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  1. Shoppers Vineyard has always done right by me and if you sign up for the e-newsletter, you'll get notified whenever they run a special or closeout. Expect about 2 or 3 spirits a week, primarily whisk(e)y.Many times, even with shipping, I can get my stuff cheaper there than in a local store. Also, they carry several brands/bottlings unavailable in my state. Thanks. Good news is they had most everything I was looking for. Bad news, I just put together a $2k wish list.
  2. The Feb edition of Wine Spectator features single malt Scotch. It's mostly the elementary stuff targeted at wine drinkers, so you life long Scotch diehards won't find a lot of insightful, new information. But for any newb it's a treasure trove. I especially appreciated/enjoyed the detailed, step by step description of how it's made. There's also tasting notes for 65 different single malts. I've updated my wish list accordingly. Speaking of which...any one buy online with any success? Thanks to my bassackwards state, I have no options other than what the State puts on the shelves in their stores, though I'm pretty sure I can have it delivered to me.
  3. Not surprised to see you guys taking the #1 overall with the 8th pick. Setting yourselves up for a great draft.
  4. I kid, I kid...I don't have the time. I may chime in periodically.
  5. After the domination Bonzai and I dropped on the FFA during the Great Works draft, I'm not surprised to see we weren't invited to this one. :flex:
  6. That's what I feed each of our 60 pound dogs - 7/8ths of a cup, twice daily. And they're perfect weights, not trying to lose any. We got both as dogs and never had them as puppies, so I've no idea how much you're supposed to feed a growing puppy. But you're feeding a 25 pound puppy the same volume I feed a 60 pound dog.
  7. How much are you feeding him? Our dog had this problem when we first got him, and we were giving him very high quality food. Took him to the vet, and the vet kindof chuckled. We were way, WAY overfeeding him. We cut back a lot, and he's never had a problem since. Higher quality foods don't require as much volume since they're more nutrient dense/less filler. Use the dog food analyzer linked earlier and see how many calories your Pup is getting. My guess is you're over feeding her. Also, after years with Taste of the Wild, we switched our dogs to Nature's Variety "Instinct". One of our dogs just stopped being interested in the TOTW all of a sudden. She was very healthy and we'd never had problems with it before, she just started not really wanting to eat, so we switched. They LOVE the Instinct. Love...it.
  8. And the saddest, most infuriating part of all of this IMHO? That the erstwhile advocates for our children and leaders of multi-million dollar charities still cast their lot with Wakefield. Regardless of the evidence, regardless of logic or reason, and regardless of how profound his fraud is demonstrated to be. So I guess we're looking at another decade or two and millions more dollars of research money being funneled towards demonstrating yet again that vaccines don't cause autism. Amazing. It would be difficult to overstate the damage Wakefield and his acolytes have done to real autism research. This is akin to the LAPD having teams of investigators looking high and low for the "real killers" of Ron and Nicole.
  9. If you're new to whisky, Speyside is usually a good place to start. Many of the more well known single malts come from that area, including Glenlivet, Glenfiddich (not one of my faves), Macallan (10 or 12 year are great starting points), Balvenie, and Aberlour. Glenmorangie is a personal favorite of mine, which comes from the Highlands, but it's similar in style to the Speyside malts.All of these will be on the lighter, crisper side, and they don't have the smoke and peat that turns some people off. Good points. Also, Steve...did you see the link that was provided earlier to the tasting map? - http://whisky.scotsman.com/flavourmap.aspxI'd start with something in the middle half of that grid - Glenmorangie, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet. Our crappy little state controlled liquor store had all of those, so any decent real story should carry them, too. As for age, 12-15 is a good starting point IMHO. You don't get the extremes (or the prices) that come with 18+, and the 10's I've had aren't that good to me.
