Having a few Guinness and watching the NatGeo HD channel Megafactories tour of the Guinness Factory.
Edited by PioManiac - 3/18/13 at 5:52am
Hey Mo' Did you pop the cork on that GlenDronach 15 year old Revival yet?
I found three little Single Cask gems sitting on the back shelf of a small independent Liquor Shop today at noon,
I Grabbed the 22 y/o one on the far left for a special occasion (B-Day coming up) because it was the highest ABV (55%) vs 50 and 48.5
(also, the price label on the shelf didn't match the bottle labels cask numbers on the other two)
Too bad that 40 y/o far right wasn't a Cask 713 72', it's a very high demand vintage sold out everywhere.
This 71' 40 y/o (Cask 1436) unfortunately falls a fair bit short on quality for that kind of money
....compared to the 72' that won Top Prize with the Malt Maniacs last year. (Ultra Premium Category)
Tried a single Dram of the 72' at the local "Bothy" for $49 and it was freaking amazing!!!
Oh well, not like I had a spare $850 anyway. I'll go back for it if I win the lotto though.
anyway, back to the one I did take this time,
I looked up Cask#2966 once I got back to the office and turns out it's a pretty good one too!
...for a heck of a lot less $$$
A GlenDronach 1990 single cask bottling has won three top awards in this year’s prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Challenge.
The bottling of cask number 2966, a Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon, was voted Winner in the “Over £80″ category,
top Distillery Bottling and also won the big award – the coveted “Whisky of the Year” for 2012.
It’s the twelfth year of the awards in which forty-five of Scotland’s top whiskies went head to head to be crowned Whisky of the Year.
The Whisky Challenge team said: “Now in its twelfth year, the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge has firmly established itself as a credible guide to Scotland’s very best whiskies as well as an event that is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs and whisky enthusiasts alike.”
This year the judges, drawn from some of the top independent whisky retailers in Scotland, were Darren Leitch, Duncan Ralph, Mark Angus, Julie Trevisan Hunter, Mike Lord, Mark Connolly and Robin Russell.
And they were unanimous that the GlenDronach 22yo was an outstanding winner. In the knockout round in the morning session, all seven voted that it should go forward to the afternoon session. Normally at least one judge demurs so for all to agree is extremely rare.
In her notes, Julie Trevisan Hunter said:
“A wonderful rich palate of bitter cherries and dark chocolate”
while Robin Russell declared:
“It’s one for the sherry monsters. Forget collecting this one – simply buy it and enjoy.”
Distilled and filled to cask on May 30, 1990 and bottled in June this year as part of GlenDronach single casks’ “Batch 6”,
the 1990 cask # 2966 is aged 22 years old and has been bottled at cask strength (55.1% vol).
The cask produced just 539 bottles which retail in the UK at approximately £95.99 per 700ml. (...about$160)
....26 more sleeps to my B-Day before I can crack it open!
Off the Wagon!
Started my weekend early (again) Thursday night I cracked a new bottle of Aberlour A'bunadh batch#44 WoW!!!
I will never be without one of these in my collection when I need a Big 60% abv Sherry Bomb blast!
...also picked up a sampler pack of Bowmore 12/15/18 year old for $19
My whisky shelves are almost full, may need to expand soon.
Going to crack my $200 Birthday Bottle this weekend
Celebrated my B-Day a few days early last night, Steak & Lobster and fine Red Wine
Then had a lucky streak at the Casino that kept the Jack&Cokes flowing for 4 hours,
even came home with enough to pay for my new subwoofer (number 4) I found online last week.
Could have called it a night, but when we got home we decided to watch a movie in the cave
and crack that $200 bottle of 22 year old GlenDronach Single Cask for a dessert/night cap.
Holy Friggin Shyte!
Best Damn thing that has ever passed these Lips without a doubt!
So dark amber it almost looks like liquid dark chocolate...and tastes every bit as good as it looks.
Aged 22 years in Pedro Ximenez casks, all natural coloring (non chill filtered) 55% cask strength
So smooth it doesnt even need water. I Have to try and find another bottle (or two) asap!
I see why it won so many Top awards now...
I cant sleep lately because I have new toys in the HT waiting to install. Feels like Christmas in May
Track lighting to install, ceiling treatment, new Velodyne 15" Sub (making 4 total)
and a new supercharger kit for my truck with pieces spread out everywhere ...
I thought I posted this here yesterday ??? Must have been deep into a bottle at the time,
DOH! , posted it in my build thread by mistake LOL Time to switch from Scotch back to Beer for the Summer
My new Sub is on the Way!!!
Picked up a 4th Velodyne to balance the room out,
I grabbed another discontinued 15" DLS-5000R on sale (NIB) for an extra 1000 watts of LFE
Here's the last DLS-5000R I got at half price, (behind my center seat sweet spot)
now that I have a pair I'll move them to the front, and relocate the two front DPS-12's to the rear corners..
