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Old Monday 11th November 2019, 20:25   #76
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Many Scots Whiskies have food coloring added.
Bourbon, conversely, cannot have food coloring added.

Many distillers in Scotland buy old Bourbon barrels to age their goods.
Maybe the depleted (by Bourbon standards) barrels don't give up so much of their charred oak color anymore and therefore the food coloring is added to get the desired look.

http://scotchcoloring.blogspot.com/2...r-without.html
No. The Scotch Whisky Industry decided long ago (the fools) that the Public prefers its whiskies to be darker in colour, hence the addition of caramel. Thankfully, this absurd practice is now beginning to decline, with more and more non-chillfiltered whiskies coming onto the market, in combination with higher standards of purity.
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Old Tuesday 12th November 2019, 09:14   #77
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My local Spar garage shop had Speyburn Single Malt, distilled in Rothes on Speyside, for £18.99. It doesn’t have a “X Years Old” on the label but my understanding is that it can’t be bottled and sold unless it’s a minimum of 5 years old. Anyway, bought one and it’s really rather good.

Whilst up on Speyside last week I sampled a 14yr old Balvenie that was really very nice. Cragganmore and Tamnavulin are another couple of favourites and I really like the peaty Island malts.
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Old Thursday 14th November 2019, 08:45   #79
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It doesn’t have a “X Years Old” on the label but my understanding is that it can’t be bottled and sold unless it’s a minimum of 5 years old.
Three years is the minimum, Apo. I like that whisky too.
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Aside from the Islay style, smokey malts, I have to confess to being more than partial to the odd wee dram. For me always neat, unless cask strength and then perhaps a small splash of water to release the oils. never have ice or god forbid any sort of mixer. I remember the advice given to my father once when he was recovering from a heart attack in hospital. he asked the doctor if it would be OK when he went home to partake of an occasional small whiskey and dry (Canada Dry ginger ale). The response from the doctor, delivered in a broad scottish brogue was "definitely NOT under any circumstances unless you leave out the muck, and then in which case go ahead as a little bit of what you fancy does you good in moderation" he then wrote him a "prescription" for 1 small measure of Glenmorangie to be taken orally twice a week.
I have been following this sage medical advice myself ever since.
My all time favourite though is the Glenlivet 18 yr old, which unfortunately is rather expensive and only seems to be available from specialist outlets down here in the Midlands or by mail order.
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Glenmorangie had really nice whiskies that were finished in port and madeira casks. This was late 90s/early 2000s, but I don't know if they still do them.

I joined the Scotch Whisky Heritage Society when on a visit to Edinburgh years ago. Only cost a fiver at the time and I got four whiskies for it - best one that I can remember from that day was the Royal Lochnagar. My membership has long since lapsed, maybe it's worth another visit although I bet membership fee is more hefty now.
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Glenmorangie had really nice whiskies that were finished in port and madeira casks. This was late 90s/early 2000s, but I don't know if they still do them.
Indeed they were (are) nice whiskies. Some of my favorites but the Madeira Wood was particularly special. Glenmorangie, to my knowledge, quit doing them years ago and I have looked (and found) them through brokers. Very expensive.

But looky here! I still have an unopened bottle of the Port Wood! Hoo hoo!
Too bad you're in Scotland and I'm in California. I'd crack it open for a drink, or two.
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Enjoy! Or hold on to it - it'll just keep increasing in value. Starting price £500 ($646). https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/g...lands+scotland
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Very nice Kevin. My Dad was a Glenmorangie fan. Just about the only thing we agreed about!

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Many distilleries don't allow photographs on their premises because of the fire risk. One that doesn't seem to mind the practice, however, is the Dalwhinnie distillery, the highest in Scotland. The attached thumbnail shows me standing beside one of the stills. If anyone happens to be a fan of the Highland malt style, I can heartily recommend the standard 15yo bottling of this malt.
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I have just finished a bottle of Laphroiag Lore. An interesting expression, quite different from their 10yo and Quarter Cask lines. The taste is full, rich, very sherried and quite without the medicinal qualities of the 10yo. The peat is blended in and doesn't hit you in the usual Laphroiag way. Well worth a try.
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Help!

