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FReeper needs advice on which imported Scotches and Whiskies are the best?

Posted on 05/20/2010 1:52:56 PM PDT by erod

Hi Friends, I am a Scotch and Whiskey novice for the most part. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker, but I’m limited in my knowledge of these two great liquors. The other day I realized that if the euro continues its fall and the dollar strengthens I will be able to buy more imported booze at cheaper prices (I know what you’re thinking, thanks Captain Obvious). So if this is the case (and hopefully it is) what would FReepers recommend as good imported liquor particularly in the Scotch and Whiskey categories? Best, -Erod


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1 posted on 05/20/2010 1:52:56 PM PDT by erod
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To: erod

Most afficionados prefer the single-malt scotches, of which GlenLivet is probably the best known & most widely distributed. It’s darn good, but few single malt gurus would call it the best. There are probably 2 dozen single malt whiskeys, Laphroaig is another. Of course, there is a hierarchy of cost and rarity.

I would just caution you, that once you taste these, ordinary blended scotch is gonna taste like cheap beer!


2 posted on 05/20/2010 1:57:20 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: erod

LAGAVULIN


3 posted on 05/20/2010 1:58:15 PM PDT by TexasM1A
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To: erod; Tijeras_Slim

Lagavulin. Nectar of the gods.


4 posted on 05/20/2010 1:58:42 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
I can't drink ordinary blended scotch anymore. The good stuff has ruined me.

Fortunately, I don't drink enough of the good stuff to put a serious dent in my budget. A bottle or two a year does me just fine. :-)

5 posted on 05/20/2010 1:59:12 PM PDT by wbill
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To: erod
Read some of these threads.....
 
The Ten Best Scotch Whiskies

Top 10 Irish whiskeys for St. Patrick's Day

6 posted on 05/20/2010 1:59:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: erod

First off, I’d say the best scotch is the one you like the best. Unfortunately it’s not that simple for me as I like different scotchs at different times. Depends on where I am, the weather, what I’m eating. etc. If I could only have one scotch the rest of my life I’d go with Highland Park.


7 posted on 05/20/2010 2:00:11 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I would just caution you, that once you taste these, ordinary blended scotch is gonna taste like cheap beer!

As a recent college grad I think I’ll get a steady job first (which could be a while) before I start making this investment, it could get dangerous.


8 posted on 05/20/2010 2:00:31 PM PDT by erod
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To: erod; Constitution Day

Laphroaig, it’s like Lagavulin with the training wheels off. ;P


9 posted on 05/20/2010 2:01:01 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: erod

10 posted on 05/20/2010 2:01:08 PM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: erod

Glenmorangie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenmorangie


11 posted on 05/20/2010 2:02:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: erod; alarm rider; stump56; bcsco; PJ-Comix; kimmie7; MissDairyGoodnessVT; Paul Heinzman; ...
Buy American - you can't go wrong!


12 posted on 05/20/2010 2:02:40 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: erod
I think I’ll get a steady job first (which could be a while) before I start making this investment, it could get dangerous.

You're right, it's expensive enough that I had to give up the exotic scotch habit when I discovered the custon side by side shotgun habit.

13 posted on 05/20/2010 2:02:48 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: erod

I’m a recovering alcoholic so it’s been a while since I indulged, but during my career I became intimately familiar with a number of fine single malts. Among my favorites were the various finishes (imparted by the type of wood they are aged in) from Glen Morangie. They were very smooth...


14 posted on 05/20/2010 2:03:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: erod

I don’t drink the stuff myself, but my husband is very partial to Aberlour a’bunadh.


15 posted on 05/20/2010 2:03:29 PM PDT by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: erod

FAMOUS GROUSE! Smooth and delicious!


16 posted on 05/20/2010 2:04:06 PM PDT by Circle_Hook (Lies, deception and payoffs will get you everywhere)
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To: erod

On the whiskey side, Jack Daniels is crap.

Try Woodford Reserve


17 posted on 05/20/2010 2:06:10 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: TexasM1A

I’m not an expert..but, why is no one saying Macallan?


18 posted on 05/20/2010 2:06:24 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

My domestic passion lies with American Craft Beer, which I prefer over the euro stuff. But I have been known to induldge in Maker’s Mark when I want to go a notch above Jack. ;)


19 posted on 05/20/2010 2:06:28 PM PDT by erod
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To: Responsibility2nd

I will defintley check this link out thanks.


20 posted on 05/20/2010 2:06:57 PM PDT by erod
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To: erod

Drink a blended snake wine or homemade Buku Juice.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 2:07:41 PM PDT by bushpilot1
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To: erod

bflr


22 posted on 05/20/2010 2:07:49 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: erod

The Glenlivet & Glenfiddich.


23 posted on 05/20/2010 2:07:54 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: erod
Save your money. After the first sip they all taste the same. Trust me. Once the acohol hits your taste buds and numbs them out you won't be able to tell Glenlivet from Cutty Sark. Don't believe me, do a taste test some time for the fun and educational value.
24 posted on 05/20/2010 2:08:14 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Circle_Hook
"....FAMOUS GROUSE! Smooth and delicious!..."

Priced about the same as Dewar's. How would you compare it?

25 posted on 05/20/2010 2:09:11 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: erod

Craft Beer, huh?

My current float includes:

New Begium - 2 Below
New Glarus - Spotted Cow
Bell’s - Oberon

And my favoritest BBQ beer - Goose Island IPA.


