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Old 12-12-2009, 11:07 PM   #31
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:10 PM   #32
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... 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.
+ 5 on the cigar suggestion. That is another vice I have grown fond of.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:51 AM   #33
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Single Malt

Glenmorangie does it for me. Probably too often.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:34 AM   #34
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Glenlivet French Oak Reserve 15 y.o. And I once had a (tiny) sip of Johnny Walker Blue and all I can say is YUM!
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:12 AM   #35
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Another vote here for Talisker. Also try a bottle of Bruichladdich. I have a Bruichladdich Rocks bottle as well that is very good, but needs water to bring out the best flavors.

My cabinet currently contains Macallan 12, Bruichladdich Rocks, and Talisker 10.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:25 PM   #36
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Several people have mentioned Talisker and I'll agree. My favorite is Bowmore. Bruichladdich - pronounced bruick (rhymes with Buick) laddy - is another good one.

There are six "classic" Scotch Whiskies and all have a different taste to them. I'd suggest picking up a bottle of each to experience the difference in the various regional tastes. The six are Oban, Glenkinchie, Craggenmore, Talkisker, Dalwhinie, and Lagavulin.

Scotch whiskey is like wine, each distillery has it's own unique taste. Sample as many as you can and enjoy them. Fine a region that really sticks out for you then find more from that region.

I don't know where you are located but there are a number of liquor stores around Chicago that have scotch tastings from time-to-time. We also have a few bars that have a significant number of different Scotch Whiskies available to try - some upwards of $100 / glass.

All of the scotches mentioned in this thread have been of the singlemalt variety, there are some very good bleneded scotches as well that should not be ignored.

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Old 12-14-2009, 11:08 AM   #37
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Some good advice here. Balvenie double-wood is what turned me into a single malt drinker and is still a favorite. My next tasting will be Laphroaig 18 year. It's quite expensive, but I hear tell (via a podcast I listened to over the weekend) that state stores in Pennsylvania have it available for about 51 bucks. I need to head over the state line one day soon and check it out.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #38
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Auchentoshan..in particular the 21 year old.

Tullamore Dew Heritage Blend. Yeah, it's not a scotch but it's damn fine.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:46 PM   #39
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Macallan 18...nothin' better in my book.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:04 PM   #40
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Glenlivet ... but heck I don't know anything about the good stuff.

I had some of the SantaFeRider's scotch and I cannot remember what it was.

The guy knows his stuff.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:21 PM   #41
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My wife got me a bottle of Macallan 25 for a wedding gift. I enjoy one fat dram a year, and still have most of the bottle (married 8 years).

At the time, I think it ran $275-$300.

I saw a bottle this past weekend, for $525.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:22 PM   #42
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My wife got me a bottle of Macallan 25 for a wedding gift. I enjoy one fat dram a year, and still have most of the bottle (married 8 years).

At the time, I think it ran $275-$300.

I saw a bottle this past weekend, for $525.
So you are preserving your capital!
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:08 PM   #43
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I'll put in my vote for Cragganmore. Classic, smooth Speyside. Look for the Distiller's Edition.

Nothing quite like sitting on a rock 80 feet above Island Lake in the Bridger Wilderness [Wyoming], watching the stars come out over the High Winds while sipping Cragganmore from my hip flask...

Oh, and I'm not averse to the stouter Islays, either. I enjoy Laphroaig and Ardbeg, too.

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #44
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Is Budweiser considered a Scotch?



























































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Old 12-14-2009, 04:38 PM   #45
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Is Budweiser considered a Scotch?
Geez, it was bad enough when some people included blended scotch when talking about the real scotch whisky...
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