SFR: Best Sippin Whiskey

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  1. herl

    herl Member

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    Not Whiskey (been avoiding the sweet stuff lately..), but my some of my recent expeirences with whisky in the <$40 crowd:

    Very Good:
    Abelour 12 year, $37 - rich and smooth, a little sweet but not bourbon/molasses sweet
    Highland Park 12 year, $37 - So good, smokey, long burn

    Good:
    Tamdu 10 year, $17 - light, smooth, very nice
    Famous Grouse 10 year (blend), $17 - simple, a little smokey, smooth

    Not very good:
    Famous Grouse 12 year (blend), $25 - not bad for a second, but rank/harsh finish. I don't know what to do with this bottle.
    Bowmore 8 year islay, $20 - too flowery? I don't know, it's just not very good. A little water helps.

    Other:
    Pikesville Straight Rye, $9 - Sippable, but makes a great Manhattan if you are in to that.
     
  2. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I prefer your whiskey.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Jim Beam. Nuf said

    I'm also cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    Knob Creek...when I'm feelin' rich

    George Dickel...all the other days
     
  5. MountainTrout

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    For $20, Old Granddad will keep your belly warm and won't put a lot of hurt on your wallet. If you want to stay local, try McCarthy's Single Malt from Oregon - smokey and delicious, but about $50.
     
  6. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Glenrothes...end of conversation.
     
  7. speyfisher

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    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.
     
  8. Dave Boyle

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    I'm with Herl on the Highland Park, a great distillery. A close second for me is The Balvenie.

    Cheers,

    Dave
     
  9. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    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).

    Stew
     
  10. miyawaki

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    Come to the shop tomorrow and can try Speyburn on me!
     
  11. steve s

    steve s Active Member

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    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.
     
  12. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    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.
     
  13. Adam Yost

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    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
     
  14. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Bourbons:
    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.
    Whiskeys:
    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?
     
  15. Rick Todd

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    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