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Any other scotch drinkers?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jakk586, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. jakk586

    jakk586 Astoria, Or Active Member

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    What do you drink at the end of a long week? When it's time to kick back?

    Right now I have:

    18 year Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Almost gone. I'll have to sell a gun to finance a new bottle.

    12 year Bowmore Isley. A bit stiff but mellows nicely with ice.

    12 year Arberlour Double Cask. This is my favorite so far. I want to try the 15y, but it's a bit spendy.

    12 year Highland Park. untried as of yet, but comes highly recomended.
     
  2. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Yep, I drink mostly JW, it goes good with a mild cigar.

    Right now I have red, green, and black. I need to pick up some gold, or sell a kidney and get some blue.
     
  3. ajf1

    ajf1 beaverton Member

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    I enjoy the 12 year Highland Park quite a bit. I have tried JW and I enjoyed it too. My company did not care for the bill that I had turned in.
     
  4. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    Single malt Islays are my personal favourite. Bowmore is OK, a bargain for the price. So far, Laphroiag is top of the heap, to MY palate anyway.

    One problem is living in Washington, where this stinking state government decides which ones come into the state and which don't. They just don't care to have much variety. Same thing with rum.... I've yet to see ANY really great rum at any Washington State liquor store. They just don't get it. Double entendre intentu.

    I love visiting California when I've got spare cash. Find a BevMo and you've got a booze palace the size of our local Safeways, far cheaper than they let us have things here. And that's not even taking into account the bills in the Marble Zoo here in Olympia where they are threatening a HUGE increase in "sin tax" on alcohol for us still stupid or stuck enough to continue living here. What they'll do is cause ME to make my annual California trips when I have enough cash to lay in a year's supply. Stinkers!!
     
  5. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've been thinning-out the herd somewhat, but here's what I have currently:

    1) Clynelish 14
    2) Balvenie Double-Wood 12
    3) Balvenie Single Cask 15: something I like to drink when I just want to focus on the malt flavors w/o any extra wood finish (sweetness) at the end
    4) Balvenie Rum Cask 17: just great stuff with an almost silky, caramel smoothness from the rum casking
    5) Bruichladdich Rocks: kind of a mess - like a truck full of Islay ran into a truck full of Highland, can't decide what it wants to be
    6) Bowmore 17
    7) Bowmore Dawn: just outstanding Islay with a port finish, they don't make this anymore and that thought makes me cry (and horde this in the back of my liquor cabinet)
    8) Glenmorangie Burgandy Wood Finish: don't really like this for some reason
    9) Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish: do like this one, however
    10) Jon, Mark & Robbo's Dark Spice One: a vatted whiskey of Highland Park, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Glenrothes and matured in sherry cask - sounds like it should be a mess, but oh so good, not sure if they make this anymore but hope they do
    11) Scotch Malt Society 50.23: special bottling of 14yo Talisker, sweet honey and spice, 112.6 proof
    12) Suntory 12: tastes kind of like a Macallan 12 to me; they own Macallan now so maybe that's why

    I'd actually like to have a lot less booze on hand. Went through a buying spree to try some new things, and now I'd like to just scale it back a bit. My ideal, basic collection would probably be Ardbeg 10, Balvenie Double-Wood 12 and maybe a few others (not sure).

    My tastes really go all over the place depending on what I've had to eat, what mood I'm in, etc.

    If you really like single malt scotch, you should join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and attend one of their "scotch extravaganzas" at the Rainier Club (Seattle). The extravaganza has over 100 different scotches for you to try - simply an amazing experience. They have some stuff you're just not going to find anywhere else - ever.
     
  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Geez, it sounds like I need to go to Sun's place for tasting :D
     
  7. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yes - I need help disposing of all this!

    I have a friend who buys scotch on his way home from work and then stops by for a tasting of his new discovery. Best friend ever....
     
  8. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    Yea Sun can I have a sip. I am very simple when it comes to this subject. I only drink Gentleman Jack and Single barrel. Not scotch but very good and I like Cuban Cohiba's when I get them. I hope you enjoy all of that sounds good.
     
  9. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    Never had Scotch, but I just had two bloody mary's that would knock the socks off a sailor!!! Whats the big deal with scotch? Pretty tastey?
     
  10. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    Whats the big deal with scotch? Pretty tastey?

    Yup. Nothing like it. A well made single malt is, well, there's nothing like it. Trouble is, its rather dear...... which means its best enjoyed in small doses, all by itself..... I like mine neat, and will often sip a shot, shot and a half, for an hour or so. Fair warning... some folk absolutely cannot stand the taste of an Islay... the flavour of the peat is, well, not their cup of tay....I ended up with most of a bottle that way one time... someone had it in their hootch hutch and when I noticed it they realised I did because I LIKE it. They offered it to me on the basis they could not tolerate it at all. I was humble enough to help them out. Or, rather, to help the Scotch out... into the boot of my old car. That one carried me for a while, and a goood thing, that. Seems it came just when I was rather short on pocket money....
     
  11. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Dude, I have gas money. Road trip? :thumbup:
     
  12. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My preferences among the single malts include:

    Lagavulin 16
    Balvenie Doublewood 12
    Ardbeg Uigeadail
    Laphroaig 10

    Never cared for the blends.
     
  13. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Ahhh, camping in a trailer with a buddy south of La Pine, a morning 'lope hunt, a grilled ham&cheese sandwich for lunch followed by a $10 cigar and a shared fifth of McClellend Islay then a nap before dinner = :)
     
  14. jakk586

    jakk586 Astoria, Or Active Member

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    seems like we got some islay fans here. my pallate finds them a bit heady. i dont mind them with a bit of ice. so far,the aberlour double cask is my go to scotch. its tasty and easy on the wallet.
     
  15. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    mmm, scotch. scotch scOtch scotch... I Love Scotch
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    I'm normaly passed out off a pint of patron within an hour or so. I must be doing it all wrong :)
     
  16. Kennedy

    Kennedy Beaverton Member

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    Oh Lagavulin..that is some interesting stuff there.. I myself love the Jameson..please don't hate me.. I just love the stuff.
     
  17. Box13

    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    Usquba...
     
  18. no5shooter

    no5shooter Beaverton, OR New Member

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    The Macallan. Moderately spendy, not outrageous, great taste. Treemanx, a favorite author of mine once described Glenmorangie going down as "honey on fire," and that's close enough for me. Wonderful stuff. Sun195, you sound like a fella I'd like to help with that excess Scotch disposal project you've got going! Just let me know, I'm on call...
     
  19. wavo

    wavo Portland Member

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    Hmmm I love single malt and even the blend....
    What does the Lagavulin 16 taste like? I just bought a bottle for a friend turning 30 tomorrow. I hope he cracks it open so I can have a sip. :laugh:
    A smooth single malt coupled with a nice cigar is heaven.
     
  20. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    I'm sucking on salt covered lemon quarters and slammin Corona.....ever try it?? Its great!