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    Scotch Appreciation Thread

    A thread for scotch whiskey, because a man can't survive on beer alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnate View Post
    because a man can't survive on beer alone.
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    I'm always looking for a good scotch (or tequila) that is quality, but doesn't break the bank. Hard to do.
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    Have a bottle of Ardbeg Corryvreckan open now. It's pretty phenomenal.


    If it's not cheating too much, I'm also into various American whiskeys. Willett's 5 year rye is terrific, and I've got a bottle of Black Maple Hill 16 year bourbon open too.

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    laphroaig quarter cask and lagavulin are two of my favorites.

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    Lagavulin 16 year old single malt. Period… unless you know of someone that held onto a bottle of cask strength 25 year old Port Ellen for all these decades—I was fortunate enough to know what it tastes like at a private single malt tasting party back in 2010.
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    Got 2 bottles of port ellen stashed, not 25 but a 12 and a 15 yr old.

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    I thought we already had a Single Malt Thread, but I could not find it, here are some of my favs:











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    Lots of great Scotch noted above. I am an Islay whisky fan more than anything. Ardbeg, Lagavulin and especially Laphroaig. I'm sitting on one last bottle of the Laphroaig 15 and a bottle of Laph 30 that I received as a 40th birthday present. I don't consider myself a collector, but I still have about 30 Scotches in my cabinet including some independent bottlings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    Lots of great Scotch noted above. I am an Islay whisky fan more than anything. Ardbeg, Lagavulin and especially Laphroaig. I'm sitting on one last bottle of the Laphroaig 15 and a bottle of Laph 30 that I received as a 40th birthday present. I don't consider myself a collector, but I still have about 30 Scotches in my cabinet including some independent bottlings.
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    love the Balvenie....
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    I love the peat monsters like Talikser, Laphroaig, Lagavulin. I actually prefer Laphroaig 10 year over Quarter Cask, though I need to pick up another bottle of the latter to see if that's changed.

    Balvenie makes some awesome stuff. I have a bottle of the 14 year Golden Cask, and although I've seen some less than stellar reviews, I love the hint of rum on the finish!

    Would love to try that 21 year Port Wood, but alas, cheapest I've seen it is $240. Canada is a LOT more expensive than the states for alcohol. You Americans have it easy when it comes to the bevvies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Lagavulin 16 year old single malt. Period… unless you know of someone that held onto a bottle of cask strength 25 year old Port Ellen for all these decades—I was fortunate enough to know what it tastes like at a private single malt tasting party back in 2010.
    Lagavulin 16 definitely!

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    Oban 14 is an easy drinker.

    For bourbons I go for Knob Creek.

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    Great ideas on a few excellent scotches! So far haven't tried more than the Glenfiddich 15, Glenmorangie 10 yr and Quinta Ruban, Glenlivet 12 and a few blended scotches. But I do have a great whiskey recommendation that isn't found everywhere: Templeton Rye. Its a great rye whiskey that won't break the bank! Supposed to be the preferred whiskey of Al Capone.

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    Sounds like most of you have similar tastes. While I won't turn my nose up at Speysides or Highlands, if I'm spending my money I really prefer the western maritime malts. Mostly Islay malts (especially Laphroig and Ardbeg), but Oban, Talisker, and Tobermory will do the trick, too. And Springbank. Mmm. Springbank is a favorite. But I think that my go-to malt will always be Bowmore 12. It just ticks all the boxes.

    My ex-wife is English, and her family didn't live too far from St. Ives (Cambs), where there is a fantastic liquor store that has a selection of Scotch I've never seen bettered, even by NYC's Park Avenue Liquors. This place also had dozens upon dozens of miniatures, even in the independents like G&McP. It was fantastic for tasting afternoons. The owner didn't even like Scotch; he just liked having that kind of selection. I miss that store.
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    Miniatures are not widely available here. Wish i could try far more than i have.

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    I'm honestly not a huge fan, well I should say I wasn't a huge fan. A little back story, for work I travel to Scotland about 3 times a year so when in Rome. The last time I was there, I went out and had an awesome dinner in Edinburgh. Afterwards I bellied up at the appropriately named Whisky bar. Started off with some beers but stuck up a conversation about scotch with one of the patrons. Well turns out he wasn't a patron but the owner. Long story shot too late I tried some that blew my mind.

