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I know many of you here enjoy a dram of fine distilled spirits on occasion, so this thread will be THE place to discuss all things pertaining to good whiskies and maybe the not-so-good whiskies.

First of all before we continue, a little clarification in order...
"Whiskey" and "whisky" are both proper spellings of the word, but they are used for whiskies made in different parts of the world.

"Whiskey" is made in the US and Ireland.
"Whisky" is made pretty much everywhere else.

My alcoholic drink of choice was beer until relatively recently. I still love a good cold beer, especially when unwinding on a hot day. However, beer was dethroned as my favorite adult beverage when one of my hunting buddies brought some Glenlivet 12 year old to hunting camp about 6 - 7 years ago. I liked it so much, I then embarked on a mission to try as many different Scotch Whiskies as I could. I always liked Bourbon as well, and enjoy a good Bourbon on occasion, but I still prefer a fine single malt Scotch whisky. My tastes have evolved a lot over the past 5-6 years such that I no longer rate Glenlivet 12 very highly, or even think it's all that good anymore compared to other options.

I've tried something like 40 different single malt Scotches and a few blends. Again, my tastes have evolved considerably. In general, I prefer the single malts matured in ex-sherry casks vs those matured in ex-bourbon casks. I initially didn't care for peated Scotch, but now like both peated and non-peated whiskies as long as the whisky in question has a nice balance of flavors with a great nose and a lingering, satisfying finish. As much as I hate to admit, I think I've become a Scotch snob.

In general, my favorite distilleries overall would have to be Macallan, Glenmorangie, and Highland Park. I've really liked everything I've tried from each of them.

My favorite single malt Scotch tried so far (I think) has been Macallan 18 (sherry cask version). However, given that prices on the stuff has climbed to $200 - $260 a bottle, I won't be buying it anytime soon. As such, I may be overrating it based on my memory of the occasions I've had some at restaurants. It's possible it may not remain my favorite if it were priced so I could taste it more often; I don't know.

So far, here are my top favorites, ranked roughly in order of preference:

1. Macallan 18 Sherry Cask
2. Glenmorangie Signet, Highland Park 18, and Old Pulteney 21 (3-way tie)
3. Talisker 18
4. Glencadam 15
5. Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12
6. Aberlour A'bunadh (Batch 60 is the only variation I've tried)
7. Glenmorangie Bacalta, Highland Park 12, Macallan 15 Fine Oak, Aberlour 18
8. Talisker 10
9. Ardbeg Uigeadail
10. Laphroaig Quarter Cask
11. Glenmorangie 18, Glenmorangie Astar, Lagavulin 16
12. Oban Distillers Edition, Oban 14, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12

Beyond those, I also really like Dalwhinnie 15, Glen Moray 18, Aberlour 12, Springbank 15, Macallan 12, Highland Park Valkyrie, Dalmore 12, Glenmorangie Lasanta 12, Macallan Edition 2, Glenmorangie Original 10, and a few others. All of those are pretty equal to my taste, only different. Once I get past level 5 or 6 in the list above, they are all pretty close. My biggest surprise is how much my taste for peated Scotch has changed. When I originally tried Talisker and Lagavulin, I didn't care for them too much and now, I really enjoy both as well as some others that use peat fires to dry their malted barley. I don't know if it's just due to evolving taste or maybe I've gained a better ability to discern complex flavors, but it's been an interesting journey.

Others I liked but thought were just "ok:" Scapa Skiren, Bunnahabhain 12, Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve, Balvenie DoubleWood 12. Balvenie DoubleWood 12 is one I used to really like, but over time, it lost its luster for me. I don't think it's a bad whisky; I just think it's a bit too mild-mannered and lacks complexity.

I still don't "dislike" Glenlivet 12, the one that introduced me to Scotch in the first place. I just don't like it as well as the rest mentioned above. I think their new "Founder's Reserve" NAS that supposedly will be replacing their 12 YO is a total waste of money. It just had an "artificial sweetener" taste in the mix for me. I gave it away after the first "wee dram."

As far as value for the money, I think Glencadam 15, Talisker 10, the various Glenmo special "extra matured" 12 year olds, Glenmo Original, and Highland Park 12 get the nod for best "bang for the buck."

So, lets hear it folks -- what are your favorites and why?



Edit: Added new ones as I try them.


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As I mentioned, I also like good Bourbons as well, just not quite as much as Scotch whisky.

