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Post #1  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 13th 2009, 11:30am

It's actually been a while since I've had a pour, but for the purposes of starting this I'll toss-out my favorite, Lagavulin. [thumbs-up.gif]
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Post #2  Postby Steve Saxon » December 13th 2009, 11:33am

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Post #3  Postby Mark F r a n k s » December 13th 2009, 11:35am

Yesterday, my brother and I shared some Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21yr old Scotch, delicious and smooooooth.
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Post #4  Postby Chris Presutti » December 13th 2009, 11:45am

My go-to's are Oban and Talisker but I've really been enjoying 14-year-old Clynelish from the coastal highlands lately. You can just taste the salty air. Great stuff.
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Post #5  Postby Adam Noble » December 13th 2009, 11:47am

Love the Macallan (1982). Glenrothes is my go to because my dad has a place he gets is cheap, and it's good. But my favorite, more or less, is Balvanie 21 year port wood. Too bad it's so bloody expensive now.
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Post #6  Postby Dick Krueger » December 13th 2009, 12:10pm

Years ago I used to drink Scotch, but I stopped about 30 years ago and have only a couple disappointing high-end Scotches since.
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Post #7  Postby Frank Deis » December 13th 2009, 12:46pm

Chris Presutti wrote:My go-to's are Oban and Talisker but I've really been enjoying 14-year-old Clynelish from the coastal highlands lately. You can just taste the salty air. Great stuff.


Dayumn! A man of taste. Oban and Talisker were in my cellar until I finished the Oban last night.

Lagavulin is awfully nice too...

I don't buy it often and I reserve it as a rare treat but I sure enjoy it when I allow myself the indulgence.
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Post #8  Postby Dan Hammer » December 13th 2009, 12:48pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: I'll toss-out my favorite, Lagavulin. [thumbs-up.gif]


I like the smokey flavor of this.

I currently own a Balvenie 12. Recently purchased at the duty free in Seoul for USD$33. Everything else at the Seoul DF is $$$$.
I also enjoy Oban and Highland Park.


Think I'll go and take a pour while I watch the Jet game.
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Post #9  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 13th 2009, 1:19pm

Dan Hammer wrote:I also enjoy Oban and Highland Park.


Think I'll go and take a pour while I watch the Jet game.


HP is another of my favorites. Oban is also good, but I do find it a bit oily. Another vote for Talisker, as well. Talisker and Highland Park achieve a balance that Lagavulin doesn't even try for.
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Post #10  Postby C. Bowman » December 13th 2009, 1:33pm

Cardhu for a Single Malt, it's a little lighter than Oban and perfect Neat or with 1 or 2 ice cubes in it, Dewars for a cocktail with soda or water.

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Post #11  Postby Todd F r e n c h » December 13th 2009, 1:38pm

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I can't imagine how epic that is. The best 'attainable' Scotch I can remember is 15 year The Macallan. I've had the 12 year and was not at all impressed - rather go with Balvenie or Glenlivet 12 (my 'go to' Scotch). The 18 year Mac must kick serious ass.
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Post #12  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 13th 2009, 1:55pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:I can't imagine how epic that is. The best 'attainable' Scotch I can remember is 15 year The Macallan. I've had the 12 year and was not at all impressed - rather go with Balvenie or Glenlivet 12 (my 'go to' Scotch). The 18 year Mac must kick serious ass.


they also make 25 and 30 yr versions ... bucco bucks, though. [shock.gif] The 18 is actually reasonably priced.
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Post #13  Postby Frank Deis » December 13th 2009, 3:59pm

Todd, you got to try some new stuff.

Smith's Glenlivet was SOOO much better 20 years ago than it is today.

It is now riding on a reputation which it does not deserve. 90% hype.

The best single malts have inflated from that $39 dollar range up to $50-$70 for reasons, they are expensive to produce. How come Glenlivet has maintained the old price point?

They have that club with membership and videos, they are selling boatloads of Scotch to Asia, and the quality has plummeted.
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Post #14  Postby Todd F r e n c h » December 13th 2009, 4:06pm

Frank Deis wrote:Todd, you got to try some new stuff.

