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Did anyone receive a special bottle for XMas?

Double and Twisted Light Whiskey? Sounds weird. Not much info available for it, but I'd definitely try it. Their Key Lime Vodka and CHARBAY Whiskey Release II are fantastic.

Jan 19, 2010
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Ditto on the Nikka!

Jan 14, 2010
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Did anyone receive a special bottle for XMas?

I need to get myself a membership to SMWS. They have some excellent offering!

Jan 11, 2010
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Did anyone receive a special bottle for XMas?

If you enjoy the Rum Cask, stock up. It's being replaced by the Madeira Cask.

Jan 11, 2010
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

When someone asks for a peaty malt, I would never think to say Highland Park. I find that it's defining trait is saltiness, but everyone has different taste buds and experience different things.

Jan 11, 2010
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

You should get your hands on some Laphroaig 18! Wonderful!

Jan 11, 2010
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

I believe the Supernova loses the peatiest scotch category to the Octomore at 130 ppm. I think the new release is 140 ppm. This is compared to the Supernovas 100 ppm of peatiness. It is not elegant. Haha! If you like peat, the Octomore is like chewing peat or drowning in a peat bog...it's peaty!

Jan 11, 2010
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Where is the smell coming from?

I miss their pound cake. All they sell now is butter loaf. What the hell is a butter loaf?

Now I get the frozen Sara Lee for pound cake, which actually isn't bad. Microwave for a few seconds with some whipped cream and fruit compote is a pretty delicious dessert.

Jan 11, 2010
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Where is the smell coming from?

Hmm...it's no longer called Arnolds.

http://www.greenwichonthecheap.com/fo...

Jan 08, 2010
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Where is the smell coming from?

If I'm going to die of ethanol poisoning, I'd like it to smell of sweet breads.

Jan 08, 2010
elbopix in Southern New England

Where is the smell coming from?

I got the New Yorker of course! Their hot relish is amazing! Great french fries too! Totally worth the drive!

Jan 08, 2010
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Where is the smell coming from?

I was driving to Super Super Weenie from NYC. When we cross the border from NY to CT, there is a strong smell of sweet bread. I thought perhaps I was just imagining it. On my way home, I smelled it again. What bakery is near there that can produce such a fragrant aroma that lingers on the Connecticut Turnpike? It was by exit 2 on the turnpike. From a map, it looks to be Port Chester, but I'm not sure. The scent is heavenly!

Jan 02, 2010
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Somewhat of a beginer looking for whiskey suggestions

The Nectar d'or is my favorite in the current Glenmorangie line. It's very sweet. I think it would be best as an aperitif.

Sep 23, 2009
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Somewhat of a beginer looking for whiskey suggestions

I second George Dickel! It's really good! I think it's nickname is the other Tennessee Whisky! Must try!

In the Laphroaig-like area, I'd suggest Ardbeg, Springbank and Longrow. These are a lot less motor oil than Laphroaig, but got great peatiness/smokiness. There is variation on citrus flavors, intensity and body.

And for something quite different, I'm gonna continue pushing Japanese and Indian whisky (Amrut in particular).

Sep 23, 2009
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Restaurant with great whisky/bourbon list?

And don't forget Single Malt Saturdays at Brandy Library. It's Free!

Keep an eye out for all the free tasting out there. There will be tons over the next few months as it gets chilly out. I've been posting what I find on Whisky Guild ( http://whiskyguild.com/whiskynetwork/... )

Sep 03, 2009
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Rogue Dead Guy whiskey?

I've had it. Here was my review

http://whiskyguild.com/whiskynetwork/...

Sep 03, 2009
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Restaurant with great whisky/bourbon list?

Just went to Wildwood yesterday. Great Ribs! Pretty good Bourbon/American Whisky offering. They even have ones not on their online menu (http://www.brguestrestaurants.com/restaurants/menus/WW_Whiskey-Wine.7.18.pdf).

