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I've been on a hunt of trying different brands of Scotch for a while now. I've had some talks with Highlander about it, but I figured it was time to bring it out to the open forum.

 

Just curious what everyone likes for Scotch. For me, I like Scotch like I like my women. Gotta have a strong personality, so Islays are my favorite.

 

So far I've tried:

 

Laphroaig Cask Strength - By far the best I've tried so far. It's got a ton of qualities to it.

 

Bunnahabhain 12 - Very good sipping whiskey. This is one Highlander got me into.

 

Macallan Islay - Great cheap Islay. It's my goto for when I just want a glass

 

On my list to try:

 

Caol Ila - I can't find this anywhere

Ardberg - any of them

Lagavulin 16 - I don't know anything about it, but it's at my local store

 

I've had plenty of other non Islay whiskeys, but I'm not nearly as passionate about them. Glenlivet 18 is probably the best of these I've ever had, but Laphroaig cask was still better at half the price.

 

I also have a bottle of Johnny Black and Four Roses cause both make great regular drinking whiskeys.

 

Most of the time I have it neat with a drop or two of water in all my whiskeys.

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While I am a big fan of The MaCallen and many other single malts, in the winter when I read and drink scotch I drink Famous Grouse. It is a pretty decent cheap scotch, IMO.

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Whisk(e)y is a hobby of mine. I'm always going to be partial to Scotch, but I love Bourbon and Irish too.... as well as Japanese and Indian. ;)

 

As far as Scotch, I'm a big fan of anything Islay. I love the peat! I like all the different region's offerings, though.

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Not a fan of scotch. I love bourbon. My regular is Woodford Reserve and when I'm out on the town Angels Envy. If I'm drinking whiskey, it's either Jameson 12yr or Jack Daniels Single Barrel. Really I'll drink anything though........I have a glass of wine every night.

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Lagavulin will put hair on your chest. Smoke and peat - I love it. A few years ago, the local discount liquor place had it for $46 when usually it's north of $60 or even $70. My wife can't stand to smell it, so I usually stick to Johnny Black or Maker's. Famous Grouse is nice too.

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Just to clarify.... all Scotch, Bourbon, Rye and Irish is "whisk(e)y" The Scot's don't use an "E" in the spelling, everyone else does, with the exception of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. Jack Daniel's is also Tennessee Whiskey.

 

All Bourbon is whiskey.... all whiskey is not Bourbon. ;)

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Whisky thread - yay. I play off 3 when it comes to booze!

 

 

It's great living in the uk; we have easy access to great whisky from Scotland, Wales, even England (we don't do it as well as I'd like though) and of course Ireland. Oh and many other countries as well.

 

 

I like my whisky a little less dramatic than an Islay - fine and all that but I like my throat where it is - for me glenfiddichs, glenlivets, oban, glenmorangie and isle of Jura are my regular scotch whisky. But I'm at least if not more fond of irish and their blended is better hands down. As for their pot stilled - wow, try Redbreast 12 year old.

 

From other countries I'm a huge fan of japanese and Yamazaki in particular, from the US I've liked the L and G Woodford reserve and gentleman Jack (cheaper end of the market but its harder to get US whisky - which is a shame) - this winter I'm hoping to get some more unusual stuff.....African? Taiwanese?

 

 

My best bottle ever...Middleton very rare, a present from a friend and took me 6 months to drink but my god it was exceptional. To expensive to share with anyone!

 

 

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Just to clarify.... all Scotch, Bourbon, Rye and Irish is "whisk(e)y" The Scot's don't use an "E" in the spelling, everyone else does, with the exception of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. Jack Daniel's is also Tennessee Whiskey.

 

All Bourbon is whiskey.... all whiskey is not Bourbon. ;)

I believe you know your Bourbon. Back when I really consumed it was Jim Beam or George Dickel. as much as I used to drink I have never had Scotch but one time and I don't remember if it was ok or not. Give me my Bourbon and PBR because after all I am a Redneck

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Any one who likes bourbon needs to try Four Roses whiskey. One of the best bourbons imo.

Four Roses is excellent bourbon. Jim Rutledge is a master distiller. The Single Barrel and Small Batch are some fine offerings. I'm not particularly fond of the Yellow Label 80 proof, but I seem to be in the minority on that one.

 

Their Limited Editions are also great, although a bit pricey.

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Hats off to WD for this thread. I have only tried a couple hundred Scotch whisky's and can only remember about half. When you go sampling in Scotland it's easy to get past the point of remembering them. When drinking in the pub remember 'never draw your dirk when a blow will do' ~ Grand dad

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Here in NYC I used to work very close to Keen's steakhouse. They have an incredible variety of scotch, and from time to time, my feet would just march me into their bar on my way to Penn Station. An after work flight would really put the work day behind you, and help you miss several trains if you weren't careful. ;-) If any of you are in NYC, I recommend you check it out. The food is great too!

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Balevenie is my favorite, their port barrel aged 12 year is exquisite! A friend brought me an unchill filtered caol isla from the distillery in scotland that was incredible!

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My last partner is tranferring to Mexico City tomorrow. Today he brought me a gift, wow what a guy. Never had this one before but I do drink a lot of Jack D.

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Grew up in Frankfort KY, home to 7 distilleries........Old Crow, Old Joe, Old Granddad, Blanton, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, etc., etc.

 

My likes are Jim Beam Black, Makers Mark & Wild Turkey.

 

 

 

 

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Ok....... I'm thinking I should just go to bed now. I've indulged in more than a couple of glasses of Buffalo Trace Bourbon this evening. Kind of a bad evening for me. you all take care.

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You'll like it. It's the regular single barrel offering at a higher proof. In my opinion, ALL whisk(e)y should be 50% or higher. ;)

You were correct sir. Tis a very nice drink.

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I've been on a hunt of trying different brands of Scotch for a while now. I've had some talks with Highlander about it, but I figured it was time to bring it out to the open forum.

 

Just curious what everyone likes for Scotch. For me, I like Scotch like I like my women. Gotta have a strong personality, so Islays are my favorite.

 

So far I've tried:

 

Laphroaig Cask Strength - By far the best I've tried so far. It's got a ton of qualities to it.

 

Bunnahabhain 12 - Very good sipping whiskey. This is one Highlander got me into.

 

Macallan Islay - Great cheap Islay. It's my goto for when I just want a glass

 

On my list to try:

 

Caol Ila - I can't find this anywhere

Ardberg - any of them

Lagavulin 16 - I don't know anything about it, but it's at my local store

 

I've had plenty of other non Islay whiskeys, but I'm not nearly as passionate about them. Glenlivet 18 is probably the best of these I've ever had, but Laphroaig cask was still better at half the price.

 

I also have a bottle of Johnny Black and Four Roses cause both make great regular drinking whiskeys.

 

Most of the time I have it neat with a drop or two of water in all my whiskeys.

 

Too bad you don't live near me. I have 2 bottles of Caol Ila you could have. I really don't like it.

 

Bunnahabhain 12 is one of my favorites. I also like Glenlivet 12 and most everything Macallan.

 

I'm not much for the strong smoke taste.

I prefer a cheap single malt such as Glen Parker over most any blended Scotch regardles off the quality of the blend.

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