Smith's Glenlivet was SOOO much better 20 years ago than it is today.

It is now riding on a reputation which it does not deserve. 90% hype.

The best single malts have inflated from that $39 dollar range up to $50-$70 for reasons, they are expensive to produce. How come Glenlivet has maintained the old price point?

They have that club with membership and videos, they are selling boatloads of Scotch to Asia, and the quality has plummeted.

I mean Glenfiddich, but I'm assuming you will have the same thing to say about it.

I'm open to recommendations.
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Post #15  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 13th 2009, 4:17pm

oh, gawd!! Glenfiddich ... Glenlivet [suicide.gif] .... those are to Scotch what Columbia Crest is to wine .... not bad, but not even close to as good as you can get, either. (i'm referring only to their respective 12 yr's)


Todd, do yourself a favor: don't ever buy another bottle of Glenfiddich; stick around this thread a while, and try some of those mentioned herein. You like Mac -- that's a good start. Perhaps try Cragganmore or Aberlour next. I think you will find those palatable.
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Post #16  Postby Todd F r e n c h » December 13th 2009, 4:21pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:oh, gawd!! Glenfiddich ... Glenlivet [suicide.gif] .... those are to Scotch what Columbia Crest is to wine .... not bad, but not even close to as good as you can get, either. (i'm referring only to their respective 12 yr's)


Todd, do yourself a favor: don't ever buy another bottle of Glenfiddich; stick around this thread a while, and try some of those mentioned herein. You like Mac -- that's a good start. Perhaps try Cragganmore or Aberlour next. I think you will find those palatable.

Brian - I'm not considering Glenfiddich as a 'good' single malt at all, just a daily drinker type, as an alternative to a blend.
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Post #17  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 13th 2009, 4:23pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:oh, gawd!! Glenfiddich ... Glenlivet [suicide.gif] .... those are to Scotch what Columbia Crest is to wine .... not bad, but not even close to as good as you can get, either. (i'm referring only to their respective 12 yr's)


Todd, do yourself a favor: don't ever buy another bottle of Glenfiddich; stick around this thread a while, and try some of those mentioned herein. You like Mac -- that's a good start. Perhaps try Cragganmore or Aberlour next. I think you will find those palatable.

Brian - I'm not considering Glenfiddich as a 'good' single malt at all, just a daily drinker type, as an alternative to a blend.


good ... nonetheless, there are plenty other equally-priced (or barely more expensive) single malts that I would recommend as daily drinkers above Glenfiddich. You should be able to find Cragganmore for less than $40.

blended Scotch [suicide.gif] [suicide.gif] ... i dislike those about as much as i like single malts (granted, i've yet to try the famed JW Blue)
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Post #18  Postby Frank Deis » December 13th 2009, 4:32pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:I mean Glenfiddich, but I'm assuming you will have the same thing to say about it.

I'm open to recommendations.


No, Todd. I =never= liked Glenfiddich. neener

It is criminal what has happened to Glenlivet, that used to be really major good stuff.

Aberlour is inexpensive and so is Cragganmore, much better drinks.
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Post #19  Postby Todd F r e n c h » December 13th 2009, 4:46pm

HiTime has Cragganmore - I'll give it a try

http://www.hitimewine.net/istar.asp?a=6&id=106660!1104
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Post #20  Postby Dan Hammer » December 13th 2009, 6:32pm

I use to drink Dewers 12 with a Japanese client of mine. Funny thing is that I eventually developed a taste for it.
He's since passed away, and every so often, when I'm eating sushi, I order one for old times sake.
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Post #21  Postby Jorge Henriquez » December 13th 2009, 7:25pm

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Post #22  Postby Al Osterheld » December 13th 2009, 9:50pm

Cragganmore is a favorite of mine. If you consider how long it takes you to finish a bottle, Scotch is pretty cheap compared to wine (same for spirits in general).

