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Old 08-29-2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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So I bought a bottle of Scotch for the first time in a few months and it reminded me that I'm going to a tasting at Willow Park on November 12th.
http://www.willowparkwines.com/pdf/F...entProgram.pdf (pg 12 under whisky festival $85 per person)

I got my tickets like 3 months ago for 1/2 price and I am really excited to go.

So anyone else enjoy a glass of Scotch from time to time?

I used to always have a bottle on hand but I've noticed the $$ going up recently (stupid gas prices).

My usual favorite is Johnnie Walker Black (I'd always get Gold if I could afford it). Glenlivet is ok too for a cheaper selection. Anyone have any suggestions for $70 and up, keeping in mind that $120 is about the most I'd ever spend?

What else do you enjoy? (if you say Cutty Shark or J&B you are officially banned from this discusion)

I usually prefer single malts but GOOD blended ones like JW Black are good too.

I've tried Glengarioch, Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Glenlivet, Johnnie Walker Black, Gold, Green and Blue and quite a few others, usually of the 10 or 12 year variety as I'm almost always on a budget. Probably the best two being Johnnie Walker Blue or Gold and Glenlivet 18 year (had that one a the U of C dinos dinner this past April). JW Green was HORRIBLE IMO (especially given the price), so was Chivas Regal, Cutty Shark and quite a few others.

Any thoughts/suggestions/opinions?

Edit: for some reason I feel it is important to add that JW Black was supposedly the preferred whisky of Winston Churchill.

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Old 08-29-2008, 01:12 AM   #2
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I enjoy Scotch, how you drink it really depends on what you buy.

I prefer single malts, but blends are good every now and then too.

I actually enjoy Chivas Regal but its not the smoothest stuff out there so I typically enjoy it with ice, I find JW Red to be good for mixing if you're into that.

Some of my favorites are:

Dalwhinney
Tullibardine
Oban
JW Gold

I did the Willow Park tasting a couple of years ago and it was fantastic, I ended up staying late and getting sloshed on expensive scotch for free just talking with the presenters. It was a blast, but I also developed some favorite products at the same time. Very informative.
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:14 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, the way you drink it is important too, can't believe I didn't mention that.

Neat all the way for me (in my Riders Crown Royal glass or my Johnnie Walker glasses). If the stuff is really crappy I'll pour in a little bottled water (never tap) and never with ice because the freezer usually flavours the ice and ruins the Scotch. But to each his own of course.

And of course the mix. Rob Roys all around if the bartender even knows what they are anymore.
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Oh yeah, the way you drink it is important too, can't believe I didn't mention that.

Neat all the way for me (in my Riders Crown Royal glass or my Johnnie Walker glasses). If the stuff is really crappy I'll pour in a little bottled water (never tap) and never with ice because the freezer usually flavours the ice and ruins the Scotch. But to each his own of course.
Yeah, the way you drink it is very important. For the most part its neat all the way, but again, to each their own.
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:58 AM   #5
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I got my tickets like 3 months ago for 1/2 price and I am really excited to go.
How did you get half price tickets?
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:42 AM   #7
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Never met a bottle I didnt like

(above a certain "price point")
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:47 AM   #8
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I usually have a bottle of Glenfiddich in the cupboard at home. I drink it on the rocks though. When I have the good stuff it's usually neat.

At an office function a couple months ago we were at Buchanan's and some of the partners were buying glasses of some really nice stuff. Wish I could remember what it was (Highland Park 25, I think). Smooth.

I haven't tried that many: Glenfiddich, Chivas Regal, JW Red (barf), Auchentoshan, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Macallan, Talisker, Lagavulin. For me, it was an acquired taste and it took trying a few different ones to really appreciate.

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:31 AM   #9
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big scotch fan - you'll love the Willow Park tastings BTW.

Macallan 18 year is my fav without getting into stupid expensive, though even that might be above $120 these days.

I like aberlour for a really easy drinking scotch, almost like brandy. Glendronach is good. Caol Ila I liked, though I haven't had much. Bruchladdich is good but way overpriced IMO.

Check out some of the independants like Murray McDavid too. It's typically more 'raw' and flavourful (and stronger - add a few drops of water).
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Worst drink ever = Rusty Nail - scotch and drambuie
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Lagavulin, Talisker, and Oban are my favorites, always neat. When I was in my first year of college, we had a club where each of us would put in 20 bucks for a once-a-month meeting, and half of that would go toward a nice bottle of alcohol that we, as young students, wouldn't normally get to try, and the other half toward a box of cigars. My first drink of scotch (Talisker) was a revelation for me; scotch has been my favorite drink ever since.
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Lagavulin 16 is my favourite.
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The Glenmorangie special bottlings (using sherry, port and burgandy casks) have recently gravitated toward my favourite.

Soon, if this price increase keeps up, they will be over $70.
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I just started really getting into Scotch so I haven't tried a lot. However, from what I have tried I really enjoyed a 14 year Oban.

Thanks for listing your favorites, there's a lot to look forward to.
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Yup ... although I find myself buying cognac or good tequila more often as my sipping beverage. For scotch, there's lots of brands I enjoy. Glenmorangie, Glenlivet and Glennfiddich all make good scotch for under $50 per bottle. Above $50 I like Cardhu, Oban, Lagavulin and a bunch of others. Just about any single malt that's 18 or 25 years old that isn't too peaty is okay with me.

Troutman ... I beg to differ with you about Rusty Nail's. That's probably my favourite cocktail. it's my drink of choice on Christmas day in fact. To each their own I guess, eh?
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When I used to partake, I enjoyed Robbie Burns scotch. Its not cheap mind you, but damn its fine...almost clear like water, a slight amber colour to it and very very VERY smooth!
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I know nothing about Scotch, but hear people raving about it and have often considered going on a tasting.

Is that a good way to figure out if you will acquire a taste for Scotch, or is scotch more of a 'like it or don't' type of drink?
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I know nothing about Scotch, but hear people raving about it and have often considered going on a tasting.

Is that a good way to figure out if you will acquire a taste for Scotch, or is scotch more of a 'like it or don't' type of drink?
definately an acquired taste.
try it. you may or may not like it..or it may take you a bit of time to get used to it. I agree with previous comments though..stay away from the real cheap sheat. Its like Petroleum. blah!!!
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I tried scotch a couple of times and it wasn't really my thing, but then again it likely was crap scotch. I have been given a few bottles over the past couple of months and maybe you experts can tell me if it's worth another shot, or time to re-gift. I have a bottle of Tamdu 10yr, one of Ancnoc 12yr, a Glenmorangie 10yr, and a Highland Park 12yr.
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I usually have a bottle of Glenfiddich in the cupboard at home. I drink it on the rocks though. When I have the good stuff it's usually neat.

At an office function a couple months ago we were at Buchanan's and some of the partners were buying glasses of some really nice stuff. Wish I could remember what it was (Highland Park 25, I think). Smooth.

I haven't tried that many: Glenfiddich, Chivas Regal, JW Red (barf), Auchentoshan, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Macallan, Talisker, Lagavulin. For me, it was an acquired taste and it took trying a few different ones to really appreciate.

I had an extremely long evening there a few months ago trying a bunch of the fine scotches there! Fantastic selection. (and arguably one of the best steak restaurants in the city)
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