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  • Scotch

    17 62.96%
  • Irish

    8 29.63%
  • Canadian

    4 14.81%
  • Bourbon

    8 29.63%
  • Other

    2 7.41%
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    Long before I understood anything about Scotch, mainly a bourbon and tequila fan, a liquor distributor friend would give me bottles of those he represented. He gave me a bottle of Laphroaig 10 year old Scotch to try. I knew nothing so I take it home and give it a try. Ugh, it was like drinking smoke and the dead embers from a fire. When he asked how it was I told him horrible. He then told me that, at that time, it was the biggest selling Scotch in the U.S. When I asked how that could be he told me this and I love to repeat it..." it is a big seller to the older crowd who have lost their taste buds and need something strong to wake them up." That wasn't me, as I was 47, yet the bottle still sits there 15 years later missing less than 1/2 shot of Scotch. Time to try again at 62..... nah my taste buds are still young.
    Peat is generally an acquired taste. The smokiness comes from how the malt is dried. In Islay, the dried peat is used as the fuel to heat the floor to dry to malted barley, and the smoke infuses itself into the grain and then imparts that flavor into the distillation.

    I'd recommend the following (affordable) training path to peatdom:

    Dalwhinnie 15 (light flavor and light smokiness)
    Highland Park 12 (fairly complex flavors that balances the medium smokiness)
    Bowmore 12 (moderate complexity with medium smokiness, so the peat takes on a stronger starring role)
    Laphroaig 10 (minor complexity with strong smokiness, so the peat is the star of the show)
    Adbeg 10 (light flavor with intense smokiness - lick an ashtray and compare)

    I like trying peated, sherry casked offerings. Thus, while Ardbeg 10 should sit on your shelf for its shock value, I wouldn't sip it. However, Ardbeg Ugeidail is extra matured in sherry casks - the additional age tones down the peat and offers up some complexity to balance out the peat, and it is a sipping scotch IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shek View Post
    What's your budget and do your taste buds have any no-go terrain?
    Last time, we cleared $600Cdn easy but that was two years ago and we pretty well want to experience everything.
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    You need to come to a real whisky bar: http://jackrosediningsaloon.com/.
    "So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand." Thucydides 1.20.3

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    Brother brought this back from Taiwan. It was smooth but the near 58% cask strength was quite....burning on the way down.
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    Scotland rules !!!

    If you guys happen to visit Edinburgh, an absolute must-see is The Canny Man's Pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shek View Post
    The Dalwhinnie 15 has a very "pure" finish, which is almost refreshing. It's certainly at the opposite end of the Lagavulin in terms of complexity. However, the distiller's edition is extra matured in a sherry cask, so I'm curious to explore how this changes its character. As for the Lagavulin, I'm not a cigar smoker, but I still liked it very much the time I did have a dram or two. First world problems!
    For anybody who enjoys sherry casked scotches and peaty scotches, the Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition is a must have. I had a bottle gifted to me, and it's mucho bueno!
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    I think I will be giving this a try next time I go home for a visit.

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    A review.

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    I just returned from about three weeks west of the Rockies, and the jet lag is worse than usual. Staying hydrated during and particularly after an 18 hour air journey is very important to minimizing the effects of long distance travel.

    Fortunately, single malt whiskys are mostly water ...

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    A house guest left a bottle as a thank-you.

    Kavalan "Soloist"
    Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky
    57.1% by volume
    about 110-120 in the UK

    Distilled June 12, 2009 from barrel No. 9
    Bottled February 10, 2017 at 15:10
    Probably too much information ... but, needless to say, he will be welcome back any time.

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