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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:46 pm    Post subject: Whisky Bargins Reply with quote

Has anyone got any whisky bargins recently???

Been a bit of a lean year on the old cash front, so having to choose my purchases carefully, but not seen too many good bargins so far this year. Sad Sad Sad

Wish I'd bought a couple of bottles of the 10 yr old Talisker for £14.99 when it was on special offer at Asda last Christmas! d'oh!

Still nearly to the season to be merry, so should be some supermarket special offers soon!!! Pray Pray Pray Pray Beer Beer Beer
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddbins may still have that single malt and glasses set for £9.99 if you hurry down Newland Ave.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:16 am    Post subject: Re: Whisky Bargins Reply with quote

Old Faithful wrote:
Has anyone got any whisky bargins recently???

Been a bit of a lean year on the old cash front, so having to choose my purchases carefully, but not seen too many good bargins so far this year. Sad Sad Sad

Wish I'd bought a couple of bottles of the 10 yr old Talisker for £14.99 when it was on special offer at Asda last Christmas! d'oh!

Still nearly to the season to be merry, so should be some supermarket special offers soon!!! Pray Pray Pray Pray Beer Beer Beer


yes, the talisker was a good buy

sainsburys have 33% of christmas gifts at the moment and these include innis and gunn special bottling, 3 bowmore minis (different) for under £6 and a number of other drink related items, i bought a few on sunday but well worth a look Beer
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will have to find some of the Christmas offers to post here , could be a very useful thread leading upto Christmas reindeer santa
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Whisky Bargins Reply with quote

talisker25 wrote:
Old Faithful wrote:
Has anyone got any whisky bargins recently???

Been a bit of a lean year on the old cash front, so having to choose my purchases carefully, but not seen too many good bargins so far this year. Sad Sad Sad

Wish I'd bought a couple of bottles of the 10 yr old Talisker for £14.99 when it was on special offer at Asda last Christmas! d'oh!

Still nearly to the season to be merry, so should be some supermarket special offers soon!!! Pray Pray Pray Pray Beer Beer Beer


yes, the talisker was a good buy

sainsburys have 33% of christmas gifts at the moment and these include innis and gunn special bottling, 3 bowmore minis (different) for under £6 and a number of other drink related items, i bought a few on sunday but well worth a look Beer


Excellent! Very Happy Cheers for the tip Talisker!! thumbright
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny wrote:
Will have to find some of the Christmas offers to post here , could be a very useful thread leading upto Christmas reindeer santa


Good idea Johnny, you could have a sticky post on the whisky page! Beer Beer
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as an example of the sainsbury's offers.

3 bowmore mini's, 12yo, darkest and 17yo. the 3 in a pack for £5.33, excellent Very Happy Very Happy

innis and gunn india pale ale, cask matured, £1.33

2 X 10cl glenmorrangie 'minis' and a leather look case, £6.33 (i think)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just been to the Local Tescos and snaffled an Ardbeg TEN for £21.47 , others on offer (never took much notice after spotting the TEN Very Happy ) .
Did notice a Famous Grouse gift set of 3 x half bottles for under £30 which included the ordinary , 10yo and 18yo .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somerfield at the moment have the McClellands range for £9.99 a bottle which is the Morrison Bowmore range of single malts cheaply packaged so a great bargain.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Times Online November 25, 2006

Taste test.... festive foods
Restaurateur Oliver Peyton joins Tony Turnbull and Sheila Keating to pick out the best Christmas fare in the supermarkets

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS

Duchy Originals Organic Christmas Pudding, 454g, £5.99
Smells delicious, fruity, with just enough booze. Light and moist, you could easily find room for this.

The Carved Angel, Waitrose, 680g, £14.99
Nicely spiced with a touch of ginger, this isnít too sweet or sticky. A little different, but decent nonetheless.

Fortnum & Masonís King George Christmas Pudding, 454g, £16.95
The texture is a little chalky, but itís a perfectly acceptable pud.

