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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 14:56
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I enjoy my whiskey with ginger.  However, I do admit that I know I should be drinking it straight. 

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 10:21
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The Talisker is gone.  I love the Balvenie.

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 17:14
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How do you like the yamazaki? 

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 17:31 (Reply to #34)
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Rascal83 wrote:

How do you like the yamazaki? 

 

Yes I am also curious as to what you think about the Yamazaki.

 

 

This is my latest aquisition for scotches.   I got into scotch a few years ago and have to say it's one of my  favorite scotches.  

 

It was an anniversary present from my wife.  Her boss, also a scotch lover ordered 3 bottles from the UK(it's supposedly not sold directly in the US).  His credit card company canceled the order believing someone had stolen hbis identity.  So he ordered another 3 bottles, and they did the same thing.  He then called the credit card company and told them he would be ordering 3 bottles from the distributor and not to cancel the order because it really was him placing the order.  So they promptly canceled it.  One last try, he called the credit card company and conferenced in the distributor and got another order placed.  This one went through.  However, when the order showed up the credit card company had apparently let all the other orders go through so he got *12* bottles.  He was freaking out over how to explain 12 bottles of scotch from overseas to his wife....so he sold one to my wife because I guess 11 is somehow better than 12???  Heh, worked out for me and yeah, it's good.

 

Its funny how tastes change.  I started off my scotch journey with Laphroaig,

 

 

which is seriously peaty and smoky.  It's really, really harsh, like inhaling smoke from a campfire, not something I would recommend for someone starting off.   However, I loved it.  Now though my tastes lately have turned to the Speysides, which are a lot milder in general.  Glen Moray

 

is decent Speyside.  Though really, if I'm just in the mood to have something 'normal' I'll just grab the bottle of Singleton.

 

However, one of my favorites is:

 

this was my anniversary present a couple of years ago.  It's by far the most expensive bottle of whiskey I've ever owned.     I've opened it and have about 1/2 a bottle left, which makes it right about 20 years old now since distillation  This stuff is amazing.  Seriously.  It's the kind of thing you almost don't want to drink because you know it's going to be gone at some point.  You pour a dram or two into your scotch glass and then you just sip it over an hours time.  

 

I've really thought about trying to buy 2 bottles of anything that I buy and then only drinking one and keeping the other one unopened until....well I don't really know when.  Anyone know if Scotch loses anything over time?

 

Anyway, I recommend The Singleton for a decent scotch for just drinking around the house by yourself kind of times. 

 

 - Raider30

 

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 16:47 (Reply to #35)
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Rascal83 wrote:

How do you like the yamazaki? 

 

Its good, but I don't think I'd get another bottle of it.  I think I actually like the 12 yr better than the 18 yr that I have.  I would much rather drink the Balvenie.

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:48
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I really liked the Yamazaki at the LAN!

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:32
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Obviously, I totally approve of this thread.  1

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 20:16 (Reply to #38)
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Whiskey wrote:

Obviously, I totally approve of this thread.  1

Why's that?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:05
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The 18 year was good at the LAN and I am special ordering a bottle. In the mean time, I have tried the yamazaki 12 yr and its prettygood, very fragrant and sweeter.  Dalmore 12 year is pretty good.  I recently had Scapa 12 yr(might have been older) and I wasnt a fan, (I usually drink it straight, but it definitely needed ice for it to be tolerable.)  McCallan 18yrs was damn good on New Years for me, but I think I was pretty drunk by that time.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 11:59 (Reply to #40)
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Rau wrote:

The 18 year was good at the LAN and I am special ordering a bottle. In the mean time, I have tried the yamazaki 12 yr and its prettygood, very fragrant and sweeter.  Dalmore 12 year is pretty good.  I recently had Scapa 12 yr(might have been older) and I wasnt a fan, (I usually drink it straight, but it definitely needed ice for it to be tolerable.)  McCallan 18yrs was damn good on New Years for me, but I think I was pretty drunk by that time.

 

I just had some of that for Valentine's Day, and its that good when your sober too. 1

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:11
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Picked up a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 year old bourbon and a bottle of The Glenrothes Select Reserve

             

 

Both very tasty and not too pricey ($28 and $45 respectively).  I wish i had the vocabulary to describe them adequately but, as previously stated, I'm a novice.  I will say that the Eagle Rare has a different flavor than any bourbon i've tasted before and definitely worth a try.  It's also won a bunch of awards and i believe it was voted to be the best bourbon of 2012.