  10. I always recommend Oban to new scotch drinkers since it's got some flavor without being over-powering. You can find it online for a little over $60 shipped.What's the in-store distribution of this? We have a MASSIVE liquor store in town (Premier Group) that has just a ton of stuff. I took a walk down their whiskey aisles a few weeks ago - I usually go there for the beer, best beer selection in town as well - and was completely in over my head with all the choices.Guy at another board says he doesn't like Oban much, but he prefers "peat-bombs". As a beer person, I'm clueless as to what this means in terms of taste, much like a non-beer person would be clueless with the term "hop-bomb".Rebuttal?? The peat bombs have a very phenolic, smoky taste. A friend said it was like drinking a really good cigar. If you like peat bombs, you're unlikely to like Oban as the peat and smoke flavors in Oban are very subtle. To a "peat bomb" drinker, Oban is neither fish nor foul, so it stands to reason he doesn't care too much for it. That said, being a lover of peat bombs exclusively paints you into a pretty narrow Scotch drinking corner. To say Oban isn't good is putting your personal preferences above objectively judging the whisky. I am learning to like/appreciate the peat bombs, and I wouldn't have been able to get there without intermediate steps like Talisker and Oban in between the Dalwhinnie and Lagavulin styled extremes on the continuum. Recommending a really peaty Scotch to a newbie is akin to recommending a 90 minute IPA to a new beer drinker. It MAY work out, but it's much more likely to be off putting. You work your way up to those types of beverages, whether they're beer, wine, or Scotch.
  11. No, neither are Islay scotches. Oban is Highlands, Balvenie is Speyside. I don't have the Balvenie, but I do have the Oban 14 and I highly recommend it, especially for your palate right now. I'm not much if any ahead of you in learning the regions/flavor profiles, and the Oban 14 is a lovely scotch. Plenty of character and flavor without the peat of the Islays and it's a good price point to boot.
  12. I've posted it in another thread, but that thread didn't gain any traction. All of you who enjoy wine and buying it from wineries and out of state retailers in order to find things you can't get locally owe it to yourselves to pay attention to HR 5034. It's a bill in the House that would greatly undo a lot of the progress that's been made since Granholm v. Heald.
  13. Can't believe I missed this last year. Glad you liked the Noblesse. It's a great bargain. Also, if you like inexpensive, acidic summer sippers, we've a Spanish Godello for $14 that became my house white once we got it in. Too cold to drink it this time of year, but we pounded it this spring/summer/fall. And I realize it's a year later, but if you're still going region to region, I cannot recommend Germany any more strongly. While the Italians obviously make a lot of world class wines, I think it's also the hardest country in the world to get a grasp on the grapes/regions/wine makers/labeling. Also, German wines are vastly, vastly underrated IMHO. There are far fewer grapes and varietals and regions in Germany. Once you understand the Pradikat, the labels are much less intimidating. And if you've never had a big bratwurst with an Auslese Reisling, you really owe it to yourself to do so. As for wines we've had recently, our Christmas party was earlier this week. We poured a white Chateauneuf du Pape along with a Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon that is amazing. We actually talked the Spanish wine making into bottling a barrel of his Cab for us - he didn't think it would sell and he was planning on using it to blend. We told him we'd buy every bottle he could bottle of it and we'd have no problem selling it. It's not only a great wine but a fun story. It's a beautifully balanced wine, plenty of fruit and oak while not being obnoxious, not to alcoholic, and finished out with perfectly soft tannins. Pretty sure we're going to have to add a few magnums of this to our personal cellar before we sell out of them. Headed to Italy and Spain this March. Can't wait to plan out our itinerary.
  14. I went a little crazy in the liquor store recently. The collector in me got the best of me, and I bought a cart full of whisky. I'm going to talk to the accountant about considering them business expenses/part of me studying for the higher level sommelier exams. If that doesn't fly, oh well...they should last me a good while and provide any number of interesting evening conversations. I didn't buy all of these today, but my bar is now stocked with: Gentleman Jack Elijah Craig 18 single barrel Bourbon Talisker 10 Dalwhinnie 15 Oban 14 Glenlivet 18 Lagavulin 16 Johnnie Walker Gold Johnnie Walker Blue Macallan 18 Some random thoughts after tasting several of these at different times over the course of a couple of days... Johnnie Walker doesn't make the best whisky in the world, but they may market better than anyone else. The packaging/etc is impressive. I felt like I'd bought a real gold bar when I opened the Gold. Tasting the Blue next to the Gold, I won't be buying any Blue for myself. I bought the Elijah Craig as a tasting experiment, and so I'd have some in the house if anyone asked for it. Also, I really wanted to compare similarly aged Bourbon and Scotch. IMHO, it's just not a fair fight. The Scotch is light years better than the Bourbon. Light...years. Now maybe I'm a sucker/idiot and I bought horrible Bourbon. It is North Carolina, and our state owned/operated liquor stores aren't known for their diversity of stock or knowledgeable staffs. If anyone has a better Bourbon comparison, I'm all ears. Until then, I'm just going to think Bourbon is the ugly step sister to Scotch. For the same reason you don't drink Pinot Noir after Cabernet, a little bit of that Lagavulin is pretty much the end of a whisky tasting. It's huge. And you know what? I like it. I really liked it. Much, much better than the Talisker 10. Was expecting to hate it, but it's really good. I paid too much for it, but I really, really wanted the Macallan 18 as a tasting experiment. Plus it now anchors the "really overpriced" end of my collection next to the JW Blue. I've tried it a couple of different times, in a couple of different ways. It's likely going to be the one and only bottle I ever buy for myself. It's good, and I certainly won't turn it away if someone gives me a bottle, but like the Blue, it's just not worth the $$$ IMHO. It will be a while before I buy any more, but what 5-6 bottles need to fill in the gaps in this collection?
