ralfy review 827 Extras – Properly opening a really old whisky !

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    The Swaledale bothy May 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm


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    Al Paterson May 27, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    got beat – but "First" to be watching while sipping:-) -Slangè fra Montreal

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    Mick Turner May 27, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Nice one, hi from Australia

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    Al Paterson May 27, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Ralf .. 38.7 % abv … and after whatever years in the cask ….. a wee
    splash of "New Make" to make it legal ….
    and Bob's your uncle:-) Slangé

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    ZephoN May 27, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for covering blended malts. I was aware of only a few and was curious. Buchanan's 15 has been my go to, but soon I think I'll explore.

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    Konstantin Kraus May 27, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Perfectly timed video 😀 About to finish university and got myself a bottle Talisker 25 to celebrate! Greetings from Germany!

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    Dwachak May 27, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge Ralfy! It is a huge help for someone like me who is in the spring of their whisky journey. Your focus on taking it slow is very reassuring, and I especially liked the comment on not to chase taste. Many happy malt moments to you and the community.

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    Mark Webster May 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Couldn’t agree with this more. Tend not to buy the older stuff now as I think the quality v price isn’t matching up. I remember buying a bottle of HP 30 10 years ago for £180 that bottle from the current range is now about £700. Very difficult to justify opening. Didn’t have an issue with the one I bought 10 years ago and I still have some left sealed in a small bottle for a special occasion. If your lucky you can try before you buy but difficult to take the dip without trying. I’ve had some great older whiskies but some horrors too. I find ardbeg a great wee whisky to blend with. Got a blended malt with sherried Springbank, glengoyne, glendronach and the ardbeg 10.i take a wee sample out of it now and again and it took a while but it turned out to be a belter/

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    Brian Mundie May 27, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks ralfy from sunny helensburg , grabbed a bottle of sirius a few days ago for £116

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    Willem Kilian May 27, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Good video as always. I am anticipating and hoping for a temporary lift on the ban on alcohol as of next week and hoping that I will then be able to restock a bit so that I can enjoy a little glass of whisky every now and then while watching one of your reviews. They are so informative and make me feel like I am in good company!

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    Andrew Joy May 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    What about a sample size of Sirius added to a 3 year margot? Or even the 8 year ? Good plan ?

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    Brenner May 27, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Hey Ralfy! Here’s a question: Can there also be (column still) grain whisky in a blend with an age statement?
    I'm aware that they put that stuff in “lower tier” blends as a filler and was wondering… I would guess not, since the number on the label indicates the youngest part of the blend and imagine that ageing grain whisky any longer than required would defy the purpose?!

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    lorenz yacoubian May 27, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Ralfy… A blend of ONE or more single malts..?!?! ONE..?!?!

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    pulsarl2c May 27, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    "Malty mistiriously memorable moonshiners"

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    Jakub Petryński May 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    How obout that one. I find most blended malts both scottish and japanese, bold but not to complex. Of course we are talking here age, but as a rule of a thumb.

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