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Old 12th December 2010, 10:47 PM   #751
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Girlfriend bought me a bottle of Chivas Regal (aged 12 years) and a set of whisky glasses for my birthday Do people usually drink this straight or with a touch of water? (not keen on spoiling it with ice)

I'll end up trying both, but this is my first bottle of decent whisky (for my standards anyway) and want that first sip to be pure bliss

Can't wait to open it
Why not try both and see which you prefer? Personally I drank it neat.
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Old 13th December 2010, 11:13 AM   #752
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Why not try both and see which you prefer? Personally I drank it neat.
I usually drink single malts neat, sometimes I with a dribble of rain water. Ice is bad, cooling the drink removes a lot of the flavour.

So I'm going over to NZ again in Feb, thinking about which malts to pick up on the way. Looking at the laphroaig quarter cask or laphroaig cask strength, and maybe Bowmore 12YO.
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Old 13th December 2010, 7:48 PM   #753
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Johnnie Walker Swing, Dimple.. hmmm
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Old 14th December 2010, 2:40 PM   #754
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My personal favorite is Johnny Walker Blue Label.

extremely pricey but damn good.

I usualy drink Johnny Blak or red.

I did have constantines one, and it wasn't too bad for a $18 bottle.
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Old 14th December 2010, 5:19 PM   #755
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Tried Johnny black, makes me feel quite ill after drinking it in small (read 3-4 drink) amounts. Johnny Red is even worse and I will never ever touch it again
Glenfiddich is quite enjoyable, and if i'm on a bit of a budget Canadian Club 12yo is my fall back (although I believe it's whiskey)
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Old 15th December 2010, 12:38 PM   #756
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I want to buy a nice bottle of Whisky to give to and share with my Father in Law.

I was thinking of getting a Yamazaki? Does anyone have any opinions ? Febs maybe?

Suggestions of other things are good too, I'm willing to go ~$100.

Also thinking about a Laphroaig.
I'm by no means a Whisky expert, I understand the diffferent types etc but haven't tried heaps of them so any help is appreciated

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Old 15th December 2010, 1:05 PM   #757
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I want to buy a nice bottle of Whisky to give to and share with my Father in Law.

I was thinking of getting a Yamazaki? Does anyone have any opinions ? Febs maybe?

Suggestions of other things are good too, I'm willing to go ~$100.

Also thinking about a Laphroaig.
I'm by no means a Whisky expert, I understand the diffferent types etc but haven't tried heaps of them so any help is appreciated

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Laphroaig is great, it also comes with a square foot of land at the distillery which is cool touch.
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Old 15th December 2010, 2:53 PM   #758
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Yeah i've had Laphroaig before and its good, I am trying to find a bar in the city that has Yamazaki so I can give it a try before buying. Anyone know one?
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Old 15th December 2010, 3:28 PM   #759
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Yeah i've had Laphroaig before and its good, I am trying to find a bar in the city that has Yamazaki so I can give it a try before buying. Anyone know one?
Too bad you're not in Melbourne!

My own point of view is that it's an average whiskey. It's possible the couple of glasses I had may have been tainted or that I might have hyped myself too much about it but I was pretty let down. I would compare it to an entry level Glenfiddich.
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Old 15th December 2010, 3:35 PM   #760
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Too bad you're not in Melbourne!

My own point of view is that it's an average whiskey. It's possible the couple of glasses I had may have been tainted or that I might have hyped myself too much about it but I was pretty let down. I would compare it to an entry level Glenfiddich.
Fair enough. I'd like better than that level. But i'll wait for some more opinions.

My Father in law is a pretty ordinary bloke, I'm pretty sure I could take an entry level Glenfiddich and he would think its awesome. So I am sure anything at this level will blow him away. Kinda leaning more towards the Laphroaig though as I Know its a good solid bottle.
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Old 15th December 2010, 5:39 PM   #761
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I want to buy a nice bottle of Whisky to give to and share with my Father in Law.

I was thinking of getting a Yamazaki? Does anyone have any opinions ? Febs maybe?
Laphroaig would be a good option, provided he likes something a bit peatier. If not, perhaps Chivas 18yo? Not sure but I think it's around that price at Dan Murphy's. Good mix of "well known" but still with a bit of "wow" factor (I actually bought a bottle of 21yo Royal Salute for less than $100 recently, gotta love Duty Free ). I love my single malts, but Chivas is a blend that can hold its own.

This would be perfect (at $99.95), but it looks like it won't be in Australia until March 2011. I'll definitely be picking up a bottle (big Glenfiddich fan):
http://theshout.com.au/2010/12/15/ar...nix/QZRXHIKYDX

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Yeah i've had Laphroaig before and its good, I am trying to find a bar in the city that has Yamazaki so I can give it a try before buying. Anyone know one?
I can't say for sure, but you'd be almost guaranteed that one of the better lounge bars in Sydney would have it:
- Hemmesphere
- Piano Room
- Den (ivy)
- Eau de Vie (in fact, I'd almost bet money these guys would have it. They have an amazing selection of everything and the owner is a really down to earth guy. Their focus is cocktails (and they make them brilliantly), but I'd rate them as having one of, if not the best selection of spirits I've ever seen in Sydney too.

Let us know what you decide.

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Old 16th December 2010, 7:59 AM   #762
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Thanks Febs. I hadn't thought of the Chivas that would be a good option.

Also Regarding that Snow Pheonix Glenfiddich.. who writes these descriptions?
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The single Malt is said to have a taste which is reminiscent of roasted apples in the embers of a campfire, burned sugar and coffee.
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Old 16th December 2010, 8:47 AM   #763
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Yeah i've had Laphroaig before and its good, I am trying to find a bar in the city that has Yamazaki so I can give it a try before buying. Anyone know one?
Two places that definitely have it..

Sepia and Observatory Hotel
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I've got a bottle of 12 year old Yamazaki and found it quite enjoyable. Almost picked up a bottle of 18 year old last time I was in Singapore but decided I needed to make a dent in the collection first.

Both choices are solid.

To try Yamazaki I think I remember seeing it at Tokonoma in Surry Hills, I remember there being a solid selection of interesting whiskies that could be purchased.
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