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Drekkus
06-05-2008, 12:28:06
please.

I'm starting to expand my taste in single malts. For now I stayed with the populair choices like the 12 year old Glenfiddichs, Glenlivets and Glenmorangies. I'm getting a special edition 20 year old Dalwhinnie for my birthday, so I really like to try that one.

And I know it's all about your own taste, but I'm curious what other people's favorites are...

Lurker the Second
06-05-2008, 12:38:46
I like Macallans for special sipping occasions, but I always think of single malts like hard candy -- just because you like grape doesn't mean it will be everyone's favorite, nor does it mean you won't like the raspberry. I recommend experimenting and trying out as many as you can. Some will be mostly indistinguishable from others, but there are many with notable tastes.

Funko
06-05-2008, 12:39:46
Did you copy this thread from Asher's thread on poly? :confused:

Funko
06-05-2008, 12:42:33
Try one of the Islay malts if you haven't already. You might hate them. They are very peaty. Laphroaig (http://www.laphroaig.com/) is probably the easiest one to get hold of?

Venom
06-05-2008, 12:46:58
Make your own.

Drekkus
06-05-2008, 12:50:41
Originally posted by Funko
Did you copy this thread from Asher's thread on poly? :confused: Oh My GOD!!! :brwncard:

no, i did not.

Macallans I don't know. Laphroaig is very nice. Sunday I had a glass of Bowmore, very specific taste that one.

Mr. Bas
06-05-2008, 13:07:26
Laphroaig is indeed good, I'm personally fond of Highland Park as well. It's from one of the islands north of Scotland, either Orkney or the Shetlands. Two others I like a lot, personally, are Glenkinchie and Dimple. But Lurker knows: the best thing is just to try and sample many different ones, that's probably the best way to find out what single malts you like.

KrazyHorse
06-05-2008, 13:18:57
Ardbeg is a good peaty Islay. It's my favourite single malt...

Asher
06-05-2008, 13:21:38
Originally posted by Drekkus
Oh My GOD!!! :brwncard:

no, i did not.

Macallans I don't know. Laphroaig is very nice. Sunday I had a glass of Bowmore, very specific taste that one.

YOU DID TOO. YOU STOLED IT.

Drekkus
06-05-2008, 13:34:14
NOT TRUE!! And that's a fact since you are banned so you can't even post there anyways.

My neighbour has a nice bottle of Highland Park, so I might get a glass of that one one of these days.

Lurker the Second
06-05-2008, 15:18:14
A glass? Screw that, just steal the whole bottle.

Lazarus and the Gimp
06-05-2008, 16:58:20
The malts Drekkus has specified so far are Speyside malts. From that area, the real heavyweights not already named are Glenfarclas and Aberlour.

Island malts are very different- very peaty and smoky. I'm an addict- the kings are Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Caol Ila (all from Islay) and Talisker (from Skye).

Lazarus and the Gimp
06-05-2008, 17:02:52
Currently in the house, I have-

Caol Ila Cask strength
Lagavulin
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Poit Dubh (a non-chillfiltered vatted malt from Skye- very nice).

Oerdin
06-05-2008, 17:17:46
Laz is a drunk! FACT!

Scabrous Birdseed
06-05-2008, 18:11:00
Lagavulin is the best one I've tasted. Macallan is meant to be quite nice though.

Asher
06-05-2008, 19:41:29
I imagine most of them are meant to be quite nice.

Only the Americans design alcohol to taste like shit.

Oerdin
06-05-2008, 20:38:12
HA! I'd take a real American bourbon over that pussified Canadian stuff any day.

Asher
06-05-2008, 20:38:49
You would.

Oerdin
06-05-2008, 20:43:25
Anyone with taste would. :smug:

Asher
06-05-2008, 20:51:02
So why would you?

self biased
06-05-2008, 22:58:15
sheer perversity of the universe?

my vote goes for the balvenie ten and twelve years. i'm not partial to the smoky flavors, and thus wouldn't recommend the twenty-one year.

No longer Trippin
07-05-2008, 07:37:37
I currently have bottles of Laphroaig 15, Ardbeg Uigeadail, and Lagavulin. My favorite for what it cost has to be the 15 year Laphroaig.

