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Good day Horst,Every morning on my way to work I listen to your "review of the day". Being generous, let's say that Ben does one review a week. This means that you do, at a minimum, 16 reviews a month. That's almost four times more reviews per year than Ralfy! With so much information, it becomes hard to remember the ones you seemed to like more than others. With that being said, it would be great if your last review of the month included the three best scotches you tried and why you liked them. This would provide a way for me to know which ones really stood out and possibly buy if I see them on the shelf. I understand that not everyone will like and dislike the same whiskies that you like and dislike. However, most people who watch these reviews largely trust your judgment. I really enjoy scotch, but I don't have the money to buy a lot of bottles. A short list of your top drams each month would really help guide me to make more educated decisions while also giving me a better reason to be more adventurous with what to buy.
I am going through the reviews and making a list of Horst's Wonderful List... based on various keywords and his facial expressions
Some things that will make your search easier:1) "This is one of my favorite drams" means nothing! He says that all the time 2) The more sounds he makes as he's tasting, the better3) If nods his head up and down while tasting, it is just okay; it tastes predictable and safe. 4) If he squints his eyes and moves his head side to side while tasting, it's a winner!5) The harder and longer he exhales when nosing and after he swallows, the better it smells and tastes In all seriousness, I know that one sip is just okay or even bad, two sips is good, and three is great. However, sometimes he goes quite some time before giving a three sip recommendation. Even after a month of "two sip" reviews, there must be a few that stood out more than others.Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that he doesn't score whiskies. I'd just like a summary every once in a while of what his favorite samples.
Thank you for the interpretation. You are quite right. One problem is, that I like Whisky. A whisky has to be really different, that I would not find a good edge on it.1) Good is normal 2) I have to look after my alcohol consumption over the year. So I pour just 1cl in my glass. But drowning all that will result in a few liters over the year. I have to decide which one to taste a second time and which to empty completely. Life is too short for bad alcohol.3) I have a dozen or two of whiskies which I like most. Lagavulin and Talisker Distillers Edition, Glenlivet 18yrs, Macallan 12yrs, old Strathislas, Older Glendronach, ... If I say one of my favorite - I mean it.Looking at the numbers of sips is always good. One viewer once said, that also the heftyness or gentleness with which I place the empty glass on the cask shows, if I really respect the content. This might be sometimes true. But some times I am just in a little hurry.
Thank you for the reply and information, but I think I steered this topic in the wrong direction...What are your thoughts about identifying the top whiskies you had for the month (please refer to my first post in this thread)?
I just look at the total expression and yes how hard he sniffs and then exhale I already discounted all those that he just "likes"
"kroman" wrote:Thank you for the reply and information, but I think I steered this topic in the wrong direction...What are your thoughts about identifying the top whiskies you had for the month (please refer to my first post in this thread)?
This is a good idea, I'd be interested to watch a video every month.
