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Whiskey noob

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tele-nova, May 3, 2021.

  1. tele-nova

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    I have just recently started to enjoy a neat whiskey every now and then. I am a total noob and am just beginning to dive into the world of whiskey. Mostly I've been enjoying bourbon, primarily maker's mark and woodford reserve. I did, however, just buy a bottle of Highland Park 12 to celebrate completing my first year of rad tech school.

    I was just curious what some of your favorite whiskeys are. Recommendations welcome!
     
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    Bulleit is better than average but not too expensive. Not a celebratory best you can buy but very good in my opinion.
     
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    I really like Highland Park 12, actually! I find it has a nice balance of sweet and smokey...

    If you prefer the sweeter side, try Balvenie Doublewood, Macallan sherried bottlings, Glendronach 12/15/18 if you can find it where you live. Also Aberlour 16/18.

    If you prefer the smokier side, try Lagavulin 16, Bowmore 12, Talisker 10.
     
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    I don't have a desire to chase bourbons after settling on Maker's Mark.
    Rye: Michter's and Rittenhouse. I've never been able to get Sazerac, but would like to try it.
    Scotch: blended: Monkey Shoulder. Islay: Laphroig, Highland: Glenmorangie, Speyside: Glenfiddich. and wherever you want to file Johnnie Walker Black, it's not bad.
    Irish: Bushmills Black Bush


    Tip: Monkey Shoulder and Drambuie, 2.5 or 3:1. sip slowly.
     
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    Be careful with that stuff. Satan lies at the bottom of every bottle! I come from a family of beer drinkers. Most all the time I stay with beer or red blend wine.
    I never had a mentor to show me how to drink whiskey. In my introduction to the fire water, I drank it like beer (with a mixer). It doesn't take long to end up on the floor facing the ceiling (or sky) when one does that. Ha! None for me thank you! :)
    p.s. I will take a gin and tonic a couple of times a year at the Casino tho'............
     
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    Yeah I had read a lot of good stuff about it (highland) so I thought I'd give it a try. Definitely different from the bourbon I've been drinking!
     
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    Knob Creek is a nice, relatively inexpensive bourbon to try.
     
  8. tele-nova

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    Thanks for the warning. Im not a heavy drinker though. Maybe 1 or 2 neat once a week...if that
     
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    What?! I just graduated Rad Tech school last December! Congrats! That program is no joke!
     
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    Thanks! It is a ton of work but I find it extremely rewarding. Not to mention fascinating! Cant wait to be certified and licensed.

    And belated congrats to you on your graduation!
     
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    I usually only keep three types around:
    1) an acceptable lower shelf like KT for mixing
    2) several flavored like Fireball and Peach and Blackberry and whatnot for the ooh’s and ah’s.
    3) something smooth for sipping, right now I have a huge decanter of Woodford Reserve... was a gift, I usually don’t spend like that... Maybe Makers Mark as that was my go-to when I was younger.
     
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    makers for bourbon for me.

    try some irish whiskey, I LOVE black bushmills.
     
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    Chivas is good…..glenlivet is good as has been said makers mark……kinda like fx pedals…..lotta fun exploring……i love manhattans.
     
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    I'd recommend a variety to sample and hone your palate. Plus you'll have an impressive display for company :)

    Bourbon Whiskey - Four Roses Small Batch
    High-Rye Bourbon Whiskey - Four Roses Single Barrel, or Old Grand Dad Bonded for mixing
    Rye - High West Rendezvous, or Rittenhouse for mixing
    Speyside Whisky - Glenlivet Nadura
    Maritime Whisky - Lagavulin 16 or Ardbeg 10

    My advice is to take it slow and don't turn it into work. Also if you sample more than one variety in a session move from light/delicate to heavy/forceful flavors.

    Along with the spirits grab a bottle of bitters, sweet vermouth, and whip up some syrup. Cherries optional, but I keep a steady supply of Luxardo or Tocci around.

    I like a neat whisky as much as anyone, but I like mixing a just-so Manhattan or Old Fashioned even more! You might be surprised where your tastes lead you.
     
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    The distillery is 1 block from my house.

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    Occasionally, I like Old Grand Dad - just for old times sake.
     
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    Try Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
     
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    Or for great quality but a little less cost this is a winner. And yes, no need to look outside Texas if you don't need to.
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    Maker's Mark. Period.
     
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    Not a big bourbon fan, but I am an Irish fan.....
    Jamesons (the regular one) is hard to beat.
    Favorite way to drink is with a couple cubes of ice.
     
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