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Megawatt
10-10-2010, 12:16
The following whiskies are on sale province-wide:

Bowmore 12 ($5 off)
Highland Park 12 ($5 off)
Laphroaig Quarter Cask ($4 off)
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve ($5 off)
Century Reserve 15 years + ($3 off)

There are other deals as well but these are the best I noticed.

smokinjoe
10-10-2010, 15:34
Are any bourbons on the list?

Megawatt
10-10-2010, 18:52
Are any bourbons on the list?

Woodford Reserve ($3 off)
Wild Turkey ($2 off)

Also Gentleman Jack at $3 off.

And it seems that Maker's Mark has come down in price almost $10, which is nice.

JamesW
11-06-2010, 14:57
Amrut peated 46% just came in to my area for $68. I will probably pick this one up as I'm very curious and I'm a peaty kind of guy. Anyone have an opinion on this puppy?

Megawatt
11-06-2010, 15:29
Amrut peated 46% just came in to my area for $68. I will probably pick this one up as I'm very curious and I'm a peaty kind of guy. Anyone have an opinion on this puppy?

No, but if you want peat you should track down a bottle of Kilchoman for $34.95. It is too much peat for me, honestly.

I've only heard good things about Amrut. I'll probably go for their unpeated version for $50 when it comes out. The standard version uses Indian barley whereas the peated version uses imported barley from Scotland.

JamesW
11-06-2010, 21:27
No, but if you want peat you should track down a bottle of Kilchoman for $34.95. It is too much peat for me, honestly.

I've only heard good things about Amrut. I'll probably go for their unpeated version for $50 when it comes out. The standard version uses Indian barley whereas the peated version uses imported barley from Scotland.

Thanks for the Kilchoman heads up!

JamesW
01-17-2011, 12:21
The LCBO has $6 off the 1.14L JWB 12 at $58.95. Good solid everyday pour at a decent price.

Megawatt
01-17-2011, 14:54
The LCBO has $6 off the 1.14L JWB 12 at $58.95. Good solid everyday pour at a decent price.

Right, that deal is for this week only. Last week they had Glenfiddich Solera Reserve at $10 off. Great deal but I passed since there are too many others I want to try. I'll probably pass on the Johnnie Black for the same reason. The Robert Burns Single Malt is coming back for $39.95, so I'll probably buy one of those.

JamesW
01-27-2011, 13:29
I saw a new addition at the LCBO... Bowmore 10 Tempest Cask Strength Batch 2 for $73. Anyone had this? It looks tempting....

JamesW
02-01-2011, 10:53
Sales are going in opposite directions at the LCBO...:rolleyes:

150. (http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/lto/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=7617) CHIVAS REGAL 12 YEAR OLD (http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/lto/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=7617)
United Kingdom | The Chivas & Glenlivet Group
LCBO 7617 | 750 mL
WAS: $ 36.95 | NOW: $ 40.95 | SAVE: $ 2.00 (http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/lto/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=7617)

I know why the misprint but it was funny to see anyway. It was selling last week at $36.95 on sale ($6 off) and I did grab one (decent everyday pour and all).

BTW - Smokehead is $5 off as well. At $55 I'm curious but when I consider that it's probably a 7- 8yr old Ardbeg or Caol Ila, my hand is tending more towards my favorite Lap QC at $64 or even the Peat Monster at $62. Anyone try this one?
(http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/lto/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=7617)

Megawatt
02-02-2011, 09:25
BTW - Smokehead is $5 off as well. At $55 I'm curious but when I consider that it's probably a 7- 8yr old Ardbeg or Caol Ila, my hand is tending more towards my favorite Lap QC at $64 or even the Peat Monster at $62. Anyone try this one?


I'm tempted by Smokehead, based on some good reviews. However my brother, who is a big Quarter Cask fan, tried it and said it wasn't to his liking. He said it seemed thin compared to Quarter Cask.

silverfish
02-02-2011, 10:09
BTW - Smokehead is $5 off as well. At $55 I'm curious but when I consider that it's probably a 7- 8yr old Ardbeg or Caol Ila, my hand is tending more towards my favorite Lap QC at $64 or even the Peat Monster at $62. Anyone try this one?


I have a open bottle of Smokehead. For the record, I'm not a fan of
Scotch (but do find some to work in a pinch) and this seems aptly
named - it tastes "smokey" to me. My wife recently tried it and seems
to enjoy it. She loves Ardbeg Corryvreckan and doesn't mind the Black
Grouse. Among her dislikes - Smokehead 18 year Extra Black, CB Peat
Monster, and Ardbeg Supernova, if that is any indicator.

I was able to sample some of the above at using Master of Malt's Drinks
by the Dram (http://www.masterofmalt.com/drinks-by-the-dram/) - 3cl sample sized bottles. They do ship to USA but I didn't
see Canada listed on their delivery page. It's a great way to "try before
you buy".

JamesW
02-02-2011, 17:47
He said it seemed thin compared to Quarter Cask.

