Any One for a Scotch?

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  1. ama

    ama Senior member

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    Would like some suggestions on the top 5 quality Scotch's you guys would want to see in restaurant/bistro type place?

    Lagavulin 16
    Macallan 18
    Highland Park 18
    Talisker 10
    Balvenie Double Wood

    Good range of flavors and prices imo. Not my ideal list mind you, but one that I think would work well in a bistro type setting.
     
  2. Waistcoat

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    Three newly tasted scotches over the last week for me:

    Talisker - one word - delicious
    Laphroaig - people actually drink this stuff and enjoy it?
    Ardbeg - peaty campfire incredibleness (yes I'm aware I just made up a new word)

    Thanks for all the advice given so far in this thread, since I got in here about 6 months ago I've tried:
    JW black and green, Chivas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Cragganmore 12, HP12, Dalwhinnie 15, Talisker 10, Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10, Ardbeg 10. It's been an incredible ride already, any advice on what to try next?
     
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    Three newly tasted scotches over the last week for me:

    Talisker - one word - delicious
    Laphroaig - people actually drink this stuff and enjoy it?
    Ardbeg - peaty campfire incredibleness (yes I'm aware I just made up a new word)

    Thanks for all the advice given so far in this thread, since I got in here about 6 months ago I've tried:
    JW black and green, Chivas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Cragganmore 12, HP12, Dalwhinnie 15, Talisker 10, Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10, Ardbeg 10. It's been an incredible ride already, any advice on what to try next?


    Nice. Curious, what did you not like about the Laphroaig? Surprised you liked the Talisker and Ardbeg (which Ardbeg, BTW?), but hated the Laphroaig. Also, what's your top 3 or 4 of those you mentioned trying? Some good ones there, so just curious.
     
  5. impolyt_one

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    Waistcoat, you should try some Bowmore next.
     
  6. Waistcoat

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    Nice. Curious, what did you not like about the Laphroaig? Surprised you liked the Talisker and Ardbeg (which Ardbeg, BTW?), but hated the Laphroaig. Also, what's your top 3 or 4 of those you mentioned trying? Some good ones there, so just curious.

    The Laphroaig I really didn't like the medicinal type flavour. Ardbeg (the 10 yo) I liked because the smoke really came through after the peat, but with the Laph all I tasted was iodine, really didn't do much for me.

    Top 3 or 4? Hmm. Talisker would probably be number 1, HP12 at 2, Crag 12 and Dal 15 tied at 3, Ardbeg at 4.
    Ask me the same thing in a couple of months and the Crag and Ardbeg will probably be higher. The Cragganmore I'm only just starting to fully appreciate and every dram I have I get more and more from. The Ardbeg I'm still getting used to as well, once I can start tasting the other notes besides peat and smoke I'm sure I'll enjoy it even more (although I can taste a really really slight hint of lemon in there already).

    Impolyt, which version of the Bowmore?
     
  7. Aaron01

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    Impolyt, which version of the Bowmore?

    Start with the 12, the peat is fairly reserved in that vintage, there are some nice chocolate notes in it as well.

    Next time you have the Ardbeg Ten try adding some branch water or an ice cube to open it up, you'll start to notice a lot of citrus on the finish, quite nice.
     
  8. sf_esq

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    The Laphroaig I really didn't like the medicinal type flavour. Ardbeg (the 10 yo) I liked because the smoke really came through after the peat, but with the Laph all I tasted was iodine, really didn't do much for me.

    Top 3 or 4? Hmm. Talisker would probably be number 1, HP12 at 2, Crag 12 and Dal 15 tied at 3, Ardbeg at 4.
    Ask me the same thing in a couple of months and the Crag and Ardbeg will probably be higher. The Cragganmore I'm only just starting to fully appreciate and every dram I have I get more and more from. The Ardbeg I'm still getting used to as well, once I can start tasting the other notes besides peat and smoke I'm sure I'll enjoy it even more (although I can taste a really really slight hint of lemon in there already).

    Impolyt, which version of the Bowmore?


    I hear you. Laphroaig definitely has more of a medicinal taste, for lack of a better way of describing it. Did you try the Laphroaig 10 or the Quarter Cask? I prefer that to the 10. Which Ardbeg did you try? The Uigeadail is fantastic. Good list. I love the HP 12. Best bang for your buck IMO. The HP 18 is amazing. Haven't tried the Dalmore 15, but liked the 12.
     
  9. Waistcoat

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    I hear you. Laphroaig definitely has more of a medicinal taste, for lack of a better way of describing it. Did you try the Laphroaig 10 or the Quarter Cask? I prefer that to the 10. Which Ardbeg did you try? The Uigeadail is fantastic. Good list. I love the HP 12. Best bang for your buck IMO. The HP 18 is amazing. Haven't tried the Dalmore 15, but liked the 12.
    I had the Ardbeg 10. Uigeadail is more than I'm willing to pay for scotch right now, probably going to be a request for my birthday in September. The Laphroaig I had was the standard 10, had I enjoyed it more I would definitely have bought a bottle being that it's almost half the price of Ardbeg here. I'd like to try the Lap QC, but the only way I can do that here is to buy a bottle, and at $100 that's a bit too much of a risk for my liking. Totally agree on the HP12. Every time I have a dram I'm amazed at just how great it is for an insanely low price. I can't wait to try the 18 in the future.
     
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    I had the Ardbeg 10. Uigeadail is more than I'm willing to pay for scotch right now, probably going to be a request for my birthday in September. The Laphroaig I had was the standard 10, had I enjoyed it more I would definitely have bought a bottle being that it's almost half the price of Ardbeg here. I'd like to try the Lap QC, but the only way I can do that here is to buy a bottle, and at $100 that's a bit too much of a risk for my liking.
    Totally agree on the HP12. Every time I have a dram I'm amazed at just how great it is for an insanely low price. I can't wait to try the 18 in the future.


    $100 for the QC is steep. Where do you live? I paid about $50 for the QC and $60 for the Uigeadail.
     
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    $100 for the QC is steep. Where do you live? I paid about $50 for the QC and $60 for the Uigeadail.

    +1 QC sells for $50 at my local
     
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    QC 35 here.
     
  13. ama

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    QC 35 here.

    Costco?
     
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    jet Persian Bro

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  15. bdeuce22

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    QC 35 here.

    The fuck? Just paid $50 at my store.

    I did save a chunk of change this weekend in MN. Bought a couple staples. Mac12. Laph10. Picked up some balvenie 12 doublewood too.
     

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