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Offline jooks1184

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« on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 00:25:45 »
Anyone here that enjoys Scotch?

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 00:28:26 »
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 00:34:55 »
picked up some balvenie doublewood a few days ago

not too bad

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 02:49:27 »
I certainly enjoy scotch, especially with a nice cigar.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 02:52:25 »
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 03:12:19 »
We don't call it scotch.

Anyway, only single malt, normally Islay malts.  Lagavulin beats all other whiskys. :)
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 03:19:47 »
Best thread on Scotch I've ever come across is located here:  http://lightfighter.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9036044533/m/57810982/p/1

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 03:33:20 »
Usually Macallan 12 and on special occasions the 18.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 06:57:10 »
Only the most refined single malt ambrosia shall grace this fleshy mouth embedded protrusion. Fill my glass brother, I have some goodies on the way from The Whiskey Exchange as I type this note.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 08:11:35 »
I enjoy trying a lot of different scotches, but my "go to" is Laphroig.

And if you're into podcasts, I've found the Scotchcast a lot of fun.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 09:40:04 »
I enjoy trying a lot of different scotches, but my "go to" is Laphroig.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 09:50:23 »
As long as its single malt, I love a glennfiddich, in fact I'm drinking some now lol

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 09:59:55 »
There's nothing inherently superior about single malt, in my opinion. I like most whiskies as long as they're not the peaty Islay monstrosities like Laphroaig, my friend loves it though. I mainly drink Grouse.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 11:24:40 »
I picked up a bottle of Chivas for my batchelor party. That was about 3 years ago and it's still sitting in my cupboard with like 6 shots taken out of it.

needless to say, we didn't much care for it.

EDIT: Probably not the place to elaborate, but i'm more of a gin guy. I sit on the stairs with a bottle of bombay sapphire and cry about my life like a 40 year old divorcee.

Is there a thread about favorite alcohol/drinks in general or should I start one?
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 11:49:39 »
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Whisky you say?  Oh I like that too, at the moment (not this precise moment, just these are the bottles I have on the go) I'm enjoying;

a cask strength Caol Ila which doesn't blow ones head off either with it's "strength" or it's peatieness, it's not one of the mad Isla's that you could use in place of iodine

a 16 year old Gendronach single cask - most single malts still mix most of their casks together to give a more uniform taste, so yes, most whisky you drink is blended, but it's all from the same malt, and much more importantly all from the same water - which is simply divine with lovely caramel and vanilla flavours, it'll be sadly missed when it's gone as I won't be able to replace it,

and a 12 year old Royal Lochnagar which I feel is one of the easiest whisky's to drink, it's got a light gentle pear like undertone and enough of a bite to let you know you're drinking spirits.

Other notable favourites include; Glenfidich 15&21, Bowmore, Johnnie-Walker Red&Green, Ardbeg and Talisker.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 11:57:50 »
I also quite like Dalwhinnie, which I probably shouldn't since it's just run by Diageo to sell to Americans that don't know any better and stick in blends.

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« Reply #16 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 12:30:31 »
I picked up a bottle of Chivas for my batchelor party. That was about 3 years ago and it's still sitting in my cupboard with like 6 shots taken out of it.

needless to say, we didn't much care for it.
Drinking Chivas just to pass the time between deliveries of single malts, I feel like a Scotch hipster drowning my pallet in a mixed bevey of whatnot if only to temporarily satisfy my tongue with a few precious drops of golden ambrosia.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 14:11:11 »
I enjoy trying a lot of different scotches, but my "go to" is Laphroig.

And if you're into podcasts, I've found the Scotchcast a lot of fun.

https://twitter.com/scotchpodcast

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 16:26:06 »
Wow, good number of replies. I just recently got into scotch. I've tried balvenie doublewood 12 and glenlivet 12. Next up is auchentoshan 12 and yamazaki.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 16:27:05 »
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 17:24:00 »
I like all kinds of whiskey, but Scotch is my favorite. The only single malt I have in the house right now is some Lismore. I also like Dewar's for a blend. I've tried Dalwhinnie, Laphroaig, Macallan, and I like all those. But probably Macallan the best.

