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Favorite Scotch?

Post by blood_donor » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:24 pm

Bogleheads,

You all strike me as the type that are likely to gave good taste in scotch.

What is your favorite brand of scotch, overall?
What is your favorite brand of modestly priced (say, <30$) scotch?

I have been drinking Famous Grouse lately, myself.

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Post by fishnskiguy » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:37 pm

When we lived in Scotland (West Highlands) Famous Grouse was the overwhelming favorite.

For those who like a really, really, heavy, peaty single malt scotch like I do, you can't beat Laphroaig.

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Post by LH2004 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:53 pm

I'm rather embarrassed to admit that, when I tried Johnnie Walker Blue Label, I actually quite enjoyed it. If you buy it duty-free, the price is merely comical, rather than completely outrageous.

I think Glenmorangie is probably the best single-malt value [EDIT: among widely-available single malts], though I'm sure others will violently disagree.
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Post by Dave_M » Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:58 pm

Agree on the Laphroaig - the aged ones are a little smoother (but you still get the peat in your teeth) :o

I have a friend that always has cask strength Laphroaig around - I'm always nice to him :twisted:

MaCallan is on the other end of the spectrum, very smooth.

Bargain - Isle of Jura, so much more character than Glenlivit or Glenfiddich.

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Post by jeff mc » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:24 pm

so tough to choose... but probably the blue dispenser, matte scotch tape
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Post by Sunny Sarkar » Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:42 pm

Glenfiddich 12 y.o.

Haven't tried the older expensive versions.

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Post by jim » Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:14 am

McCallin, nice and smooth single malt. Have to admit as aWEB Griffin fan I had to try Famous Grouse. Must admit that for a blended it is very good. Usually stick to those two. Along he same lines I can not take Scotch any way but neat. Water ,sode or ice just totally alters the taste. Rather than wine I do a shot every day instead.

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Post by Levett » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:54 am

Musn't say Macallan. It's the Macallan. Was introduced to it on the Isle of Skye at a pub called "The Hebridean." Darned if it wasn't the bar scotch. What a revelation. :lol:

Two nights ago a friend opened up an 18-year Macallan produced just before "the nose" retired from Macallan. Zowie! Something to linger over.

Have also tried Cragganmore, which I like. I'm not up to Laphroaig anymore. I'm a wuss, or at least my gut is. Bob U.

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Post by DocHolliday » Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:50 am

I prefer blended scotch. I have tried single malts such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivit, and Glenmorangie but always go back to the blends.

My favorite scotch is Compass Box Asyla or Chivas when I am out.

Sounds like I must try Famous Grouse though due to its high praise on this thread so far.

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The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old

Post by anthau » Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:27 pm

But I hate peat.

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Post by wmackey » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:43 pm

Cragganmore is my favorite when I can find it. The state stores in PA don't often stock it.

For an inexpensive choice, I lke Auchentoshan. It's a lowland single malt.

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Cigar malt

Post by ol_pops » Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:45 pm

I bought a bottle of Whitte&Mcay (sp) Cigar malt in the local shop. It's a blend but I found it quite good. ~$25 or so a bottle.

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Post by johndcraig » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:26 am

Never met a single malt I didn’t like

Deciding on a favorite scotch is like deciding on a favorite beer. There are many good ones and they vary greatly; depends on what you are in the mood for at the time. For an Islay malt I agree with most on Laphroaig. I also agree with Famous Grouse for a blend (and reasonably priced too). For an easy drinking single malt try Glenmorangie. My wife was introduced to it in Scotland, and even she, the scotch hater, liked it.

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Post by 4th&Goal » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:46 am

Another vote for Glenmorangie, but I like them all!
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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:37 pm

What's all the fuss about a single malt scotch? The only scotch I've had was Johnnie Walker, and I was told that it was a very good scotch, but there is hardly a mention of Johnnie Walker on this thread. Is it because JW is a blended scotch? From the looks of things, single malt is almost always preferred to blended, is that the case?

The only liquor I truly enjoy is Crown on the rocks with a good cigar, preferably a Dunhill or a Cohiba. Maybe I need to start a thread about cigars...

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Post by blood_donor » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:40 pm

OUJohnNasr wrote:What's all the fuss about a single malt scotch? The only scotch I've had was Johnnie Walker, and I was told that it was a very good scotch, but there is hardly a mention of Johnnie Walker on this thread. Is it because JW is a blended scotch? From the looks of things, single malt is almost always preferred to blended, is that the case?