Haha! In the german forum we started the "a second sip of Horst"-Thread in 2012 Its not 100% complete, but here is the list:AberfeldyAberfeldy 12Aberfeldy 1991/2012 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs ChoiceAberlourAberlour 12 Non Chill-FilteredAberlour 15Aberlour 16Aberlour A'bunadhArdbegArdbeg 10 TENArdbeg AlligatorArdbeg ArdbogArdbeg AuriverdesArdbeg GalileoArdbeg BlasdaArdmoreArdmore 25Ardmore 1999 Dun BheaganArdmore 9J 2003/2013 McGibbon's ProvenanceArranArran 10Arran 16Arran 17 (3x)Arran Private Cask 1997AuchentoshanAuchentoshan 14 Cooper's ReserveAuchentoshan 18Auchentoshan 21Auchentoshan American OakAuchroiskAuchroisk 30BalblairBalblair 1979 Gordon & MacPhailBalblair 1991 Gordon & MacPhailBalvenieBalvenie 12 Double WoodBalvenie 12 SignatureBalvenie 12 Single BarrelBalvenie 15 Single Barrel Sherry CaskBalvenie 16 Triple CaskBalvenie 17 Double WoodBalvenie 21 Port WoodBalvenie 30Barton 1792 DistilleryRidgemont Reserve 1792 8 JahreBen NevisBen Nevis 15 1996 Sherry Finish Càrn Mòr (Clubflasche 2012/2013)Ben Nevis 22 1991/2013 Signatory VintageBen Nevis Sherry 15 Jahre 1998BenriachBenriach 12 Heredotus Fumosus (PX Sherry)Benriach 15 Dark Rum Wood Finish ("Der ist nicht, hervorragend gut, aber so interessant das ich davon einen 2. brauche)Benriach 15 Tawny Port FinishBenriach 15 SolsticeBenriach 15 PX Sherry Wood Finish ("Gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut" )Benriach 15 Madeira Wood FinishBenriach 16 Sauternes FinishBenriach Single Cask Pedro Ximenez Finish 18J-1996/2014Benriach Authenticus 25 Jahre (*)BenrinnesBenrinnes 14 1998/2013 McGibbon's ProvenanceBlair AtholBlair Athol 12 F+FBowmoreBowmore 12Bowmore 15 DarkestBowmore 15 Laimrig (3x)Bowmore 18Bowmore 21 1988 Port Cask MaturedBowmore 25Bowmore 16 1996 Càrn MòrBlack BowmoreBowmore Black RockBowmore 12 Jahre 2001 Signatory Vintage (*)BroraBrora 12th Release 35J-/2013 (*)BruichladdichBruichladdich 16 Cuvee A Paulliac LafiteBruichladdich 21Bruichladdich 22 The Twenty TwoBruichladdich 2007 Islay BarleyBruichladdich Black Art 03.1Bruichladdich Black Art 04.1 (*) "(...) notieren Sie den als ausgetrunken, das Glas stell ich mir zur Seite, das trink ich heute Abend noch aus, ganz bestimmt"Bruichladdich Sherry ClassicOctomore 06.1: 167ppm Scottish Barley 5J /2013 ("Unter Protest!" icon_wink.gif)Octomore 06.3: 258ppm Islay BarleyPort Charlotte 10 Heavily PeatedPort Charlotte Scottish Barley (um zu schauen, wie er verdünnt schmeckt)Bruichladdich Cuvee 382 La Berenice 21 Jahre(*)Buffalo TraceBlantons GoldEagle Rare 10Charter 101BunnahabhainBunnahabhain 18Bunnahabhain 25Bunnahabhain 19 1992 Càrn MòrBunnahabhain 34 1973/2008 Celtic HeartlandsBunnahabhain 1997 Heavily Peated Signatory Vintage Cask StrengthBushmillsBushmills 21Caol IlaCaol Ila 18Caol Ila 25Caol Ila 15 1997/2012 Signatory VintageCaol Ila 1982 Signatory Vintage Cask StrengthCaol Ila 1999 Gordon & MacPhailCardhuCardhu 18ClynelishClynelish 12 Friends of the Classic MaltsClynelish 1995/2012 DecanterClynelish Distillers EditionClynelish 16 1995 Càrn MòrCooleyConnemara Distillers EditionGreenore 18Tyrconnell 18 Single CaskTeeling Single Malt 2014 (*)CragganmoreCragganmore 14 /2010 Friends of Classic MaltsCragganmore Distillers EditionCraigellachieCraigellachie 17 Jahre (*)Craigellachie 23 JahreDailuaineDailuaine 15 1997/2013 McGibbon's ProvenanceDalmoreDalmore 12Dalmore 18Dalmore 25 (nach 3 Schluck war das Glas leer}Dalmore 2000 VintageDalmore Tay Dram /2012Dalmore Gran ReservaDalmore King Alexander IIIDalwhinnieDalwhinnie Distillers EditionDufftownDufftown 18 *The Singleton of Duffton*Dufftown 27 1984 Signatory VintageEdradourBallechin 2003/2013 Sauternes Cask MaturedBallechin 10 (*)Edradour 11 2002 Burgundy FinishEdradour 12 2000/2012 Port FinishEdradour 12 2000/2012 Sauternes FinishEdradour 19 1993/2013 Sauternes FinishEdradour 10 2002/2013 Signatory VintageEdradour Decanter Bourbon 2003Edradour Fairy Flag 15 JahreEdradour Chardonnay - Batch No. 2 2003/2013Edradour