Other whiskeys I like are Wild Turkey, Jack Daniel's, and sometimes Crown Royal.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 19 January 2013, 17:27:05 »
I'm yet to try a very nice scotch, best I've had is some Glenfiddich 12. Has anyone ever tried anything from Bruichladdich?

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #22 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 07:09:32 »
I enjoy trying a lot of different scotches, but my "go to" is Laphroig.

And if you're into podcasts, I've found the Scotchcast a lot of fun.

https://twitter.com/scotchpodcast

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #23 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 10:24:49 »
Grrr.  Whisky has no 'e' in it

Wild turkey and JD are bourbons. Very different.  Bourbon evaporates in the mouth, whisky doesn't.
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Got a couple bottles of cask strength Springbank - extremely smooth but quite potent if you get carried away.
For lovers of the Balvenie doublewood I can recommend Springbank.

All those loving the Lagavulin or smokey whiskies, try to hunt down a bottle of  Loch Dhu
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Bit of novelty value and tastes great.

Japanese whisky is quite good too if you have access to any.

Anyone new to it, Talisker is a nice introduction.  Stay away from anything blended...
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #24 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 10:53:03 »
Grrr.  Whisky has no 'e' in it


color doesn't have a u in it

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #25 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 11:21:44 »
Grrr.  Whisky has no 'e' in it


color doesn't have a u in it

etymology & rationality and other things people don't apply to their use of language etc

don't see that word in my post?
Besides, though you would be correct in US, or Latin. But incorrect in English.
Besides: moot point.  The thread is about Scotch, look at any bottle of Scotch and it will be spelt whisky
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #26 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 11:36:34 »
There's nothing inherently superior about single malt, in my opinion. I like most whiskies as long as they're not the peaty Islay monstrosities like Laphroaig, my friend loves it though. I mainly drink Grouse.

Anything from Islay is in a different league to Grouse.

Peaty and Iodine and smoke are GOOD! educate your pallet.

GMC will try out your recommendation :)
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« Reply #27 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 11:37:28 »
just checked 190 a bottle.... eeeep
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #28 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 11:45:42 »
Technically, Wild Turkey is Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. And Jack Daniels is Tennessee sour mash whiskey, not bourbon.

I guess American whiskey is just different from whisky in the UK. :)

dirge said that Scotch is just called "whisky," not Scotch.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #29 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 12:43:10 »
Technically, Wild Turkey is Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. And Jack Daniels is Tennessee sour mash whiskey, not bourbon.

I guess American whiskey is just different from whisky in the UK. :)

dirge said that Scotch is just called "whisky," not Scotch.

Fair points. Dirge is right, whisky in Scotland and most of UK, is synonymous with specifically Scotch single malt whisky which is a protected term for product made in Scotland through specific process.

Bourbon is also a protected term for whiskey made in US, though typically Tennessee and Kentucky are the main areas of production. 

Whiskey with an e is also used for Irish and various others.

Anyway back to topic, sorry should have mentioned the price of the black stuff...  Great talking point though.  Best to hunt out specialists that might have better rates than the distillery who aren't really set up for small order handling.  Only had one bottle myself that was still expensive but not distillery cost.  Bizarrely I picked it up on holiday in US when I lived in Scotland!

Whilst on topic Bunnahabhain is another good islay that springs to mind...

Trying to find the name of the Japanese one I liked for those in that part of the world that would pay premium for scotch whisky

Edit: Found it.  Yoichi, distilled by Nikka on Hokkaido.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #30 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 12:59:38 »
Peaty and Iodine and smoke are GOOD! educate your pallet.
Pseudo-connoisseur nonsense. Disgusting, overpowering Islay malts are just all the rage these days due to whisky hipsters.

