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    An interesting haul...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I wonder what this says about me...

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    Set of 4 double wall 300ml latté glasses, my new Pullman tamper, & Glenfiddich. The packets at the front are soap, beer scent (wondering WTH that's going to smell like ) and coffee scent.

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    1st lattés in the new glasses - closest is Divina beans and the other is Swiss water decaf. Yummy stuff!

    Hope you all got more than you expected and just what you wanted, and, even better, I hope you all gave to others just what they wanted.

    cheers...

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    All I'm going to ask is do you home roast? I love the combination of a wee dram and roasting in the evening.
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    Very nice!

    I got an aero press. Very handy considering that we'll be away from home and without our machine for the next 4 weeks.

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    Roasting is something for the future - got a few too many projects going right now (or not going which is what ticks off the missus ) so time to work out how to roast is not readily available yet.

    She does like to travel though, so some portable way of making coffee might get the nod...

    This is going to sound like sacrilege and a few months back I would join a single malt fancier who stopped talking to me because of it, but a fantastic way to drink Glenfiddich in warm weather is as follows...

    Buy a number of punnets of fresh strawberries. Juice them. Put them in ice cube trays and freeze them. Take 2 or 3 and place in a glass and add Glenfiddich. Absolutely yummy stuff!!!

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    Yes, Journeyman, my dad would not talk to you if he learnt you were doing that to Glenfiddich
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    I understand gibberblot - I used to hold single malts in the same reverence. But it's like a pure strawberry heaven - might call it that.

    It all began when I wanted a whisky and I had no ice blocks (of the water kind) and my perfect Glenfiddich comes with 2 blocks.

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    Among other things, a set of those "whiskey rocks" appeared in my stocking this year.
    I haven't tried them yet but seems like a a good idea.
    I'd have to say though, that if I have a few scotches, I don't mind the melt of the blocks in the scotch.
    It provides a refreshing end to each drink, gets a bit of water into the system to counteract the drying effect of the alcohol, and the start of the next tastes all the more intense.
    It's your scotch, do what you like with it.
    It's different if you want to put cola (or strawberries) in MY malt whiskey however. Then I might give you a 'Highland Refuse' instead of a Glenfiddich.

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    *grins* It IS a touch subject...

    I don't use ice in my single malt for the dilution/refresh factor, I use it to highlight the malt - by the time I'm ready for a refill the 2 blocks are rarely more than about half gone. I had it described to me decades back that you needs "a wee drap o'water in your dram" to release the volatiles. Also to cool it down - many of the 'rules' we have about drinking come from countries where the mid-summer temps barely get to a reasonable winter's day in Australia. e.g. I like my Shiraz and it can be superb on a 30º+ day if you stick in the fridge for an hour or so to bring it away from boiling point. (not cold, just lightly chilled)

    And for a sparkling Shiraz, chilled is all but mandatory.

    I once had a customer complain to the pub owner because i would not open a new bottle of Dimples so he could have a scotch and coke. Boss was on my side... So there's bugger-all chance I'd be putting coke in your whiskey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

    This is going to sound like sacrilege and a few months back I would join a single malt fancier who stopped talking to me because of it, but a fantastic way to drink Glenfiddich in warm weather is as follows...

    Buy a number of punnets of fresh strawberries. Juice them. Put them in ice cube trays and freeze them. Take 2 or 3 and place in a glass and add Glenfiddich. Absolutely yummy stuff!!!
    Hi JM

    If you ever come to Perth I suggest you do not mention it to any of my Scottish mates. A "Glasgow Nod" aka "Glasgow Kiss" would be your best outcome... more likely death by haggis.

    Me, I am a purist w single malts: as nature intended, although I often chill the glasses a little (or even "warm fridge" the bottle in hot summers). As for Glenfiddich: near the bottom of my personal single list. However I am also of the "whatever turns you on school of tolerance": says he cooking field mushrooms with a bit of Cointreau... Garlic bread with Pernod and Brandy anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    As for Glenfiddich: near the bottom of my personal single list.
    Have to agree with the above. Will happily enough accept a Johnnie Walker Black if a bar doesn't have anything more interesting but the Lagavulin 16 is my "go to" drop, with Oban and Talisker being my cold weather drams and vintage Highland Park and Macallan 25 being my very special occasion choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    Have to agree with the above. Will happily enough accept a Johnnie Walker Black if a bar doesn't have anything more interesting but the Lagavulin 16 is my "go to" drop, with Oban and Talisker being my cold weather drams and vintage Highland Park and Macallan 25 being my very special occasion choices.
    Hi Vinitasse

    Ah, Oban, why is my keyboard wet? I only have a wee dram every month or so and savour every sip for an hour or three. I can feel one coming on tonight thanks to you. Ditto Tallisker, however I only keep one or two bottles around due to low personal consumption. Mind you they age well, really really well. Oban is almost always one of them.

