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  #1459308 30-Dec-2015 22:03
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Geektastic: I don't drink much at all but I do have a selection of single malt Scotch on hand which I dip into from time to time (some are from my wedding 10 years ago, so I REALLY don't drink much!)

Available to visitors of taste are:

Lagavullin 16 yo
Laphroig Quarter Cask
Glenlivet 18 yo
Balvenie Founders
Bruichladdich 12 yo
Glenfiddich 18 yo
Ardbeg 10 yo
Tamnavulin 12
Dalmore 12
Caol Isla 16 yo

My personal favourites are the peaty Islay malts and the Quarter Cask in particular is an excellent dram when the rain is lashing the windows!

Ah, the Islay malts - yes, your preference is highly evident from that list.

Again, I'm very late to the party...but have to admit to being a big whisky fan - especially the peaty malts from the west coast islands (Islay, Orkney, Skye). Laphroaig produce my favourite dram. I've been a friend of Laphroaig since 25/05/2000 and have the certificate hanging up near my computer :-)

Only have a bottle of Irish at the moment but will be expanding the range out again in the near future. Harking back to a previous mention of how to best enjoy whisky - it's up to the drinker as it's a personal thing. For me, I like adding a splash of cold water as I find it brings out the aroma's more and seems to enhance the flavours. 

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  #1459330 30-Dec-2015 23:37
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Since this thread got bumped again... did anyone see/get one of these?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/norlan/the-norlan-whisky-glass





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  #1459339 31-Dec-2015 00:32
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Amosnz: Since this thread got bumped again... did anyone see/get one of these?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/norlan/the-norlan-whisky-glass


No. For a number of years I've had some Glencairn whisky tasting glasses - which seem to have a strong resemblance to the 'interior'  of the Norlan. 



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  #1459432 31-Dec-2015 10:16
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Wow. $9.99 each - buying four right now.






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  #1459433 31-Dec-2015 10:19
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Just doing the checkout at Whisky And More and there's a checkbox "I confirm that I am 18 or over and not under the influence of alcohol"...






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  #1459436 31-Dec-2015 10:21
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ilovemusic: has anyone tried the highland park 40yo ?
the turntable ain't bad either...

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/20/linn-sondek-highland-park-anniversary-edition/



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Always wanted one, despite never owning vinyl...!





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  #1459449 31-Dec-2015 11:05

Dratsab:
Amosnz: Since this thread got bumped again... did anyone see/get one of these?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/norlan/the-norlan-whisky-glass


No. For a number of years I've had some Glencairn whisky tasting glasses - which seem to have a strong resemblance to the 'interior'  of the Norlan. 


I didn't see the Kickstarter either and my first thought was the same as yours too. They address the issues of the nosing glasses and tumblers but didn't mention or allude to the Glencairn style.



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  #1459450 31-Dec-2015 11:06

freitasm: Just doing the checkout at Whisky And More and there's a checkbox "I confirm that I am 18 or over and not under the influence of alcohol"...




The checkbox should move unpredictably around the screen so only the sober person can check it.

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As it happens, I had my first taste of a decent whisky about a week ago, and have developed an immediate interest in getting some for myself! I'd been turned off after some bad experiences as a pisshead student, and so had to be persuaded to try a bottle of Bowmore my brother brought up for Christmas. Damn, it was fine!

Can anyone advise where the most affordable place to get a bottle of decent Islay whisky from in NZ? Would it be duty free? Is there any other Islay producer that make something better at the same price point than that Bowmore (std 12 year stuff)?

Many thanks.

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  #1460066 2-Jan-2016 09:38
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jonathan18: 
Can anyone advise where the most affordable place to get a bottle of decent Islay whisky from in NZ? Would it be duty free? Is there any other Islay producer that make something better at the same price point than that Bowmore (std 12 year stuff)?

Many thanks.


I'd definitely bookmark Whisky and More. Best prices I've seen in NZ, and they have weekly specials to tempt you too.

As for the Islay question, I got a bottle of Finlaggen Old Reserve for Christmas and am really enjoying it (disclaimer: I'm new to the Whisky scene). It's an Islay single malt of unknown origin. My understanding is that they bottle from surplus casks from Islay distilleries. There is a lot of speculation that it may be a young Lagavulin, but nobody knows for sure.

I also purchased a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black, in a pursuit to find affordable smoky/peaty whisky. I quite enjoyed it, but now that I've found Finlaggen, that would probably be my current budget dram :-)

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  #1460373 2-Jan-2016 21:22

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jonathan18: 
Can anyone advise where the most affordable place to get a bottle of decent Islay whisky from in NZ? Would it be duty free? Is there any other Islay producer that make something better at the same price point than that Bowmore (std 12 year stuff)?

Many thanks.


I'd definitely bookmark Whisky and More. Best prices I've seen in NZ, and they have weekly specials to tempt you too.

As for the Islay question, I got a bottle of Finlaggen Old Reserve for Christmas and am really enjoying it (disclaimer: I'm new to the Whisky scene). It's an Islay single malt of unknown origin. My understanding is that they bottle from surplus casks from Islay distilleries. There is a lot of speculation that it may be a young Lagavulin, but nobody knows for sure.

I also purchased a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black, in a pursuit to find affordable smoky/peaty whisky. I quite enjoyed it, but now that I've found Finlaggen, that would probably be my current budget dram :-)

 

I second Whisky and More for prices. I had a quick look at the duty free stores online as I'm traveling soon and note that really only Johnny Walker seemed to be cheaper than what was available in NZ. It appeared it was because both duty free stores were selling them (prices were exact) and the store that had exclusives jacked the price up to be more than you can get in NZ! Perception seems that duty free is a crock and an excuse to increase margin, although the fees to have a store at an airport must be horrendous!

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  #1460427 2-Jan-2016 23:11
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When travelling overseas or coming back, online purchasing of alcohol (any product actually) from a duty free store is the way to go as it's generally a bit cheaper than purchasing at the store. This is because airport companies take a [decent] cut from all till sales.

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My favourite is Bunnahabhain my sister in law introduced me to this one when were in Thurso 2002 beautiful drop of Whisky.  She also sent me 10 bottles from Whisky Galore SI but alas it didn't last that long a few years back.  I have asked my brother to get me some duty free and a bottle of Woods rum for the wife who arrives in Auckland today. 

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  #1460534 3-Jan-2016 10:49
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They recreated the whisky found at Scott's Hut. Would love to get some of that.





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The Whisky Shop gave me my introduction to some of the nicer scotches available, and while they still had a shop in Akl they usedta run tasting sessions that were quite educational.
Now they are selling online only, check them out at The Whisky Shop

I am also a big fan of peated Islay malts, and if you love Laphroaig then you should make sure to have at least a taste of some of the other smokey Islay brews.  Caol Ila and Ardbeg are among my favorites.

Also enjoying the dwindling supply of DoubleWood from Dunedin, aged about 10 years in french oak, from NZ red wine barrels.  A lovely blended whisky that sadly is no longer being made.





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