My favorite bourbons so far are, in order:

1. Eagle Rare 10
2. Buffalo Trace
3. Basil Hayden's
4. Breckinridge
5. Bookers
6. Bulleit
7. Four Roses Small Batch
8. Templeton Rye
9. Maker's Mark
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Don’t do much of the “brown” stuff any more with the exception of Jameson but the liquor cabinet still has the following in various amounts:

Scotch: Lagavulin 16, Speyburn 10 [no idea where that came from] and a Talisker 18.

Bourbon: Basil Hayden’s, Bookers and Blanton’s.

I just received a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel from our friend Scrummy of which I did a “ wee dram “ on Friday & Saturday night. It was my first Black Barrel and was thoroughly enjoyed and now resides in an old Irish Decanter. I’ll send pics of the Decanter.
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Actually I don't drink much.  1554 New Belgium beer a couple times a month.  Jim Beam sometimes. Famous Grouse sometimes. Templeton Rye sometimes every few months or not.
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I'll take Woodford Reserve in an Old Fashioned or Clyde Mays neat. If there's any heavy drinking to be done, I'll bring along a handle of Canadian Hunter. Those are not necessarily "good." They're just good enough and agree with me. 


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I discovered a new bourbon Christmas day at my SIL's. It's called Blade and Bow. Very smooth, and my new favorite.
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For choice I'm a Glenlivet man
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Down here in the Bowery I drink Cruzan rum mostly......I also like St Remy brandy......and sometimes a cheap Vodka from St Louis ( or somewhere ) with some orange juice....


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As much as I like a good Bourbon, my stomach ulcers do not. Whatever
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For the Irish out there, two very fine ones...




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A friend just recommended Red Breast said he liked it better than Jameson.
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Still hooked on Michter's and Hudson Baby Bourbon.
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

A friend just recommended Red Breast said he liked it better than Jameson.


Mucho better!  Wink
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

A friend just recommended Red Breast said he liked it better than Jameson.


Mucho better!  Wink



The Black Barrel Jameson that Scrummy sent me is definitely a step up from regular Jameson so after that is finished I’ll look for a “ Red Breast “ 😂
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Still hooked on Michter's and Hudson Baby Bourbon.

Which version of Michter's?
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

For the Irish out there, two very fine ones...

I'll give those a try. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

...and now resides in an old Irish Decanter. I’ll send pics of the Decanter.

Post pics of the decanter in this thread!
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Originally posted by urbaneruralite urbaneruralite wrote:

I'll take Woodford Reserve in an Old Fashioned 


I have some Woodford Reserve at home. I haven't tried it in an Old Fashioned, but so far drinking it neat and on the rocks, it just doesn't agree with my taste.
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Ed, don't be bringing rum into a perfectly good discussion about whiskies!
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

...and now resides in an old Irish Decanter. I’ll send pics of the Decanter.


Post pics of the decanter in this thread!


Sorry Ted I’m not that good with the puter. Maybe one of you that I emailed the pic to can post it for me. I apologize for being old and having been dragged into the puter age.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Ed, don't be bringing rum into a perfectly good discussion about whiskies!


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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

 
Sorry Ted I’m not that good with the puter. Maybe one of you that I emailed the pic to can post it for me. I apologize for being old and having been dragged into the puter age.

It's time you learned.


See the little icon with the tree on it right above your post editor blank? Just put your cursor on the spot where you want the photo to be in your post, click on that tree icon, then click on "choose file" on the lower LH side of the next screen. Then navigate to the folder where the photo is on your 'puter, then click ok, and it posts in your thread.

If we can teach Ed how to post photos, we can teach anyone!

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For Christmas, my Lady gave me a bottle of Ardbeg Corryvreckan.  It has been years since I tasted an Ardbeg.  If you are a fan of Laphroaig and Lagavulin, you will probably like it.  As a registered "Defender of The Malt", I can say that it is excellent.  The flavors are complex, a lot of smoky peat, chocolate, black currant, some spice, maybe a hint of vanilla in the finish.  It is not "light".  Not for the uninitiated.  You can see the fires burning at the first touch to the tongue. 

The first sip of scotch I ever had, in high school, I liked it... Grant's Scotch.  I still remember the "rush" of flavors and my first thought that "everybody said this stuff didn't taste good".  My taste was not "acquired", I've simply just always liked the stuff.

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