  15. I've found the best way to try stuff is by the shot at a good bar. Saves you the money of buying whole bottles of stuff you've no idea if you'll like, and it's the only place I've been able to do a lot of tasting. Speaking of which, anyone drink Tullamore Dew? I had a taste of it at a bar a few months ago and it wasn't too bad. It's an Irish blended whiskey. About the only thing I've had I really didn't care for was Woodford Reserve Bourbon.
  16. Sipping a couple of fingers of JW Blue, and as much as I like it, I can understand the opinion that it's too smooth and not enough bite. Especially considering the price, but this is a bottle someone else gave me. I genuinely love the subtlety and smoothness right now, but I can see a time in the future when I want something more robust. For the time being though, ymmmmmmmmmm.
  17. I wish I could find the really detailed one I saw in Scotland. We might have gotten a paper copy of it somewhere during one of the distillery visits or the Whisky Week event we went to in Speyside. I'll try to dig through the stuff I saved from the trip.http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com/what...-week-4745.html This happened to correspond to when we were in Scotland, and it was awesome. At the Glenfiddich distillery, it started with a tour, followed by a tasting of about 20 different whiskies from various distilleries in the area (including Macallan Glenlivet, Glenrothes, etc.), followed by a great dinner with two whisky pairings with each course. What a great night. When you go, distillery visits are cool, and it's a good way to try various types from distillers you like, including some varieties you might not be able to get elsewhere, but if you want to do some serious sampling, I'd recommend going to a bar where they specialize in whisky. In particular, I'd recommend this one.Highlander Inn Check out their whisky menu. You may faint from its beauty. As a bonus, it's a decent hotel with really friendly owners, so you can try as many as you want, and not need to worry about driving. That's awesome. Reminds me of the first time I saw an 80 page wine list. Can't wait until I understand/appreciate a little more of it than I do now.
  18. I'm loving the flavour map. Wish I'd asked about it previously...I'd looked forever, but I was thinking about it more linearly, so I never found anything like what I was looking for. Anyone familiar with the Mortlach? Everything I've read about it sounds fascinating. Also, my FIL wants to go to Scotland. We're planning the trip for some time in the next year or so. We will be visiting a distillery or 5. Looking very forward to it.
  19. This may be helpful:http://whisky.scotsman.com/flavourmap.aspx I saw a grid like that with a lot more whiskies at a couple of different places when I was in Scotland last year, but I can't find it on the interweb. I'm looking for a single malt. I don't turn up my nose at blends, and I actually just had a chance to have a dram of Blue last weekend (really good, but not $200/bottle good, IMO), but I'm looking for something I haven't tried before. I saw an 18-year Glenmorangie for $100 (Glenmorangie is my favorite "everyday" whisky), that I was thinking about getting, but I'm interested in any other ideas. Macallan 18 is always a consideration, but again, I'm looking for something I haven't tried before. I'm a pretty seasoned whisky drinker, but I prefer the Speyside and Highland malts over the Islay for the most part, though a peaty whisky can be a nice change of pace occasionally. Awesome. That's exactly what I was looking for.
  20. Also, I've been looking for a resource that I've been unable to find, so I'm thinking of making one on my own and thought maybe one of you long time Scotch drinkers may be interested in helping. I want a "Peat Continuum" for single malts. My first bottle of single malt Scotch ever was a gift - Talisker 10, which is peaty. It is less peaty that Lagavulin or Laphroaig, but it's far more peaty than Macallan or Glenlivet. I did not know that when I first tried it, and if I hadn't known about other styles, I'd have never tried anything else, I'd have just thought I didn't like Scotch. This is not meant to be a definitive resource, and I realize other factors such as aging will have an impact, but I thought it would be helpful, especially for neophyte Scotch/whiskey drinkers. I'd have loved to have been able to look at some resource after I tried my Talisker that said "Hey, that was too peaty? If so, try Glenlivet, Macallan, or Dalwhinnie. Not peaty enough? Try Laphroaig or Lagavulin". Anyone interested?
