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(04-17-2011 04:19 PM)boomer Wrote: [ -> ]Uh oh - a Laphroig dissenter?
Let's say... yet to be convinced. I sampled Laphroaig at the beginning of my foray into Scotch, so my novice pallet was probably beaten to smithereens with what I might consider now, wonderful peatiness. Time for another tasting, methinks.

Oh, the problems I have...

I must say, I do remember quite well my first taste of this intriguing
elixer. At the time, I was newly wed. My beautiful significant other and I
happened to be on our honeymoon in the gorgeous setting of Emerald
Lake, just outside Field,British Columbia. Once settled in, we acquainted
ourselves with the bar (not a bad thing when your on vacation). And I
distinctly remember the waiter asking how I would like that served. I
thought for just a moment and then came my reply, " I'll have it neat if
you will." After hearing so much about this treasured substance, I did not
want to have anything interfere with my first impression. Needless to
say, as I am sure many can atest to, it was marvelous. No need to gulp
this stuff down, just slow, smooth sippin' works fine.
Ever since that first pour, I grab a bottle of "the twelve" when I'm ready
for a treat. Other than that,,,, well,,, you'll have to skip on over to the
beer forum to get the rest of the story.

Peace, Love, and Good Happiness Stuff
Has anyone had Templeton Rye?? One of my faves but hard to get (and I even live in IA!) Great story behind that "dark water" too.
(04-20-2011 06:40 AM)RythymDog Wrote: [ -> ]Has anyone had Templeton Rye?? One of my faves but hard to get (and I even live in IA!) Great story behind that "dark water" too.

I will have to put that on the list. One of my favorite bourbons, Basil Hayden, is heavy on the Rye side, for a bourbon that is, so that makes me think I could enjoy a pure Rye.
Have to chime in here... I'm not a huge Whisky fan but since my Hubby is, I have tasted a few. His favorite is an Irish one; Tullamore Dew. Have tasted Laphroig. When I began reading Bubba's stuff and saw frequent mention of The Macallan, I decided to buy Hubby a bottle so we could try it. I could only afford 10 year. And it was good. A friend gave us a bottle of 15 year and it's even better. It really is the only Whiskey I like.

When we were in Edinburgh, we went through the Whiskey Museum, which included a tasting. I preferred the Highland flavor so it would figure that I enjoy the Macallan. Smile
(04-20-2011 11:59 PM)Scythe Matters Wrote: [ -> ]Have to chime in here... I'm not a huge Whisky fan but since my Hubby is, I have tasted a few. His favorite is an Irish one; Tullamore Dew. Have tasted Laphroig. When I began reading Bubba's stuff and saw frequent mention of The Macallan, I decided to buy Hubby a bottle so we could try it. I could only afford 10 year. And it was good. A friend gave us a bottle of 15 year and it's even better. It really is the only Whiskey I like.

When we were in Edinburgh, we went through the Whiskey Museum, which included a tasting. I preferred the Highland flavor so it would figure that I enjoy the Macallan. Smile


Its not the quantity, its the quality. Always remember that with whisky. Scotch has flavors I learn about with every dram and every tasting. As with you the longer it ages the better it is, as in the Dalwhinnie or the Balvenie - both 15 year malts are considerably smoother and better. Like wine it gets better with time. But - where scotch whisky shines, Irish whiskey is a bit more harsh on the palatte, but I will have to try a sampling of your suggestion.

I was stationed in Scotland for a couple years. I went to a couple of the distilleries and found that the Highlands appealed to me the best, but at 21 my palatte had not "learned" how to really taste, so I will return and try again in a couple years. Just curious - did you ever make it to the military tattoo at the castle in Edinburgh?
I'll probably get lynched around here, but I had a sample of The Macallan 12-year, and I wasn't really impressed. It wasn't bad - in fact it was quite good, but I'm determining I prefer more smokiness, more peatiness in scotch than the 12-year provides.
Nah - we won't lynch ya. Ex lax in your morning coffee perhaps!

Actually I agree with you to some extent. I enjoy the Macallan, very much so. Its an easy smooth whisky to drink, but I prefer a smokier or a more peaty flavor to the malt. Now if you want to have fun - try some cask strength Macallan. Thats got flavor to boot.

I hope to try a Talisker or Oban in the next couple weeks.
(04-20-2011 06:40 AM)RythymDog Wrote: [ -> ]Has anyone had Templeton Rye?? One of my faves but hard to get (and I even live in IA!) Great story behind that "dark water" too.
Where in IA? I see it here in Des Moines, at Central City Liquors if I remember correctly.
I think I have seen it in Benz Beverage Depot here in Cedar Rapids. At least I think I have. I'm so busy perusing the scotches I dont spend much time in that section.
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