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Discussion in 'Other Beverages' started by WunderLlama, Apr 21, 2019.
Love Oban and Talisker.
What should I be drinking? And, why?
Lagavulin, just sayin'
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.
Tomatin is one of the best Highland Scotches for the money.
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?
The Glenlivet. If it's good enough for Det. Goren, it's good enough for me.
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.
Real men drink Laphroaig.
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
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.
Laphroaig and/or Lagavulin
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.
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.
Ardbeg might be a a bit more rambunctious than Laphroaig, like one you like both. Both are great whiskies.
Ardbeg, and the heavily peated ones from Islay are my fav's - in true Viking fashion! ....currently drinking (and finished) these guys
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...
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...
Aberlour's Casg Annamh...
...and Lagavulin's 2017 distiller's release...
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.
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 $53, Ardbeg is about the same. If price wasn’t a consideration Lagavulin is most terrific.
I saw the Lagavulin 12 year on sale at BevMo last week, but passed it up in favor of Benromach, which had been on my list for some time.
I’ve never seen a Lagavulin 12 here only the 16 , the one thing NC isn’t is progressive. Its amazing the things we don’t get here for whatever reason, and every store is different which I find strange because they’re all state run and not independent.
Bunnahabhain 12 year old here. A different sort of Islay malt.
I used to drink scotch almost exclusively over bourbon, but back in the day for me, it was the balvinie 12 year, and regular every day for me was famous grouse for around 20$.
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.
Cheers! to old and new adventures my friend.
About to have a glass and fill up on some great green Posole my mom makes.
vat 69 or J&B for cheaper blends
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.
Seriously !? I can buy Laphroaig for like 30€ and Lagavulin for 60€ in Germany. Still about double for the Lagavulin though.
Famous Grouse is blended though, not Single Malt, and probably the worst Scotch I've ever had, to be honest... No offence though .
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.
Bowmore Darkest. An Islay finished in Sherry Casks.
GlenDronach 12 or Aberlour A'bunadah if you want all sherry from start to finish.
Blended yes, but I wasn't saying that was, just my everyday, the balvinie was, to each their own I guess.
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.
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 .
All three of my big faves feature some sherry cask action - check 'em out!
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.
For a 10 year old, Glenmorangie is pretty good and inexpensive.
I'll also add that the 12 year old Quinta Ruban is quite good as well.