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John Beef
01-25-2013, 01:47 PM
What's your favorite Scotch?

I'm not a high end connoisseur of it, but I do enjoy a glass on Saturday nights. Neat. No water, no ice. Only on Saturday because otherwise I'd buy a bottle and it would be gone in no time - it's like crack mixed with candy in a bottle. I have bought Glenlivet 12 a number of times, mainly because it's cheap-ish and readily available. It's good; as one reviewer put it, "There's a reason why it's the best selling single malt in the US" but you know, McDonalds is the top selling restaurant in the US too, so sales figures are less than a benchmark for quality.

I'd like to branch out. I'm not a blend type of guy, virtually every blend I've had hasn't lived up to even the cheapest single malts.

Recently I have had a bottle of The Grangestone 18. I bailed out a faculty member at work and he insisted on getting me a bottle of something as a thank you. I said a small bottle of glenlivet would be fine. He brought me this Grangestone which is a little nicer than I would normally buy. But it is delicious.

http://www.totalwine.com/_static/webupload/731/1_117057750_4_3.jpg

sergiodeblanc
01-25-2013, 01:57 PM
Scotch is the one thing I rarely drink, but if somebody is offering some J. Walker Blue? Neat please!

Rango
01-25-2013, 03:31 PM
I'm sipping Tequila mostly these days - Don Edwardo, Don Julio, 'Tres Generations, Cazadores Anejo...Patron if there's nothing else around. I don't drink much so I only drink the good stuff! ;)

Been curous about Scotch for a long time but don't know where to start.... Had one once that tasted like the bottom an ashtray. Not looking for "smokey". Grew up with two chain smokers and it dislike anything that tastes of tobacco.... Any Good Single malts that are not peat smoke flavored?

Shawn@PRS
01-25-2013, 04:37 PM
I'm a total wuss when it comes to dark liquor. I like the idea of sipping a glass of Scotch, but I just can't come to terms with the flavor. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread and see what everyone recommends. Hopefully I can find a Scotch I like.

james
01-25-2013, 06:02 PM
I'm a total wuss when it comes to dark liquor. I like the idea of sipping a glass of Scotch, but I just can't come to terms with the flavor. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread and see what everyone recommends. Hopefully I can find a Scotch I like.

Is it against the rules if I bring in a few different drams in SEALED (don't fire me) containers?

Whisky is super fun to get started with because it's just like beer or wine. A Bordeaux is nothing like a California chard, but they're both wine. A black chocolate stout is nothing like a lambic, but they're both beer. Whisky can be equally varied (and polarizing). It's also a lot cheaper than developing a taste for wine!

I like a lot of different scotches, but my kryptonite is sherry. Give me smokey, peaty Islays all day...I cannot do the Macallan/sherry type scotches.

james
01-25-2013, 06:04 PM
John, are you into bourbon at all? If you want to keep the thread scotch specific, no problem...but there's so much great whiskey production in the States right now.

gush
01-25-2013, 06:38 PM
We do a shot as a band right before showtime. SoCo and sweet lime. delicious.

jfb
01-25-2013, 06:57 PM
Whisky is super fun to get started with because it's just like beer or wine. .

Agreed. It is also fun to be the guy at the event with Scotch instead of beer or wine.

As with most anything else Wikipedia and YouTube proved to be a big help.

I still watch Ralfy's Whisky Reviews (http://www.youtube.com/user/ralfystuff) on YouTube. Check him out.




Give me smokey, peaty Islays all day.

Same.

Here are two of my favorites from the smokey, peaty Islay variety.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HSjzSlMlcAA/UQMjgjX7mpI/AAAAAAAABbU/MdB_fghV3NY/s640/photo%25201.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-r5YzoSyAC7c/UQMjjNWImbI/AAAAAAAABbo/za7sKSuuyI4/s640/photo%25202.JPG

I also really like Highland Park. It's smokey, peaty but not near as much so as the above.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-behRZ4Gl1Qc/UQMjbvT8RmI/AAAAAAAABbI/G-TqZB-a37o/s640/photo%25202.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dkzItM7kQOs/UQMjZLC7nNI/AAAAAAAABa0/jDXSEdpr9Qk/s640/photo%25203.JPG

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Shawn@PRS
01-25-2013, 07:03 PM
Is it against the rules if I bring in a few different drams in SEALED (don't fire me) containers?