Barolo - Batch No. 1 2006/2014Edradour Super Tuscan - Batch No. 1 2006/2014 (*)FettercairnFettercairn FiorFour RosesFour Roses Single BarrelGlenallachieGlenallachie 15 1996/2012 Signatory VintageGlenburgieGlenburgie 18 1995 Signatory VintageGlencadamGlencadam 14 Oloroso Sherry FinishGlencadam 21GlendronachGlendronach 15 Tawny Port FinishGlendronach 15 RevivalGlendronach 15 Moscatel FinishGlendronach 16 Platinum ("ja toll, den muss ich zweimal probieren" )(*)Glendronach 18 AllardiceGlendronach 18 Tawny PortGlendronach 21 ParliamentGlendronach 33Glendronach Grandeur 24 (*)Glendronach Vintage 1995 19J (*)Glen GariochGlen Garioch Virgin OakGlen Garioch 1999/2013Glen Garioch Sherry Cask 15 Jahre 3 SchluckGlenglassaughGlenglassaugh 26Glenglassaugh 30Glenglassaugh 35 1976 The Chosen FewGlenglassaugh 39 1972/2012 for GermanyGlen KeithGlen Keith 17 1995 Signatory VintageGlenkinchieGlenkinchie Distillers EditionGlenlivetGlenlivet 15Glenlivet 21 Archive (*) ("ich werde den jetzt, nachdem ich die Kamera abgestellt habe, ganz austrinken" )Glenlivet 25 XXV (3x)Glenlivet AlphaGlenlivet 21 Gordon & MacPhailGlenlivet 1997 Signatory Vintage Cask StrengthGlenlivet Master Distiller's ReserveGlenlossieGlenlossie 1995/2013 Connoisseurs ChoiceGlenmorangieGlenmorangie 12 Lasanta (46%)Glenmorangie 12 Lasanta (43%)Glenmorangie 18 Extremely RareGlenmorangie 25Glenmorangie ArteinGlenmorangie CompantaGlenmorangie FinealtaGlenmorangie PrideGlenmorangie Tùsail(*)Glen MorayGlen Moray Port Cask FinishGlenfarclasGlenfarclas 10 105Glenfarclas 15Glenfarclas 17Glenfarclas 18 (*)Glenfarclas 20 105Glenfarclas 21Glenfarclas 25Glenfarclas 30Glenfarclas 40Glenfarclas 1962/2011 Family CasksGlenfarclas 1990 No. 17 Alexander SelkirkGlenfarclas 1993/2012 Oloroso Sherry CaskGlenfarclas 1996/2011Glenfarclas 1997 Cask StrengthGlenfarclas 2000/2013 VintageGlenfarclas 2000 Oloroso Sherry CaskGlenfarclas Christmas Malt 1995/2014 (*)Glenfarclas Vintage Port Pipes 1981/2014 (*)GlenfiddichGlenfiddich 18Glenfiddich 19 Age of Discovery BourbonGlenfiddich 19 Age of Discovery MadeiraGlenfiddich 21Glenfiddich 30Glenfiddich 1973Glenfiddich 125th AnniversaryGlenfiddich 40 Jahre (*)GlengoyneGlengoyne 15Glengoyne 18Glengoyne 21Glen GrantGlen Grant 1955/2005 Gordon & MacPhailGlen Grant 1967/2008 Gordon & MacPhailGlenrothesGlenrothes 23 1988/2011 VintageGlenrothes Select ReserveGlenrothes 17 1995 Signatory VintageGlenrothes 25 JahreHighland ParkHighland Park 15 FreyaHighland Park 18Highland Park 21Highland Park 25Highland Park 30Highland Park Dark Origins ("der ist schon jung, tut mir leid..." )Highland Park Drakkar ("in der Nase, im Abgang im Geschmack sehr stark verbesserungswürdig" , ich wäre gespannt wie der schmecken würde wenn man ihm 6% Apothekenalkohol zusetzen würde" )Highland Park EinarHighland Park HaraldHighland Park 23 1988 Signatory VintageHighland Park 24 1987 Signatory VintageImperialImperial 17 1995 Signatory Vintage (Neugier/Interesse)J.B.G.J.B.G. 2010/2014 Münsterländer SherryJack Daniel'sJack Daniel's Silver SelectJim BeamBaker's 107 Proof 7JBooker's 7J 63,7%Knob Creek RyeJuraJura 16KaruizawaKaruizawa Asama (*)Kentucky Bourbon DistillersWillett Pot Still ReserveKininvieKininvie 17 Jahre 1996KnockandoKnockando 18 1994 Slow MaturedKnockando 21 1989 Master ReserveKnockando 25 /2011KnockdhuAnCnoc 22AnCnoc 1999/2013AnCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition No. 1An Cnoc FlaughterAn Cnoc RutterKovalMilletLagavulinLagavulin 16Lagavulin Distillers EditionLaphroaigLaphroaig 18Laphroaig 25Laphroaig An Cuan MórLaphroaig 1996 Signatory Vintage Cask StrengthLaphroaig SelectLaphroaig PX Cask (*)Laphroaig Vintage 1991 23JLinkwoodLinkwood 15 Gordon & MacPhailLinkwood 25 Gordon & MacPhailLoch LomondInchmurrin 21LongmornLongmorn 16Longmorn 12 Gordon & MacPhailMacallanMacallan 18 Fine OakMacallan 21 Fine OakMacallan 12 Sherry