Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. sohabe

    sohabe Member

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    I am more of a Cognac drinker, but I love Scotch (especially with a cigar) but I don't know much about it.

    My friend introduced me to a great scotch called Cardhu, they are a commodity in Canada since they are not to be found on the shelves anymore. I stock up at the duty free shop when my budget it too tight for the bottles of XO.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardhu
    http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/B-40-Cardhu.aspx?pg=2#more

    For the price point I think it is a great whisky and I think I am going to have to take a drink of it right now :)
     
  2. poorsod

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    Depends on your taste. The talisker 25 they have is quite salty in the beginning but goes away later. The 175 anniversary is more of a standard tasting scotch.
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

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    Which if any of the Bruichladdich scotches do you guys enjoy? I've bought the 'rocks' as a clien gift on a recommendation, but never one of their scotches for my own purposes.
     
  4. I<3Bacon

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    Srs? You sure you'd want it after shipping?


    I guess ama and I have bad taste.


    Bruichladdich is a tough beast to dissect... there's an overwhelmingly huge array of releases the Murray McDavid guys released from existing stock when they bought the distillery in 2000 and it's really all over the place. The 10yr (The Laddie) the Murray Mc guys actually produced and released is amazingly good, especially for the price. The Port Charlotte releases are whole different animal.

    And from what I hear, the Murray Mc guys just sold the distillery to a conglomerate... :(
     
  5. ama

    ama Senior member

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    I'm sure you want it too, but if you again before me I'll take one. I haven't gotten to NY in a while, and they don't ship. :(

    Agree on the Laddie. The 10 is very good, as is the organic, the first Black Arts and a couple of the wine barrels. That said, I would try them before I bought if I could. Bacon is right, they are all over the place!
     
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    I agree--now you'll have to come back to NYC and try again!
     
  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks guys, I might give the Laddie a shot. I was thinking one of the older scotches but maybe my money is better spent elsewhere, for what it's worth I like McCallan 18. What do you guys think about the Balvenie 15yr?
     
  8. Gibonius

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    I like The Laddie, has something different about it that I have a hard time describing.


    Looking for something a little different. Previous bottles:
    Glenlivet 12
    Macallan Cask Strength
    Balvenie Doublewood
    Compass Box Peat Monster
    Bruichladdich The Laddie
    Glenmorangie Artein

    I liked them all, really can't say which was stood out. Glenlivet is probably the weakest simply because it doesn't have a lot of depth. I've really dug in on bourbons previously, and sort of want to explore some of the different elements in scotch. Ocean/brine/iodine notes maybe? I've tried the heavy peat notes already (Peat Monster), done some of the sherry cask stuff (Doublewood and Macallan), wine finish with Artein. Considering Ardbeg Corryvreckan but open to suggestions. Would like to stay ~$60 or less.
     
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  9. gopherblue

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Longrow CV. Can be found for $50 (sometimes less). Hits like Mays, runs like Hayes.
     
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    Does not appear to be available in my county :(
     
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    Might I suggest crossing the border to another county? How about Oban 14? Or Longrow's sibling, Springbank?
     
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    Gibonius Senior member

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    I keep telling myself I need to go in to DC for booze and never get around to it.

    Oban is available. No Springbank.

    Oban seems to be another sherry cask style, which I'm not opposed to but have already hit up a couple times.
     
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  13. gopherblue

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    I think you're talking about the Oban "Distillers Edition." The regular Oban 14 is not sherried. I recommend the regular Oban 14.

    Another good choice would be Highland Park. Or, a bit peatier/smokier, take a look at Talisker 10. Either of these two would offer those briny/iodine notes you mentioned.
     
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    Been thinking about Talisker, tried it at a bar awhile back.

    Which Highland Park, the 12? 18 is out of my price range I think.


    Hmm, seems reasonably accessible from MoCo. Appears to even have parking. I feel sketchy carrying a bag full of liquor on the Metro and/or someone will rob me for my delicious spirits.
     

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