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Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

#751 Post by H. N o w b a r » August 5th, 2020, 12:00 am

My go to used to be Macallan 18 but Been drinking some Oban 14 now that Macallan 18 is twice the price. Still have a few bottles of 18 left though. :)
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#752 Post by LMD Ermitaño » August 20th, 2020, 2:20 am

Almost polished off this Old Pulteney 12 last night - it was dark and stormy; so had some with a go-to cigar at my front porch.
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Got these just an hour ago. I’ve had (and liked) the Highland Park 18 before; not yet the Aberfeldy 16.
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#753 Post by LMD Ermitaño » August 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm

Last night’s nightcap - as good as ever. My eldest (the only one of my children that likes whisky) likes it a lot.
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#754 Post by LMD Ermitaño » September 14th, 2020, 10:47 am

Got this inexpensive one as a “burner bottle” (i.e., a bottle that one can drink anytime without giving a thought - I recently learned the term from my eldest son while discussing inexpensive yet decent whiskies). I’d had it before in a bar stopping off after dinner with a lot of wine; so didn’t remember much of it. It’s pleasant enough albeit rather simple. At it price, it’s good enough for casual drinking with a cigar.
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#755 Post by Edward H. Earles » September 15th, 2020, 5:46 am

I've been enjoying the Bruichladdich "Classic Laddie" of late.

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#756 Post by Craig G » September 15th, 2020, 10:27 pm

Oops, I’ve been using that as shampoo.
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#757 Post by H. N o w b a r » September 16th, 2020, 6:42 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Last night’s nightcap - as good as ever. My eldest (the only one of my children that likes whisky) likes it a lot.

I've always loved the Highland Park 18. The Oban 14 is a heck of a burner bottle. [cheers.gif]
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#758 Post by LMD Ermitaño » September 17th, 2020, 6:08 am

H. N o w b a r wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 6:42 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Last night’s nightcap - as good as ever. My eldest (the only one of my children that likes whisky) likes it a lot.

I've always loved the Highland Park 18. The Oban 14 is a heck of a burner bottle. [cheers.gif]
Yup, the Highland 18 is a house favourite. Definitely the Oban 14 is a good anytime whisky. I looked up its price in the US; and it's apparently a bit cheaper here in Manila at just under $75/bottle.
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#759 Post by Michael S. Monie » September 17th, 2020, 6:51 am

I'd like to thank you LMD for introducing me to Aberlour A'bunadh. It's become one of my favorites and judging from how it disappears off of the shelves, must be very popular.
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#760 Post by LMD Ermitaño » September 17th, 2020, 12:21 pm

Michael S. Monie wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:51 am
I'd like to thank you LMD for introducing me to Aberlour A'bunadh. It's become one of my favorites and judging from how it disappears off of the shelves, must be very popular.
Happy to know you got to enjoy something I posted about! Absolutely my pleasure.

I recall the first time I got to try the Aberlour A'bunadh: Some years ago, after a long wine-filled dinner hosted by a friend from New Zealand (who was presenting his family's range of wines), one of our friends, Alex, opened a bottle of the AA - which none of us at the dinner had ever tried. The 4 of us who partook finished off the bottle rather quickly because it tasted so good. I was pretty hit by then; so went home. I found out the next day that the 3 went to Alex's house to drink even more. Alex told me the other 2 took one more glass of whisky and passed out. One of the other guys, an Italian (from Tuscany) chef-restaurateur, told me that when he woke up the next day, he had a Scottish accent.
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#761 Post by Kelly Walker » September 17th, 2020, 12:58 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Michael S. Monie wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:51 am
I'd like to thank you LMD for introducing me to Aberlour A'bunadh. It's become one of my favorites and judging from how it disappears off of the shelves, must be very popular.
Happy to know you got to enjoy something I posted about! Absolutely my pleasure.

I recall the first time I got to try the Aberlour A'bunadh: Some years ago, after a long wine-filled dinner hosted by a friend from New Zealand (who was presenting his family's range of wines), one of our friends, Alex, opened a bottle of the AA - which none of us at the dinner had ever tried. The 4 of us who partook finished off the bottle rather quickly because it tasted so good. I was pretty hit by then; so went home. I found out the next day that the 3 went to Alex's house to drink even more. Alex told me the other 2 took one more glass of whisky and passed out. One of the other guys, an Italian (from Tuscany) chef-restaurateur, told me that when he woke up the next day, he had a Scottish accent.
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#762 Post by Benny P » September 17th, 2020, 2:23 pm

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:08 am
H. N o w b a r wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 6:42 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 8:17 pm
Last night’s nightcap - as good as ever. My eldest (the only one of my children that likes whisky) likes it a lot.

