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The Single Malt Scotch Thread

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

View Posttoomanydimples, on 05 December 2012 - 10:20 PM, said:



Honorable mention: Hibiki 12 which is a Japanese whiskey from the Suntory distillery and not "Scotch" but I really enjoyed this one and it was very smooth.
I got a bottle of their Yamazaki 12 for xmas and cracked it open to share. Holy smoothness. Easy and creamy. The three others that partook were also as surprised. I also received a bottle of Glenmorangie's Artein Private Edition. 15 years, Super Tuscan casks. I'll save that for special occasions.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

View Posteagle1997, on 26 December 2012 - 04:39 PM, said:

ah, single malt scotch.  one of life's great pleasures.  i've tried a bunch over the past year, too many to list (or remember), so here's my current top 3.

highland park 18 yr - received as a christmas gift from a very satisfied client about a week ago... really nice.  smooth, with a little smoky burn at the end to let you know its there.  i had previously only had the 12yr HP, which is also good, but this is at another level, in price and taste. highly recommend.
balvenie carribbean cask 14 yr - last 2 years are 'finished' in an previously used rum cask.  my bourbon buddies really like it.  sweet and smooth, but with a lot more depth than bourbon imho.  if i am introducing scotch to somebody for the first time, this is my go-to.  really highly recommend.
lagavulin 2011 cask strength limited edition - all the peaty smokey brine you could ever want in a glass.  i hated it at first, but grew to love it by the end of my first drink.  spectacular and strong, not for the faint of heart.  a man's scotch.  the best i've ever had.

Well done on the Lagavulin. It certainly is a required taste!
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.

I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.

At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:

-Bowmore 12
-Glenfarclas 12
-Glenmorangie original 10
-Macallan 10 fine oak
-Balvenie double wood 12
-Aberlour 12

maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

I'd next go to the Arbelour. :)
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:21 AM

View Postcardoustie, on 04 December 2012 - 01:07 PM, said:

I thought we'd start a thread for all the single malt lovers out there in golfwrx land.

I am not a giant fan of the really peaty versions but I do know some chaps love the stuff

Just back from Scotland in late Sept and go to try some beauties, including a 33 yr old Tomintoul

Also of note, they do make a single malt in Nova Scotia here in Canada (big legal troubles as they used the prefix name Glen).   I was also quite surprised to buy a great scotch from our local store that is called Hellyers Rd, out of Tasmania, Australia.  Quite ironic as I was born there

Here is a list of the bottles I have owned / tried / finished.  I have kept some of the cooler tins, especially the golf related ones
Actually you did NOT buy " a great Scotch " out of Tasmania ,,, you may have bought a good whisky but I can assure you of one thing ,, if it was not produced in Scotland then it is NOT Scotch.


Aberfeldy 12
Aberlour
Ardmore Traditional Cask
Arran (The) Malt 100 proof
Auchentoshan 10
BalBlair 17 yr old 1995
Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Distillery Banffshire
Bowmore 12
Bowmore 15
Bowmore Mariner 15
Bruichladdich 12 - Second Edition
Bruichladdich 14 Royal Liverpool
Bruichladdich 15 year old
Bruichladdich 17th hole The Old Course St. Andrews
Bruichladdich 1991 WMD II - The Yellow Submarine
Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition_01
Bruichladdich Rocks
Bruichladdich Waves 7
Cardhu Special Cask Reserve
Cardhu 12
Dalmore 12
Dalwhinnie 15
Deanston 12
Deerstalker 10
Edradour
F - none yet
Glen Garioch 8
Glen Parker Speyside Special Reserve
Glendronach Original 12yrs
Glenfarclas 15
Glenfiddich 12
Glenfiddich 12 Special Reserve
Glenfiddich 18
Glenfiddich Clan Sutherland
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
GlenKinchie 10
Glenlivet 12
Glenlivet 12 Classic Courses Carnoustie Ed
Glenlivet 18
Glenmorangie Lasanta
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie Sherry Wood 16 Men of Tain Handcrafted
Glenrothes Single Speyside Select Reserve
Highland Park 12
Hellyers Road Tasmania
Isle of Jura 10
Johnny Walker Green
Johnny Walker Swing
K - none yet
Lagavulin
Laphroaig
Longrow CV
MacNamara Gaelic - Rum Finish
N - none yet
Oban 14yrs
Old Parr Superior
Old Pulteney 12
P - none yet
Robert Burns
Scapa 14
Singleton (The) 12
St. Andrew's
Strathisla 12
Stronachie 12
Tamdhu
Tobermory 10
Tormore 12
Teanininch Lombard