Nills Lagerbaak
07-05-2008, 11:28:24
I just finished off a 24 year old bottle of Port Ellen, it's from a defunct Islay distillery but well worth of try if you can find it. Actually it's probably the best whisky I've tasted.

Become a member of this place and try the best whiskys in the world, much cheaper :)
http://www.smws.com/

Drekkus
07-05-2008, 12:22:39
Those bottles in the shop have the weirdest names. How the hell am I supposed to know what bottle is behind it? 'Curried coconut and treacle' sounds, ehm, special.

Plus it seems that a bottle in England costs in pounds as much as in Holland in euros? A bottle of Laphroaig 15 Year Old costs about 37,50 pounds in England, and 42,99 euros in Holland.

Nills Lagerbaak
07-05-2008, 12:34:42
Each bottle has a distillery number and then a cask number. So you could (in theory) track that whisky down to the cask it came from.

some "single" malts are actually only guranteed to come from 1 distillery, whereas a true single malt comes from only 1 cask, hence when the 400 or so bottles are gone it's gone forever.

I think if you become a member of the society you can get a list of what the distilleries are.

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:11:13
Do you have stuff like this in Euroland? http://www.spiritoftoronto.ca/

Drekkus
07-05-2008, 14:16:47
http://www.whiskyfestival.nl/

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:21:35
There you go

Drekkus
07-05-2008, 14:21:57
yes i am

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:27:59
A restaurant I was at last week had a $800, 3oz 1951 single-malt Scotch on the menu, along with like 200 other varieties. It was crazy, like a European trying to fight a man.

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:31:59
Speaking of which, I picked up a 1000 mL bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old for $32USD at the duty free in NYC last month also. Best part about flying to the US on business.

The communist liquor control board in Ontario charges $62 for it.

Drekkus
07-05-2008, 14:49:06
:gotit: $32USD is like, 12 euro or something!! I wonder how much shipping is. And if there will be importduties to be paid.


Oh wait, duty free that is

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:54:23
I thought you were being funny 'til the edit

You should remove the edit :(

Lurker the Second
07-05-2008, 14:54:24
It is amazing how reasonably priced scotch whiskey is here (all whiskey, actually). Even when the dollar was trading at a reasonable rate, you could always buy it cheaper here than in Great Britain, including Scotland. At best, you'd get it for roughly the same price there as here. Canada has always been expensive as well.

Asher
07-05-2008, 14:56:08
Where is here?

Lurker the Second
07-05-2008, 15:01:02
New Jersey.

Asher
07-05-2008, 15:04:41
I'm sorry.

MoSe
07-05-2008, 15:22:24
You're sorry of Being Asher?

Asher
07-05-2008, 15:33:03
I'm sorry I just read that attempt at humour.

Funko
08-05-2008, 08:19:09
Bear in mind that our whisky price is over 70% tax.

No longer Trippin
09-05-2008, 04:19:15
That makes me want to cry a little.

Funko
09-05-2008, 07:49:30
I know. It sucks.

Lurker the Seconder
09-05-2008, 08:31:42
i laaik tax

Funko
09-05-2008, 08:44:48
:confused:

Drekkus
09-05-2008, 09:51:25
:lol:

mr_B
09-05-2008, 10:04:17
what's so funny?

Tizzy
09-05-2008, 10:12:31
Nothing funny here.

mr_B
09-05-2008, 10:25:53
that's what i thought
huh
thinking
damn

Tizzy
09-05-2008, 10:27:16
Ouch :(

mr_B
09-05-2008, 10:33:52
jj

stjoepit me

Tizzy
09-05-2008, 10:35:10
jj you never learn

Drekkus
09-05-2008, 10:40:53
Originally posted by mr_B
what's so funny? you are, mr_taxman

mr_B
09-05-2008, 10:42:34
what's going on with you and those poshy whiskeys Drekman.

zmama
09-05-2008, 10:44:19
Bit of a snob that Drekkus

Tizzy
09-05-2008, 10:45:02
He's got all fancy now he's moved to the country

zmama
09-05-2008, 10:49:10
hmm time to dig out that Hamburg picture and put him in his place *nods*

Drekkus
09-05-2008, 10:58:45
Originally posted by mr_B
what's going on with you and those poshy whiskeys Drekman. It's quality over quantity for me these days, now I'm a good burgerlijke daddy.

