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Recommend a Scotch

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Durtdog, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm a devoted bourbon drinker, but I never cultivated a taste for Scotch.

    For my upcoming birthday, I'm having drinks and dinner at an Irish Pub. I'd love to find a Scotch I could enjoy there, they stock 50 or more brands they're really proud of.

    Any recommendations for someone who doesn't really like it?
     
  2. Wayne Alexander

    Wayne Alexander Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Do you want sweet, smoky/peaty, or something else? If you're looking for something that's sweet like a Bourbon would be, and not smoky/peaty, try Macallan, especially the older ones (18 year old), though the 12 year old is quite good.

    To my personal taste, the best Scotches are the ones with strong flavors, so my idea of a great Scotch would be something like Ardbeg Uigedail - a huge flavor that starts like someone is barbecuing meat next door, then lights a fire in you mouth, and the fire goes down into your belly, leaving a smoky, barbecue saucy aftertaste.
     
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    KC Friend of Leo's

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    Dalmore is a fairly friendly single malt. Try a Villiger cigar with it. Laphroaig is harsh, weird, a favorite of mine but not for everybody -- try it to see if you like it. A good chance you won't. Ardbeg is similar, more approachable, as is Bowmore. Nothing wrong with Lagavulin, either. Happy birthday!
     
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    I just got a new bottle this past weekend

    It's called Glenrothe and it's delicious!!
     
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    Tele-Monster Friend of Leo's

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    Im a big Islay (its a region, not a brand) fan, Lapgroaig, Bunnahabhain and Lagavulin are my favs.
     
  6. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You're going to go to an Irish pub and ask for a Scotch?

    I'd ask for a whiskey if I were you! An Irish one. They're better anyway! :D

    Try a Bushmills.
     
  7. Guran

    Guran Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Talisker, a just-been-tarred boat house, peat and Calluna, a spring in the mountains. It has is all!
     
  8. MonkeyKing

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    Protestant whiskey? ? ? -just kidding, the french own them now, I think . . but jameson is like the official drink of Detroit!
    Look, I have some freinds who are single malt geeks, and to be mean I gave them A blind taste, and chivas regal won hands down.
    That, said, I like glemorangie ( madiera finsh please) -but mostly cos it`s what christopher lambert drank in highlander!

    Craig ferguson recomends highland park from his alchoholic years -

    But yeh, you have to choose do you want smooth, or burnt peat -in scotch most folks think one or the other characteristic means `quality`

    BUt really, why switch? I converted my gang to woodford reserve, and now makers mark is like black velvet to em!
    cheers!
     
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    laphroaig.
     
  10. Stefanovich

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    I'm with Craig Ferguson - Highland Park. Soooooo smoooooth.
     
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    Knockando if you like sweet-ish.
     
  12. the embezzler

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    +1.

    I also like Johnny Walker Black Label, The Glenlivet, Aberlour and at the moment I have a nice bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 on the go.
     
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    my mailman is an Irishman... he bought me a bottle of whiskey for Xmas..

    a rather nice 8 yr single malt old Slieve Foy.....
     
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    As mentioned above, Highland Park is a very nice, gentle start.

    Edradour is nice, if they have it. I'm also a fan of Knockando and Talisker. Best to try a wide selection and work out where your taste buds are taking you....
     
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    Lagavulin is beautiful.

    Dalwhinnie is a lovely dram, too. Talisker is another favourite of mine.
     
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    I'm a bourbon man myself, but I started with scotch.

    This is the best one that I've tasted ... It's expensive though:

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    Shivas Royal Salute 21 years old.

    I'd rather recommend something else though - since you're going to an Irish pub after all:

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    The best non-bourbon whiskey for a bourbon man! ;)
     
  17. Nick JD

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    Do the Americans present know there's a difference between Irish and Scottish whiskeys?

    And that ordering a Scotch at an Irish joint might raise some eyebrows?
     
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    Yes, at least some of them do.
     
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    OK, I'm Scottish and a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh; here's a few pointers:

    > It's called "whisky" in Scotland, not "Scotch" or "whiskey"!
    > Always go for a single malt whisky, not a blended whisky (eg Johnny Walker, Bell's, etc) for quality, flavour and authenticity
    > Macallan is a very classy whisky and a perfect choice for a newbie, as is Isle of Jura
    > Personally, I love the smoky, peaty malts from the Isle of Islay (pronounced "Aye-luh", not "Aye-lay"), such as Laphroag, Ardbeg, Lagavullan- all of the Islay malts are superb, but perhaps not for a whisky newbie
    > Single malt is best enjoyed by adding just a dash of water to release the flavours- if drank neat, then it is best to sip it and let the whisky mix with saliva in your mouth to release the rich, complex flavours.

    Have fun- slante!
     
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    Yes, it might well raise eyebrows, but only in a good-humoured way- the Scots and the Irish have long enjoyed good-natured banter over the relative merits of our national drinks.
     
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