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post #2491 of 2514 Old 10-17-2014, 02:08 PM
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Hey Mo'

I picked up a couple upgrades, totally new to me.

Knob Creek small batch 9 y/o Kentucky Bourbon, 100 proof (50%)
Awesome Stuff! ...and on sale for $36 (reg. price $50)

Feeling the need for smokey, peaty, single malt Scotch after a long break,
This one was looked cool, jumped out at me and was the last on the shelf,
So I felt obligated to pick up SmokeHead to be opened and tasted later this weekend...

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Happy PJ Anniversary for me,

I made it 6 years without a projector "upgrade" !!! WOOHOOO!!!

although I did buy some new custom HID Projector headlights for my Truck ($1500)




Wow the output is insane over my old halogen headlights!

Strange coincidence , they almost look like a 1080UB pro






To celebrate my old 08' Epson 1080UB's anniversary I bought my first bluray in Months!
the latest Tom Cruise flick Edge of Tomorrow, not a bad movie at all.

I heard the LFE in the intro from the bassheads was a must have so I had to see, or Hear for myself
Totally worth the $24 I paid at Walmart!

The picture quality was pretty good and the movie was almost as good as Oblivion, my last BR purchase
and the Mad Max Fury Road and Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies trailers looked pretty awesome too!


120" screen, 12' throw, 10' viewing distance







I'm at 1900 hours on my third bulb on my 6 y/o Epson 1080 UB (the first bulb and a spare were freebies)
My projector was $2700 but came with a $300 mail in rebate and a spare lamp worth $300..so about $2100
The screen is a 1.3 gain 120" electric drop down I found on ebay for $250 delivered, controlled by remote to drop in front of my wall mounted 50" Pioneer Kuro plasma from a button programmed into my AVR's learning remote.

oh, and to stay on topic

Celebrating with a new Bourbon, one of Ralfy's favorites Alijah Craig 12 y/o 47%



its a bit smoother than the Knob Creek and totally enjoyable straight up for $42

I think my next bottles to add to my collection will be a couple more bourbons,
Buffalo Trace and Evan Williams, the quality seems pretty decent for the price.

Still have not cracked my SmokeHead scotch, maybe next weekend.

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Not really into Bourbon I'm afraid. Killed that off as a youth at ski hills with Spumante Bambino chasers out of separate wineskins. *shudder*

PJ anniversary? You're in Pearl Jam? Nice setup.

Haven't bought a bottle of whisky in nearly a month. Just horrible, going through buyer's withdrawal. Looking like only a month though until I'm in Portland, so that should help.

Sipping on MGD and a 14 y/o Glengoyne that I bought years ago at duty free in Heathrow. Doesn't review very well but I'm actually enjoying it. It's quite unspectacular but also very inoffensive. More or less a breakfast Scotch in the vein of Glenfarclas 12 or Cardhu but less flavors to contemplate.

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Off to Portland, Oregon in a couple of weeks. Thought I'd solicit suggestions for pubs, beers and liquor stores.

From what I can tell, 10th Avenue Liquors seems a likely stop.
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You people are no help. I had to wander Portland aimlessly looking for liquor. It was like I lived there, except then I'd be wandering looking for something else recreational.

10th Avenue Liquors was a decent store and I picked up one of these:



Macallan is becoming my default "what I want is too expensive so I'll just pick this up because it's an age statement Macallan and I like Macallan anyway..." choice. $90 for it but I didn't own one so I figured why not.

Then back through the Calgary airport so stopped in at Cloud 9 through security and picked up one of these:



That rounds out the age statement Glendronach's I'd like to get my hands on. I wish I could have picked up some of the other 14 y/o wood finishes but they've been discontinued and are scarce. Glendronach is not really an easy find, beyond the 12/15 age whiskies. I paid $122 for the 18 with no tax added on after so the equivalent of $105 locally though it cannot be purchased locally.
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Enjoying some Johnnie Walker Blue with the wife tonight.


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Good to see Kipp back in here. Happy new year at this point I suppose, but belated Merry Christmas and Festivus plus an early Ukranian Christmas and Hannukah to all. Sorry for any misspellings.

Back from Hawaii where I picked up a pair of Lagavulin 16's for $49.99 a pop. Cheap like dirt, thank you Costco!
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Cool

Wow, just realized I haven't posted since October,

Started the new year late with Ralfy's suggestion and picked up his Whisky of the Year for 2014
Benromach 10 y/o , a typical speysider with bourbon and sherry cask influences.
...a little fruity, a bit salty and smokey...and best of all very affordable at ~$50.


Its kind of like GlenDronach 12, but with more complexity, more layers
Everything is taken up a notch with just a touch of peat/smoke added...without being overwhelming.
Highly recommended, Ralfy got another one right!



