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Old 12-14-2009, 03:46 PM   #46
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:04 PM   #47
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Johnnie Walker for me.

Not the fanciest, but not rock-bottom rotgut either.
JW Black for me. It's a blend, but I enjoy the taste. Very much.

The JW Red tastes like someone put a jigger of "liquid smoke" (the crap they make for cheating on fajitas) in a bottle of otherwise good scotch. Too smokey for me.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:08 PM   #48
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Damned shame I can't afford it on a regular basis. Regular basis? Probably a good thing, actually ...
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:13 PM   #49
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JW Black for me. It's a blend, but I enjoy the taste. Very much.
*quiet gasp*
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:52 PM   #50
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When I quit smoking I stopped enjoying the heavier taste of the single malts. Used to enjoy Laphroag when I smoked. Now? Johnnie Black is just fine for me.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:42 PM   #51
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #52
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:30 AM   #53
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:53 AM   #54
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JW Black for me. It's a blend, but I enjoy the taste. Very much.

The JW Red tastes like someone put a jigger of "liquid smoke" (the crap they make for cheating on fajitas) in a bottle of otherwise good scotch. Too smokey for me.
I always thought that "special" flavor in JW Red was acrylic resin.

OTOH JW Gold is remarkable for a blend. At $16 a pour it had better be. Glad someone else covered that one...

Tmaximusv screwed with this post 10-02-2012 at 08:43 PM Reason: Further comment
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:55 PM   #56
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I always thought that "special" flavor in JW Red was acrylic resin.
For not much difference in price, I don't understand why people drink Red. It tastes cheap. With that said...

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OTOH JW Gold is remarkable for a blend. At $16 a pour it had better be. Glad someone else covered that one...
Oddly, I prefer Black to Gold. I found the Gold to be harsher (less smooth) than the Black, when I would've thought the opposite to be true. I had Blue a few times in the past when I had a generous per diem at my old job and it stood out, but at $300 Canadian dollars per bottle, it'll have to be a really special occasion for it to ever grace my house.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:45 PM   #57
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:54 AM   #58
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I am a fan of many of the Glenmorangies. There are usually about 15 different ones to choose from. ALthough, to me most of the joy of whiskies are the subtle (or not so subtle) differences.
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Dalwhinnie 15 is damn good but for the last year I kept finding myself picking up Singleton 12 year. I like it almost as much as the Dalwhinnie it must be the price that puts it over the top for me.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:59 AM   #60
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Whisky....not scotch, not bourbon and definitely no "e"

Now I suppose I could be accused of over thinking this, but having always liked Whisky a while ago I decided to try to be more methodical about things to figure out what I really liked.

After a bit of research I found this Whisky classification by "cluster"

(link: http://www.whiskyclassified.com/classification.html)


Classification of Single Malt Whiskies

Cluster A ( Full-Bodied, Medium-Sweet, Pronounced Sherry with Fruity, Spicy, Malty Notes and Nutty, Smoky Hints): Balmenach, Dailuaine, Dalmore, Glendronach, Macallan, Mortlach, Royal Lochnagar;

Cluster B ( Medium-Bodied, Medium-Sweet, with Nutty, Malty, Floral, Honey and Fruity Notes): Aberfeldy, Aberlour, Ben Nevis, Benrinnes, Benromach, Blair Athol, Cragganmore, Edradour, Glenfarclas, Glenturret, Knockando, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla;

Cluster C (Medium-Bodied, Medium-Sweet, with Fruity, Floral, Honey, Malty Notes and Spicy Hints ): Balvenie, Benriach, Dalwhinnie, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glenlivet, Glen Ord, Linkwood, Royal Brackla;

Cluster D (Light, Medium-Sweet, Low or No Peat, with Fruity, Floral, Malty Notes and Nutty Hints ): An Cnoc, Auchentoshan, Aultmore, Cardhu, Glengoyne, Glen Grant, Mannochmore, Speyside, Tamdhu, Tobermory;

Cluster E (Light, Medium-Sweet, Low Peat, with Floral, Malty Notes and Fruity, Spicy, Honey Hints ): Bladnoch, Bunnahabhain, Glenallachie, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Moray, Inchgower, Inchmurrin, Tomintoul;

Cluster F (Medium-Bodied, Medium-Sweet, Low Peat, Malty Notes and Sherry, Honey, Spicy Hints ): Ardmore, Auchroisk, Bushmills, Deanston, Glen Deveron, Glen Keith, Glenrothes, Old Fettercairn, Tomatin, Tormore, Tullibardine;

Cluster G (Medium-Bodied, Sweet, Low Peat and Floral Notes ): Arran, Dufftown, Glenfiddich, Glen Spey, Miltonduff, Speyburn;

Cluster H (Medium-Bodied, Medium-Sweet, with Smoky, Fruity, Spicy Notes and Floral, Nutty Hints ): Balblair, Craigellachie, Glen Garioch, Glenmorangie, Oban, Old Pulteney, Strathmill, Tamnavulin, Teaninch;

Cluster I (Medium-Light, Dry, with Smoky, Spicy, Honey Notes and Nutty, Floral Hints): Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Glen Scotia, Highland Park, Isle of Jura, Springbank;
Cluster J (Full-Bodied, Dry, Pungent, Peaty and Medicinal, with Spicy, Feinty Notes): Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Talisker.


...and yes it only covers Single Malt Whisky, so call me a Whisky snob if you must, but why would you ever want to drink anything else

This was like a revalation and definitely something that required "research".

Whisky's I've tried so far.....all in the name of research you undersand


A: Macallan, Dalmore, Glendronach
B: Glenfarclas, Aberfeldy, Aberlour
C: Balvenie Double wood , Balvenie Signature (grp A?), Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet, Singleton Glendullan
D: An Cnoc, Cardhu
E:
F: Bushmills
G: Glenfiddich
H: Glen Garioch 12 & 15, Glenmorangie
I: Highland Park
J: Ardbeg, Lagavulin


Misc:
- Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition (15 year + 2 year sherry barrel) (grp A?)
- Yamazaki (grp C?)
- Glenmorangie Lasanta (grp A?)
- Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (grp A?)
- Glenfiddich 15 year old
- Jamesons
- Crown Royal
- Johnny Walker Blue
- Chivas
- Various blends (mostly bad) - Bells, Famous Grouse, Jacobite etc...


So what do I know now that I didn't before.....

- The idea of the cluster list seems to work - its not perfect but its pretty close IMHO
Note: I dont just rely on this single source of information - I also have books on this stuff that I will cross reference to....did I mention I might be overthinking this??

- I like the more full bodied Whisky's and only consider the more smoky / peaty type Whisky to be fit for unblocking drains

My current Top 5:

Maccallan 12 yr
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Balvenie Signature
Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition
Glenfarclas 12 yr

As for the research - its ongoing
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