• October 26, 2015 at 11:44 am #25336
    D
    Keymaster

    This thread is for all of us to share whatever we feel like sharing. Personally I find it intriguing to see what fellow fans are doing across the world. Today I am filming at a Cooperidge who specialize in high-end wine barrels.

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    October 26, 2015 at 11:54 am #25338
    Breath
    Participant

    do you know that some of the largest distilleries in Scotland actually own the oak forests in the US that are used for barrels for bourbon?    and there’s a very good reason for that if anyone is interested and doesn’t already know…

    October 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm #25341
    Stoneburst
    Participant

    do you know that some of the largest distilleries in Scotland actually own the oak forests in the US that are used for barrels for bourbon? and there’s a very good reason for that if anyone is interested and doesn’t already know…

    Interesting, what’s the story? Also, which distilleries?

    October 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm #25342
    Breath
    Participant

    I believe GlenFiddich and GlenLivet are among those investing in the US oak forests.   The reason?  Although the bourbon industry has a stake in the oak – they are the first-barrel fills (by law, bourbon must be aged in virgin oak)…these barrels are then taken down and shipped to cooperidges in Scotland, where they are rebuilt and used for whiskey ageing there.  Scotch, by law, must be aged in non-first-fill barrels.  They also use Spanish sherry barrels for some of the “sweeter” whiskies.  The Scots may used these barrels 3 or 4 times, for up to 20-30 years in some cases, so they have a much larger vested interest in the quality of the original wood.

    October 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm #25344
    trumplefingers
    Participant

    I believe GlenFiddich and GlenLivet are among those investing in the US oak forests. The reason? Although the bourbon industry has a stake in the oak – they are the first-barrel fills (by law, bourbon must be aged in virgin oak)…these barrels are then taken down and shipped to cooperidges in Scotland, where they are rebuilt and used for whiskey ageing there. Scotch, by law, must be aged in non-first-fill barrels. They also use Spanish sherry barrels for some of the “sweeter” whiskies. The Scots may used these barrels 3 or 4 times, for up to 20-30 years in some cases, so they have a much larger vested interest in the quality of the original wood.

    Scots are so damn cheap…I demand freshness in my barrels and my scotch.  Anything over a year old starts tasting a bit gamey.

    October 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm #25347
    LongBeachArena72
    Participant

    The toddler and I are puttin this together today if it kills us.

     

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    October 26, 2015 at 12:41 pm #25349
    Breath
    Participant

    I hope i’m not the tod-dler in demand here….

    October 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm #25351
    LongBeachArena72
    Participant

    I hope i’m not the tod-dler in demand here….

    No … But perhaps the contents of a few of those barrels might help us.

    October 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm #25355
    Stoneburst
    Participant

    I believe GlenFiddich and GlenLivet are among those investing in the US oak forests. The reason? Although the bourbon industry has a stake in the oak – they are the first-barrel fills (by law, bourbon must be aged in virgin oak)…these barrels are then taken down and shipped to cooperidges in Scotland, where they are rebuilt and used for whiskey ageing there. Scotch, by law, must be aged in non-first-fill barrels. They also use Spanish sherry barrels for some of the “sweeter” whiskies. The Scots may used these barrels 3 or 4 times, for up to 20-30 years in some cases, so they have a much larger vested interest in the quality of the original wood.

    That’s fascinating, I had no idea. Thanks.

    October 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm #25356
    bluzdude
    Participant

    Speaking of Scotch,

     

    not it too long ago a friend gave me a bottle of Notch single malt – 10 years old. I looked on the Internet to see how much it cost, but I can’t find anything except for this special one coming in at $888, which I’m sure this isn’t.

    I really don’t want to ask him what he paid for it.

    I can't tell you the way I feel because the way I feel is oh so new to me.......or whatever

    October 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm #25357
    Breath
    Participant

    who cares what it cost?  how does it TASTE?

    October 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm #25359
    bluzdude
    Participant

    Better than some 15 yr olds I’ve tasted

    ….(scotch that is….)

    I can't tell you the way I feel because the way I feel is oh so new to me.......or whatever

    October 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm #25360
    Breath
    Participant

    Better than some 15 yr olds I’ve tasted ….(scotch that is….)

    sounds like a significant “notch” above your typical whisky.  by the way, as you know – in Scotland nobody calls it Scotch.

     

    October 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm #25362
    bluzdude
    Participant

    Better than some 15 yr olds I’ve tasted ….(scotch that is….)

    sounds like a significant “notch” above your typical whisky. by the way, as you know – in Scotland nobody calls it Scotch.

    Just like in New York, nobody knows what a New York steak is and in San Francisco they never heard of Rice a Roni ( the San Francisco treat)

    I can't tell you the way I feel because the way I feel is oh so new to me.......or whatever

    October 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm #25363
    Z
    Participant

    Walking the dog this afternoon.

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    October 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm #25367
    LongBeachArena72
    Participant

    SUCCESS!!!

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    October 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm #25369
    LongBeachArena72
    Participant

    Great lookin dog, Z, and spectacular terrain–where is that?

    October 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm #25374
    Z
    Participant

    31°15’13.8″N 35°13’27.1″E

    October 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm #25375
    Breath
    Participant

    31°15’13.8″N 35°13’27.1″E

    I always have troubling pronouncing that place…

     

    October 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #25380
    Z
    Participant

    Canaan

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