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Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:14 pm

I don't drink Scotch but a good friend does, so I want to buy a decent bottle for him as a gift.

What would you recommend for a bottle in the $40 - $60 or so range?
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:53 pm

You can get a single malt, 14 year old bottle of Oban in that price range. I've been asking the Mrs. for a bottle of that for Christmas for a while.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:56 pm

I don't know the price in the US, but the following ones are good choices:

Single malt:

Oban
Glenfiddich
Glenmorangie
Aberlour

Blended:

Chivas Regal
Johnny Walker
Ballantine's

Then you have a lot more - and maybe better - but also more expensive.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:22 pm

For blended scotch, I'm a big fan of Johnnie Walker Black. For a single malt I don't think you can go wrong. All of the single malts I've tasted are good.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:44 pm

I'd delete Glenfiddich and add Glenrothes or Glenfarclas. You should be able to find a 12 or 15 year old bottle of either one in your price range, and IMHO both are eminently drinkable.

Oban and Aberlour are both good too. I've never tried the Glenmorangie.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:35 pm

Johnny Walker Gold is excellent, as is their single malt - the single malt should be around $50, the Gold about $60-$65. FWIW, Johnny Walker Gold is my "go-to" scotch, and I actually prefer it to Johnny Walker Blue.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:54 pm

Blended:

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Johnny Walker Green

Single Malt:

The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak
The Macallan Fine Oak 10
The Macallan Fine Oak 12
Highland Park 12

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 5):
Johnny Walker Gold is excellent, as is their single malt - the single malt should be around $50, the Gold about $60-$65. FWIW, Johnny Walker Gold is my "go-to" scotch, and I actually prefer it to Johnny Walker Blue.

I'm more of a fan of the Green myself, with Gold being the runner up. Blue was a tad bit too smoky for me (I'm not a fan of peaty Scotches.)
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:40 pm

18 year old Glenlivet is excellent and should be within your range. I don´t think the 12 or 15 year old is as good as other brands. For single malts.

I really don´t care for the blended ones, but if you go that way, an excellent choice although not as flashy is J&B. I find it more tasty and less rough than either Buchannan´s or Chivas.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:11 pm

Personally, I don't drink Whisky... my dad sure does. After years of Johnny Walker, Ballentines, Glenfiddich, Chivas etc, his choice is now Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch for roughly $55-60.

Particularly as a gift, I would avoid any of the popular (ie more "mainstream") brands anyway... a bottle of Johnny Walker, etc, while nice, is rather boring imo.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:30 pm

I'll vote for Oban too - my preferred single malt. Scapa comes second.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:00 am

I'm a huge scotch drinker, so I'll add my two cents.

Oban 14 is a good one indeed...highly recommended.

I also like Ardbeg and Laphroaig, but both are quite smoky/peaty...I love it, but many people don't.

The 18 year Glenlivet really is fantastic, but might be out of your price range. The 15 should do nicely. The 12 is a fine base single malt, but definitely weaker than the rest.
 
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Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:02 am

The variation in flavour between different malt whiskies is huge, lowland whiskies are generally unpeated, light bodied, delicate in flavour, the other extreme are some if the islay Malts, heavily peated, heavy bodied and a strong flavour. No other spirit has such a variation.
Bearing this in mind, its very hard to buy for someone unless you know their preference.

Ones I would recommend include:

Talisker, peppery tones and peat
Laphroaig, Peaty, with a unique antiseptic smell, drinkers either love it or detest it
Bruichladdich, light peat & lemongrass.
Lagavulin, rich body & peat
Macallan. Sherry tones

Someone mentioned glenfiddich, to me its a mass market whisky, sufficiently bland so as to not upset anyone, but never going to inspire.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:13 am

When I used to drink scotch whiskey, my preference was:

For a daily-ish snort:
The Balvenie 15

For special moments:
Lagavulin 16

For super-special occasions
Laphroaig (Funny someone would say it has an antiseptic taste- to me it was more like smoking a cigar)
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:40 am

I love Single Malts, but not the smoky ones so much

These are my favourites:

The Balvenie Double Wood, sweet warm full taste
Highland Park 12, works as an avec if you don't like Cognac, intense flavour
Bunnahabhain, rich taste, a hint of bitterness that lingers on the tongue afterwords
Old Pulteney, mild taste with a salty tone that really adds a little extra
Strathisla, one of the whiskies that is included in Chivas Regal, far better alone IMO

All these should be in your price range

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:34 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 6):
The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak
The Macallan Fine Oak 10
The Macallan Fine Oak 12

  

Good call - can't go wrong with a wee dram of macallans.