POTUS is threatening a 100% tariff on whisky. I ordered three bottle of Lagavulin, two bottle of Bunnahabhain and a bottle of Jura, ten-year old from the off license. How should I ration myself to outlast this outrage?

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Don't; Arthur. Drink yourself into oblivion and hope he's gone by the time you've sobered up

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Can we 'bootleg' some Jameson over to you, Arthur? English friends visited recently, they brought me a bottle. I'd forgotten how good it is...just the regular stuff, nothing old or fancy. I only had two small 'braonín', before 'Dry January' (undertaken not to signal virtue, but to take a break from festive red wine!)
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Help!

POTUS is threatening a 100% tariff on whisky. I ordered three bottle of Lagavulin, two bottle of Bunnahabhain and a bottle of Jura, ten-year old from the off license. How should I ration myself to outlast this outrage?

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Thats a fine, well-balanced portfolio you have there Arthur.

If you have any friends in the holidays industry, perhaps one of them could sell him an all-inclusive package holiday in Iran. I believe he will get a warm welcome.

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Don't; Arthur. Drink yourself into oblivion and hope he's gone by the time you've sobered up

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Hello Delia,

That would require a minimus of twelve moths of oblivion.



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Can we 'bootleg' some Jameson over to you, Arthur? English friends visited recently, they brought me a bottle. I'd forgotten how good it is...just the regular stuff, nothing old or fancy. I only had two small 'braonín', before 'Dry January' (undertaken not to signal virtue, but to take a break from festive red wine!)
Hello Sancho,

I may be ordering some of that Protestant whisky: Bushmill's ten year old single malt. I have also just realized that I need some spirits from elsewhere in the EU.

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Hello Delia,

That would require a minimus of twelve moths of oblivion.



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Ah! Oh! Of course I see.... hmmmm.... need to think of a plan B then - we can't do without you for all that time can we!
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Thats a fine, well-balanced portfolio you have there Arthur.

If you have any friends in the holidays industry, perhaps one of them could sell him an all-inclusive package holiday in Iran. I believe he will get a warm welcome.

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Hello Lee,

POTUS, that soi disant "stable genius," has enough brains to avoid New York City, where the welcome would be unbearably warm. So I doubt that he could be convinced to go Iran.

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My wife treated me to a bottle of Jameson's for Christmas. I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately it is so expensive here that I rarely drink it.
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Hello,

I have added the Bushmiil's ten year old to my emergency stock. However, if only European spirits are included would that exclude the UK, after January 31st, when the UK leaves the EU? I have no idea.

I have extended my stock to Cognac and eau de vie of figs and of plums, quetsch to the French. The latter is a family tradition.

I hope that the either the threat does not materialise or that it is short lived.

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Hello,

On the morrow, I hope that we may all celebrate Rabbie Burn's birthday in an appropriate fashion. I will be sampling whisky from the islands.

Last week, at a social occasion, my minister offered some guests 21 year-old Glenfiddich, which he had brought from the UK. He offered me a taste, with the comment, "I know that you are a Fracophile," which i think was a putdown, but I was puzzled as to why he thought that way. I usually find Glenfiddich to be insipid. The 21 year old, apparently unavailable in the States, was very good but I still prefer island whisky.

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Island Whiskies.... aye a man with taste obviously!!!

Of course, it's my belief that you should only drink the ones that you're able to get your tongue around the pronounciation!!!

Trust you're having some haggis with your whisky Arthur?
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As it's Rab's day tomorrow, a few lines from the great man:

Scotch Drink.

Gie him strong Drink until he wink,
That's sinking in despair;
And liquor guid to fire his bluid,
That's prest wi' grief an' care;
There let him bowse and deep carouse,
With bumpers flowing o'er,
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
An' minds his griefs no more.

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Island Whiskies.... aye a man with taste obviously!!!

Of course, it's my belief that you should only drink the ones that you're able to get your tongue around the pronounciation!!!

Trust you're having some haggis with your whisky Arthur?

Hello Delia,

Scottish pronunciation eludes me unless I get help. The pronunciation of Lagavulin eluded me for years. There are YouTube videos to help the Sassenach and others.

Alas, no haggis.

Hello Wilberfloss,

Happily, I am neither in debt nor suffering from recent grief, but whisky is good for celebrations.

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