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Canberra’s Whisky Culture

Muttsybignuts 20 October 2009 43

I’m not a coffee wanker or a beer wanker however I amstarting to become a whisky wanker. Can anyone point me in the direction of a great single malt?


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Muttsybignuts 12:05 pm 23 Oct 09

XLTerMinator1 said :

Muttsybignuts said:

I find it interesting that you state the obvious that taste is subjective and asking others opinions is worthless, and then go on to give some of the best information yet. So, thank you for that. I have heard that Lark in Tasmania has just been rated in the top 10 whiskys in the world ( I imagine the water has something to do with it) and am eagerly waiting a bottle when my wife visits Hobart in a couple of weeks.

He also said:
I am starting to become a whisky wanker.

First of all, thanks for the reply. In my defence: Taste is subjective, and yes, that is obvious. And you asked the direction of a great single malt. I was concerned however, that many of the posts were directing you towards Islay Malts. I have a great love for Islay Malts, but question there place as something to try as a starting point. I know quite a few individuals who first started on an Islay malt, and said it tasted like salty vomit, and never wanted to try whisky again.

So I maintain my stance that my opinion, or anyone else on this forum, shouldn’t be a deciding factor of yours, but you asked for an opinion and I gave you mine. A single malt is something to be treasured, and I just didn’t want you to miss out on something magnificent due to a initial bad experience… the point I was trying for (but possibly missed) was to sample a broad spectrum and find what’s right for you.

Good smackdown though. Wishing you many good drams… 🙂

Thanks mate. Good advice.

XLTerMinator1 1:36 am 23 Oct 09

and yes, I have had a typo, but the moderation system won’t allow an edit. So “there” stands.

XLTerMinator1 1:12 am 23 Oct 09

Muttsybignuts said:

I find it interesting that you state the obvious that taste is subjective and asking others opinions is worthless, and then go on to give some of the best information yet. So, thank you for that. I have heard that Lark in Tasmania has just been rated in the top 10 whiskys in the world ( I imagine the water has something to do with it) and am eagerly waiting a bottle when my wife visits Hobart in a couple of weeks.

He also said:
I am starting to become a whisky wanker.

First of all, thanks for the reply. In my defence: Taste is subjective, and yes, that is obvious. And you asked the direction of a great single malt. I was concerned however, that many of the posts were directing you towards Islay Malts. I have a great love for Islay Malts, but question there place as something to try as a starting point. I know quite a few individuals who first started on an Islay malt, and said it tasted like salty vomit, and never wanted to try whisky again.

So I maintain my stance that my opinion, or anyone else on this forum, shouldn’t be a deciding factor of yours, but you asked for an opinion and I gave you mine. A single malt is something to be treasured, and I just didn’t want you to miss out on something magnificent due to a initial bad experience… the point I was trying for (but possibly missed) was to sample a broad spectrum and find what’s right for you.

Good smackdown though. Wishing you many good drams… 🙂

jase! 7:58 pm 22 Oct 09

bloodnut said :

A true wanker will point you in the direction of the little known award winning Australian scotches.

Sullivan’s Cove and Lark Hill Distilleries are two of the world’s best.

Strangely enough it’s hard to find them in Canberra.

must have improved in the last few years, the last time I tried one it was close to metho (lark that is), Sullivans cove wasn’t much better

astrojax 5:43 pm 21 Oct 09

strange that there are six comments after my previous one re japanese whiskeys and i am still awaiting moderation, six hours later…

and i always thought it was ‘ooh-aah, glen mcgrath’ – best served with a swerve of sweat… ; )

Hells_Bells74 5:08 pm 21 Oct 09

“I find it interesting that you state the obvious that taste is subjective and asking others opinions is worthless, and then go on to give some of the best information yet.”

Biggest belly laugh I’ve had in ages 😀

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:10 pm 21 Oct 09

I quite like glenbundaberg.

deezagood 2:45 pm 21 Oct 09

Apparently the Parlour Wine Room (New Acton Pavillion) has a good range of whiskies … so I’m told.

harley 2:39 pm 21 Oct 09

zomg! Glenmcgrath even.

harley 1:02 pm 21 Oct 09

Muttsybignuts said :

Glenshorrock sounds like urine but Glenquagmire sounds intriguing.

Where do you buy this one?

Giggidy giggidy.

Same place you get ra-ra Glenmcrath

baldilocks 12:35 pm 21 Oct 09

Worked in England for some time & my boss was a Scottie. Every Thursday evening we would go out to a different pub and George (my boss) would order two of every scotch in the pub, and we would then proceed to have a scotch tasting. Good time, but I still cannot remember how I got home some nights – 30m away. Pre RBT.

Mekong whiskey – is that the one where they print the date of distilling on the back of the label so that you can see that it is “fresh” and you are drinking it within 3/4 weeks of distilling. Yes, the pain!

Muttsybignuts 12:02 pm 21 Oct 09

RandomGit said :

If you enjoy pain then I recommend Black Douglas.