However, a Scotch should be old enough to order it's own Scotch...
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:44 am

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 11):
to me its a mass market whisky, sufficiently bland so as to not upset anyone, but never going to inspire.

This is the conundrum if buying for someone else. You can go 'safe' and buy a mainstream blended which won't in all likelihood be disliked, but will hardly be memorable either. On the other hand the difference between the vast number of single malts is immense and individual taste is hugely important.

For example my choice is Laphroaig, because I love the peatiness of the island malts, but I have mates who will only touch lowland malts. None of us are right or wrong, it's just personal taste.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:56 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 14):
However, a Scotch should be old enough to order it's own Scotch...

I love that line. I use it a wee bit too often and start to annoy people though  
Quoting EDICHC (Reply 15):
This is the conundrum if buying for someone else.

That's why I don't buy scotch for anyone. People are so different...most people would never believe I love the Islay peaty whisky, so if they buy me something it's usually a basic one like a Glenlivet 12...by all means, acceptable, but not my favorite. Likewise, if I were to buy them an Ardbeg, they would choke it down in front of me and then toss the rest of the bottle as soon as I left.

Funny story about the first time I had Ardbeg - it was at an upscale steakhouse bar in downtown Chicago. A waitress walked by and asked what was on fire...nothing, love, just my glass of whisky.



Does anyone have single malt whisky glasses? My fiance just bought me some for my birthday after I saw them at her fathers house earlier this year. It really brings out the aroma in the pungent Islays.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:12 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 6):

The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak
The Macallan Fine Oak 10
The Macallan Fine Oak 12
Highland Park 12
Quoting johnkrist (Reply 13):
The Balvenie Double Wood, sweet warm full taste
Highland Park 12, works as an avec if you don't like Cognac, intense flavour

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:19 pm

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 11):
Bearing this in mind, its very hard to buy for someone unless you know their preference.

Indeed, that's the challenge. I suppose I should have engaged him in a discussion of whisky months ago to gauge his tastes, but it's too late for that now.

Quoting EDICHC (Reply 15):
This is the conundrum if buying for someone else. You can go 'safe' and buy a mainstream blended which won't in all likelihood be disliked, but will hardly be memorable either. On the other hand the difference between the vast number of single malts is immense and individual taste is hugely important.
Quoting sw733 (Reply 16):
That's why I don't buy scotch for anyone. People are so different...most people would never believe I love the Islay peaty whisky, so if they buy me something it's usually a basic one like a Glenlivet 12...by all means, acceptable, but not my favorite. Likewise, if I were to buy them an Ardbeg, they would choke it down in front of me and then toss the rest of the bottle as soon as I left.

Excellent points.

Given all of the above, I suppose I should aim for 'safe-ish, but off the beaten track'?

Does that suggest anything to anyone?
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:46 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 18):
Given all of the above, I suppose I should aim for 'safe-ish, but off the beaten track'?

Dalmore 12 or Oban 14. It makes it clear that you didn't spend too much (which is a good thing...spending too much can make the gift receiver feel awkward) but that you did spend enough to get a quality whisky at a decent price and put a little bit of thought and research in to it beyond Glenlivet/Glenfiddich.

You can also refer to this website for ideas and ratings - http://www.forpeatsake.com/
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 19):
You can also refer to this website for ideas and ratings - http://www.forpeatsake.com/

Very informative, thanks!
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:38 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 2):
Chivas Regal
Johnny Walker

  

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:14 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 16):
Does anyone have single malt whisky glasses? My fiance just bought me some for my birthday after I saw them at her fathers house earlier this year. It really brings out the aroma in the pungent Islays.

Interesting thought.

Amazon has the following list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers...13218421/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_k_1_3_last

I was once at an Irish-style pub and a friend bought me a shot of Redbreast Irish Whiskey (which I myself quite like) which was served with much unwanted fanfare and delay in a glass like this, which Amazon tells me is actually a brandy glass:



I didn't think the large globe-shaped bottom was correct, one had to chase the whiskey (spelled the Irish way) around a bit to get a taste of it, but the glass did a nice job of capturing and presenting the aroma.

The most popular whisky glass seems to be the Glencairn Crystal Whisky Tasting Glass:



Seems quite nice. Not as bulbous as the brandy glass, yet shaped to capture aroma. Just added it to my Amazon Wish List, so if/when I chose to get them I can share my opinion about them.

