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04-27-2012 11:21 PM #1
Single Malt Scotch
I figured I would put this out there and see where everyone's preference is. Being a fine dining waiter/bartender for years, I got the taste of nice single malt scotch. I'm curious to see if there are others here that enjoy trying new ones and am also curious to see what the favorites are. For me, it's hands down The MaCallan 18 year old. What say you and why?? (I'll give my why after a little)
04-27-2012 11:34 PM #2
Depending on situation,
Had a part of a bottle of Laproaig 30 -- that was incredible.
04-27-2012 11:45 PM #3
04-28-2012 12:48 AM #4
Bruichladdich. 20 year is my favorite, but they're an unbelievable distillery all around.
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04-28-2012 01:46 AM #5
Oh wait...... never mind.
04-28-2012 08:15 AM #6
05-01-2012 12:45 PM #7
The Macallan 12 year is the standard bearer for single malts.
But for character, I love some Laproaig. Never ran across, nor could I afford, the 30 year but the 12 is fine and anything older is splendid.
Oban and Glenmorangie are also nice easy to fined labels.
05-02-2012 12:41 AM #8
I will admit I was "stuck" at the InterContinental in Chicago on the Mag Mile for work last year on game 162.
I was in the bar watching the game. It's Michael Jordans place. There was only one TV, believe it or not. I was right underneath it.
I had just gotten there after walking from Ditka's place. The rain delay worked out perfect!
Long story short, I figured I'll indulge in some Mac 18. Because of everything that occured that we all know about...I ended up having 3 drinks.
Um...yeah...$45 a piece(ask for a price you idiot when you order!). Dagger... Honestly, I've never been so happy spending $160 on three drinks, lol. Having a whole bar of Chigago people looking over at why some random guy in an O's golf shirt is screaming at the TV is so worth it. Priceless
05-03-2012 10:48 AM #9
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05-07-2012 04:02 PM #11
I want to get into scotch. Where do I start? And can I start someplace that doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.
05-07-2012 08:59 PM #12
Blended is cheaper (generally), smoother, balanced. Glenlivet and Johnny Walker are examples. I suggest Famous Grouse as a solid inexpensive starting point. Drink it on the rocks. I don't care for scotch with mixers but some people do. Johnny Walker Green and Gold label are top notch. The Blue is a novelty, excellent, but you are paying for the novelty.
Single Malt means its a whiskey from Scotland from a single distillery and single year (vintage if you will). The labels talked about in this thread are a good starting point. I would go out and buy a 12 year old Macallan to start yourself off. It's really good but not over the top on any particular characteristic. To me, its the standard bearer. And its not that expensive. $50-$60 for a bottle. Do not use mixers! Rocks or neat, maybe a splash of good cold water (just a little). I'll use a few cubes of ice on a warm day, but generally, neat is best.
Note, the Euro being down really keeps scotch prices friendly.
Double note, 12 year old means aged in a wooden barrel for 12 years before bottling. it doesn't age on your shelf
05-08-2012 08:11 AM #13
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Family tradition is to buy a nice bottle of scotch when a child is born and for the men to have a shot on the important occasions of that child's life. I sprung for a double-malt Lagavullin when the first was born, can't recollect what I bought for the second and then also put out for MaCallan 18 when the third was a boy.
Laphroig, Oban, Bruich Laddich, Ardberg and Bowmore are all good stuff and the more expensive Johnny Walkers (Blue) are growing on me.
My father-in-law is a big scotch guy who passes along a bottle of something every few months. I am a minor leaguer by comparison. There is a big scotch tasting in New York City every year and he goes. One of these years I will as well.
05-08-2012 08:27 PM #15