Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 73

Thread: Let's talk about Scotch, man!

  1. #1
    Opaque John Beef's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Arizona USA
    Posts
    1,425

    Let's talk about Scotch, man!

    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.

    The Bovine Fury <-- stream and download our album "Eleven by Twelve" for free.
    05 Custom 22 with DGT pickups ~ 07 Mira with old birds ~ 08 SE Baritone Fralin/Suhr pickups ~ 03 SE Santana

  2. #2
    Senior Member sergiodeblanc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Downers Grove Il.
    Posts
    5,156
    Scotch is the one thing I rarely drink, but if somebody is offering some J. Walker Blue? Neat please!

  3. #3
    Senior Member Rango's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    The FAR SIDE of the Middle of Nowhere
    Posts
    952
    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?

  4. #4
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,428
    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.

  5. #5
    Administrator james's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Annapolis, MD
    Posts
    366
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    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.

  6. #6
    Administrator james's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Annapolis, MD
    Posts
    366
    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.

  7. #7
    Senior Member gush's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    washington iowa
    Posts
    502
    We do a shot as a band right before showtime. SoCo and sweet lime. delicious.

  8. #8
    Senior Member jfb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    O'Fallon, MO
    Posts
    4,831
    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    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 on YouTube. Check him out.


    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    Give me smokey, peaty Islays all day.
    Same.

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





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






  9. #9
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,428
    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    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.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Odenton, Md
    Posts
    239
    I am kind of partial to Lagavulin 16 and Highland Park 18 myself.

  11. #11
    Opaque John Beef's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Arizona USA
    Posts
    1,425
    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    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!
    The Bovine Fury <-- stream and download our album "Eleven by Twelve" for free.
    05 Custom 22 with DGT pickups ~ 07 Mira with old birds ~ 08 SE Baritone Fralin/Suhr pickups ~ 03 SE Santana

  12. #12
    Cream Crackered Mikegarveyblues's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Warrington, Nr Liverpool UK
    Posts
    2,160
    More of a fan of Bourbon Whiskey's myself but there's usually a bottle of Bells or Famous Grouse in the cupboard.
    Modified SE Bernie Marsden, SE Custom 24 2012, Fender Strat
    Laney Lionheart L5T-112, Fender Mustang 1
    Wishing for a Blue Bernie!
    Click here for SE Bernie Marsden demo!
    Lessons, covers, backing tracks, etc...www.youtube.com/mikegarveyblues

  13. #13
    A♥ hoards guitars A♥ rugerpc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    deep in the raspberry...
    Posts
    2,914
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    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...
    Thbbbbbt...
    Check it out: Phillybri used to have a band: Resonance But he's soooo over them now!

    ísɹǝqɯǝɯ uɐıןɐɹʇsnɐ oןןǝɥ

  14. #14
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,428
    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.

  15. #15
    SuperD Boogie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Indy, IN
    Posts
    1,099
    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    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.

  16. #16
    Bobble Head Moderator JMintzer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Potomac, MD
    Posts
    1,256
    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    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
    ---Jamie---

    My Gear

  17. #17
    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)

    Last edited by kingsleyd; 01-27-2013 at 08:01 AM.

  18. #18
    Geezer wilerty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Syracuse, New York
    Posts
    305
    Sorry, I'm Irish ... Jameson
    Bill

    PRS Private Stock #3568
    PRS Swamp Ash Special
    Mesa Mark V combo
    Fishman Loudbox Artist

  19. #19
    A♥ hoards guitars A♥ rugerpc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    deep in the raspberry...
    Posts
    2,914
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    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.
    Thbbbbbt...
    Check it out: Phillybri used to have a band: Resonance But he's soooo over them now!

    ísɹǝqɯǝɯ uɐıןɐɹʇsnɐ oןןǝɥ

  20. #20
    A♥ hoards guitars A♥ rugerpc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    deep in the raspberry...
    Posts
    2,914
    Quote Originally Posted by wilerty View Post
    Sorry, I'm Irish ... Jameson
    +1
    Thbbbbbt...
    Check it out: Phillybri used to have a band: Resonance But he's soooo over them now!

    ísɹǝqɯǝɯ uɐıןɐɹʇsnɐ oןןǝɥ

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •