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Originally Posted by rhead View Post

has anyone here tried some of the japanese whisky's? Suntory's Yamazaki and Hibiki in particular in a huge fan of.



I've always wanted to but never got round to it. Where does it generally stand between Scotch and Bourbon?
Edited by noxa - 8/23/13 at 7:32am
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Yamazaki-Quote- Built at the foot of Mt Tennou near Osaka in 1923 Shinjiro Torii founder of Suntory , The water supply is famed for its purity. The whisky of Japan has very Scottish roots. In 1918 Settsu Shuzou  A spirit producer decided the best way to learn the art of distilling was to send somebody to Scotland to study Scottish whisky  . He sent Masataka  Taketsuru who studied applied chemistry at Glasgow university. Returned to Japan in 1921 with a Scottish wife Kotobukiya [now Suntory]  appointed him to develop a distillery for that company and the Yamazaki distillery opened. Production started-1924 . Today there are 8 major working distilleries in Japan . The success of Scotch whisky in Japan has encouraged Japanese drinks companies to produce Japanese whisky with the characteristics of Scotch. ---From the --Malt Whisky File- The essential guide for the connoisseur of malt whiskies and their distilleries - By  John Lamond + Robin Tuket. And yes in Scotland whisky is spelled whisky.


Edited by duncan1 - 8/23/13 at 9:54am
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Aqua Vitae!

 

Whisky is certainly a great complement to the audiophile life - let's even go so far as 'a full life in general'. On the other hand, as some have stated, they are at odds with each other when it comes to the bank notes rolleyes.gif

 

I really started to enjoy a dram a couple of years ago now (was mainly into Pints of Belgian/German/Czech brews and micros etc. before) with some Woodford Reserve (American whiskey) and Sailor Jerry (rum) from time to time. After a few attempts at a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 (my brother recommended as an intro to Scotch), I finally understood what I had been missing!

 

Since then, I've journeyed through many a late night dram, with many different styles and region representations. I'm a firm believer in the Islay regional 'Magic'; the wakeful smoke of a Laphroaig 10CS and the cinder/sherry influence on the tail of the Ardbeg Uigeadail is absolutely sublime! Not all Islay's have agreed with my palette though - one particular outlier was the Lagavulin 16, which was, sadly, quite a dismal experience.

 

Some have mentioned JW Green in this thread, and I can certainly echo these sentiments - this is quite good, in spite of the track record of Red/Black. Another scotch I would recommend for the upcoming Fall season is the Aberlour A'bunadh (sweet nectar of the winter angels!). Suntory's Hibiki 12 is also a high recommendation, a smooth, brilliant blend from Japan and frequent dweller on my shelf. wink.gif

 

On the subject of water or ice : This is an infinitely subjective topic among the anoraks. Personally, I love to taste my dram straight at first bottle open - in a Glencairn glass (1/4 to 1/3 full) with a small glass of spring water waiting by it's side. Once I get a good lowdown on the profile, the whisky will usually tell me if I need to add a few drops (from a straw siphon or off the edge of a water-dipped knife) into the dram itself, taking care not to 'break' the spirit with too much h2O. After letting the whisky breathe for a bit (with it's newly infused spring water coupling when appropriate), more often than not (i.e. seems like EVERY time...) I find that the flavor profile and general beauty of the source comes through with an honest luminance - the true nature of the spirit comes to life, if you will.

 

Another thing I've learned along the way - the whisky experience is a sensual one; take the time to breathe in the aromas before you sip, a couple times if you like, with your mouth very slightly open while you do - this greatly enhances the encounter ;)

 

Here are a couple of sites that I peruse often when I'm not gorging myself on Head-Fi posts:

 

 

Enjoy your audio and your drams, everyone!

 

Sláinte!


Edited by mazzelectra - 8/23/13 at 10:22am
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Mazzelectra---A True connoisseur of Whisky!  

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Much like the journey of the Audiophile, a worthwhile and rewarding pursuit  wink_face.gif

 

Now, if only my bank account would cooperate...I swear, it's like if I don't feed it EVERY 2 weeks, it won't buy anything I want!

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You must train your bank account till it reaches the point where it only accepts whisky and audio purchases.
 

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Originally Posted by rhead View Post

has anyone here tried some of the japanese whisky's? Suntory's Yamazaki and Hibiki in particular in a huge fan of.
 

I've done the Yamazaki which I didn't care much for, it reminded me of the Macallan fine oak which was meh (the flavours weren't really appealing and frankly boring). The hibiki on the other hand I had a blast with

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it is a lot like the mcallan, I guess I prefer the milder flavours :)

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It's been a while since I had a nice dram of Ardbeg..

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Yum:
http://www.linn.co.uk/all-products/turntables/limited-edition-sondek-lp12#details
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New record price for Macallan M:

 

http://www.sys-con.com/node/2933611

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http://www.thedalmore.com/the-distillery/our-collection/the-18.aspx

 

Just coming to the end of my first bottle, with my second on order. 

 

Orange, sultana and cinnamon are frequently picked up by many drinkers, including myself. A fairly sweet and easy to drink dram, improved in my opinion with a drop of water to open it up a bit.

 

I'm no connoisseur, so my apologies for lacking an in-depth review.

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Just picked up this bottle of "white" Rye:


It doesn't have any wood elements, because it wasn't barrel aged, but it still has some nice complexity. A nice diversion from your standard aged bourbon. The smell is has hints of high end tequila.


Edited by santacore - 2/5/14 at 3:14pm
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I've done the Yamazaki which I didn't care much for, it reminded me of the Macallan fine oak which was meh (the flavours weren't really appealing and frankly boring). The hibiki on the other hand I had a blast with

I'm with you in a lack of enthusiasm for the Yamazaki, which is the only Japanese whisky I've tried. Vaguely pleasant but unmemorable.

 

I'm an Islay malt lover - Caol Ila Distillers Edition being the nectar of the gods - http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/caol-ila/caol-ila-2000-moscatel-finish-distillers-edition-whisky/

 

For an occasional change from Islay, Penderyn Welsh whisky is worth seeking out.

 

And if you're ever in central London, a visit to http://www.milroys.co.uk/ in Soho is well worth the trip.

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CaolIla-1974.jpg

 

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I'm an Islay malt lover - Caol Ila Distillers Edition being the nectar of the gods - http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/caol-ila/caol-ila-2000-moscatel-finish-distillers-edition-whisky/

 

For an occasional change from Islay, Penderyn Welsh whisky is worth seeking out.

 

 

ISLAY!!! Yes, yes, yes. And I agree 100% on the Caol Ila.
This one being the best thing I've ever tasted. Ever.

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