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The Single Malt Scotch Thread

Every Golfer Loves Scotch

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#721 toddnt

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:06 PM

Had Nikka 17 over the weekend and was absolutely floored.. Pure honey and pineapple notes...


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:21 PM

Not to brag, but the Mrs and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Scotland a few weeks ago.  While we were there we hit up several distilleries, with a 3+ hour tour at Balvenie being the highlight.  Here's the highlight of what we tried on said tour:

Standard Tasting:
  • 12 Year Single Wood
  • 12 Year Double Wood
  • 14 Year Caribbean Cask
  • 17 Year Double Wood
  • 21 Year Port Wood
On top of that, we got to try the following straight out of the casks in their Warehouse 24 (all cask strength)
  • 15 Year Single Barrel (used bourbon)
  • 16 Year Single Barrel (Port)
  • 17 Year Single Barrel (used bourbon)
And to finish it all off, we got to try a 43 year single malt.  It was the greatest thing I'll likely ever drink.  There are countless others we tried (and brought a bottle of a single malt finished strictly in port barrels from a small distillery called Blair Atholl home with us, amongst others.... it was fantastic), but had to let you folks know about this.  If you ever get the chance to tour Balvenie, do the VIP tour.  It's WELL worth it.

And if you are already in the area, you have to stop by the whisky bar at the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie.  Trust me, it's worth it.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:15 AM

View Postsefus12, on 18 April 2018 - 08:21 PM, said:

Not to brag, but the Mrs and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Scotland a few weeks ago.  While we were there we hit up several distilleries, with a 3+ hour tour at Balvenie being the highlight.  Here's the highlight of what we tried on said tour:

Standard Tasting:
  • 12 Year Single Wood
  • 12 Year Double Wood
  • 14 Year Caribbean Cask
  • 17 Year Double Wood
  • 21 Year Port Wood
On top of that, we got to try the following straight out of the casks in their Warehouse 24 (all cask strength)
  • 15 Year Single Barrel (used bourbon)
  • 16 Year Single Barrel (Port)
  • 17 Year Single Barrel (used bourbon)
And to finish it all off, we got to try a 43 year single malt.  It was the greatest thing I'll likely ever drink.  There are countless others we tried (and brought a bottle of a single malt finished strictly in port barrels from a small distillery called Blair Atholl home with us, amongst others.... it was fantastic), but had to let you folks know about this.  If you ever get the chance to tour Balvenie, do the VIP tour.  It's WELL worth it.

And if you are already in the area, you have to stop by the whisky bar at the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie.  Trust me, it's worth it.

I love that Balvenie 21 Year Port Wood! I bought a bottle for my son's wedding last year and it didn't disappoint
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 10:32 AM

Question for all you experts. I am not a scotch guy (or much of a liquor guy in general, I'll stick to beer) but am going to be buying a bottle as a gift for someone that does drink scotch, BUT I have no idea what kind he normally drinks and wouldn't have any way of finding out between now and then. So, if I'm going in blind, what kind would be my best bet? If he likes lighter/delicate stuff, I don't want to get something over the top rich/smoky, or vice versa. Should I just stick to something kind of in the middle as a safer bet?

I was planning on just getting a single bottle in the $80-$120 range, but I could also get multiple cheaper bottles that would cover both ends of the spectrum. They're not on different ends of the spectrum, but Costco sells three packs of Glenmorangie (Original, Quinta Ruban, and Lasanta) for around $100 if something like that made sense.

Appreciate any opinions. TIA.
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Posted 21 June 2018 - 09:09 AM

get him a bottle of glenlivet 12 and call it a day. should be 60-70 bucks for a large bottle and enough to satisfy his thirst for a year.

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 04:55 PM

I really only deal in Irish whiskey and give tasting classes with our guild but just a few notes with regard to the notes that may appear when tasting.
Most "flavours" only realise when you cut the whiskey. As in reduce the ABV. You possibly won't get any flavours until you cut it with some water and then only with a pipette. If a whiskey is 45% ABV  then you'll need to reduce it to 42% or 40% top get the top notes like blackcurrant or honey. Keep reducing it until you can taste all the flavours then. Start again with it neat and keep nosing it and gentle tasting. With practise its amazing how you can pick up notes and flavours.
45% to 42%
42% to 40%
40% to 37%
Etc etc all the way to about 11%
It's extremely interesting

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 08:27 PM

That is really good info to have.  Been drinking scotch for almost 30 years but I guess we are never too old to learn something new.  FWIW to anyone else out there...one night in a bar they were not pouring any of my normal drinks (Oban, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich) but they were pouring Auchentoshan so I ordered it.   It is a lowland scotch.  Very light and easy to drink.  In Scotland they call it "breakfast whisky".  I actually enjoyed it but more importantly it is a great scotch to introduce to someone who does not drink scotch.  I like to think of it as a gateway scotch!

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:37 PM

Had couple of Johnnie Blacks tonight.

2 pints of Guiness. 2 JBlacks with a cube or 2.

Had shrimp tacos and beef sliders too.

Fuhgedabodit.

Oh, wait, sorry.

This is the

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My bad ; )





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Posted 01 August 2018 - 02:13 PM

One bottle left at TW in the state of Florida. Had my best men go there and grabbed it since it was next to his office.

The lady asked him to spell it out before pronouncing it. =P

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 10:38 PM

Wow.  Just saw this. Will share my favorites. Obviously I like Lagavulin. Donít think I have ever disliked anything from Islay. My Islay regulars are Ardbeg and Laphroig. Then to the Isle of Skye for Talisker. Then itís all the way to the Orkneys for Highland Park. Back on the mainland not really a sweet tooth, however hard to pass up Balvenie Doublewood which goes very well with Godiva Chocolate after dinner. I have had the Portwood on occasion and itís very good too. Working back to the southwest coastal area never pass on Oban.

That pretty much does it. I havenít ventured much beyond that in a few years. I drink my Scotch while cooking and during dinner. Thatís why I prefer peaty and smoky. Hard to drink Balvenie with marinara sauce. Of those I have had a few turned to Scotch lovers with Highland Park, which I would consider middle of the road as far as taste. Short of that I would stick to the lighter Speyside Malts like Glenfidich for first timers.

Edited by Lagavulin62, 02 August 2018 - 10:42 PM.


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