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Old 12-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #16
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Any 15 year or older Macallan (stay away from the cask strength, it puts hair on your stomach).
Whatever you do, DON'T stay away from the cask strength --- it is a full scale whisky experience; its great taste just blows up in your mouth and then it warms all the way down.

Aformentioned Balvenie Double Wood is very good. Generally speyside is good in reasonably affordable whiskys. I've no experience with the high-enders.

We obviously have different tastes -- you can take Talisker and the other Islay whiskies away for all I care.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:21 PM   #17
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I enjoy Macallan

I also like a good Irish, Redbreast in particular.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:27 PM   #18
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-- you can take Talisker and the other Islay whiskies away for all I care.

I just re-read my post and it might be misleading. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye, and it's the only distillery there. Islay is an island a bit further South down the West coast of Scotland with eight different distilleries.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:34 PM   #19
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Whatever you do, DON'T stay away from the cask strength --- it is a full scale whisky experience; its great taste just blows up in your mouth and then it warms all the way down.

Aformentioned Balvenie Double Wood is very good. Generally speyside is good in reasonably affordable whiskys. I've no experience with the high-enders.

We obviously have different tastes -- you can take Talisker and the other Islay whiskies away for all I care.
Oh I never would pay 100 bucks per liter (approximately) for any libation. My brothers part in the Thanksgiving was to supply the drinks. He chose Talisker. The only scotch I had sampled previously was Chvas, Johnny Walker (red and black) and Dewar's. I may have also sampled Cutty Sark. I have found that my tastes are evolving...used to drink gin almost exclusively, some times bourbon with a chase. Then discovered that bourbon absolutely tastes best over ice with a splash of water. The recent sampling of the Talisker (also over ice with a splash) got me thinking that I may actually prefer the taste of scotch over bourbon
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:37 PM   #20
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I just re-read my post and it might be misleading. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye, and it's the only distillery there. Islay is an island a bit further South down the West coast of Scotland with eight different distilleries.
WTF do you know about it anyway?



P.S. Vern and I crushed a bottle of Laphroig 10 a few weeks ago. It was way better than I remembered.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:03 PM   #21
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WTF do you know about it anyway?



P.S. Vern and I crushed a bottle of Laphroig 10 a few weeks ago. It was way better than I remembered.

Somehow I sorta "moved on" from Laphroaig when it became the go to peated whisky. I recently have a new found respect for it though, great stuff, great distillery.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:18 PM   #22
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Somehow I sorta "moved on" from Laphroaig when it became the go to peated whisky. I recently have a new found respect for it though, great stuff, great distillery.
I haven't had it, cause I remember it as too hot and acerbic tasting somehow. I think the 10 year age shied me away from it, as 10's seem hotter than I care for. I don't know what the hell I was thinking. Cheaper than Lagavulin, and almost as good.
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:59 AM   #23
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Sheepdip. Good stuff even to wretched excess, especially when followed by a fine Ibuprofen.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:31 AM   #24
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Macallan is my favorite Scotch, also enjoy Jameson's Irish Whiskey..
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:42 AM   #25
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Johnnie Walker for me.

Not the fanciest, but not rock-bottom rotgut either.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:59 AM   #26
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I talked a bartender into helping me out with scotch tastings one evening. He had a buncha different scotches.

I've decided I don't like the peaty/smoky stuff. I DO like the highland scotches that I've tasted tho.

Course, I'm still much more of a beer drinker, so I'll hafta save the hard stuff for those weekends when I'm beered out.

Oh, the Capt Morgan's Long Island Iced Tea in a bottle is pretty good for a pre-mix.

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Old 12-12-2009, 07:07 AM   #27
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Laphroaig 10yr / or Cask Strength
Lagavulin


Anythign peaty will work for me.
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:04 PM   #28
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Balvenie 21 year. Not exactly your everyday whiskey, but for those special occasions, it is simply the best single malt available.

Had a bottle at our wedding. The best $125 I've ever spent on liquor. A "spare" resides in the cellar.
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:48 PM   #29
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Another vote here for Ardbeg for the smokie flavor. Many agree.
Ardbeg makes another that is very hard to get ahold of, called SuperNova which is measured as the smokiest of all Scotches.

reviews abound for Ardbeg
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:42 PM   #30
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Only two kinds of Scotch

... the kind you buy and the kind I buy. The kind you buy always tastes better than the kind I buy.

Seriously, all good recommendations here. There's another Scotch thread on here that is very informative. Do a search. While sampling some of these fine recommendations. If you're new to Scotch, perhaps a very little bit of clean water and ice to mellow it and bring out the fragrance. And don't forget a good cigar to go with it.
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