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:24 AM

View Postesketores, on 10 December 2012 - 09:28 AM, said:

For the sake of clarification only... Johnny Walker Blue is a blend. Not a Single Malt. And IMO not worth the money. Not saying it is bad stuff. But then that is why I buy Famous Grouse for my at home libation.
Couldn't agree with you more, Johnny Walker is probably one of the most over rated Scotch whiskies ,, I believe it's produced in Western Scotland ( Kilmarnock ).

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:39 AM

View PostMtlJeff, on 26 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:

So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.

I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.

At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:

-Bowmore 12
-Glenfarclas 12
-Glenmorangie original 10
-Macallan 10 fine oak
-Balvenie double wood 12
-Aberlour 12

maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have
Just a matter of taste more than anything, a while back I had a bottle of 18 year old Glenlivet, I found it to be  a nice malt but I actually preferred the 12 year old Glenfiddich which price wise was considerably cheaper.
Again simply a matter of personal preference of the whiskies you noted above I would lean towards the Glenmorangie or the Aberlour 12 ,, they're all good !

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:36 AM

View Postbuteman, on 27 December 2012 - 06:24 AM, said:

View Postesketores, on 10 December 2012 - 09:28 AM, said:

For the sake of clarification only... Johnny Walker Blue is a blend. Not a Single Malt. And IMO not worth the money. Not saying it is bad stuff. But then that is why I buy Famous Grouse for my at home libation.
Couldn't agree with you more, Johnny Walker is probably one of the most over rated Scotch whiskies ,, I believe it's produced in Western Scotland ( Kilmarnock ).

The people who think JW is a quality Scotch owe it to themselves to try a good single malt.  Once they do it will be hard to go back to a blend.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

View PostMtlJeff, on 26 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:

So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.

I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.

At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:

-Bowmore 12
-Glenfarclas 12
-Glenmorangie original 10
-Macallan 10 fine oak
-Balvenie double wood 12
-Aberlour 12

maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have

the glenlivet 12 yr is a good scotch, so there's nothing wrong with continuing to get what you like.  out of the ones you've listed, i'd recommend the balvenie doublewood.  for the name only.  i mean, it's hilarious.  if the name is that perfect, imagine what the scotch tastes like?  :)

in all seriousness, the doublewood is a really good one.  like the balvenie carribbean cask i mentioned earlier, the doublewood is "finished" in a different cask... in its case, a first fill spanish oak sherry cask.  it's not as sweet as the carribbean cask, and that's good, it's different.  i'd compare it to the glenmorainge quinta ruban, which is finished in a port cask (not as good as the doublewood).

the thing i focused on when i first started drinking scotch was how i drank/ordered it.  used to be blended scotch and club soda (JW Black) on the rocks.  then i discovered single malts, and the soda and most of the ice went out the window.  now it's a double, with one or two cubes of ice, and maybe a splash of water (for cask strength scotches).  there's nothing finer after a good round of golf than an excellent single malt and a good cigar.  yum.

View PostMattTheTaff, on 26 December 2012 - 07:07 PM, said:

View Posteagle1997, on 26 December 2012 - 04:39 PM, said:

ah, single malt scotch.  one of life's great pleasures.  i've tried a bunch over the past year, too many to list (or remember), so here's my current top 3.

highland park 18 yr - received as a christmas gift from a very satisfied client about a week ago... really nice.  smooth, with a little smoky burn at the end to let you know its there.  i had previously only had the 12yr HP, which is also good, but this is at another level, in price and taste. highly recommend.
balvenie carribbean cask 14 yr - last 2 years are 'finished' in an previously used rum cask.  my bourbon buddies really like it.  sweet and smooth, but with a lot more depth than bourbon imho.  if i am introducing scotch to somebody for the first time, this is my go-to.  really highly recommend.
lagavulin 2011 cask strength limited edition - all the peaty smokey brine you could ever want in a glass.  i hated it at first, but grew to love it by the end of my first drink.  spectacular and strong, not for the faint of heart.  a man's scotch.  the best i've ever had.