Tesco Finest Ultimate Christmas Pudding, 907g, £9.99
Almonds and cherries on top? Theyíre overdoing the whole thing. Itís so sugary, you dread having to swallow any of it.

STUFFING

Waitrose Apricot and Almond Stuffing, 450g, £2.49
At least this looks good, you can see promising chunks of apricot lurking in there. A bit more fruity tang would have been nice, but thereís much worse stuffing out there.

Tesco Pork and Apple Stuffing, 250g, £2.99
Tastes a little bit like pork, a little bit like apple. Thatís all you can say, really. Perfectly inoffensive

Asda Extra Special Pork, Prune and Cognac Stuffing, 400g, £2.08
Very sugary. Thereís an odd Asian flavour, something like hoisin sauce with caramel chucked in.

M&S Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing, 340g, £2.19
The only thing that really stands out about this is that itís quite gristly. Itís just stodge really, something else to try to hide under your napkin.

GRAVY

Duchy Originals Fresh Organic Gravy, 500g, £2.29
Very pale, and looks a lot like baby food. You get a floury, undercooked flavour to it Ė more seasoning might make it more palatable. Perhaps you could improve it by adding your own meat juices.

Tesco Poultry Gravy, 600g, £1.69
HmmÖ thatís a rather unexpected flavour. Thereís a Marmitey tang and a burnt-spud finish. Itís not as though making homemade gravy is a huge inconvenience, is it?

Bisto for Turkey Gravy Granules, 170g, 79p
Well, it is what it isÖ but what it happens to be is salty gloop, with a plastic sheen thatís guaranteed to turn into skin before too long

Sainsburyís Taste the Difference Poultry Gravy, 320g, 99p
This is very viscous, with an immediate front-end taste of synthetic chicken. Not unlike a bad packet soup.

CHIPOLATAS

Duchy Originals Chipolatas with Honey and Rosemary, £3.35 for 8
Very nice. The pork seems decent and not too fatty, plus you get a nice peppery flavour and well balanced herbing.

M&S, £3.49 for 12
Big chunky texture looks promising, but whereís that nice sausage taste? All the fun of heartburn with none of the flavour.

Waitrose Premium Pork Chipolatas, £1.99 for 12
A little bland these Ė makes you suspect thereís a fair amount of breadcrumbs and other filler chucked in. Not horrid, just completely unmemorable.

Sainsburyís Taste the Difference Pork Chipolatas, £2.19 for 12
If youíre after a rubbery sausage that tastes a little bit like liver, youíre in for a treat. Otherwise, avoid.

Page 2: Cranberry, Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Brandy Butter

Page 3: Jane MacQuittys alchohol round up

CRANBERRY

Tesco Fresh Cranberry Sauce, £1.69
With this much sugar and cinnamon, this is basically a pudding. Serve it with some nice yoghurt and youíre away. If it wasnít so sweet, itíd be fine to have with turkey.

Sainsburyís Taste the Difference Cranberry Sauce, 200g, £1.09
Tastes like a dusty old spice cupboard. Absolutely horrible, this should have a government health warning.

Ocean Spray Original Cranberry Sauce, 190g, 87p
You wouldnít know this was meant to have cranberries in, itís just preservatives right across your palate.

English Provender Co Organic Wild Cranberry Sauce, 240g, £1.59
Utterly vile.

MINCE PIES

Asda Extra Special Mince Pies, £1.68 for 6
These taste spot on. Thereís a freshness to them, the mincemeat actually tastes of fruit rather than alcohol and the thin pastry means itís better cooked.

Waitrose All Butter Mince Pies, £1.99 for 6
Quite tasty. The pastry is nice and buttery, and the filling isnít too raw or boozy.

Sainsburyís Taste the Difference Brandy-Rich Mince Pies, £1.49 for 6
Pastry is fine and the filling looks rich and appetising, so itís a shame all the flavour is overpowered by the alcohol.

Somerfield Best Ever Mince Pies, £1.49 for 6
Musty gloop. Leave one of these for Santa and you can expect a stocking full of coal.