The only liquor I truly enjoy is Crown on the rocks with a good cigar, preferably a Dunhill or a Cohiba. Maybe I need to start a thread about cigars...

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Post by Nitsuj » Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:00 pm

OUJohnNasr wrote:only scotch I've had was Johnnie Walker
Red? Black? Blue or green?

I got a bottle of The Peat Monster the other day that wasn't bad at all.

The typical single malts aren't too bad, i.e. the glen*s.

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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:11 pm

Nitsuj wrote:
OUJohnNasr wrote:only scotch I've had was Johnnie Walker
Red? Black? Blue or green?

I got a bottle of The Peat Monster the other day that wasn't bad at all.

The typical single malts aren't too bad, i.e. the glen*s.
I've had the Red and the Black Label, but I've never had the Green, Gold, or Blue. I thought the Red was very average, but the Black was a nice treat, although I didn't enjoy it as much as Crown Royal.

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Post by goggles » Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:31 pm

I'm feeling a little tentative here, since someone has already been called out as a blasphemer! But I have to admit that I too am a blasphemer. Bear with me, don't freak out yet....

I don't like scotch. Shame, shame on me, I know. But I want to learn to appreciate it. The way people rhapsodize about scotch makes me want to learn to love it.

So, then, why do you like scotch? How do you think one could go about developing an appreciation for it? Help a poor lost soul!

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Oldie but Coldie

Post by ndchamp » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:14 pm

Give me a tall, cold, refreshing beer anytime.
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Post by 4th&Goal » Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:41 pm

OUJohnNasr wrote:From the looks of things, single malt is almost always preferred to blended, is that the case? John
Blended Scotch whiskey is the market leader by a good margin. It is the index fund of Scotch ... many good whiskeys blended together.
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Post by jim » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:18 pm

Goggles! I was a Scotch hater too until I was offered a drink, neat. I was told it was the only way to truly enjoy a good Scotch. Happend that was Famous Grouse, a good sippin whisky, so to speak. To this day I can not stand scotch any way but neat. Try Famous Grouse. The trick is sip not drink. One shot can last quite awhile.
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Impossible to answer!

Post by ddb » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:44 am

No way to answer this question, just like I couldn't say what is my favorite bottle of wine, favorite movie, favorite book, etc. There are so many good ones!

Having said that, I second (or third?) the earlier "props" given to Laphroaig. The 10-year represents a great value among mass-market single malts, IMO. I liked it enough to pick up a bottle of 15-year for rarer occasions.

I'm not much of a blend guy. Even the Johnnie Walker Blues of the world don't excite me too much. Bourbon, on the other hand...

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Post by DocHolliday » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:57 am

I do not think this poll was started to determine what scotch was the best. Everyone has there own taste preferences. Some people do not like scotch and never will. I prefer good beer over scotch, whisky, vodka, or wine but I like alcohol in general. That is probably not a good thing. :wink:

I continue to read praise for Famous Grouse and need to try it shortly.

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Post by Nitsuj » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:00 pm

DocHolliday wrote:I do not think this poll was started to determine what scotch was the best.
I agree. More of a question as to what people like, as this stuff is expensive, so that the better ones filter to the top of the "to try next" list.

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Post by Levett » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:16 pm

Neat, yes. I didn't know there was any other way to sip a single malt. :lol: Bob U.

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Post by arbogast777 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:43 pm

My daily glass is Glenmorangie (12 yr port cask), but when I have a little extra cash my favorite to get is Lagavulin 16. It's like licking the inside of chimney 8)

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Post by Levett » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:19 pm

Nice analogy, arbogast! I've never tried licking the inside of my chimney, but I'll take your word for it. :lol: Bob U.

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Post by Yuba » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:54 pm

goggles wrote:I don't like scotch. Shame, shame on me, I know. But I want to learn to appreciate it. The way people rhapsodize about scotch makes me want to learn to love it.

So, then, why do you like scotch? How do you think one could go about developing an appreciation for it? Help a poor lost soul!
I married into a Scotch family. I found the easiest way to "learn" to enjoy the taste of Scotch is to start with a nice blend (I chose JW Black) and a nice Single Malt (I chose Glenmorangie). Once you know whether you prefer a blend or single (or both as I did) then you can "work your way down" the price list.

Unless you already have a taste for hard alcohol, then it might be easier to transition without starting with the more expensive ones.