If that's the case then I'll pass. The QC is one of my favorites an dI'll spend the extra bucks to get it. I'm really looking for a smoke and peat bomb.

JamesW
02-02-2011, 17:48
I was able to sample some of the above at using Master of Malt's Drinks
by the Dram (http://www.masterofmalt.com/drinks-by-the-dram/) - 3cl sample sized bottles. They do ship to USA but I didn't
see Canada listed on their delivery page. It's a great way to "try before
you buy".

Thanks for the heads-up. I doubt the LCBO allows any competition but it's worth a gander. Cheers!

Megawatt
02-02-2011, 17:55
If that's the case then I'll pass. The QC is one of my favorites an dI'll spend the extra bucks to get it. I'm really looking for a smoke and peat bomb.

There's more to life than smoke and peat, you know ;). But you might like to know that Bruichladdich Port Charlotte multi-vintage is coming to Ontario. 40ppm :hot:

JamesW
02-02-2011, 18:09
There's more to life than smoke and peat, you know ;).

Yes, but not much more :grin: As an ex-smoker, that's the only way I can really get my fix :o .

JamesW
02-10-2011, 08:09
Picked up a $5 off a 3 x 50 ml taster (paid $20) of EL Dorado Demarara rum 12, 15, and 21 yrs. Had the 15 yr last night and it was really rather good. Nice wood and bourbony notes. However the last few sips started getting a bit too sweet for me. Still nice though.

Gillman
02-10-2011, 08:42
I bought it too and must say IMO that the 15 is the driest of the group. The 12 and 21 year versions are richer and preferable, but that's my taste. To me they are liqueur rums, suitable for after dinner and a cigar. The 21 is quite amazing and I may get a standard-size bottle.

Gary

JamesW
02-10-2011, 09:35
I bought it too and must say IMO that the 15 is the driest of the group. The 12 and 21 year versions are richer and preferable, but that's my taste. To me they are liqueur rums, suitable for after dinner and a cigar. The 21 is quite amazing and I may get a standard-size bottle.

Gary

I'm just beginning to look at the rums. What do you suggest I try? I don't know that I want a "liqueur" rum. I'm looking for wood, complexity and not too sweet.

Gillman
02-10-2011, 09:53
Ah, many options. I'll get back to the thread on this before long.

Gary

dbk
02-10-2011, 09:59
I bought the El Dorado sampler, too, and like Gary enjoy the 12 over the 15. I have yet to crack the 21, though. In any case, it's a nice opportunity to try some of the range at an affordable price.


I'm looking for wood, complexity and not too sweet.

Well, as for your tastes, I think the El Dorado suite fits the bill nicely. That said, while they are not cloying, they are still rum and therefore fairly sweet.


BTW - Smokehead is $5 off as well. At $55 I'm curious but when I consider that it's probably a 7- 8yr old Ardbeg or Caol Ila, my hand is tending more towards my favorite Lap QC at $64 or even the Peat Monster at $62. Anyone try this one?

I haven't tried the Smokehead, but I have enjoyed the Peat Monster quite a bit. It is very different from the Laphroaig QC, however, despite the fact that the Peat Monster contains some Laphroaig in the vatting. I would call it a much more "refined" and "sophisticated" peated malt, which is not to everyone's liking. In fact, it took some time to grow on me. If you're really looking for a "smoke and peat bomb", though, have you given any thought to Big Peat, which is a vatting of Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila, and the sorely missed Port Ellen? It's pretty great stuff.

JamesW
02-10-2011, 10:23
I bought the El Dorado sampler, too, and like Gary enjoy the 12 over the 15. I have yet to crack the 21, though. In any case, it's a nice opportunity to try some of the range at an affordable price.



Well, as for your tastes, I think the El Dorado suite fits the bill nicely. That said, while they are not cloying, they are still rum and therefore fairly sweet.



I haven't tried the Smokehead, but I have enjoyed the Peat Monster quite a bit. It is very different from the Laphroaig QC, however, despite the fact that the Peat Monster contains some Laphroaig in the vatting. I would call it a much more "refined" and "sophisticated" peated malt, which is not to everyone's liking. In fact, it took some time to grow on me. If you're really looking for a "smoke and peat bomb", though, have you given any thought to Big Peat, which is a vatting of Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila, and the sorely missed Port Ellen? It's pretty great stuff.

I haven't seen the Big Peat around my parts, but I've wanted to try it no doubt. Indeed, the Peat Monster was quite nice when I had a bottle a few months back. I may revisit it. I've preferred the LQC over it since they share the same price-point, a few bucks cheaper and I'd bite again me thinks...

Gillman
02-10-2011, 11:38
I believe a fruited addition of some kind, that and/or a sweetening, is added to El Dorado or at least the well-aged ones. I could be wrong, but thought I read that some years ago. To me they have a "house" character and are extremely good. You can taste the pot still element (an oily or almost rubbery note) but wreathed in a sophisticated body.

