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  1. There are advantages to both. Aroma is better enjoyed indoors. Having access to the bar is also a plus. However, I mostly smoke outdoors. The views are much better as is the air quality. I can still enjoy the aroma in an outdoor setting as long as the wind is calm... and I usually bring the bar with me whenever I head out for a smoke.
  2. I am a HUGE Dylan fan and I love good Kentucky bourbon. Tennessee whiskey not so much. If I were forced to speculate I'd guess that this product sells about as well as Dylan's albums from the mid-80s.
  3. As stated by @ayepatz Talisker is from Skye, but there is some overlap in its flavor profile with Islay whisky. In my limited experience with Talisker 10, it is a solid, quality malt. I like it, but I don't love it. If I want that smokey, maritime flavor profile I head for Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroaig. I absolutely love all three and have a hard time choosing a favorite. As of late I've been gravitating more towards Lagavulin 16 and Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength. Despite the high ABV of the Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength it doesn't need much water to open up, and it will quickly fall apart if you add too much water. If you've been on the fence about trying the Cask Strength because of the high ABV, have no fear. It's a must try if you enjoy the regular Laphroaig 10.
  4. ^ Probably correct though outrageous. Cost of shipping is the reason I've never ordered anything from TWE or MOM.
  5. I'm late to the party, but it looks like there are still open spots. I'll take Monday 26th (NY Time) or Wednesday 28th (NY Time) if still available. Thanks!
  6. LIKES: Montecristo: No. 1, No. 3, Especial No. 2, H. Upmann No. 2, PC & Mag 46, Por Larrañaga PC & Montecarlo, Bolivar CG, PC & Tubos No. 1, Partagas 898 & DC, Diplomaticos No. 2, Punch Punch, RyJ Chuchill & CdL No. 1, Vegas Robaina Clasicos & Unicos, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1 & No. 2, LGC Medaille D'Or (all of them). MEH / Somewhat Dislike: Cohiba, most Ramon Allones (especially Gigantes), SLR Regios, Hoyo de Monterrey DC.
  7. That was a lot of fun and I have not been back to the Davidoff Lounge since that meeting @Fuzz. I'd definitely be up for going back to meet another brother from down under. I'll PM Steve to coordinate. Cheers!
  8. Great read! This article put a big smile on my face. Four Roses and the folks at Four Roses totally rock! Thanks for sharing.
  9. Interesting. I would have guessed Karuizawa. Based on the picture above this Yamazaki 50 year was bottled in 2011. Hard to believe it's already fetching ~$300k. And it's highly likely that the buyer will never taste a single drop.
  10. I'm with @Ethernut. There is a lot of great bourbon/whiskey/whisky available that does not require one to spend $150+. I buy to drink, not to collect. That being said, I have nothing against $150+ bottles or collectors. People collect lots of different stuff and alcohol is no exception. On occasion I'm disappointed that some bottles are out of my reach solely because of the collector market, but it is what it is. No big deal in the long run. When I find something really good at a fair price that is not mass produced I usually buy multiple bottles. This strategy works pretty well and I'm a happy man.
  11. +1 for Benromach. So far I've only tried the 10 year Imperial Proof, but it is indeed delicious! It offers lovely sweet fruity qualities with a healthy level of peat smoke. More peat than I was expecting and that is definitely s good thing.
  12. As for the main topic "favorite Islay malts", my response is ALL OF THEM! While I'm fairly new to Islay single malts I dove head first into the deep end as soon as I realized how much I loved heavily peated scotch. Of the base offerings that I've tried, Ardbeg 10 is at the top of the list, followed by Caol Ila 12 and Laphroaig 10. Lagavulin 16 is also excellent, but it's a little sweeter than I prefer. Bunnahabhain and Bowmore are still on the "need to try" list. Edit: Went back for another dram of the Lagavulin 16 last night and the sweetness was more subdued. Still present, but in much better balance with the salt and the smoke. The bottle's been open for several weeks and the whisky has benefitted. The Caol Ila 15 year "unpeated style" is still available from a few online retailers. Is it totally unpeated? How would you describe the flavor profile compared to the standard 12 year? Thanks!
  13. This ^. And this ^. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY. AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! HO HO HO.
  14. Me too, and I'm sure we have lots of company. I still fail to understand how the HUPC could have even remotely been considered for the deletion list. Time will tell if it is just a ruse. As for the others in the Top 10 list, the Monte Tubos were/are suberb! The Fonseca #1 are also pretty tasty. I love the format and the flavor.

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