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Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 7:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


For Springbank it's actually:

21 years - $ 97
30 years - $247
35 years - $389

And the next batch of 21-year is a good 4-5 years off.
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 6:59 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

well, it's not the sticker shock, but I suspect the local chain overcharges by a good 20-40%. I wouldn't mind saving 30 bucks on the Springbank 15 yr. I don't drink Scotch much, so I might as well buy a good one to last awhile.
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 8:21 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well at the price many amongst us are ready to pay for a good absinthe aged for usually less than 1 year, I don't find it`s expensive to pay those prices for excellent scotch aged for so long.
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 5:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Aion, you've got expensive tastes

10 yrs, $56
15 yrs, $99

15 yrs, $104
21 yrs, $247
35 yrs, $381

at an Amsterdam liquor store, not far from my house.
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 8:48 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

whisky forum

Maybe it would be more appropriate to move our whisky related discussion to this forum...
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 8:27 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ok, I grabbed a bottle of Gold Label yesterday.

It's good. Very good indeed. Ultra smooth and creamy, almost sweet (burnt caramel like). It smells great (complexe aroma) and it have a perfect (but light) balance of peat and smoke. Goes down very well. A good value for the money (I paid 69 can$). To those looking for an easy introduction to scotch, it would make a nice first one.

Of course, it doesn't have the little extra special something we can find in a single malt but it have a balance of everything in it (obviously since it's a blended scotch but it's well done).
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 5:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I was trying to find some in the States last June, for a friend of mine, but came up empty. Spec's (in Houston) failed me, as did a couple of specialty shops. You might get lucky, though.
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 11:39 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

And what about Johnny Walker gold label (18 years) ?

I want to add a blend to my collection, would it be a good buy ?
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 11:02 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

No such delicacies in my part of the wood...

But I did taste a 10 years old Springbank my friend got I don't know how and where. It was very buttery and honestly, I wasn't impressed. It was very smooth for a 10 years and could make a good introduction scotch but it lacked some character to my own taste.

Maybe the 15 years old is way better.

But well, it`s no surprise that I find it lame if I like the poisonously medicinal ardbeg ! ;-).

Absinthedrinker : You`r an independant bottler ? What a surprise ! What else do you age ?

I recently bought a 20 years old bottle of Glen Mhor, a now defunct distillery, botteled by Cadenhead. In such case, independent bottlers are a blessing.
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 9:06 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Bourbon refill hogshead and I think it was distilled in 1994 but I'll have to check.
Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 6:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

When was it distilled?
What type of cask (sherry or bourbon)?

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 6:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If you can wait a few years I have a cask of Springbank ageing gracefully at the distillery, I can't decide whether to bottle it at 12 or 15 years...
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 9:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


If you see a bottle of Springbank
15 yrs or 21 yrs at a somewhat affordable
price, buy it!!
And if you see a bottle of Longrow (from
the same destillery that makes Springbank),
don´t look for the price, grab it and run.

And Ardbeg, ahh ...

Some links:
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 8:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just tasted Cragganmore 12 years old yesterday for the first time. It`s an incedibly aromatic scotch. An extremely good value. It have an impressive, flowery, herbally nose and palate. I guess it`s the perfect everyday scotch for those who also like herbal drinks like absinthe. I only really appreciated this one fully on the second glass, scotch always do that to me, I kind of have to calibrate my palate with a first glass before having my taste buds ready.

Michael Jackson (the scotch critic, not the signer !) rate it 90%, I can understand why.

You can expect notes of bitter orange, thyme, lavender, coriander and a whole potpouris of almost sweet herbal aromas forging the background of a delicately smoked dry and long finish.
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 12:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

MMMMM...even nice cigars at the Vintage House.

Romeo y Julieta. Yes!
Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - 12:25 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

they don't list Canada (or US) in the shipping section... I'm affraid they dont sip to America...

They have a good deal on the Lagavulin 16y : 34.9 Euro there and it is 47.64 Euro at the Vintage house site in London !? There must be a mistake, it should be the other way around !
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 - 9:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 10:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

WOW!!! That's an amazing list ! Unbelievable! Do they really have all this in stock ?! *jaw dropping to the floor*

I'll talk with my fellow scotch amateur friend about it. I'm affraid it will drastically cut into my absinthe budget and *I don't care* !

"Glenmorangie Sauternes Wood Finish 20 years old" You want to make me cry or what ? *drool*
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 8:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Did you notice the Macallans going back to 1936?
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 8:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Check out

these are the guys in Soho who are retailing our absinthe, they specialise in old malts. If there is anything that you want on their list I can get it sent by courier.
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2002 - 8:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ok, absolutely not related to absinthe so here it goes in the monkey hole.

Do we have some UK members who would be willing to ship some fine single malts to Canada via courier (the one used by Ian to ship Emile is perfect) at no extra cost ? I would ask Moonman to send you small gifts in return...

We are at least two absintheurs here in my area who are also fine scotch drinkers.

For exemple, I'm looking for rare bottelings of The Macallan (well, here we can only find the 12 years old so a 18 years would be "rare" for me). Some Lagavulin would be great too...

Money could be sent via paypal for fast transactions.

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