    Dalmore 18 was awesome, the Alexander III was beyond belief. It costs a pretty penny but I plan on bringing a bottle home with me when I'm over in January.




    I just read the comment about Springbank. I have a bottle of that already. A bit too peaty for my taste. Admittedly I have the 10 yo so that may have something to do with it. Definitely prefer the Highlands.
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    More of an American Whiskey/Bourbon or Irish Whiskey guy.
    Canadians and Scotch Whiskeys are usually not my thing.

    However, that bottle of Isle of Jura posted in a couple pics is probably the one Scotch I have ever had and actually liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    Miniatures are not widely available here. Wish i could try far more than i have.

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    Next time you’re ambling about through London Heathrow, check out some of the “doodie-free” shops, as you will find some of the smaller bottle variety packs there.
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    The American Man's Scotch Pronunciation Guide
    Brian Cox, esteemed actor and proud Scot, sips his way through more than 40 brand names to help you out at the bar, the liquor store, and beyond

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    More of an American Whiskey/Bourbon or Irish Whiskey guy.
    Canadians and Scotch Whiskeys are usually not my thing.

    However, that bottle of Isle of Jura posted in a couple pics is probably the one Scotch I have ever had and actually liked.
    Sounds like it's not scotch you're against but the islay scotches specifically. Fair enough - they are completely different beast. There are a lot of great smooth, low-peat options out there too. But you pay for it compared to an American Whiskey, that's for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    More of an American Whiskey/Bourbon or Irish Whiskey guy.
    Canadians and Scotch Whiskeys are usually not my thing.

    However, that bottle of Isle of Jura posted in a couple pics is probably the one Scotch I have ever had and actually liked.
    I have a friend who's a bourbon drinker, and who never really warmed to Scotch until he tried Highland Park. It has a distinctive vanilla note, like bourbon. That might be another worth sampling sometime.
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    My buddy thought I'd get gut rot since it's so cheap



    It's actually very smooooooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madurochris View Post
    But I do have a great whiskey recommendation that isn't found everywhere: Templeton Rye. Its a great rye whiskey that won't break the bank! Supposed to be the preferred whiskey of Al Capone.
    I want to try that. I heard a whole story on NPR this morning about the comeback of Rye Whiskys in the US, and them mentioned this one specifically. Apparently the town of templeton is tiny and the production is fairly small.
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    Picked up a bottle of Talisker Distiller's Edition 2000 today, which is basically the 10 year aged an extra year in Amoroso casks. Can't wait to crack it open! I've had a glass of Laphroaig already today, so gonna try to wait 'till tomorrow. I'll see how that goes.

    Edit: Who was I kidding, of course I cracked it last night. Requisite picture:



    My girlfriend was heckling my nerdness as I curated the photo and spent 20 minutes getting a good shot instead of drinking the whisky (I was letting the whisky air?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    I want to try that. I heard a whole story on NPR this morning about the comeback of Rye Whiskys in the US, and them mentioned this one specifically. Apparently the town of templeton is tiny and the production is fairly small.
    sooooo I found a new liquor store that I like and guess what they had?




    That did not take long.

    Very good stuff.
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    Big fan of Islay Scotch, but for sake of beer forum like to note Rogue Dead Guy wiskey. Not your typical sour mash affair in any way.
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    Some Balvenie love from a little while ago. Finished off my bottle of Ardbeg last night, which I'm pretty sad about - Ardbeg has perfected the campfire nose.



    I've got my next two bottles already figured out - Ardbeg Uigeadail and Glenlivet Nadurra - now just waiting until I can spare the dough to pick them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    sooooo I found a new liquor store that I like and guess what they had?

    That did not take long.

    Very good stuff.

    Good recommendation? I finished my bottle New Years. Everyone that tried it really liked it.

    Last night sipped on a macallan 15 yr... Super smooth. But maybe the smoothness was exaggerated because the glass before was an Aberlour a'Bunadh. Holy cow! It's almost 120 proof! Dropped a small cube of ice in it before drinking and POOF! Turned to steam! Ha!! The flavor was delicious but very spicy. Not a scotch for boys.

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    I only have a bottle of Lagavullin on hand at the moment. It's good, but I like more peat.

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    Ya'll should read my previous posts here on the delicious Rye Whisky. I've been touting them for years!

    (and for those of you "experienced", remember, there can be no LSD without the rye grain! Rye leads to many good things!)