26 posted on 05/20/2010 2:09:40 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: erod

I enjoy The Macallan. I went to a Johnnie Walker tasting one time, and the guy in charge (kilts and all) asked me what kind of Scotch I enjoyed. I mentioned The Macallan, and he said that means I must enjoy a sweeter taste, like a Toasted Almond ice cream bar. I had never thought of it that way (and actually, still don’t) but it is damned good Scotch, and a tad more approachable than some of the others mentioned.
My kids just got me a bottle of GlenMorangie Astar for my birthday, and it tastes like Scotch that wants to be Brandy. It is a startling 57.1% alcohol (times two for the Proof, which is 114.2) and must be taken in small, delicious doses.


27 posted on 05/20/2010 2:10:04 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

YES!


28 posted on 05/20/2010 2:11:14 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: erod
The Best.


29 posted on 05/20/2010 2:12:06 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: erod
McCallan's is a nice, distinctive single malt-good stuff. I also like Glen Morangie, Glen Fiddich and Glen Livet, in no certain order.

One of the best blends I've ever had is Balvenie, available in several different styles. Just excellent Scotch. Johnnie Walker Black ain't too shabby, either.

30 posted on 05/20/2010 2:13:11 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: erod

Bushmill’s Single Malt 21 year Madeira Cask aged. After thorough imbibing, you may use the wooden box in which in comes as a casket for the leprechauns you may see.


31 posted on 05/20/2010 2:13:26 PM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: erod
Glenturret - but you did say imported didn't you? You have to import it yourself (via travel) or have someone bring it in for you. Because the difficulty in obtaining it, it is my favorite single malt Scotch.
32 posted on 05/20/2010 2:13:58 PM PDT by 103198
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Glenmorangie.

trisham- aw yeah, i'm with you on that.
erod- try picking up a sampler. glanmorangie has a 4 pack sampler that's got some good stuff. try samplers before getting into a full bottle.
33 posted on 05/20/2010 2:14:29 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: erod; Pharmboy
I think Pharmboy can be of some service.

Me? I like 12 yr old Glenlivet.

34 posted on 05/20/2010 2:14:34 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

GlenLivet the best, but expensive. JMO


35 posted on 05/20/2010 2:15:09 PM PDT by FES0844
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36 posted on 05/20/2010 2:15:09 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: erod

Many, many, many more then 10 Scotch Whisky’s out there. Note there is no “e” in Scotch Whisky.

http://whiskyshopusa.com/

Take a look at what they carry, your head will spin without the wee dram.

Gunner


37 posted on 05/20/2010 2:15:31 PM PDT by weps4ret (Where is John Galt?)
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To: massgopguy

Izzat a “yes” for the ping list, also?


38 posted on 05/20/2010 2:15:42 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

true!
Try Glen Rothes if you can find it. My husband is in love!!!


39 posted on 05/20/2010 2:16:29 PM PDT by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: erod
If you want the best stuff then ignore the single malt and go for the Single Cask. These Scotchs are not blended in any way.

Single Malt is blended from several different casks of the same malt while Single Cask is just what its name means: Taken from only one cask.

I have a friend who belongs to a Scotch club and gets these via the mail at about $200 to $400 per bottle.

My pocket book is not that generous so I go with Single Malt but when I get a chance to drink a glass of his I can really taste the difference.

40 posted on 05/20/2010 2:16:39 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Good Choices in my private reserve I have
The Basics:
SN Pale Ale
Fat Tire
Seasonal Sam Adams

Rotating
Goose Island IPA
Left Hand: Milk Stout (awesome brew way better than Guiness)
DogFish Head: Brown Ale
Rogue: Dead Guy Ale
GLB: Edmund Fitzgerald

Btw I’m extremely jealous of the New Glarus stuff you Wisconsinites have, being in IL I have no way of getting my beloved Crackd’ Wheat.


41 posted on 05/20/2010 2:16:44 PM PDT by erod
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Mmmmm; mother’s milk.


42 posted on 05/20/2010 2:17:09 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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Bookmarking.


43 posted on 05/20/2010 2:17:16 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Makers Mark is OK. For the money, I’d go with Buffalo Trace or Wild Turkey 101, if I am going bourbon.


44 posted on 05/20/2010 2:18:02 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: erod

Dude...I live in Chicago area.

I make a run once or twice a year, drop a couple $$ for 2 mix-n-match cases and enjoy! It’s only about 3-4 hours away.


45 posted on 05/20/2010 2:18:39 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

!!!


46 posted on 05/20/2010 2:20:21 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: fhayek

Give Austen’s “Rare Breed” a try. Barrel proof but smooth and tatsty.


47 posted on 05/20/2010 2:20:24 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: erod

Great Lakes Brewery Blackout Stout is very tasty, if you like’m with lots of flavour. Highly recommended.


48 posted on 05/20/2010 2:21:43 PM PDT by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Remember, Black and White Scotch is Kennedy money.


49 posted on 05/20/2010 2:21:59 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Constitution Day

Glenmorangie Port Wood (important that it says “port wood” or “port cask” on the bottle, not “sherry cask”)

It is a single malt and if you have the time, you can just sit and smell it for an hour or so. Tumbler glass, 1 ice cube. Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!


50 posted on 05/20/2010 2:22:50 PM PDT by Tom Mullen
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