For something drier, I would go with Appleton. There are about 5 available here, I'd spend the most your budget allows. These have good pot still character but are well aged with a distinctive dryish woody note. Very traditional rum but not as lush and "exotic" as El Dorado's IMO.

Gary

Megawatt
02-10-2011, 17:11
James, you might be interested to know that Amrut Fusion is arriving in Ontario. Jim Murray gave it a whopping 97 points, if that means anything to you. It is a vatting of their peated and unpeated malts, I believe, bottled at 50% alc/vol.

JamesW
02-10-2011, 18:45
James, you might be interested to know that Amrut Fusion is arriving in Ontario. Jim Murray gave it a whopping 97 points, if that means anything to you. It is a vatting of their peated and unpeated malts, I believe, bottled at 50% alc/vol.

Giddyup! I'll be on it like flies on you know what :grin:

JamesW
02-10-2011, 18:46
I believe a fruited addition of some kind, that and/or a sweetening, is added to El Dorado or at least the well-aged ones. I could be wrong, but thought I read that some years ago. To me they have a "house" character and are extremely good. You can taste the pot still element (an oily or almost rubbery note) but wreathed in a sophisticated body.

For something drier, I would go with Appleton. There are about 5 available here, I'd spend the most your budget allows. These have good pot still character but are well aged with a distinctive dryish woody note. Very traditional rum but not as lush and "exotic" as El Dorado's IMO.

Gary

Seems like El Dorado might just be the place to start. I look forward to trying the 21 yr old.

dbk
02-10-2011, 18:49
James, you might be interested to know that Amrut Fusion is arriving in Ontario. Jim Murray gave it a whopping 97 points, if that means anything to you. It is a vatting of their peated and unpeated malts, I believe, bottled at 50% alc/vol.

Giddyup! I'll be on it like flies on you know what :grin:
You might be pleased to know that Amrut fusion has already begun to grace the LCBO shelves. Toronto, Bramalea, and Mississauga all show some stock.

And Compass Box The Spice Tree has also arrived.

JamesW
02-10-2011, 19:49
You might be pleased to know that Amrut fusion has already begun to grace the LCBO shelves. Toronto, Bramalea, and Mississauga all show some stock.

And Compass Box The Spice Tree has also arrived.

I've seen the spice tree. Haven't been moved to grab one though, not sold on it just yet.

Megawatt
02-11-2011, 04:49
I've seen the spice tree. Haven't been moved to grab one though, not sold on it just yet.


Phenol levels too low for ya? ;)

dbk
02-11-2011, 05:04
I've seen the spice tree. Haven't been moved to grab one though, not sold on it just yet.

Phenol levels too low for ya? ;)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

JamesW
02-11-2011, 06:36
Phenol levels too low for ya? ;)

Exactly :lol: I'm saving my money for Nikka's "Yoichi" which I hear is spectacular!

JamesW
02-11-2011, 06:39
Phenol levels too low for ya? ;)

Actually the reviews of the spice tree haven't been that memorable. I like the idea of using old wooden staves to impart flavor to the whiskey (worked pretty well for Woodford Reserve seasoned oak).

dbk
02-11-2011, 11:09
Actually the reviews of the spice tree haven't been that memorable. I like the idea of using old wooden staves to impart flavor to the whiskey (worked pretty well for Woodford Reserve seasoned oak).

Really? They've certainly stuck in my mind. I've typically found nothing but positive or outright glowing reviews of The Spice Tree. "Official" reviews aside though, it was definitely a favourite of mine this year. That said, your tastes may differ (incorrectly, of course ;)).

TomH
02-11-2011, 11:41
Spice Tree was well received by the critics....Best New Scotch by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. However, Amrut Fusion was even better received....3rd Finest Whisky of the World (Ballentines 17 YO#1. 2009 Handy #2)... and it received 97 vs 95 for the Spice Tree.

My personal taste is definitely pro-Fusion over the Spice Tree. To be honest, I find the new (legal) Spice Tree does not measure up to the old (non-SWA approved) Spice Tree so I have not bought a 2nd bottle yet since I still have a small supply of the old.

dbk
02-13-2011, 07:12
You know, I think my tastes run in the opposite direction... I have sampled my Fusion for the last few nights and have not been terribly impressed with the palate. Maybe it will mellow out a bit, but I find it harshly phenolic and hot through the finish. The nose on the Spice Tree, on the other hand, is magic to me, and the palate is lovely, too. I haven't tried the "old" Spice Tree, so I can't compare, but opinion as to whether the new method has resulted in an improvement or a decline in quality seems to vary—JM likes the new one better, whereas you like the old one more.

Megawatt
02-13-2011, 14:52
Exactly :lol: I'm saving my money for Nikka's "Yoichi" which I hear is spectacular!

I had a glass of the 10 year old the other week and I'd have to agree; it was spectacular. It reminded me somewhat of Talisker 10, but perhaps more complex. I think you will enjoy.