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360joules

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I have another bottle just like it, except unopened. I obviously don't value this as much as some others do. Is there an eBay for booze?

There used to be a few Facebook groups, but Pappy Van Winkle of all brands got them shut down. I enjoyed a few purchases sales and trades there before they got shuttered. Notably, I traded a Weller CYPB that I bought for $35 for a Booker's 30 Anniversary Bottle ($200 retail, $450 secondary value) plus a standard bottle of Bookers ($90 retail).

Those groups were also where I spent a fair bit of money buying spare bottles of Little Book (of which I cannot get enough). I do hope they open those groups back up. I could use some more LB.
 

unwisefool

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Anyone had this one - Balcones Texas Single Malt? How about Westland Sherrywood single malt?
With the expected tariffs to hit Scottish single malts, thought I'd do some American experiencing. I had a tasting with a neighbor today and tried Woodford Reserve single malt. I happened to buy their rye a few days ago as I've been dipping into rye's. I have to say, I like the rye better than the malt. The thing with their malt is, it tasted very young which by Scotch standards probably is, had that fresh grains, grassy type vibe.
So curious if anyone's had these 2 American malts.

So today I took along the WR Rye, Abelour Abunadh and Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Cracked open the 3rd bottle of the Abelour, guess I like it a lot :D ~ and I wanted to see their faces when that Ardbeg hit their sense. Lot of funny faces, but these are bourbon adventurers and not into the smoke. My buddy ended up searching in the Corry and ended up really liking it tons more than Ardbeg10 buy a mile. Someone else spit it out and refreshed with a bloody mary LOLOLO!! ` I warned em, not a beginners scotch.
I have not had the single malt, but I like the Balcones Baby Blue corn whiskey.
 

unwisefool

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Well I didn't win in the Buffalo Trace antique lottery, so many people enter it nowadays. :(
 

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Got a Macallan 15 as a gift for organizing a range session with a group of online gamers.... most of them had never handled a firearm. Strangely enough.... they preferred the Sig P226 over Glock or S&W.....

Gotta say. They surprised me when They gave me the bottle!

https://i.imgur.com/bHrN1VO.jpg

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That is totally awesome! How was the 15? ~ I have to say, I've been underwhelmed with the 12, like drinking bandaids LOL! And they took Sig over a Glock? WOW! ... would've lost money on on a bet like that ;) .. What a great mentoring opportunity! and their thoughtfulness is kind of a surprise, good parenting going on there :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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That is totally awesome! How was the 15? ~ I have to say, I've been underwhelmed with the 12, like drinking bandaids LOL! And they took Sig over a Glock? WOW! ... would've lost money on on a bet like that ;) .. What a great mentoring opportunity! and their thoughtfulness is kind of a surprise, good parenting going on there :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
Thanks Leo.
My first Macallan... very smooth ,and no peat moss taste.... just the way I like it.

I really like that old West German Sig. I had not told them anything about my preferences. So, the large majority of them (8 of 10) preferring it over the others was sweet. I was certain that the double/ single trigger would be thought of as a hindrance.
 

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Frabjous Day! I've been seeing commercials for a new(ish) liquor store here in East Podunk, and I took an early lunch to check them out today. Move over Spec's, Longhorn Liquor's coming on strong. Things I got today that I couldn't find locally (and had a hard time finding in Houston) include:
  • Pikesville Rye
  • Lagavulin 8YO
  • Lagavulin 9YO (Game of Thrones House Lannister edition)
  • Hellcat Maggie Irish Whiskey
They also had Octomore 8.3, which I was tempted to get but didn't (having already spent well over two hundred dollars), and Monkey 47 Gin in liter bottles, which I'll be going back for.

Now, which to try first?
 

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Frabjous Day! I've been seeing commercials for a new(ish) liquor store here in East Podunk, and I took an early lunch to check them out today. Move over Spec's, Longhorn Liquor's coming on strong. Things I got today that I couldn't find locally (and had a hard time finding in Houston) include:
  • Pikesville Rye
  • Lagavulin 8YO
  • Lagavulin 9YO (Game of Thrones House Lannister edition)
  • Hellcat Maggie Irish Whiskey
They also had Octomore 8.3, which I was tempted to get but didn't (having already spent well over two hundred dollars), and Monkey 47 Gin in liter bottles, which I'll be going back for.

Now, which to try first?
Has to be the Hellcat - Jerry was all over that stuff like the stink on Maggie.
 

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So I purchased batch 56 about 24 months ago and it had been out a bit. So I am guessing maybe 3 to 4 batches per year max? I thunk they are up to the mid 60's now.

