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    Scotch help

    So, I've been expanding my horizons and I need a recommendation or 20.

    So far I've only tried
    Laphroaig - love it.
    McCallan - meh, it's OK I guess.

    I think the peaty goodness has sunk it's hooks into me. I think I might need to try a highland next, does anyone have a recommendation for a good bottle.

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    edited cause it was edited.

    I second the below post about going to a bar and sampling. Scotch is spendy, might as well buy a bottle you know you will like.
    Last edited by frozenwater; 11-30-2009 at 04:25 PM.

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    My favorite distilleries in the Highlands are Ben Nevis and Oban. Check 'em out at your local watering hole before forking over the $$$ on your own bottle.
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    Islay (home of Laphroaig) is technically considered part of the Scottish Highlands, but a separate Scotch region. The capital of Islay is Bowmore, which has its own distillery. Give that a shot.

    My favorites are:

    Islay:
    Lagavulin

    Island:
    Talisker
    Highland Park

    Speyside:
    Macallan
    Cragganmore
    Knockando

    Highland:
    Oban
    Glenmorangie

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    I'm a fan of Ardbeg.
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    for the money, Speyburn 10. Ardbeg 12 for the campfire experience, springbank 30 if you have semi-unlimited funds,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippster View Post
    Islay:
    Lagavulin
    my favorite, hands down. if you like laphroaig you will love lagavulin...same smokey flavors just much much smoother

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    glenmorangie, not the flavored stuff, just the traditional oak barrel stuff
    glenfiddich, 12 or 18

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    Deadwood, a price range is VERY helpful in Single Malt Wisky discussions as this is one of the bigger contributing factors as to what people often buy.
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    Search JONG...

    Being an ignorant beater on a budget, I really like the Glenlivet 12.
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    Lagavulin is my current #1, Laphroaig a close second. I'm an Islay man. Bunnahabhain is another fine tasting Islay, and the bottle looks cool in a single malt collection.

    Balvenie Double Wood is my favorite Speyside. Must have.

    Dahlwinnie is girl scotch, the Coors Light of single malts. Avoid it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dk_alaskan View Post
    for the money, Speyburn 10. Ardbeg 12 for the campfire experience, springbank 30 if you have semi-unlimited funds,
    Wow... Speyburn? Really? I bought to add to my scotch selection and hated it. I thought it would be a nice cheap bottle for people who really aren't into scotch who re drinking at my house. Unforunatly I hated it and so does everyone esle I gave it to. Meh...

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Oban is my fav. Not really peaty like the OP was looking for but a nice scotch. Spendy though as well

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    If you love Laphraoig, then you are an Islay man. You will probably dig all the islay malts. If I were you, I would check out

    Ardbeg
    Lagavulin (priciest but so worth it)
    Caol Ila
    bowmore

    bunnahabhain
    bruichladdich
    the last two are a little lighter than the first 3.

    Also as Tip says the peatier/smokier highland malts such as

    talasker
    highland park
    scapa

    may also float your boat.

    Enjoy!

    Also this site is a great resource
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    also, for the uninitiated or well versed, Ive found this sheet to be really convenient to give overall tasting notes and such.

    http://www.pintspub.com/WhiskyList.pdf

    if you're in Denver, they do a scotch flight to help you figure things out
    everything there is priced at a premium, understandably i suppose
    its a cool place

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    Quote Originally Posted by advres View Post
    Wow... Speyburn? Really? I bought to add to my scotch selection and hated it. I thought it would be a nice cheap bottle for people who really aren't into scotch who re drinking at my house. Unforunatly I hated it and so does everyone esle I gave it to. Meh...

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Oban is my fav. Not really peaty like the OP was looking for but a nice scotch. Spendy though as well
    better than JW Red label and other blended Wisky's at the same price point. For a cheap every day drinker, it does the trick. It isn't fancy or special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berko View Post
    If you love Laphraoig, then you are an Islay man. You will probably dig all the islay malts. If I were you, I would check out

    Ardbeg
    Lagavulin (priciest but so worth it)
    Caol Ila
    bowmore
    I whole heartedly endorse this post.


    That being said, deadwood, if you want a good highland give Oban a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadwood View Post
    So, I've been expanding my horizons and I need a recommendation or 20.

    So far I've only tried
    Laphroaig - love it.
    McCallan - meh, it's OK I guess.

    I think the peaty goodness has sunk it's hooks into me. I think I might need to try a highland next, does anyone have a recommendation for a good bottle.
    I hated the McCallan.

    And the speyburn below made me lol a bit, that stuff is horrible.

    Try this, great bang for the buck.


    Also try this.
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    +2 for Caol Ila...Good Islay Scotch. Not too expensive.
    Bruichladdich is great if you have the extra cash.

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    Thanks for the recommendations folks, exactly what I was looking for.

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    Caol Ila, Oban, and Bruichladdich are my current faves. If you have cash to throw around, Bruichladdich's cask strength Port Charlotte line (5yr - 8yr) is full of win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dk_alaskan View Post
    better than JW Red label and other blended Wisky's at the same price point. For a cheap every day drinker, it does the trick. It isn't fancy or special.
    For me it was the taste. I would much rather drink a blend like JWR or Dewars over that shit. I don't know... for some reason that stuff just didn't sit right going down with me and I like pretty much everything. I started spiking ginger ale with it (I know, sinful) but it was the only way that bottle was going to get finished.

    But taste is as subjective a topic as anything...

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    I raided the company bottle of Glenfiddich a couple of weeks ago. So good!

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    A fuck I love scotch. Just polished off the last of a bottle of Balvenie. This is is a good thread.

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