Whisky and Scotch Recommendations

So the scotch tasting was... very low level. I actually knew the most about whisky among the people there so I held court a little bit.

Pretty standard stuff.

However, I had Caol Ila 12 for the first time (it might be my favorite now) and after we went through the whisky flights, the host brought out a bottle of Ballechin single malt 10. It was incredibly complex. I'm not even sure if I liked it, exactly but it had so many flavors I had a hard time processing it. I would very much like more just to try and process it.

Oh and in case it sounds like I was negative on the tasting, the host was incredible, the food was incredible, I had an amazing time.

oilypenguin wrote:

However, I had Caol Ila 12 for the first time (it might be my favorite now)

This one? Agreed! It's amazing.

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Paleocon did offer me a bit of his fancy Spayside Scotch. All I could get from it was the memory of being stuck behind an asphalt machine in boiling Summer weather, nearly asphyxiated by the acrid fumes coming off the newly laid road...

So Ima stick with the good gentleman's Rye. The Constitution was not written and debated in the salons with the aid of Scotch.

Robear wrote:

I'm on a High West kick lately, they have some mid-range ryes ($30-$50 or so in MD) that are very tasty and build a wonderful cocktail.

SpaceP, I just picked up a bottle of the Midwinter. I'll taste it with the last of my Rendezvous, which apparently it is based on. Smells really good, though, I can sniff the oak and the Port flavors. I'm excited. :-)

High West is one of the rare points of local cultural pride for me (our brewing scene, our blossoming distilling scene, our independently owned cinema pub, the taco carts about the closed Sears, our Ska scene, and the pastrami burger), so it always makes me happy to see it get cred from elsewhere. I think their entire line is good, but Midwinter is my fave followed by Campfire (I like smokey scotches).

They also have some pretty great glassware, pictured here with my Infinity Bottle (and yes, such an item is an ideal, not a branded product. I specifically requested a decanter that was "simple, unadorned, and not tacky" for that purpose). IMAGE(https://scontent.fmkc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/49938543_10215755625817314_2297511550048534528_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent.fmkc1-1.fna&oh=7a96eb3b6e589960341e9de27ae32f54&oe=5CB6BB2E)