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  • Peter Ashby,

    The problem with Lagavulin (my 2nd favourite dram) is that being a 16yo predicting future demand is a problem and a couple of years ago they discovered they didn't have enough casks of the right age so the price went way up. I have a bottle of the cask strength 12yo to get me by. For a while here in Scotland was the only place you could get the 16yo reliably, if your pockets stretched to GBP30+ that is.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Ashby,

    @Russell

    No Springbank to Caol is the right order, you build up to the stronger flavoured malts so they don't spoil your palate for the others. I don't disapprove of Speysiders, it's just that I drink single malts as digestivs after dinner. Speysiders are more aperitif malts.

    As for that I do like an aperitif in the winter and for that I am partial to Scapa, the other Orkney malt which is honeyed. Though that has been overtaken in my heart by the 8yo unpeated Caol Ila. My tasting notes for that are: honeyed green melon rind. In a blind you will never pick it as a Caol or even an Islay.

    Speaking of Orcadian malts, Mark if you want a good introduction to the world of smoke, peat etc then Highland Park is the malt for you. It's the one I started on after years spent drinking anodyne Glendfiddich. I still have bottles of HP, but no Glenfiddich since I would rarely drink it and have enough variety to be able to supply visitors. Most Speyside drinkers will be happy with Highlanders like Dalwhinnie or Dalmore.

    Dundee, Scotland • Since May 2007 • 425 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    The problem with Lagavulin is certainly the price. Can't think of any others. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Adjust and stop whinging you fuckers

    Man, I really want that one on a tee-shirt..

    Your wish is my command

    With kind permission from Simon Grigg

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Genius! (both of you)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    heh
    I'd like to point out, before anyone asks, that all purchases are at CafePress cost price in USD (i.e. there is no profit margin for me as it didn't seem right)

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Islander: a dram of Laphroaig will be raised but it'll have to wait until a bit later in the day or I won't get any work done.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    With kind permission from Simon Grigg

    I guess I'll never get invited into RIANZ again

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3184 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    heh
    I'd like to point out, before anyone asks, that all purchases are at CafePress cost price in USD (i.e. there is no profit margin for me as it didn't seem right)

    Mark, I have stuff in the works to get PAS t shirts done in NZ. I just need to have some conversations with people when they're not at Webstock or completely distracted by S92.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    And I wonder what the Czechs or Slovaks would be raising their glasses with?

    Hands on the end of arms?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Hands on the end of arms?

    Heh. I think it, you post it.

    Where did Napoleon keep his armies?

    Up his sleevies, of course.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2292 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Mark, I have stuff in the works to get PAS t shirts done in NZ. I just need to have some conversations with people when they're not at Webstock or completely distracted by S92.

    Cool!

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Where did Napoleon keep his armies?

    Up his sleevies, of course.

    I've been laughing at this joke more or less uninterruptedly since the summer of 1989.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    get PAS t shirts done in NZ

    Yay - let's talk some time about a tasty domain I have in mind for such a purpose.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I guess I'll never get invited into RIANZ again

    Only if you send them a copy - although the mug would seem especially appropriate.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Thanks Peter,

    I've found after all the hype that I still have a couple of years before this recession hits me and with the spare change I"m thinking of furthering my education. the sound like some good tips. I have a restaurant owner friend who I'm waiting to hear back from re; supply lines. I'll let you know what I can get hold of, and how it goes down.

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1293 posts Report Reply

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