Rick dba Yuba

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Post by johndcraig » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:02 am

bob u. wrote:Neat, yes. I didn't know there was any other way to sip a single malt. :lol: Bob U.
I prefer it neat, but in the UK it's usually mixed with a little water (no ice).

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Post by psquared » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:59 am

Red? Black? Blue or green?


I have tried all the Johnny Walker colors. By far my favorite is the Green Label. It's about $50 a bottle here in TX where Blue Label goes for $200 (found it for $150 at Costco in San Diego recently). The difference in taste is almost zero- both Blue and Green are very smoothe but you can buy 4 bottles of Green or 1 bottle of Blue. I'd say that's a Boglehead Bargain.

Also enjoy Crown Royal. Everything over crushed ice, of course.

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Post by Nitsuj » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:27 am

johndcraig wrote:I prefer it neat, but in the UK it's usually mixed with a little water (no ice).
Preferably the same water that the distillery uses.

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Post by Nitsuj » Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:38 pm

bettega wrote: Crown Royal is a good Canadian blend
Shame that's an oxymoron.

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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:18 pm

Nitsuj wrote:
bettega wrote: Crown Royal is a good Canadian blend
Shame that's an oxymoron.
What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:

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Post by Nitsuj » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:31 pm

OUJohnNasr wrote:What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:
The taste?

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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:38 pm

Nitsuj wrote:
OUJohnNasr wrote:What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:
The taste?
WHAT?!?!?! :shock:

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Post by Nitsuj » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:40 pm

OUJohnNasr wrote:WHAT?!?!?! :shock:
IMHO, it's overrated and tastes poorly

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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:44 pm

Nitsuj wrote:
OUJohnNasr wrote:WHAT?!?!?! :shock:
IMHO, it's overrated and tastes poorly
The Crown Royal Special Reserve is way overrated, but the original Crown Royal is downright delicious! What don't you like about the taste? I've never met a man who enjoyed whisky and scotch but didn't fancy a little Crown.

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Post by schellhase » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:29 pm

I was sitting here reading the Bogleheads posts when I came on the subject. It made me thirsty for some Scotch, so I polished off the glass of Rodney Strong Pinot Noir I had been sipping and pored a glass of Trader Joe's 15 year old Glenlivet. I should have stayed with the pinot.

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Post by Nitsuj » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:21 am

bettega wrote:Crown Royal doesn't taste that good but what sets it apart for its price is that it is so smooooooth without a hint of burn. Simple and boring, yes, but far more palatable than anything close to its price range. Compare it to other whiskeys that cost ~20 dollars... what a difference! Granted it's no 15 year old scotch, but for the money it's a steal.
Smooth and boring, not necessarily something I look for in a drink. If I want to get drunk why spend more than 10 bucks? If I want to sip something I want something that tastes good.

For the ~$20 mark I'd go with a Makers Mark or similar. Knob Creek for a little more bite. Black label JW is passable.

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Post by jms969 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:37 am

One pretty high on my list is an Oban Highland...

Highlands are my favorite :D

Of course neat, with one drop of distilled water...
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Post by SoonerSunDevil » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:38 am

Nitsuj wrote: mooth and boring, not necessarily something I look for in a drink. If I want to get drunk why spend more than 10 bucks? If I want to sip something I want something that tastes good.

For the ~$20 mark I'd go with a Makers Mark or similar. Knob Creek for a little more bite. Black label JW is passable.
Maker's Mark is a nice drink, especially if you've got a Maker's Mark cigar to go with it. If you love the taste of Maker's Mark but don't want the alcohol, try a Maker's Mark cigar. They're delicious!

Knob Creek is atrocious.

I enjoy Black label Johnnie Walker.

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Post by Nitsuj » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:02 am

bettega wrote:Well I don't drink to get drunk, but the topic is scotch. Yes, I know I hijacked the threat by bringing up crown royal, and I really like Maker's Mark, but where on earth do you get it for 20 dollars a bottle not in a duty free in some 3rd world country where liquor taxes are negligible???
Wherever I go, Crown and Makers are within a dollar of each other in price.

Makers was 22.99 at the local Marsh, Crown was 25.99
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Post by hudson » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:30 pm

xx What is your favorite brand of scotch, overall? xx

Highland Park...distilled north of Scotland near Kirkwall, Orkney.

It's available in NC ABC stores.

http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/distillery/

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Post by Downeastah » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:11 am

I'm a Speyside man, and my favourite is The Macallan 18

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Post by tc101 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:30 am

I quit drinking years ago. I probably save $1000 a year. I am healthier and happier. But to each his own.

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