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Postby anyportinastorm » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:45 pm

we had dinner at Maduro and a scotch afterwards this weekend then walked over to the Icon to compare the selection. Prices were better at the Icon, their selections comparable, bartenders more knowledgeable about their scotch selection at Maduro. Macallen seems to be popular on here...the Icon has the 12, 18, 21 and 25 year old... theiconmadison.com if you want to check the selection
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Postby Bunny Chow » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:56 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Bunny Chow wrote:We have a new spelling now? Whiskies?

Why didn't you pick up on selictions?


cuz that's archipants job.
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Postby Bunny Chow » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:18 am

anyportinastorm wrote:we had dinner at Maduro and a scotch afterwards this weekend then walked over to the Icon to compare the selection.


You two must be lushes. dinner at Maduro would be entirely liquid. (You must mean Magnus?)
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I was at Maduro last night and tried the Macallan 12, Dalwhinnie 15 and The Balvenie 12.

Dalwhinnie had the smoothest flavor and texture of the three by far. Macallan and The Balvenie are Speysides, the Dalwhinnie just a regular Highland.

I was kinda disappointed they didn't have the Dalmore Cigar Malt.

I forgot to mention Old Pulteny....for the price is a nice single malt.

It was an expensive night.
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Scotch selection in Madison

Postby Pxn8tr » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:20 am

The new Monroe Street Bistro has 13 offerings listed under "scotch," though one is MacCallan and you classify that as a whisky. The scotch listings appear only on the PDF beer menu, not the on-line menu, something that needs to be corrected.

Speyside
Glen Rothes Select Reserve
MacCallan 12-year
Balvenie Double Wood

Highland
Glenmorangie 10-year
Cragganmore 12yr D.E.
Oban

Islay
Laphroaig 10-year
Bowmore Dawn Port Cask
Lagavulin

Lowland
Little Mill 12-year

Campletown
Springbank 10-year

Private Bottling
Gordon Macphail Glenlivet 15-year

Orkney Isle
Highland Park

Flight of three - 15
Flight of four - 20
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Postby boston_jeff » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:06 am

anyportinastorm wrote:we had dinner at Maduro and a scotch afterwards this weekend then walked over to the Icon to compare the selection. Prices were better at the Icon, their selections comparable, bartenders more knowledgeable about their scotch selection at Maduro. Macallen seems to be popular on here...the Icon has the 12, 18, 21 and 25 year old... theiconmadison.com if you want to check the selection


Since I was not a huge fan of my meal at the Icon, I probably won't go back except for drinks, so its good to know they have the full Mac range there. A glass of Macallan 18 usually goes for around 20 bucks at most bars or restaurants. I've found that a good bartender will usually give a nice pour because its rarely served and so expensive (the 25 is $38 for a glass!). About once a year near the holidays, my local liquor store would sell Macallan 18 for a little over $100 a bottle, those were good times! I've yet to see it for sale here in Madison, but I can only imagine the price if Macallan 12 is around $50.

We just missed the most recent Barrique's Scotch tasting:
http://www.barriquesmarket.com/pdfs/Bar ... hedule.pdf
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Re: Scotch selection in Madison

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:08 am

Pxn8tr wrote:The new Monroe Street Bistro has 13 offerings listed under "scotch," though one is MacCallan and you classify that as a whisky. The scotch listings appear only on the PDF beer menu, not the on-line menu, something that needs to be corrected.

Speyside
Glen Rothes Select Reserve
MacCallan 12-year
Balvenie Double Wood

Highland
Glenmorangie 10-year
Cragganmore 12yr D.E.
Oban

Islay
Laphroaig 10-year
Bowmore Dawn Port Cask
Lagavulin

Lowland
Little Mill 12-year

Campletown
Springbank 10-year

Private Bottling
Gordon Macphail Glenlivet 15-year

Orkney Isle
Highland Park

Flight of three - 15
Flight of four - 20


This is a very nice list, all within a similar price range/quality.
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Postby Bunny Chow » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:59 pm

I didn't count the number of single malts Maduro has but I am guessing it's about 100. Johnnie Walker Black is a rail whisky there.

Great live music too.
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Postby Fat.The.Gangster » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:25 pm

Bunny Chow wrote:I didn't count the number of single malts Maduro has but I am guessing it's about 100. Johnnie Walker Black is a rail whisky there.


