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10 hours ago, Unruly said:

I found an article about the Japanese whisky shortage and how the market is responding while looking to confirm the discontinuation. The way it's responding isn't good. See, the last 10 years have seen a giant boom in Japanese whisky. They started winning all sorts of awards in the early and mid 2000's, and it's continued to this day, so they've earned a lot of acclaim that's put them on a lot of shelves. But Japan doesn't have a strict enough regulation on what can be called "Japanese whisky," basically only requiring it to be bottled in Japan, so unscrupulous sellers are buying foreign, typically Canadian and Scottish, whisky in bulk, bottling it in Japan, and selling it as "Japanese whisky" when it actually isn't. Which is leading to people losing trust in the term. And the ones that are producing in Japan were very slow to increase production and are increasingly removing age statements from their bottles. Hakushu apparently now has a bottle in Japan without an age statement, which doesn't bode well for the discontinuation of the 12 year. 5 or 6 years ago Hibiki introduced "Hibiki Harmony" which is a no age statement version of Hibiki 17, and it's gone from $60 a bottle to almost $100 in it's own right, while Hibiki 17 itself has a retail list of $120(but good luck finding it at that). I fear that Yamazaki 12, another staple Japanese whisky that's been in short supply, will follow.

Interesting as I got a bottle of Japanese whisky for my brother (Fuyu blended Japanese whisky, ~$55US); and now I have to wonder how Japanese it truly is.

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17 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

Interesting as I got a bottle of Japanese whisky for my brother (Fuyu blended Japanese whisky, ~$55US); and now I have to wonder how Japanese it truly is.

 

from what I read, it sound like a very lightly peated but acceptable Japanese whisky.  It sounds youngish but is apparently definitely a true japanese blend from several distillers on Honshu Island.  (lord definitions have changed since I began drinking whiskys.  If someone had offered me a blended whisky i would turn down the offer.  Blended used to mean combined with other spirits, mainly wheat whiskey and I strongly dislike the flavor of wheat whiskey.  Corn works, rice works and rye can be tasty but the wheat adds a certain flavor that you like or you don't and I don't.  Vatted whisky was a blend but it was all malt and from multiple distilleries and of course, single malt was a single distillery source.  (and yes, for the purists I am mixing whiskey and whisky.  I like both spellings and neither is technically wrong. Since I am not an english major, doing a paid review, or claiming to be an expert, please don't complain about me using one or the other.)

 

So is there anew name for what used to be a blended whisky like the Grouse or Johnny Walker red?  From what I've read there now is no difference between these and something like Monkey Shoulder, which is disappointing because I have enjoyed a number of vatted malts in my time but my distaste of wheat is enough that I won't risk it anymore, so no new blendeds for me i guess. 

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19 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

 

 

Once, in frustration, I made a low "arrrgh" sound...

 

A young lady siting next to me rather facetiously asked me if I was a pirate.

 

Feeling snarky, I replied, in a decent Capt. Barbossa voice, while leering and waggling me eyebrows...

 

"Aye, lass. A pirate I am...

And I'm here to plunder yer booty!"  ::D:

 

 

I wasn't aware that particular shade of red was attainable by a human being without boiling...

 

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57 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

from what I read, it sound like a very lightly peated but acceptable Japanese whisky.  It sounds youngish but is apparently definitely a true japanese blend from several distillers on Honshu Island.  (lord definitions have changed since I began drinking whiskys.  If someone had offered me a blended whisky i would turn down the offer.  Blended used to mean combined with other spirits, mainly wheat whiskey and I strongly dislike the flavor of wheat whiskey.  Corn works, rice works and rye can be tasty but the wheat adds a certain flavor that you like or you don't and I don't.  Vatted whisky was a blend but it was all malt and from multiple distilleries and of course, single malt was a single distillery source.  (and yes, for the purists I am mixing whiskey and whisky.  I like both spellings and neither is technically wrong. Since I am not an english major, doing a paid review, or claiming to be an expert, please don't complain about me using one or the other.)

 

So is there anew name for what used to be a blended whisky like the Grouse or Johnny Walker red?  From what I've read there now is no difference between these and something like Monkey Shoulder, which is disappointing because I have enjoyed a number of vatted malts in my time but my distaste of wheat is enough that I won't risk it anymore, so no new blendeds for me i guess. 

 

From what I understand, it's because some distillers were calling some single malts "pure malt" while others were calling a blend of nothing but malt whisky "pure malt," and so the regulating body stepped in and said "Nope. No more. Single malt is single malt, any blends of different whiskys are all blended. No more confusion." However, a blended malt whisky is what you're looking for. It's the new term. A blended malt is still all malted barley. According to wiki, this change happened 10 years ago. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blended_malt_whisky

 

It would appear that that rules change also made it so all Scotch must be fully bottled in Scotland, rather than just being distilled and aged there, to be called Scotch. So you can't buy it by the cask from Edinburgh, bottle it in London, and still call it Scotch. And it defined and legally protected the names of the different regions.

