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Tried this the other night and was pleasantly surprised!

pretty affordable and very smooth.

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The U.S. bottling of Tomatin is a great value as well. What they've done is speed up the packaging in lieu of designing laid-paper labels and so on. We can only get the 12-year however. I probably lamented about it already :o

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ok, i'm probably going whisky shopping with my dad tomorrow. any suggestions on a nice scotch? no ballantines, glenmorangie, or macallan.. but i'm sure you guys wouldn't suggest those anyways.

and my dad likes single malts.

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ok, i'm probably going whisky shopping with my dad tomorrow. any suggestions on a nice scotch? no ballantines, glenmorangie, or macallan.. but i'm sure you guys wouldn't suggest those anyways.

and my dad likes single malts.

i'd probably just take advantage of the situation and learn from my old man. old fashioned, i know

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While back, went to my bar and among the racks of alcohol I saw few bottles of Laphroaig. He was nice enough to let me try the different kinds he had. I plan on going back and trying the others he had in his place.

Sorry grainy picture, taken from cellphone.

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Which of the Laphroaigs was your favorite?

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Sorry grainy picture, taken from cellphone.

Kinda like the grainy shot... gives it context

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i dont normally fuck w/ scotch but i had some macellan 12 over ice the other night and it was really nice. smooth, lil bit of of sweetness at the end. great drink.

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Which of the Laphroaigs was your favorite?

I liked the 10year,

Quarter Cask was good too but only had a small sample.

Yesterday went to the same bar and had Four Roses and Scapa.

Both of them pretty good with its own characteristics.

Saw Jack Daniels wearing a black leather jacket, calling my name out. Was tempted to have that too but left for another day, my reason to come back to the same bar.

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I liked the 10year,

Quarter Cask was good too but only had a small sample.

Yesterday went to the same bar and had Four Roses and Scapa.

Both of them pretty good with its own characteristics.

Saw Jack Daniels wearing a black leather jacket, calling my name out. Was tempted to have that too but left for another day, my reason to come back to the same bar.

I like Scapa, just took back a little tonight.

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I just met a guy tonight that I'm going to be very good friends with for the next couple of years.

His name is Evan Williams.

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Not a big fan of whisky but I do like this local brand called Forty Creek. Any recommendations?

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Anyone living in NYC should check out LeNells in Red Hook. Amazing selection of whiskeys and bourbons ranging from $10-300. Some are from small distilleries in the South that she has brought up by friends. Definitely some bargains to be had there.

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Yesterday went to the same bar and had Four Roses and Scapa.

Both of them pretty good with its own characteristics.

not a big scapa fan, very sweetly commercial a la glenfiddich/glenlivet

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I liked the 12-year Scapa -- alot. It was almost identical to the really young Glenmorangie, but the finish was different. I don't know how to describe it...more minerally or silty maybe?

The 14 is completely different. I don't care for it. I don't know why they changed the bottling.

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not a big scapa fan, very sweetly commercial a la glenfiddich/glenlivet

I'll keep an eye out for glenfiddich and glenlivet and try them both.

Thank you.

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israel is cursed with nothing but vodka, the only scotch i can find is shitty blended crap that tastes like diesel fuel...but for my money back home you can't beat McClellan's 8-year. a single malt for $20...not the most complex but still rich and delicious

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got pretty damn drunk on ballantines on friday. nasty stuff. much prefer chivas for a blended scotch.

where is a good starting point for single malt scotches? something not too complicated, that a novice drinker with unrefined taste-buds such as myself can get into?

as far as bourbons are concerned - really enjoy bookers (cask-strength) watered down a little. also from memory the jim beam small batch was quite good.

and maker's mark is a fail-safe. not brilliant, but smooth, easy to drink and tasty.

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Evan is the poor man's Jack, innit? I think winq is dancing around the living room right now drinking on the fifth of Jim Beam I brought to Korea.

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I'm a total scotch noob but I've had it at bars before and liked it so I decided to go the the liquor store today. After talking to the guy there I came out with this for 32 dollars.

Anyone have any experience with this? Like I said I'm a total noob but it seems pretty good, especially for $32.

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bumping this thread for the holidays...

what's a good starting whiskey for a total noob? i think i need to get my palate used to it first...

after paging through the thread everything seems really good, but i doubt i'd be able to discern the differences right now. i've only really had JD shots back in my college days and from what i remember it was pretty rough on the way down... cheers

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I fell in love with a taste of this stuff a couple days ago.

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But I can't afford my own bottle for a few more weeks. :(

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bumping this thread for the holidays...

what's a good starting whiskey for a total noob? i think i need to get my palate used to it first...

after paging through the thread everything seems really good, but i doubt i'd be able to discern the differences right now. i've only really had JD shots back in my college days and from what i remember it was pretty rough on the way down... cheers

I would start with the gentler scotches. While I love to recommend Lagavulin, and Laphroaig, they'll be too rough.

I would suggest that you start with scotches I don't drink any more. Some of the simpler, sweeter, less peaty scotches are much nicer to begin with. Try Balvenie Doublewood or Glenmorangie portwood. Tomultin might also be nice, as it is a little more interesting, but still very smooth and sweet.

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bumping this thread for the holidays...

what's a good starting whiskey for a total noob? i think i need to get my palate used to it first...

after paging through the thread everything seems really good, but i doubt i'd be able to discern the differences right now. i've only really had JD shots back in my college days and from what i remember it was pretty rough on the way down... cheers

For a Rye, I find Templelton Rye to be very smooth on the way down. If you are talking bourbon, I'd pick Buffalo Trace. If you want something easy to find, go get yourself some Makers Mark.

If you can taste a difference between Rye and Bourbon, your palate is working just fine for now.

My 2 cents.

-Jake

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