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Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby rrnate » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:42 am

OK Folks,

It's my birthday today, and now that I'm a man, it's time I really learn a little something-something about scotch. Please recommend me some scotch and I promise I'll drink it and possibly enjoy it! In my limited experience, I seem to like peaty scotch, though I also enjoyed some fairly non-peaty Glen Fiddich a month or two back. Wise me up and help me age prematurely! If you do your job well, I might look like Rip Torn by 35.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby fennel » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:52 am

Happy 35th! Are you considering a run for president now?
I like Highland Park. And it has the particular cachet of sounding like a post-WWll suburb.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Endo Rockstar » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:55 am

Scotch is the devil.

Buy one that cost over $40 a bottle, drink it neat and you'll be happy.

Buy one that costs $10 a bottle, make a Rob Roy, and you'll be happy.

Scotch. Happy.

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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:16 am

rr, your limited experience probably trumps my almost nonexistent experience, but I just happen to have gone scotch shopping with my wife last night for a coworker gift. He's a peaty man, too, with a known preference for Lagavulin and Laphroiag.

We like to diversify peoples' booze portfolios when buying liquor gifts, so we poked around at Woodman's to see prices, and then went to Steve's on Mineral Point for trustworthy recommendations.

Lagavulin is a Diageo brand, and as such is way overpriced according to the fellow we spoke with. Laphroiag 10 is apparently the Miller of single malt scotch--totally omnipresent and not fit to be given as a gift.

He recommended two: Bowmore's 15, called "Darkest" but formerly known as "The Mariner," and the Ardbeg 10, which he swore will make your house smell like a campfire if you leave a quarter inch of it in your glass overnight.

There's also an interesting label out of India--so it can't be called "scotch" technically--called Amrut. He's done a lot of tasting of that one, and says it holds up very well to actual Scottish whiskys. They import peat from Scotland, in fact.

We went with the Ardbeg, fwiw. $65 at Steve's.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Endo Rockstar » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:25 am

TheBookPolice wrote:There's also an interesting label out of India--so it can't be called "scotch" technically--called Amrut. He's done a lot of tasting of that one, and says it holds up very well to actual Scottish whiskys. They import peat from Scotland, in fact.


Bumping the Amrut. There's a bottle of it sitting on my fridge right now.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Endo Rockstar » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:08 am

Nate,

Also try Ardmore:
http://www.ardmorewhisky.com/en/home.aspx

I had a bottle of the Traditional Cask and it was awesome. I think its 40 (ish) a bottle.

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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Marvell » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:07 pm

When I flew back from Scotland I bought a bottle of 16-year Jura from the duty free shop to give to my girlfriend.

Then she dumped me. But I'm pretty sure the two things were unrelated.

PS - Oban is a good, if a bit obvious, choice.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby jjoyce » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:58 pm

A few years ago, when Ethan Lund was at the Local, he poured me a dram of "Black Bottle." It's blended, which is typically a curse word in the scotch world, but blended from small-batch, single-malts. Delicious, and because it's blended, a little cheaper than most.

I also like Laphroiag and Dalwhinnie.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Crockett » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:59 pm

I second the Highland Park. Great value.

Muduro on King St knows their scotch if you want to try a few.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby rrnate » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:12 pm

Thanks guys - I will raise a boozy salute to you all.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby boston_jeff » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:13 pm

You can't go wrong with Mac 12.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby bill6beers » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:50 am

I agree with Jeff. You can never go wrong with Macallan 12.

Shameless plug: come on over to The Malt House where we have build-your-own whisky flights at 3 pours/$10 and 3/$15. You get a one ounce pour of each of three whiskies. When you're done, you're bound to like one better then the others, and you suddenly have a favorite you can tell your friends about. Then, YOU'RE the expert.
Cheers,
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby boston_jeff » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:09 am

So Bill I saw something on FB or Twitter displaying the Mac 18 at your fine establishment. How much is a pour?
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby Kyle Motor » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:17 pm

Clan MacGregor is great for lost bets and dares.
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Re: Scotch Advice (Save The Booze Forum)

Postby bill6beers » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:28 pm

boston_jeff wrote:So Bill I saw something on FB or Twitter displaying the Mac 18 at your fine establishment. How much is a pour?

Twenty bucks for two ounces. I know, ouch. But it's an occasional treat kind of scotch. We featured in our monthly 6-sample tasting on the 21st of this month.

Next month's scotch tasting is on 5/26 and will likely include our 5 newest single malts:
an Cnoc 12 yr Highland Single Malt
an Cnoc 16 yr Highland Single Malt
Balblair 1997 Highland Single Malt
The Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask
Old Pulteney 17 yr Highland Single Malt

Not sure of the price yet but it'll be under $20. Facebook.com/MaltHouseTavern is where we keep those events up to date.
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