This year the Man In Red came along with:
Talisker 18(even better than the the 10),Macallan 15 Fine Oak(a newish
classic),Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 20(wow I am very impressed,much better
straight.The water thing just does not work for me) and Laphroaig
Was santa very nice to anyone else?
an occasional lurker got :
glenrothes - which i was glad to see, on closer inspection its their 'select
reserve' not so glad to see that though ; (
and a glenlivet 15yo french oak. - at least it wasnt Teachers
I got nuttin of a Scotch-ish nature, so today I bought a bottle of
Balvenie Double-wood, and a bottle of Macallen 15 year fine oak (my new
favorite). As my tastes mature, the Balvenie, though, is getting a bit
too sweet and surprisingly uncomplex.
That's a nice haul.
DEspite the fact I don't do Christmas, one of my team bought me a bottle
of single mat, which was really nice of him - especially as I know he
can't really afford it (but he wanted to say thanks). It was Glenfiddich
(not very)special reserve - but it's perfectly drinkable and the thought
counts for more than the execution.
On 2007-12-26, nospam (aka Bruce)
was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
Dissapointed that he only got the same old crappy calendar he has been
getting every year for the past 6 years, despite now working for the
mob that produced the photos in said calendar, Santa just bought
himself the only other Islay obtainable in this small town, having
recently added an Ardbeg 10yo to his small but growing library of
He gave himself a Bowmore legend (he thought he had added the 12yo
Bowmore to his collection a few months ago, but upon opening the
presentation canister, he discovered there was a legend inside. He
took it back disappointed to some rather apologetic bottle shop staff,
but walking past the liquor store today, he said "buggrit, better get
me some of that". Said staff opened the canister just to make sure,
before passing it onto me). Having just poured both Islays, he can
say it was certainly what he was looking for (although surely he would
have enjoyed the 12yo more). He has complimented them with a dinner
of beef covered in proscuitto and parmesan, and the very ill cat was
offered the proscuitto rind, given that he usually goes ape over said.
He unfortunately still turned his nose up at it after sniffing
gingerly. Darned unfortunate timing, picking the time when the local
vet was earning a well earned break.
A recent discussion in the control room lead to the discover that a
few regular observers are SMS drinkers too, and he has obtained the
cooperation of a couple of them to bring some more Islays up from a
better stocked part of this country next time we are scheduled on
together. We then proceeded onto drinking russian caravan, as I
cooked some bacon for midnight lunch.
Yes, I like smokey flavours. Why do you ask?
We didn't get anything new (which was odd in itself) but we _did_ open
the 25yo Talisker and the Ardbeg 'Lord of the Isles'.
The Talisker is possibly the most well balanced whisky I've ever
sampled. It's undeniably a Talisker, but the edginess of the 10yo is
turned way down, which has the effect of making the salty undertones
more apparent. It's almost illegally smooth as well. On the nose it's
like walking a costal cliff edge with a storm coming - a fabulous dram.
The Ardbeg is also very good, but not 100UKP good.
I'll try and prise a couple more samples out of SWMBO and try to take
some proper notes next time :-)
For me, it was a Benriach Single Cask which was 17 moths in a Port Cask.
It arrived here yesterday but still a x-mas parcel for me ;-) And it
came along with some memories since I took some pictures at Benriach
distillery this year 
We didn't get any Scotch this year.
But we did just this evening return from two weeks in St. Martin, bearing four
bottles of Morin Calvados (1 Fine, 2 Hors d"Age, and one 25-yr.XO) and two
bottles of Cask 1623 purchased at the Pyrat Rum plant on Anguilla. I am pleased
to report that all bottles survived the trip in our luggage. 8;)
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007, Gladys wondrously revealed:
}We received a bottle of Ardbeg "Airigh Nam Beist", which to be honest really
}isn't our taste. But we are hopeful that friends will enjoy it. :-)
Um... need any new friends? ;-)
I got a Talisker 18yo, Laphroaig Cask Strength, and a Lowland whisky
which I've been meaning to try for a long time: Auchentoshan.
Happy New Year, everybody.
On Sat, 12 Jan 2008, nick wondrously revealed:
}> I got a Talisker 18yo, Laphroaig Cask Strength, and a Lowland whisky
}> which I've been meaning to try for a long time: Auchentoshan.
}I used to not like Auchentoshan but I got a bottle as a gift and
}am revising my opinions. It's really very nice and rich, not
}near as light as I remembered it.
I've been finding it a pleasant diversion when I take a break from
all the heavy peat. There aren't too many light whiskys that I
like enough to actually buy a bottle of -- this may be one, along
with The Macallan 12 yo French Oak (if I can find any more of it).