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Any One for a Scotch?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by French Cuff Consignment, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. French Cuff Consignment

    French Cuff Consignment Active Member

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    Are there any Scotch drinkers out there?

    And by Scotch I am not referring to Johnny Black, Johnny Red, Grants, Teachers, J&B, Cutty Sark, Black & White or Vat 69

    What are your favorites?

    How do you take yours?
     
  2. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Laphroaig 15-year neat.

    Macallan 18-year is also quite good.
     
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  3. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    I've never met a single malt I didn't like.
     
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  4. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Laphroaig 15-year neat.
    Laphroaig fan as well. (Also drink it neat, of course.) I tend towards the 10 year old, though, for economic reasons. Has anyone ever tried their Cask Strength stuff?
     
  5. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I've never met a single malt I didn't like.
    Even the McClelland?
     
  6. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Laphroaig fan as well. (Also drink it neat, of course.) I tend towards the 10 year old, though, for economic reasons. Has anyone ever tried their Cask Strength stuff?
    I have some at home now; it's good, but I think I prefer the regular 15. The McCallan cask strength, on the other hand, rocks. Right now the Laphroig, McCallan, and Lagavulin are in my regular rotation.
    The splash of water with the cask strength, otherwise neat.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    My two favs are Balvenie, the 12 year old double cask and the 21 year old port cask.

    12 year old for normal sipping. I put in one ice cube. I know this is not the "proper" way for tasting, but it is how I like it. (As an aside, apparently "neat" is not proper either for tasting. I have been told and read that several drops of distilled water is the taster's way.)

    21 for use similar to a port. Either desert time, outside with a cigar, etc.
     
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  8. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    For single malts, I like Suntory "Yamazaki" 12 & 18 year, Macallan 12 & 18, Glenlivet 18 & 21. For blended, my favorite is Suntory "Hibiki," which is labeled as 17 year but I'm sure many of the whiskies it contains are much older than that. It would be my drink of choice ahead of all but the finest single malts and cognacs. Unfortunately it is not sold in the U.S. and I've exhausted my supply.
     
  9. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Even the McClelland?

    That's not one I've met.
     
  10. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    For single malts, I like Suntory "Yamazaki" 12 & 18 year, Macallan 12 & 18, Glenlivet 18 & 21. For blended, my favorite is Suntory "Hibiki," which is labelled as 17 year but I'm sure many of the whiskies it contains are much older than that. It would be my drink of choice ahead of all but the finest single malts and cognacs. Unfortunately it is not sold in the U.S. and I've exhausted my supply.

    Sounds like a trip to Tokyo is in order.

    I haven't tried the Hibiki yet, but I've had Yamazaki and also one called The Hakushu. Both are excellent. The Japanese do some things completely whacky, but they got whisky right.
     
  11. Huntsman

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    Hmph, my glass has the last swallow of Macallan 12 in it. I prefer Speysides, but make frequent forays to Islay, the Islands, and the rest of the Highlands as well. My favorite is probably Mortlach 16, but I am pleasured by Dalwhinnie 15, Cragganmore 12 (?), Macallan 12 & 18, Lagavulin 16, Talisker (whatever it is), Caol Ila 12, & Cardhu with alarming regularity.

    So far, the only malts that I've met and don't like are Glenfiddich (reminds me entirely too much of hay) and Oban (had this menthol thing going on which may have been an adulterant courtesy the restaurant).

    The 'this Christmas season' hitlist is for the Dalwhinne and Craganmore distillery reserves (1990 and 1992 IMMSMC). Perhaps JW Green, Blue, or Swing. I have this need for a bottle of d'Yquem to celebrate my impending graduation so I have to curtail my malt money.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     
  12. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Perhaps buoyed by this thread, and some minor cause for celebration, I have delved into my (very) small supply of very-hard-for-me-to-ever-replace Mortlach 16.

    Damn. As in damn.

    Water of life indeed -- an hour ago I was feeling seriously crappy, and now after a little relax, some good tunes, a little bloody good scotch, I feel so much better. Not lit, I haven't had 3oz, it's just that I swear the stuff sings to your soul sometimes.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     
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  13. Patrick Bateman

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    Sounds like a trip to Tokyo is in order.

