Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    You are not mistaken. In fact, the governing body that dictates what a "Scotch" whisky or "Single Malt Scotch" whisky is is further tightening down regulations on where and how long the whisky must be matured. Not to be picky but I wouldn't use "grain alcohol taste" unless it has grain alcohol in it. [​IMG]
    You are obviously a lot more knowledgeable and sophisticated than I am...at least as regards single malt. That said, school me...is not barley a "grain?" Is it not fermented to make alcohol? Does it not taste different at the beginning of the aging process than at the end? Could it not be said that by comparison, it is "raw" at the beginning...maybe even similar if not chemically indistinguishable from Everclear?
     


  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know how someone could like scotch. To me it's the most vile nauseatingly awful beverage in existence.
    As the RSM said..."it's a manly drink, laddie and no for every one."[​IMG]
     


  3. I<3Bacon

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    haha no one here is more sophisticated than the next. Let's not go down that road.

    single malt = only malted barley and whisky is from one distillery
    vatted malt = combination of single malts from various distilleries
    blended malt = combination of single malts from various distilleries and a certain amount of non-malted barley grain spirit is allowed to be used in the final product
     


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    ama Senior member

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    I have literally never heard of Swedish or French whisk(e)y, but I understand New Zealand has some interesting offerings (including peated ones thanks to domestic peat bogs).
    Swedish whiskey, from what little I've had is fantastic. I've tried a couple bottling from Mackmyra.
     


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    Not really scotch but yamazaki 12 is fantastic. Stuff at work has made me go through almost half a bottle in 2 days

    Anyone in Los Angeles know where to get Yamazaki 12? Would Bevmo carry this or something?

    Ah crap, just checked the Bevmo website and there it is. I'm not sure how I missed it all these years [​IMG]
     


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    Just curious if anyone has tried the range of Ardbeg available? I'm curious as to the differences (besides the abv %) between all the expressions, and perhaps opinions on which one is the best for the money.
     


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    [​IMG]

    The scotch did a google of and found a terrible review. I was scared, opened the bottle and had a different reaction (in fact totally different from the reviewer). Must have been a different bottling or something. Anyway, initial reaction to aroma--only smelled it--was kind of odd, then a few minutes later I was really impressed by it.

    Only 2000 bottles released so i doubt ill be drinking it too often [​IMG]

    close up of the bavarian single malt

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    Not really scotch but yamazaki 12 is fantastic. Stuff at work has made me go through almost half a bottle in 2 days

    If you like the 12, you will love the 18. Yamazaki 18 is truly excellent stuff. I had a bottle of the 12 and I liked it (not as much as you though), but then I tried the 18 and it's so much better. Not ridiculously expensive at around $100. If you have the means, buy it.
     


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    Do you guys keep drinking scotches and bourbons through the summer? I was getting really into whiskey over the winter, but as soon as we started having spring weather, I began to heed to the siren call of old friend gin.
     


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    Do you guys keep drinking scotches and bourbons through the summer? I was getting really into whiskey over the winter, but as soon as we started having spring weather, I began to heed to the siren call of old friend gin.

    Less bourbon in the summer, but scotch year round for me.
     


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    Do you guys keep drinking scotches and bourbons through the summer? I was getting really into whiskey over the winter, but as soon as we started having spring weather, I began to heed to the siren call of old friend gin.
    Bourbon and scotch year round for me. I suppose it helps that the weather here is basically the same all year...
     


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    I started this habit late last summer. I think I'll be a year rounder. I think the colder weather is what inspired me to drink smokier, peatier single malts. I think I'll probably get back into Speysides and lighter scotches in the summer. Summer in SF isn't really summer anyway.
     


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    Do you guys keep drinking scotches and bourbons through the summer? I was getting really into whiskey over the winter, but as soon as we started having spring weather, I began to heed to the siren call of old friend gin.

    As soon as the weather warms up here my taste for scotch seems to evaporate. I start on the gin and rum based cocktails.
     


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    [​IMG]

    The scotch did a google of and found a terrible review. I was scared, opened the bottle and had a different reaction (in fact totally different from the reviewer). Must have been a different bottling or something. Anyway, initial reaction to aroma--only smelled it--was kind of odd, then a few minutes later I was really impressed by it.

    Only 2000 bottles released so i doubt ill be drinking it too often [​IMG]

    close up of the bavarian single malt

    [​IMG]


    Nice on the Murray McDavid, just finished my MM like last week, I'm less a fan of Tobermory though. I wonder how the MM casking is.
     


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