Sun, 02/17/2013 - 05:13
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The Elijah Craig 12 year old is very good. I have a bottle that is nearly empty (edit: never mind, it's empty now).

My favorite way to drink GOOD bourbon is straight, chilled, with just a small spoon of water. Let it sit for a few minutes then sip it.

BtW, Jack Daniels standard fair is not what I'd call "good" whiskey. It's "okay" and I use it for mixing with Coca Cola. However, mixing good whiskey or bourbon with anything is a heinous sin for which you shall be punished according to my father (I believe him, he's a genious).

However, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is a pretty good bourbon. A LOT smoother than it's generic siblilng with a lot more definable character that isn't clouded by the ascetone taste I usually get with the black label stuff.

I started educating myself at http://www.ralfy.com/ , a good and knowledgable fellow with a lot of good bits to say about all things liqour related. He has a YouBook channel with reviews and other things related to spirits.

Because of Ralfy I bought a set of Glenfidich crystal drinking glasses. He is right, the right glass can really bring out the best in the right beverage.

Nice thread, good to see more gentlemanly culture making it's way in.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 18:52 (Reply to #43)
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cmoth wrote:

The Elijah Craig 12 year old is very good. I have a bottle that is nearly empty (edit: never mind, it's empty now).

My favorite way to drink GOOD bourbon is straight, chilled, with just a small spoon of water. Let it sit for a few minutes then sip it.

BtW, Jack Daniels standard fair is not what I'd call "good" whiskey. It's "okay" and I use it for mixing with Coca Cola. However, mixing good whiskey or bourbon with anything is a heinous sin for which you shall be punished according to my father (I believe him, he's a genious).

However, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is a pretty good bourbon. A LOT smoother than it's generic siblilng with a lot more definable character that isn't clouded by the ascetone taste I usually get with the black label stuff.

I started educating myself at http://www.ralfy.com/ , a good and knowledgable fellow with a lot of good bits to say about all things liqour related. He has a YouBook channel with reviews and other things related to spirits.

Because of Ralfy I bought a set of Glenfidich crystal drinking glasses. He is right, the right glass can really bring out the best in the right beverage.

Nice thread, good to see more gentlemanly culture making it's way in.

Cmoth, I really don't want to be the whiskey Nazi, but Jack Daniels is NOT bourbon.  Bourbon only comes from Kentucky, and must be made with water from the Kentucky river, and aged in new barrels.  Little known fact, most used bourbon barrels are sold to the Tobasco company to age their hot sauce.

Sun, 03/03/2013 - 08:53 (Reply to #44)
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alabama_old_fart wrote:

.  Bourbon only comes from Kentucky, and must be made with water from the Kentucky river

That's an urban myth - though popularly believed, and vehemently defended, it's simply not true.

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Many people assume that because bourbon is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it was first made in the 1800s, that it must be made in Kentucky to be called bourbon. After all, isn't Jack Daniel's basically the same thing, only it's made in Tennessee? That's a common misconception. According to Maker's Mark Master Distiller Kevin Smith, whiskey can be called bourbon no matter where in the country it's made -- it just has to be made according to the rules we laid out above. So why is JD's not bourbon? Because it's filtered through maple wood charcoal before being aged in oak barrels, which is an extra step that isn't included in making bourbon

 

Bourbon can be made anywhere in the USA, as long as these standards are followed 

 

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Produced in the USA

  • Made of a grain mix of at least 51% corn
  • Distilled at less than 160 proof (80% ABV)
  • No additives allowed (except water to reduce proof where necessary)
  • Aged in new, charred white oak barrels
  • Aged for a minimum of two years*

* To be called "Straight" bourbon

 

 

 

 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:15
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American Rye whiskey... Can anyone recomend a good American Rye whiskey? I heard High West Distillery makes 2 fantastic ryes but I have yet to find a store here that sells it.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:09 (Reply to #46)
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LocGaw wrote:

American Rye whiskey... Can anyone recomend a good American Rye whiskey? I heard High West Distillery makes 2 fantastic ryes but I have yet to find a store here that sells it.

