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Preliminaries & expectations:

https://s26.postimg.org/b8hwaheix/3156.jpg

The good, albeit expensive, stuff:

https://s26.postimg.org/fiwk62jm1/Whisky.jpg

Really good. And some cute chick paid for it – who could complain? :mrgreen:
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Pictures...of her, or it didn't happen! :)
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sparks wrote:Pictures...of her, or it didn't happen! :)
If I haven't goofed ( :notsure: ) you've got a PM. :mrgreen:
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No PM, but no worries: Really none of my business!
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Pedantic assholery alert.

Scottish whisky is spelled without an e.

Irish stuff is whiskey.
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Actually, the Scottish is spelled with an "e": uisge beatha

Whereas in Ireland it is: uisce beatha.

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sparks wrote:No PM, but no worries: Really none of my business!
Well, I know, but having some fun isn't forbidden (yet). And: I goofed – thought so. :mrgreen:
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Hey: If she's buying, she's a keeper! Beware: Listy's 'ad her.
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https://i.redd.it/sgcf8r4xcuoz.jpg

Each one is a year.
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↑ Nice, love how the levels go down. In French the loss due to evaporation from the cask is called "la part des anges", angels' share.

Some time ago I had a Douglas single malt, single cask, 10 years, from the Laphroaig distillery. Pleasant but without distinguishing characteristics. Not worth a picture.
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Wine & spirits:

https://s1.postimg.org/2darm8y2en/Montage.jpg

Port Charlotte was my pick, Bowmore lady's one.
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https://s2.postimg.org/hc7fc72fd/Lg7_Islay.jpg

Yum! That was something! https://s2.postimg.org/z293xd5rd/runnin ... oticon.gif
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What are the markings on the glass all about?
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The 2 and 4 cl are of course capacity. As for the rest I'm not sure at all but it could be (as I vaguely seem to remember) some legal markings that said capacity is real.
If you're really interested I'll ask the bartender.
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Starting to fear I'm the only drunkard here… :cry: Anyway:

https://s9.postimg.org/nmk7waqfz/Montage_Wit.jpg

After an excellent amarone with pasta & truffles (following an octopus salad), some Octomore.
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Nah, you just take fantastic pictures that intimidates those who try to follow.

I tried a couple recently.

Pendleton Whisky - A bit immature IMO

Johnny Walker Double Black - Not bad when on the rocks/with some brunch water
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Grammatron wrote:Pendleton Whisky - A bit immature IMO
Was mentioned in the thread, if memory serves well.

Slightly wild restaurant panorama (Mercator projection):

https://s9.postimg.org/5nook099b/Panorama_Wit.jpg

Whisky only from shop window ( :( ), but I had some mirabelle spirit (dry, not liqueur) after a good burgundy, and later concluded the evening with a Kwak (which had a slight metallic aftertaste):

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https://s9.postimg.org/dnlfn6k6n/Laphroaig_2005.jpg

Wine tasting (a Morgon, which takes on a peculiar taste when aged [Froggies say "il morgonne" about that], but this one was just so-so), some stuffed morels, fish (no pic) with a bottle of Viré-Clessé white and a cheese platter to conclude.

Afterwards some Laphroaig (yum!).


And another panorama:

https://s9.postimg.org/vrog7ta5b/Pano1_Wit.jpg
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Witness: Women love him, men want to be him.

You're immortal in that you've shown this is possible.
:)
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sparks wrote:Witness: Women love him, men want to be him.

You're immortal in that you've shown this is possible.
:)
I'm undecided between :lmao: and :oops: , but it's mostly :lmao:

P. – S. I have an interesting related pic somewhere. If I find it again I'll send you a PM. :mrgreen:
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https://i.imgur.com/P73O6Oy.jpg

That wine was really something! :)

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Witness wrote:https://i.imgur.com/P73O6Oy.jpg

That wine was really something! :)

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I definitely want to try those.

All of them.

STAT!!11
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Macán seems to be a kind of "second wine" from Vega Sicilia (allegedly the best wine of Spain, never tasted it). Quite good, but a tad too sweet.

https://i.imgur.com/6L19r2v.jpg

No whisky this time, just an "abricotine" (apricot brandy), a grappa on the house (amarone for the lady, barolo for me) and then an extended stroll to get rid of the vapors before a beer nightcap (Staropramen):

https://i.imgur.com/dLILtQA.jpg
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Anyone who like Scotch Whiskey, should visit the Stanley Hotel sometime. They have an amazing whiskey bar, an absolutely huge assortment of them.

I am not a fan of Scotch, or any other sort of whiskey (I am a tequila man, myself), but I think I would have been in heaven if I were.
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Out at night again:

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Interesting whisky, lots of peat, smoke, even a hint of burned wood but very pleasant.


Back home I left the door to my balcony open (heat!) and had successively a visit from:
  • a big moth;
  • a millipede;
  • a small cat;
  • a wasp (garden variety, not the usual big parasitic ones).
All were safely returned to their respective biota.
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sparks wrote: Sat May 27, 2017 9:28 pm Penises in my Scotch? Sounds like a country-western song...
Pretty sure that’d be “penis in mah bourbon “ pardner.
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Third of rare Scotch whiskies tested found to be fake

More than a third of vintage Scotch whiskies tested at a specialist laboratory have been found to be fake, BBC Scotland has learned.

Twenty-one out of 55 bottles of rare Scotch were deemed to be outright fakes or whiskies not distilled in the year declared.

The tests were conducted at the East Kilbride-based Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).

It used advanced radiocarbon dating techniques to reach its conclusions.

SUERC measured residual concentrations of a radioactive isotope of carbon present in the alcohol contained in each bottle in order to establish the ages of the whiskies.

