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  1. My thoughts exactly. Never had a draw problem on my box either, of which I have a few left too (one of the more cool Andorra finds I had back in the day) I think a head to head review between a Slendy and its chopstick brethren ERDM Panetela Larga and LGC MdO No. 3 would be fun!
  2. That's part of the reason - Ardbeg only restarted production in late 1997 under the present owners, and had produced no whisky from about 1981 to 1989, and sparingly from 1989 to 1996. And, most of the 1989-1996 stuff is long gone (think Airigh Nam Beist, Old Ardbeg 10 (Pre-2008) and was, by and large, fabulous whisky. The other reason they release so many NAS bottlings is that.....they sell. Their fanbase and reputation was such that for almost a decade, they have been able to fiddle with the cask type/treatment each time, and people will gobble up the bottling regardless of the internal quality. Some have been excellent (Alligator, Ardbog, the new Blaack), some have been mediocre (Perpetuum, Auriverdes, Dark Cove) and some have been garbage (Kelpie was disgusting, a treacly-sweet hot mess)..but they all sold out, and the only difference is that the bad-mediocre ones sell for 120% OR price on Auction sites, and the excellent ones for 200% and more. If they sell out every year, why change it up? My problem with Ardbeg is that the aged stuff that we (as Ardbeg fans) have been waiting for for years, was astronomically priced when it did come out. When your 10yr bottling is £35-40, and the 19 year starts at 4-5 times that, something is bloody wrong. I never even bothered to get the new 17 yr. Ardbeg was my #1 favorite whisky, but now I barely even notice their new bottlings. I'll enjoy the older ones that I have and remember the good times, but safe to say that they are no longer an auto-buy for me. Good luck to Mr. Gordon. I can only hope he and the Ardbeg team refocus on the whisky, rather than the marketing.
  3. I agree, Nino. This is just how things went in the colonial era, until WWI obliterated that world. Colonies/overseas possessions changed hands numerous times....regardless of their own state of development. Makes me glad to know the colonial era is long past.....although if you consider the PRC's actions in Africa, we may be witnessing a neo-colonialism, based on economic control. Build critical infrastructure with cheap loans, and when the local govt can't pay the loans, you take the infrastructure and now you have that country in your control....
  4. Agreed on Spain, but then at that point she was so weak militarily and financially, there was no question that her overseas possessions (those mentioned, but also Guam) would eventually fall to the first aggressor. I share your hope but with PRC pushing the envelope as far as it has in the SCS (creating new islands and then claiming the 12 NM around it? Unreal and outrageous, and yet so far they've gotten away with it), it's only a matter of time before something flares in that region....IMHO anyway. From experience, they are interesting seas to sail through, i'll say that...
  5. Yup. USS Cole almost did the same thing. Instead it foreshadowed the events of one year later....
  6. Great blast from the past! I love old Pre-Dreadnought Battleships like USS Maine - tumblehome hull forms for steel ships always capture my interest. So unstable.... The Maine sinking is one of those sinkings that will always create debate - it just seems so easy to imagine a Spanish mine sinking it, given the geopolitical situation if the day.
  7. Very cool piece! I'm guessing, pull the chain, and the aperture above produces a flame. As to how the flame appears, my best guess is alchemy.
  8. Very nice Art! Love the ERDM PC - Got one box from '10 stashed away, but that one is not seeing anyone's humi but my own, I like these too much. Funny, I had an NNSC VC1 box, and I got a lot of Eucalyptus from those cigars too. I think I have one lonely single from it left, need to spark it up to see.
  9. Ichiro is a legend. When Hanyu closed, he bought all the casks he could get so that they could stay in the family and released bottlings steadily. I often wonder how the world would see them (and Japanese Whisky in general) if Jimmy M had kept his mouth shut about Yamazaki in his bible. Have you been to Zoetrope in Tokyo? Phenomenal little whisky bar to try some rare and HTF Japanese whiskies, not to mention his own cask bottlings of Chichibu. That is - if the owner/bartender lets you come in! He can be a bit prickly....
  10. Peated whisky absolutely does evolve into something magical at the 30+ year mark. To my palate, I find it akin to a Tropical Fruit Salad. Try a '74 or '77 Ardbeg, or a 30+ yr old Caol Ila, and you'll see exactly what I mean. First time I tried a '74 Ardbeg, I almost wouln't believe that it was Ardbeg. No peat at all, just funky tropical fruits - unlike any whisky you'd had before.
