Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. crdb

    crdb Senior member

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    It's an acquired taste and the question is whether you want to acquire it.

    An analogy might be if you (general you, referring to a young, inexperienced drinker, not sommelier you) are drinking tannic young American reds and it is what you associate with good times with friends and happiness by the BBQ. A 20 year old Bordeaux (or Madiran or Cahors) that has aged well and been decanted 45 minutes is still connected to that experience, but might taste off to you. A light and complex Bourgogne just tastes "weak". You could, through repeated wine tastings, learn to appreciate the well aged wine and even the Bourgogne, at which point the $5 young tannic cabernet sauvignon takes overtones of white spirit style woody harshness and you end up systematically going for beer at your friends' BBQ.

    Wine is expensive enough already and you need to decide for yourself whether you want to acquire another expensive hobby, or whether you are happy sipping relatively tasteless but harmless mass market spirits on the rocks.

    Separately, I do think Islay distilleries are following a trend towards ever greater harshness (sorry, "phenol ppm") to disguise younger, cheaper barrels being sold as premium limited editions (NAS, of course). There is a world of difference between an Octomore or Uigedail, and even an entry level Port Ellen (whatever that is in this day and age). Laphroaig 10yo CS fits that trend, and the 18 year old used to be more balanced but has gotten more watery and harsh in recent years, at least in my experience (could be hedonic treadmill). I look forward to the whisky hype dying down so that good, older Islays are once again affordable.
     
  2. Man with Apple

    Man with Apple Senior member

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    Good. Just means more cow ass on the market for me.
     
  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Cuck is going to fuck up another thread.

    If an Islay noob wants to try something approachable, Bunnahabhain is the way to go. It drinks much more like a Speyside.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Found this unopened bottle in the collection last weekend and think I might have to crack it tonight. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to crack it as I suspect this will be the last of this particular bottling I'll ever have and it was a good one.

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  5. jcman311

    jcman311 Senior member

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    Thats a good one. Cragganmore (and the DE Cragganmore) were some of the single malts that first got me started. That 92 would have been a reach for when I first got started ( I think my first DE was 96)

    I'm having a go through my collection to figure out a good bottle to open in celebration. I have a big event coming May 1 and am thinking just a regular bottle of Macallan 18 or an odd sherried Springbank 19yo single cask. Pros of Macallan, always replaceable, its actually been about 5 years since I've had any. Pros of Springbank, probably amazing stuff. Cons of Springbank, once its gone, its gone. I also have some old Blair Athol I could open up. Maybe I'll settle on that.
     
  6. brp2

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    Picked up a liter of Craigellachie 13 at duty free recently. A decent price and spicy and sweet, a nice everyday drinker.

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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Laphroaig 10 was on sale at my local place for $39 (typically around $50 here). All this commentary reminded me to pick up a bottle.
     
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    Gibonius Senior member

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    Gotta get that delicious rotting cow ass flavor when you can.
     
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    I knew my palate was shit, I just didn't realize it was literal.
     
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    Read past few posts and all I have to say is burn this thread
     
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    Agreed. Make it nice and smoky -- like Laphroaig.

    Seriously, though, at least this all seems to be in good spirit.
     
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    Hahaha yea make it nice and smoked.

    Idk it's probably the several pages of comparing smiley whiskey to cow shit that I found ridiculous
     
  13. whiteslashasian

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    Jeez... Laphroaig may be smokey and peaty but it surely doesn't taste that bad. Definitely a very strong flavor profile for a noob to learn to either adjust to or realize that it will never be their thing.

    I ordered the Ardbeg Committee release Kelpie (stay away idfnl) while Astor Wine was having an Islay sale. I also grabbed a Balvenie 12 Triple Cask while at the duty free for some summer sipping and for friends who like the sweet stuff. Great price at the Canadian border, I think it came out to $52 USD for a liter bottle.
     
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    This will be opened tonight.
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    It was good. Still though, I recently opened a bottle that I got just before Christmas (I got a couple of bottles actually) and after having some other independents those bottles really stand out. The one I had last night was good for the price (around $80 for a 21 yo!) but the bottles I got before Christmas were $50. I have to forgot about those because I seem to benchmark everything I get against them and they are probably one of the best acquisitions I've made. The whisky was an 11 yo Glenallachie.
     

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