Whiskey and Scotch Recomendations

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 years: Not really my cup of tea. It was soft, buttery, with hints of honey and banana. Adding a touch of water made it very smooth, but lost some of the smokeyness, of which there was not a lot. At $65, I don't think I'll be picking another one up any time soon.

My buddy did bring up the idea of starting a scotch and whiskey pool between himself and I, saving up for nice bottles to go camping with. I think I love him. Don't tell my wife.

I couldn't find a tasting pack or anything. I did need some suitable glasses, so I picked up a Glenlivet gift set. 12 year Glenlivet. I've only had a taste, but I quite like it.

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

kessler.ryan wrote:

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

You should have a glass before finals because it's a little known fact that Macallan 18 year increases your memory and intelligence.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:

You should have a glass before finals because it's a little known fact that Macallan 18 year increases your memory and intelligence.

I can confirm, that is accurate.

kessler.ryan wrote:

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

It also makes you more attractive, and improves your conversational abilities. Trust me.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
kessler.ryan wrote:

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

You should have a glass before finals because it's a little known fact that Macallan 18 year increases your memory and intelligence.

Stop telling people the secret to my success.

Lex Cayman wrote:
kessler.ryan wrote:

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

It also makes you more attractive, and improves your conversational abilities. Trust me.

It only makes you more attractive to others if they are drinking too.

NathanialG wrote:
Lex Cayman wrote:
kessler.ryan wrote:

I can't wait try these great suggestions. I still have a two year old bottle of Macallan 18 year. Upon finishing finals I am going to reward myself with a glass.

It also makes you more attractive, and improves your conversational abilities. Trust me.

It only makes you more attractive to others if they are drinking too.

I don't know. I was there, and I remember being pretty damn attractive.

Science.

Lex is right.

More on topic -- a few of you mentioned Bushmills and I had a chance to taste some at a local Christmas party last weekend. It's pretty good stuff; for the price I'm considering making it my "always on hand" Irish whiskey. It's smooth enough to be a good departure from bourbon and scotch while still standing alone as its own product.

I also had a chance to sample some Eagle Rare, and that's a pretty damn underrated bourbon, if you ask me. Well worth the cost of admission. I know that Eagle Rare is somehow related to Buffalo Trace (my other favorite mid priced bourbon), but the internet is giving conflicting stories. Anyone know how these two are related?

Seth wrote:

I also had a chance to sample some Eagle Rare, and that's a pretty damn underrated bourbon, if you ask me. Well worth the cost of admission. I know that Eagle Rare is somehow related to Buffalo Trace (my other favorite mid priced bourbon), but the internet is giving conflicting stories. Anyone know how these two are related?

Eagle Rare is made at the Buffalo Trace distillery, which also produces Buffalo Trace Bourbon (of course). As well as several other high-quality bourbons, like Blanton's, Sazerac and the very famous Van Winkle. It's an amazing place, if you ever get the chance to visit the distillery. Perhaps the most famous one in America.

The reason we think of all these whiskys as coming from different places is because they're distributed by different people, although it's all closely inter-connected.

AHA! not sure how I missed the article on the Buffalo Trace distillery. Thanks for the google-fu.

Weird -- they also make Rain vodka (which I'm not super thrilled by the taste, but I like the bottle).

Seth wrote:

AHA! not sure how I missed the article on the Buffalo Trace distillery. Thanks for the google-fu. :)

Sure thing. It's still a little weird to me, because all growing up it was the George T. Stagg Distillery, and widely respected as the best in the state. The name change is pretty recent. I had a discovery period with them when I'd be drinking something and think "Hey, this is really good, I wonder who made it?" Googling usually only gets you the distributor (like Sazerac for Sazerac Rye), but after talking to a good buddy of mine who still lives back home, I found to look for the actual distiller, and so many of them traced back to GTS (now Buffalo Trace). Good place, great tour.

EDIT: Speaking of, George T. Stagg is a really tasty bottle, if you ever get the chance to pick one up.

1) upon recommendations from this thread, I ordered a glass of Oban 14 from the whiskey bar downtown. Damn all of you enablers. That stuff is bottled heaven.

2) My brother got me a bottle of Glen Livet 12 for Christmas. It's my first Speyside scotch that I've owned (I traditionally stick to Islay), and it's quite delicious. It's a great "break in" scotch to get people acquainted with the flavors of peat and smoke without scaring them off.

3) I also sampled some Suntory Yamazaki 12 year at the whiskey bar and despite my suspicions, this Japanese whisky turned out to be excellent. The smell is a bit strong and covers the flavor, but once you actually taste it, it's light and playful. I've never really had a whisky that tastes like this, and I would highly recommend.

Seth wrote:

3) I also sampled some Suntory Yamazaki 12 year at the whiskey bar and despite my suspicions, this Japanese whisky turned out to be excellent. The smell is a bit strong and covers the flavor, but once you actually taste it, it's light and playful. I've never really had a whisky that tastes like this, and I would highly recommend.

