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post #2581 of 2610 Old 06-12-2015, 11:46 PM
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I picked up the same BenRiach 2000 Single Cask 12 y/o (#4236) for $55 today
I'm sampling it as I type ....it's Very Good and I will go back for more on payday!

its almost identical to my GD 10 y/o single cask, and a couple bucks less.

You're going to LOVE that one if you love PX GlenDronach's
Like the 15 y/o Revival on Steroids with more flavor/complexity and 53.8% abv.
(for almost half the price!)

There is just no better bang for the buck for any spirit IMHO




I also grabbed another Laphroiag Quarter Cask for $43 , cheap for a peat monster at 48% abv.

I would love to buy more Tequila, but up here its pricing is even more ridiculous than Single Malt Scotch,
Most of the good stuff (100% Agave) like Cabo Wabo (Reposado) is $80+ .

Selection sucks too, you can't even find a true Mezcal anymore (the one only one with the worm)

P.S. My favorite store, the one and only local Co-op in Edmonton just blocks from home, was bought out by Liquor Depot (the Walmart of Liquor in Edmonton with dozens of stores)

Apparently Co-op was looking to expand operations like they have in Calgary (15+ locations)
But several real estate deals fell through and they threw in the towel completely and pulled the plug on Edmonton altogether

I will wait until the fiscal year end to close my membership/account and cash in my membership dividends
...likely only worth a couple hundred $$$ (membership originally cost me $1 in 2012)
Never tried BenRiach 2000 single malt interesting ...........Some Petrossian Imperial Reserv Perscicus caviar followed by some pan-seared branzino in organic whale blubber and Mangalitsa Pork Bacon wrappped sea scallops with lobster and some '98 Dom Ruinart Brut for dinner and Godiva Signature truffles after dinner with Cohiba Cognac Martell and a phat Cuban .................. yea that would be good ..

On a more serious note your Laphroiag Quarter Cask and BenRiach 2000 Single Cask 12 y/o single malts sound like they might be good the last scotch I had was an ordinary Johnnie Walker Red can you can find anywhere !

Had one of these I got from a friend at an Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler until it caught an errant tennis ball

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No just found it on the web somewhere an image not attached to anything when I saw it .

Ur avatar .......Ex Machina yea way cool never saw the movie it got a 7.8 at IMDb thorough . PBJ and Coke is good Nutty peanut butter or the smooth stuff ?
The smooth (creamy) stuff...Adams. ...100% natural.

* Me neither...I did not see X_Machina, yet (on Blu-ray next month), but I'm going to see Mad Max: Fury Road next week, in 3D - IMAX.

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The smooth (creamy) stuff...Adams. ...100% natural.

* Me neither...I did not see X_Machina, yet (on Blu-ray next month), but I'm going to see Mad Max: Fury Road next week, in 3D - IMAX.

*** I have never posted on the Internet, ever, while intoxicated. ...I don't drink, ...extremely rarely. ...So my expertise in that domain is extremely limited.
But I used to like Bacardi white and Remy Martin Courvoisier XO. ...With tubes. ...And playing chess.
Back in the early to mid 2K's I used to have some cold ones (Bud or Bud light) and chat up the cute babes on the dating sites. I had a lot of fun (mutually ) and weekend getaways ,got lucky almost always (lot's ) and met some nice gals even had nice relationships with 3 of them and usually friends with benifits otherwise it was like shooting fish in a barrel best thing that ever happpened to dating (* if u ain't stupid enough to get used ) IMO .

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Do we have a trading thread here? ...Trading dates.
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Do we have a trading thread here? ...Trading dates.
U mean like bragging or writing on bathroom stalls no can do on that one ......my primo #'s are held in the sricktest of confidene ofc

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Graffiti on bathroom walls, that's a creative suggestion. //// Drink Perrier mineral water, and water your lawn with it too. ...Hollywood elite. ...Whiskey?

And Walmart (California), where do you get your bottled water from?

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Graffiti on bathroom walls, that's a creative suggestion. //// Drink Perrier mineral water, and water your lawn with it too. ...Hollywood elite. ...Whiskey?