Whisky is super fun to get started with because it's just like beer or wine. A Bordeaux is nothing like a California chard, but they're both wine. A black chocolate stout is nothing like a lambic, but they're both beer. Whisky can be equally varied (and polarizing). It's also a lot cheaper than developing a taste for wine!

I like a lot of different scotches, but my kryptonite is sherry. Give me smokey, peaty Islays all day...I cannot do the Macallan/sherry type scotches.

Bring 'em in, Paul won't mind.

Dancing Frog
01-25-2013, 07:05 PM
I am kind of partial to Lagavulin 16 and Highland Park 18 myself.

John Beef
01-26-2013, 05:39 PM
John, are you into bourbon at all? If you want to keep the thread scotch specific, no problem...but there's so much great whiskey production in the States right now.
I've had a few I really like. 1792 comes to mind as one I really enjoyed. I haven't had a lot of them but I know they're out there.

Mostly the stuff you see every day, the Jim Beams and Jacks and Maker's Mark, I really don't care for at all. Not smooth, not drinkable. Suitable only for mixing. Not my thing.

Hey, a similar subject, what's the worst scotch you've ever had? I was on the road in 2005 or so, a guy was in our hotel room with a bottle of "scotch" which was store brand (some grocery chains on the west coast have store brand liquor, it's awful but super cheap). It was in a 1.75 L plastic bottle. It tasted like friggin turpentine. I told him "That's not scotch!" and he showed me the bottle and pointed to where it said "Scotch" in big letters... I couldn't believe it. I didn't feel right afterward and vomited into a flower pot. Good times!

Mikegarveyblues
01-26-2013, 06:31 PM
More of a fan of Bourbon Whiskey's myself but there's usually a bottle of Bells or Famous Grouse in the cupboard.

rugerpc
01-26-2013, 08:15 PM
I'm a total wuss when it comes to dark liquor. I like the idea of sipping a glass of Scotch, but I just can't come to terms with the flavor. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread and see what everyone recommends. Hopefully I can find a Scotch I like.

Shawn, you never said whether you, the PTC crew and Paul either liked or didn't like the Shanghai we left you guys...

Shawn@PRS
01-26-2013, 08:23 PM
Yes it's tasty. More of a liqueur than a strong drink. Is it a traditional recipe? My wife's family makes their own honey liqueur which it resembles.

Boogie
01-26-2013, 08:46 PM
I like a lot of different scotches, but my kryptonite is sherry. Give me smokey, peaty Islays all day...I cannot do the Macallan/sherry type scotches.
Macallan is a nice place for many to start because it has such a complex nose and finish, but is not overly powered in peat, smoke or seaweed (if offered Tallisker, just say NO!). But if you don't like sherry (they're aged in sherry casks, not mixed with sherry) then that's a killer. I concur with the Highland Park 12 and 15 but Macallan 18 is at my all time top spot...sentimental reasons.

JMintzer
01-27-2013, 07:45 AM
John, are you into bourbon at all? If you want to keep the thread scotch specific, no problem...but there's so much great whiskey production in the States right now.

I've shown up to the last few Experiences with a rather large bottle of Knob Creek.

Livers were tested, that's all I'll say...


Jamie

kingsleyd
01-27-2013, 07:59 AM
I think we should get Eric C to host a big PRS get-together at the shop in Lexington. (or somewhere nearby since the part where E and B work isn't exactly set up for a crowd) As a group activity (besides geeking out over guitars) we could head out to a couple of nearby bourbon distilleries... :)

(and, Jamie, that would allow me to finally reciprocate on a home visit! you'd enjoy my basement...)

Oh, and with regard to the OP, I'm partial to Lagavulin 16 yr myself, although after a visit this past fall to Scotland and sampling various single malts at Cadenhead's, I was quite smitten with the Campbelltown variety. (the shop bottles their own straight-from-the-barrel single-malts)

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wilerty
01-27-2013, 08:55 AM
Sorry, I'm Irish ... Jameson

rugerpc
01-27-2013, 09:32 AM
Yes it's tasty. More of a liqueur than a strong drink. Is it a traditional recipe? My wife's family makes their own honey liqueur which it resembles.

