Brandy helps me take off the edge. My wife does her too!
I found a new bad habit today!
The Captain and I managed to get the tree up and decorated the house inside and out,
(Black and Silver Theme this year)
Lately I find that I prefer my fine sprits without mix, and often neat...
Spoiled by the fine Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch that has become my new favorite.
...but the Captains Black Spiced 47% rum is a bit harsh on its own.
So I had to run to the store for some eggnog and it balanced it out perfectly.
Also grabbed a bottle of Grey Goose Black Cherry because it was on sale for $10 off,
Straight up its pretty damn good but the G/F prefers it with eggnog and I was impressed with the combo too.
Yikes, JW Blue label is almost $250 a bottle up here, seems pretty steep for a Blended Whisky.
I prefer the Single Malt's myself, and usually the ones aged in Bourbon or Sherry casks.
I usually browse Ralfy's reviews before making a Scotch purchase,
He's a Hoot! quite an animated character and he also said the JW Blue is not as good as the price tag would have you believe.
I'm relatively new to Scotch Whisky, but Ralfy's usually spot on. He certainly was correct about the Glenfiddich I've tried recently.
If you're a JW fan and dont add cola/soda to your scotch (like you would for Red or Black)
Go for Green or Gold (likely the best of the bunch for the price)
I've now tried several bottles of Glenfiddich now and although they can jump in price for the older stuff
for each of the 40% 12-15-18 y/o single malts. I find the 15 (red box) is actually the Best of the bunch.
My present from Santa this year was a Special Distillery Edition 15 y/o (Blue Label)
But the higher alcohol content (51%) is almost cask strength and a little to harsh for me.
Prices in Canada about $35,$60,$80,$70 respectively
Ralfy's Glenfiddich's 12 y/o review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmvZQOpdRu0
Ralfy's Glennfiddich 15 y/o Solera Reserve (Red Box my current Favorite) review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miOYin2-p_g
Sampling this one tonite Glen Garioch... A Highland Single Malt aged 12 years in Sherry oak casks,
It's amazing for the price at just $44 for a 48% Spirit. Much smoother than the Fiddich's 51%
This ones on my radar,
GlenDronach 15 y/o, just waiting to see it on sale (currently at $75)
and its little brother (about $60) the 12 y/o
I still havent tried an Islay single malt, I think those come from the western coastline,
but I confess I'm not too excited to experience over tones of Peat Moss, Kelp and Sea Water
How was the Balvenie?
I saw that one on sale today at just $48 and almost grabbed one myself,
I noticed the Double Barrel 12 y/o is first aged in Oak Whisky casks then Sherry casks for the last two months.
Sure is quiet in here lately, anyone have a Super Bowl party lined up?
It's a beer day for most, but for mid Winter I prefer something with a little higher octane.
I found out yesterday that my new favorite local store offers a 10% discount for members who spend $500 in one shot.
So I cleaned out their remaining stock of my Favorite limited Single Cask GlenDronach... since it's gone forever soon, and it's payday :-)
One will go to my Dad for his B-Day. The rest are all mine!! Muuuuhhhuuuuhaaahaa </evil laugh>
...and for something new, a triplet of Glenfarclas' 17, 21 and 25 y/o. All very smooth drams
...But absolutely nothing comes close to this Dark Amber 'Dronach nectar of the God's
"Uisge Beatha" ... Gaelic for the Latin "Aqua Vitae" Water of Life.