Well done on the Lagavulin. It certainly is a required taste!

thanks matt!  i recently had an ardberg that was in the same ballpark, but couldn't touch the lagavulin overall.  gotta stock up on the 2011 special editions... they stopped making them, and the price is going up up up.  might be my first "do not open unless it's a really special occasion" bottle.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

View PostMtlJeff, on 26 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:

So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.

I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.

At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:

-Bowmore 12
-Glenfarclas 12
-Glenmorangie original 10
-Macallan 10 fine oak
-Balvenie double wood 12
-Aberlour 12

maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have

Glenmorangie original 10
A fine single malt to learn to "aquire the taste".

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

Bowmore 12 would a bit more peaty, iirc, if you want to go in that direction. Otherwise, the Balvenie Double Wood 12, and, Ablelour are very nice.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

Lagavulin 16 is always the one which will be empty first, while the Glenlivet 18 and Oban 14 don't go away that quickly.
I also have very fond memories of Isle of Jura 10, Laphroaig, Knockando and Talisker.
But if somebody asked me directly which one to bring, it would be Lagavulin 16 for sure.
I see a gap. There definitely is a gap.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

Bunnahabhain is very underrated in my opinion. Only tried the 12yo but will try the others at some point. Other favourites include Scapa, Glenlivet, Dalmore, Balvenie and the list goes on. More a fan of the speyside malts which tend to be the smoother malts. Got a Glenfiddich 12 year old special reserve that I will be cracking open at new year.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:42 AM

Back in the day it was Chevas Regal and Haig & Haig Pinch, 'n  those are blends.  But I still like em... :)

Now?  I don't have the pocket book for much other'dn these but...  don't really have a favorite either but the Dalwhinnie 15 is consistently enjoyable, and don't knock the Speyburn 10.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

bought a 12 yr speyside cardhu this evening because carribbean cask was all sold out.  decent, but nothing memorable.
price was right however: on sale for well under $40.

my local liquor store also had a dozen bottles of the newly released balvenie 17 year doublewood for $106 (suggested retail is $129).  wowsers.  it can't be worth it, can it?
somebody please talk me out of buying and trying this.

(15 mins. later)

i'm now into my second glass of cardhu, and it's growing on me.  a lot.  :)

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

Fairly new to the Scotch game (at least drinking it neat... always been a fan of a good Rusty Nail), but a recent favorite is Balvenie Double Wood.  Hell, every Scotch I've had from Balvenie has been exceptional.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

Awesome, I'll give that a try real soon.

During my 2 week holiday, I managed to empty a bowmore 15 darkest, glenlivet 15 french oak reserve, and 2/3 of an aberlour 12, all with friends of course ; ). Leaving me with only 1/3 of my glenlivet 18 and almost a full bottle of aberlour a'bunadh (batch 42, 60.3%). The a'bunadh is pretty wicked though, it will definitely warm you up.

If you're looking to ease your way into a more peaty scotch, the bowmore 15 is pretty good. Not too heavy on the peat and finishes very sweet on the palette. I got the glenlivet 15 french reserve at a local bevmo for a very good price of $37.99 a few weeks before Christmas and it was probably the best value for quality that I've had in a while.

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View Posttoomanydimples, on 05 December 2012 - 10:20 PM, said:

Honorable mention: Hibiki 12 which is a Japanese whiskey from the Suntory distillery and not "Scotch" but I really enjoyed this one and it was very smooth.
I got a bottle of their Yamazaki 12 for xmas and cracked it open to share. Holy smoothness. Easy and creamy. The three others that partook were also as surprised. I also received a bottle of Glenmorangie's Artein Private Edition. 15 years, Super Tuscan casks. I'll save that for special occasions.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:54 PM

Had a lagavulin special edition the other night while at some hoity toity foodie place that the wife wanted to go to.

Dumb question: When did 'small plates' become socially acceptable?  They certainly were charging 'big plate' prices.  I had four different plates of food and didn't get full.

