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Old 02-28-2019, 01:34 PM
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One of my Favorites is 15 year old Glenlivet French Oak Reserve. But I normally drink Glenflivet 12 year old and some Glenfiddich as well.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:07 PM
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If the scotch is 10+ years old, it's probably good ... except lagavulin ..... which tastes like the sweat off a sheep's balls.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:51 PM
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Cannot warm up to scotch

Saw a miniature at the store today of JW Blue for $20 and almost bought it to see if "the good stuff" is what makes the difference

Must have skipped a generation. My pop used to drink Cutty Sark. Just bought a bottle of Monkey Shoulder for my college kid (21) who inexplicably found scotch
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:05 PM
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Those who want to venture into peaty scotch but don't want the "Janitor in a Drum" solvent flavor should try Bunnahabin 12 year---

Monkey Shoulder--good.
Balvenie (all of them) used to be my go to scotch but the price has about doubled in the last few years.
Glenlivet Nadurra--a little different scotch.
I like all the Glenmorangies--4 I think.
Rothes, Auchentoshan, Glenfiddich, Springbak

The kinds of scotches have proliferated in the last 10 years too. Hard to keep up AND remember--especially if you are trying all of them.
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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
Cannot warm up to scotch
Tell that to the +200 year old St. Andrews Society of Savannah that has an annual dinner featuring warm scotch, haggis and sweet cookies. A lot of warm scotch makes the haggis taste downright edible. All of the men wearing kilts and knee high socks is quite the scene.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:08 PM
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I drink a variety of single malts. I like the Islays and Lagavulin 16 is my favorite, but Talisker is another good one. I've become really fond of Bunnahabain 12 lately. My non-Islay favorites include Glenfiddich 12, 15 or 18, The Balvenie Doublewood, Caribbean Cask and the absolute best, Balvenie Portwood. I have bottles of all of these (and a few others) in the bar, and rotate as the mood strikes me.

I really don't care for bourbons except in a Manhattan or other cocktail. I have Knob Creek, Makers Mark, George Dickel, Jim Beam, Virginia Gentleman in the bar.



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Old 02-28-2019, 04:13 PM
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My current favorite is Glenlivet 18.


I also like many that have been mentioned including Oban 14 and MaCallan 12 and 18.

Just discovered JW Black a few months ago and it is great for the price. The Double Black I will definitely give a try.


The only way to drink good scotch is over ice, preferably one very large single cube, or a couple of large spherical ones, which they make just for the purpose.


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Old 02-28-2019, 04:26 PM
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A few of my favorites. Ya, Jameson isn't Scotch, but this one is pretty special.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:07 PM
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Love the Oban 14 and drink Lagavulin in the winter. Just got a bottle of McCarthy’s for Christmas and it’s also nice and peaty, made in Oregon. The Ardbeg and Kilchoman are also good drams if you like the Islay style. I find the Balvenie Caribbean Cask too sweet and recently tried a bunch of the major labels’ varieties that are finished in port or rum casks. Found them underwhelming and seemed like they use the cask finish as a crutch to save and sell their poorer batches.
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I think if your first drink was Johnny black and your second was Johnny red, you could drink Clan McGreggor the rest of the night and not notice.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
I I've become really fond of Bunnahabain 12 lately. .
good stuff.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Tell that to the +200 year old St. Andrews Society of Savannah that has an annual dinner featuring warm scotch, haggis and sweet cookies. A lot of warm scotch makes the haggis taste downright edible. All of the men wearing kilts and knee high socks is quite the scene.
This mental image is reason enough to stay with rum.

Will give the Monkey Shoulder a try at the end of the semester
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Originally Posted by mz06907 View Post
OBAN 14.

I think its it’s the best at any price.
My favorite as well
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by WeeKilt View Post
Scotch is nasty.
scotch nasty? then try gin...... don’t understand how anyone could acquire a taste for rubbing alcohol.
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:57 AM
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Scotch is great because there are so many different varieties that you can almost find something for everyone. I prefer the Islay scotches and Laphroaig 10 or Laphroaig Quarter Cask are some of my main go-to scotches. Ardbeg is in that rotation as well. Bunnahabhain 12 is an excellent, well rounded scotch for the money - probably one of my favorites in that category.

I'm not a huge fan of the Glens but will pick up a bottle now and then to keep in the decanter, especially if we are having company and I know the bottle will go fast. Some of the finished Glenmorangie scotches are great for company. I have found that most of my friends who don't normally enjoy scotch tend to enjoy those more.

JW Green Label used to be a favorite of mine. Then they discontinued it and reintroduced it again, but with a slightly different blend. Definitely not the same as it was before but I am always on the search for one of the old square bottles with a cork.

I spend too much money on scotch, so lately I have been slumming it back to my roots with Dewar's and club soda. I enjoy Chivas as well though the price has gone up around here and is on par with some of the less expensive single malts, so I have trouble finding value in it. I also drink a lot more bourbon now. On the whole, a good bottle of bourbon can be had for much less than a good bottle of scotch.

Guess I sound cheap...

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On a recommendation, I tried the McClellands scotches--there are four different single malts--a Highland, a Speyside, a Lowland and an Islay. These are all inexpensive--like $25 per fifth in the Virginia ABC stores. Likely less in other states. Anyway, for the price, these are all quite good. And you can't beat the price.

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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
If the scotch is 10+ years old, it's probably good ... except lagavulin ..... which tastes like the sweat off a sheep's balls.
Why do you know what sheep ballsweat tastes like?
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I really prefer bourbon, but most times places have a better scotch selection, so I figured I need to expand my horizons. I prefer Macallan 12, as I find it very mild on the peat side, which I prefer. The VA ABC doesn't really carry much of their line that's affordable, so I might have to try some of the above recommendations as alternatives. My son is overseas and brought me back a bottle of Macallan Highland 18 year matured in sherry oak casks last year for Father's day. Quite tasty for my bourbon-tainted taste buds.
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Ain't no foolin with Lagavulin
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