Whisky - elixir of life


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,
I agree, it’s sometimes a case of stumbling across a particular brand/variety that you wouldn’t normally have access to or consider. I found this out in the early 2000’s with lagavulin and Ardbeg. these two converted me to peaty/smoky whiskies. Black bottle blended whisky was another a case in point, i was given a bottle of this and really liked the smoky taste and found out a year or two later that it was blended with Islay malts amongst other mainland whiskies.
 

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,
Aye right enough, but if you can see past the unnamed distillery bollox it is worth a punt
 

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I'm still working my way slowly through my Christmas bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, so I wasn't really tempted when I saw that Laphroaig Select was on offer at Morrisons, with two gift glasses to boot. The SKU of it that I saw last night isn't online, but you may find it in your local one for about 23 quid or less, and I know some of you lot like your peated whiskies.
 
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.
I would have no hesitation in recommending 15 year old Dalmore, my favourite whisky. I am not a fan of overly peaty whisky, and this is always a treat to me. Well under your £70 as well
 

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Half way or so through an Aldi Islay. When I opened it, I found a strong aroma of phenol, but it settled after about a week of being open. Quite delicious now.
 
As you know different whiskies for different days and it's a pleasure trying other ones out, I enjoy my whisky without getting drunk. I have a wee nosing glass which does me fine and tonight I have had a GlenLivet a Glen Moray peated and will finish up with the Ileach slainte
For sure, it's the way to drink it. A glass or two is enough. I tend to avoid getting bladdered on anything now, just common sense.
 
I'm still working my way slowly through my Christmas bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, so I wasn't really tempted when I saw that Laphroaig Select was on offer at Morrisons, with two gift glasses to boot. The SKU of it that I saw last night isn't online, but you may find it in your local one for about 23 quid or less, and I know some of you lot like your peated whiskies.
My sister bought me a bottle for my birthday, as a replacement for the Coal Ila she'd got and then dropped... :crying:
 
Shortly before Christmas I bought a bottle of Laphroaig Islay single malt with glass, it was on offer for € 24.00. My first impression was not favourable, but somehow it seems to have improved since. Some time ago I realised that the best time to buy any drinks in particular whisky was in the run up to Christmas. All kinds of stuff appear that you would not otherwise see except in specialist shops at high prices.
 
@Graculus - firstly, happy birthday and secondly have you had a look at some of the new Irish whiskeys? Finally, are you going for a regular "medicinal" to be taken daily or a "celebratory"?
 
@Graculus - firstly, happy birthday and secondly have you had a look at some of the new Irish whiskeys? Finally, are you going for a regular "medicinal" to be taken daily or a "celebratory"?
Ta - it would be a celebratory I reckon - if I was going along my favourite choices I'd pick a Springbank 15.
 
Shortly before Christmas I bought a bottle of Laphroaig Islay single malt with glass, it was on offer for € 24.00. My first impression was not favourable, but somehow it seems to have improved since. Some time ago I realised that the best time to buy any drinks in particular whisky was in the run up to Christmas. All kinds of stuff appear that you would not otherwise see except in specialist shops at high prices.
You get a lot of non age statement malts on offer at bargain prices. Laphroaig isn't my favourite Islay but like all of them, it benefits from a drop of water IMO. IMO only, each to their own.
 
Cheers chaps, @single malt - went for the 15 year old, if I like it will pop back for the Chrimbo - ended up with two, as you do.
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Shortly before Christmas I bought a bottle of Laphroaig Islay single malt with glass, it was on offer for € 24.00. My first impression was not favourable, but somehow it seems to have improved since. Some time ago I realised that the best time to buy any drinks in particular whisky was in the run up to Christmas. All kinds of stuff appear that you would not otherwise see except in specialist shops at high prices.
For me, it very much depends on which breed of Laphroaig you're after. The original 10 yo is a favourite tipple, and the Quarter Cask from a few years ago sublime, but I'm not at all a fan of the PX or Four Oaks. IMHO, too many distilleries have gone away from a distinctive brand/regional taste to chase etc wider market.
 
For me, it very much depends on which breed of Laphroaig you're after. The original 10 yo is a favourite tipple, and the Quarter Cask from a few years ago sublime, but I'm not at all a fan of the PX or Four Oaks. IMHO, too many distilleries have gone away from a distinctive brand/regional taste to chase etc wider market.
The quarter cask was also a favourite of mine from Laphroaig, sadly I finished the last of it with the old man in the summer to toast my mums passing anniversary.

i haven’t seen the quarter cask on the shelves of the local shops for a while, is it just an online order job now?
 
i haven’t seen the quarter cask on the shelves of the local shops for a while, is it just an online order job now?
Don't know mate; it's one in my retirement stash, but definitely my favourite Laphroaig. At least the 10yo seems to be as it always was; I've lost track of the changes with the likes of Bowmore (used to love the 10yo, but not in it's new guise) and Highland Park went from age to names to a combination of the two, when all I was after was (again) a 10 yo. When you look at some of the others, and I'll single out Auchentoshan though it's by no means the only offender, what used to be a typical Lowland malt now has other 'expressions' masquerading as Highland or Island styles.
 
Don't know mate; it's one in my retirement stash, but definitely my favourite Laphroaig. At least the 10yo seems to be as it always was; I've lost track of the changes with the likes of Bowmore (used to love the 10yo, but not in it's new guise) and Highland Park went from age to names to a combination of the two, when all I was after was (again) a 10 yo. When you look at some of the others, and I'll single out Auchentoshan though it's by no means the only offender, what used to be a typical Lowland malt now has other 'expressions' masquerading as Highland or Island styles.
They're doing what they excel at, marketing. See the NAS comments earlier, that and questionable 10 or 12 year olds mean you just have to shop a bit harder.
 
They're doing what they excel at, marketing. See the NAS comments earlier, that and questionable 10 or 12 year olds mean you just have to shop a bit harder.
Rather than 'shop a bit harder', I'd say more 'caveat emptor', particularly with things like no age statement 'Founder's Reserves' which, as a gross generalisation, I find extremely disappointing in whiskies that I've really enjoyed (Glenlivet and Glen Garioch spring to mind).
 
Rather than 'shop a bit harder', I'd say more 'caveat emptor', particularly with things like no age statement 'Founder's Reserves' which, as a gross generalisation, I find extremely disappointing in whiskies that I've really enjoyed (Glenlivet and Glen Garioch spring to mind).
It's the way it is, if it wasn't being sold then distilleries would close. They need to get people to try it and still want to make a good few bob on their quality casks before the bubble bursts. As it surely must, a personal belief is that Chinese corruption laws have hit them but they still sell stuff at silly prices.

I mentioned being able to buy Sainsbury's own label 21 year old Campbeltown malt (it was a Springbank dumpy bottle) 20 years ago for about 20 - 30 quid. Try buying a Springbank 21 nowadays. Even the 18 is £120 - if you can get hold of it.
 
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