Plantation 20th Anniversary Barbados aged rum. Simply outstanding, and an excellent value at $38US retail.

Drunk neat, with two ice cubes.
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Originally posted by cuffthis:
Plantation 20th Anniversary Barbados aged rum. Simply outstanding, and an excellent value at $38US retail.

Drunk neat, with two ice cubes.


BY definition, its not neat if you had ice cubes.

But that is very good stuff
Jack Daniels Single Barrel, couple cubes, with a cigar on the patio, nice cool weather finally. Interestingly, while this is my favorite upper-mid price drink, it's not my favorite with cigars, too iodine-y. I prefer a sweeter mouthfeel bourbon, like makers, with a smoke.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by cuffthis:
Plantation 20th Anniversary Barbados aged rum. Simply outstanding, and an excellent value at $38US retail.

Drunk neat, with two ice cubes.


BY definition, its not neat if you had ice cubes.


Surprising that somebody who owns a bar would not know that.
Is this your choice single malt/scotch Board O? I have never had this before....I typically lean towards MacCallan 18 in this age group.
I like Lagavulin 16 a lot. I think the Bunnahabhain 18 is better than the 12. I also enjoy Macallan, but don't think the 18 is any better than the 15, and not much better than the 12.

I brought back some private bottlings from Scotland but haven't opened most of them yet. I especially like the Provenance bottlings.
A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.


Wewll, I don't know if it's iodine or peat, but I like it.
A friend of mine is moving off to NYC, so I had him over for dinner... We are currently enjoying a Macallan tasting of 18, 25 and 30. This is the 4th time I have done this tasting with friends and each time I come to the same conclusion: love the 18 and 30, hate the 25. Don't get me wrong, when I am simply sipping on 25, I enjoy it, but when I put it side-by-side with the other two, I see how much it is lacking.

The 18 and 30 are incredibly complex, with multiple layers of oily charred smokiness, orange zest and spices... The 25 is just so damn effeminate, with too much sherry overpowering everything, and dominating on both the nose and palate.
Maybe the 25 was an old sherry-cask version and the 18 was a "fine-oak" aka Bourbon wood version ?
Given your explanation, the 25 certainly was an older bottling, a 25y fine oak certainly doesn't taste like sherry.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Maybe the 25 was an old sherry-cask version and the 18 was a "fine-oak" aka Bourbon wood version ?
Given your explanation, the 25 certainly was an older bottling, a 25y fine oak certainly doesn't taste like sherry.

Hi Moselle, all were the older designates. When Macallan was making the move towards the Fine Oak like, I picked up 3 bottles each of the traditional bottling. I have tried the Fine Oak styles, but tend to favor the more traditional Macallan style, although I do keep a bottle of the 18 and 25 FO around the house.

The 25 FO I enjoy more than the older style, although the 18 I highly prefer the older bottling.
That's good news for your wallet, if you prefer the old 18y to the old 25y. Anyway it's a pitty that the new owners Suntory changed their production to fine oak. It's a matter of cost, sherry casks are much more expensive than bourbon casks. They should have kept up a small production of the sherry version. It's like if Chateau Yquem changed their production from sweet Sauternes to dry Chablis.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
That's good news for your wallet, if you prefer the old 18y to the old 25y. Anyway it's a pitty that the new owners Suntory changed their production to fine oak. It's a matter of cost, sherry casks are much more expensive than bourbon casks. They should have kept up a small production of the sherry version. It's like if Chateau Yquem changed their production from sweet Sauternes to dry Chablis.

What is not so good for my wallet - I prefer the 30 to both the 18 and 25. Smile
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Midleton "Very Rare" 2008, Irish Whiskey


I had the 2011 (I think) in Midleton this year.

Very nice.
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Originally posted by Deryl1:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by marcb7:
A few of my friends are part of a single malt society in which the society buys a cask from different regions...bottles it and sells it to members of the society...by far the best single malts I have ever tasted. They had one that was 47 yrs old...it was stellar!

I tend to lean away from Islay malts like Lagavulin...cant get past the iodine taste for me.


Wewll, I don't know if it's iodine or peat, but I like it.


I love Islay malt. With that, I don't need a cigar.
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.....on the beach in Negril, Jamaica.


<jealous>

Well deserved, Tom. Have one for me!

PH

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