School Me... Which Whisky?

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  1. Torren61

    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have loved beer since I was 10 (don't judge, times were different back then) and I after trying many, many different beers, I settled on IPAs. But, I've had stomach troubles that required me to give up carbonated drinks altogether. I switched to wine and my current favorite affordable wine is Bogle Essential Red.

    The problem is that, even if I didn't have stomach troubles with beer, beer is loaded down with calories and wine has too much sugar.

    So, I've decided to try a sipping drink and I've decided on Scotch. I'm not after a drunk, I'm after a rosy afterglow. Just a mild buzz to take the edge off a day of BS from everywhere.

    My research is telling me to NOT start out with 25-year-old Lagavulin. Auchentoshan Three Wood Whisky sounds like a good choice for not being too harsh. I wouldn't want to get turned off before I get turned on.

    Do any of you have any suggestions or advice? I'm not worried about price and I don't want to start out with the whisky equivalent of Bud Light.
     
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    If you start out with a more expensive Whiskey, it may last longer because of the price.

    Barrel aged "Whusky" is remarkably smooth.
    IMHO there is no substitute for Age.

    But, that's just me.
    I have had too may bad experiences with the 'Young' stuff.

    The Maketing trend these days is to steer you towards spirits with infused Flavors.
    Mark my words, the Flavors and the colors are Artifical.

    Best of luck.
     
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    I'm going to try to be somewhat of a "purist". :D
     
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    Gotta be at least 12 years old. Chivas Regal and Johnny Walker Black are pretty smooth.

    Glenfiddich makes a nice smooth single malt.

    Then you can go up in price from there.

    Scotch is made to be poured over ice and sipped slowly. As Col. Potter from MASH said: "There's not enough o's in "smoooooth" to describe this stuff."

    But here is a fact: there is hardly anything worse than cheap Scotch!
     
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    That is four out of four Right Answers!
     
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    Be sure to drink a Pint of Water before and after.
    Dehydration can be countered if you plan ahead.

    Come the next day, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    Jameson irish Whiskey for me, but generally don't buy the normal stuff, I tend for the 15 - 18 aged or the select barrells they offer out every now and then.
     
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    Depends on your stomach troubles, but whisky or wine is highly likely to cause you worse troubles than beer.
    I like just plain old Jameson.
     
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    I prefer bourbon to scotch, but to me anyway, bourbon is a bit, or a lot, sweeter than scotch, and I guess you've already mentioned that you are trying to avoid sweet.

    If I drink something other than bourbon, I drink Jameson. In fact, they have a "cask series" that is quite flavorful.
     
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    Scotch is fine, but I prefer Irish. I'd recommend Red Breast 12 year old. Cheaper and yet quite good for a blend, Paddys.
     
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    I'm not a Scotch drinker, but I do love me some Irish. Green Spot is my current favorite. Red Breast if also good.
     
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    Scotch is a wide and varied field that can keep the curious exploring for a good long time. Oban is delicate and refined. Laphroig is burly and smokey. I really dig Balvinie port wood stuff. The list just goes on and on. Most if them I can't even spell!
    Fortunately, there is plenty of good bourbon to go around too.
     
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    What's wrong with Lagavulin? It is great.
    But with problem stomach, maybe stay away from whisky as it is quite strong.

    I had to cut down on my whisky consumtion because I get stomach pain. But I used to drink alot, and with no water or ice.

    Laphroaig 12 is a personal favorite..
     
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    Well when I used to drink my first choice was Bushmills.
     
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    I would have given him a half, maybe one out of four.

    In my experience, once the maturation process extends beyond 12 years, many whiskys start losing their edge and developing a sweetness I'm not fond of. Glenfiddich is smooth, but quite unexciting. I like mine with more character - i.e. Laphroaig (Quarter Cask, Triple Wood), Bowmore (12), Ardbeg (10) - and definitely without ice. I'll allow a drop of water if the barkeeper insists on it, though.

    There are good options on the bottom shelf, too. Big Peat is a nice blended whisky, Ileach a solid single malt.
     
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    In a jar, of course...

     
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    The best whisky is rum.
     
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    Start with nice blends... Johnie Walker Blue is my absolute fave but not cheap... but the Black is perfectly nice.

    Cheap as chips and really easy to sip are Teachers or Famous Grouse. I keep one of those on the go.

    +1 on Balvenie. I also usually have some Glenmorangie around too. I have not got into the port and sherry cask ones but they sound like they could be nice.

    If going single malts. Lowland malts are softer and easier going. A lot of the island stuff is an acquired taste.

    Traditionally, it was always blends for the quality but monetising the source single malts became a big marketing push...

    https://whiskyanalysis.com/index.php/background/scotch-style-whiskies-single-malts-vs-blends/
     
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    The Balvenie Double Wood is a great starter scotch. It’s a 12 year single malt, Good for transitioning from being a bourbon or rye drinker to scotch, though even seasoned scotch drinkers will drink it. It’s very smooth, with nuts, honey, floral notes and not too much smoke. Aged in both used whisky and sherry Oak barrels, hence the name.

    https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/284/balvenie-12-year-old-doublewood
     
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