    I haven't tried the Hibiki yet, but I've had Yamazaki and also one called The Hakushu. Both are excellent. The Japanese do some things completely whacky, but they got whisky right.


    I think "Hakushu" is an 18 year single malt sold only in Japan. In the U.S. both the 12 and 18 (the only ones available here) are labeled "Yamazaki." I'm not sure if the 18 sold in the U.S. is identical to the "Hakushu" sold in Japan.

    DEFINITELY try the Hibiki. 21 and 30 (!) year old versions are available as well. Maybe someday...

    Re: trip to Tokyo, I'd settle for a layover at any Japanese airport with a decent duty-free shop. [​IMG] Probably not in my immediate future, alas.
     
  14. Kent Wang

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    How important is age? Are there are any 10 years worth drinking? I've been drinking some Speyburn 10 year but it is much less mature than the JW Black that has been my benchmark. I am only beginning my foray into the world of scotch. It's such an expensive hobby that I'm afraid to but dip my toes in the waters.
     
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    I prefer J&B on the rocks.
     
  16. Edward Appleby

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    I prefer J&B on the rocks.
    It's not mature, it's not subtle, and it's not smooth, but it does grow on you. It is to single malts what a fine grease burger from your local dive is to chateaubriand. Makes you feel like a man drinking it.

    Plus, if it's good enough for this motherfucker

    [​IMG]

    it's good enough for me.
     
  17. Connemara

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    Glenlivet 12 is a very decent, very affordable scotch. Good for general drinking.
     
  18. Patrick Bateman

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    I prefer J&B on the rocks.

    It's not mature, it's not subtle, and it's not smooth, but it does grow on you. It is to single malts what a fine grease burger from your local dive is to chateaubriand. Makes you feel like a man drinking it.

    PB orders this, along with a Corona, during his dinner at Texarkana with Paul Allen (in the movie). In the book, he's having dinner at Texarkana with Paul Owen and orders his J&B straight with a Dixie beer instead.
     
  19. Huntsman

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    How important is age? Are there are any 10 years worth drinking? I've been drinking some Speyburn 10 year but it is much less mature than the JW Black that has been my benchmark. I am only beginning my foray into the world of scotch. It's such an expensive hobby that I'm afraid to but dip my toes in the waters.
    Honestly, in my book age is merely a characteristic, another variable in taste, and in no way a direct determinate of quality. However, I will note in answer to your question, that I have not met a 10yo whisky that I really like - not Speyburn, not Tormore, nor that other one (brain drain). Age does increase the amount of congeners as well as the effects of the type of barrel upon the taste (i.e. bourbon, sherry, port, and rarely, rum). And though I have no empirical evidence, one has to think that the angels' share is larger due to concentration upon evaporation. I find Macallan 12 is a complex, wonderful Speyside whisky, and Macallan 18 is even better. Caol Ila 12 is excellent, and the older experessions just don't do it for me. Same, generally, with Balvenie -- they get dull or too husky on me if they get too old. May have something to do with the conditions where the whisky aged. If JW Black is your benchmark (kudos, I might add, it is my standard as well) you might want to try a shot of JW Blue -- I think it is in the ~30yr vicinity. It ranges from $18 - $50 a shot, mind you. BTW, if you like JWB, it is nice to know that it has mainly Speysides and Islays in the blend, so you might want to make your early forays into those regions. Islays are bigger on the smokey peaty notes (Laphroig must be the apotheosis of peat), while Spesides are lighter, and have more of the caramely things going on that aren't obscured by the peat. Some suggestions: Speyside: Cragganmore, Macallan. Islay: Bowmore 12, and especially Lagavulin 16. I know there is a good deal of Caol Ila and Cardhu in JWB, BTW. ~ Huntsman Edit: My words I must eat -- Talisker is a 10yo. But it is an anomaly.
     
  20. Mute

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    Macallan 18
    Glenmorangie Sherry Fino Wood Finish
    Highland Park 15

    Anytime, all the time.
     

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