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Whiskey noob

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

  1. nobis17

    nobis17 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    +1 for Lagavulin 16. Bowmore 15 double cask is amazing IMO - but I prefer the smoky peat of the Isle of Islay.

    As for bourbon (my preferred daily cocktail), I would recommend anything from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Specifically Buffalo Trace and Weller (although you have to typically ask the manager for Weller - most places keep it locked in the back, due to it's high demand). I also enjoy Old Forrester as well.
     
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    jsnwhite619 Friend of Leo's

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    Highland Park is probably my favorite Scotch. Famous Grouse is a good budget alternative that at least used to be a blend of Highland Park & Macallan that was either overrun or missed the mark.

    Bushmills is my pick of Jameson any day of the week for Irish.

    Wild Turkey 101 or Evan Williams are my go-to bourbons.

    Turkey & Jim Beam make their own in-house rye whiskey, most of the other 99 labels you see these days are all buying from the same distillery somewhere in Indiana I think. Those all kinda taste have the same pickle juice taste to them, but the Southern in-house ryes are nice now & then.
     
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    I think Wild Turkey 101 is a very good base whiskey. Good flavor & cheap enough to share with "regular" guests.

    Monkey Shoulder is a good Scotch along the same line. Good flavor, inexpensive, share with the "regulars"

    Makers Mark is good. Bulliets is good. Willets... that's the one you should try. Willets

    The Macallan.... everything they say is true
     
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    Damn! I love that! That diplomatico is great rum!
     
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  5. Nightclub Dwight

    Nightclub Dwight Tele-Afflicted

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    In general I prefer Rye for the spicy notes. But our general purpose mixing Bourbon is Evan Williams. Cheap but palatable.

    We started drinking this recently. Not bad for a wheated Bourbon.

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  6. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I like a nice Scotch or Irish whiskey but I can't get into Bourbon no matter how hard I try. Wife and I even took a trip to Tennessee a few years ago (for a different reason) and did some tastings at very gorgeous properties. Not to my taste.

    I had a nip of Dewar's white label with an ice cube tonight, it was just fine. I didn't impress anybody while drinking it but I wasn't looking too.
     
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    Don’t try Blanton’s.
     
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    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I like Telecasters because they are basic and do what I need them to do. For that same reason it's George Dickel.
     
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  10. voskarp

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    Of the "cheaper" more common single malt scotch whisky I like Bowmore and Glenlivet the best.

    Edradour & Ballechin, Arran, Glendronach, Benriach & Glen Garioch and some different kinds of Bowmore is what I have i my cupboard right now.

    "If the river was whisky, and I was a diving duck. I would swim to the bottom, and I would never come up.":eek:
     
  11. Nickfl

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    I prefer rye over bourbon. Some of the really good Canadian rye is finally showing up in the US these days if you are lucky enough to find it. I recently scored a bottle of Alberta Premium cask strength, I was shocked to see it just sitting on the shelf at Total wine, at list price no less. It is incredibly intense and unlike anything else I've ever had, it is to normal rye what Redbreast is to Jameson...

    Don't sleep on Irish either. Single pot still is what you want for sipping (though I agree that Black Bush is a great value), and it is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment. Just a couple of years ago, the only single pot still you were likely to find in the US were Redbreast and Green spot, but these days I wouldn't be shocked to see up to a dozen varieties on the shelves of a really good store.

    Indian malt is another up and coming category that most casual whiskey drinkers haven't caught on to yet. I know it sounds strange, but there is some epic single malt coming out of India these days, the tropical climate allows them to produce a well aged product in far less time than Scottish distillers.

    Lastly, sipping quality rum is a really great value. You can get very nice sipping rum for the price of mediocre bourbon or entry level scotch, and for the cost of a middle of the road single malt you can get most rum producers top of the line 15-20 year aged product.
     
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    Lately I like Glen Allachie 12yr a lot!
     
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    find a copy of Raw Spirit by the late great Iain Banks
    good read and a good guide to the Scottish stuff.
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    I only drink scotch single malt

    Laphroaig 15, 10 Sherry Oak
    Lagavulin 16
    Glenfarclas 12, 15, 25
    Tamdhu 12, 15
    Balblair 12, 15, 18

    Slainte
     
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    Highland - Highland Park
    Lowland - Glenkinchie
    Islay - Caol Ila
    Speyside - Cragganmore
    Campbeltown - Springbank

    12 year for value, 18 year to gift or on the rarest of occasions.
     
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    Weller 12 year old is my favourite but it has become ridiculously expensive over here so it is out for me now. Currently have about 12 different bottles of bourbon but Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark tend to be my go to bottles. I have a couple of bottles of Rye but I tend to use it when I'm making an Old Fashioned rather than drinking it straight.

    It may be sacrilege but despite being Scottish I can't stand Whisky.
     
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    Because it’s overpriced or because it’s like crack ?
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    How about the years in between?
     
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    I can't stand haggis :)
     
  20. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm not a real whiskey drinker ( I do enjoy the occasional Jameson's shot)
    but I really enjoy Irish Cream!

    A quick nip directly from the bottle in the fridge, on the rocks, or in my coffee. It has an amazing flavor and a kick!

    My best friend's ( Ed O'Brien) mother ( now passed) used to make her own Irish Cream, and give me a few bottles.

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