It is a recipe I made up. It has all natural flavor ingredients including fresh ginger and real vanilla beans. It isn't meant to compete with stronger drinks- more like an after dinner drink or a bed time nosh as we use it.

rugerpc
01-27-2013, 09:33 AM
Sorry, I'm Irish ... Jameson

+1

cjmwrx
01-27-2013, 11:01 AM
My favorite.

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My Dad and I always share an 18 Glenlivet when I am out in Vegas.

bluefade
01-27-2013, 11:15 AM
My favorite.

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My Dad and I always share an 18 Glenlivet when I am out in Vegas.

My father inlaw loved Glenlivet!!! I was always a bourbon lover myself.

jimmybcool
01-27-2013, 07:42 PM
Irish whisky is great. Bourbon is great. Ryes are fine too. But I admit, IMO the scots perfected whisky. Scotch is a class above. To my taste the Irish stuff is as good but to compare apples to apples you have to spend about twice as much to get quality single malt Irish as quality Scotch. So I choose Scotch.

I have nothing against blends and many a night have started with single malts only to switch after 3 drinks because face it, it couldbe anything in the glass at that point and I'd like it. :dancing:

My favorites are all expensive. Like 25 year McCallan. Or pretty much anything Speyside or not too peaty. I can drink the peaty stuff but I have a sweet tooth. What can I say?

I discovered Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old a while back. Love it. For my taste buds perfect and the price - well for a while it was available in Sam's clubs for $32 a bottle. I bought all 12 bottles my local store had in stock. They now have a 17 year old version I'd like to try but my drinking has been cut way back in an effort to shed some weight. I do miss my scotch and once I get to the desired level I shall celebrate with some.

http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4673002615276301&pid=1.7

cjmwrx
01-28-2013, 10:09 AM
My father inlaw loved Glenlivet!!! I was always a bourbon lover myself.

My Dad turned me on to Glen. I prefer stuff from Speyside above anything else. Can't quite handle the peat of Laphroaig and some of the others.

james
01-28-2013, 11:24 AM
I discovered Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old a while back. Love it. For my taste buds perfect and the price - well for a while it was available in Sam's clubs for $32 a bottle. I bought all 12 bottles my local store had in stock. They now have a 17 year old version I'd like to try but my drinking has been cut way back in an effort to shed some weight. I do miss my scotch and once I get to the desired level I shall celebrate with some.

http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4673002615276301&pid=1.7

Balvenie 12 Doublewood is an easy go-to for me. The Laphroaigs and Ardbegs tend to stick around my house for a while. Balvenie 12 or 15 doesn't last long.

Poffypoffa
01-28-2013, 07:43 PM
Big Laphroaig/Lagavulin fan.

A Makers Mark Manhattan is my go to drink. But these days, I'm enjoying moonshine-style clear corn whiskey--Hudson.

Jdk737
02-06-2013, 08:03 PM
I was turned on to The Balvenie about 10 years ago. It's all I have bought since. As a matter of fact I think I'll have a pour now.

John Beef
02-07-2013, 09:42 AM
I'll have to check out The Balvenie. My bottle of The Grangestone is almost gone, I think I have one glass left.

dmorton67
02-07-2013, 01:01 PM
i'm partial to http://cdn4.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/p-1987/oban-1996-distillers-edition-single-malt-whisky.jpg

Shawn@PRS
02-07-2013, 01:26 PM
If someone was just starting to sampling beer, I would suggest they try a Stella Artois and I'd certainly steer them away from a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA because it would overpower a novice. Using this line of thinking, what is a good Scotch to recommend to a beginner? Something light and not too complex, but not crap.

John Beef
02-07-2013, 01:34 PM
Definitely, Glenlivet 12. It's cheap, easy to find and no too overpoweringly strong, plus it's smooth, a little sweet and delicious.

dmorton67
02-07-2013, 02:13 PM
One of the reasons I like the Oban is because it is on the lighter side of scotch whiskies. Here's some notes on the Oban that I think is a good place to start. http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/oban-1996-distillers-edition-single-malt-whisky/
(http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/oban-1996-distillers-edition-single-malt-whisky/)I think if you go single malt, then that's a better place to start as well.
I think, as with beer, the peaty tastes come with time as the hoppy taste develops. My experience with scotch is that you get what you pay for. You won't get a good scotch whiskey for $10. That said, i've never had a worse hangover after going overboard on scotch whiskey. I find it better to sip with. Add some ice as you first embark on this journey. It will smooth out the taste. Then you'll get to having it neat, aka straight up.

