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  1. #61
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Alphanumeric View Post
    It's interesting to see how much drinking can help to sort through one's personal preferences. My first Scotch was Talisker DE. I was quite taken with it in the beginning but now that I can identify flavors beyond 'yum', it doesn't have nearly as much appeal and I find myself reaching for the 10 yo before the DE.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Monkey Shoulder I originally paid little mind now sits happily in my glass.
    Excellent point. Taste develops over time (and sometimes from one day to the next) and with experience. Be careful taking the statement "this is the best whisky I've ever had"* at face value from someone with limited experience. The statement is meaningless if the person has tasted only a handful of different drinks.

    Context is also very important. I'm sure even a ho-hum whisky will leave a great impression when tasted for the first time with great company in a memorable environment - the distillery for example.

    At the end of the day, smell/taste is very personal. What's great/awful to one person may be the complete opposite to another person - or the same person under different circumstances.

    * by the same token "the worst whisky I've ever had" means nothing if the person has only tasted a few expressions.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Intended to start the night with a Great King Street New York Blend and ended up having three pours. Really hitting the spot. I love the touch of peat.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Curiosity got the best of my tonight so I opened my Bere Barley 2006. This is certainly a different profile! I get mild lemon, creamed corn, vanilla, light peat, grass, and the taste that I normally associate with pot stilled whiskey. I was slightly disappointed at first because I couldn't fit it into a box I like, it's almost like an irish pot still crossed with good tequila? Confusing! Two drams and I'm good with it. It's fun.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Cracked open a new bottle of Balvenie DW. I don't go to the dark side too much these days but always love this pour.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Kilchoman Machir Bay, can't say exactly what it is about this, but I freaking love it. For a fairly inexpensive bottle it has great qualities and is definitely one I want to always have a open bottle of at least for a while.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by thiemb View Post
    Cracked open a new bottle of Balvenie DW. I don't go to the dark side too much these days but always love this pour.
    I have a half bottle left of the Balvenie DW. It's a non-peated Speyside dram, very fruity and floral and with a nice taste of sherry from the second barrel.

    It's a good scotch to introduce to someone who has never had a single malt before.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Virus_Of_Life View Post
    Kilchoman Machir Bay, can't say exactly what it is about this, but I freaking love it. For a fairly inexpensive bottle it has great qualities and is definitely one I want to always have a open bottle of at least for a while.
    That sounds great to me! I've read multiple comments on how Kilchoman is reminiscent of Port Ellen. Have you had the new "normal proof" Port Charlottes? I think they're called An Turas Mor and The Peat Project.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    I have a half bottle left of the Balvenie DW. It's a non-peated Speyside dram, very fruity and floral and with a nice taste of sherry from the second barrel.

    It's a good scotch to introduce to someone who has never had a single malt before.
    agreed. It was my gateway to scotch, probably the same for many others.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    It's a good one to start with or to stay with for that matter.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by bad_scientist View Post
    That sounds great to me! I've read multiple comments on how Kilchoman is reminiscent of Port Ellen. Have you had the new "normal proof" Port Charlottes? I think they're called An Turas Mor and The Peat Project.
    I haven't, I am pretty new to Scotch honestly, so the only Port Charlotte that I have had to this point is a single cask selected by Malts of Scotland (cask #967). It is very good, so yes I want to get more of the regulars and broaden my experiences some.

    I definitely cannot speak to Kilchoman being similar to Port Ellen as the only PE I have had so far is the 9th annual which I find spectacular, but I have to think there is some serious potential there and would like to add a couple other expressions to the cabinet.
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