Are your whisky glasses similar? If not, do you have a link so I can have a look at them?

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:11 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 14):
Good call - can't go wrong with a wee dram of macallans.

However, a Scotch should be old enough to order it's own Scotch...

My favorite is The Macallan Fine Oak 17, but at over $100/bottle, that's a rare treat for me and will have a wee dram if the establishment I am at has it.

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Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:36 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 22):
Amazon has the following list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers...13218421/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_k_1_3_last

Yeah she got me the Riedel ones..# 7 (or #8) on that list. They're quite nice.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:26 pm

Looks like you're in good company here. Good thread, you got some great suggestions from other people I'll have to try.

And all this time I thought most of us lurking here in Non-av were sitting at a computer pounding back Old Milwakee Light beer. We aren't savages after all.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:11 pm

Has anyone started an armagnac thread yet though?
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:15 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 18):
Given all of the above, I suppose I should aim for 'safe-ish, but off the beaten track'?

I'm going to stick to my suggestion of Glenfarclas, or possibly a Glenrothes.

The Macallan is an excellent whisky, but (IMVHO) is somewhat over-priced (gotta pay for the advertising!) and hardly "off the beaten track". The Glenrothes is rather less known, and I had never heard of Glenfarclas until a visit to a good friend living in the UK.

The Glenrothes is to my taste a bit lighter and more floral than the Glenfarclas. (Disclaimer: I've only had the Glenfarclas 12, plus one wee sip of a Glenfarclas 43 which was to die for. If you find a 15 year or older Glenfarclas in your price range I'd go for it.) Glenrothes might be a better bet when buying for someone with unknown taste preferences.

My personal favorite by far is the Lagavulin 16, but as has been noted, that one is a love-it or hate-it whisky. I'd never buy it for someone if I wasn't sure that they liked peaty / smoky whiskies.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 25):
And all this time I thought most of us lurking here in Non-av were sitting at a computer pounding back Old Milwakee Light beer. We aren't savages after all.

The law of large numbers says that a few of us North Americans are reasonably civilized, even if we aren't in the majority.  
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:34 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 6):
The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak
Quoting nighthawk (Reply 14):
Good call - can't go wrong with a wee dram of macallans.
Quoting srbmod (Reply 23):
My favorite is The Macallan Fine Oak 17, but at over $100/bottle,
Quoting PITingres (Reply 27):
The Macallan is an excellent whisky

I will jump on the Macallan band wagon. My personal favorite is The Macallan 15 Fine Oak. It was love at first smell for me. Unfortunately, it may be a bit out of the OP's price range. Typically $80+.
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:27 am

I had some of a friend's Macallan 15 (not sure the cask) earlier this year which was very reasonably priced at the Canadian duty-free. It was excellent and I suspect a good choice if trying to buy a single-malt scotch for someone with who's tastes you aren't familiar.
 
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Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Quoting jamincan (Reply 29):
It was excellent and I suspect a good choice if trying to buy a single-malt scotch for someone with who's tastes you aren't familiar.

Concur. Imagine if your first taste of single malt Scotch was a really smokey one and you don't like that style at all, even with a blend. That could easily cause someone to turn tail and run, which is what happened to me the first time I bought a wee dram of a single-malt at a bar about 15 years ago. Highland Scotches, especially those produced in the Speyside area (formerly its' own separate region until the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 put it and the Islands region as part of the Highlands) and some of the Islands (not Islay, which has confused drinkers in the past, and is a separate region with a distinctly different style than the Islands). The first bottle of single-malt I bought was Highland Park 12, which I mainly bought because it was the cheapest single-malt the store I was at had. It was a stroke of dumb luck on my part that I found a winner the first go around as I knew nothing about the various regions and the differences in styles that varied from region to region and even within a region (which is why my previous try at a bar several months prior was a failure). It's only been in the last several years that I really started to delve deeper into Scotch and actually have some understanding about the variations.
 
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Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:02 pm

Coincidentally, I got a bottle of Macallan 12 for Christmas and I found it absolutely bland and tasteless. Maybe the 15 and up are better?
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:47 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 10):
I'm a huge scotch drinker, so I'll add my two cents.

Oban 14 is a good one indeed...highly recommended.

I also like Ardbeg and Laphroaig, but both are quite smoky/peaty...I love it, but many people don't.

