Where Have They Gone?


Where have all the SMS contributors gone? This newsgroup is DEAD. Is there a yahoo group? A web site? Where are they??
nick
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nick

Maybe there's just not much happening in the Scotch world at the moment?
Mind you, I'm eagerly awaiting the release of PC6 - PC5 was stonking and I'm keen to see how it's matured over the course of a year.
Jim
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Jim

Yes, buttt .... we used to do a fair share of exchanging info, availability, etc here. Now it's nothing happening. Don't need no "much happening in the Scotch world" so much as a constant flow of ideas.
As I asked ... where did they go? I looked at some Yahoo SMA groups but not much going on there either.
Are there web sites for exchanging SMS info??
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nick

SMS is probably the greatest over looked alcoholic beverage and amounts to an open secret, given its cost per bottle and the longevity of the bottle. Unlike a bottle of wine, it is not necessary to finish a SMS quickly, as in a week, if not a few hours. And contrary to the usual line, a whisky may change drastically in the bottle as it is consumed over some period of time. Still, like any type of beverage it comes down to personal taste and if someone doesn't like something that I do, that's OK; or vice versa.
As to a flow of ideas, consider the glass that you are using. All glasses, whether from the distiller or not, are not created equally. To cut to the chase, what is the best glass to savor a SMS? The obvious thing to do is to have a taste off in which different glasses are compared with the same whisky in each glass. In my own evaluations, I have lots of different types of wine glasses around and the overall winner was the Riedel Sommelier Burgundy glass. This costs about $80 on Amazon. Not too many whisky drinkers are going to be willing to spring for this glass. At one time, Costco had their own brand of 24% lead crystal glass that worked out to about $4 each. Now is the Riedel Sommelier glass 20X better? Hell, no!!
Then there is the gospel espoused by Malt Maniacs that says that almost any non SMS is dramatically inferior and score them accordingly. Well, one of the best bangs for the buck are the blended Scotches which actually appear in the US in one liter bottles. No, these do not have the intensity of SMS, but are a fraction of the cost with heavy components of chocolate in various manifestations.
What about the temperature that the SMS or whiskies are consumed. After some experimentation, for my palate, I prefer to refrigerate my whiskies: bourbons, SMS, blended scotches. The temperature of the frig will be around 40 F or lower. Is it best at 40 F? No, as it warms up, the optimal temperature may be in the high 50's, but this is a matter of taste and if someone disagrees, that's fine.
The whisky writer, Jim Murray, has his own opinions, but they are at least a good starting point to choose unknown bottles. You may or may not agree with him. I have the feeling that his ratings are not on an absolute scale, because there is no way that some of his highly scored bourbons in the 90's are better than Aberlour Abunadh or Laphroaig 10 yo cask strength which rate in the high 80's. I can only say that because I have tried them. Relatively speaking, some bourbons are great bargains and along with the blended Scotches make excellent affordable everyday whiskies.
How valid is it to rate a whisky based upon a miniature bottle, as in 50 ml? Yet, this is what Malt Maniacs does in their yearly annual competition. This is probably more a matter of practicality because there is no way that a panel of judges would be able to go through entire 750 ml bottles and compare them over time. Still the ratings are highly anticipated and make for great reading even if some of those SMS are completely unavailable on the US market.
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fookoo

My guess is that a lot of posters got tired of certain other guests who dominated the conversation with repeatedly irrelevant personal comments about cheap booze instead of discussing the merits of various bottles of SMS or comparing the latest releases. Hopefully, this has resolved itself with time and boredom, but I suspect it has cost the list a fair number of participants.
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mdavis

I'm here, I just killfiled the person and threads in question. Nothing to say at the moment but interested in the topic.
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Dave Hinz

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