dry fly whiskey made in spokane is my fav but hard to find. better than snake river which is better than penlleton which is better than crown. i hear the vodka is worth drinking if you can find it. mike w
i'm also a big fan of Oban 14, thanks to Windtickler who has been kind enough to spot me my first bottle!
Pyrat Rum XO Reserve is also a special treat, it is dark and smokey!
enjoyed some the other night paired with a Tatuaje cigar!
Makers 46 is some fine Bourbon
I also agree with Jerry on the Jameson or Crown is good for regular flask sippin
It noticed during my last trip to Scotland, that folks consumed plenty of both. Here's a statistic for you, though. 94% of all scotch whisky sold worldwide is blended. Every minute, 6 bottles of Johnnie Walker are sold.
One of my hunting buddies was on a tour of Scottish distilleries a couple years ago. At quitting time he asked some of the workers what they drunk when they got home. It was a famous single malt place like Oban. They said they liked Famous Grouse. (which I started drinking after hearing that and I do like it.)
Pendleton just released a new one called 1910, I was told that it is 100% Rye. I purchased a bottle at $40. Pretty tasty.
I agree with Islander, this thread really got me to thinking that I need to try some of the favorites listed here. I have never been a scotch guy, I am a canadian guy. I always thought Chivas was supposed to be a good scotch, but I never cared for it much. I tried Johnnie Walker Black Label and The Glenlivet single malt last weekend. Pretty tasty stuff. I think there will now be a bottle in the cabinet when I feel the urge for something different.
Also agree with Cornbiscuit above, CROWN ROYAL BLACK.
For anyone who wants a good, simple look at the world of Scotch whisky, check out the Traveling Savage blog about Scotland. He put together an easy-to-read, informative mulipart history of Scotch. Here are links to the first 3 parts (I think a 4th installment is planned):
If you like blended Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker in particular, keep an eye out for the new member of the JW family-Johnnie Walker Double Black Label. It's a limited edition release in the US. Over the last year, it has enjoyed great success in the duty-free market. The Double Black is essentially Black Label amplified. All of the richer, peatier, smokier blending whiskies are doubled, resulting in a blend that is more full-flavored and full-bodied than other JW blends. Rich notes of peat, sea salt, and dried fruits dominate the palate and taper off to a nice clean finish.
Not sure if anyone has recommended Knappogue Castle but they make a really nice single malt irish whiskey. I am no scotch/whiskey expert but I think it is really good. It also makes a good gift for the irish whiskey crowd for whom jamesons, bushmills, powers, etc. is not novel enough.