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Whisk(e)y for beginners.....

Discussion in 'Food and Drink Talk' started by Glen_Lee, Sunday January 7, 2018.

  1. Nisse

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    Frankly: malt or blended, if it wasn't for the buzz, I would say neither :)
     
  2. Luka

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    Good morning. In tescos I noticed the Penderyn ryn Madeira heavily discounted ,I just wondered if anyone has had a few sips of this and give me the nod ,thank you
     
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  3. Benz3ne

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    Lovely stuff! Far easier going than the other Penderyn's.

    If you want something else easy to drink, Johnny Walker Black Label is a nice evening tipple, as is Jamesons as a 'starter' whiskey.
     
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  4. Personal preference but I don't like the Madeira one, I don't think the flavour goes well with whisky. I'd like to try the sherry-matured one though.
     
  5. Luka

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    Chris ,is the taste sweet?
     
  6. I was in Japan last month and the client kindly gave me a bottle of Hakushu. I opened it at the weekend to accompany the rugby and it was really very drinkable - quite fruity but with a bit of peat in the mix. What I call a traditional Autumn drink - just not sure that it'll last that long....
     
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  7. Yes, there's a definite Madiera flavour in there which I'm not gone on. Obviously it's not as sweet as the wine but it wasn't for me.
     
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  8. Glen_Lee

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    I had some Jameson's for the first time last night; really enjoyed it. Seemed quite smooth.
     
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  9. I Live Near the Grants Whiskey Factory in South Ayrshire..All the Whiskey Companies Use the Same BASE Recipe..Fact..That is for Blended Whiskey & Some Malts....They Send Each Other Tankers Regularly..They then Add Different Colors & Tastes.. Impregnated Barrels with Sherry Etc is One Method..o_O

    Thats the Rot Gut Stuff..And I Will Refrain from Naming Em Cause Many have Been Mentioned in this Thread..Grants & a Lot of Other Whiskey Companies Make their Whiskey for the Chinese & Russian Market..The UK Folks are NOT Even Considered..Not Even Secondary Considered..:D:D

    Billy
     
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  10. True, it's all made from barley and water.
     
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  11. Luka

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    Benz3ne, chris , thanks to you both for your invaluable advice regarding Penderyn.
     
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  12. Evidence or merely the ramblings of the surprisingly commonplace Scotsman who hates his country and its products?
     
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  13. Ramblings are Comin from You..A Its a Fact..Hate..Whats Hate Got to Do with Marketing Cons..:D:D

    Billy
     
  14. OK, you win. I don't want to argue. Every whisky is identical so there's no point drinking it. What about beer? Is that all the same? Wine? Cider? Gin?
     
  15. Bogeyman

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  16. globalm

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    Did a whisky tour at Glen Grant a few years ago and they were replacing one of the stills. A team of guys were preparing the new, gleaming copper still in the yard by tapping it with hammers while looking at photographs. It was explained that they were putting dents in the new still to match those on the old still. If this were not done the flavour of the whisky would be different. Although I had no proof of this, their sincerity was evident.
     
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  17. Glen_Lee

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    A number of people have suggested that Aberlour 10, is a very good whisky. Especially, when on offer. One I'll keep an eye out for.
     
  18. Bogeyman

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    I believe flavor is imparted through the type of wood used in the cask and the "searing" of the inside of said cask:

     
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  19. Flavour comes from a number of factors including the barley, the shape of the still, the cask, even where the full casks are matured. Personally I’m not convinced that the shape of the still even needs to include any dents that were in the old one, but I’ve heard the same thing from more than one distillery, so either there is something in it or they’re all playing safe.
     
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  20. Scottish malt especially is part tradition part marketing BS in almost equal measure :)I'm sure the still shape is part of the distillate equation but avoiding poor barley, short fermentation and crap casks is much more important. Malt-review.com highly recommended for regular review reading
     
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