And Walmart (California), where do you get your bottled water from?
Costco or Grocery superemarket mountain spring or other bottled water here , lawns are for letting die and replacing with drought resistant landscaping in CA these days unless U are Hollywood 1% or othewise want to pay the prohibitive costs to keep it green .

Cuban cigars obviously come from same in a pinch Dominicans are fine othewise .

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Now that goes well together; rum and Cuban cigars. ...While looking @ the color of your lawn.
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Now that goes well together; rum and Cuban cigars. ...While looking @ the color of your lawn.
no rum Cohiba Cognac Martell and a phat Cuban

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Well I gave in and ordered a two tap keg fridge conversion yesterday. Got a fridge from buddy at work for free so all in all I will be in for well under 400 for everything including filling my CO2 up. Actually under 300 if I would stop buying faucet handles and other crap lol.
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Well I gave in and ordered a two tap keg fridge conversion yesterday. Got a fridge from buddy at work for free so all in all I will be in for well under 400 for everything including filling my CO2 up. Actually under 300 if I would stop buying faucet handles and other crap lol.
May I ask where you ordered from? I'm looking at putting one in the basement. Assuming I ever actually do any more work down there.
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I ordered a Kegco two tap system off Amazon since I needed some other items also.
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Ran out of my favorite (Balvenie 14 yr Carribean Cask), so making do with Tanqueray and Tonic for this long weekend. Needless to say, that plus this forum has added many dollar signs to my theater plans when I am finally able to move in a year.

Since I see some good taste in single malts, does anyone have a good recommendation for a well priced non-peaty single malt? I used to love MaCallan back when I could get it for quite a bit cheaper than Glenlivet, Fiddich, etc (dating myself).
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Glenmorangie 18 was the favorite of several people at a blind Scotch tasting we did a few months back. Even beat out the Macallan 18.
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Glenmorangie 18 was the favorite of several people at a blind Scotch tasting we did a few months back. Even beat out the Macallan 18.
Does the 18 have a similar spice as the 12? I never really liked the 12 Glenmorangie, to me it had a strong cinnamon-like spice to it.
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Ran out of my favorite (Balvenie 14 yr Carribean Cask), so making do with Tanqueray and Tonic for this long weekend. Needless to say, that plus this forum has added many dollar signs to my theater plans when I am finally able to move in a year.

Since I see some good taste in single malts, does anyone have a good recommendation for a well priced non-peaty single malt? I used to love MaCallan back when I could get it for quite a bit cheaper than Glenlivet, Fiddich, etc (dating myself).
Sherried or non-sherried single malt?
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Sherried or non-sherried single malt?
Generally sherried, but I'm not too picky
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Does the 18 have a similar spice as the 12? I never really liked the 12 Glenmorangie, to me it had a strong cinnamon-like spice to it.
I would expect the 18 to be similar to the 12. I'm far from a scotch expert, so I can't attest to a cinnamon-like spice in it compared to others.
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Generally sherried, but I'm not too picky
Well I'm a sherried Scotch monster it seems, or at least my whiskies in the basement suggest that, so I can help there. I can suggest a few others that are more along the oak lines too if you prefer though I don't tend that direction all too often.

One more question before I answer though (sorry) - where abouts are you located? It would help me to get an idea of pricing in your area.

That said the Glenfiddich and Glenlivet 12 y/o bring up the bottom of the single malt price scale usually. Both are adequate and fall middle of the pack for smoky/sherry/etc. as that's the target they seem to aim for and achieve. I like them better than the Glenmorangie and I've had the 10 y/o (basic bottling), La Santa, Nectar D'or and Quinta Ruban all. Of the four, I enjoyed the La Santa the most but it'll be up in the price range a few dollars more than the Macallan 12 probably. That's not to knock Glenmorangie because if nothing else, taste is personal.

Glenfarclas 12 is fine but I consider it a breakfast Scotch because it is so easy drinking. I consider Cardhu 12 to be in the same range of very easy drinking as well. The Glenfarclas has more sherry to it than Cardhu (IMO) but the Cardhu can be had quite cheaply ($40) if you find the right store. Cragganmore 12 is pretty cheap too, down in that $40-45 range. It never rates out well online in reviews but I really do enjoy it. It's also cheap enough to not be too outraged if you don't like it. More smoke (very mild though) than the Glenfarclas/Cardhu's of the world but really only a brunch Scotch so not heavy.

