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The OCUK Whisky (and Whiskey) review thread

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Uriel, 4 Jun 2009.

  1. manic111

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    I have a nice bottle of Ardbeg, and the cork has broken; the top bit which you can grip has come off, so the cork is stuck in the neck of the bottle. Any ideas? I've tried a corkscrew and can't get any purchase. I'm wondering about pushing the cork in, and then decanting the whisky into something else before the cork affects the flavour.
     
  2. Illgresi

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    Try a coachscrew? I have one of those fancy corkscrews I got as a present like this, used it before to remove broken corkscrews. Not sure I would consider it worthwhile to spend £30 just to remove a cork though. Personally I'd probably just push the cork in and forget about it. I mean it's been in a wood barrell for 10 years anyway.
     
  3. manic111

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    Yeah I've tried a corkscrew and it won't screw in for some reason, it must be a different type of cork.
     
  4. Gribs

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    If you've got a spare bottle just push the cork in and transfer into the spare, preferably filtering the bits out whilst you do it.
     
  5. Karl

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  6. Karl

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    If anybody's interested, the laphroaig 10 year old is on sale in Tesco for £28. I think I might partake.

    The select (not the 10 year old) is on Sainsbury's and Amazon for £23.

    Think I've got that straight now... Oops...
     
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  7. Karl

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    This thread is a bit dead as of late, but thought I'd point out that it's amazon prime day, and there are quite a few whiskys on offer, the Laphroaig quarter cask is £24.90
     
  8. Scam

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    I was going to post about Prime Day too. I just bought a bottle of the Knappogue Castle 12. Been meaning to try an Irish for a little while, seems like a decent deal for my tastes.

    Any others worth jumping on?
     
  9. Lupis

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    The Glen Grant 10, Glengoyne 10, Wild Turkey 101, Glenrothes 10 are all decent whiskies and are under £23. If you like Lagavulin it is a decent price at under £40.
     
  10. Scam

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    I very nearly went for one of those. Already finished a bottle of Glenrothes. I seem to recall thinking it was nice.
     
  11. Lupis

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    They aren't going to blow you away, but they are both very nice whiskies, especially once they are opened for a wee while and get a chance to open up a bit. I find them very pleasant to drink and for that price it's not much of a risk. I don't know your tastes, other than the Glenrothes you mentioned, but I think you'd be happy with either one of them.
     
  12. bsoltan

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    Auchentoshan Three Wood was an excellent price for £27 well worth it.
    I also got the Quarter Cask at under £25.
    I've always wanted to try Oban and so got the 14 for about £36 (it's £50 on whisky sites).
    That'll keep me stocked up!
     
  13. Karl

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    I ended up getting a bottle of the Jura 10 as well. I'd have ended up buying it sooner or later, may as well get it all while it's cheap!
     
  14. Karl

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    I cracked open the Laphroaig quarter cask the other night for a little taste, and wow. I didn't realise that there would be such a huge difference between that and another whisky described as 'smoky', such as a Talisker. There's a real saltiness to the flavour for the Laphroaig, and it's lacking that slightly medicinal quality that the Talisker has that some have likened to TCP.
     
  15. Scam

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    Just wanted to say thanks for this recommendation. My Bunnah' turned up last week and I absolutely love it. Great shout.

    Quite disappointed with my Knappogue Castle 12 though. Very light on flavour, not much to it at all. Oh well.
     
  16. Karl

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  17. Lupis

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    Glad you liked the Bunnahabhain. I've never had the Knappogue, but my usual recommendation with something you don't like off the bat is leave it alone for a while. A month or so in the the bottle, now it has been opened and let some air in, might change it up a bit. It really does make a huge difference to some whiskies. No harm in trying anyway.
     
  18. dl8860

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    Interesting take, Laphroaig QC is the most medicinal tasting whisky I've had. Totally blew my mind the first time I tried it, just couldn't work out if I enjoyed it or not. I would attribute zero of the TCP/band aid taste to Talisker too, odd.
     
  19. the_r_sole

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    Has anyone tried the new Tobermory 12 year old?
    Much better than the now discontinued 10...
     
  20. FTM

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    I have ..i bought a bottle of it and the new balblair 12 as well


    both are excellent, really easy drinking.