OCAU Whisky appreciation

Discussion in 'Geek Grog & Homebrew' started by xian, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. BlueRaven

    BlueRaven Brute force & optimism

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    Happy 40th, thanks for the mini review/tasting. :)

    I keep hearing Bruichladdich mentioned over and over... need to look it this.
    I bought a friend a gift of Aberlour cask-strength a few years ago, it was similar to the Octomore in that it was strong enough to be used as rocket fuel but such smooth drinking if you let it rest in the mouth for a bit.

    I've seen a few ads around the place for the Starward and was wondering about it. I'll investigate Bruichladdich first I think.
     
  2. Smegenstein

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    Bruichladdich make the Octomore btw :p.

    I have a soft spot for them, first ever whisky tasting I went to back when i was like..18? 19? Consisted of Bruichladdich, Starwards first bottling, and some bourbons from buffalo trace so they always give me fond memories. They also make really good whisky.
     
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  3. BlueRaven

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    Yeah, there's a couple which have been mentioned as something special in the last few pages.
    Added to the Good Whiskey Codex. :)
     
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    I've always been curious about Lark - finally pulled the trigger on a bottle of symphony no1. It's pretty special in a light delicate way. Worth having in the collection.

    Definitely one of the better australian whiskys, I didnt enjoy any of the starwards. Archie Rose Malt is OK when youre in the mood for the coffee tones.

    The Gospel range are good when youre in a Rye mood.
     
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  5. Smegenstein

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    Lark are generally always solid.
    I still have the two they did for whisky club on my shelf unopened - one of them came with a sampler of symphony and it was not bad at all!
    Generally speaking I find most of the Tasmanian Distilleries have good offerings.
    I haven't tried many Starward, I did have their first release back in the day and it tasted like banana lollies.
     
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    i have an older version of Lark classic cask, too subtle for my liking.
     
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    I love my rye and have also been living a hippy “low footprint” life for a while and the Gospel is less than 10km from me, so it has become my go to.

    Just had their boilermaker kit, last night was their standard rye and Wolf of the Willows' Persistence II Rye Imperial Barrel-Aged Stout. 12% beer in a 440ml can, took about 3 hours to get through the beer and two nips of whisky. Delicious though.
     
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    I still have a couple of cans of last years beers from that collab, you can tell its a 12%++

    Heading to a Whisky Club hosted tasting on Tuesday evening. At a rum bar for this months Caribbean rum cask aged Westward. Looking forward to it, been so damn long since I went to a tasting.
     
  9. Suit

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    Have you guys ever used any whisky auctioneers?
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    So what you're saying is ageing whisky isn't a thing then.
     
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    No, I'm just regretting that there's no irony font.
     
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    Had a couple of large drams of my ever-diminishing bottle of Yamazaki 12 yr. old Japanese single Malt Whisky last night (Very nice I haven’t re-visited this for some time) anyway' I thought I would look up what a replacement bottle is going for and couldn't believe what the price it has gone up to now, $450 a bottle at Dan's. I think we only paid about $120 for this bottle originally (Wow). I think I'll savour the last drops cos I won’t be replacing it at that cost as nice as it is.
     
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  16. BlueRaven

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    [insert obligatory "Japanese Whisky is overpriced & overrated" joke here]

    I'd be topping up the Aberlour Cask Strength well before the Yamazaki tbh.
    Quiet nod for the Native Bird, and the Johnny Black standing unloved up the back. :)

    Not a fan of the Bowmore, but it'll do in a pinch.
     
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    Double Johnny Black was a gift (not my cup of tea) is on hold for emergencies or disliked guests . Ha:)
     
  18. BlueRaven

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    A fine plan.
    Whereabouts do you live again? :)

    Without bothering to read back, I think you said good things about the Starward Fortis?
    Worth dropping $130 on in your opinion?
     
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    It is though. Japanese whisky is quite nice and the Yamazaki 12 has no problems being worth $120 but then sadly it all got way overhyped and priced beyond its value :(
    It’s good, but it’s not $450 good. $300 of that is just hype, not whisky :(
     
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    I glanced at the Fortis on the Starward site, opened an order and now they're e-begging via email to come and complete the transaction.
    For $129 + free shipping I'm tempted, but not sure how I feel about the pushy sales tactic.
    Standard stuff these days I guess. *shrug*
     

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