King_Ghidra
09-05-2008, 11:00:03
says the guy rolling in at 6am after a night on the piss in amsterdam

mr_B
09-05-2008, 11:19:26
and before he rolled in he pissed in the sink

Drekkus
09-05-2008, 11:52:55
Again, quality over quantity. I think I go out maybe once every two months, so I better enjoy.

MOBIUS
12-05-2008, 23:00:11
Definitely the Islay whiskies. I currently have Laphroaig in the house. Lagavulin is my other favourite.

Also Penderyn, but then I am biased. They are making a peat version now.:bounce:

MoSe
13-05-2008, 06:44:13
peaty post

:beer:

Drekkus
13-05-2008, 14:36:07
A friend of mine gave me a bottle of Glenlivet 18 year old last weekend. Plus a couple of them fancy whisky tasting glasses.

From all I hear and read, the Laphroaig 15 year old or quarter cask and the Lagavulin 16 year old are good whiskys for starters like me.

Lazarus and the Gimp
13-05-2008, 18:29:04
For starters? Hardly.

Lagavulin and Laphroaig are hardcore Islay malts- very smoked in flavour. If you get a taste for them you'll nver look back, but you're going in at the deep end.

You might to ease yourself in with one of the less aggressive Islay malts like Caol Ila.

Drekkus
13-05-2008, 18:53:55
Ah well, at the moment I have an urge to go out and buy them all, just to try them out. But I guess that's a bit silly and probably a waste, because when I find my favorites, the rest will probably never be finished.

Lurker the Second
13-05-2008, 19:16:43
This is not the time to take the lazy way out, goddammit. Now get out there and buy them all and try each and every one.

Don't make me tell you that again.

Oerdin
13-05-2008, 21:31:34
He could always save the others for a CG meet.

KrazyHorse
13-05-2008, 23:13:30
http://www.graphicpartners.co.uk/expertise/brand/images/ardbeg.jpg

MOBIUS
14-05-2008, 00:21:18
Penderyn is opening their visitor centre next month, less than an hour up the road. Then I will be trying their peat version... :)

http://www.welsh-whisky.co.uk/resource/12208.21141.largeImage.eng.jpg

seng
14-05-2008, 02:21:26
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/Site_Data/thewhiskyexchange_com/dbimages/large/LRGOB.25YO.jpg

JM^3
14-05-2008, 02:44:50
So much nice whiskey to try. One thing though, expensive whiskey is so expensive... :(

JM

Lazarus and the Gimp
14-05-2008, 05:22:36
But compared to cognac it's cheap.

Lazarus and the Gimp
14-05-2008, 05:24:29
Why are they bringing out a peated Welsh whisky? If they wanted authenticity they'd use coal.

Drekkus
14-05-2008, 08:45:32
My local liquor store provided a partial answer to my problem:

http://www.awa.dk/whisky/clasmalt.htm

Six mini bar sized bottles, just for trying the different tastes.

Included are:

OBAN 14 year
GLENKINCHIE 10 year
CRAGGANMORE 12 year
TALISKER 10 year
DALWHINNIE 15 year
LAGAVULIN 16 year

King_Ghidra
14-05-2008, 09:00:49
Nearly went to the Oban distillery a few weeks back, but didn't.

Thank you.

Venom
14-05-2008, 11:44:56
Gripping story.

King_Ghidra
14-05-2008, 13:59:47
It was inspired by a read of Lazyview

Funko
14-05-2008, 14:12:33
Ha, no-one reads Lazyview.

Tizzy
14-05-2008, 14:15:21
I nearly commented on it earlier but couldn't be bothered (translation: I decided my comment wasn't so funny after all)

Drekkus
14-05-2008, 14:19:39
Lazyview?

Lazarus and the Gimp
14-05-2008, 19:32:44
Originally posted by Drekkus
My local liquor store provided a partial answer to my problem:

http://www.awa.dk/whisky/clasmalt.htm

Six mini bar sized bottles, just for trying the different tastes.

Included are:

OBAN 14 year
GLENKINCHIE 10 year
CRAGGANMORE 12 year
TALISKER 10 year
DALWHINNIE 15 year
LAGAVULIN 16 year

Talisker is another great one.

seng
15-05-2008, 00:53:59
As is Taliesin.