Whisky - elixir of life

Pretty ordinary supermarket blend could not drink it neat too firey .Do a taste test with an more upmarket blend like Isle of Skye 8 year old or Black bottle or high end Chivas Regal and you will notice the difference
The wife bought me some Dalwhinnie Winters Gold for christmas and yes there is a big difference, but as I've said my taste buds to say the least are "common".
With a birthday coming up I shall drop some hints about the ones you suggested.
 
The wife bought me some Dalwhinnie Winters Gold for christmas and yes there is a big difference, but as I've said my taste buds to say the least are "common".
With a birthday coming up I shall drop some hints about the ones you suggested.
I don't know whether there's such a thing as "common" taste buds but I am definitely stingy about alcohol. However, I recently visited mater and pater for a few days, which involved unimpeded access to their current stock of whiskies. Despite the variety of choice, at some point I just felt like a dram of regular Grouse and enjoyed it greatly. No matter how much I appreciate some of the more expensive editions, the lesson was what's best is what is available at the right place and time to suit one's mood.
 

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Here's one of my Christmas Collection; 'Naked Grouse'
...which includes this disturbing photo on the associated webpage.
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That page is clearly aimed at a younger market, and I'm no marketing genius, but; humbly, 'sours' are an American abomination, and I don't really think this whisky is so bad that it needs grapefruit juice to improve it. In fact, it's very smooth (but with a sharpish but pleasant aftertaste) and as a malt blend very acceptable. As an alternative to one of the comparably-priced blends, worth it.
 
Here's one of my Christmas Collection; 'Naked Grouse'
...which includes this disturbing photo on the associated webpage. View attachment 444744
That page is clearly aimed at a younger market, and I'm no marketing genius, but; humbly, 'sours' are an American abomination, and I don't really think this whisky is so bad that it needs grapefruit juice to improve it. In fact, it's very smooth (but with a sharpish but pleasant aftertaste) and as a malt blend very acceptable. As an alternative to one of the comparably-priced blends, worth it.
That is marketing bunkum, and if the Portman Group isn’t all over that I’d be surprised.
The use of sherry casks is well established, and like you, I enjoy a sherry cask-matured whisky.
I think the sour thing is a bit desperate in that these guys see the spirits market being overrun by gin. They will have to hold their nerve as quality will out. Bit difficult when you have a product that will hopefully come good in twelve years when a gin distiller can whack out a batch in a week.
Good things come to those that can wait.
 
I treated my self to a bottle of cask strength Ileach for burns night. What a dram one to savour on a cold January night complex ,smooth and very peaty if you like Islay whisky def. one to try
 
I treated my self to a bottle of cask strength Ileach for burns night. What a dram one to savour on a cold January night complex ,smooth and very peaty if you like Islay whisky def. one to try
:rolleyes: My usual bad habit of scan reading, I thought poor old lad he's resorted to drinking bleach. :cool:
 
...with "aromas of salty sea spray, bonfire smoke, Bramley apples and cinnamon; on the palate there are complex layers of allspice, tangy pineapple, smoked dark chocolate and hints of balsamic dressing".

I've widdled something like that into the dark waters of the marina in the early morning; it's amazing what scents and flavours your kidneys add to the experience.
 
That is marketing bunkum, and if the Portman Group isn’t all over that I’d be surprised.
The use of sherry casks is well established, and like you, I enjoy a sherry cask-matured whisky.
I think the sour thing is a bit desperate in that these guys see the spirits market being overrun by gin. They will have to hold their nerve as quality will out. Bit difficult when you have a product that will hopefully come good in twelve years when a gin distiller can whack out a batch in a week.
Good things come to those that can wait.
Edrington (sp) and Diageo excel at marketing bunkum but it's very hard to compete against gin.
 
OK peeps - my colleagues at work gave me 70 squids worth of vouchers for the Whisky Exchange as a birthday present. That's normally about my upper limit for a bottle anyhoo and I spend it on what I like for special occasions - Campbelltown or Islay.

Since this is essentially free money I fancy a bash at something else. What would our esteemed posters reckon is a good buy, excluding Campbelltown and Islay labels? You can miss out Clynelish and anCnoc as well, cos I like and buy them.
 
Is this a fairly easy one to get a hold of?

I love the sound of it, and think it would be right up my street, but I hate all this "secret distillery" , "unnamed distillery" bollox. What is the reasoning behind it? If you make a good product, put your name to it, and sell the bloody stuff! It always makes me wary when I see this,
 
OK peeps - my colleagues at work gave me 70 squids worth of vouchers for the Whisky Exchange as a birthday present. That's normally about my upper limit for a bottle anyhoo and I spend it on what I like for special occasions - Campbelltown or Islay.

Since this is essentially free money I fancy a bash at something else. What would our esteemed posters reckon is a good buy, excluding Campbelltown and Islay labels? You can miss out Clynelish and anCnoc as well, cos I like and buy them.
Bladnoch Is an acquired taste.

I honestly thought this brewery in Newton Stewart SW Scotland had gone out of business.



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OK peeps - my colleagues at work gave me 70 squids worth of vouchers for the Whisky Exchange as a birthday present. That's normally about my upper limit for a bottle anyhoo and I spend it on what I like for special occasions - Campbelltown or Islay.

Since this is essentially free money I fancy a bash at something else. What would our esteemed posters reckon is a good buy, excluding Campbelltown and Islay labels? You can miss out Clynelish and anCnoc as well, cos I like and buy them.
4 bottles of this
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OK peeps - my colleagues at work gave me 70 squids worth of vouchers for the Whisky Exchange as a birthday present. That's normally about my upper limit for a bottle anyhoo and I spend it on what I like for special occasions - Campbelltown or Islay.

Since this is essentially free money I fancy a bash at something else. What would our esteemed posters reckon is a good buy, excluding Campbelltown and Islay labels? You can miss out Clynelish and anCnoc as well, cos I like and buy them.


Two of my favourites, not including the Islays as per instructions!
 
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