Maduro's selection:

Speyside
Balvenie 12yr, $9
Cragganmore 12yr, $9
Glen Elgin 12yr (WGal), $13
Macallan 12yr, $9
Macallan 18yr, $20

Islands and Lowlands
Bruichladdich 10yr, $10
Bruichladdich 15yr, $12
Bruichl. WMD2, $12
Bunnahabhain 12yr, $9
Caol Ila 18yr, $12
Caol Ila 14yr, (GMc) $12
Glenkinchie 10yr, $9
Highland Park 12yr, $10
Lagavulin 16yr, $14
Laphroaig 10yr, $9
Ledaig Sherry Cask $8
Rosebank 14yr (GMc), $14
Scapa 11yr (GMc), $10
Scapa 14yr, $10
Talisker 10yr, $10
Tobermory 10yr, $8

Highlands
Aberlour A’bunadh, $11
Dalwhinnie 15yr, $9
Glenmorangie 10yr, $8
Glenm. Port Wood, $10
Glenm. Sherry Wood, $10
Glenm. Burgundy Wood, $10
Glenm. Madeira Wood, $10
Linkwood 25yr (GMc), $17
Mortlach 1993 (GMc), $14
Oban 14yr, $9
Springbank 10yr, $10
Blended Scotch
Black Bottle 10yr, $8
Walker Black, $7
Walker Blue, $32

Irish
Connemara, $8
Jameson, $5
Redbreast, $8
Tullamore Dew, $5
Knappogue, $7

100 might be a bit off, but it's a nice start.
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Postby Bunny Chow » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:28 pm

Fat.The.Gangster wrote:
Bunny Chow wrote:I didn't count the number of single malts Maduro has but I am guessing it's about 100. Johnnie Walker Black is a rail whisky there.


Maduro's selection:

Speyside
Balvenie 12yr, $9
Cragganmore 12yr, $9
Glen Elgin 12yr (WGal), $13
Macallan 12yr, $9
Macallan 18yr, $20

Islands and Lowlands
Bruichladdich 10yr, $10
Bruichladdich 15yr, $12
Bruichl. WMD2, $12
Bunnahabhain 12yr, $9
Caol Ila 18yr, $12
Caol Ila 14yr, (GMc) $12
Glenkinchie 10yr, $9
Highland Park 12yr, $10
Lagavulin 16yr, $14
Laphroaig 10yr, $9
Ledaig Sherry Cask $8
Rosebank 14yr (GMc), $14
Scapa 11yr (GMc), $10
Scapa 14yr, $10
Talisker 10yr, $10
Tobermory 10yr, $8

Highlands
Aberlour A’bunadh, $11
Dalwhinnie 15yr, $9
Glenmorangie 10yr, $8
Glenm. Port Wood, $10
Glenm. Sherry Wood, $10
Glenm. Burgundy Wood, $10
Glenm. Madeira Wood, $10
Linkwood 25yr (GMc), $17
Mortlach 1993 (GMc), $14
Oban 14yr, $9
Springbank 10yr, $10
Blended Scotch
Black Bottle 10yr, $8
Walker Black, $7
Walker Blue, $32
Irish
Connemara, $8
Jameson, $5
Redbreast, $8
Tullamore Dew, $5
Knappogue, $7

100 might be a bit off, but it's a nice start.


That list is incomplete. There were two Dalmore's I don't see on the list....and more than one Balvenie....don't make me go there again and count them....please. I'm a little hungover today.
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Postby boston_jeff » Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:34 pm

Macallan 12 $40/bottle at Costco.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:02 am

boston_jeff wrote:Macallan 12 $40/bottle at Costco.

Any idea if Costco carries Don Julio 1942 tequila and if so, what is costs? While you're at it, how about Don Julio Real?

I know they aren't Scotch, but I don't want to start a new thread.
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Postby boston_jeff » Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:45 am

I didn't really focus on the tequila so much, but they did have several Patrons and the liquor/wine was very cheap. Veuve Clicquot champagne was around 40 bucks (usually over 50 in Madison), Ketel One 1.75 $33, Grey Goose 1.75 around $52, lots of good high end liquor/wine deals. I didn't really pay attention to other scotches, bourbon, or whiskies, the Mac was all I needed...

Beer was comparable to Woodman's prices as far as I could tell.
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Postby bill6beers » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:30 pm

Hi! Bill here, owner of The Malt House. I hope blatant self-promotion is not out of line here but I thought I'd chime in with our whisk(e)y selection. We have more bourbon than scotch because that's where my personal tastes are headed these days, but I am trying to carry a fair scotch selection too. We've only been open two months, so the selection will improve over time. Anyway, here's what we've got right now:

Scotch Whisky
-------------
Ardbeg 10 yr
Aberlour 12 yr
Balvenie 10 Founder's Reserve
Bruichladdich 15 yr 2nd Edition
Coal Ila 18 yr
Cutty Sark
Dewar's White Label
Glenfarclas 10 yr
Glenfiddich 12 yr
Glenlivet 12 yr
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban (port finish)
Glenmorangie The Lasanta (sherry finish)
Highland Park 12 yr
Highland Park 18 yr
Johnny Walker Red
Laphroaig 10 yr
Lagavulin 16 yr
The Macallan 12 yr
Oban 14 yr