Sherry bomb-wise the Benriach 12 sherry finish is really nice for the price, if you can find it. I love the Glendronach 12 but not everyone does. A couple of pages back I linked to a site suggesting because of when the Glendronach distillery sat idle, their current 12 year olds (bottled in 2013) are actually 18 years old. I don't know if a standard 12 year old (2014 bottling and later) would be the same and it'll be a while before I know as I have four of the 2013 bottlings squirreled away. Aberlour 12 might meet the need too. The problem with Benriach/Glendronach/Aberlour bottlings is they don't tend to be that inexpensive (actually Glenfarclas isn't either unless you find it on sale) in the U.S., tending more to the Canadian pricing I sort of live with.

An Cnoc 12 reviews very well in most places I see and it's more of a woody whisky with no sherry to me. I guess I should say it scores either well (low 90s) or not great (low 80s) depending on how the reviewer leans. It's an entry level malt at an entry level price. If you like it, you win. If you don't you didn't lose much money.

One last is Highland Park 12. I've come across it in Minneapolis within the last year on sale for $36. I consider it somewhat similar to the Glenlivet/Glenfiddich 12s in that it's an everyman malt - not too much of anything but not too little of anything. I know some people that love it.

And there's nothing wrong with Balvenie Doublewood, especially at the pricepoint it can be had at.

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Well I'm a sherried Scotch monster it seems, or at least my whiskies in the basement suggest that, so I can help there. I can suggest a few others that are more along the oak lines too if you prefer though I don't tend that direction all too often.

One more question before I answer though (sorry) - where abouts are you located? It would help me to get an idea of pricing in your area.
I'm currently stuck in the plains. A bottle of Balvenie 14 year Carribean Cask goes for $62 if that gives you a baseline for pricing.
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I'm currently stuck in the plains. A bottle of Balvenie 14 year Carribean Cask goes for $62 if that gives you a baseline for pricing.
Meh, not horrible pricing. I use Minnesota pricing as a baseline and tend to look at Totalwine.com (presumably the Wal-Mart of liquor stores both for the size and the negative impact on smaller stores) to get an idea on pricing though I usually shop at smaller stores.

So what I listed have baseline prices of the following at totalwine in Bloomington, MN:

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Balvenie 14 Caribbean cask $59

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Cardhu 12 $43
Cragganmore 12 $43
Glenfiddich 12 $29
Glenlivet 12 $25
Glenfarclas 12 $60
BenRiach 12 $43
Glendronach 12 $40
Aberlour 12 $40
An Cnoc 12 $40
Highland Park 12 $43
Balvenie Doublewood 12 $40
Macallan 12 $45

So there you go. The Glenfarclas price is from South Lyndale liquors so if it was at Totalwine it would still be around $55 and relative to the other stuff on the list, not my first choice. Fiddich and Livet are fine and cheap at that. The BenRiach/Aberlour/Macallan/Glendronach are more sherried than many of the others. Cragganmore/ An Cnoc /Highland Park less so.

I've had everything on that list except for Highland Park and the Aberlour 12, though I've had the Aberlour 16 and A'bunadh. Everything I've had I'd buy again; the only exception is maybe the An Cnoc. That's not because it's bad, it's not, but neither is it sherried at all so if you lean to oak, it's good (not great).

Don't know if you have Costco liquor stores around you but they can be good. Not a stellar selection but the pricing can be ridiculously good at times. Last one I was in was in Hawaii and they had the Macallan 12 and Balvenie Doublewood which are seemingly regularly stocked. They also seem to carry Oban 14 regularly though it's higher in price ($65-ish) and might be considered slightly peaty. I like it though.

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Don't know if you have Costco liquor stores around you but they can be good. Not a stellar selection but the pricing can be ridiculously good at times. Last one I was in was in Hawaii and they had the Macallan 12 and Balvenie Doublewood which are seemingly regularly stocked. They also seem to carry Oban 14 regularly though it's higher in price ($65-ish) and might be considered slightly peaty. I like it though.
In MI Costco sells at state minimum, so their prices aren't any better than anywhere else in the state selling at minimum pricing. Your prices in MN are pretty good though. State minimum for Macallan 12 is $62.99 here.