MykeWright
02-07-2013, 06:32 PM
Ardbeg Corryvreckan as you can no longer find the old Ardbeg 17yo. You really should mix a little water in with it as it releases the oils in the whisky and intensifies the flavour. If you don't do this you're seriously missing out on a large part of an single malt experience.

Boogie
02-08-2013, 07:23 AM
Definitely, Glenlivet 12. It's cheap, easy to find and no too overpoweringly strong, plus it's smooth, a little sweet and delicious.

^ This. I wouldn't call it "trainer Scotch" but it won't blow a hole in your mouth. Second choice would be Macallan 12, as long as you don't mind the hint of sherry.

Captainwave
02-08-2013, 08:29 AM
Macallan is a nice place for many to start because it has such a complex nose and finish, but is not overly powered in peat, smoke or seaweed (if offered Tallisker, just say NO!). But if you don't like sherry (they're aged in sherry casks, not mixed with sherry) then that's a killer. I concur with the Highland Park 12 and 15 but Macallan 18 is at my all time top spot...sentimental reasons.

I totally second that. Many, many years ago, I was in in a south west small town i Scotland (Ayr) working for a week. The last day before going home I went into a liquorstore and asked for a bottle of Scotch, one that I couldn't buy back home (Sweden). He had the entire store filled with fine Whisky from top to floor but didn't hesitate one second pulling a Macallan 12 year.

I split that with a friend of mine on the new years eve a few month later when my wife was still in hospital with my first born. Never looked back. This was 24 years ago and of course, now I won't mind a good Glenmorangie, maybe a Glenfarclas or a Glenlivet but Macallan is still my fav.

dmorton67
02-08-2013, 09:09 AM
To my surprise last night in a bit of snow, I ended up at my favorite liquor store and decided to go with the Highland Park 12. Initially, I thought it burned a bit. I think it's the peaty-ness of it. So I added a cube of ice and it went down good after that. May be a bit much as an introduction but definitely worth working up to.

hoofarted
02-08-2013, 09:10 AM
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4673002615276301&pid=1.7

I LOVE Balvenie. As an occasional Scotch drinker and someone who doesn't like (or just can't appreciate, yet anyway) smoky and peat flavors, The Balvenie is a delight!

Steve59
02-08-2013, 09:56 AM
I haven't tried enough to know my favorite. My parents always drank J&B or Dewer's with water. Occasionally a Chivas Regal. I'll splurge on a bottle of Glenlivet on occasion. On my birthday I've been know to go pick out a higer priced single malt as a gift to myself. I read an article one time in cigar afficianado I think that said the proper way to drink scotch is equal parts scotch and water at room temperature, no ice. That is how I drink it now and I must say, it's very good that way. I don't think I've ever had a good single malt that I haven't enjoyed yet.

Boogie
02-08-2013, 05:52 PM
To my surprise last night in a bit of snow, I ended up at my favorite liquor store and decided to go with the Highland Park 12. Initially, I thought it burned a bit. I think it's the peaty-ness of it. So I added a cube of ice and it went down good after that. May be a bit much as an introduction but definitely worth working up to.

Highland Park is one of my fav full-body Scotches. It's a little heavy if you're developing your palate, but a little spring water will bring it under control. According to the purists, NEVER use ice because it will change the attitude of the Scotch...cloud it up, defeat the alcohol burn which can fool you into drinking too much too quickly, killing your ability to enjoy the finish. They also say to only cut Scotch with fresh cool spring water. They also suggest growing a pair and take it "neat". I tend to tell 'them' to get bent because I love my Scotch with crushed ice. :rock: Do what you want and enjoy "a wee dram".

Dave, you've just started your Scotch collection. Congrats and I hope you enjoy the hell out of it! :cool:

jfb
02-08-2013, 08:35 PM
I recently ate at Lewnes' Steahhouse (http://www.lewnessteakhouse.com/home.html) in Annapolis, MD. One of the best meals of my life! Everything we had was phenomenal. Including a Scotch I had never tried, Talisker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talisker_distillery) 10 Year. You can see one of my favorite whisky reviewers give it a go on YouTube here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrkZyvd_8lQ). I will be getting a bottle of this very soon.

jfb
02-10-2013, 10:38 AM
Got my bottle of Talisker 10 last night. Good times were had by all.