 

Willett Straight Rye Whiskey. At 37 a bottle it is a steal. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:11
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You guys are making things way to complicated...

 

 

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 21:08 (Reply to #48)
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Rock wrote:

You guys are making things way to complicated...

Not complicated, sophisticated.  I don't mind plain ole Beam now and then.  However,there are some very good bourbons out there for the same price or a couple dollars more.  Get out there and try some new booze, you may surprise yourself and fall in love with getting drunk on whiskey all over again.

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I'll drink to that

Rum, Vodka, Moonshine etc.

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I just bought a bottle of this on recommendation from friends. I'll let you know how it is. My phone doesn't feel like posting images right now unfortunately. http://www.paddy.ie/
Fri, 04/05/2013 - 23:54 (Reply to #51)
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This is the smoothest whiskey I've ever had. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys Irish whiskey. It was quite reasonably priced at $27 for a liter. They only just started shipping it to the United States three years ago, and Pennsylvania just got it recently. [img]http://themanwhoatesouthjersey.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/paddy.jpg[/img]

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http://www.highwest.com/spirits/double-rye/

Very nice, I give it a thumbs up.

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 08:06 (Reply to #53)
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LocGaw wrote:

http://www.highwest.com/spirits/double-rye/

Very nice, I give it a thumbs up.

Drinking this right now! Awesome, I like it better than the woodford reserve. I think I am getting into  lighter whiskies. I also have given up on stuff over 100 proof...too many head aches since I drink it neat. I've never been a fan of putting anything in spirits. Anyone tasted the new platnum label for Johnny Walker?

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Caol ILA, aged 12 years.  AVOID this at all costs.  Smells like Rubbing Alcohol.  I dropped some on the floor and it almost immediately evaporated.  I've never had worst.  (The words to avoid on a bottle are peatiness and ISLA)

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 22:54 (Reply to #56)
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Rau wrote:

Caol ILA, aged 12 years.  AVOID this at all costs.  Smells like Rubbing Alcohol.  I dropped some on the floor and it almost immediately evaporated.  I've never had worst.  (The words to avoid on a bottle are peatiness and ISLA)

 

A bit of a necro here on this post, but I also did not like the Caol ILA.  Had some awhile back at a tasting and it just wasn't good.  After you take a sip you probably should avoid an open flame because when you exhale....whoosh.  All that alcohol just comes flying outta it.  Blech.

 

Though there are some peaty Scotches that are decent.  It's funny how tastes develop.  When I started on Scotch a few years back I was into Laphroaig, which as my Scotch drinking buddy(everyone should have a Scotch drinking buddy btw, and if you don't and I"m around I"ll be yours!), put it "holy shit, that tastes like campfire ash".  It's true, it does.   But that was what I was into a few years ago.  Now my tastes are almost the opposite  I really like the Speyside, 'lighter' Scotches.  Though I've still got a bottle of Laphroaig sitting around for when I feel brave, or when I really want to get rid of every other taste in my mouth.  

 

Unfortunately I didn't ask for any Scotch this Christmas and I think it will be the first time in the past 4 years I haven't gotten a nice bottle under the tree.  I suppose I'll have to call my Scotch drinking buddy and hope he was smart enough to put it on his list!

 

 - Raider30

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 09:24
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In my attempt to find something cheaper than McCallen 18 yr ($190 a bottle/90 for a half)

I ran the gambit of McCallen's products.

12yr ($60) sherry oak- pretty good, a little to much alcohol to drink straight. Good nose.

15 yr ($90) Sherry oak/bourboun oak-this is my go to now, it is everything I liked about the 18yr.

McCallen Cask Strength- Wow, made to drink with ice. This sucker is potent and high in alcohol content.  Its good on the rocks as it was made, but I wouldnt recommend drinking it straight unless you're trying to keep warm or tame a sinus infection.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 16:46
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has anybody had some Pappy Van Winkle?

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 10:18
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I thought there was one, the same one that concerns Christina Hendricks, and if not she should be the official sponsor of this thread dont'cha think?

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JW Blue! I am not a huge fan of scotch but I never pulled the trigger on a good bottle out of fear I wouldn't like it.

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