For the Scotch drinkers out there.

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    Apr 16, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    So one of the guilty pleasures I picked up this past holiday season was enjoying a glass of Scotch before bed. I have found something about the single malt experience profoundly soothing.

    I am a mere novice, but I have developed a strong preference for Islays, especially Laphroaig. Though as I type this, I am sipping on Ardbeg that a client gifted me today. I am finding the the same enjoyable hit of smoke, but the candied after notes are a bit more complicated and less honeyed than Laphroaig, reminding me of fresh salt water taffy and the breeze coming of the ocean on cool fall morning. Oh, and hello. I just got the strong after note of smoke wafting off my tongue and roughly caressing my palate. Very much like Laphroaig.

    So my question to you Scotch drinkers out there, if you do in fact exist: What do drink, how do you drink it?
    I love my Laphroaig, both the 10 year that I can sometimes afford and the 18 year that my roomy replaced a bottle of 10 year with when he mixed the 10 year with Diet Pepsi during a drunken rampage through the liquor cabinet. I will admit this Ardbeg is rapidly growing on me. I have heard good things about Talisker and Lagavulin. I tried to take it neat, but I find that a splash of water makes all the notes really pop. Full strength just overpowers all the subtleties of the whiskey, in my opinion anyway.

    Oh, and if you mention anything about Jim Bean, Maker's Mark or Jack Daniel's, I will come to your house, gut you with a broken bottle and tap dance in your spilled innards.
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    Apr 16, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Don_Guerrilla_de_Sodom said...

    Oh, and if you mention anything about Jim Bean, Maker's Mark or Jack Daniel's, I will come to your house, gut you with a broken bottle and tap dance in your spilled innards.


    How about that Woodhouse Reserve? icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 16, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Don_Guerrilla_de_Sodom said...

    Oh, and if you mention anything about Jim Bean, Maker's Mark or Jack Daniel's, I will come to your house, gut you with a broken bottle and tap dance in your spilled innards.


    How about that Woodhouse Reserve? icon_lol.gif


    It would be a crime to ruin that midsection by gutting you. So I might make an exception and stab you in the neck with the broken bottle instead. icon_wink.gif
  • danisnotstr8

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    Apr 16, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Big fan of the Highland Scotch Whiskeys--

    I had a chance to visit Scotland last year for a couple of weeks on a classical music tour... my friends and I took a couple of "grand tours" at distilleries and we made no joke of it. There are various "levels" of a tour that you can purchase. Naturally, we took the tours that included three "tastings" of each of the four regions in Scotland... that's 12 shots of whiskey in a couple of hours.

    The Highland Scotches have a very bright and clean taste... the Lowland are much more mellow... the Islay taste like a campfire (blech), and the Speyside are actually quite forward.

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    Apr 16, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidBig fan of the Highland Scotch Whiskeys--

    I had a chance to visit Scotland last year for a couple of weeks on a classical music tour... my friends and I took a couple of "grand tours" at distilleries and we made no joke of it. There are various "levels" of a tour that you can purchase. Naturally, we took the tours that included three "tastings" of each of the four regions in Scotland... that's 12 shots of whiskey in a couple of hours.

    The Highland Scotches have a very bright and clean taste... the Lowland are much more mellow... the Islay taste like a campfire (blech), and the Speyside are actually quite forward.



    I will give the Highlands a try, but I love me some peaty smokey goodness. Try sipping an Islay with an little water instead of just a straight shot before you completely give up on them.
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    Apr 16, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Don_Guerrilla_de_Sodom said
    danisnotstr8 saidBig fan of the Highland Scotch Whiskeys--

    I had a chance to visit Scotland last year for a couple of weeks on a classical music tour... my friends and I took a couple of "grand tours" at distilleries and we made no joke of it. There are various "levels" of a tour that you can purchase. Naturally, we took the tours that included three "tastings" of each of the four regions in Scotland... that's 12 shots of whiskey in a couple of hours.

    The Highland Scotches have a very bright and clean taste... the Lowland are much more mellow... the Islay taste like a campfire (blech), and the Speyside are actually quite forward.



    I will give the Highlands a try, but I love me some peaty smokey goodness. Try sipping an Islay with an little water instead of just a straight shot before you completely give up on them.


    Yes, well, of course I drink my scotch with a splash of H2O, but the Isaly still tastes like campfire. Campfire right after you dump water on it.
  • SunnyVTri

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    Apr 16, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I also picked up scotch drinking a couple months ago and I have been trying a bunch of different scotches.

    I tried everything. Johnny Walker Blue, Black, Chivas 18, Highland 12, Balvenie Double Wood, Macallan 12, Speyside.

    I must say.. the Johnny Walker Blue is really good but much too expensive to enjoy everyday.

    Chivas 18 is actually very similar to the JW Blue and 1/3 the price.. I really like it.

    Single malts are good but not as smooth as the blended ones.. I guess it is personal preference. I hope to be able to try a bunch more!!

