ralfy review 804 Extras – A slice of humble pie !



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35 Comments
  1. Reply
    Ankle Donna December 11, 2019 at 2:03 am

    1. "Cheap" and "Inexpensive" are different concepts.

    2. Life is too short to waste drinking cheap whiskey.

  2. Reply
    Benjamin * December 11, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Bunnahabhain 12 is tremendous!

  3. Reply
    degmar December 11, 2019 at 2:16 am

    You really don't get it. Your high horse is way too high. Barry is on a budget, and you tell him to just buy less. Or, suck it up and buy the slightly more expensive malts like Deanston, etc. You need a foot up your ass Ralf. Just stick to the reviews and let us, the customer, decide where our money goes. That's none of your business.

  4. Reply
    Tessandr December 11, 2019 at 2:17 am

    We have such a virtual whisky club in Russia where we share opinions! We also exchange some bottles which are unavailable / hardly available in our country.

  5. Reply
    Dan Hammer December 11, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Malty Mesoamerican Mezcalions – for any mates in Mexico.

  6. Reply
    Nicholas Woodward December 11, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Great vlog. Wonderful candour. Best whisky vlogger out there . I too reckon 100 pounds is about the limit… My limit for something special. Regards from cape town.

  7. Reply
    Chris M. December 11, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Hey Ralfy, any news regarding the international online shop launch of your book? I want to gift it to myself for xmas.

  8. Reply
    Barrie Anderson December 11, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post Ralfy, i must add that i dont yet have the palette to differentiate too much from the better end of the budget range, i.e. i really liked ardbeg 10 and glendronach 12, they were in fact my favourites to date(both radically different but loved them anyway), but not that much better than say glenmorangie 10 or even talsiker 10(which i know you dont rate) to my limited palette (hell i even liked the bowmore 12 you just destroyed). I do take your point about buying less and spending a bit more. My next planned purchases are mapped out as follows: Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie, Kilkerran 12, Aaran 10, Clynelish 14, Deanston 12, and springbank 10
    all of which i can purchase for under £40. Any other suggestions are welcome, must add that i really dont want to top the £40 mark

  9. Reply
    T0bi1983 December 11, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I think Whisky is expensive enough. We are already paying luxury-prices and sometimes paying at lot extra for big names or numbers (high age statements). So, I don't see a problem to buy them on heavily reduced prices. The big Companys still make good money. And you usually don't find Whiskys from, for example, Springbank on Sale (maybe 5 or 10% less, but no Black Friday Discount prices). I bought Glengoyne 18 on Black Friday on Amazon for around 57 €, normal price in Germany is about 65 – 75 €. I don't see any reason to feel bad about this.;)

  10. Reply
    Hirsine December 11, 2019 at 2:41 am

    With the Spirits I've reviewed so far, I'm thankful to have taste different style of rums, different brandies, and of course whiskies as my start. In the USA, there's many locally made and by state fermented&distilled Alcohol products that even if there was no Alcohol imported from other countries, I could focus on that having well refined and a spectrum of flavor experience. Not everyone has access to variety where they live, even if they can deliver it to their home legally, but if I could, I would certainly order many a bottle of artisanal Grappa to my door!

  11. Reply
    Jazz December 11, 2019 at 2:43 am

    10 years and 804 videos. Some might say privilege. I say you earned it but appreciate you keeping a healthy perspective. You are an invaluable resource and good company for someone like me who has really only just begun their whisky journey. I raise a glass to you, Sir.

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    CASSOP'S NOX DIGGER WIGHAM December 11, 2019 at 2:49 am

    one of the best tasting single malts that you reviewed ( and i am on my 3rd bottle of it now) is from the cotswolds distillery )..it realy is impressive stuff !

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    Ecosse December 11, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Barry has a fair point, the bigger issue though is the poor selection of a decent malt that's easily accessible in the supermarket. Taking a trip into the city centre to visit a specialty shop is a bit of a chore for people these days, so if a good bottling was a regular feature in local shops people would save up their pennies to get it, and not feel rushed into buying the odd decent malt that appears for just a week or two, when they can't really afford it.

  14. Reply
    Dan Andrews December 11, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Hey Ralfy can you do an episode about the actual flavour of MALT. Like when I’m tasting a whisky what are the characteristics that I look for when I’m trying to taste the actual malt? I get all the other flavours of the casks, the fruits and toffees etc but what am I looking for when it comes to actually dissecting the flavour of the malt? Cheers matey!

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    Dan Andrews December 11, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Oh and just to put things into perspective also, I was in the states the other year and in the supermarkets they was selling Talisker 10 for over $100 and Lagavulin 16 was almost $200. I don’t know if that’s the norm out there but it was certainly an eye opener to see those prices on bottles of Scotch that I get for much cheaper here in the U.K.

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    Gregory Allan December 11, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Thank you Ralfy for taking the bigger picture gleaned from years of experience and breaking it down for the everyday consumer. We are so lucky to have YouTube and enthusiasts like yourself to search out drinks for us. I am drinking Ardbeg 10 and enjoying smelling it more than drinking it. It is a quality drap.