    I still have not forgiven JW for adding my all time fave 25yo Cardhu to their blue label drain cleaner when they bought the company out. Whoever made that decision deserves a couple of thousand reincarnations as a mosquito close to a flyswat... Not that I hold a grudge to excess mind you, but to do that to Cardhu. Hell is clearly far too good for them.

    TampIt (still drooling at the mere thought of an Oban).

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    Well, my taste may be plebian but I won't drink blends - leaves a cardboard taste in the back of the palate that I don't like. Unfortunately I wasn't a spirits drinker back in the days of the Dimple mentioned earlier so I can't say if that quality of blend might be different, but I've tried some expensive ones that people assure me is as good as any single malt, and they ain't.

    Bit like the difference between the Jim Beam style and the Jack Daniel styles of bourbon - JB has the same after taste, JD doesn't. Not sure what it is about them but I'm not a fan.

    I've also had a few of Grange across the years, and while it is a lovely red, it can be matched most of the time by a well-aged St Henri at about 1/10 the price.

    Is it the Oban you'd be having that Murphy is selling for a grand a bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    Have to agree with the above. Will happily enough accept a Johnnie Walker Black if a bar doesn't have anything more interesting but the Lagavulin 16 is my "go to" drop, with Oban and Talisker being my cold weather drams and vintage Highland Park and Macallan 25 being my very special occasion choices.
    Lagavulin 16, truly wonderful! Ever had the Distiller's Edition? They're double matured with some time in Pedro Ximenez casks and are amazing. I'm also a huge fan of pretty much the entire Ardbeg range as well as Caol Ila when looking for something a little more subtle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    Well, my taste may be plebian but I won't drink blends - leaves a cardboard taste in the back of the palate that I don't like. Unfortunately I wasn't a spirits drinker back in the days of the Dimple mentioned earlier so I can't say if that quality of blend might be different, but I've tried some expensive ones that people assure me is as good as any single malt, and they ain't.

    Bit like the difference between the Jim Beam style and the Jack Daniel styles of bourbon - JB has the same after taste, JD doesn't. Not sure what it is about them but I'm not a fan.

    I've also had a few of Grange across the years, and while it is a lovely red, it can be matched most of the time by a well-aged St Henri at about 1/10 the price.

    Is it the Oban you'd be having that Murphy is selling for a grand a bottle?
    My tastes aren't that posh... the Oban I drink is the 14 year old and it sells for around $85

    As for blends, some of the finest whiskies are blends. Think of a single malt as being a soloist and of a well made blend as being a symphony in a glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    I wonder what this says about me...

    Xmas Drinks.jpg

    Set of 4 double wall 300ml latté glasses, my new Pullman tamper, & Glenfiddich. The packets at the front are soap, beer scent (wondering WTH that's going to smell like ) and coffee scent.

    New Glasses.jpg

    1st lattés in the new glasses - closest is Divina beans and the other is Swiss water decaf. Yummy stuff!

    Hope you all got more than you expected and just what you wanted, and, even better, I hope you all gave to others just what they wanted.

    cheers...
    Nice little pile of loot there JM, all very much to my taste, love the tamper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    My tastes aren't that posh... the Oban I drink is the 14 year old and it sells for around $85

    As for blends, some of the finest whiskies are blends. Think of a single malt as being a soloist and of a well made blend as being a symphony in a glass.
    I have never been to the performance I guess; listening to the warm up so often put me right off the idea so I went down the road to Tommy Immanuel's concert...

    I tried the beer soap - pleasant enough, doesn't smell like beer and lathers nicely, but I think the label's a con. The coffee soap on the other hand looks like an espresso with froth on top - could be interesting once it is open. The tamper is excellent, fits perfectly in the VST filter. The whiskey hasn't been broached yet; *grins* wonder if I have any strawberry ice blocks left...



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