  21. I just mentioned my preference for blends right now, so for that kind of money, my choices would be JW Green, Gold, or Blue depending on where in that range you want to be. For the Green, you'd have enough left over to get something else, and likely the same with the Gold. Get Green and Gold and compare them. Blue is stupidly expensive, but if the money doesn't matter, it's spectacularly good IMHO. If you're intent on getting a single malt and aren't a regular Scotch drinker, I'd stay away from the peatier brands and stay more middle of the road like Macallan or Glenlivet and get the aged as long as you can afford. Macallan 18, like JW Blue, is overpriced, but again, if the money doesn't matter, it drinks beautifully to me. With Glenlivet, you can probably go out to 21 and still be well in that price range.
  22. fixedThanks, I got clarification on this last weekend. It's in the Scotch section, it's in the Scotch app, for all intents and purposes of classification it's a Scotch but they call it just a 'single malt'. I wondered how they got away with calling it Scotch but the answer was simple, they don't. However, colloquially, I will simply refer to it as a Scotch.Yeah, I hate being that guy, but I had to learn the rules, so once I learned them, I started becoming that guy. Many of these are legally protected terms, some are not. Whisky is distilled alcohol made from a fermented grain mash. Lots of different grains can be used - barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, corn, wheat - and storage in oak is common though not necessary. Whisky=Whiskey technically, though one is the Scotch spelling one is the English. Whiskey is made all over the world; Whisky usually refers to Scotch (or Canadian). If you call Whiskey Whisky, it's unlikely to cause a stink. But if you refer to Whisky as Whiskey...look out. All Scotch is whisky, though in order to be legally called Scotch, the whisky must have been produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added). There are many other legal requirements that govern where the mashing take place and how it's aged, but to be called Scotch, it must be made wholly in Scotland. Single Malt Scotch refers to a Scotch Whisky produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills. If other grains are also used in making the Scotch, it's called a Single Grain Scotch Whisky. Blended Scotches can be either vatted or blends. Vatted blends are blends of multiple single malts of various ages. Vatted blends are rare, though Johnnie Walker Green is vatted. Most blends are simple blends - a combination of malted and grain whisky. All Bourbon is whiskey, though in order to be legally called Bourbon, the whiskey must come from the US, be made from at least 51% corn, aged in new charred oak barrels. There are some other requirements, but those are the biggies. Note that it does NOT have to come from Kentucky. You can make Bourbon anywhere in the US you want so long as you follow the rules. Straight bourbon is bourbon that has been aged for at least 2 years, usually longer. Tennessee Whiskey is also a legally protected name, though less formally so than Scotch or Bourbon. It's made in essentially identical fashion to Bourbon, only it's put through an additional purification process called the Lincoln County Process. This involves purifying the final product through a series of homemade sugar maple charcoal bricks. There's debate about whether or not it could technically be called a Bourbon even after the Lincoln Co. Process, but since nobody is interested in that labeling, it's merely an esoteric point in an already esoteric discussion. Personally, I'm at the point in developing my palate where I greatly prefer blended Scotches whiskeys. I appreciate the extremes that can be found in many single malts, but it's currently too much for me. I prefer smoothness of blends or a single malt like Macallan to the peaty bite of a Laphroaig or Lagavulin. Also, I'm genuinely jealous of you lucky basterds who can buy booze at Costco.
  23. It's Tig, if you can explain him then I think the show is over.Exactly. Tig is dynamic. Adds another element to the show. But the dude is basically in the club anyway. He helped with everything major in the last half of the 3rd season.Isn't he patched with another chapter and just unable to to get patched with SAMCRO as Redwood Original because of Tig? I could have sworn I saw a rocker on his jacket that read Northern California or something.He's the Sgt. at Arms (same rank as Tig) in the Tacoma club, IIRC.
  24. That is pretty much itI think they may be brothers. There's obviously a back story there that we haven't been told yet, but we do now know it includes something about the dog. It's some lighthearted silliness to offset so much of the drama.
  25. Oh my....Hadn't even considered it. I've been away from the where whoolpers for a while as the fall is very busy for me, but Jan/Feb are pretty dead. Tons of really, really good options and characters and factions to work with. PJCC = Charming Citizens. Don't let this happen with me.
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