Single Malt Scotch

Discussion in 'Other Beverages' started by WunderLlama, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,042) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Aye Laddie!

    Love Oban and Talisker.

    What should I be drinking? And, why?
     
  2. VoxRationis

    VoxRationis Poo-Bah (1,542) Dec 11, 2016 New York
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    Lagavulin, just sayin'
     
  3. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,399) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I like me some Glenlivet. One night while out on the town in New Orleans, I drank shots of Glenlivet, having heard it won't give you a hangover. I had about 12 shots - may have lost count, was an expensive night. The next day I wasn't hung over, but had the weirdest experience. Every few minutes it felt like I had gotten an electric shock. Wore off after a few hours. But good stuff.
     
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  4. nw2571

    nw2571 Initiate (52) Feb 26, 2017 Indiana

    Tomatin is one of the best Highland Scotches for the money.
     
  5. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (603) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Start with Speysides, then Highlands. Then ease into the peaty stuff and eventually the cask strength stuff.

    Enjoy the journey.

    In a year or two you'll probably be back to SNPA?
     
  6. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,127) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    The Glenlivet. If it's good enough for Det. Goren, it's good enough for me. :slight_smile:
    #L&O:CI
     
  7. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are really mellow smooth scotches imo. Glenrothes as well.
    Started getting into the smokier scotches as of recent. Recent bottles are Glenmorangie 12yr Quinta Ruban & Highland Park 12yr Viking Honour.
    Really good stuff. Especially with a nice porter or coffee stout by its side.
     
  8. eppCOS

    eppCOS Champion (891) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Real men drink Laphroaig.
    'night!
     
  9. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Im easing my way into such grandness.
    Actually working my pallet up to @Greywulfken status with the Ardbeg. Heard its a real man's scotch :wink:
     
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  10. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    If you like Talisker, the big Islay trio makes the most sense -- Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. The Lagavulin 9 Game of Thrones release is much better than I expected FWIW, probably not as good as the 16 but it's also quite a bit cheaper.

    If you're interested in trying whiskys with less peat (or no peat), Old Pulteney 12 and Bunnahabhain 12 might work. They've got a lot of different notes and can be very rich and sweet but also earthy. Springbank 12 cask strength also has enough complexity to interest a peat lover.

    If you're looking for new stuff to try, check out Ralfy's videos on YouTube. And if you get into that, Whisky.com, the Whiskey Vault, Scotch Test Dummies and Aqvavitae all have helped me learn about whisky.
     
  11. alexanderplatz

    alexanderplatz Aspirant (243) Jul 5, 2015 Kentucky

  12. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    *whispers "Clynelish"
     
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  13. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Meyvn (1,331) Jul 27, 2013 California
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    Laphroaig and/or Lagavulin

    Otherwise, bourbon.
     
  14. cryptichead

    cryptichead Meyvn (1,274) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    I stick to the Highlands and Speyside. Also love Oban (but it's a bit pricey). Always enjoy Macallan 12 and above. Lately been on a Glenmorangie kick.
     
  15. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,477) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    I pretty much gave up whiskey completely when I got heavily into craft beer, because mixing beer and whiskey fucks me up really badly, but I used to quite enjoy the peaty Scotches like Laphroaig, Talisker, Lagavulin or Ardbeg, Talisker probably being my favorite.

    What's quite interesting is that Scotch barrel-aged Stouts are actually a lot more common in Europe than Bourbon barrel-aged Stouts, probably simply because Scotch barrels are more easily available over here and I quite enjoy those and obsessively buy every single one that I can possibly get my hands on.

    Had a few aged in Laphroaig barrels that turned out really nice and also one aged in Bunnahabain and Bowmore barrels that was quite interesting because it wasn't as peaty and had more sweet and fruity notes. I currently got my eyes on one aged in Ardbeg barrels that I will probably order next week.
     
  16. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,806) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Ardbeg might be a a bit more rambunctious than Laphroaig, like one you like both. Both are great whiskies.
     
  17. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Crusader (752) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Ardbeg, and the heavily peated ones from Islay are my fav's - in true Viking fashion! ....currently drinking (and finished) these guys

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  18. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,609) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Ah, Scotch. Scotch, Scotch, Scotch, Scotch... I love Scotch...

    Scotch was my pre-beer drink of choice. I mean, I fooled around with gin and absinthe and all, but Scotch was my drink.

    I'm more of an island guy (hey! I live on an island! Coincidence?), and enjoy the peaty, smoky whiskies of Skye and Islay, with the Speysides being right there, too...

    Lagavulin has always been my top buy...
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    But I'm a huge fan of Talisker, Aberlour, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg as well...

    Total Wine opening here a few years ago has been great, as I've been able to check out some great releases I've never seen or viewed as affordable before...

