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Old 01-10-2017, 07:05 AM
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I am not a Scotch drinker...know nothing about it.

I just got invited to a duck hunt at a friends club. He said they were beer and scotch drinkers. I can handle the beer end of things but need recommendations on a good bottle of scotch up to $40 or so.

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Old 01-10-2017, 07:26 AM
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Glenlivet 15 year old single malt will make the grade but be around $55

http://www.shopwinedirect.com/glenli...FZ26wAodZwQHMA
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Glenfiddich or Chivas Regal are good, prices vary.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:32 AM
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Glenmorangie, Scot Single Malt Scotch around $42 average and less at discounters, might appease a Scotch snob and your budget.
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For the money Glanfarclas 10 is awesome.
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bump your budget to 60 and you open up a whole world of options. These will be much better than your <40 selections.
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OK, $60 it is.... lets have it. Keep in mind that I have to go through socialist state run ABC stores...
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Famous Grouse is cheap and hard to beat. Probably the best value in the blended Scotch market and I don't know any Scotch drinker that doesn't like it, even the single malt snobs.

You do need to up your budget about $25 though. Balvenie 12 is one of my favs!
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Johnny Walker Black

JW green is good but more expensive
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Monkey Shoulder. Very good blend.

The real question though is do they like highland or lowland. The latter is peaty and smoky.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:16 AM
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I'm partial to Lagavulin 16, Talisker 10, and Balvanie 12. Glenfidich 18 is good but I never buy it. Haven't drank JW Blue since it went above $150 a bottle

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Good single malts that you might enjoy as a beginner that they should be happy with.

For your $40-$50 budget, glen livet 12 or glen fiddich 12

For your $60 ish budget, glen livet 15, glen fiddich 15, Aberlour 12

Whether their favorite or not, it's free alcohol that they will not only enjoy, but may be a change of pace for some. If what you get happens to be a regular pour, then they'll just feel at home with it.
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If you go up to $60ish I would grab a Belvenie 12 year doublewood.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
I'm partial to Lagavulin 16, Talisker 10, and Balvanie 12. Glenfidich 18 is good but I never buy it. Haven't drank JW Blue since it went above $150 a bottle

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Have a balvanie open this week. Picked up my first lagavulin 16 last month for a birthday present for me. Haven't had a glen fiddich 18 yet, but it's on my short list.
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So we have a running bourbon thread, why not a scotch?
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If you go up to $60ish I would grab a Belvenie 12 year doublewood.
+1 Balvenie 12 Doublewood is good in that price range. I wouldn't complain about Glenfiddich either
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For 60 I'd probably do an Oban 14. It's a good, smooth, highland single-malt; and will be well rounded for almost any scotch drinkers taste.

If you want something very Peaty in flavor, try an Islay. I like Laphroaig for this.

Another bargain favorite of mine is Glenmorangie Lasanta. It's finished in sherry oak casks; and leaves a nice sweet after taste.
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Any scotch drinker will drink Dewar's White Label.
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Originally Posted by S.A.M. View Post
Any scotch drinker will drink Dewar's White Label.
Or bump it up to Johnny Red. I am not sure about the socialist states but I get pretty close to a 1.75l of Red Label for $40 here
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Glenfiddich 15year is my number one choice.
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