Also picked up an Ardbeg gift pack, a large TEN and a pair of mini's... Uigeadail and a Corryvreckan
...just over $80 , that's a bit high considering I usually get a Ten for just over $50 at Superstore...but I'm a sucker for special limited edition packaging for display.





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So I used to know this guy named Piomaniac, but he only seems to post when this page hits page 2 (thank goodness cuz it was looking like I was drinking alone...)

Not liking the tumbling Canadian dollar...impacting my Scotch purchasing...

That said though, I have my plan laid out for the year with purchases planned for January (Cloud 9 at YYC), February (Glendronach cask 1488 of which I have three and only about ten are left locally), March (Macallan 10 and or 15 y/o fine oak in New Brunswick), April (Rochester, MN) and May (Calgary for the kid's volleyball nationals) which should entail about six bottles if I'm lucky plus a case or two of wine (hoping to get in before Alberta introduces a PST). The latter half of the year is a bit more iffy, but should hit Kansas City, Chicago and Minneapolis for a few more bottles. Looking for about a dozen bottles over the span of the year, roughly replacement rate or a little above.

Currently consuming a little of this:
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Happy Robbie Burns Day!! (officially on Sunday, Jan/25)
I found a couple bottles on special today, so I'm going to start a day early

The official Robert Burns Single Malt Bottled by Arran Distillery.



and I couldn't pass up an old favorite for just $70 Single Cask GlenDronach


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PayDay !!!

Looking for something new in the peat department and found this little gem
Co-op had on sale... LEDAIG 10 Y/O $76 reg price on for $57.

46% non-chill filtered, no added color/caramel



AWESOME!!!! Going back for another (or two) bottles tomorrow!


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and I couldn't pass up an old favorite for just $70 Single Cask GlenDronach

Ack, I hate you and your pricing and availability.

I saw the Arran when I was out in Vancouver this week (man, they make my local pricing look dirt cheap in comparison ) but passed because I'll be able to snag it when I'm out to Moncton in March (New Brunswick has surprisingly good whisky prices). So I didn't buy anything in Vancouver but I purposely routed my flight through Calgary so I could hit up Cloud 9 again. I noticed their prices were up a bit since November, about $5 a bottle But I was able to grab their last Glenfarclas 105 and it was only $6 more than one a buddy picked me up last August in downtown Calgary so a very good deal really. I've read rumours that Glenfarclas is still producing the 105 but it no longer has an age statement as of late last year. Not sure of the truth, but I like the whisky and the price, so all is well.

Finishing off a wee bottle of Glenlivet 12 that was a Christmas gift.
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Mo' Thanks for bringing up the Glenfarclas 105!

I almost forgot how great that one is!
I picked up the last one on the shelf on the way home today, $74 is not bad for a reg price,
...at cask strength 60% ABV , it's more like a bottle and a half of regular 40% whisky,

I love using the math to help justify my cask strength bottle purchase decisions
(works out to $50 for a 40% bottle) ....but sooo much better!

What a treat for the taste buds after shoveling the snow at -15º



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Glenfarclas '105' (60%, OB, +/- 2010) Time to formally taste the popular 105 again. Last time that was in 2004 according to this wee website! Colour: pale amber. Nose: starts relatively hot but not aggressive, rather nutty, with a slightly vinous background. Develops on quite some caramel, fudge, Demerara sugar, hints of strawberry jam… The whole is big but again, not un-nosable at 60% vol. Also a little burnt coffee (the one they keep for hours on the cooker in all American movies ;-)). Rum. With water: it’s the sherry that comes out and quite loudly so. Wine sauce, with touches of wine vinegar. Make that balsamico. Also heavy pipe tobacco. Mouth (neat): powerful but also creamy, rich, starting on coffee and orange liqueurs and little winey notes. Some pepper, dark toffee, brownies and just touches of blackcurrant jelly. Also strawberry jam. With water: sweeter and unexpectedly lemony. Finish: long, rich, maltier and nuttier at this point. Comments: some simple but not simplistic pleasures. The 105 is always a great dram and it’ll allow you to experiment with water and a pipette (or a tiny coffee spoon). SGP:551 - 85 points.

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Might I ask where you got it for $74? I'd like it a whole lot more (well, not that much) at that price (I paid $88 at the airport). On the plus side, at one 'private' liquor store in Vancouver (BC) I checked the 105 was a whopping $132

I'm trying to get my act together as volleyball nationals (for the kid) are in Calgary this year and I'm pretty sure I'll make the drive so that I have trunk space available. There's a wide variety of whiskies I'd like to buy so I'm planning on a few shops for sure.