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    This is what I have in the cabinet. I killed off the Caol Ila a month or so ago, and I'm out of Bowmore. Sigh. I suppose I should work on the Distillers Editions, but I think they're more appealing in theory than in practice.

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    Love some glenmorganie 12 year or anything Jack Daniels

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    nothing to fancy

    but was a lovely dram to have after a bronco's playoff loss and a ride
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    Nice - envious of the riding. Single digit temps here, but nice and sunny so I took the pooch skate skiing.

    I've been catching up on Archer season 3 and I'm in the mood for some Glengoolie Blue and gummy bears. I think that Springbank will have to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satanic Pizza View Post
    I only have a bottle of Lagavullin on hand at the moment. It's good, but I like more peat.
    You don't hear that every day! Lag is peatier than most can handle already. Ardbeg 10? That's my go-to

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    . I suppose I should work on the Distillers Editions, but I think they're more appealing in theory than in practice.
    Yeah, I like the Talisker DE but even then It seems you mask so much just to add a little sweet, and then lose the signature flavor and peat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    Yeah, I like the Talisker DE but even then It seems you mask so much just to add a little sweet, and then lose the signature flavor and peat.
    Yeah, I hadn't had any in a while, but that's what I poured last night. It's certainly very pleasant, but not very distinctive. At that price it ought to be both. Honestly I'd rather have plain old Talisker, which is distinctive.

    I've had those bottles for ages- I think they're out of the first runs of DEs. I bought them while in the UK in summer '01. They haven't degraded at all that I can tell, but it's high time I stop rationing them and finish them off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostBoyScout View Post
    You don't hear that every day! Lag is peatier than most can handle already. Ardbeg 10? That's my go-to
    I think they forgot the peat in the 2012 bottlings of Lag 16... I mean, it's there... but I'm getting stronger notes of peat from a 2011 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban.

    I guess I'll just have to hurry up and finish my current bottle of Lag and try another. You know, just to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by axisofoil View Post
    I think they forgot the peat in the 2012 bottlings of Lag 16... I mean, it's there... but I'm getting stronger notes of peat from a 2011 Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban.
    That’s not a pleasant thought! Fortunately I am still nursing my 2011 bottle of the 16 year old Lagavulin. I recently (two weeks ago) picked up a 2012 Lagavulin 16 year old and now am worried by your “lack of peat” concern—ought I add some liquid smoke to it when I drink it?

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    I guess I'll just have to hurry up and finish my current bottle of Lag and try another. You know, just to be sure.
    Always a great idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    That’s not a pleasant thought! Fortunately I am still nursing my 2011 bottle of the 16 year old Lagavulin. I recently (two weeks ago) picked up a 2012 Lagavulin 16 year old and now am worried by your “lack of peat” concern—ought I add some liquid smoke to it when I drink it?



    Always a great idea!
    I think you'll be fine. It's still smooth, complex, and definitely has the peat. It's just more oaky than peaty... and that's not how I remembered it in the past. Maybe my peat sensors have just been eroded over time. I've also started using a glencairn glass instead of just a rocks glass... so that might be another factor that I haven't considered. Sounds like we need to do a side-by-side.

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    A thread for scotch whiskey, because a man can't survive on beer alone.
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    In the USA and Ireland,
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    So if you see Whisky
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    I'm pedantic enough that I watch my spelling depending on whether I'm referring to bourbon or Scotch (or Scots!) but I think it's lost on most people.
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    I'm a beer guy, but have also recently discovered my quality of life has gone up with good scotch.

    Lately it's been Caol Ila 12 and Oban 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madurochris View Post
    Good recommendation? I finished my bottle New Years. Everyone that tried it really liked it.
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    Very good! I had myself a dram n a half last night after a hard day of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thechickencow View Post
    I'm a beer guy, but have also recently discovered my quality of life has gone up with good scotch.

    Lately it's been Caol Ila 12 and Oban 14.
    Had a glass of Oban at the pub last night. Good stuff, though for the price I'd go Lag 16 or Uigeadail

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    I used to go to a place here that had Springbank as the cheapest malt on the list, by several dollars. Compared to the retail cost of a bottle it was way underpriced in relation to their other whiskies. I never understood why, and I didn't question it. I suppose that it doesn't appeal to casual drinkers who choose the more famous names. Their loss.
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