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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. Kyoung05

    Kyoung05 Senior member

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    Has anyone tried the Glennfiddich Snow Phoenix whiskey yet? I know, it's a bit gimmicky, but you gotta hand it to the folks at Glennfiddich, what a way to turn a near disaster into a pretty cool and intriguing marketing pitch..

    I bought one, but I haven't opened it yet. The reviews I've seen haven't been glowing.

    I've tried some - a friend of mine bought two bottles because they were supposed to be "special limited releases." It was my first time trying anything from Glennfiddich, and I haven't tried many Speysides in general, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was pretty enjoyable - very fruity on the nose, some spice, and very subtle wood/peat. That said, I certainly don't think it was worth the $100 or so he paid per bottle. My other experiences with Speysides have been Macallan, and for the money, I think I prefer the Macallan 15.
     
  2. Jokerman

    Jokerman Senior member

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    What would the scotch experts recommend for a scotch newbie? Say $60 tops? I am a beer geek and don't have any experience with any other alcohol's but have always wanted to give whiskey a shot.
     
  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    What would the scotch experts recommend for a scotch newbie? Say $60 tops? I am a beer geek and don't have any experience with any other alcohol's but have always wanted to give whiskey a shot.
    I'm not a scotch expert but, IMO... Talisker...Not a peat monster, not a sugar daddy. Or GlenMorangie--a good Highland malt. Anything over 12 years old in either of those two. YMMV
     
  4. Jokerman

    Jokerman Senior member

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    I'm not a scotch expert but, IMO...

    Talisker...Not a peat monster, not a sugar daddy.

    Or GlenMorangie--a good Highland malt.

    Anything over 12 years old in either of those two.

    YMMV


    Thanks for the suggestions I will look into those. Is it a bad sign if I did not enjoy Glenfiddich 12 year?
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the suggestions I will look into those. Is it a bad sign if I did not enjoy Glenfiddich 12 year?
    I don't know if it is a "bad sign"...I didn't enjoy the Glenfiddich when I tried it early on in my malt journey, either. But it might be a sign that you need to re-think your expectations. Or it might be a sign that you need to add a small amount of water to yer dram. Let it sit a moment or two and then sip slowly....make a shot last.
     
  6. chronoaug

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    Yea, if you're just looking for something when you're not that sure if you like it, Glenmorangie10 is pretty good for that. Really easy to drink straight, not really peaty or syrupy like some others. Is tasty still despite being pretty mild and it's on the cheap side. I can get it for like $30 in boston which as crazy high liquor prices for the states
     
  7. Telefonica

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    Anyone out there like the Ardbeg 10 yo? I bought a bottle and I want to enjoy it, but every time I take a sip, all I taste is rubber and iodine [​IMG]

    I'm pretty new to Scotch, but I really enjoy Macallan 12 yo and Arbelour A'bunadh. I'm thinking of picking up a Dalmore 12 yo. Any comments on Dalmore 12? Something I might enjoy based on the other two scotches that I like?
     
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    Anyone out there like the Ardbeg 10 yo? I bought a bottle and I want to enjoy it, but every time I take a sip, all I taste is rubber and iodine [​IMG]

    I'm pretty new to Scotch, but I really enjoy Macallan 12 yo and Arbelour A'bunadh. I'm thinking of picking up a Dalmore 12 yo. Any comments on Dalmore 12? Something I might enjoy based on the other two scotches that I like?


    I enjoy the Ardbeg 10, it is definitely not a scotch for newcomers. Even after trying a lot of different malts, I found it the strongest of anything I had tried and then some. My advice is to leave it be for a while, get your palate well and truly accustomed to scotch and then try it again.
     
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  10. I<3Bacon

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    D & M has the regular release in store now. I picked up a couple from them.

    Good lookin out, ama. Hopefully they still have some left on Saturday.
     
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    I enjoy the Ardbeg 10, it is definitely not a scotch for newcomers. Even after trying a lot of different malts, I found it the strongest of anything I had tried and then some. My advice is to leave it be for a while, get your palate well and truly accustomed to scotch and then try it again.

    Great, thanks!
     
  12. DWFII

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    I enjoy the Ardbeg 10, it is definitely not a scotch for newcomers. Even after trying a lot of different malts, I found it the strongest of anything I had tried and then some. My advice is to leave it be for a while, get your palate well and truly accustomed to scotch and then try it again.
    I agree. I would say this, however, I don't think any of the Speysides will prepare you for the Islays. No matter how much you drink. Not much if any peat. Highland malts, however, have some peat and heavy peat reek is what characterizes Islay malts.
     
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    Good lookin out, ama. Hopefully they still have some left on Saturday.

    Call and ask for Kyle, I'm sure he will hold some for you!
     
  14. Kyoung05

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    Having some Macallan 12yr Sherry Cask - for $38 at Costco, it's a pretty good value.
     
  15. I<3Bacon

    I<3Bacon Senior member

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    Call and ask for Kyle, I'm sure he will hold some for you!

    Got mine. You're my hero. [​IMG]
     
  16. ErnestoG.

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    got ancnoc 12 years as a gift. anyone have this before?
     
  17. gam29

    gam29 Senior member

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    macallan 12 is a staple in my collection

    i also like glenlivet 18, and on occasion, i'll get some macallan 18 or 25
     
  18. ama

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    Got mine. You're my hero. [​IMG]

    Let me know if you crack one open. Mine are waiting for another bottle to join them before they ship out.
     
  19. Kyoung05

    Kyoung05 Senior member

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    I was recently gifted a bottle of Glenrothes Select Reserve. While I don't find it as interesting as the Macallan 12yr Sherry Cask (the other Speyside I have at home), it's still very good. Much more light-bodied and subdued/nuanced. Starts off very light, almost like a watered-down Johnny Walker Black Label (but not necessarily in a bad way), but then you get an explosion of spiciness on the finish - it's interesting. K&amp;L Wine Merchants has it for $39 - at that price, I'd definitely say it's worth trying.
     
  20. I<3Bacon

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    Let me know if you crack one open. Mine are waiting for another bottle to join them before they ship out.

    Only managed to get one. [​IMG]

    If I can score a 2nd bottle, the General Release comes out soon, or get wildly impatient, I'll open it.
     

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