A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful World of Ipecac Recordings

I love this label, some of their CDs I love, some I just don’t get, but it’s nice to try new things 🙂

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IpecacIpecac Records, the label founded by musical polymath Mike Patton and his manager Greg Werckman in the late ’90s, has one defining rule: keep things interesting. Whether releasing splendidly orchestrated albums of Italian pop, comedy collections, or Western swing hoedowns, the California-based label foregrounds its commitment to artists it admires and the infinite possibilities music offers, no matter the inspiration.

“We are not a genre,” says Werckman. “And I say this with all due respect to labels that I love, but there’s a clear aesthetic at [other] labels for what the music [will] be like. There isn’t any at Ipecac. That’s hurt us, because we don’t have a sound or a feel, really. But it’s also helped us, because it’s liberated us. For Mike and I, if we hear something, if someone sends us a record and we like it, we want to put it out.”

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A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful World of Ipecac Recordings

Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold (from the freezer)

I was surprised how difference the taste was following the serving suggestion of best served from the freezer.
As with most spirits, the consistency change is obvious, slightly thicker, but the taste is much sharper, has a new edge, and crispness to it. The fruit is more obvious, apple, and pear, the honey less less so!
Not sure which I prefer, it’s not better or worse than neat, room temperature. just different.
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold (from the freezer)

Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold

 
Another bargain I couldn’t turn down (Tesco Save £14.45 Was £39.45 Now £25.00) 🙂
They recommend you drink it from the freezer, I didn’t have time for that so I just drank it neat, room temperature. I thought it was very nice.
Has a warm, honey, caramel flavour, it’s quite smooth, but with a welcome “burn”. With the aftertaste comes the spiciness, peppery, but not overpowering.
Very good, I’ll buy it again, my new favourite 🙂
I’ve put some in the freezer to try next time.
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Again I thought I’d give “shop’s own” a go, at £18 it’s pretty good. It’s quite flavorsome and “warm”, as the bottle says, “fruitcake” flavours can be detected, i.e. it’s not overly fruity, but it has that characteristic. It’s very smooth, no burn, fire, which is kind of disappointing. It’s very easy to drink, nothing is overpowering, but it’s kind of forgettable. I think I prefer the Speyside, the Highland isn’t a bad drink, but there’s nothing particular to recommend it.
Maybe it’s a no age thing, it hasn’t had chance to develop, and mature enough? It’s perfectly drinkable, it doesn’t need a mixer, I won’t be throwing it away, but I won’t be buying it again, not that there’s any particularly wrong with, it just there’s nothing special about it.
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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky