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Laphroaig Vs. Ardbeg

That is unusual. I'd say give Ardbeg another try some day to be certain. As suggested, it could have been the glassware, perhaps something with the bottle (one never knows, I suppose... contamination happens).

If you enjoy Laphroaig, then Ardbeg should at least have a smoke-peat flavour to you, and not soapy.

Again, hope you give Ardbeg another shot one day. Cheers.

May 01, 2011
M_Xandria in Spirits

Laphroaig Vs. Ardbeg

As you can see from my avatar I am an ardbeg fan. While I do like a good laphroaig, I find it not as flavorful as the ardbeg. Ardbeg has a delightful finish and remains happily on my taste buds for long after.

Bowmore was a pleasant surprise for me when I tried it recently, but it wasn't the ardbeg. There was no longevity but the bowmore transitioned through various flavors while rolling it around my mouth.

The ardbeg has spoiled me now, I am afraid. Enjoy your tasting!

Apr 28, 2011
M_Xandria in Spirits

Toaster vs. Toaster Oven

I cannot extoll the virtues of the breville smart oven enough. From simple toast to roasted vegetables, open face sandwiches, nachos and more. The convection and frozen options are great. Oh, and it makes incredible pizza.

Apr 28, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware

Rice Cooker for Sushi Rice

I love my tiger rice cooker. It cooks my sushi rice, basmati etc. All to perfection.

Apr 27, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware

Seeking good basic rice cooker with no warmer

I love my Tiger Rice cooker ( Simple to operate, easy to clean, and available in many sizes and functionalities.

Apr 25, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware

A good "gateway" single malt scotch?

I only wish to echo and add that Balvenie Doublewood and Dalwhinnie are both good introductory scotches, in my opinion. Easy on the palette, very smooth finish and leave you wanting more.

Scotch bars or local scotch clubs are also very useful for choosing new scotches as well. I find most scotch review websites to be fairly informative, and tasting notes are some of the most specific and explicit (very helpful, they are).

Of course, surrounding onself with fellow scotch drinkers allows for excellent suggestions and sampling! ;-)

Good luck!

Apr 24, 2011
M_Xandria in Spirits

Celebrity Cookware Lines: Rate 'Em!

I was recently in the market for a new cookware set and performed a tremendous amount of research. What astounded me was that Royal Doulton's Gordon Ramsay cookware set was NOT "all that". I had read that for best cooking results multiply should extend up from the cookware bottom, into the sides of the cookware (i.e. as in the Lagostina). The Gordon Ramsay was ONLY multiply in the bottom and was very heavy as well.

So I would have to give Royal Doulton's Gordon Ramsay cookware a bit of a thumb's down.

I'm always leary about celebrity endorsed items, but I'm happy to be proven wrong when they turn out to be a good thing!

Apr 24, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware

Please comment on my ongoing toaster dilemma...

The Breville smart oven is by far the most versatile and most used appliance in my kitchen. From pizza to roasted vegetables to scones and... of course... TOAST. Three rack heights, all the options you need. Perfect for single or couple use!

I now use my oven to store my cookware and do not have to give up counter space for a toaster (but I do for the smart oven... so not sure if that was a real space savings!).

Apr 23, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware

Best Food Process for Chopping & Slicing Vegetables (does it exist?)

I will be as brief as possible, and thank you all in advance for any advice you can offer.

I have severe limitations in my upper limbs and find cooking both painful and difficult. It's been 15 years since I've enjoyed cooking and I miss it terribly.

I am hoping that a food processor or other kitchen implements may be of help.

I've read other posts about food processors, and perhaps the Magimix or Bosch are what I need, but they may also be overkill. I don't mind spending the money, as long as the item(s) work for my needs.

Which brand or processor is the best for CHOPPING (if such exists -- I've no idea) and slicing. I've tried so called dicer/choppers in the past and they puree, they do not chop or dice. *laughs* I am thusly of the opinion that there is no such device.

Ideally, it would be nice to have a slicer that would allow me to set the thickness of the vegetables I'm slicing.

Being able to shred and grate cheeses would be nice too.

Most of the foods I cook involve vegetables.

Any advice or help for a physically challenged individual who needs some help cutting, chopping and slicing?

Thanks so much.



Apr 23, 2011
M_Xandria in Cookware