I've always loved the Highland Park 18. The Oban 14 is a heck of a burner bottle. [cheers.gif]
Yup, the Highland 18 is a house favourite. Definitely the Oban 14 is a good anytime whisky. I looked up its price in the US; and it's apparently a bit cheaper here in Manila at just under $75/bottle.
I love Oban 14 as my go-to whisky as well - seems to be a crowd pleaser when having company even for the non-whisky drinkers. My local Costco used to have it for $55-$60, particularly around holidays. I think now it is close to that $70-$75 price point that you mention at local liquor stores but still a bottle I'll always have around the house. Cheers!
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#763 Post by H. N o w b a r » September 17th, 2020, 4:25 pm

Benny P wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 2:23 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:08 am
H. N o w b a r wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 6:42 pm



I've always loved the Highland Park 18. The Oban 14 is a heck of a burner bottle. [cheers.gif]
Yup, the Highland 18 is a house favourite. Definitely the Oban 14 is a good anytime whisky. I looked up its price in the US; and it's apparently a bit cheaper here in Manila at just under $75/bottle.
I love Oban 14 as my go-to whisky as well - seems to be a crowd pleaser when having company even for the non-whisky drinkers. My local Costco used to have it for $55-$60, particularly around holidays. I think now it is close to that $70-$75 price point that you mention at local liquor stores but still a bottle I'll always have around the house. Cheers!
Those are great prices. Total Wine in Washington State sells it for $92. That's around $114 after tax. I think it was around $85 out the door in Oregon.
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#764 Post by Benny P » September 17th, 2020, 4:31 pm

H. N o w b a r wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Benny P wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 2:23 pm
LMD Ermitaño wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:08 am

Yup, the Highland 18 is a house favourite. Definitely the Oban 14 is a good anytime whisky. I looked up its price in the US; and it's apparently a bit cheaper here in Manila at just under $75/bottle.
I love Oban 14 as my go-to whisky as well - seems to be a crowd pleaser when having company even for the non-whisky drinkers. My local Costco used to have it for $55-$60, particularly around holidays. I think now it is close to that $70-$75 price point that you mention at local liquor stores but still a bottle I'll always have around the house. Cheers!
Those are great prices. Total Wine in Washington State sells it for $92. That's around $114 after tax. I think it was around $85 out the door in Oregon.

Oh wow, it's crazy how different the prices are at Total Wines. I actually picked one up two weeks ago at the Total Wine in Pasadena, CA and it was 69.99 here. I only went because I had to use a $15 coupon before it expired so was able to get it down to $55 before taxes so about $60 with taxes.
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#765 Post by Barry L i p t o n » September 17th, 2020, 4:37 pm

My Total WIne coupons are for only wines I don't want. I've been hoping for one on spirits because some of the things they direct import, such as Laubade Armagnac, are clearly a better portfolio from me to choose from (for my tastes) than their direct import wine.

I also recently picked up an Oban 14 at Costco as I thought it was a great whiskey to serve folks who aren't always drinking the high end stuff and I enjoyed it enough over a friends house. Been a long time fan of d'Abunadh. Guess I like sherry as I'm a very big fan of the Macallan 18s that are in sherry casks (but I think that marks me as a plebian in this crowd).

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#766 Post by Michael_D » November 18th, 2020, 5:42 pm

I'm trying to find a distributor that will ship spirits across state lines, to have a few bottles on hand for Christmas. Any suggestions? My local, in-state liquor stores to not carry what I'm looking for. Bunnahabhain 18 Year and/or 24 Year, Bruichladdich Black Art are a couple that I'm looking for.
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#767 Post by Edward H. Earles » November 19th, 2020, 4:17 pm

I bought a bottle of the regular Highland Park bottling a few days ago. I hadn't had one in years, and wanted to compare it to others using my current palate. It was good enough, but seemed shallow in comparison to most Islays. It probably will be the last bottle of that Scotch that I buy.

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#768 Post by Michael_H » November 20th, 2020, 12:09 pm

Edward H. Earles wrote:
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I bought a bottle of the regular Highland Park bottling a few days ago. I hadn't had one in years, and wanted to compare it to others using my current palate. It was good enough, but seemed shallow in comparison to most Islays. It probably will be the last bottle of that Scotch that I buy.
Which do you consider the regular Highland Park bottling?
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#769 Post by Mike Grammer » November 20th, 2020, 6:59 pm

Oban 14, especially the doublewood always dependable. I just finished off my bottle of Octomore and only have a Bunnahabhain 12 in the cabinet for Islay so went and got another standby, Caol Ila 12 which is very solid, if not special. Smoke, but not too much. At some point---it may be quite some time because of COVID---I have a bottle of 24 year Clynelish heading this way. Crossing my fingers for Christmastime (it would migrate with my best friend if she is able to fly in for the holidays).
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