Boogie
02-18-2013, 11:46 AM
I was cleaning/dusting the liquor cabinet yesterday (boss' orders) and had a couple of things jump out at me that I thought I'd share. First, for us 'Mericans that don't spend much time in British grocery stores, here's something I picked up in Oxford several years ago. Apparently Sainsbury (huge grocery store chain) has their own private labeled, well, everything...canned foods, dry goods, etc. We have the same thing here. Well, what we don't have is private labeled single malt whisky! I wasn't brave enough to get a big bottle, so I bought a sampler set...
http://maps.mikesmarauders.com/guitar/sainsbury1.jpg

One is still not opened after all these years, so I'm planning on having it for my birthday this weekend. :)

Since I was reminiscing about travels past, I pulled out my bottle of Macallan that I carried back from another trip to Oxford. It was an old 18 year back then, so it's really old now...
http://maps.mikesmarauders.com/guitar/macallan1.jpg

Wanting to just sniff that amazing bouquet again, I attempted to open the cork when it snapped off! After carefully removing the remnant and installing an emergency cork, I've decided to have this for my birthday too. Only a couple of servings left but it's time to drink it before something bad happens to the rest.

This will be a special birthday for me this year. :)

John Beef
05-22-2013, 02:38 PM
I bought a bottle of The Balvenie a couple months ago and finished it recently. It was pretty good, very drinkable, but a little too mellow for me - like it was a little watered down.

Kine
05-22-2013, 03:54 PM
Oh I just knew there'd be a Scotch thread here! Got the bug last year when I visited family in Sweden... Swedes having a rep for being drinkers, all the uncles and some cousins there preferred Scotch. I was an Irish Whiskey drinker at the time but finally was able to make the leap to Scotch... I'm half Irish and I havent' looked back.

If you're looking to get into Scotch, It did take me a few years in order to understand it. Like many say, it's an acquired taste. I tell people when they first try it to use enough water to mellow it enough to suit your taste. That may mean, when you're first starting out, that you use quite a bit or even... err... and I kinda hate to say it now, but consider putting it on ice. That way you're actually able to taste all the different levels of flavor depending on how diluted it gets. Then gradually you can back off the water more and more until you use just a few drops or so. I'd say 90% of the time I have at least a little water in my Scotch in order to open it up.

Like some here I prefer the Islays. Love the big and bold smoke and peat. My faves in this category are:
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Laphroiag Quarter Cask (excellent for it's price point and one of my all time faves. The quarter casks helps mature the whisky faster and adds outstanding flavor)
Lapthroiag 10 Cask Strength (58.6%)
Lagavulin 12 (quite unlike the 16 I'd say. Hands down the best 12yo I've tried)

I generally don't like the Sherries as much but if I were to recommend a couple that compares to a Macallan but are less expensive (are Macs overpriced??) it would be:
Glendronach 15 Revival (Excellent beginner Scotch. Low smoke/peat. Make sure it's the Revival)
The Dalmore 15 (Big Sherry bomb. Very little smoke and peat. Low alc/vol)

One Sherry that's remarkable is:
Abelour A'bunadh (60% alc/vol and wicked smooth at that! I don't put water in this one which is pretty unusual for such a high alcohol content... oh and usually I've had a couple before I get to this one.)

Someone mentioned Talisker and I have to say that the 18 is one of my all time faves! Extremely smooth and balanced smoky peat, vanillas, lite florals and carmel. Think I finished that bottle the fastest out of any.

A great and trusted review site I've found is LAWS. I've found it much better than Jim Murray (who steered me wicked wrong on a very expensive bottle)
http://www.lawhiskeysociety.com

I don't really buy the HPs any longer. I've found the quality to vary too much. Plus I find that I prefer others now. However that HP 18 is definitely tasty and the 12 is outstanding for it's price point. Try Bruichladdich 18, maybe, if you like HPs.

Unfortunately, I haven't been drinking any Scotch lately cause I got hit with some bad stomach problems (too much Scotch and Habanero salsa maybe??). I'm hoping to get back to it soon enough.

