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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #870 on: October 09, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
Finished off the Kirkland Signature Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged in Bourbon Casks this weekend. IIRC it rang in at about $48 and while it was tasty, it was not complex enough to keep me interested. I'd much rather have a Monkey Shoulder at a sub $30 price tag, or a handle of their 12 year blended for $38 with more than double the volume.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #871 on: October 09, 2017, 01:07:28 PM »
Finished off the Kirkland Signature Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged in Bourbon Casks this weekend. IIRC it rang in at about $48 and while it was tasty, it was not complex enough to keep me interested. I'd much rather have a Monkey Shoulder at a sub $30 price tag, or a handle of their 12 year blended for $38 with more than double the volume.

I've been interested to try some of the Kirkland stuff.  It looked pretty interesting.  Costco here in Oregon doesn't sell hard liquor, but just across the river in Washington they do.  They had a bottle of some ridiculous single malt (30 year?) in a glass case for 300+ dollars.  Thankfully the other stuff wasn't as spendy.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #872 on: October 09, 2017, 06:10:48 PM »
Finishing up a fifth of The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year. It is quite restrained, but nicely complex. With a $45 price point it wasn't overpriced and was actually quite nice, but I wouldn't suggest having it with food or after another beverage/spirit.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #873 on: November 04, 2017, 09:14:17 AM »
Opened Wild Turkey Rye last night. Not feeling it yet, a bit medicinal. Let's see if it grows on me.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #874 on: November 04, 2017, 05:14:08 PM »
The Macallan is solid. And you are right - feels like a value price. I have paid more for meh.

I am surprised by the delta between so many Ryes given most are from Indiana. Has to be recipe difference given extremes of sweetness. Haven’t had the WT Rye, but blown away by Bulleit’s Rye. Been a long time Dickel fan, but cannot drink their Rye (similar recipe as I recall). Has me wondering about barreling technique.


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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #875 on: November 06, 2017, 09:50:26 AM »
The Macallan is solid. And you are right - feels like a value price. I have paid more for meh.

I am surprised by the delta between so many Ryes given most are from Indiana. Has to be recipe difference given extremes of sweetness. Haven’t had the WT Rye, but blown away by Bulleit’s Rye. Been a long time Dickel fan, but cannot drink their Rye (similar recipe as I recall). Has me wondering about barreling technique.


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I'm a big fan of Bulleit Rye as well.  Trying that one is what made me want to try other rye whiskeys.  McMenamins just released a rye version of their Billy Whiskey but I haven't had a chance to try it. 

Next week I'm going to a McMenamins hosted whiskey tasting event that includes about 20 different whiskeys from the US, Ireland, Scotland and Japan.  Including a special McMenamins only Woodford Reserve Cosmic Selection.  I'm interested to try that.  Not sure if it's a blend or a single barrel, but I've noticed a lot of special custom blends and single barrel things lately. 

Last month when we were at Disneyland we got drinks at the swanky cocktail bar at Grand Californian and they had a special Knob Creek Single Barrel Disneyland Select.  It was amazing. Sweet caramel, oaky vanilla and just a hint of smoke.  It was very nice.  I would assume you can only get it at Disneyland (or perhaps some other Disney properties, such as the cruise ship).
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #876 on: November 06, 2017, 03:08:03 PM »
We had some nice whiskies at McMennamins - gin as well.
I have an Irish Whisky advent calendar this year with a dram a day for 25 days.  I hope we can keep up.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #877 on: November 16, 2017, 09:06:40 AM »
Breaking out of my usual lurker mode to recommend a recent discovery I made at Total Wine: Oregon Spirit Wheat Whiskey. Bought it on a whim just because I'd never seen or heard of it. I'm generally a bourbon guy, but this very well may become my "house" whiskey going forward. Easily among the best I've had in its price range (~$40).
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #878 on: November 17, 2017, 03:03:19 PM »
Breaking out of my usual lurker mode to recommend a recent discovery I made at Total Wine: Oregon Spirit Wheat Whiskey. Bought it on a whim just because I'd never seen or heard of it. I'm generally a bourbon guy, but this very well may become my "house" whiskey going forward. Easily among the best I've had in its price range (~$40).

I don't know if I've had that one, but another good wheat whiskey is Dry Fly out of Washington State.  I had that one at the Spring Beer and Wine Fest and then went out to get a bottle. 

The Backstage Pass to Whiskey last night at McMenamins was bonkers.  Really impressive list.  It was super crowded but I got to taste some really interesting stuff that I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford.  There was a really nice Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel, 12 and 18 year Yamazaki from Japan, a large list of Bourbons and Ryes, the highlight of the night was probably the Bookers 25th Anniversary.  I figured it was rare, with the gold wax and the two token cost, but I didn't realize how rare until I looked it up this morning.  In my whiskey haze last night I mistook 25th Anniversary for 25 years old.  Apparently the 25th Anniversary was a limited release in 2014.  It appears the retail on it was 109$, which isn't bad, but the only website I can find with an actually bottle (rather than just a page that says Out of Stock or Unavailable) is wine-searcher.com and it's 750-999$.  Ridiculous. 
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