I recently found two bottles of batch 52.
Hey, just a little follow up on this as I'm disgusted. I picked up a new bottle of Abunadh - it is batch 64 - what is in the bottle is not on the same planet - it tastes like rubber gloves, almost like you have to let something evaporate off it before drinking, it's disgusting and I am so disappointed. This was probably top 3 of my favorites so far but I find this almost undrinkable, it's that bad. It reminds me of that bandaid smell/taste in the Macallan 12 I find.....as a deterrent to good senses. I do not understand how 2 bottles could be so far from each other and if I can make it out? they got issues.
 

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I picked up something a little different- a Japanese, Nikka Pure Malt - I get the salty sea/fishy thing instantly and then goes to kind of a caramel coffee kind of thing with the malt, but not like a young raw grain, more of a roasted grain. Interesting, I can play with this one. :thumbsup: I also dipped into the Ice after putting it away and damn, there's just nothing else like it, nothing even close.
 

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Hey, just a little follow up on this as I'm disgusted. I picked up a new bottle of Abunadh - it is batch 64 - what is in the bottle is not on the same planet - it tastes like rubber gloves, almost like you have to let something evaporate off it before drinking, it's disgusting and I am so disappointed. This was probably top 3 of my favorites so far but I find this almost undrinkable, it's that bad. It reminds me of that bandaid smell/taste in the Macallan 12 I find.....as a deterrent to good senses. I do not understand how 2 bottles could be so far from each other and if I can make it out? they got issues.
That happens unfortunately. I have a bottle of Laphroaig Lore that is absolutely fantastic. My friend has one that's good, but it's not close to my version. Or take the Henry McKenna that just won Best Whisky. I have a bottle that I picked up about two years ago that I think is just ok, and everyone who has had a sip of my bottle agrees with me and can't believe that same bourbon won.

It all comes down to which batch you have. If you find something you really like, try to get as much as you can of it as future versions could be radically different.
 

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Hey, just a little follow up on this as I'm disgusted. I picked up a new bottle of Abunadh - it is batch 64 - what is in the bottle is not on the same planet - it tastes like rubber gloves, almost like you have to let something evaporate off it before drinking, it's disgusting and I am so disappointed. This was probably top 3 of my favorites so far but I find this almost undrinkable, it's that bad. It reminds me of that bandaid smell/taste in the Macallan 12 I find.....as a deterrent to good senses. I do not understand how 2 bottles could be so far from each other and if I can make it out? they got issues.

So, that rubber taste does happen often with heavily sherried whiskeys. When you hear someone say, sulfur, that is that rubber taste you get. Let the bottle sit in the back of the cabinet for 4-6 months and most of that taste will go away. I think that a lot of distilleries are having a hard time getting quality sherry casks. You can switch to Tamdhu batch strength. It is excellent.
 

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So, that rubber taste does happen often with heavily sherried whiskeys. When you hear someone say, sulfur, that is that rubber taste you get. Let the bottle sit in the back of the cabinet for 4-6 months and most of that taste will go away. I think that a lot of distilleries are having a hard time getting quality sherry casks. You can switch to Tamdhu batch strength. It is excellent.
So you open it first and then let it sit and the bad flavor goes away?
 

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Not loving the Lagavulin 9YO (Game of Thrones House Lannister edition). It's like a pizza that came out of the oven too early. Needs another seven years, I think.

Or maybe I shouldn't have tried it after eating a bowl of Berry Colossal Crunch, Marshmallows (a cereal put out by Malt-O-Meal that's basically Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries plus the marshmallows from Lucky Charms). Obviously, nothing could taste good by comparison after that.
 

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I've never heard of malt-o-meal before but I now have 3 bags of their cereal in my virtual shopping cart.
 

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So you open it first and then let it sit and the bad flavor goes away?

open it, drink a small portion of it and then put it away in the back of the cabinet. Liquors do oxidize in the bottle and most actually get better with time in the bottle. Some get worse but that is rare. I had the exact same thing happen with Balvenie 15 year single sherry cask. Most are great. I got one that was so dark you could not see through it. I opened it and I got nothing but Sulphur(rubber band taste). I put it away for several months and when I went back to it, it was delicious. Will that happen with batch 64 abunadh, I don't know for sure, but it could. I am still working on batches 52, 53, 54, and 56.
 

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open it, drink a small portion of it and then put it away in the back of the cabinet. Liquors do oxidize in the bottle and most actually get better with time in the bottle. Some get worse but that is rare. I had the exact same thing happen with Balvenie 15 year single sherry cask. Most are great. I got one that was so dark you could not see through it. I opened it and I got nothing but Sulphur(rubber band taste). I put it away for several months and when I went back to it, it was delicious. Will that happen with batch 64 abunadh, I don't know for sure, but it could. I am still working on batches 52, 53, 54, and 56.
Good advice, thanks!
 
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