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In terms of the World Cup, I’ll put in some foreign ones, but they’ll surely be knocked out fairly quick. It’s really going to be hard to choose the Scottish ones tbh as need to put in a mixture of the most popular but along with a few wildcards to keep it interesting.

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9 hours ago, Mr Tourette said:

From a World Cup perspective, can I propose Amrut (India), Mackmyra (Sweden) and Kavalan (Taiwan) as all being very drinkable? Also, Sullivan’s Cove (Tasmania) was very nice

Mr Tourette, can I assume, that like me, you are a subscriber to Pour & Sip, these drams were recent tastings and not the types you could wander out and buy a bottle of just anywhere.

For what its worth, I recently tasted the Swedish dram, Mackmyra, Gront Te (green tea) 46.1% and must say it was pretty enjoyable, not saying I would rush out and hunt a bottle down, just a very palatable drink !!

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19 hours ago, Honest_Man#1 said:

It’s maybe a bit niche for the forum as there are not enough people actively interested in it, but would anyone be keen for a ‘Whisky World Cup’ poll for a bit of fun? 

I'm new in this sub-forum as only just found it - but that sounds fun!

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Picked up and uncorked a bottle of GlenAllachie 9yo Rye Wood yesterday PowttJS.gif

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29 minutes ago, yoda said:

Picked up and uncorked a bottle of GlenAllachie 9yo Rye Wood yesterday PowttJS.gif

Batch 6 of the cask strength 10yo is out if not now then shortly... 

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Few drams of Ben Bracken Islay 16yo tonight. Absolutely lovely as always.
Mines is long gone

Looking forward to November when hopefully both Aldi and Lidl will release another each.

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12 hours ago, V.Aye.R said:

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Looking forward to November when hopefully both Aldi and Lidl will release another each.

Don't shoot the messenger !!

I have a mate (also a whisky drinker) who from time to time works in and around the bottling halls at some of the drinks companies, he swears by the fact he was told a few xmas's back, that the discount supermarkets version of the Islay malt is Kilchoman & the Speyside expression is Tamnavulin.

On tasting, I can see where he's coming from, but have absolutely no proof, but I suppose that's another layer to the beauty of tasting, sampling & guessing, everybody will pick up something different. 

The old adage is "If you like it, its a good one"

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Tastes like Bowmore to me, but then what do I know. @V.Aye.R once gave me a blind Haig Club and I was telling him how nice it was and it must be something expensive. 

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Whatever it is, it's delicious. I was fortunate that one of my local Lidls still had it in stock when everyone on here was reporting it sold out and I picked up a second bottle. Maybe the more expensive bottles take longer to sell in Possil.

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On 10/03/2021 at 12:16, Le Tout P'ti FC said:

I'm sceptical about Kilchoman being the source of Ben Bracken 16 released in 2020. The distillery didn't open until 2005.

Haha!  Maths aside, it's also pretty unlikely as Kilchoman is really small in terms of output, so I doubt they'd be repackaging their whisky into supermarket products.  Much more likely to be somewhere like Caol Ila.

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On 07/03/2021 at 02:01, Archie McSquackle said:

Few drams of Ben Bracken Islay 16yo tonight. Absolutely lovely as always.

I've still got an unopened bottle of this, I might open this on Saturday now you have reminded me.

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Like I said, I'm only the messenger !

But the comments made above, about the Islay malt, were 2 of the same points I made to him, my other point was & I think its more relevant, I doesn't need to be one of the 8 traditional distilleries on the Island that produce it, knowing the poetic licence that Aldi & Lidl use to lure you in to buy their produce, it could be any distillery that is prepared to produce a sufficiently peated expression in their desired volumes.

When you think about it, there are some cracking smoky / peaty expressions from distilleries that are on the polar opposite side of Scotland to Islay, for instance, Balvenie do one, H P are another one, even Ardmore !!

Then you have the more likely candidates of either Tobermory or my suggestion ........ Ledaig, although that doesn't fit the age statement argument..   

The game continues !!!!!

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Another question for the whisky lovers of P&B: 

Glencairn glass or something else?

Personally I’ve never liked the Glencairn glass, not really sure why. I prefer drinking whisky out of a more standard short glass. Something like this.

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Another question for the whisky lovers of P&B: 
Glencairn glass or something else?
Personally I’ve never liked the Glencairn glass, not really sure why. I prefer drinking whisky out of a more standard short glass. Something like this.

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I have they daft Norlan glasses. Full on whisky tourist gimmick... Were bought for me as a gift though and they are pretty cool. Other than that IDGAF really. The only other glass I have for whisky is an engraved first fathers day gift, a heavy bottomed effort.

I always think the big heavy cut crystal ones look cool as f**k to take a dram from.

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Recently this has been my glass of choice.

1920's Professional Blenders Nosing Glass.

Bit on the dear side at £25 each from Master of Malt, but I'm worth the treat.

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I'm moving to another department at the end of the month and my 3 team members sent me up this unexpected bottle yesterday which I look forward to sampling. I'll take the initial enjoyment of my new Killie pint glass that also arrived before savouring that first nip 1333151200_Image20(1).thumb.jpeg.45e487e664ae7e319507081b225ae0ca.jpeg

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