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Still ways around it.  There were at least a few distillers making and bottling in Scotland but aging in other parts of the UK which is apparently still done and either hidden or ignored.  Which sort of defeats the whole point of the whisky, even if it's the part that has no financial impact.  Sigh.  Can't win.  I also don't understand the change, by the old rules there were 3 forms: blended with other stuff, vatted which was all scotch malt but from multiple locations and single malt.  Seemed pretty clear to me.  The pure malt thing only caused issues with people who were intending to profit on the secondary market and I could care less about them.  For those drinking it, you either like it or you don't, it really doesn't matter where it comes from.  I used to like Mortlach but the only way to taste that in the states is as part of Johnnie Walker blue.

 

But it's a bit late for me to Complain. At this point I can have maybe a dram or 2 a month and i pay pretty heavily for that.  I've stopped exploring and stick to my favorites that I know and love: Aberlour, Highland Park, Glenmorangie, Oban, Diluane, and Lagavulin to name my favorites.  They're all singles and not going anywhere anytime soon.  Macallen is nice but too expensive and not special enough.  A scotch without some rough spots has no character!

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I'm so going to need more superglue to put everything in this box together.  Wow, that's a lot of pieces to say the least...  On one hand, I'm kind of wishing I had indeed purchased 2-3 more terrain packs, and one more core set, although I didn't have the cash back then so such is life.  On the other, I'm glad I'm not going to have to buy a case of superglue to assemble it all now....

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Urrrg...

 

Ok I'm awake. I'm awake at this ungodly hour so I can fly home and not need to be awake at this hour again.

 

My plan is to fly home, get on the train, get off the train, walk home, then fall into bed and sleep all of the sleeps. I expect it to take 9 hours.

 

I think demonstrating the Philly accent I've developed helped prevent arguments over where 'home' is. Home is where I'm flying back to, not this guest room in my parent's house. Home is where I have a life and a job and friends and a partner, not where my grabby mother wants me to be.

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37 minutes ago, NebulousMissy said:

Urrrg...

 

Ok I'm awake. I'm awake at this ungodly hour so I can fly home and not need to be awake at this hour again.

I'm awake early, partly because I wasn't tired anymore, partly because the cable guy is supposed to show up between 8am and 5pm. :rock::angry:

 

Not exactly the sort of wiggle room I was expecting. It means no one can really leave my mother's new apartment empty until they come.

 

And the only reason we need the cable guy is to make the cable wire longer to reach the opposite wall (stupid tamper proof collars). If it was my apartment, I'd get the right tools and splice in a new cable in the middle, but we'll play by the rules for now.

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I suppose a male/female extension cable was out of the question?  The cable company here owns to the wall jack but will laugh at any work orders beyond that point

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6 minutes ago, Crowley said:

Coffee....

And yes, the hamster is right!

2 more days until we head home. It has been a great getaway and we have a couple more days to relax, but it will be good to be home. The coffee maker here at our condo/rental/whatever died yesterday so I broke the replacement in this morning and getting ready to grab the second cup of coffee. Lady Corsair is planning on attack shopping today so I will probably relax here, be lazy and rink the nectar of the gods. Well, there is the matter of lunch and dinner to consider too, so I will probably go out at some point.

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1 hour ago, NebulousMissy said:

Urrrg...

 

Ok I'm awake. I'm awake at this ungodly hour so I can fly home and not need to be awake at this hour again.

 

My plan is to fly home, get on the train, get off the train, walk home, then fall into bed and sleep all of the sleeps. I expect it to take 9 hours.

 

I think demonstrating the Philly accent I've developed helped prevent arguments over where 'home' is. Home is where I'm flying back to, not this guest room in my parent's house. Home is where I have a life and a job and friends and a partner, not where my grabby mother wants me to be.

Safe travels!

 

1 hour ago, Cranky Dog said:

I'm awake early, partly because I wasn't tired anymore, partly because the cable guy is supposed to show up between 8am and 5pm. :rock::angry:

That's always annoyed me.  I've always wanted to respond with 'That's fine, I'll pay you sometime between today and next July'.

 

1 hour ago, Cranky Dog said:

 

Not exactly the sort of wiggle room I was expecting. It means no one can really leave my mother's new apartment empty until they come.

 

And the only reason we need the cable guy is to make the cable wire longer to reach the opposite wall (stupid tamper proof collars). If it was my apartment, I'd get the right tools and splice in a new cable in the middle, but we'll play by the rules for now.

And when the time is right, then we stop playing by the rules, raise the black flag, and go pirating, right?::D:

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20 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

You have both my sympathy and my understanding of the context.

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It was the accompanying hand gestures that stuck in my head.

 

Along with "like peeling wallpaper" and "goldfish bowl". <_<

 

He's running Saltmarsh while I get the Norse game ready. A decaying small fishing town that is seeing new life as a dwarf mining company has been granted rights to begin digging.

 

Some of the townsfolk from the oldest families in town have a "Saltmarsh Look".

 

Factions and infighting, and I do not trust the chandler.

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