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Old 02-28-2019, 11:07 AM
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I know there's a bourbon thread, but I haven't seen a scotch thread. I'm a scotch fan and have been for a good while. I enjoy all of the different styles, with a nice peaty Islay being my favorite. It's kind of funny, but the wife is pregnant right now and absolutely hates the smell of the peaty scotches, so I only drink them when she's not around, but she's going to bed super early so it's not much of an issue.

I figured people could share what they're drinking now, their favorites, reviews, general scotch chit chat, etc.

I'm currently working on the following bottles:
  • Laphroaig 10 year - Very good.
  • Laphroaig Select - Probably my favorite scotch overall. This is one I recommend when somebody wants a bottle. Nice and peaty with a super smooth finish.
  • Bowmore 12 - Good bottle, nothing amazing.
  • Talisker Storm - Not bad, but I really thought it was going to be better. Honestly, the label is more intriguing than the scotch.
  • Johnie Walker Black - I always have a handle of this in the bar. It's my go-to easy drink.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:27 AM
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Also a scotch lover here. Johnny Black is also a go to for me, often mixed with club soda. Single malts I do on the rocks.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:28 AM
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I typically lean to the less peaty, and am far from a sophisticated connoisseur, but some of my favorites are Glenlivet 12 (or 18 for special occasion), and Glenmorangie Nectar D'OR.
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OBAN 14.

I think its it’s the best at any price.
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I don't care for the Peat flavor. I typically drink McCallan 10 or 12 for "every day Scotch". I also really enjoy several of the Balvenie Single Malts. My favorites are the Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old and the 14 year old Caribbean Cask.

I drink my Single Malts neat, but typically add 2-3 drops of water to open up the flavor. I save ice for bourbon or Blended Scotch.
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Scotch is nasty.
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Seriously... I like it but like good dark rum neat better. I have a bottle of Laphroaig which reminds me vaguely of Lysol - the kind your grandmother poured into water to sterilize everything with. I drink it about once a month or so. Less of all of it now that I'm also known as "the fat THTer".
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OBAN 14.

I think its it’s the best at any price.
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I always keep Johnny Walker Black because I have a couple of friends that drink it. I have a drink with them when we are together. If not, Jameson for me.
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I know there's a bourbon thread, but I haven't seen a scotch thread. I'm a scotch fan and have been for a good while. I enjoy all of the different styles, with a nice peaty Islay being my favorite. It's kind of funny, but the wife is pregnant right now and absolutely hates the smell of the peaty scotches, so I only drink them when she's not around, but she's going to bed super early so it's not much of an issue.

I figured people could share what they're drinking now, their favorites, reviews, general scotch chit chat, etc.

I'm currently working on the following bottles:
  • Laphroaig 10 year - Very good.
  • Laphroaig Select - Probably my favorite scotch overall. This is one I recommend when somebody wants a bottle. Nice and peaty with a super smooth finish.
  • Bowmore 12 - Good bottle, nothing amazing.
  • Talisker Storm - Not bad, but I really thought it was going to be better. Honestly, the label is more intriguing than the scotch.
  • Johnie Walker Black - I always have a handle of this in the bar. It's my go-to easy drink.
Cheers!
Have you tried the JW Double Black? Sounds like it's right up your alley. Just a peatier version of Black
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:58 AM
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Lagavulin 16 is go-to

I'm working on a case of Laphroaig quarter cask I got for $42/bottle.

Love Balvenie Caribbean Cask.
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I am really not a Scotch drinker but trying to acquire a taste for it. Bought some Glenmorangie "The Quinta Ruban" a Sherry cask finish and was really good.
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Everyday scotch is a blend called Monkey Shoulder. My preference for fancier stuff is Laphroaig. Lately been trying the Japanese ones and they are good too.
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I never imagined it prior to marrying into a Mexican family but Mex folks are pretty serious scotch drinkers....as long as it's Buchanans with Topo Chico mineral water.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Everyday scotch is a blend called Monkey Shoulder. My preference for fancier stuff is Laphroaig. Lately been trying the Japanese ones and they are good too.
I forgot about Monkey Shoulder... It is probably one of the best blended scotches for the $.
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I'm not as big into Scotch as I once was but I still think Famous Grouse is the best value going in scotch whiskey. I'm big fan of the Balvenie Doublewood 12 & Macallan Cask Strength.
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
Have you tried the JW Double Black? Sounds like it's right up your alley. Just a peatier version of Black
I have not. I didn't realize that's what it is. I'll definitely give it a try, thanks!
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If you like Islay, grab a bottle of Ardbeg. My favorite mid range scotch
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
I'm not as big into Scotch as I once was but I still think Famous Grouse is the best value going in scotch whiskey. I'm big fan of the Balvenie Doublewood 12 & Macallan Cask Strength.
I spent a month (January in Glasgow brr) a couple of decades ago on an assignment. The locals drank Famous Grouse as their cheap stuff and Glenmorangie as a better one.
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Don't drink everyday but my everyday scotch is JW Blue, for special occasion it would be Macallen 25.
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