  11. I've tried 3 Hanyu Card malts last year on deployment (I know of a Japanese cigar bar that has them) - 2 Of Clubs, 5 Spades, 3 of Diamonds. They ranged from very good to spellbinding. The barkeep refused to sell me a dram (said the price was too high) but then shocked me by pouring me a (generous) half dram of each after I gave him a RA Gigantes for having such a great cigar bar. I've also tried the Colour Joker at the Whisky Show in London in 2015 - it was good but not out of this world. The hype and prices are ridiculous....but the whisky itself can be exceptional. Just have to know which bottling to get/try. Chichibu + Karuizawa - Yes, both great investment whiskies too, but more importantly, fantastic whiskies in their own right. I loved the one Karuizawa I've tried, and my visit to Chichibu distillery in October 2017 remains one of my fondest distillery visits in memory (even if you can't buy any bottles at the distillery). If you can try any of these, and can afford the price, I would recommend not to miss out!
  12. I'll agree that some Macallans has good investment potential, but their volume of new releases makes determining which will appreciate so much more daunting - unless you're happy to eat the cost and drink the whisky if it doesn't appreciate in price. For me - taste trumps potential investment, I just want whisky that tastes great to my palate. Unfortunately, I feel that Macallan has focused on brand over flavour for the last several years, and the juice just isn't as good as it could be. The BS "Colour" series still slays me, only the Ruby was even palatable. The old Brora whiskies are in a class of their own for investment, but they were also in a class of their own for flavour. I finished my one and only Brora bottle (2005 30 Yr) about 6 months ago, I still mourn not having anymore, just an incredible dram. I wish people would stop flipping them for ever higher prices and just drink them. Port Ellen and Rosebank are great drams too, but don't seem to capture quite the same prices. As the new spirit comes out, they will start going even higher too but I think Brora will always beat them for price. I also love to drink PE and Rosebank, I've just finished my only Rosebank (Flora Fauna 12 yr) and it was a masterclass in subtlety with floral sweetness + depth, and my last PE Bottle will get opened at some point too. Don't get me started on Ardbeg. I love a lot of the mid-late 00's bottles, but so many of the recent releases have been pedestrian and overpriced, and for investment even more difficult to determine which will appreciate in value. How many guys are out there sitting on a bunch of Auriverdes, Perpetuums and Drums and wondering WTF went wrong? For me, it doesn't get better than the old 10 yr (pre-2007), I've stocked up on it when it could still be found for 40-50 Quid. Old Talisker I could see appreciating substantially, but not Bunnahabhain - it has never really caught the investors eye in the same way, it has just been somewhat pedestrian for so long. Comparing Feis Bottle prices between the Bunnas and the Lagavulins/Octomores will show you where the investors are going. It's just not great whisky, but that's this man's opinion LOL. My Investment hedge for whisky (if I was investing and not buying to drink as I am now) would be 90s/early 00's Springbank, and the Port Charlotte PC series. SB is already shooting right up in price for the secondary market (my favorite dram, and one that NEVER disappoints - thank God the distillery/company still charges a reasonable price and it's only resale that is crazy), and the PC series i think is criminally underrated. The investment craze for whisky is coming to a reckoning soon, I think. The failed Diageo Game of Thrones releases are ample example of that. Again - buy what you like to drink, for the most part the only people making big money on these auctions are the auction house owners, who sell the same bottle multiple times and rake in the commission each time. I love peated Benriach, and unless you're going into the 70's bottles, it doesn't appreciate in value (in fact some of their Authenticus 21-25 yr bottles I got an auction for less than the initial prices in stores)........but it's a bloody great peated dram. I've got nearly a case of the Benriach Solstice bottles from auctions over the last several years, and it's still going for less than 100 Quid at auction. I'm okay that it doesn't appreciate in value, because I'm gonna drink every last bottle I have of it. Remember, it's made to drink!
  13. Good to see you too, dude! Last time I was in T.O., I remember asking about you. Hope you are keeping well!
  14. Damn, I should bust one of my few examples out this week, just to compare. Thanks for the inspiration!

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