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Cyprian
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I've been picking up Japanese bottles recently. Nikka From the Barrel, Nikka Coffee Malt, Nikka Taketsuru, and Yamazaki 12.

The Taketsuru is a first, nice sweet and peaty blend.

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I love Nikka From the Barrel. I used that one to fool a friend that was anti-japanese scotch.
Cyprian
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It's a good one, and the squared shaped bottle is fun and very unique. However, you gotta learn how to pour it out clean of that tiny hole at the same time, maybe it is just me but it took me a couple pours to get a good touch for it.

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AgInSingapore said:

Grabbed a pre-order from Total Wine for the Glenmorangie, Barrel Select Release No. 2, 'Cognac Cask Finish' Aged 13 Years. Now to wait for delivery in the fall...

How do you pre-order this? I'm grand reserve already if that matters... Curious if I'm missing something because that sounds delicious

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So Total Wine has their regular website, but they also do something called Concierge Sales (status does not matter, it is just a separate website from the regular one, https://concierge.totalwine.com/) Sign up, it's free, and then Concierge Sales will send you emails when a new offer is available. Most of the time it is for wine, which is not a bad thing in my house, but you will also see scotch, tequila, rum, etc. offers from time to time.

Most of these offerings eventually make their way to the shelves, unless they are very limited allocations. This particular Glenmorangie will most likely be available in store but buying via the Concierge offering saved me 11% (they are transparent with what the savings are). I've used it for the Glenmorangie Malaga, special Ardbeg releases, special Diageo releases and so on. It isn't like the rare whisky quarterly offerings where you may or may not get it and if you do you have to go to the Galleria location. You will be able to select a specific store to pick up from once the product arrives. Purchases via Concierge are tied to your regular memeber number (I think you have to enter it in when you sign up, it's been a while so don't quite rememeber) so you still get the points.

Circling back to the wine, this is also where you can buy bordeaux futures which is pretty fun if you are into that sort of thing. I started doing this during lock down, and it is basically pre ordering before the Chateaus bottle and release their wine for general sale. Give you the chance to get stuff that you may or may not ever see on the shelf.

Long winded, sorry about that.
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Was at Costco chatting with the liquor store guy about what he had on shelf.

I mentioned to him that I also dig Japanese whiskies, but the one I'd been looking I hadn't seen in years and pretty sure it wasn't being made. He asked which one and I told him the name - Hakushu.

He said - I think we have a bottle of that in the back, let me go look.

Sure enough - Hakushu 12!

Felt like I won the lottery.
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AgInSingapore said:

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Long winded, sorry about that.

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Ha, np, it is good info. I've got one preordered now too tho, thanks for the heads up

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That's a great pour! I have a bottle in the cabinet.
John Francis Donaghy
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How have I never known about this!?!?
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Don't know but glad to share the info, hope they offer something that draws your interest!
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I'm really looking forward to this bottle, I'm a peat head but really like what Glenmorangie does with their finishing. That malaga was good stuff but the Glenmorangie Cake was one of my favorites to date, so good...
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AgInSingapore said:

I'm really looking forward to this bottle, I'm a peat head but really like what Glenmorangie does with their finishing. That malaga was good stuff but the Glenmorangie Cake was one of my favorites to date, so good...

Cake was very nice (should have bought another one), Malaga was good but I wasn't as big on it. I tried a Jefferson's Rye in a Cognac cask finish recently that was very, very nice. I'm excited to see what Glenmorangie does with this finish too here, they have been consistently good for me so far.

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Had a pour of Octomore 7.1 this weekend. Pretty damned good if you are a peathead. I'm on a mission now to get a hold of a bottle of the 11.3
 
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