Whisky and Scotch Recommendations

imbiginjapan wrote:
KrazyTaco[FO] wrote:

I picked up a Yamazaki 12 year the other day and plan on giving that a try. Never had it before, but have heard good things.

I had it a ways back as part of a Japanese whisky flight and do recall it being a very nice. I haven't looked recently but from what I understand there's not much Japanese whisky left thanks to Bill Murray. Were you able to get it at a reasonable cost or did it come at a premium?

I got it from the store for ~$80, which is pretty low from what I hear.

My access to the spreadsheet has been cut off. I sent a request to get permission again but figured it would not hurt to post here as well.

Having finished off my bottle of High West Bourbon (good, but not quite at the top of my list of favorite bourbons), and nearly finished off my bottle of Ardbeg An Oa (delicious), I stopped at the store on Friday to replenish my supplies.

I did go back and get that bottle of Oban 14 that I was eyeing last time. After one glass, I think this bottle will do nicely when I'm not in the mood for something peaty like my favorites (Lagavulin and Ardbeg). I've only had a little bit, though, and hope it will improve with more tasting.

On a whim, I also picked up a bottle of Knob Creek Smoked Maple bourbon. I've had Knob Creek straight bourbon once before ("OK" IIRC), and I'm not usually a fan of flavored spirits. I'm in the middle of my first glass right now, and I'm not sure what to think. Most of the reviews I read (like this one) said that the KC actually tastes like bourbon with maple flavor, as opposed to some others (like Jim Beam Maple) which more resemble maple syrup with alcohol. I haven't tried the others, but to me this definitely hits strong with the maple, and feels a little thicker in my mouth; maybe that's my brain trying to interpret the maple flavor as syrup.

Usually I sip my scotch or bourbon in the evening, while I read GWJ and/or game, so something that tastes like a dessert isn't entirely out-of-place.

My wife will like it. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing.

imbiginjapan wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

Then I decided that I'd rather have something a little more peaty, so went home with a bottle of Ardbeg An Oa. I've had a glass-and-a-half so far and I'm pretty happy with this purchase. Maybe next time, Oban!

I saw this on the shelf the other day and was really tempted, but it was on the highest shelf and I was too short to safely reach (no comment), and the cashier was busy selling 40s of malt beverage to a bunch of construction workers. So I got something a little lower down.

Next time ask for a hand. I'll think you'll find it worth it (if you like Islays).

I found an unusual liqueur last night, while waiting for a table at the local KBBQ place. It's called "Tiffin Tea Liqueur", and it's a 24 proof aperitif that is made from Darjeeling tea extract, as well as some other essences that are a bit floral/citrus-y. It's unique! It smells like good tea, it tastes like a very mild herbal liqueur with maybe some floral overtones, but the finish is that of a perfect cup of tea. Slightly sweet, with a tannic mouthfeel that just lingers for a moment. Very pleasant with ice.

I'm going to try it with a little soy milk, and also with a bit of lemon and sugar (well, Demerara simple syrup). With all the hit-you-in-the-face liqueurs around, this is a nice change, a drink that clearly aspires to pleasantry rather than exceptionality.

A mix of store lemonade three parts, and one part Tiffin, yields an Arnold Palmer taste-alike with about 6% alcohol. This will be a perfect summer drink.

I am intrigued by that description. Looked around here and it is a bit hard to get. Will keep looking.

I won't say it's changed my life, but it's something I never would have guessed existed. So it's fun to play around with, and the novelty alone is entertaining, at my age.

That is why I am intrigued. Not really close to my usual drink. Straight whisk(e)y is my normal jam.

It's got all the taste of a Long Island Ice Tea, but like 1/4 the alcohol. About as much as a wine cooler. Highly refreshing. I'm going to lay in a few bottles for the summer.

I just picked up a bottle of Teeling Irish whiskey. We don't talk a lot about Irish in here, but I really enjoy it. This is a bit more than Bushmill's(my regular Irish go-to) but I really like it - is super smooth(just like me).

Good to see independent Irish distillers making a comeback.

A gift from my mom. The most wonderful time of the year.


Nothing came thru on the pic for me. Borked?

Teeling is good juice. Try Green Spot as well.

Huh weird, it's a Google photos link. Maker's Mark holiday set, bottle, glass, and stirrer.

SallyNasty wrote:

I just picked up a bottle of Teeling Irish whiskey. We don't talk a lot about Irish in here, but I really enjoy it. This is a bit more than Bushmill's(my regular Irish go-to) but I really like it - is super smooth(just like me).

I just tried that recently - my girlfriend got a bottle as a gift. Really really enjoyed it, and felt a cut above your run of the mill Irish

Stele wrote:

Huh weird, it's a Google photos link. Maker's Mark holiday set, bottle, glass, and stirrer.

I saw it okay on my desktop, but it doesn't seem to be working when I look on my phone.

My haul this Christmas:


(Also not shown: a bottle of the James Henry rye from Moonrise Distillery in Georgia.)

Definitely liking getting the reputation as a whisk[e]y drinker and getting it as a gift.

I posted about this in slack too, but the one on the left is a whiskey made from Jimmy Red corn. NPR did a cool story about the revival of that corn a while back and I was super excited to try some.

It's extremely smooth, sweet with a hint of spice, and has a super thick mouthfeel. Liked it a lot.

Tell me more about your homeworld Usul that Longrow. The description checks all my boxes.

It's wonderful.

All of the Longrow expressions I've tried have been a nice balance of flavors with a touch of peat. This one's no exception, but it's so very smooth and... deep? It definitely has something over the others I've tried. Sweet and a little smokey and a bit of spice.

Anyone here buy whiskey online? I am wondering how the bottles would survive shipping.

I've really gotten into whisky over the last 5 years or so and just tried Wild Turkey 101 for the first time. I've always thought it wasn't worth trying, but now realize it's one of my favorites. If you haven't tasted it, don't look down on this affordable bottle and give it a try!

It is also my favorite stop that I have done so far on the Bourbon Trail. The distillery and its grounds are BEAUTIFUL.

I love 101 as well - is super easy to sip, especially considering the proof!

stingray wrote:

Anyone here buy whiskey online? I am wondering how the bottles would survive shipping.

I have bought lots of wine from here in the States with no issue. Properly packed it is very safe. If you are looking to order from overseas there are other issues. Packing is the same as here from any legit vendor. legality OTH is the issue. You can still get stuff here but you are gambling the customs agent does not like what you ordered more than you.

I picked up a bottle of Old Grandad 114 and for $28, it's well worth it.

I love OGD bonded but the 114 isn't my cup of tea. The alcohol is just a bit too prominent for me. But the bonded is one of the best values on the market.