The 18 year Glenlivet really is fantastic, but might be out of your price range. The 15 should do nicely. The 12 is a fine base single malt, but definitely weaker than the rest.

I also love the peaty flavours, Ardbeg, Glenlivet and Laphroaig are right up my street.

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 12):
For special moments:
Lagavulin 16

This is however the best one I have tasted to date, Its about £40 in UK, so may be a bit to expensive in the US.
 
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Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:17 pm

I'm not a fan of the heavy or peaty scotches so I tend to go for a lowland, something like Auchentoshan 12 yr old. If you like your beer Fullers do a Brewers Special Reserve that has been matured for 800 days in Auchentoshan whisky casks.
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Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:34 pm

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 11):
Talisker, peppery tones and peat
Laphroaig, Peaty, with a unique antiseptic smell, drinkers either love it or detest it
Bruichladdich, light peat & lemongrass.
Lagavulin, rich body & peat
Macallan. Sherry tones

All sound good to me

Quoting johnkrist (Reply 13):
Old Pulteney, mild taste with a salty tone that really adds a little extra

Glass in hand as we speak.

Agree with the votes for MaCallan and Glenlivet, too

If you're looking for something "middle-of-the-road, then Bowmore might be a good option - it's slightly smoky, but quite "sweet" too.

And age definitely mellows these fine creations in my opinion.

My favourite of all time was a cask strength Talisker - 12 year old from memory. Not for a "lightweight" palate though

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:52 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 2):
Johnny Walker
Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 5):
Johnny Walker
Quoting srbmod (Reply 6):
Johnny Walker
Quoting flood (Reply 8):
Johnny Walker

It's J-O-H-N-N-I-E.... "connoisseurs" (shaking head)

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 11):
Lagavulin, rich body & peat

I know it's not Scotch but have you tried Connemara peated single malt Irish?
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:27 pm

Quoting andz (Reply 35):
It's J-O-H-N-N-I-E.... "connoisseurs" (shaking head)

You're correct.

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Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:45 pm

Quoting andz (Reply 35):
It's J-O-H-N-N-I-E.... "connoisseurs" (shaking head)

I got some Red Label for Christmas this year and I have to say I didn't like it very much. Maybe I'm a sucker for the peated single malts.

Like I said above, for the occasional single malt drinker this has been very educational. I do buy a few $40-50 bottles of wine a year that I doubt I enjoy as much as I would one good bottle of single malt. I do like the suggestion of a Bruichladdich or Talisker.

Slightly off topic here, but I couldn't be happier that the voters here in Washington State got the state out of the liquor business. Wandering around the state run liquor store on Christmas Eve looking for some holiday spirits I realized we have a horrible selection of single malts and premium spirits. Thankfully, this year I'll be able to special order some of the scotch suggestions listed here once grocery stores are able to sell them.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:11 pm

Quoting andz (Reply 35):

The fact that J-O-H-N-N-I-E is being recommended by these "connoisseurs" is bad enough.

Signed,

Scotch Snob.  

On a more serious note:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 10):
Oban 14

I had some of this last Friday. Very good indeed!
 
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Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:30 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 37):

I got some Red Label for Christmas this year and I have to say I didn't like it very much. Maybe I'm a sucker for the peated single malts.

Johnn...er, J-O-H-N-N-I-E Walker Red was actually made to be used in mixed drinks only; Black Label was their standard "baseline" scotch, and when mixing drinks became popular, they created Red Label for that purpose.

So don't judge that family of Scotch on the red only!
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:49 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 39):
Johnn...er, J-O-H-N-N-I-E Walker Red was actually made to be used in mixed drinks only; Black Label was their standard "baseline" scotch, and when mixing drinks became popular, they created Red Label for that purpose.

Can you enlighten me on what, aside from ice, water or sparkling water (a la Perrier) do you mix Scotch with? I have a swiss friend who mixes his with orange juice but I consider it an aberration. I´m curious to know, because for mixing drinks I usually would use Vodka or Rum, but Scotch seems weird.

And for the record, I find the Red Label totally unexceptional.
 
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Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:02 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 40):

Can you enlighten me on what, aside from ice, water or sparkling water (a la Perrier) do you mix Scotch with?