I'm a big fan, especially at the price.

My wife got me a bottle of Oban 14yr for Christmas, and it is heavenly. After a couple of long days with family, I had a glass and it put me right into a sound sleep. Perfect.

Tagging this for later. So far my scotch experience is pretty limited. I've so far tested the waters with a Glenlivet 15 yr and a Lophraig 12 yr. The Lophraig was a bit too peaty for my tastes. Next up I have to get a good bottle of Macallan. I've been curious about that one ever since reading about Neil Peart's obsession with it in his book Ghost Rider.

Will have to wait a couple months though. I'm done drinking until I get my ass whipped back into shape for a scuba trip late winter/early spring.

Within the last couple of months, based in part on this thread, I've sampled Chivas Regal a few times, Glenlivet a few more than a few times, and a glass of Dalwhinnie. Each of them has its own delicious flavor, and I will be pleased to sample more in the future.

Also based on this thread, within the last couple of weeks, I've bought (and finished) a pint of Maker's Mark, and helped my dad polish off the latter half of an old bottle of Knob Creek. I have to say... these bourbons have a LOT more flavor than the scotches noted earlier, but they have quite a bit more burn going down. It's a good tradeoff.

Man this is a hell of a thread. I lived my whole life in Ky until this year, but even I am learning some new things.

Nothing to contribute that hasn't already been said. Most of my friends back home are Maker's and Coke kinda people, never delved too deeply. But I can't recommend the distillery tours enough if you're ever passing through Ky. Just don't go on Sunday, no free tastings, and that's really the whole point.

I snagged a bottle of Evan Williams during the family gift exchange. I haven't opened it yet, but I'll report back when I do. Bonus: it came with a combination flask and cigar holder, so I can indulge my vices wherever I please now.

Glad to see some more Oban converts! I actually had a glass last night. I didn't receive any more scotch for Christmas - probably good as I have plenty of bottles on hand. I did receive a set of reusable ice cubes, sort of like Whiskey Stones but not stone, and a set of four of these:

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The jury is still out on the not-ice, but the glasses are amazing. I never thought they'd make as much difference as they do, but wow!

Teneman wrote:

Glad to see some more Oban converts! I actually had a glass last night. I didn't receive any more scotch for Christmas - probably good as I have plenty of bottles on hand. I did receive a set of reusable ice cubes, sort of like Whiskey Stones but not stone, and a set of four of these:

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The jury is still out on the not-ice, but the glasses are amazing. I never thought they'd make as much difference as they do, but wow!

What is the make/brand of those? Ive been thinking of picking some nice non-tumbler glasses for whiskies.

I drink my whiskey out of a jar. A jar that used to hold some sort of scent thing. I don't think it adds anything to the taste or smell of the drink but for some reason I really like it.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:

What is the make/brand of those? Ive been thinking of picking some nice non-tumbler glasses for whiskies.

They're Glencairn Whiskey glasses. I believe this is them, although the price on Amazon is nearly double what my wife paid. Whether she just found an awesome deal, or these are slightly different, I'm not sure.

I do highly recommend them though. I've got a few tumblers that I've been using for Scotch for years, but I've found in the week since Christmas that I enjoy drinking Scotch out of these far more.

The Macallan 25yr is like liquid gold... getting shivers just thinking of it, but very pricey, emphasis on VERY... did I mention it was expensive.

Laphroig (and Lagavulin) is like lava in a bottle, a friend of mine absolutely LOVES it, I wouldn't turn it down, but WOW, that stuff might as well smoke when you pour it into your glass.

My personal favourite, reasonably-priced Scotch is: Bowmore, it's the "just right" for me. No mix (a pox on all who spoil good scotch with sodas), no ice, just a splash of water (literally, just a few drops) and you're golden.

Actually it's pretty hard to go wrong with any of the Islay Single-Malts.

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

The Macallan 25yr is like liquid gold... getting shivers just thinking of it, but very pricey, emphasis on VERY... did I mention it was expensive.

$500 a bottle.... yeah that's a bit out of my price range. I'll add that to the "someday" list. Right after I create the "someday" list.

On the lower end of things, Cutty Sark can actually hold its own pretty well. Or, rephrased, for 20 bucks I haven't found any better scotch.

Also on the lower end, I was very surprised by the flavour of Ballentine's Finest over the holidays. My father-in-law had it, and though it is a blended Scotch Whiskey, I liked it a lot.

Skimmer here, but I have a good excuse.

I opened the google doc and saw no Chivas Regal.

I know it ain't fancy, but damn it tastes good. If it was good enough for Hunter it's good enough for me.

Back to my reading.

My brother gave me a bottle of Hudson Baby Bourbon for Christmas. It's not the cheapest stuff out there (though far from the most expensive), and I'm not exactly a bourbon expert, but I'm finding it pretty tasty.