Someone made a nice searchable site for MI state minimum pricing.
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Meh, not horrible pricing. I use Minnesota pricing as a baseline and tend to look at Totalwine.com (presumably the Wal-Mart of liquor stores both for the size and the negative impact on smaller stores) to get an idea on pricing though I usually shop at smaller stores.

So what I listed have baseline prices of the following at totalwine in Bloomington, MN:

For reference:
Balvenie 14 Caribbean cask $59

The list:
Cardhu 12 $43
Cragganmore 12 $43
Glenfiddich 12 $29
Glenlivet 12 $25
Glenfarclas 12 $60
BenRiach 12 $43
Glendronach 12 $40
Aberlour 12 $40
An Cnoc 12 $40
Highland Park 12 $43
Balvenie Doublewood 12 $40
Macallan 12 $45

So there you go. The Glenfarclas price is from South Lyndale liquors so if it was at Totalwine it would still be around $55 and relative to the other stuff on the list, not my first choice. Fiddich and Livet are fine and cheap at that. The BenRiach/Aberlour/Macallan/Glendronach are more sherried than many of the others. Cragganmore/ An Cnoc /Highland Park less so.

I've had everything on that list except for Highland Park and the Aberlour 12, though I've had the Aberlour 16 and A'bunadh. Everything I've had I'd buy again; the only exception is maybe the An Cnoc. That's not because it's bad, it's not, but neither is it sherried at all so if you lean to oak, it's good (not great).

Don't know if you have Costco liquor stores around you but they can be good. Not a stellar selection but the pricing can be ridiculously good at times. Last one I was in was in Hawaii and they had the Macallan 12 and Balvenie Doublewood which are seemingly regularly stocked. They also seem to carry Oban 14 regularly though it's higher in price ($65-ish) and might be considered slightly peaty. I like it though.




Much better pricing than here in Arkansas. like $20 +/- better.
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Much better pricing than here in Arkansas. like $20 +/- better.
Well if it's any consolation, I'm Canadian so you can take any of those prices and add 30% to the posted amount because as the Canadian dollar continues to fall, that's the premium I'll be paying. We're getting closer to the point where prices are equalizing between Winnipeg and Minneapolis once you factor in the exchange rate. So now I either start buying at the lower end of the spectrum or just bite the bullet and buy what I cannot find locally, exchange rate be damned. It was a good run though, these last 5-6 years with the dollar near par.
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First weekend in August, about six weeks until I resume whisky consumption in force. For now though I'm supporting Portland:

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Wow, I had no idea real scotch whisky was so popular in America, I thought everyone was happy with bourbon whiskey. Needless to say there's quite the selection in London, generally I only drink whisky that's old enough to drive.
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Wow, I had no idea real scotch whisky was so popular in America, I thought everyone was happy with bourbon whiskey. Needless to say there's quite the selection in London, generally I only drink whisky that's old enough to drive.
I wish I could afford most whisky old enough to drive. I assume you have an unreal selection available to you at any given moment. I don't even know what I'd do if I make it to Scotland (duly noting Scotland and London are not the same, just saying) and was faced with the kind of selection available. Though I expect England has quite the selection as well. Is there much of a pricing differential relative to Scotland?
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I wish I could afford most whisky old enough to drive. I assume you have an unreal selection available to you at any given moment. I don't even know what I'd do if I make it to Scotland (duly noting Scotland and London are not the same, just saying) and was faced with the kind of selection available. Though I expect England has quite the selection as well. Is there much of a pricing differential relative to Scotland?
Pricing is not much different to scotland, maybe a slight premium just because its London but you could get it cheaper elsewhere in England, most small cities/large towns will have at least one dedicated high-end whisky/spirits shop with a decent selection. Even then I can't afford to drink nice whisky all the time, probably 3 or 4 bottles a year at around £80-200 a bottle ($120-300) for the good to really good stuff. Recently I've been partial to Lagavulin 16yo (which I actually heard of through an American TV show, parks&recreation) and I'm trying some Japanese whiskys.

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https://www.whiskyshop.com/
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