The samples had been sent for analysis by whisky broker Rare Whisky 101 (RW101), which said it was responding to "growing concern surrounding the proliferation of fake whisky" in the secondary market.

The bottles had been selected at random from auctions, private collections and retailers.

Last year, the same company exposed a £7,600 dram of vintage Scotch bought in a Swiss hotel as a fake.

The rare whisky bottles identified as fakes this year included an Ardbeg 1885, which had been acquired from a private owner, and a Thorne's Heritage early 20th Century blended whisky purchased from an auctioneer.

RW101 said a total of 10 single malts purporting to be from 1900 or earlier were found not to be genuine.

The company said that if tests had proven all 21 bottles to be genuine, collectively they could have been valued at about £635,000.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-46566703

Unsurprising (there was a similar scandal with old wines some years ago), and anyway out of my league. :|
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I'll put it here, even if it's not about whisky:
Fossil Fuels Brewing Company

Fossil Fuels Brewing Company is a beer maker based in Manteca, California, United States. The beer is brewed with what is claimed to be ancient yeast that medical mycologist and co-owner Raul Cano extracted from amber and revived after 25 million to 45 million years. The company launched a German-style wheat beer in the Northern California area on July 27, 2008. The process that the company used to extract yeast from amber is similar to the process described in the fictional book Jurassic Park that was used to retrieve dinosaur blood from mosquitos trapped in amber. The beer has received mixed reviews, with critics noting that it has a unique taste.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_Fu ... ng_Company

Technical details form the brewer's site: http://www.fossilfuelsbeer.com/thestory/
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It's Irish Whiskey that's spelt with an E. Scotch whisky has no E.
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I believe Doc pointed that out early on. But thanks for rubbing that in. Again. :)
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Somebody tried the stuff?
Lidl whisky costing £13.49 named one of the best in the world

The Queen Margot whisky sold exclusively by the supermarket is mellowed for eight years

A bottle of whisky costing just ​£13.49 at Lidl has won big at the first round of this year's World Whiskies Awards, scooping the prize for 'Best Scotch Whisky' in the '12 year old and under' category in the 'Blended' section.

Gathering in December, January and February in cities including Tel Aviv, Melbourne and Edinburgh, more than 40 international experts sampled whiskies from around the world for the competition.

The World Whiskies Awards is an annual event that recognises the "very best in all internationally recognised styles of drinks".
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl ... 98941.html
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Sad news for sparks:
Scotch whisky targeted by new US tariffs

Scotch whisky is among the products targeted by the US for a possible range of new tariffs on imported goods.

The US has threatened to impose tariffs on European Union imports worth up to $4bn (£3.2bn), although it is not known when tariffs would be imposed.

Whiskey from Ireland, cheeses including Parmesan and Gouda, pasta and olives are other items affected.

The US Trade Representative said it was "in response to harm caused by EU aircraft subsidies".

In April, the US announced proposed tariffs on $11bn of EU goods.

The moves are part of a 15-year dispute at the World Trade Organization between the US and EU over subsidies given to plane-makers Airbus, from Europe, and the US's Boeing.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48837360

:(
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Entire whisky distillery shipped out from Scotland to China

An entire brand new whisky distillery is being shipped out to China on Friday from Scotland.

Over 35 tonnes of equipment, including 16 containers and 5 wooden crates, flooring, control valves and pipework, is leaving Buckie, Moray, near Inverness, for the port of Tianjin and will be put together at a facility being built in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

This is part of a £3m ($4m) "design and build" deal that was signed between Forfar firm Valentine International and China's MengTai Group in 2019.

The project was announced in December 2019 when David Valentine, managing director of Valentine International Business Connections, signed a contract in London to procure the distillery on behalf of the Inner Mongolia MengTai Group, one of the region’s top five companies.

The original plan was to have the new distillery producing its first batch of malt whisky by the end of 2020, but the pandemic slowed this down. The project is now back on track for completion at the end of 2021.
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/whisk ... 05095.html
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Witness wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:31 am Starting to fear I'm the only drunkard here… :cry: Anyway:
By no means. But on the whisk()y side, I have only tried Ryes and Bourbons ('Murica!),

I don't have any experience with Scotch, so I have had nothing to really say. Enjoy the posts, though vicariously.
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I'm not a fan of the intense peat flavor in Scotch Whisky. Everything else is wonderful stuff. Here in USA Bourbon is also a fun spirit to enjoy.
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Yeah, bourbon is good. And plentiful in the USA.

My other preference, dark non-sweet rum is harder to find. It’s wall to wall Bacardi and captain Morgan here.
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Grammatron wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:48 pm I'm not a fan of the intense peat flavor in Scotch Whisky. Everything else is wonderful stuff. Here in USA Bourbon is also a fun spirit to enjoy.
That is one reason I never got into trying any; a few friends felt the same.

And just to add something almost topical:

For Rye, I recommend Bullett Rye (but not their Bourbon). Cheap, but for me, as good as most I've tried that were under $50 a bottle.

A decent "bargain" Bourbon would be Knob Creek.
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Grammatron wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:48 pm I'm not a fan of the intense peat flavor in Scotch Whisky.
I am. Immediately teleported to the Shetlands… :)

You presumably like the Speysides, they are generally much smoother.

There is also something to be said for Polish vodka, especially Żubrówka. I've tried to find the "bison grass" (Hierochloe odorata, which contains coumarin), but no luck so far.
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I was flying back to the states from Stockholm some years back, and I bought a bottle of Macallan something or other for a 100 Euro at duty free shop. I did not think to save the bottle at the time so not sure what I had; but it was just the most wonderful, smooth, and very noteworthy spirit.