And I hear Buttermilk Channel is good (http://buttermilkchannelnyc.com/menus...).

Jul 22, 2009
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Restaurant with great whisky/bourbon list?

Oh and for something different, you can go eat at Village Yokocho (http://www.yelp.com/biz/village-yokocho-new-york), then finish off with whisky and tasty cocktails at Angel's Share (http://nymag.com/listings/bar/angels_...), the speakeasy-like bar attached to Yokocho. They have some fabulous Japanese Whiskies that are on the shelves, but not on the menu. The problem with them is that groups are limited to 4 people. The place is fantastic!

Jul 21, 2009
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Restaurant with great whisky/bourbon list?

Let me introduce you to St. Andrews Restaurant & Bar (http://www.standrewsnyc.com/)! Not really a cocktails place, but they serve them. Their specialty is having the largest Single Malt Scotch collection in NYC. Their food is pretty good. Service is great! Great for groups! Can be crowded by the bar, but they take reservations.

Jul 21, 2009
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Nope...just got good friends with very good collections. Oh...Corryvrecken....

Check out these collections:
http://tinyurl.com/l5gawe
and
http://tinyurl.com/nf3op8

Jun 09, 2009
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Ardbeg, Caol Ila, and Springbank are all fantastic! As are Talisker, Oban and Lagavulin. Laphroaig is a bit too motor oily for me, but I love their quarter cask. Octomore is definitely the most peaty! You can smell it from across the room. I love the way it tastes and smells, but I think Supernova is much more interesting. It's got good balance of multiple flavors. Octomore is peat, peat and more peat! Smokehead is tasty too. A little oily. Blackadder's bottling of Peat Reek is fantastic! I think Peat Monster is as monstrous as a mouse. Ditto for Bruichladdich Peat. My latest favorite dram is Ardbeg Corryvrecken, which is neither the peatiest of smokiest, but it is darn tasty!

Jun 05, 2009
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Bourbon Trail Tours

Woodford Reserve's tour is wonderful. The distillery is beautiful! On the private tour, you get to sample the mash, white lightning and the final product. A lot of fun! The Four Roses tour is okay. A lot of tight spaces to get around. You do get a generous serving of 3-4 varieties of Four Roses. Jim Beam was okay. The samples are not as plentiful. Heaven Hill has a great Visitor Center and the tour ends with a very educational tasting. Only 2 small drams. Buffalo Trace was fun to see all the workers fill and label the bottles by hand. They sold Pappy 20 and 23 there, but it's much cheaper just to go to Liquor Barn. Makers Mark is awesome because you can dip your own bottles at the end!

Apr 27, 2009
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Interesting Scotch Recommendations

For something completely different, but quite scotch-like, I would recommend giving a Japanese Whisky or Amrut, an Indian Whisky a try. Only 2 Japanese varieties are available in the US - Yamazaki 12 and Yamazaki 18. Japanese whiskies tend to be light and fruity. Very easy to drink. Amrut is full of flavor! Other Japanese brands are available online through sites like royalmilewhiskies.com. Amrut should be hitting the shelves in the US in the coming months.

Mar 25, 2009
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NYC Scotch Tastings

Try joining The Whisky Guild (http://whiskyguild.com/ ), where folks regularly post about tastings. In addition, if you are in the NYC area, you should join the NYC Whisky Enthusiasts (http://whiskey.meetup.com/6/) Meet-Up Group that hosts monthly tastings.

The Brandy Library also hosts Single Malt Saturdays which are free tastings nearly every Saturday. Check their calendar (http://brandylibrary.com/sections2007/calendar.htm ).

There are plenty of events coming up. In addition to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Whisky Live, there is the Whisky Cruise on the Hudson (http://www.whiskyguild.com/whisky_events_09_ship.html ) on September 10th and Whisky Fest on November 10th (http://www.maltadvocate.com/docs/whis... ).

Mar 10, 2009
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