Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Flyborg, Nov 18, 2011.
Glenrothes...end of conversation.
Several years ago while on a tour of the UK, the motor couch pulled into what appeared to be an empty lot in a small village in Scotland, save for a dozen or so porta potties. While all the women were qued up, I noticed a bottle shop across the street with a sign proclaiming over 400 varieties. Inside, I discovered they had set up makeshift tables with open bottles of scotch whisky and small plastic cups. Help yourself, free of charge. And if there is anything you care to sample that is not out here, let us know and we will bring it out. :beer1:
Having just come from a week stay on Islay, and sampling some of their whiskeys, there was one I had heard of but had been unable to find. A blend of Islay malts called Black Bottle. The owner disappeared to the back of the store, returning with the Black bottle. I left that store with four different bottles of whisky.
Another whiskey that came highly recommended was Glenfarclas 12 yr old. I once found a bottle of 105 cask strength at an unbelievable price. Must say it was some of the best I've ever had.
Trader Joe's has a fine Ilay single malt called Finlaggan. Interesting bit of history attached to that stuff. We found the place while over there.
I'm with Herl on the Highland Park, a great distillery. A close second for me is The Balvenie.
If you like Lagavulin try McCarthy's Single Malt ... $20 cheaper and equally as good (especially when you consider it is from Oregon and only 3 years old).
Come to the shop tomorrow and can try Speyburn on me!
I also agree with Highland Park and Balvenie Doublewood. Those two are my favorites and I always have a bottle of each in the cupboard. I also like Lagavulin but prefer the other two.
The McCarthy's is an exceptional bargain at it's price. I find it superior to Lagavulin and Jura Prophecy and has the same peat aromas and flavors.
My go to
end of a good day = jim beam
end of a bad day = Maker's mark
holiday = knob creek
special occasion = basil haydens
really special occasion = bookers
Buffalo Trace- A new one for me, and it'll be a keeper. Will probably be my "flask" beverage this winter.
Makers mark- classic, enuff said. I like to make Mint Julips with it when I'm feelin' my roots.
Glenfiddich- a 12 year bottle of the Glen is always good. I consider it a bargain.
Oban- My favorite. Did I mention that it's my favorite?
Famous Grouse is my go to-it seems especially appropriate after an upland bird hunt watching the sun go down. 12 YO Jamesons is also very good. At other times, Woodford Reserve tastes great! Rick
I just bought my first bottle of Buffalo Trace after learning from a bartender it's the less expensive sibling to my favorite, Eagle Rare.
Highland single malts are always a pleasure.
Why do some of you say they're not whiskey?
I'm a big fan of Eagle Rare. It's reeeealy smooth. Best I've ever had.
Most liq's in Seattle sell it.
I'm always glad to drink someone's Maker's Mark or Knob Creek but I can get by happily on Old Rip Van Winkle or Rebel Yell without the lust for something else.
Oh... winter time! good thread!
I love Laphroaig... the flavor is pretty special...
another one is Johnny Walker Blue Label. quite expensive, but every once of awhile I feel I need a small sip...
Crown Royal is my brand of anti-freeze, had some tonight while beach fishing for sea runs! Brrrrrrrrrr-sip-ahhhhhh
Now that I'm no longer limited to the WA State Liquor monopoly, I might try and few of the suggested spirits.
Scotch=whisky (Canadian too?)
Burbon, other American styles and Irish =whiskey
Makers Mark, Dickel, Jim Beam for giving to Old Man when he drives to the Hoh Down. He'll drink your whiskey but still give you an earful.
Stranahans, not easy to come by in these neck of the woods but a great addition to the shelf. Made a bit like scotch, aged like bourbon and a great tasting whiskey. I may be biased though as I just moved here from CO and not cheap but a great company too. You can volunteer at the distillery and they give you a bottle as "payment" after a hard day's work.