Ahoy! Greetings & Sláintetions!
I've been brought to this board by way of the Master Of Malt retail site, being very intrigued by the 30ml "Drinks By The Dram" offerings.... And here I was about to make a new topic!
But I guess I can still leave it a bit introductory....
To make a long story short: I've been working for the local wine & spirits store for over a year now and having spent, by now (post last calculation), easily over $700 in Single Malts alone. While I know this is nothing
compared to the tally that others have (I have to guess that most have lost track!), I must mention that I'm merely a young laddie still struggling to make it is this silly world. That being said - with the slim job-perks aside - I want more...
But it's so hard to afford!
And so... My main questions revolve around the quality & construction of the bottles. Are the cork? Screw kap? If so, is there any material under the lid; like a paper or plasic seal?
I also wonder about your overall opinion of what you got compared to price payed and anticipated full-bottle price. Do you think your purchase was worth it?
Another idle question would be if you decided to have the full 30ml dram in one sitting or if you sampled a few drops or so & intend to keep the malts around in order to return to them & refresh your memory (as I imagine I will - hence my question about the bottles)?
My list! Just a click away (awaiting some of your thoughts & permission to have it shipped to my work):
1. Edradour 2003 Port Cask Matured (SO close to scrapping this whole idea & ordering a bottle of this - I'm also a Port lover.)
2. Compass Box The Peat Monster (Actually made it to the shelf at the store, though I never saw who bought it or heard about it.)
3. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (The Lasanta is might nice, with sherry-raisin floating on top The Original, but I'm all-too-anxious to try this.)
4. Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve (15 is my dram of the evening, 12 is a bar staple, 18 remains a mystery!)
5. Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release (Hard to resist a sample of a new release!)
6. Laphroaig Quarter Cask (Mmmmmmmmmm... Laphroaig.)
7. Talisker 57° North (I sampled a Talisker early on in my tastings & recall that it was my favorite in the collection, but the leash on my bank keeps me from getting a full bottle.)
8. The Macallan 10 Year Old Fine Oak (I love a good Oaking, be it Chardonnay, Tequila, or
Scotch! Sampled this during a Scotch class at our store.)
9. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Alas... Mainly for reference.)
10. Clynelish 14 Year Old (I hear is a wonderful malt! Part of the Classic Collection, I've sold a couple but never sampled.)
11. Isle Of Jura 10 Year Old (Also on our shelf; It's a go-to for a customer, but I'm resisting for some reason. The idea of buying a Jura is actually what took me on this little whisky crusade.)
12. Glenkinchie 12 Year Old (Another in Diageo's Classic Collection that I've sold but never sampled.)
All of these were under £4... My total will be roughly $75.60....
.... That bottle of Edradour is looking mighty fine........