Some examples:

Vermouth (sweet or dry).
Drambuie (Rusty Nail)
Fruit juices

There's quite a few cocktails in which Scotch is an ingredient. One of my new favorites is the Blood & Sand, which is Scotch, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy and orange juice.

http://www.scotch-whisky.org.uk/swa/59.html
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:22 am

I guess no one here drinks Bowmore? Anything from Islay is as good as it gets. (if you like peaty)
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:25 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 40):
Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 39):
Johnn...er, J-O-H-N-N-I-E Walker Red was actually made to be used in mixed drinks only; Black Label was their standard "baseline" scotch, and when mixing drinks became popular, they created Red Label for that purpose.

Can you enlighten me on what, aside from ice, water or sparkling water (a la Perrier) do you mix Scotch with? I have a swiss friend who mixes his with orange juice but I consider it an aberration. I´m curious to know, because for mixing drinks I usually would use Vodka or Rum, but Scotch seems weird.

And for the record, I find the Red Label totally unexceptional.

I'm unconvinced by this idea that Red Label was originally intended to be used in mixed drinks only, as the brand dates back way before most people would have thought of mixing drinks. It was the "standard" whisky in England until some form of trade dispute took it off the shelves in the 1970's I can remember my uncles drinking it with a bit of water, but nothing else.
In addition I can't recall seeing anywhere selling Black label at that time. Whilst it was probably avialable in specialist shops it certainly didn't reach the mass market. The mass market was Johhnie Walker Red, Bells, Teachers and a few others.

The experts will tell you that a little water "opens up" the whisky and allows the flavours to come out apart from that nothing else should be added.

Yes Red label is totally unexceptional. The majority of it is a fairly neutral grain whisky of fairly young age, with small additions from a number of malt whiskies to add flavour. It used to be said that there is Taliske in every bottle of Johhnie Walker, if you consider how much Johhnie Walker is sold and how much Talisker malt is made, it can't be more than a teaspoon full !!The deep colour is not the result of years of aging, its caramel added to the blend
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:55 pm

Quoting peterpuck (Reply 42):
I guess no one here drinks Bowmore?

I do, but the 16 year only please. I find the younger Bowmore's to be rather uninteresting. The older Bowmore is a nice change from my usual Lagavulin, a bit lighter while still having that great Islay peat and iodine tang.

Quoting andz (Reply 35):
I know it's not Scotch but have you tried Connemara peated single malt Irish?

Very interesting stuff; I brought a bottle back from England last time I was over there. It's not an everyday whiskey by any means, but definitely worth a taste.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:10 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 39):
So don't judge that family of Scotch on the red only!

Funny you should mention that, I was so disappointed by the Red Label I went out last night and bought the Black Label to compare. Much better. Not quite the complexity of course when compared to the Oban 14, but still for the price not a bad spirit to keep around.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:03 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 39):
So don't judge that family of Scotch on the red only!

Exactly. I've had Red, Black, Green, Gold, and Blue, and of those, I prefer Green. You can get Gold and Blue at some of the Delta Sky Clubs that have the premium bar setup. Beats the Dewar's they offer onboard....
 
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:35 pm

Why not surprise your friend and buy some whiskey from the country it was first distilled in - Ireland.

I recommend Powers as a starting off point.

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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:30 am

Quoting overlander (Reply 47):

There are some greatirish whiskies for sure, I love Sherry finish Connemara and The Tyrconell but those cost USD100+ here in Sweden.
Cheaper, and still good: Connemara 12 and a very interresting grain whisky called Greenore. Greenore doesn't taste like anything I've ever had.
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RE: Advice Wanted: Scotch Whisky

Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:09 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 2):
Glenmorangie

As the thread starter, I might as well wrap things up.

I'm glad to say that I and apparently a few others have learned a lot about scotch whisky via this thread, and I'm looking forward to the time when I can try out some of the suggestions here and increase my appreciation for it.

As for the gift, the stores I went to (two different NH State Liquor shops) were very picked over when I did my shopping (three days before Xmas). Seems giving gifts of single malt scotch is quite popular! Most of my options were sold out. So I stood there as shoppers were grabbing bottles around me, and read labels of what was left, and bought Glenmorangie Lasanta which is a 12 year old finished in sherry casks. I bought it because its description matched what I thought his tastes might be, but didn't have the benefit of many options nor time to research the remaining choices We both had a small glass of it, and enjoyed it, then he told me he wasn't going to be able to keep it because he had a medical condition he hadn't told me about yet and he needed to cut down on alcohol! So, now I have a bottle of scotch in my cabinet that I can take a taste of from time to time!

So, despite good intentions, it wasn't really the outcome I was shooting for, but that's how it goes some time.
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