CHRISTMAS CAKE

Tesco Finest Christmas Cake, 907g, £9.84
The fancy icing looks a bit naff, but the cake itself is a good íun: moist, lots of cherries and almonds and a good marzipan flavour.

Duchy Originals Christmas Cake, 900g, £15.95
You get a nice marmalade tang and itís not too dry. There are plenty of nuts too, theyíve not just bulked it out with raisins

Waitrose Seasons Greetings Christmas Cake, £4.99
If you can cope with an underlying burnt flavour, this should be manageable.

M&S Connoisseur Fully Iced Cake Bar, 1.38kg, £19.99
Thereís an odd and unappetising toffee flavour, plus the icing is chewy and hard to work through. Horrid.

BRANDY BUTTER

M&S, 215g, £2.49
Just about perfect, hard to see how you can improve on this. Itís just sweet enough, creamy and tastes of brandy. Itís not rocket science, is it?

Markus Products Somerset Cider Brandy Butter, Waitrose, 175g, £2.95
Very soft and not too sweet. The cider brandy gives it a fruity finish.

Tesco Brandy Butter, 150g, £1.49
If it wasnít quite so sugary, this would be very nice, as all the other elements are there.

Waitrose Fine Cognac Brandy Butter, 225g, £2.07
Very pale, looks just like margarine. You immediately get a rather raw alcohol taste and then a really sugary finish

Page 3: Jane MacQuittys alchohol round up

And Jane MacQuittys Round Up...

WHISKY

Bailie Nicol Jarvie, Old Scotch Whisky, Tesco, £11.46
BNJ is proud of its Highland and Island high malt content (way more than Teacherís), and rightly so, its gingery spice making for a delectable dram.

Teacherís Highland Cream, Co-op, £9.49
With a hefty 45 per cent malt content Teacherís is a bolder blended whisky with lots of strong, dry, malty flavours that make it a good mixer.

Bellís 8 Years Old, Co-op, £9.99
Gentle, smoky, fruity stuff, naught to excite the tastebuds but naught to offend them, either.

The Famous Grouse, Co-op, £9.99
Like the Bellís, a simple blended festive whisky whose sweet, smoky, heathery style will have wide, easy-glugging Christmas appeal.

SHERRY

Solera Jerezana Fino del Puerto, Waitrose, £5.99
Utterly gorgeous fino whose yeasty, sea-salty, full-bodied 16.5 per cent alcohol palate delivers a terrific blast of authentic flavour.

Sticky Pudding Wine, Pedro Ximenez, Barbadillo, 50cl, Sainsburyís, £6.79
Luscious, tangy, moscatel raisin-scented sherry made from dried pedro ximenez grapes.

Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Byass, Tesco, £8.25
Appealing bouquet of yeast and iodine but let down by dull, watery, 15 per cent alcohol palate and bitter finish.

Harveys Bristol Cream, Tesco, £4.88
Dull, sweet, sappy scent and taste with absolutely no sherry solera charm or style. Ditch contents and admire traditional bright-blue Bristol glass bottle instead.

PORT

Sainsburyís 2000 LBV Port, £6.99
Dusky scent, and sweet, earthy, plummy palate plus a long, tangy, dusky finish. Too earthy for me.

Cockburnís Special Reserve, Tesco, £8.99
A standard ruby pretending to be something it ainít. Faintly plummy scent and palate but too much raw, inky spirit to be drinkable

2001 Taylorís Late Bottled Vintage Port, Tesco £7.98
Like the vast majority of late-bottled vintage port, this big seller is really a superior ruby and its bland, woody palate is way too young and spirity.

Croft Platinum Reserve Port, Sainsburyís, down from £10.99 to £5.49 until December 31
Bland, vaguely fruity scent leads on to a coarse, spirity palate. For mulled wine and cooking purposes only.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,632-2467595_3,00.html


All the whiskies are blends, this wouldn't be that great a Christmas feat then Sad The ports look a better bet in this list.
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