Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by Alex MacDonald, Dec 31, 2016.
Grangestone scotch, aged in bourbon casks
At last, a series I can relate to.
On the 1-10 ranking, yes, single malts of the more production variety rank in my mind with some of the better blends. Of the blends, I've always loved Johnnie Walker, but currently I'm on a Famous Grouse kick, and yes, my daily driver is Clan McGregor, high volume, decent flavor, popularly priced.
Of the singles, I really can't rank them...it's like trout, they're all cool. I've not tried some on these lists (I love a challenge!) but I favor big flavor generally, Laphroiag, Oban, etc. My current favorite is Clynelish, I bought a bottle for my brother and after tasting it bought one for me, very expensive day. I recommend it for those of you who like big flavor...peaty, salty, but not as big as stronger scotches.
As to irish, you may like Redbreast. As to ryes, well, now, that's another discussion. As to bourbons, you'll get no competition from me, I'll have a gin instead.
Nice, is that in the Man Cave you built?
Oban 14 and lately the Lagavulian 16 are in my cabinet. As far as bourbon goes I found the Woodford reserve to be very nice.
Yes sir, it is.
Thank you for noticing. too.
Bunnahabhain 12 year - 9 out of 10.
Aberlour A'Bunadh. - 9 1/2
Aberlour 12 year - 8
Lagavulin 16. - 9
Springbank 10 - 8
Ardbeg Ten. - 8
Agree with the poster aboutTrader Joes Finlaggin, good stuff! I give it an 8.
I agree with a lot of folks ratings. I tend to like the peaty side of the Scotch world. My favorite is probably Lagavulin 16 (love this stuff), but enjoy Laphroig, Ardbeg 10. I like some of the non-peaty stuff too and The MacAllan tends to get my attention there, especially the Fine Oak series.
Some of my best lists:
Best American Single Malt (peaty) - McCarthy's. Comes out or Oregon and frankly I've put it side by side with Lagavulin 16 and it stands very well in that company. If you've not tried it, do.
Best Blend - Black Bottle. Google it, has a great story behind the bottle. Love it with a couple of rocks on a summer night and a Cohiba
Best Bottle I currently own: Toss up between Longrow 18 (Springbank distillery - somewhat hard to get) and a yet-opened bottle of 20 year old CWC Highland my son got me for my birthday
Best Scotch I've ever bought: Bunnahabhain 24 bottled by Berry's. Was like drinking butter, I swear.
Well now I feel like a collector lol. I belong to a Scotch drinking group and thought I'd pull all my bottles down to see what I had and to take a pic. More than I had thought. Outside the Talisker I take a dram off each occasionally.
...and it's Daschofsky for the win! The crowd goes wild!
Best I've had are the Caol Ila 18 and the Bruichladdich 1989 Full Strength. Favorite readily available is the Ardbeg 10. If I want a Speyside I usually go Cragganmore. Had a glass of Ardbeg Supernova once but it was over the top.
I'm surprised Breck hasn't chimed in on this one! I'll throw in my 2 cents...
Everyday go to...
Balvenie 14 Carribean Cask
Oban Distillers Edition
Mortlach Rare and Old
Which one can I use for cooking?
I'll second the redbreast here! I've had both the 12 and 15 year, and the 12 is better in my opinion. I love Irish whiskey more than any other kind. The quiet man, redbreast, and teelings (spelling?) are my favorites. Also a sucker for some good bourbon any time as well though. I work at a whiskey bar too. Life is good
Damn, how did I miss this whole thread. For some local stuff, Westland brewing, "America whiskey", is worth a look. "Reasonably" priced for some of those mentioned.
For my not share with non scotch drinkers, Highland Park, and others. For those that drink scotch, the bar is open.
I've got your 78 Pride for you Alex.. come pick it up tomorrow, I'm in at 10am.