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9 hours ago, kevinbrink said:

Thanks same to you and yours, my grandmother who is in her 90's tested positive nearly two weeks ago and is still holding up despite a rough patch earlier this week. Hoping for the best for everyone. 

Sorry to hear that, hope she kicks it's ass! All the best buddy. 

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I was waiting for the right occasion to open this bottle. My last PM conversation with Vosgar was in regard to independently-bottled Dailuaine-- so I thought it was fitting. Thinking of you Gary.

Mr Harper saluting this fallen Canuck for all of the fine work he did. I believe I heard him say, “I salute you my Northern neighbor!  You are one of the finest whiskies Doofuss over there taking this

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14 hours ago, kevinbrink said:

Thanks same to you and yours, my grandmother who is in her 90's tested positive nearly two weeks ago and is still holding up despite a rough patch earlier this week. Hoping for the best for everyone. 

Stay strong! 

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An 11yr Ballechin cask strength aged in a Manzanilla Sherry cask in the glass tonight. Not the biggest fan of sherry cask whiskies but this one is pretty darn good.

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3 hours ago, Vosgar said:

An 11yr Ballechin cask strength aged in a Manzanilla Sherry cask in the glass tonight. Not the biggest fan of sherry cask whiskies but this one is pretty darn good.

Manzanilla is so not like what most people expect when they think of sherry that it can be surprisingly good as a finishing cask.

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Thank goodness. An ex-bourbon indie Bowmore from a real bar, what a great segue into the new normal. The bartender was just as thrilled as I was.

 

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I opened this bottle about a year ago and thought it was the pretty good but didn’t get the hype, but after letting sit for almost a year, wow!  I’m getting tons or orange and dried cherry notes, it’s really transformed into a great dram, cheers!

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Royal Brackla 11yr cask strength from Signatory. Reminds me of the Harry & David pears my wife just got for Mother's Day, but with a wonderful, lingering whisky finish

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Quire a few changes over the last 35 years or so. I sampled this one against the modern version of Black Label and it's so much fuller, creamer and complex (even with the 40% ABV). The DNA is still there on a very base level, but I'm guessing much of this blend was older that the stated 12 years…

 

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2 hours ago, Marekv8 said:

Quire a few changes over the last 35 years or so. I sampled this one against the modern version of Black Label and it's so much fuller, creamer and complex (even with the 40% ABV). The DNA is still there on a very base level, but I'm guessing much of this blend was older that the stated 12 years…

 

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Even old Red Label is about as good as Black Label today. Almost certainly had older (and likely more malt) in the blend.

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I had a Red Label purchased sometime between 1960-72 in London. I know nothing more and I never saw the original bottle.

 

It was a completely different whisky to today's Red label. I won't say better or worse, just different. Very herbal with notes of sweet garlic. Never had that in a Scotch. Interesting, but I didn't think it was worth sipping back then either.

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2 hours ago, Kyjd75 said:

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That's 100% precision on awesomeness, we can ignore the low recall which'll eventually correct itself. (I've been peer reviewing data science papers all day. I need a drink)

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Opened this one up today, and it's wonderful. Very deceptive initially since it's very light in colour for it's age and the nose is also light, but nicely floral and fruity. I'm doubtful it was aged in a first refill cask. However, take a sip, roll it around in your mouth for a bit, and it explodes with flavors and has just the right amount of spice. The finish is nice, but the lingering flavors in your mouth are exceptional, IMHO. Side note: it pairs very well with an Illusione Rothschildes cigar. The last thing I need is another bottle of booze, but I might have to spring for another one of these.

 

I think Tom Helt, bless his soul, would approve of this bottle. 

 

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1 hour ago, Vosgar said:

Opened this one up today, and it's wonderful. Very deceptive initially since it's very light in colour for it's age and the nose is also light, but nicely floral and fruity. I'm doubtful it was aged in a first refill cask. However, take a sip, roll it around in your mouth for a bit, and it explodes with flavors and has just the right amount of spice. The finish is nice, but the lingering flavors in your mouth are exceptional, IMHO. Side note: it pairs very well with an Illusione Rothschildes cigar. The last thing I need is another bottle of booze, but I might have to spring for another one of these.

 

I think Tom Helt, bless his soul, would approve of this bottle. 

 

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That one has “home run” written all over it— especially with the Winebow seal of approval. I’m sure they’ll be gone by the next time I can get up north. 

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Rye and Panocha(almond/sunflower seeds brittle)

Cheers from the North!

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23 hours ago, DRAMachine said:

Rye and Panocha(almond/sunflower seeds brittle)

Cheers from the North!

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Cheers from here in the Deep South!  Now...tell me more about this panocha...Looks and sounds dang good.  

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14 minutes ago, smokinjoe said:

Cheers from here in the Deep South!  Now...tell me more about this panocha...Looks and sounds dang good.  

Hi joe! Panocha is just your usual brittle. Nuts in melted cane sugar. In the Philippines, we love to pair Panocha with giñebra san miguel ( our favourite gin)

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Gloriously warm day here in the UK. I find myself reaching for some tropical peat.  Cheers! 

 

 

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Moved onto this. The PC10 has definitely dulled this, but admirably so. This is awesome. 

 

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On 5/23/2020 at 11:41 PM, DRAMachine said:

Hi joe! Panocha is just your usual brittle. Nuts in melted cane sugar. In the Philippines, we love to pair Panocha with giñebra san miguel ( our favourite gin)

Well, that don’t look like my momma’s peanut brittle...Sorry, momma, it looks better...  ?.   Thanks, Dram.  ??

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Did some bunker maintenance today, stumbled across a Kilkerran 12. Wasnt too impressed with the first bottle I had, found it to be a bit light.

 

Perfect for a warm evening though. I'm enjoying this. 

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Opened a Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira because why not, better than I remember. 

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