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Post #23  Postby Jay Winton » December 14th 2009, 8:02am

Deanston 30 at the MWA NYC tasting was pretty tremendous and the Royal Salute was quite nice as well as the Highland Park 25...... Back to reality, the Tomatin 12 is a solid whiskey and my current everydayer; at $22 it doesn't break the bank. After attending the Annapolis Christmas boat parade, I enjoyed a few Singleton 12s as they were out of the Macallan 18.
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Post #24  Postby Frank Deis » December 14th 2009, 9:35am

Al Osterheld wrote:Cragganmore is a favorite of mine. If you consider how long it takes you to finish a bottle, Scotch is pretty cheap compared to wine (same for spirits in general).

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Post #25  Postby J e r e m y H@nn@h » December 14th 2009, 10:35am

I have been trying to move through different styles and producers of scotch recently to find out what I really like. I haven't gotten through too many yet, but I really enjoyed the Highland Park 12yr.

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Post #26  Postby Peter Tryba » December 14th 2009, 11:23am

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:i've yet to try the famed JW Blue
You aren't missing much. Their Gold Label is a tastier bottle at a third the price.

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Post #27  Postby CWun » December 14th 2009, 11:41am

My favorite is Lagavulin 16, but recently it's a Laphroaig Quarter-Cask.
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Post #28  Postby Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 14th 2009, 5:52pm

Peter Tryba wrote:
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:i've yet to try the famed JW Blue
You aren't missing much. Their Gold Label is a tastier bottle at a third the price.

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i'll give it a go sometime, but my hopes aren't high. i'm afraid of it being too sweet for my preferences ... but wth, i'll order a finger sometime I'm out.
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Post #29  Postby gary hatley » December 14th 2009, 6:04pm

I do love the scotch. Laphroaig (Peaty), Highland Park, Cragganmore...all in my wheelhouse. When my wife pops some corn I always like a JW Black and club soda with a slice of key lime...a nice combo.
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Post #30  Postby Al Osterheld » December 14th 2009, 8:50pm

Easy for YOU to say, you've had that same glass in your hand for years now (at least your Avatar has)


Well, I think there was beer in the plastic glass when that photo was taken. Although we did have a nice Moldovan pinot that afternoon.

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Post #31  Postby Frank Deis » December 14th 2009, 9:01pm

FWIW my brother in law served me JW Blue a year or two back, and I just was not impressed with it.
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Post #32  Postby Bob Wood » December 14th 2009, 9:18pm

gary hatley wrote:II always like a JW Black and club soda with a slice of key lime...a nice combo.
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Post #33  Postby Karen Troisi » December 15th 2009, 10:42am

I just started getting into single malts over this past year. Such a wide range of styles, etc. My favorites so far are:
- Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III (very smooth)
- Bruichladdich 14 yr. (Italian Collection) (very fruity)
- Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (fruity/nutty)

I'm looking to add a bottle to this collection if anyone has suggestions - we're finding we like the smokey style best:
- three bottles listed above
- Balvenie 17-year (sherry oak cask)
- BenRiach 15-year speyside
- Old Malt Cask 16-year (sherry single oak cask)
- Arran 10-year
- Macallan 12-year Elegancia
- Ardbeg 1990
- Ardmore 1898 Traditional Cask
- Talisker 175th Anniversary
- Old Malt Cask 1987 17-year
- Highland Park 12-year
- Macallan 18-year

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Post #34  Postby CWun » December 15th 2009, 11:25am

K. Troisi wrote:I just started getting into single malts over this past year. Such a wide range of styles, etc. ...........
I'm looking to add a bottle to this collection if anyone has suggestions - we're finding we like the smokey style best:
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If you like the smokey/peaty style then the classic one is Lagavulin 16. Laphroaig 10yr is a bit cheaper but not as oily/smooth IMHO. Caol Ila (distillery bottled and not independently bottled) is another good choice.
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Post #35  Postby Frank Deis » December 15th 2009, 12:17pm

This discussion of styles reminded me of the wonderful "flavor map" from Dr. Scotch.

http://www.drscotch.com/scotch-tip-flavor-chart/

You can really get a good idea of what Scotch you should try by finding your "favorite neighborhood" on this chart.
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