Cheers! :biggrin:

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Ardbeg commanding the lineup...
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Kine
05-22-2013, 04:18 PM
what is a good Scotch to recommend to a beginner? Something light and not too complex, but not crap.
If you don't want to drop a bunch of cash on a bottle initially, I would recommend Highland Park 12 as a starting point. I only say that because I find Mac 12 a bit too sour imo and the HP 12 is certainly less expensive to get going. If you want a Scotch with very little to no smoke or peat, consider Glendronach 15 Revival. It's going to be one of the lightest Scotches with sweet fruity Sherry notes. Otherwise, Mac 18 is certainly an extremely good expression of the Speyside style imo, oily smooth and well balanced with some lite smoke in the background. Nothing overpowering. However, Mac 18 is a chunk of change to drop for a bottle. The good thing is that Mac 18 can be found in most good bars and restaurants where a dram will still set you back a bit but sometimes you just have to sacrifice!

A better way to go would be to find a good bar with a lot of Scotch to try. That way you can sample several, I mean a couple, let's not get too crazy now...

Oh and a beer back is nice! Have a Pale Ale or IPA with an Islay. The flavors definitely complement. Of course Guinness Draught or Murphy's Irish Stout is good with just about any Irish Whiskey or Scotch Whisky imo.

Kine
05-22-2013, 05:48 PM
I'm sipping Tequila mostly these days - Don Edwardo, Don Julio, 'Tres Generations, Cazadores Anejo...Patron if there's nothing else around. I don't drink much so I only drink the good stuff! ;)

Clase Azul Reposado or Silver(chilled) are unreal imo!

TGSCAN
05-22-2013, 05:54 PM
I recently ate at Lewnes' Steahhouse (http://www.lewnessteakhouse.com/home.html) in Annapolis, MD. One of the best meals of my life! Everything we had was phenomenal. Including a Scotch I had never tried, Talisker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talisker_distillery) 10 Year. You can see one of my favorite whisky reviewers give it a go on YouTube here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrkZyvd_8lQ). I will be getting a bottle of this very soon.

ohhhhhhhhh .. Lewnes

jfb
05-22-2013, 07:30 PM
ohhhhhhhhh .. Lewnes

I miss it so.

frankb56
05-23-2013, 02:42 PM
I find it interesting that the two recent threads that have received the most posts have been 1) What kind of car do you drive? and 2) Let's Talk Scotch, man.....says a lot about you guys!:cheers:

John Beef
05-23-2013, 02:54 PM
I find it interesting that the two recent threads that have received the most posts have been 1) What kind of car do you drive? and 2) Let's Talk Scotch, man.....says a lot about you guys!:cheers:
I love to drink and drive!!


(this is one of my dry, sarcastic posts nobody ever laughs at)

frankb56
05-23-2013, 03:01 PM
ROFLMAO:laugh:

jfb
05-25-2013, 12:04 AM
Shared a bit of my stash today with a neighbor. A few splashes of Lagavulin 16 and it was off for steaks. Good times.

Nice spread Kine. Your cabinet looks quite like mine. :top:

thieves&foxes
05-25-2013, 12:57 AM
Off to Scotland in three weeks. Time for some good single malt.

jfb
05-30-2013, 12:50 PM
Went Scotch shopping yesterday.

BOOM!!!

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nfoGcfGdrYA/UaeRJMllXBI/AAAAAAAACGQ/AqZpVm8w6yQ/s640/photo%25203.JPG

Kine
05-30-2013, 12:55 PM
Nice pickup jfb! ^^^ Enjoy that delicious smoke n peat! Give us a review will ya!?

Kine
07-24-2013, 07:44 PM
My boss is out this week. Work has been a bit hectic. Poured a half dram o Laphroaig Quarter Cask with a couple drops of water. Smokey sugar water! :p

jfb
07-24-2013, 07:49 PM
My boss is out this week. Work has been a bit hectic. Poured a half dram o Laphroaig Quarter Cask with a couple drops of water. Smokey sugar water! :p

I've been drinking Black Maple Hill bourbon lately though Auchentoshan has made some appearances amongst the usual suspects of heavy smoke and peat.