OakMacallan 18 Sherry OakMacallan AmberMacallan GoldMacallan RubyMacallan SiennaMacallan 1990 Gordon & MacPhail SpeymaltMacallan 2000 Gordon & MacPhail SpeymaltMidletonJameson 18Jameson Rarest Vintage ReserveMidleton Very RareRedbreast 15MortlachMortlach 16 F+FMortlach 18Mortlach 25Mortlach 15 Gordon & MacPhailNikkaNikka Coffey Malt (*)ObanOban 14Oban Distillers EditionOld PulteneyOld Pulteney 21Old Pulteney Duncansby HeadOld Pulteney Noss Head ("weil er so gebrannt hat"icon_wink.gifOld Pulteney Pentland SkerriesRoyal LochnagarRoyal Lochnagar Selected ReserveSlyrsSlyrs Oloroso FinishSlyrs Pedro Ximenes FinishSpringbankHazelburn 10 2003/2014 Rundlets & KilderkinsLongrow 11 Rundlets & KilderkinsLongrow 14Longrow 18Springbank 12 Calvados WoodSpringbank 18Springbank 21StrathislaStrathisla 40 Gordon & MacPhailStrathisla 1960 Gordon & MacPhailTaliskerTalisker 10Talisker 18Talisker 25Talisker 30Talisker Distillers EditionTalisker Port RuigheTobermoryTobermory 15TomatinTomatin 30Tomatin Cù BòcanTomatin LegacyTomatin DecadesTomintoulOld Ballantruan 10Tomintoul 12 Port WoodTomintoul 21TullibardineTullibardine 1993/2011 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs ChoiceWild TurkeyWild Turkey 101Wild Turkey Rare BreedWild Turkey 12 JahreRussell's Reserve Rye 6 Jahre (*)Woodford ReserveWoodford Reserve Distiller's SelectYamazakiSuntory Yamazaki 18Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 (*)Suntory Yamazaki PuncheonDiverse: Blends, Liköre, unbekannte Brennereien1776 Rye (*)Black Bull 12Black Bull 40Cutty Sark 25Dewars SignatureFireball Cinnamon Whisky LiqueurGinger Tam'sJohnnie Walker PlatinumJohnnie Walker BlueJohnnie Walker OdysseyMacKinlay's Shackleton The JourneySmokehead 18 Extra BlackThe Six Isles(*) drunk up
haha do you have a list for "wonderful", "I like it", and "if you see this bottle, take it."
"Quin" wrote:Haha! In the german forum we started the "a second sip of Horst"-Thread in 2012 Its not 100% complete, but here is the list:...Balvenie 12 Double Wood...(*) drunk up
Thank you for the post, but this kind of proves my point. he samples so many whiskies, that something like a list of "two/three" sip whiskies doesn't tell me a whole lot. Although there is nothing wrong with the Balvenie 12 year, I don't think at the end of a month of tasting whisky, he would say "This is one of the top three whiskies I sampled in July," if he had it in that month for example.However, let's say he does have a month where every whisky he tastes is only "one sip". At the end of the month, he'd still have to say which of the "one sip whiskies" he enjoyed the most.I watch the videos every day and enjoy all of them. I just wish that every once in a while, we could get some kind of list of the ones he has enjoyed, not of all time, but over the course of a period of time
"kroman" wrote:With that being said, it would be great if your last review of the month included the three best scotches you tried and why you liked them. This would provide a way for me to know which ones really stood out and possibly buy if I see them on the shelf.
It is hard for me to remember the details of all these whiskies I had over the time. But it will be possible to do it for a month.Unfortunately I take the videos a few days and up to a few weeks in advance. E.g. I did not answer in the forum for quite some time, because I was on vacations. This will make it a little difficult to establish a border between the month I took the videos and the month you've seen them.I always put my open bottles aside for some weeks in front of spreading them between my friends. In the future I will separate my personal favorites of the month from the others. And then I can do the asked video. I will give this a try. Hopefully it will develop into something I am able to keep to.
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