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Favorite Scotch?

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:24 pm
by blood_donor
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.

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:37 pm
by fishnskiguy
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.

Chris

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:53 pm
by LH2004
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.

Scotch(es)

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:58 pm
by Dave_M
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.

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:24 pm
by jeff mc
so tough to choose... but probably the blue dispenser, matte scotch tape
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Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:42 pm
by Sunny Sarkar
Glenfiddich 12 y.o.

Haven't tried the older expensive versions.

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:14 am
by jim
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.

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:54 am
by Levett
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.

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:50 am
by DocHolliday
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.

The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:27 pm
by anthau
But I hate peat.

Happy tasting,

Anth

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:43 pm
by wmackey
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.

Wade

Cigar malt

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:45 pm
by ol_pops
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.

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:26 am
by johndcraig
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.

John

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:46 am
by 4th&Goal
Another vote for Glenmorangie, but I like them all!

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:37 pm
by SoonerSunDevil
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...

John

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:40 pm
by blood_donor
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...

John
YOU BLASPHEME AGAINST THE CHURCH OF SINGLE MALT?!? SILENCE!!!

:-)

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:00 pm
by Nitsuj
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.

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:11 pm
by SoonerSunDevil
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.

John

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:31 pm
by goggles
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!

Oldie but Coldie

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:14 pm
by ndchamp
Give me a tall, cold, refreshing beer anytime.
But if you LIKE the taste of dirt....hey....go for it. :D

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:41 pm
by 4th&Goal
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.

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:18 pm
by jim
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.
Be careful of the clubs in Phoenix, Asking for a shot neat is a half a whiskey tumbler.

Impossible to answer!

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:44 am
by ddb
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...

- DDB

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:57 am
by DocHolliday
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.

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:00 pm
by Nitsuj
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.

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:16 pm
by Levett
Neat, yes. I didn't know there was any other way to sip a single malt. :lol: Bob U.

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:43 pm
by arbogast777
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)

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:19 pm
by Levett
Nice analogy, arbogast! I've never tried licking the inside of my chimney, but I'll take your word for it. :lol: Bob U.

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:54 pm
by Yuba
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

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:02 am
by johndcraig
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).

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:59 am
by psquared
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.

Cheers!
Pat

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:27 am
by Nitsuj
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.

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:24 pm
by biasion
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Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:38 pm
by Nitsuj
bettega wrote: Crown Royal is a good Canadian blend
Shame that's an oxymoron.

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:18 pm
by SoonerSunDevil
Nitsuj wrote:
bettega wrote: Crown Royal is a good Canadian blend
Shame that's an oxymoron.
What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:58 pm
by biasion
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Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:31 pm
by Nitsuj
OUJohnNasr wrote:What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:
The taste?

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:38 pm
by SoonerSunDevil
Nitsuj wrote:
OUJohnNasr wrote:What's wrong with Crown Royal?!?! :shock:
The taste?
WHAT?!?!?! :shock:

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:40 pm
by Nitsuj
OUJohnNasr wrote:WHAT?!?!?! :shock:
IMHO, it's overrated and tastes poorly

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:44 pm
by SoonerSunDevil
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.

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:29 pm
by schellhase
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.

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:55 am
by biasion
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Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:21 am
by Nitsuj
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.

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:37 am
by jms969
One pretty high on my list is an Oban Highland...

Highlands are my favorite :D

Of course neat, with one drop of distilled water...

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:38 am
by SoonerSunDevil
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.

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:52 am
by biasion
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Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:02 am
by Nitsuj
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
750ml

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:30 pm
by hudson
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/

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:11 am
by Downeastah
I'm a Speyside man, and my favourite is The Macallan 18

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:30 am
by tc101
I quit drinking years ago. I probably save $1000 a year. I am healthier and happier. But to each his own.