What is wrong with you.
I love beer. Sadly it loves me too. I start with beer, then move on to Scotch. It's a happy thing.
I actually like beer, specially the darker creamy stuff like Guinness or Kilkenny
but I require too many to get a decent buzz going, which for most part does not fit my low-carb lifestyle.
I'm on a high protein, moderate fat, almost no carb diet for most of the year and scotch/vodka won't turn to belly fat like beer does if I happen to over-indulge.
It sure helps that just two or three drams of zero carb 60% Cask Strength Whisky is all it takes to get a good buzz on compared to 6-8 beer.
I do however feel obligated to have a Guinness (or 4) on St.Patricks Day,
usually the only time of year it goes on sale
Guinness is actually good for you, according to Men's Fitness Magazine
So I replenished a couple old favorites that were running low,
Ardbeg Ten ($56) and a GlenDronach Single Cask 10 y/o ($79)
...and for variety something new that I always wanted to try
GlenDronach 14 y/o Virgin Oak finished, marked down $69 ($10 off today)
Not the typical Sherry Matured GlenDronach is known for, but I'm feeling adventurous today :D
July 2010 saw the release of 4 new GlenDronach Wood Finishes
- the first of their kind to ever be released by the distillery in its 180 year history.
The GlenDronach Virgin Oak Wood Finish expression was initially matured in European oak
and thereafter finished its maturation in a very small batch of Virgin Oak,
which have given the whisky its own unique flavours and aromas.
Light gold. Freshly harvest straw.
Toasted oak elements which are so intense that smoky attributes emerge.
Sweet and lush tropical fruits rise with prominence. Banana and cacao, with roasted coconut.
Spiced ginger and cinnamon cake with a beautiful smoky twist.
Creamed desicated coconut and fresh buttered toast with a handful of hazelnuts on the side.
A glorious nut feast with superb depth.
The verdict is in on the 14 y/o Virgin Oak GlenDronach!
I was expecting to be slightly disappointed after being Single Cask spoiled for so long,
But I was pleasantly surprised! It's not bad at all, just "different" than anything else I've ever tried.
The fresh American Oak influence brings out a delicious buttery Vanilla , Banana, Creme Cocoa sweetness.
There is some Smoke, but not like a peaty campfire smoke like Islay malts,
It's almost like fresh cut hardwood where the saw blade slightly toasted the grain,
ahhh, that just brought back memories of High School wood shop class. Good Times!
I only wanted a small taste last night to hold me over until the weekend, but I ended up pouring Three Drams!
It just got better each time, this profile really agrees with me for some reason and will always have a place on my shelf now.
I'm convinced now more than ever GlenDronach is incapable of making a bad whisky.
My only regret is putting off trying this one for so long because it doesn't necessarily score as high as some others in that price range.
Good Job Mate!
(BTW, bottles in the middle of the batch are preferred. so 300 out of a 600 batch is pefect!)
Interested to hear your impression when you crack it,
Do a 3 way comparison with the 12 y/o Original and your 21 y/o Parliament (and a Revival if you have any left)
Make sure you tuck away few bucks for this Summer and I'll take you shopping the next time your up here mate.
Lower prices plus I get a member discount, and tax is only 5%.
AHH,Life is Good!
I almost finished off that GlenDronach 14 Virgin Oak in less than a week, So I went back for another before the sale ended.
I found it really helped bridge the gap between my sherried GD's and the Springbank, with just a little more smoke and a bit of peat.
After a Springbank I can easily move to an Ardbeg where as before going from a regular GlenDronach to a Peated Ardbeg was too harsh.
I'm really enjoying my Sprinbank more now as a result
the level in the bottle has dropped some and it's also had room to breath (oxidization)
Today I got my BirthDay Bottle
I've had my eye on it for a while because it seemed under priced for a 22 y/o Laddie
I told my friendly cashier at CO OP it was for my B-Day and he gave me a free Vodka Cooler
The Manager overheard the conversation and quickly punched in a $25 Off Coupon code!!
So I paid $143 tax included , out the door. (Bottle is actually valued at $220 - $300 in the USA)
Yet Another update (sorry guys) more Scotch talk (Surprise!)
I Hit my 25 year anniversary at the office and the boy's chipped in and got me Bottle...
18 y/o Glenmorangie Extremely Rare
Nice gesture for sure, but the Big Prize comes at the annual Christmas party
which usually consists of a trip some where nice, I'm guessing Scotland for some Distillery Tours
(last Guy went to Italy because his wife is a local Wine merchant).
For my 20th I had an all expense trip for two to Las Vegas with a couple grand spending money.
I went cheap this week,
both bottles were $40 ea
(before I cashed in a $15 credit coupon)
...so closer to $32 each
Auchentoshan 12 year old
American Oak and Oloroso Sherry 40%
I get a craving for some peat smoke sometimes
and heard this one is a great value for the quality
So I picked up a Laphroiag Quarter Cask (48%)
Kickin of an Easter Long Weekend and have no idea what I'm drinking yet.
...there's a first time for everything I guess.
I actually have a Home Theater Accessory to post about for a change,
but still on topic for the purposes of this thread...
an 8 bottle counter top wine cooler,
it was a freebie the G/F brought home, didn't like it in the Kitchen so it ended up here...
I don't normally drink wine, but when I do its an Italian Red and room temperature, So I guess its mostly for her White Wine
...I did pick up a bottle of Sherry a couple weeks ago that needs chilling though.
*update* I found my Sherry bottle and totally forgot I grabbed a Smirnoff Root Beer Float Vodka on sale for $26!!!
Problem Solved! now I know what I'm having tonite!
I think the wine cooler will be relocated soon, too cramped on the "Whisky" side of the room
I cant recall 100%, but think the Oban goes for about $96 here, I'll be back to double check that soon enough.
Aberlour A'Bunadh was around $70 at Co-op, last year
But have not replenished their stock since I cleaned them out last Christmas, other local shops charge about $83-$86 still a good value (IMHO)
Co-op does have a lot of the 16 y/o double wood (43%), but I've never been tempted at full price +$20 more than the cask strength A'Bunadh
To me, a 60% Bunadh for substantially less money is a better value because it's so concentrated.
..once you add enough water to tame it, you're getting a bottle and a half of Malty Greatness for almost $20 less than the price of the weaker 16 y/o.
You can actually add a LOT of water to the Bunadh to cut the mouth numbing alcohol burn, yet the intense flavor still remains very prominent.
I like the fact that I control how strong my dram is without being limited to what comes out the bottle.
Probably why most of my collection is in the 48%-60% range.