American Whiskey
----------------
Bernheim Wheat
Blanton's Single Barrel
Booker's 6yr
Buffalo Trace
Bulleit
Eagle Rare 10 yr Single Barrel
Elijah Craig 12 yr
Elijah Craig 18 yr Single Barrel
Jefferson's Reserve
Jim Beam
Jim Beam Rye
Knob Creek 9 yr
Maker's Mark
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond
Old Forrester Signature
Old Forrester 2007 Birthday Bourbon
Old Grand Dad Bonded
Old Grand Dad 114
Old Weller 107 Antique 7 yr
Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr
Rock Hill Farms
Russel's Reserve Rye
Sazerac Rye 6 yr
W.L. Weller
Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey Rye
Woodford Reserve

Irish Whiskey
-------------
Bushmills
Connemara
Jameson
John Powers
Red Breast 12 yr

Four Roses bourbon, my personal favorite, has just become available in Wisconsin this week. I ordered some today and expect to be able to serve it Friday night (8/22).

If you haven't stopped by our place, come see what we've done with the historic Union House Tavern building. It's been cleaned up and repainted but still has the beautiful civil war-era bar, back bar, and photos in a nice neighborhood tavern. No TVs here, just conversation with your friends and neighbors over a wee dram or pint.

Cheers!
Bill
== where/when to find us ==
The Malt House
2609 E Wash (corner of E Wash & Milw St, kitty corner from the Red Letter News)
--bicycle parking in front
--car parking lot entrance on Milw St. (but shouldn't you really be car-free when whisky drinking?)
M-Thu 4-12
F-Sa 4-2:30
Closed Sun
VISA/MC accepted; ATM on-site
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Postby Bunny Chow » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:57 pm

bill6beers wrote:Hi! Bill here, owner of The Malt House. I hope blatant self-promotion is not out of line here but I thought I'd chime in with our whisk(e)y selection. We have more bourbon than scotch because that's where my personal tastes are headed these days, but I am trying to carry a fair scotch selection too. We've only been open two months, so the selection will improve over time. Anyway, here's what we've got right now:

Scotch Whisky
-------------
Ardbeg 10 yr
Aberlour 12 yr
Balvenie 10 Founder's Reserve
Bruichladdich 15 yr 2nd Edition
Coal Ila 18 yr
Cutty Sark
Dewar's White Label
Glenfarclas 10 yr
Glenfiddich 12 yr
Glenlivet 12 yr
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban (port finish)
Glenmorangie The Lasanta (sherry finish)
Highland Park 12 yr
Highland Park 18 yr
Johnny Walker Red
Laphroaig 10 yr
Lagavulin 16 yr
The Macallan 12 yr
Oban 14 yr

American Whiskey
----------------
Bernheim Wheat
Blanton's Single Barrel
Booker's 6yr
Buffalo Trace
Bulleit
Eagle Rare 10 yr Single Barrel
Elijah Craig 12 yr
Elijah Craig 18 yr Single Barrel
Jefferson's Reserve
Jim Beam
Jim Beam Rye
Knob Creek 9 yr
Maker's Mark
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond
Old Forrester Signature
Old Forrester 2007 Birthday Bourbon
Old Grand Dad Bonded
Old Grand Dad 114
Old Weller 107 Antique 7 yr
Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr
Rock Hill Farms
Russel's Reserve Rye
Sazerac Rye 6 yr
W.L. Weller
Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey Rye
Woodford Reserve

Irish Whiskey
-------------
Bushmills
Connemara
Jameson
John Powers
Red Breast 12 yr

Four Roses bourbon, my personal favorite, has just become available in Wisconsin this week. I ordered some today and expect to be able to serve it Friday night (8/22).

If you haven't stopped by our place, come see what we've done with the historic Union House Tavern building. It's been cleaned up and repainted but still has the beautiful civil war-era bar, back bar, and photos in a nice neighborhood tavern. No TVs here, just conversation with your friends and neighbors over a wee dram or pint.

Cheers!
Bill
== where/when to find us ==
The Malt House
2609 E Wash (corner of E Wash & Milw St, kitty corner from the Red Letter News)
--bicycle parking in front
--car parking lot entrance on Milw St. (but shouldn't you really be car-free when whisky drinking?)
M-Thu 4-12
F-Sa 4-2:30
Closed Sun
VISA/MC accepted; ATM on-site
=========================


Ok Bill, what about the beers? And food? And, of course, music?

Sounds like your place would be a good place to bring a date....if you have live music. Chicks love music.
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Postby boston_jeff » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:39 pm

Thanks Bill, been over there once for beers and drank strickly Belgian taps, all excellent. Saw the whiskey and was impressed. Was asking my bartender about Four Roses (having just been in Louisville), nice to hear you are on that! For anyone who hasn't been over there, its worth it for the drafts alone, but the bottle and obviously the whiskey choices are great as well.

Bill, how much for one of the Westvleteren crates? Had that shit in Belgium last year (still have a bottle at home from Bruges). BEST BEER EVER. Obviously you know your stuff, hope the place works out!
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