I'll hit up Superstore and Costco for the more common stuff but am planning on finding a Co-Op liquor store and checking out Kensington as well. Selection will be better at the latter two but the pricing should be better at the first two, yes?
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Might I ask where you got it for $74?


... but am planning on finding a Co-Op liquor store and checking out Kensington as well. Selection will be better at the latter two but the pricing should be better at the first two, yes?
Oddly enough it was Co-Op where I picked up the 105

They found one more for me, but I'll wait until next week for my annual membership dividends cheque
(usually good for $100) along with about $250 in coupons to arrive.

I've got my eye on a couple rare bottles for my B-Day again this year....
Top of the list is a 23 y/o Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1

Last year I picked up a Black Art 3.1 for $149 on my B-Day (less $25 discount coupon)
and later found out it was valued much higher... ....currently sitting at $321 CAN

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-24...islay-scotland

I don't usually buy as a collector or as an investment
...I'm a drinker First, but every once in a while even a blind dog finds a bone

BTW, I snap shots of other stores pricing labelled on the shelves with my cell phone and
Co-op will match the price as long as its not an exclusive or limited product. So I tend to buy there more often lately because I get more money back at the end of the year as a membership reward.

...best Loonie I ever spent to join that club...about 3 years ago.

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Oddly enough it was Co-Op where I picked up the 105

They found one more for me, but I'll wait until next week for my annual membership dividends cheque
(usually good for $100) along with about $250 in coupons to arrive.

I've got my eye on a couple rare bottles for my B-Day again this year....
Top of the list is a 23 y/o Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1

Last year I picked up a Black Art 3.1 for $149 on my B-Day (less $25 discount coupon)
and later found out it was valued much higher... ....currently sitting at $321 CAN

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-24...islay-scotland

I don't usually buy as a collector or as an investment
...I'm a drinker First, but every once in a while even a blind dog finds a bone

BTW, I snap shots of other stores pricing labelled on the shelves with my cell phone and
Co-op will match the price as long as its not an exclusive or limited product. So I tend to buy there more often lately because I get more money back at the end of the year as a membership reward.

...best Loonie I ever spent to join that club...about 3 years ago.
First, thanks for the response, I'm really looking forward to checking out Co-op in Calgary. Second, great deal. I can't begin to explain how excited I am to make it to Calgary this year, especially driving. With the Canadian dollar dropping like a stone, Alberta is my whisky destination now. All my return flights from the west coast stop in Vancouver and that's for bad airport pricing that's still far better than local pricing (and selection sadly). I'm already saving money up and planning on buying at least a six pack of whisky while I'm out there with an upper limit of an even dozen. Glendronachs are top of my list, hoping for some different single casks and then add in some Ardbegs and other stuff that I can't find locally.

And yeah, I buy to drink. I do have lots closed but I'm stocking up at cheaper prices while I'm working.
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Enjoying some Johnnie Walker Blue with the wife tonight.

Some day I'll own a bottle of that just to have it. I probably should have picked it up over Christmas at Costco in Kona where it was only $150. I know the reviews don't speak highly and it's a blend but just to have one around.
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I went looking for something smokey and cheap today
and remembered a good one I found last October... Smokehead "The Rock" edition..



Something about the embossed Tin (not cardboard) with Smoking Skull appeals to my Biker side,
The descriptive text in the shape of the skull and the way the back label is printed on the inside to shine through the bottle..



The flavour profile lands somewhere between an Ardbeg and a Talisker...for substantially less $$



It's a non-age statement Single Malt
...but at just $48 I don't really care how old it is.

Peated whisky is better when its slightly younger/fresher
and doesn't actually benefit like the Sherry matured Single Malts from spending an extra 10 years in the cask.

Two Thumbs up from me

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*shudder* That ain't for me.

Killed the bottle of Glenlivet I had (not a big fan, but it was a gift and was free so I enjoyed it immensely) and have moved on to finishing the open bottle of Cragganmore I have handy. One would think with 20 odd bottles of sealed whisky I could find something I'd like to open, but nope. I honestly am not sure what to open next.
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Friday night... let's bring this thread back to life!

Yippee-ki-yay...
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Okee-dokee. More whisky (it's cold out there).

Still can't figure out what to open so I'm drinking this delightful little whisky that I picked up at Chicago duty free about seven years ago. It's most enjoyable...

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I wish I could have found this thread in the store yesterday. Found out what I thought was my cancer making a comeback was nothing and I am still clear :0. I wanted to celebrate but couldn't think of some of the recommendations here. I did pick up a bottle of Cody Road and Canadian Club Sherry Cask. The Cask is pretty good and the Cody Road would be good but seemed to stick in mouth far to long. It might have been something else so I will try it again later and see what it does.
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