    Exciting Journey!!!
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    Apr 16, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    Don_Guerrilla_de_Sodom said
    danisnotstr8 saidBig fan of the Highland Scotch Whiskeys--

    I had a chance to visit Scotland last year for a couple of weeks on a classical music tour... my friends and I took a couple of "grand tours" at distilleries and we made no joke of it. There are various "levels" of a tour that you can purchase. Naturally, we took the tours that included three "tastings" of each of the four regions in Scotland... that's 12 shots of whiskey in a couple of hours.

    The Highland Scotches have a very bright and clean taste... the Lowland are much more mellow... the Islay taste like a campfire (blech), and the Speyside are actually quite forward.



    I will give the Highlands a try, but I love me some peaty smokey goodness. Try sipping an Islay with an little water instead of just a straight shot before you completely give up on them.


    Yes, well, of course I drink my scotch with a splash of H2O, but the Isaly still tastes like campfire. Campfire right after you dump water on it.


    Oh shut up! I know where you live and I'm going to shove this bottle of Ardbeg so far up your ass you'll be farting smoke signals for a week!
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    Apr 16, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Only scotch I've ever had was a 36 year old bottle of Glenfiddich.

    I have no clue if it was good or not, since I generally do not drink anything harder than red wine or some Czech beers that will get me well crocked after a few servings.
  • grant33

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    Apr 16, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    I personally like my Scotch with an ice cube or three. Same effect as adding a splash, but with a delayed effect.

    The aged Macallan's are really good, as are the Macallan's which are aged in either Sherry or Oak casks. Good stuff, Maynard.....
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidOnly scotch I've ever had was a 36 year old bottle of Glenfiddich.




    That's some mighty pricey drinkin'. I would love to try something like that. Sometimes I go to Binny's and press my genitals against the glass case pine away for the $1000.00 bottles of Glendronach and a couple others of the "Glen" family they have locked up down the street. I have no idea what they would taste like, but I would convince myself it was fantastic.
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    grant33 saidI personally like my Scotch with an ice cube or three. Same effect as adding a splash, but with a delayed effect.

    The aged Macallan's are really good, as are the Macallan's which are aged in either Sherry or Oak casks. Good stuff, Maynard.....


    I was just reading up on MacAllan. A client brought me the recent Scotch edition of Wine Spectator magazine. It sounds just fantastic, but far outside my price range. icon_lol.gif
  • boffin818

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    Apr 16, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    If you like Laphroaig, by all means seek out Lagavulin; it's my favorite of the Islays. Laphroaig is the starter Islay, and the most obvious; Lavagulin, Talisker, Ardbeg are all just as powerful but subtler in various ways.
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    boffin818 saidIf you like Laphroaig, by all means seek out Lagavulin; it's my favorite of the Islays. Laphroaig is the starter Islay, and the most obvious; Lavagulin, Talisker, Ardbeg are all just as powerful but subtler in various ways.


    Thanks. It seems I have shopping to do. icon_razz.gif
  • boffin818

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    Apr 16, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    As a shopping tip, I've found that Lagavulin in particular varies in availability - sometimes even the high end shops just don't have it, and sometimes it's on the shelves at Costco. When I see the latter, I grab it of course; it's much cheaper there too.
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    Glenfiddich is my absolute favourite scotch. Managed to win a bottle 18yr old special reserve before which was quite good.

    Also tried Highland and every colour Johnny Walker, they're not bad but I prefer good ol' Glen
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    Apr 16, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    Scotch drinker here.
    I prefer Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, or even Walker Blue.
    Some purists might look down on me, but I prefer to drink it with an ice cube. I just don't like my drinks at room temperature.
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    Apr 16, 2011 8:19 AM GMT
    . . . try Dahlwhinnie . . .
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    Apr 16, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    well here in Scotland, we drink anything apart from Johnnie Walker, we make that shit for export!

    My favourite would have to be edradour, such a silky smooth tipple

    http://www.edradour.co.uk/index1.html
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    Apr 16, 2011 9:08 AM GMT
    Hendrick's Gin yummy, my fav tipple of all, glass lined with cucumber
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    Apr 16, 2011 9:25 AM GMT
    Bowmore Islay FTW icon_cool.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Apr 16, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Personally, I ruined myself.

    My first scotch was bought in a lovely little place in Edinburgh, Scotland, for my parents. It was purchased with the kind and knowledgeable guidance of the owner, who helped me pick based on the other beer/liquor tastes of my parents. Sadly, I only purchased two half-liters.

    Bowmore Islay 12 year
    Springbank Campbeltown 10 year

    One's cleaner and lighter and the other's darker and peaty but both are AMAZING. And not available in the U.S.

    When I got home, we sat down and had scotch as a family (minus my brother) and I kicked myself a thousand times for not buying more. It wasn't even expensive at all.
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    Apr 16, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    y'all are too fancy.

    i just stick with good ol' johnny walker black label
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    Apr 16, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
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    scrappydude saidBowmore Islay FTW icon_cool.gif

    against that background of books (implying that there's a sexy brain behind that bangin' bod)?


    I mostly just look at the pictures. Just like RJ. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 16, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    Johnny Walker Blue on the rocks after a hard dayicon_razz.gif