Kine
07-24-2013, 07:54 PM
I've been drinking Black Maple Hill bourbon lately though Auchentoshan has made some appearances amongst the usual suspects of heavy smoke and peat.
Never been a big bourbon fan. I used sometimes get it at a bar and mix it with something. How do you drink yours? I have the Auchentoshan 21 and find it similar to an Irish Whiskey since it's triple distilled.

I think I'm moving on to a splash o Ardbeg next... but which one? :dontknow:

jfb
07-25-2013, 04:00 PM
Never been a big bourbon fan. I used sometimes get it at a bar and mix it with something. How do you drink yours? I have the Auchentoshan 21 and find it similar to an Irish Whiskey since it's triple distilled.

I think I'm moving on to a splash o Ardbeg next... but which one? :dontknow:

I'm just trying to spread my wings a little.

Neat. Everything neat. Primarily for simplicity.

Kine
07-25-2013, 07:49 PM
I'm just trying to spread my wings a little.

Neat. Everything neat. Primarily for simplicity.
So no water in Bourbon? I typically put a couple drops of water in my Scotch. 95% of the time I'd say.

cjmwrx
07-25-2013, 10:53 PM
Speyside

I'll put a couple of drops in a cask strength. But on everything else, 1 cube to chill.

jfb
07-25-2013, 11:05 PM
So no water in Bourbon? I typically put a couple drops of water in my Scotch. 95% of the time I'd say.

Nope. Neat.

Dan-d-1985
07-26-2013, 03:34 AM
How did I miss this thread? It's about my national past-time..... :)

I'm an all over drinker of Whisky. I have preferences in speyside and some Islay whiskies.

The speyside are much lighter, little sweeter to me. The first one I ever truly enjoyed (it took me till I was 21 or 22 to really "get" whisky) was the aberlour 10 yr.

Where speysides really won me over were the Aberlour special the a'bunadh (pronounced aboon-a just in case). If you can find it, it's worth investigation. It costs about 40 ($60ish?) but maybe you get hammered for more with import costs etc.

Another speyside I love is the glenfarclas. Very different to the aberlour but tasty as hell.

Oh, and The balvenie double wood. Can be a bit different bottle to bottle (they make small batches at a time and they switch barrells alot too so there is alot of variability), but when it's good, it's amazing!

Another - the benromach is a speyside with a little bit. Special look out for the benromach peat smoke if you like some of the more northerly whiskies.

My #1 islay is a bruichladdich (think brew-phlem forming sound - laddi - phlem sound again in case you want to try and pronounce it). I'm not a peaty whisky drinker really, but there are some that toe the line of speyside and highland/island whiskies like the highland park and ardbeg.

Also a Lagvulan is right up there, I had the wonderful nip one evening. I was about 6 in however, so my memory was going....

I guess one final like from me is the laphroaig quarter cask. It's got the flavour of its big brother, but a lot less of the peat taste that makes me feel like i'm chewing my whisky haha! Little sweeter too because of the quarter sized casks it's matured in.

Oh and if you're not drinking your whisky (no ice, a couple drops of water is maybe acceptable in some cases), along side a pint of Ale (my preference is Deuchars IPA, but any good ale will do), you're doing it wrong.....

If you're ever in Edinburgh, let me know. My favourite place to go is the Bow Bar in Victoria street. Here's an old picture of the back wall of the bar:

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/e8/17/c0/bar.jpg

slowro
07-26-2013, 03:39 AM
As someone who stayed in Oban for 7 years, worked on Islay and lives back in campbeltown I am almost ashamed to say that I have hardly tried our most famous export. I have a few bottles around the house but I haven't drank since my better half got pregnant and the wee man is 4 months old now!

Maybe I need to break one open in a quiet moment and relax

slowro
07-26-2013, 03:44 AM
How did I miss this thread? It's about my national past-time..... :)

Down my way you would think the national drink was buckfast!

Awful stuff

Dan-d-1985
07-26-2013, 05:40 AM
Down my way you would think the national drink was buckfast!

Awful stuff

But it's made by the monks......

It's crazy sauce. Can't wait till they lose the recipe.

slowro
07-26-2013, 02:29 PM
But it's made by the monks......

It's crazy sauce. Can't wait till they lose the recipe.

I have only drank it once, drank half a bottle in one go then decided I would rather sober up!

jfb
07-26-2013, 02:35 PM
I have only drank it once, drank half a bottle in one go then decided I would rather sober up!