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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 13:23:00 »
:o if you ever met me, hipster would be the last thing you'd think lol.

try the lagavulin 12 year cask strength, its more citrus and light.  stunning dram.
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« Reply #32 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 13:48:55 »
Peaty and Iodine and smoke are GOOD! educate your pallet.
Pseudo-connoisseur nonsense. Disgusting, overpowering Islay malts are just all the rage these days due to whisky hipsters.

You seriously prefer grouse? 

I can't stand the common three malts (glenfiddich, glenlivet, glenmorangie) but would take one of them over grouse or any other blend in a heartbeat.  It has no character, more like a schizophrenic mishmash of flavours fighting with each other instead of complementing each other.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 13:55:26 »
That's all in your head.

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« Reply #34 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 16:25:31 »
Of course it is.

Taste buds stimulate neural activity, which we (our brains) interpret as sweet, salt, sour and umami.  Your olfactory receptors then provide all the other nuances, which is why it's important to nose your whisky before you drink it.

Different people will enjoy different flavour more or less than others, and their receptors will be more or less capable (just like vision - except there are no glasses for the nose).

Two of my top whiskys are Glenfidich's 15 & 21 - I'll happily drink their 12 but will politely turn down their 18, it just does nothing for me.

And not all blends are created equal, some can happily be taken neat, others need a mixer, and there are those that should be used as paint stripper.

Oh and the more you drink the more you deaden your scenes - so start off with a single malt or two, them move on to a nice blend, then a cheep blend, then if you feel like abusing your synapses move on to the paint stripper...

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 16:45:13 »
I do prefer Islays.  Extra peaty and smoky and delicious.  All that talk about bourbon just gets my mouth watering for George T. Stagg.  Quite possibly my favorite drink ever, but so hard to get your hands on.

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« Reply #36 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 17:04:41 »
Peat's where it's at! Tried a Bruichladdich 3d a few weeks back that was quite nice, extremely peaty as one would expect. Otherwise, the 'go to' scotch for me is Ardbeg Uigeadail. Just an incredible malt all around.

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #37 on: Sun, 20 January 2013, 21:39:11 »
Did a little scotch tasting with friends yesterday. Tons of fun!

My first time trying Ardbeg. All I can say is "w o w"  :eek:

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Re: Scotch
« Reply #38 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 06:47:32 »
Grouse really isn't even okay. But it's still better than Bells, in which I'd rather drink grandpa's 40 year old turps. It might end up being relatively nice. ;)
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« Reply #39 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:24:06 »
^Aren't you only like 15?

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« Reply #40 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:25:14 »
^Aren't you only like 15?

He's in the UK, it's fine

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« Reply #41 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:29:55 »
So that's how they create gentlemen over there. Get them started on the finer things at an early age.

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« Reply #42 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:33:55 »
So that's how they create gentlemen over there. Get them started on the finer things at an early age.
Quite right!

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« Reply #43 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:37:00 »
Well I think having to scrounge to drink the crappiest things you can get and trying to find someone to get it for you builds character.

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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 07:40:32 »
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« Reply #45 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 12:48:32 »
Haha, at 15 I was the guy you got to buy it for you! 

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« Reply #46 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 15:26:29 »
...and I'd been having the occasional Guiness and chaser with my lunch at the local pub for about a year...

We have a ... different attitude to alcohol in the UK, Scotland particularly.

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« Reply #47 on: Mon, 21 January 2013, 15:28:36 »
...and I'd been having the occasional Guiness and chaser with my lunch at the local pub for about a year...

We have a ... different attitude to alcohol in the UK, Scotland particularly.

Well, at least you'd hope we do. I know far too many people down here in Lancashire who drink utter crap for the sake of being pissed in Wigan. God it's a horrible place to live.
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Re: Scotch
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 23 January 2013, 22:12:12 »
So I tried my first Islay. Man, that peat hit me hard. But it's strangely nice. Ardbeg is the brand. Anyone have any recommendations on a lighter islay?

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 25 January 2013, 07:32:40 »
I have only one bottle of alcohol here (I drink very rarely) and it's...  An Islay Single Malt scotch whisky  :p

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