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by portwood
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

Halfway through the set, very disappointing thus far This type of tasting set should showcase a variety of distilleries AND flavour profiles. So far, the variety of distilleries is there but the 8 single malts are virtually indistinguishable from a smell/taste perspective. All from fairly tired ex-b...
by portwood
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

Looks like these Calendars are gone-gone. Went from on-sale overstock to unlisted. I don't understand the logic of a) long sold out items remaining on product searches for months, or b) items on store shelves nowhere to be found BUT can confirm the holiday whisky calendar is very much still availab...
by portwood
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

getting better, as expected
day 4 (Dufftown) and 3 (Bunnahabhain) posted on www forum

on tap today: day 5 Aberlour & 6 Ardmore
by portwood
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 90
Views: 11028

Re: Dogfish DIPAs

or this? Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA LCBO is putting it through their trademarked cellaring program to ensure the vintage reaches peak flavour :wink: Although this ale does stand up to some careless ageing, and it would still be nice to get it late I have some doubts we'll see it. The one time I had...
by portwood
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 90
Views: 11028

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

spinrsx wrote:or this? Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

LCBO is putting it through their trademarked cellaring program to ensure the vintage reaches peak flavour :wink:
by portwood
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

if you're so inclined, check out my "tasting notes" here Wow, it's really encouraging so far! ;-) Still I feel compelled to give it the old 'college try' to begin to educate my palate in an extremely low financial / volume commitment scenario. This will be cool... Cheers. I specifically p...
by portwood
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

if you're so inclined, check out my "tasting notes" here
by portwood
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

It was £150 in UK yes, but if the LCBO set was the same as in the UK it wouldn't have to be marked down 50%. 11 of the 24 whiskies in the UK set are older than 12 years, only one of the LCBO set is older than 12 (a cheap grain whisky) so, while age isn't necessarily an indication of quality, most w...
by portwood
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

As predicted, though a few weeks ahead of when I thought they would do it, the set is now 30% off: $139.95 (Still >2000 available, no need to rush, they'll probably discount again) me thinks they overbought & overpriced this one ANNNND ... proof LCBO bought too many/released them too close to f...
by portwood
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 90
Views: 11028

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

LCBO website still gives me a "not available at any stores" message ... LCBO, being LCBO click on the "buy in-store (unavailable)" button with the red X, then click on "check all stores" you should see a list of stores with quantities quite often it looks like nothing ...
by portwood
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

As predicted, though a few weeks ahead of when I thought they would do it, the set is now 30% off: $139.95
(Still >2000 available, no need to rush, they'll probably discount again)
me thinks they overbought & overpriced this one
by portwood
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1345

Re: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Whisky Holiday Calendar 2019

... I’m interested in hearing Portwood’s educated opinions... Thank you for the kind words but i've been fighting a cold/flu for the last week and can't smell/taste much. Therefore, I've put off cracking these open. Being a cheap bassturd accountant at heart I'm probably going to return the box and...
by portwood
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16649
Views: 2182251

Re: What're you drinking right now?

beerstodiscover wrote:
portwood wrote:From limited experience, IPAs die after a few weeks/months - depending on brewery - can this last that long?


For all intents and purposes this is a hoppy barley wine. I like the hop bitterness, but even if it fades, this will still be a nice ale to drink in a decade.

that makes sense, thanks
by portwood
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16649
Views: 2182251

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Fullers Imperial IPA — Really nice beast of an ale. Firm Euro hops and massive malt. Fruity, bready, herbal, sweet and bitter. This was a pleasant surprise for me as well. labels says its bottle conditioned and best before Dec 2028 ... a NINE YEAR shelf life for an imperial IPA? WTF? from limited e...
by portwood
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1020
Views: 192535

Re: Christmas Spirits Appreciation

However, this package is "educational" in the sense that you can sample different styles of whisky (Scotch single malt, Scotch single grain, Scotch blended malt) and whiskey (Bourbon and Irish) without committing to full 750ml bottles of any. If you do find something you like, you can alw...

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