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James Doohan was one of the original cast members I'd met and heard speak on several occasions. In the mid-to-late '70's before ST:TMP there were some Star Trek - Science Fiction conventions that came to the SF Bay Area where it seemed the same group of celebrities were presented. Not that I complained because it continued to be a thrill. Mr. Doohan was among that group (George Takei, Walter Koenig and Bruce Hyde were the others). He was always the moodiest, but so polite with children who were brave enough to ask questions. After the first movie and TNG, of course, Star Trek (re-)emerged as a big deal and the original series actors were in greater demand. I recall with great delight the way Mr. Doohan went on and on one time about the stupidity of "The Simpsons" tv show and wondered if he ever changed his mind.

([livejournal.com profile] allisona: does this count as a remembrance?)


Over the last few years I've had some opportunities to drink single malt Scotch whisky, but I'm still really into wine, at least for now. Part of what I was looking forward to this year was the chance to have some single malts where they're made. Since I cancelled my Scotland trip, I'm planning to have some single malt Scotch whisky each day of the convention. Early this year I bought one of those sampler packs that has four miniature bottles and was going to have a one-person tasting in preparation for the trip, but I kept putting that off, too, so it'll be a good start.

For those of you who are fond of single malts -- and I know you're out there -- which are your favorites?

Date: 2005-07-24 09:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Laphroaig -- without doubt the smokiest of all the single-malts I've tried. Used to be one of the cheapest, but has since acquired a large following that has brought the price up significantly.

The Glenlivet -- very smooth; rather mild for a single-malt. The [livejournal.com profile] flower_cat and I are still working on the case we were given for our 25th anniversary, about 4.5 years ago.

I don't consider myself an expert by any means, but those are the two I'm most familiar with.

Date: 2005-07-25 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] folkmew.livejournal.com
Mark Wise introduced me to Laphroaig. It's one of his favorites.

Joey, did you ever hear about how I discovered that Single Malt Whiskey could be pretty nice after all? It involved Mark Wise, Emma Bull, Will SHetterly and the Fabulous Lorraine. :-)

Date: 2005-07-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fleetfootmike.livejournal.com
Oban 14yo - smooth, has an afterglow that just lasts and lasts.

Macallan 18yo (if you can get it :) - sherried, rich, yum.

Highland Park (12 or 18yo) - niiiice.

Date: 2005-07-24 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] singlemaltsilk.livejournal.com
Dalwhinnie 15 -- elegant, but not effete; a lovely, balanced single malt, and the one I'm most likely to always have on hand.

Laphroaig -- intensely smoky, with a hint of bitter chocolate. Not for the faint of heart.

Isle of Jura -- warm, sensuous, with notes of vanilla and honey.





Date: 2005-07-24 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allisona.livejournal.com
Oh, yes, this counts as a remembrance and I was happy to read it! :)

I was just saying to John a day or two ago that I've never really met any of the classic Trek actors, though one of the earliest conventions I went to (Shore Leave in Baltimore) had Nichelle Nichols as a guest and I was pretty excited about that. I'm sure Toronto Trek has had classic Trek guests, but the events just don't stand out for me (I was probably at the end of a hallway somewhere filking).

Date: 2005-07-24 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaidit.livejournal.com
Talisker - I like it smoky.

Lagavulin - really smoky.

The Glenrothes is good too.

I had some Laphroaig 30 year once. That was intense.

Date: 2005-07-24 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorthecook.livejournal.com
Talisker and Oban 14-year are good; I also like Bunnahabhain, which we have in a 20-year expression. When I opened the Bunnahabhain, the first 2 drinks I poured out of the bottle tasted like diesel. I naturally let the bottle sit for several months before approaching again. The evil had left the whiskey, and the rest of the bottle has been very good indeed. So if you find something awful, don't pour it down the sink just yet.

You may enjoy Ian Banks's book on the subject, Raw Spirit . I find the pronunciation and spelling guide invaluable.

Date: 2005-07-25 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhayman.livejournal.com
Yummy comments so far. I think we've had all of these at least once.

Current like: Glenmorangie. That's part because I bought a bottle of one variety in celebration of the life of Dorothy Dunnett. It was a favourite of hers -- and she officiated at Scotch judging in Scotland.

Date: 2005-07-25 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] singlemaltsilk.livejournal.com
Mmmm, yeah. I've got a luscious Burgundy-finish Glenmorangie...

Date: 2005-07-25 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaidit.livejournal.com
This reminds me: are you coming to the 2006 Worldcon? Anaheim isn't all that far from my house, and I've got bottles of single-malt Scotch that could use a bit of draining. Of course, I might go and pour Talisker...

Date: 2005-07-25 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] museinred.livejournal.com
My personal favorite remains Highland Park, smokey and smooth. Though [livejournal.com profile] filkerdave introduced me to Laphroaig at Contada. Also very nice. <lj user=osewalerus" first introduced me to single malts beyond the MacAllen has a little more iodine taste than I like. Purim at his house features a 20 ft trestle table lined down the center with every kind of single malt I've ever seen and a few I hadn't before.

Non-smoking...

Date: 2005-07-25 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampirdaddy.livejournal.com
As I do not like the overly "brackwater" or "bog body" whiskeys, I'd like to recommend some whiskeys heading more towards cognac than towards smoke and peat.

  • Glanfarclas - just perfect (for me)
  • Auchentoshan, which is a bit stronger (due to triple distillation) and one of my favourites.
  • Glanmorangie - plain, simple whiskey - and smooth and classy

Re: Non-smoking...

Date: 2005-07-25 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] singlemaltsilk.livejournal.com
I enjoy both the Auchentoshan and Glenmorangie. Haven't tried Glenfarcas yet, I'll have to look for it when next I shop for whiskies.

Scotch

Date: 2005-07-26 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's very, very easy to spend a lot of money on scotch. Cultivate friends who like it and offer to share; you'll be able to sample a greater variety.

Laphroaig 15 y.o. is now readily available in the U.S. It's pricey but worth it: smoooooooth and smokey.

Glendronnach is a sherry-casked scotch. It has a wonderful color and a lingering sweetness.

Lagavulin is from Islay (so is Laphroiag). I like its bittersweet flavor notes. Some people prefer it to Laphroaig.

Dalwhinnie.



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