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#1 ShotMagnet

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 1039 AM

Started sampling various single-malts, trying to get an idea of what I like.

Thoughts? Do you have a favorite/favorites?


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Posted 04 February 2007 - 1411 PM

Dalmore has an odd flavor due to the brine seeping through the casks. Macallans is quite tasty as is Laphroaig and Glenlivet. I've had Macallans 25 before which was astonishingly smooth.
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#3 Paul F Jungnitsch

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 1526 PM

Sampling a bunch is a good idea. I didn't think much of Scotch until a cousin of mine took me through his collection, and introduced me to the 'proper' way to drink them (no mix). Found I really liked the 'smoky' versions straight, and am now happily working through a bottle of Ardbeg Ten.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 0254 AM

Scotch? Yes, for the love of God, YES!!!!
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 0737 AM

Usually I drink Glenlivet. My favorite scotch (within a reasonable price range...) though is Laphroaig, however that is something of an acquired taste, and I usually prefer to keep a bottle on hand that guests will also enjoy.
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 0843 AM

Usually I drink Glenlivet. My favorite scotch (within a reasonable price range...) though is Laphroaig, however that is something of an acquired taste, and I usually prefer to keep a bottle on hand that guests will also enjoy.



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Posted 05 February 2007 - 1112 AM

Don't drink the stuff anymore, but I was weaned on Laphroaig, with Famous Grouse as a standby. Between the two, I've killed a LOT of brain cells. :blink:
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 1450 PM

I like Lagavulin for its smokiness, and The Macallan for a bit of tartness. But I'm prettty much out of the single malt phase of a few years back and stick mostly to the greatest of all spirits: small batch Kentucky bourbon!
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 0517 AM

OK, have now worked more or less through Phase I of the great experiment.

The great question now; is the better scotch one which is the longer-aged or the better-flavored?


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Posted 14 February 2007 - 1234 PM

Toured the distillery of Glenmorangie a couple years ago and they said every year the scotch sits in barrels a certain portion is lost through the wood, 'the angels share'. IIRC they explained that if you like the old stuff great, but don't assume it is automatically better than the newer bottlings. A big reason the oldies cost more is they get so much less out of each barrel.
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 1725 PM

Since arriving in the UK, I have developed my taste for a good single malt. My current favorite is The Balvenie. I have one bottle that I am saving for my return to the States. 15 Year old single malt finished in a Port cask.

I like Glemorangie for a genreal purpose sipping whiskey. I enjoy the peaty, smoky flavor imparted by their particular malt. I used to work with a Scottish guy who would bring in bottle from his "home" distillery. The brand name was Aberfeldy. It comes from around Aberdeen. Very nice balance of peat and spice in that particular label.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 0941 AM

OK, have now worked more or less through Phase I of the great experiment.

The great question now; is the better scotch one which is the longer-aged or the better-flavored?
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Drink what tastes good to you, and don't worry about it! By that reasoning, a nicely aged cow patty would be preferable to a fresh steamer! :P

Check out Dave Broom's "A Handbook of Whisky". A friend gave that to me as a b-day gift a few years back. Good little read, with lots of reviews. This is also an interesting site:

The Scotch Blog

Edited by BP, 15 February 2007 - 0942 AM.

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#13 Geoff Winnington-Ball

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 1525 PM

Drink what tastes good to you, and don't worry about it! By that reasoning, a nicely aged cow patty would be preferable to a fresh steamer! :P


Now, now, BP, don't be disgusting, this is Tanknet after all. Rude yes, disgusting, no. Mind you, this might change. Then again, it might not. But it might.

Methinks I've been here a trifle too long. :blink:
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 2012 PM

Currently working through a bottle of Glenfiddich 18, with a bottle of The Balvanie single barrel 15 year on deck when I kill the 1st. Local NEX has a Hell of a selection of single malts and I love robbing the locals of their tax. S/F....Ken M
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 2027 PM

Currently working through a bottle of Glenfiddich 18, with a bottle of The Balvanie single barrel 15 year on deck when I kill the 1st. Local NEX has a Hell of a selection of single malts and I love robbing the locals of their tax. S/F....Ken M


The Glenfiddich 15 year Solera Reserve is pretty darn good too.

I stocked up at the British forces cantine at Ramstein a couple of weeks ago. You can get good scotch for cheap there, even cheaper than at duty free. Provided of course you have a ration card or a buddy willing to use his for you.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 0054 AM

There seems to be a distinction between amongst single-malts. Anyone know what, if any, the distinctions are?


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 0539 AM

The Glenfiddich 15 year Solera Reserve is pretty darn good too.

I stocked up at the British forces cantine at Ramstein a couple of weeks ago. You can get good scotch for cheap there, even cheaper than at duty free. Provided of course you have a ration card or a buddy willing to use his for you.



When did the Brits move into Ramstein? I haven't been there since what, 1981 or so. Went there for a computer fair (Trash 80s, Heathkits, and Apple IIs....), and drove past the Headquarters building; all the windows had clear plastic covering them because they'd been blown out by a car bomb a few days previously...
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 0542 AM

When did the Brits move into Ramstein? I haven't been there since what, 1981 or so. Went there for a computer fair (Trash 80s, Heathkits, and Apple IIs....), and drove past the Headquarters building; all the windows had clear plastic covering them because they'd been blown out by a car bomb a few days previously...


I don't know how long it's been, but the NATO AFCENT (I think) HQ is there, hence the British presence (and others, there was a Canadian cantine in the same building one floor up), also LNOs at USAFE no doubt.
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#19 Geoff Winnington-Ball

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 1105 AM

There seems to be a distinction between amongst single-malts. Anyone know what, if any, the distinctions are?
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It gets complicated. Lowland and Highland malts, east, central and west, light and dark. Every district has a unique flavour. I preferred the dark west-coast malts, with a distinct peaty flavour accented by the sea air. I never developed a taste for the lighter east-coast lowland malts.

In either case, though, aging is important... generally speaking, the older the better.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 1926 PM

Well, I got a bottle of Lismore yesterday and it says something about being a 'Speyside'. The Laphroaig says it's an Islay, and the Speyburn is a Highland. My question meant to ask whether these appellations are distinctions in the single-malt distillation process, particular single-malt distillation processes, regional appellations that perhaps refer to ingredients acquired from particular areas, etc.


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