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    Gentlemen, based on your recommendations I tried the Laphroaig Quarter Cask last night and here's what I thought - just really learning to appreciate fine scotch and actually unsure of interpreting what I am tasting (if that makes sense) so let me know what I missed so perhaps I can be more observant when next I imbibe a wee dram: obvious and aromatic peat up front but not overpowering unlike other "peated" scotches I've tried. Actually sweet initially and briefly then oak, apricot, caramel and citrus flavors with a pleasant bite but overall surprisingly smooth. Long lingering aftertaste with perhaps the peat, apricot and citrus dominating. Overall, this is the best "peated" scotch I have tasted, complex and requiring more time for me to judge everything that's going on.

    In my limited experience, an absolutely excellent dram IMO and well worth revisiting. Thanks for the spot-on recommendation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    In my limited experience, an absolutely excellent dram IMO and well worth revisiting. Thanks for the spot-on recommendation!
    Excellent! I think your review is pretty solid and it's great to get turned on to something awesome. I would generally describe it as peaty, antiseptic, sweet, salty, and oak.
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    Just grabbed a bottle of the Triple Wood during my lunch break. I will comment here at a future date. I like to drink about a third of the bottle before truly making up my mind about it. (no, not in one evening).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yves View Post
    Just grabbed a bottle of the Triple Wood during my lunch break. I will comment here at a future date. I like to drink about a third of the bottle before truly making up my mind about it. (no, not in one evening).
    It must be a bad day at work when you feel the need to get whisky at lunch.
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    If you have a job, and can afford whisky, your life is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    If you have a job, and can afford whisky, your life is good.
    What he said...

    I like to take a walk after lunch and I work in an area with a large shopping mall, with a nice liquor store in it... (liquor stores all government run up here)
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    I saw a rye whiskey I hadn't encountered before: Malahat 100% Rye, out of San Diego. I guess, having mastered brewing, they are moving on to distilling in the San Diego area. Anyone tried the Malahat? The distillery evidently specializes in rum.



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    OK this is slightly off topic, but I figured I would post it here. Check out a new film on Netflix Called Outlaw King, which basically starts off when William Wallace dies and Robert the Bruce Continues the rebellion against the English. It is a super gruesome, violent film that has a lot of grit, which I really enjoyed. Ultimately it is not as great as braveheart but it is very much worth watching if you are interested in medieval history and/or Scotland. The cinematography is incredible and I believe the whole thing was filmed in Scotland, and they even sail to Islay! A few drams while watching is mandatory even if it's in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    OK this is slightly off topic, but I figured I would post it here. Check out a new film on Netflix Called Outlaw King, which basically starts off when William Wallace dies and Robert the Bruce Continues the rebellion against the English. It is a super gruesome, violent film that has a lot of grit, which I really enjoyed. Ultimately it is not as great as braveheart but it is very much worth watching if you are interested in medieval history and/or Scotland. The cinematography is incredible and I believe the whole thing was filmed in Scotland, and they even sail to Islay! A few drams while watching is mandatory even if it's in the morning.
    It's in my Netflix list. Might watch tonight, but since you say a few drams is mandatory, I must go out and get myself a bottle...
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    I mean you CAN watch it without a dram or two but its Scotland fer Pete's sake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    I mean you CAN watch it without a dram or two but its Scotland fer Pete's sake!
    Exactly.

    Saw a commercial for this movie the other night, and I'm definitely interested. Really liked Braveheart, depressing as it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    I mean you CAN watch it without a dram or two...
    No you can't.

    No.

    Nope.
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    If the people of Westeros even had the ability to make whisky, it would likely be some kind of harsh white lightning bootleg swill. There must be a reason you never see anyone on the show drinking anything other than wine. If I were a proud Scottish distiller, I wouldn't want my whisky's name associated with murderous inbred medieval idiots. This is not to say Game of Thrones is not an entertaining show. It is. Has nothing to do with good whisky, though. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a dram while you watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    If the people of Westeros even had the ability to make whisky, it would likely be some kind of harsh white lightning bootleg swill. There must be a reason you never see anyone on the show drinking anything other than wine. If I were a proud Scottish distiller, I wouldn't want my whisky's name associated with murderous inbred medieval idiots. This is not to say Game of Thrones is not an entertaining show. It is. Has nothing to do with good whisky, though. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a dram while you watch.
    This is a Diageo thing. All the distilleries are under their moniker.

    And yes, I bought the set lol.
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    I'm sure the whisky's good. I don't really know anything about Diageo. A distributor? A casino in Las Vegas? I'll look it up when I run out of more important things to do.

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    I wouldn't mind that to go along with some of my other GoT paraphernalia and the books but given how slow I am to go through a bottle that supply might last me too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    I'm sure the whisky's good. I don't really know anything about Diageo. A distributor? A casino in Las Vegas? I'll look it up when I run out of more important things to do.
    Diageo is a large beverage company that owns Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Captain Morgan and others. They have bought up ownership in a pile of single malt distillers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I wouldn't mind that to go along with some of my other GoT paraphernalia and the books but given how slow I am to go through a bottle that supply might last me too long.

    I’m sure you’ll find volunteers to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    This is a Diageo thing. All the distilleries are under their moniker.

    And yes, I bought the set lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo
    I wouldn't mind that to go along with some of my other GoT paraphernalia and the books but given how slow I am to go through a bottle that supply might last me too long.
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    So I bought a new bottle of Laphroaig Triple Wood since the recent discussion piqued my curiosity. I currently have 3 Phroygs in my cabinet (QC, TW, and Cairdeas Fino) and gave them all a taste last night. My findings:

    TW is the least Phroygee of the bunch and possibly of the whole line. The bourbon cask taste is most prominent, and there's a creamy, sweet vanilla that dominates over the peat, with a long oak-tasting finish.

    Fino has that signature peat taste, but also sweet. In this case, the sweet is not creamy vanilla, but more dried fruits. The balance of peat/sweet is pefected.

    QC in comparison is less sweet than I remember. I'm not sure if this most recent batch has changed the profile a bit. Regardless, there's a nice marriage of antiseptic mouthwashy peat with a sweetness that differs from the other two. In this case the sweet is a combo of a sweetened cereal or that taste you get from adding sweetener to something bitter like coffee or tea.


    Anyway, they are all great of course. But in trying to determine why I rated TW lower the first bottle I had (maybe about 3 years ago), it likely was a result of "peaty expectations", with the peat of TW being less pronounced and comparing that to the 10 year or cask strength.
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