...also got less than half price deal on a pair of Monster Power Centers
HDP-2500 sits under my center channel for TV, AVR, BD, XBOX360,HD DVD,PS3, 2 front subs
HDP-1800 sits behind my center seat for rear subs/projector/recliners.
I hope to finally finish the ceiling this long weekend....
I finally purchased my track lighting, 4 of the 2-head OLEBY units from IKEA,
at only $2.99 each c/w with halogen bulbs .....CHEAP!!!
I plan to aim the spots so one hits each of my wall mounted guitars (8 total)
Here's the first one up... 3 more ceiling boxes to wire into that circuit first....the results are pretty dramatic in person, photo from my Blackberry does it no justice.
partial ceiling panel fabric in front of my screen is just temporary, I may swap out the brown for black.
Although I am a bit distracted with a BIG present the Brown Van dropped off yesterday,
a RIPP Vortech supercharger kit to bring my Ram up to 500 HP Sweeeet!!!! I had to haul it all down to the man-cave cause my GF was shooting me the evil eye when it was in the living room
My Bud's is already installed and dyno'd
Got to LOVE Summer time fun!!! Race Season back on track after a loooooooooonnnnnng Winter in Canada
Anyone have a cocktail suggestion for Grey Goose L'Orange? Never tried it, the regular stuff is good enough for me,
Pear flavoured was very smooth , Black Cherry was an aquired taste and wont buy that again.
The reason I ask is L'Orange is on sale for $10 off and may grab one on the way home tonite for an afterwork/cut the grass refreshment.
I like High Octane Martinis , not so much on the overly sweet fruity girly stuff ,so I'm wondering what to mix it with...Maybe just Ice and shake it??
Grey Goose L'Orange knocked one out of the park for me!
Not too sweet at all, Just Vodka, lots of ice in a shaker
1 large slice of a naval orange for garnish,,,shaken violently (not stirred)
The second one , right after the yard work was done was even better!
Where the Heck is Wabo and Kipp??
geez guys what happened to the regulars here, all signed up for AA?
Lemon+Lime+Ice+Bombay Sapphire Gin+Tonic
one of my favorite summer time cool off cocktails (I use a sprite slurpy in place of sno cone to make an ice-berg)
I decided to give my wallet a break from the Single Malt Scotch..
.and with all the yard work I've been doing I decided it was time for a beer run,
but instead of the usual brands I thought I'd try some craft beers...
a couple from Rogue (from Oregon) Dead Guy Ale and Hazelnut Brown Nectar
a couple from Begbie (from Revelstoke BC) Mt.Begbie cream ale, Nasty Habit IPA
and Mexico's best rated craft beer Chupacabras pale ale.
a Bad Hare Chocolate Stout (Wisconsin) and a couple Porters from the B.C. Okanagan
All are BIG 650ml bottles and the price for all 8 with tax, purchased locally (Wine and Beyond)
...came to less than my cheapest single bottle of Scotch about $60
Well call off the search party, Kipp and Wabo have both returned!!! All is right with the world again!
Thanks for coming back guys, I was worried this thread was falling off into obscurity without the original posters.
Not many topics have staying power for over 10 years.
...and I raise my glass/bottle/tumbler to you all!
Well my beer break was awesome, got just halfway into sampling them when we got a sudden cold snap and some rainy weather lately
...Scotch Time!!!! (came into a little extra ca$h recently)
A fairly cheap entry level Single Malt ...Aberlour 10 year old, not bad for under $36
This fine sherried Speyside single malt is a good value, not too complex but well worth the price 43% abv
it is quite mellow compared to the cask strength Aberlour A'Bunadh that is 60% abv but twice the price
Next up, my first Island malt (north eastern sea coast off the speyside region) Highland Park 12 year old
about $55 and 43%, its a lighter heather honey with a sweet barely smoke flavor I quite enjoyed.
It's not as strong as a heavily peated Islay malt like Ardbeg, Laphroiag or Coal Islay, more of a sherried smokiness , excellent balance
Last but certainly not least, the latest offering from my favorite Distillery GlenDronach...Cask Strength batch #1, 54% abv ($99)
I have never regretted spending big bucks on anything from GlenDronach, so was confident making a blind buy on this one without reading reviews first.
These are rare and I may have to go back for another soon since there was only 3 bottles on the shelf at only one store in the entire city that had any in stock.
Nose: Huge notes of butterscotch, milk chocolate and Christmas spices. Hints of cooked fruit, stem ginger and manuka honey.
Palate: Rich, oily palate entry with mouth-coating notes of juicy sultanas, baked apple and nutmeg. A little aniseed develops late palate with notes of orange rind and chocolate.
Finish: Long, spiced. Ground walnut and melted rum and raisin ice-cream.
I'm officially a Scotch snob, beer is okay on a hot day after working in the yard, red wine is fine with a nice rare steak or rack of lamb ...
but OMG I cant go a week without a nice glass of the golden amber nectar that is Single Malt Scotch whisky!