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  1. #1611
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Well I ran out of all my Islay single malts. And the only single malt I have remaining is a Glenlivet 16yr Nadurra. Ever since discovering the Islay single malts I've found most other non-Islay single malts to be merely "meh." I like this particular Glenlivet better than the 15yr French Oak, which I like better than the standard 12yr. But for me, as a scotch, I guess I just want that smoke and peat! Probably have to break down and buy another bottle of my favorite here soon, Laphroaig 10yr.

  2. #1612
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    I had a little Royal Salute and some Macallan 18 last night.
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  3. #1613
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavius View Post
    Well I ran out of all my Islay single malts.
    I decided that I could never fully appreciate the force without at least exploring the dark side so over the past few weeks picked up a few SMS's - thanks to the search function at SB - and I've been impressed. I won't be switching sides completely, but what impresses me are the wide variety of tastes available without the hunt that's sometimes involved with bourbon. I'm not going to go hog wild with purchases (honest) but now I can appreciate where you guys are coming from. A few thoughts...

    Balvenie Doublewood - first one purchased - I get lots of carmel, vanilla, and honey. Mild and smooth - great for after dinner. The dark side is seductive in this one.

    Speyburn 10 - mixed reviews on here but I found it to be a good basic SMS with some nice sweet notes at a very reasonable price. Not complex, but hey.

    Highland Park 12 - Lots to taste here - I can see having this in stock at all times. I understand the balanced comments - and I like the hints of smoke so I had to make one more purchase...

    Ardbeg Uigealail - Wow - I can smell the bandaids but it doesn't matter because I'm at a pig roast! The nose on this one even changed in the glass between the pour and the finish. Strong, complex, sweet, then spicy, smokey bbq. I can't wait to see how this one evolves as the bottle ages a bit - and my palate evolves. I like this one - a lot.

    So not a full fledged apprentice but I'm enjoying. Any other must-have suggestions are always appreciated.



    Rich

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wall Eye View Post
    I decided that I could never fully appreciate the force without at least exploring the dark side so over the past few weeks picked up a few SMS's - thanks to the search function at SB - and I've been impressed. I won't be switching sides completely, but what impresses me are the wide variety of tastes available without the hunt that's sometimes involved with bourbon. I'm not going to go hog wild with purchases (honest) but now I can appreciate where you guys are coming from. A few thoughts...

    Balvenie Doublewood - first one purchased - I get lots of carmel, vanilla, and honey. Mild and smooth - great for after dinner. The dark side is seductive in this one.

    Speyburn 10 - mixed reviews on here but I found it to be a good basic SMS with some nice sweet notes at a very reasonable price. Not complex, but hey.

    Highland Park 12 - Lots to taste here - I can see having this in stock at all times. I understand the balanced comments - and I like the hints of smoke so I had to make one more purchase...

    Ardbeg Uigealail - Wow - I can smell the bandaids but it doesn't matter because I'm at a pig roast! The nose on this one even changed in the glass between the pour and the finish. Strong, complex, sweet, then spicy, smokey bbq. I can't wait to see how this one evolves as the bottle ages a bit - and my palate evolves. I like this one - a lot.

    So not a full fledged apprentice but I'm enjoying. Any other must-have suggestions are always appreciated.



    Rich
    Nice pick-ups, Rich. You came out of the gate strong and selected some real winners. Balvenie's entire line is excellent, IMO, and the DoubleWood has been a favorite around here for years, especially after a nice meal, as you noted. Highland Park 12 and Ardbeg U. are classics in my book and reveal more and more with each tasting. And Speyburn 10 is actually a pretty serviceable budget malt and better than most people realize. It won't knock your socks off, but then it doesn't have to. When you want a tasty pour and don't want to spend much time analyzing what's in the glass, Speyburn is a decent one to reach for. You may want to check out Aberlour 16 when you get the chance. It's a real beauty and another great post-meal gem at a fairly reasonable price. Have fun!
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

  5. #1615
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Last night I had a few drams of Laphroaig 18. As always the boys at Laphroaig do not disappoint. Excellent dram.

    Anyone have any expreiene with the Triple Wood? They are on back order at the local and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.

  6. #1616
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreggJ View Post
    Last night I had a few drams of Laphroaig 18. As always the boys at Laphroaig do not disappoint. Excellent dram.

    Anyone have any expreiene with the Triple Wood? They are on back order at the local and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.
    Very nice. I tried it for the first time on Burns Night. It's like the quarter cask kicked up a notch.
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  7. #1617
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreggJ View Post
    Last night I had a few drams of Laphroaig 18. As always the boys at Laphroaig do not disappoint. Excellent dram.
    Super jealous! I can't even find the 18 here. Probably just as well though. I've spent way too much lately...

  8. #1618
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreggJ View Post
    Last night I had a few drams of Laphroaig 18. As always the boys at Laphroaig do not disappoint. Excellent dram.

    Anyone have any expreiene with the Triple Wood? They are on back order at the local and have been eagerly awaiting their arrival.
    awesome, the 18 is my favorite of the whole lineup, just wish it wasnt so expensive

  9. #1619
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavius View Post
    Super jealous! I can't even find the 18 here. Probably just as well though. I've spent way too much lately...
    TPS has it in stock at the moment.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    After snaking out my kitchen drain tonight (semi sucessfully), Laphroaig 10 cask strength was the only option to get the stink out of my nostrils.

 

 

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