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Having now tried a few JW blended whiskies I am no longer such a single malt snob, there are some pretty decent blends out there.

 

Not so long back I spent a happy morning at duty free at Terminal 5 with a friendly salesperson who was more than happy to let me try all sorts of whisky. I still prefer Islay but I am now open to trying other whiskies.

Sorry Tim, but I will stick to Islay.

I dont trust your judgement 'cos I know you have odd tastes!

As an aside whilst I have you on ignore in another place I make an exception for the posts you make on here. Im very forgiving like that.


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Sorry Tim, but I will stick to Islay.

I dont trust your judgement 'cos I know you have odd tastes!

As an aside whilst I have you on ignore in another place I make an exception for the posts you make on here. Im very forgiving like that.

No worries, don't think we will ever see eye to eye. Happy to be ignored, I have two kids so I'm quite used to it  ;)

 

The JW Green Label and Double Black have a fair dose of Islay in them and are a pretty decent drink.

 

I am sat here with a glass of Laphroaigh Quarter Cask which is rather good despite being a NAS - decent kick to it and the flavour lasts a good while. Worth a try if you could lower yourself to listening to a rah rah.... 

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The dunedin kiwi double wood is one of the best I've ever had. Wonderful


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Aldi have got out their 'limited release' single malts.  No age statement and no clear notice about which distillery (one blog suggests Aldi have an arrangement with Dalmore) but £17.49 for a verified single malt.  I picked up a Highland this morning, they also had a Speyside available.  Apparently once they're sold out that's it for the year.

 


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2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

Aldi have got out their 'limited release' single malts.  No age statement and no clear notice about which distillery (one blog suggests Aldi have an arrangement with Dalmore) but £17.49 for a verified single malt.  I picked up a Highland this morning, they also had a Speyside available.  Apparently once they're sold out that's it for the year.

 

I got one of their Islay ones last year and it was abysmal in comparison to the £30-ish range Islay single malts.  Probably worth the price at £17.49 but then cheap price isn't why I enjoy whisky.

Asda used to do their Islay at around £20 and it actually was very good, a genuine bargain with a genuinely good whisky, last year's was abysmal as well.  They've also gone down the no age route as well.

These are usually off-cuts of what the distilleries can't sell but they now seem to be knocking out absolute rubbish young whisky that does nothing but taint the Islay brand.  It used to be a good challenge tasting these rebranded whiskies and finding the parent distillery, now you'd be better going to your local corner shop and buying a moderate blended whisky.


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Sainsbury's own label Highland is pretty decent, but their current Speyside is disappointing. 


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2 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Sainsbury's own label Highland is pretty decent, but their current Speyside is disappointing. 

I've had the Sainsbury's Highland a couple of times and it's been excellent. 


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2 hours ago, ckn said:

I got one of their Islay ones last year and it was abysmal in comparison to the £30-ish range Islay single malts.  Probably worth the price at £17.49 but then cheap price isn't why I enjoy whisky.

Asda used to do their Islay at around £20 and it actually was very good, a genuine bargain with a genuinely good whisky, last year's was abysmal as well.  They've also gone down the no age route as well.

These are usually off-cuts of what the distilleries can't sell but they now seem to be knocking out absolute rubbish young whisky that does nothing but taint the Islay brand.  It used to be a good challenge tasting these rebranded whiskies and finding the parent distillery, now you'd be better going to your local corner shop and buying a moderate blended whisky.

I've been burnt by a couple of "proper" labels recently.


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45 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I've been burnt by a couple of "proper" labels recently.

No age, no quality. 


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58 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

Scapa has gone to the dogs

Not as much as Jura. I assume they got bought up by a big conglomerate, as you can find it even in corner shops these days, and it all seems to be 'special edition' labels and no quality.

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No aged stuff available now from scapa. The quality has gone from a lovely heathery salty fragrant top drawer whisky .... one of my personal favs.... to sheeite almost overnight..yes there was a change of owners after a dormant period..... far from a change for the good. Very disappointed.

Arran however, go from strength to strength....

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42 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Not as much as Jura. I assume they got bought up by a big conglomerate, as you can find it even in corner shops these days, and it all seems to be 'special edition' labels and no quality.

Jura is one of the ones I was talking about. Age statement, heritage etc ... absolute bilge.

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2 hours ago, ckn said:

No age, no quality. 

It may the general ambience (I'm on the laptop in the garden, editing photos, listening to the Cubs score four in the first inning at Milwaukee (and the police sirens wail by)) but this is alright. A little harsh on first sip but surprisingly mellow after that.


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2 hours ago, Robin Evans said:

 

Arran however, go from strength to strength....

yes indeed, the green one (14yrs?) is still one of my faves

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On 4/15/2017 at 4:01 PM, Gerrumonside ref said:

Bought myself the Monkey Shoulder blend.

It's okay, but I should have got a nice bottle of JW really.

My favourite single malt has to be Tomintoul or Royal Lochnagar.

 

On 4/9/2017 at 4:14 PM, chuffer said:

yes indeed, the green one (14yrs?) is still one of my faves

 

On 4/9/2017 at 0:59 PM, Futtocks said:

Not as much as Jura. I assume they got bought up by a big conglomerate, as you can find it even in corner shops these days, and it all seems to be 'special edition' labels and no quality.

Hey!...Hey!...Hey all of you guys have really been missing the kayak for years on this whiskey thing...thank God the Toronto Wolfpack have joined League and some of your 'travelling fans' will be able to taste the REAL stuff over here!  You've been missing out for years...everyone over here knows Canadian whiskey is the best in the world period...the Yanks can't get enough of the stuff.