I purchased a bottle of Mekong whisky in Thailand. It really does smell like paint stripper! Tastes like it too. Cant expect too much for $5AU I guess.

Muttsybignuts 11:59 am 21 Oct 09

XLTerMinator1 said :

Faulty question. It’s like going to a restaurant and asking the waiter “what’s good?”. If you like peanuts, the chicken satay is great. If you have a nut allergy, it’s not so good.

Similarly, whisky is a very personal taste arena. I can appreciate all whiskys, but if prodded for my favourites, it would be Balvenie and Aberlour. Islay malts are big hitters – on occasion I’m up for them, but generally I can get a similar effect from sniffing a bottle of Dettol. There are four widely recognised whisky regions – Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside, and Islands. The vast majority comes out of Speyside, and it’s due to the fact that, in general, it’s pretty bloody good, and I tend to sway towards them. But a Highland Park is a magnificent beast as well, by not having the medicinal flavour that a lot of island malts have.

Lark distillery in Tasmania also does a very lovely single malt – go Australian made.

My advice is to not pay attention to what people recommend on this forum – my perfect single malt is, well, my perfect single malt. I don’t know what your’s is – you need to find this out for yourself.

My suggestion is to try a few from all regions, and see what works for you.

As for serving, I’d be going with Pommy Bastards #24 answer. Dash of water, nothing else, and room temperature. And if it’s a single malt? Don’t put it in a shot glass and slam it down – ask for them to put it in a brandy glass, and sniff and sip, will be much more enjoyable. Work in opposites – “Single Malt – Multiple Sniff and Sips”. “Blended – Suitable for slamming or mixing”. “Double Malt” – maybe try reading a book…

I find it interesting that you state the obvious that taste is subjective and asking others opinions is worthless, and then go on to give some of the best information yet. So, thank you for that. I have heard that Lark in Tasmania has just been rated in the top 10 whiskys in the world ( I imagine the water has something to do with it) and am eagerly waiting a bottle when my wife visits Hobart in a couple of weeks.

astrojax 11:46 am 21 Oct 09

apparently the japanese make a right fair tipple, but the asking price has never allowed me to test these claims – anyone?

bloodnut 11:31 am 21 Oct 09

A true wanker will point you in the direction of the little known award winning Australian scotches.

Sullivan’s Cove and Lark Hill Distilleries are two of the world’s best.

Strangely enough it’s hard to find them in Canberra.

RandomGit 8:45 am 21 Oct 09

If you enjoy pain then I recommend Black Douglas.

XLTerMinator1 2:17 am 21 Oct 09

Faulty question. It’s like going to a restaurant and asking the waiter “what’s good?”. If you like peanuts, the chicken satay is great. If you have a nut allergy, it’s not so good.

Similarly, whisky is a very personal taste arena. I can appreciate all whiskys, but if prodded for my favourites, it would be Balvenie and Aberlour. Islay malts are big hitters – on occasion I’m up for them, but generally I can get a similar effect from sniffing a bottle of Dettol. There are four widely recognised whisky regions – Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside, and Islands. The vast majority comes out of Speyside, and it’s due to the fact that, in general, it’s pretty bloody good, and I tend to sway towards them. But a Highland Park is a magnificent beast as well, by not having the medicinal flavour that a lot of island malts have.

Lark distillery in Tasmania also does a very lovely single malt – go Australian made.

My advice is to not pay attention to what people recommend on this forum – my perfect single malt is, well, my perfect single malt. I don’t know what your’s is – you need to find this out for yourself.

My suggestion is to try a few from all regions, and see what works for you.

As for serving, I’d be going with Pommy Bastards #24 answer. Dash of water, nothing else, and room temperature. And if it’s a single malt? Don’t put it in a shot glass and slam it down – ask for them to put it in a brandy glass, and sniff and sip, will be much more enjoyable. Work in opposites – “Single Malt – Multiple Sniff and Sips”. “Blended – Suitable for slamming or mixing”. “Double Malt” – maybe try reading a book…

Pommy bastard 6:41 pm 20 Oct 09

I beg to disagree Dr Shrink, the American equivalent is not whisky as we know it, nothing like it in fact, made differently and not at all similar. Though that is not to say they are not pleasant drinks in themselves.

DrShrink 6:21 pm 20 Oct 09

Filthy’s in Kingston has by far the best range for canberra pubs. However, whisky drinkers are punished in this city with RSA laws preventing it being served neat. Fine if you like ice, but I find it ruins the taste. You might get lucky with an educated bar tender who ‘forgets’ to do so, but its a peril for any whisky wanker who wants to drink it in public. Better to save it for home.

By the by, there are some good American whisky’s if you prefer more of a bite/oaky flavor than the sweeter Scot/Irish brews. Makers Mark and Wild Turkey have good aged versions in most places that might appeal. Certainly worth trying out.

Pommy bastard 6:21 pm 20 Oct 09

I will add a drop of water to a single malt, a very small drop, not to blended though. Anyone who adds anything else should be banned for life from drinking the stuff, as they are wasting it. Especially. ****Ginger Ale**** shudder…

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