expert Single Malt taster and tend to veer away from the overly peaty and overly light flowery perfumed sides of the spectrum so this was a hit down the middle with me. There was a sweet, grainy, maltiness to it which I really enjoyed. I would say it was a very easy single malt to like.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Add Glenrothes and Aberfeldy to that list and you've got all my favorites - nicely done!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Add Glenrothes and Aberfeldy to that list and you've got all my favorites - nicely done!


We have a team retreat in Scotland in August. One of our activities will be to learn the differences between the various SM regions. I'm doing some homework in advance.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Care to comment on these?
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Originally posted by kingofcool:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Care to comment on these?


Sure. The highland park was pretty special - I think it was an 18 yr. If I were trying to describe it the way I'd describe a wine I'd call attention to the explosive aromas from the nose but it didn't get all up in your head when you sniffed it if you know what I mean. And it was at the same time very rough (flavorwise) and ver smooth (sensewise) on the palate. Dalwinnie was clearly light compared to the others - in the glass and on the palate, but beautiful, maybe even elegant. Lagavulin is always a favorite, typical Islay. The Balvenie seemed kind of ordinary by comparison, but was still good.
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Add Glenrothes and Aberfeldy to that list and you've got all my favorites - nicely done!


We have a team retreat in Scotland in August. One of our activities will be to learn the differences between the various SM regions. I'm doing some homework in advance.


That sounds fantastic, dont miss out visiting some distilleries.
If you are seeking a special experience, i recommend a stay in the Cragellachie Hotel with it's famous Whisky Bar (and a vey very good Restaurant too). Have a walk outside at night and you'll see MacAllan up the hill. Smile
Some real nice distillery visits are: Oban (look for a stay in the Oban Manor House Hotel with it's memorable Restsurant) , Highland Park, Aberfeldy, Cardhu. (i've not visited islay yet)
If you want to see some kind of magical place, visit Orkney Islands (home of Highland Park and Scapa) and the isle of skye (home of Talisker), look out for the Flodigarry Country House Hotel on the north-eastern edge of the isle of skye.
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Hey, don't miss The Whiskey Castle in Tomintoul. Mike has over 500 single malts in stock and many of them are rare private bottlings that you won't see anywhere else.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Hey, don't miss The Whiskey Castle in Tomintoul. Mike has over 500 single malts in stock and many of them are rare private bottlings that you won't see anywhere else.


Can't beat Quaich Bar @ Craigellachie Hotel with 750+ single malts Wink That was the most expensive Hotel bill i ever had... somewhere in the middle of the night we started tasting Whiskys recommended by the barman. MEMORABLE!
The Craigellachie Hotel was recommended to us, possibly by you, but for our purposes and plans, we chose a small inn in Kingussie, not far from the Ruthven Barracks. It was an ideal location for a central base for our travels. When we return, we're considering staying on the Isle of Skye.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
Had a flight of single malts tonight, all >15 years: balvenie, dalwinnie, highland park, and lagavulin.


Add Glenrothes and Aberfeldy to that list and you've got all my favorites - nicely done!


We have a team retreat in Scotland in August. One of our activities will be to learn the differences between the various SM regions. I'm doing some homework in advance.


That sounds fantastic, dont miss out visiting some distilleries.
If you are seeking a special experience, i recommend a stay in the Cragellachie Hotel with it's famous Whisky Bar (and a vey very good Restaurant too). Have a walk outside at night and you'll see MacAllan up the hill. Smile
Some real nice distillery visits are: Oban (look for a stay in the Oban Manor House Hotel with it's memorable Restsurant) , Highland Park, Aberfeldy, Cardhu. (i've not visited islay yet)
If you want to see some kind of magical place, visit Orkney Islands (home of Highland Park and Scapa) and the isle of skye (home of Talisker), look out for the Flodigarry Country House Hotel on the north-eastern edge of the isle of skye.


I've been to Scotland on vacation and it's probably the only place I'd choose to return to in the UK for a vacation. And I've been to Edinburgh for work. We visited Skye on vacation and I think if I went back I'd prolly try to stay there. It's pretty special, isn't it?

This trip will be "work." We're staying in Cairngorm. I imagine we'll do some distillery visits while there. And certainly some comparative tastings will happen. My colleague who lives in Edinburgh will line up some nice stuff I'm sure.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Question for you rum drinkers. I have a bottle of Appleton Estate 21. What do you think of it?


It's very nice. Lots of orange peel. Almost deep caramelly marmalade (as in smells sweet but tastes almost bitter) and Christmas spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). I remember it being quite oaky with little to no sweetness.

I didn't replace my bottle of it, but I did like it.
Thanks. I bought it 7 or 8 years ago and have only had it a few times. I don't drink much alcohol other than wine, and when I do, I gravitate toward single malt or gin.
Rum season--

Did a tasting through Ron Abuelo 7, 12, and Centenario (base rum solera-style is 30 yr.) as well as El Dorado, 12, 15, 21. I must say the most balanced was Ron Abuelo 12. It had pretty much everything I look for in a good sipping rum. Even beat out the Centenario.
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
Rum season--

Did a tasting through Ron Abuelo 7, 12, and Centenario (base rum solera-style is 30 yr.) as well as El Dorado, 12, 15, 21. I must say the most balanced was Ron Abuelo 12. It had pretty much everything I look for in a good sipping rum. Even beat out the Centenario.


I like the El Dorado 12 - Will look for the Ron Abuelo
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Question for you rum drinkers. I have a bottle of Appleton Estate 21. What do you think of it?


I like it!
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
Rum season--

Did a tasting through Ron Abuelo 7, 12, and Centenario (base rum solera-style is 30 yr.) as well as El Dorado, 12, 15, 21. I must say the most balanced was Ron Abuelo 12. It had pretty much everything I look for in a good sipping rum. Even beat out the Centenario.


If you like those, try Zacapa's 23 and XO
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Originally posted by PD2K:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Question for you rum drinkers. I have a bottle of Appleton Estate 21. What do you think of it?


I like it!


Have not had it for a long time - but I enjoyed it. I personally love rum
Had a chance to try the Arbeg Day (June2, 2012). It is a very nice bottle of Ardbeg, almot exactly as they described it (combo of their dense peaty side and their herby, sweet side). Help the 56+% abv very well. Nicely made.
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Originally posted by PD2K:
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Originally posted by NewOrleansWinosaur:
Rum season--

Did a tasting through Ron Abuelo 7, 12, and Centenario (base rum solera-style is 30 yr.) as well as El Dorado, 12, 15, 21. I must say the most balanced was Ron Abuelo 12. It had pretty much everything I look for in a good sipping rum. Even beat out the Centenario.


If you like those, try Zacapa's 23 and XO


+++++1

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