This stuff sounds pretty wicked. And make by monks???!!!

John Beef
07-26-2013, 02:48 PM
Monks make this:

http://www.chimay.com/servlet/Repository/3-verres+6-bouteilles-copy.jpg?ID=23

... which along with a good single malt is the nectar of the gods, so whatever it is you guys are talking about can't be that bad.

jfb
07-26-2013, 02:50 PM
Monks make this:

http://www.chimay.com/servlet/Repository/3-verres+6-bouteilles-copy.jpg?ID=23

... which along with a good single malt is the nectar of the gods, so whatever it is you guys are talking about can't be that bad.

First time I had that I was in Vegas.

Kine
07-27-2013, 11:11 AM
Love Chimay! The red is my fave but any will do!

Kine
07-27-2013, 11:22 AM
How did I miss this thread? It's about my national past-time..... :)

I'm an all over drinker of Whisky. I have preferences in speyside and some Islay whiskies.

The speyside are much lighter, little sweeter to me. The first one I ever truly enjoyed (it took me till I was 21 or 22 to really "get" whisky) was the aberlour 10 yr.

Where speysides really won me over were the Aberlour special the a'bunadh (pronounced aboon-a just in case). If you can find it, it's worth investigation. It costs about 40 ($60ish?) but maybe you get hammered for more with import costs etc.
I currently have a bottle of the A'bunadh. At 60% alc it's my strongest malt. Very enjoyable even though I tend to prefer smoke and peat.


Another speyside I love is the glenfarclas. Very different to the aberlour but tasty as hell.
Heard great things about Glenfarclas and have had my eye out for a good bottle but they don't carry them much around me.


Oh, and The balvenie double wood. Can be a bit different bottle to bottle (they make small batches at a time and they switch barrells alot too so there is alot of variability), but when it's good, it's amazing!
My brother had the double wood at his wedding and it was really tasty!


Another - the benromach is a speyside with a little bit. Special look out for the benromach peat smoke if you like some of the more northerly whiskies.
Never heard of this one. I'll keep my eye out. Great info here! Thanks!


My #1 islay is a bruichladdich (think brew-phlem forming sound - laddi - phlem sound again in case you want to try and pronounce it). I'm not a peaty whisky drinker really, but there are some that toe the line of speyside and highland/island whiskies like the highland park and ardbeg.
I have the 18 in my cabinet and it's awesome! Very enjoyable. I prefer it over HP but have to say that I think Ardbeg may be my favorite of all... or Laphroiag.


Also a Lagvulan is right up there, I had the wonderful nip one evening. I was about 6 in however, so my memory was going....
I'd agree. I've tried the 12 and the 16 and both are stellar.


I guess one final like from me is the laphroaig quarter cask. It's got the flavour of its big brother, but a lot less of the peat taste that makes me feel like i'm chewing my whisky haha! Little sweeter too because of the quarter sized casks it's matured in.
This is definitely my current favorite go-to. Smokey sugar water! Excellent price point.


Oh and if you're not drinking your whisky (no ice, a couple drops of water is maybe acceptable in some cases), along side a pint of Ale (my preference is Deuchars IPA, but any good ale will do), you're doing it wrong.....
Glad I'm doin it right! Lol, the only time I drink it without some type of beer is if I'm out of beer in the house. I'll keep an eye out for Deuchars. Being in Cali I have access to quite a few IPA's but must confess that most are too big for my taste. I prefer a well balanced Pale.


If you're ever in Edinburgh, let me know. My favourite place to go is the Bow Bar in Victoria street. Here's an old picture of the back wall of the bar:

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/e8/17/c0/bar.jpg

Now that's a proper looking bar! One of these days I'll make it to Scotland. Cheers! :cheers: :beer:

Egads
07-27-2013, 12:12 PM
One Sherry that's remarkable is:
Abelour A'bunadh (60% alc/vol and wicked smooth at that! I don't put water in this one which is pretty unusual for such a high alcohol content... oh and usually I've had a couple before I get to this one.)
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y407/LocNine/Image_zps127637e9.jpg (http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/LocNine/media/Image_zps127637e9.jpg.html)

+1! I actually like all of the varietals of Aberlour that I've tried, but their A'bunadh is out of this world! Truly a winner.