    All-time faves have included Ardbeg's An Oa...
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    Aberlour's Casg Annamh...
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    ...and Lagavulin's 2017 distiller's release...
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    Sláinte...
     
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  19. VoodooBear

    VoodooBear Zealot (570) Aug 25, 2012 Puerto Rico
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    If you're liking Oban and Talisker definitely need to give Islay a shot. From Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie and Port Charlotte. Arbeg 10, Corryvekan or Uigeadail, whichever you can find. Lagavulin 16 is an awesome dram; some people say it's a more "rounded off" or "tamed" (i.e. boring) Laphroaig 10.

    Talisker 10 is one of my favorite scotches so in my opinion, you can't go wrong with any of those.
     
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  20. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,806) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I wouldn’t consider Lagavulin anything but excellent, the extra 6 years in a barrel adds a lot imo. I’d expect a more mature whisky to be a bit more well rounded, and you pay for the extra years too, here’s its right at $100 a bottle, I can get Laphroaig for $53, Ardbeg is about the same. If price wasn’t a consideration Lagavulin is most terrific.
     
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  21. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    I saw the Lagavulin 12 year on sale at BevMo last week, but passed it up in favor of Benromach, which had been on my list for some time.
     
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  22. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,806) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I’ve never seen a Lagavulin 12 here only the 16 , the one thing NC isn’t is progressive. Its amazing the things we don’t get here for whatever reason, and every store is different which I find strange because they’re all state run and not independent.
     
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  23. Thorzdad

    Thorzdad Initiate (35) Jul 1, 2010 Indiana

    Bunnahabhain 12 year old here. A different sort of Islay malt.
     
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  24. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,069) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois
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    I used to drink scotch almost exclusively over bourbon, but back in the day for me, it was the balvinie 12 year, and regular every day for me was famous grouse for around 20$.
     
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  25. GMan310

    GMan310 Disciple (396) Aug 10, 2014 California
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  26. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,806) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    That’s a great picture right there, brought a smile to my face. I might buy a bottle for our May vacation to Gettysburg meeting up with my brother and his wife. It’s a nice happy medium on driving and none on I 95 thank god, and it’s where I had my first Lagavulin 16.
     
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  27. GMan310

    GMan310 Disciple (396) Aug 10, 2014 California
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    Cheers! to old and new adventures my friend.
     
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  28. GMan310

    GMan310 Disciple (396) Aug 10, 2014 California
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    About to have a glass and fill up on some great green Posole my mom makes.
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  29. Hanglow

    Hanglow Crusader (781) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    vat 69 or J&B for cheaper blends

    Love Ardbeg

    over the last couple of years though I have tended to drink single cask strength ones. The SMWS bottlings are always interesting, although I only want to buy a full bottle of about one in every 7 or so I try.

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  30. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,477) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Seriously :astonished:!? I can buy Laphroaig for like 30€ and Lagavulin for 60€ in Germany. Still about double for the Lagavulin though.
     
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  31. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,477) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Famous Grouse is blended though, not Single Malt, and probably the worst Scotch I've ever had, to be honest... No offence though :wink:.
     
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  32. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,043) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Can anyone recommend a Scotch that has been aged in sherry casks? I've been wanting to try one but don't really know where to start. I enjoy everything from Speyside to Islay, so anything is fair game.
     
  33. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,850) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Bowmore Darkest. An Islay finished in Sherry Casks.

    GlenDronach 12 or Aberlour A'bunadah if you want all sherry from start to finish.
     
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  34. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,069) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois
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    Blended yes, but I wasn't saying that was, just my everyday, the balvinie was, to each their own I guess.
     
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  35. TheHammer

    TheHammer Savant (988) Feb 15, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    I've always been a Glenfiddich fan myself. The Pear note of the 12 year is infamous, the 15 year old has a nice honey and spice touch, not really a fan of the 17 year old, but if you can afford it, the 21 year old is incredible.

    Apart from that, as a Canadian I will also pump the tires our only Single Malt Whiskey that is Glen Breton Rare.
     
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  36. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,477) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    I think I could have worded my previous post better, to each their own for sure, it's just that I personally really dislike Famous Grouse. Glad you enjoy it though :slight_smile:.
     
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  37. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,609) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    All three of my big faves feature some sherry cask action - check 'em out!
     
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  38. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,069) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois
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    That's cool, But i will just say that the famous grouse REALLY made me appreciate my balvinie when I drank it. I've moved on to bourbon now days tho. Cheers.
     
  39. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,565) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    For a 10 year old, Glenmorangie is pretty good and inexpensive.
     
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  40. TheHammer

    TheHammer Savant (988) Feb 15, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    I'll also add that the 12 year old Quinta Ruban is quite good as well.