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    Ursus_Maritimus December 11, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Just bought glencadam 10: inexpensive, but so delicious…

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    Ian.M December 11, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Bowmore 15 £39.99 on Amazon UK

  19. Reply
    Oscar Clark December 11, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Barry where are you from?? I wanna send you a whisky this christmas!

  20. Reply
    Andy Cigars December 11, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Barry is the Malty Everyman.

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    kromulous December 11, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I see your rational. Let the poorer quality for price sit on the shelf. I agree, that's kind of where it belongs. And it will put pressure on the distillers to 'step up' the poorer bottles.

    I was disappointed with Bowmore 12 as well. It's there, it's a single malt but I didn't get the impact I expected from it. It's not an intense smoke heavy peat monster and that's fine but it was a 'dull' drink. Kind of washed out compared to what you can find in other bottles. It's priced almost the same as Highland Park 12, viking and the sweet barley alone outshines what Bowmore offered me with the 12. Like to try the 15 though. It does sound good.

  22. Reply
    Alexander Bertallo December 11, 2019 at 3:38 am

    The Golden Triangle… as long as I can afford…
    I drink alot of Glen Scanlan lately… 1 liter for a little more than 20 $ (at 40%) – it is more than just fine…

  23. Reply
    Matthew Newlove December 11, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Nice one ralfy I do love a good rant from ya also I got Laphroaig 10 for £26 and bunnahabhain 12 for £30 I need there’s discounts also good hunting everyone

  24. Reply
    Alexander Bertallo December 11, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Thank you for this video…
    I mean today I know more or less what is "worth" to spend my " little" money for… ecpecially when it comes to spirits… but I wish I could watch this video like 20 years ago…

  25. Reply
    GuitarGAS December 11, 2019 at 4:01 am

    The Glenfiddich 12 and 15 have been given a makeover, the bottle's designs have been changed to quote "ENTICE NEW DRINKERS" I couldn't find much on if the content has been changed too but the recent 12 I bought was just plain awful. Almost all alcohol taste and nothing else to add, while before it really was a descent cheap single malt imo… The 3y Queen Margot is a regular of mine and I'dd take it over the Glenfiddich 12 any day now and that's just a little sad…
    The same thing I experienced with Famous Grouse, used to love it but the internet confirmed they changed the blend and then it was just terrible.
    I'm on an "ok" budget but always on the search for best value vs price and the good to excellent whiskys on a budget have come almost all out of unexpected corners and almost non out of the big famous brands…

  26. Reply
    MrSottobanco December 11, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Off topic: The Richard Gooding whisky collection will be auctioned off. It contains 3,900 bottles of whisky. It is considered a "Perfect Collection". It will sell for more than $10 Million. Are you going to buy it?

  27. Reply
    Drew December 11, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Have you tried proper 12 whiskey?

  28. Reply
    awhiskybond December 11, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I’m lucky that I know a few people who work in whisky bonds, and get whisky at proper prices.

    Kilkerrran 12 was only £29 on the Dufftown Whisky ship online.

    If you look you can find some great independent bottles for the £30 mark.

  29. Reply
    Colin Stacey December 11, 2019 at 4:57 am

    You mentioned Canada. That Bowmore 15 is $95 here in Ontario. That is a lot. I know you will think me stupid but I like Bowmore 12. I will have to try the 15 when I get the cash.

  30. Reply
    Grant Hemstreet December 11, 2019 at 5:04 am

    I agree Ralfy. I've been 'getting into' spirits for about 6 months now, and Ive quickly realized that Im better off spending $10-$20 more per bottle, even if it means buying fewer. Every now and again, I indulge in the thrill of getting a so-so spirit for a very low price (such as Finlaggan Islay single malt for $20, which I recently discovered!) , but more often than not, it's better to pay the premium price for the premium spirit & savor it longer.

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    Ronald Tieder December 11, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Once I buy a brand, and it does not live up to my expectations (for the price) such as the Bowmore 12 and the Dalmore 12, I will not buy another product from their brand.

  32. Reply
    Robert Rogers December 11, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I miss the 8 year age statement on Jim Beam Black.

  33. Reply
    MrSwatt17 December 11, 2019 at 5:40 am

    We need lots of alcohol here in Canada lol

  34. Reply
    EyeWitnessChina December 11, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I would argue that quite a few bottles are worth over 100 pounds or 100 dollars. Why? The worthlessness of money. Never before in human history have we witnessed money printing like we are seeing now worldwide. 100, 200, 350 to 1 debt to GDP ratio Ian. Come on! The fact is that there is more currency chasing malts than ever before. And popularity is also at an all time high. That’s not a false economy, Ralfy. It’s reality of the new norm.

  35. Reply
    daniel strachan December 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I was shopping over the last few weeks online and got some fantastic whisky for under £50
    Laphroaig quarter cask £27.99 amazon
    Bowmore 15 £ 34.99 amazon
    Ardbeg 10yr £37.99 saisnburys
    Oban 14 £33.99 amazon
    Glenfarglas 17 £49.99 local offies
    Ralfy is right if there is that really nice bottle I want like a glenfiddich 21year winter storm and such then I save up and buy less for a few weeks great reveiw ralfy spot on if I had a bunnet on I would take it off for u

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