At least the scotch was excellent.  Gotta buy a bottle of this, it was fantastic.  



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:37 PM

I've added 3 or 4 new ones to the list

Tobermory 15 year old  
Bruichladdich Sherry Cask
Ancnoc 16 yr old

All three above are fantastic and the Tobermory came in a sweet box
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Lagavulin is certainly an acquired taste - smoked peat is an understatement really. Think Laphroig but richer.
Tried a Glenlivet 18 this christmas and was very satisfied with it. Other faves in the cabinet are a Knockando 12, good old Glenmorangie 10 and a rather nice 1977 Jura


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

View Postjaskanski, on 27 February 2013 - 04:33 PM, said:

Lagavulin is certainly an acquired taste - smoked peat is an understatement really. Think Laphroig but richer.
Tried a Glenlivet 18 this christmas and was very satisfied with it. Other faves in the cabinet are a Knockando 12, good old Glenmorangie 10 and a rather nice 1977 Jura

my FIL likes the 15 yr glenlivet french oak that i bought him, but it was more 'meh' to me.  i prefer the glenlivet 12 or 18 to their french oak bottle.  never heard of or tried knockando or jura - how would you describe them?
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

I've come to conclusion over the last couple of months that Lagavulin 16 is my favourite. But it's frigging expensive
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:55 PM

Never explored or developed a taste for scotch, but recently tried something that I found so unique and different that I had to pick up a bottle.  Laphroig 10-yr.   A very unusual earthy taste that has piqued my interest and perhaps launched me on a new journey.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

Welcome. As you get older tastes change. Try more.
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:43 PM

View Postteejaywhy, on 06 March 2013 - 12:55 PM, said:

Never explored or developed a taste for scotch, but recently tried something that I found so unique and different that I had to pick up a bottle.  Laphroig 10-yr.   A very unusual earthy taste that has piqued my interest and perhaps launched me on a new journey.

my friend raves about Laphroig and he is a scotch guy. He also had me try Ardbeg the other day which had a really interesting taste.

I've decided i'm a bourbon guy, however

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

I think I've decided I'm a bourbon guy also.  Even though I have yet to develop the taste for bourbon! ha ha.   Support the home town product and all.  But that is a different thread!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

Leaving Saturday for a week of golf in central Florida. The liquor store will determine what I buy on which all can imbibe.
I'm hoping Laphorig or Lagavulin 16 populate the shelves.
If no one likes it... all the more for me.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:21 PM

View Postesketores, on 07 March 2013 - 08:52 AM, said:

Leaving Saturday for a week of golf in central Florida. The liquor store will determine what I buy on which all can imbibe.
I'm hoping Laphorig or Lagavulin 16 populate the shelves.
If no one likes it... all the more for me.
Awesome. :)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

View PostMtlJeff, on 26 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:

So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.

I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.

At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:

-Bowmore 12
-Glenfarclas 12
-Glenmorangie original 10
-Macallan 10 fine oak
-Balvenie double wood 12
-Aberlour 12

maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have
On your list I like the Balvenie a lot. Macallan's 18 is my favorite to keep on hand though. The Macallan's 10 is nothing to right home about. Try Oban 14 and one that I haven't seen anyone bring up is Jura...the 16 is really good. My cousins work for a liquor distributor in NYC and sent me some to try and it was great. Agree with a couple of others that the JW Blue is so-so...just overrated and not worth the price tag. I have a bottle at home and it stays full the longest. Whatever you decide to pour, just make sure you get a good smoke too i.e. Cohiba, Padron, etc.
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

View Postteejaywhy, on 07 March 2013 - 08:20 AM, said:

I think I've decided I'm a bourbon guy also.  Even though I have yet to develop the taste for bourbon! ha ha.   Support the home town product and all.  But that is a different thread!

I love them both.  So many friends of mine feel strongly about one over the other I just don't understand why.  Obviously very different but I'm an equal opportunity whiskey drinker :)

I've been experimenting lately (not like most in this thread!) and have determined I really enjoy the following:

Macallan
Oban
Lagavulin
Caol Ila

The only single malt I really didn't enjoy  was Ardbeg, which is strange because I've liked all other Islays quite a bit.


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