Canada is to whiskey as England is to pale ale.  You're going to love our product: both the whiskey AND the Wolfpack!

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41 minutes ago, Kayakman said:

 

 

Hey!...Hey!...Hey all of you guys have really been missing the kayak for years on this whiskey thing...thank God the Toronto Wolfpack have joined League and some of your 'travelling fans' will be able to taste the REAL stuff over here!  You've been missing out for years...everyone over here knows Canadian whiskey is the best in the world period...the Yanks can't get enough of the stuff.

Canada is to whiskey as England is to pale ale.  You're going to love our product: both the whiskey AND the Wolfpack!

When I was in Calgary, my friend introduced me to Canadian whisky. It was ok, most tasted like light highland whisky with one or two touching on Speyside. 


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" - Mark Twain

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1 hour ago, Kayakman said:

Hey!...Hey!...Hey all of you guys have really been missing the kayak for years on this whiskey thing...thank God the Toronto Wolfpack have joined League and some of your 'travelling fans' will be able to taste the REAL stuff over here!  You've been missing out for years...everyone over here knows Canadian whiskey is the best in the world period...the Yanks can't get enough of the stuff.

Canada is to whiskey as England is to pale ale.  You're going to love our product: both the whiskey AND the Wolfpack!

Let's have some recommendations, then. Especially if there's any Canadian distilleries making whisky similar to Islay style.


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1 hour ago, ckn said:

When I was in Calgary, my friend introduced me to Canadian whisky. It was ok, most tasted like light highland whisky with one or two touching on Speyside. 

There are many different kinds...rye having the greatest number of blends...many different distillers.

There are also great single malts but the official group in Scotland won't certify them (I'm not exactly sure how it works but they have been blocked somehow).  Something to do with using the official term 'Glen'?

Canada is a huge country with many different types popular in certain areas...some better...some worse.

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4 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Let's have some recommendations, then. Especially if there's any Canadian distilleries making whisky similar to Islay style.

People argue over this all the time but the best Scotch (and this is said to be (by people I've met who should know) the best Scotch in the world!), but the official organization won't certify it because they are afraid of the competition (sound  Familiar:TWP?)   The distillery is called 'Glenora' (you can Google it to see how it compares to other Scotch types).

The finest rye whiskey in the world is generally accepted to be 'Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye' (it is smoooooooth and tasty!)

Both are a little pricey for my tastes!

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On 2017-5-26 at 1:55 PM, Kayakman said:

People argue over this all the time but the best Scotch (and this is said to be (by people I've met who should know) the best Scotch in the world!), but the official organization won't certify it because they are afraid of the competition (sound  Familiar:TWP?)   The distillery is called 'Glenora' (you can Google it to see how it compares to other Scotch types).

The finest rye whiskey in the world is generally accepted to be 'Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye' (it is smoooooooth and tasty!)

Both are a little pricey for my tastes!

Now you have wandered into the minefield of spelling it with an e!

Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky! Being from N Ireland I will simply point out that the oldest distillary in the world , with a licence dating back to 1608 is Bushmills in N Ireland! 

The Black Bush special reserve is a drink to savour!

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Just now, kiyan said:

Now you have wandered into the minefield of spelling it with an e!

Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky! Being from N Ireland I will simply point out that the oldest distillary in the world , with a licence dating back to 1608 is Bushmills in N Ireland! 

The Black Bush special reserve is a drink to savour!

I'll take your word on it my friend, you sound like you know what you are talking about and my wife hasn't let me near the stuff for years!

Indeed, we have our own spelling over here..different than American or Britain.

We do have great whiskey in Canada.  As I'm sure you know there was a very high percentage of Scottish Highlanders who came over after 'The Clearances' and they brought their distilling skills with them..this was further complimented by our beloved Irish who came in droves after both of the potato famines...they made a great 'COMBO' and voila: Canadian Whiskey (almost always 'RYE'); way , way better than that rot gut they serve south of us!

This is the extent of my knowledge on the matter.

All the best to you and yours!

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21 minutes ago, Kayakman said:

I'll take your word on it my friend, you sound like you know what you are talking about and my wife hasn't let me near the stuff for years!

Indeed, we have our own spelling over here..different than American or Britain.

We do have great whiskey in Canada.  As I'm sure you know there was a very high percentage of Scottish Highlanders who came over after 'The Clearances' and they brought their distilling skills with them..this was further complimented by our beloved Irish who came in droves after both of the potato famines...they made a great 'COMBO' and voila: Canadian Whiskey (almost always 'RYE'); way , way better than that rot gut they serve south of us!

This is the extent of my knowledge on the matter.

All the best to you and yours!

In my late teens, my drink of choice was Canadian Whiskey, but as I have matured and been able to afford whatever I want to try, the Irish stuff is the one that most impressed.

However, I think you miss my point on that American Whiskey is spelt with an e, which is the Irish spelling of the word, which implies that it was the Irish (not the Scottish) who introduced it to N America.

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I was raised in a very close tight knit Irish community (locals call it the Promised Land) ...buried my brother last year and a large part of the Mass was in Gaelic...I've drank alot of Irish Whisky (always wondered why it was spelt different on the cases of Jamiesons (probably spelt that wrong too!) and Canadian Whiskey too...problem is once I got started...well I'm sure you know what I mean (lots of times made the best speech I would ever regret).

Learned two  true facts growing up on the farm though:

!) If an Irishman says it it must be true and,

2) If an Irishman is drinking 'whisky' and says it...its TOTALLY true!  That is a fact...this is Gods own truth!

"May the wind always be at your back in a following sea...may your kayak always run with the wave!"

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