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#1 eulogy

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:53 PM

About two years ago I posted a thread asking people to recommend me Bob Dylan albums. The past two years have been pretty damn terrible. So forget about Dylan albums, recommend me some decent whisk(e)ys to check out. If your idea of great whisk(e)y is Jack Daniel's or Johnny Walker Red Label, then you needn't bother posting. There's plenty of other "wtf omg im so drunk on bacardi breezer" topics for you to post in.

I'd especially like some recommendations for decent Irish whiskey. Again, if your idea of "great whiskey" is regular blended Jameson, don't bother. I've fairly recently discovered some great Scottish single malts, and seeing as how I work with three Irish MDs as well as having been to Ireland twice but never having visited Scotland, I'd like to discover the Irish equivalent to these Scotches. I'm not completely opposed to blends, but I do very much prefer the single malts. To give you an idea of my preference: in the single malt category, I tend to stick pretty closely to the Islays, and I generally prefer a pretty strong flavour, e.g. Laproaig- and Lagavulin-style whiskys. Having said that, the best scotch I ever had was not an Islay, but was a Dalmore.

As far as Japanese & Canadian whisky and American whiskey goes (and for the love of god, would you anglophones agree on a single spelling already?), I like some Japanese whisky, but they all taste like middle-class blends to me; I've never had any Canadian whisky; and I don't like bourbon. That is, I've never had any decent bourbon: my experiences with bourbon are limited to the cheaper varieties of Four Roses and Jim Beam, neither of which I was especially fond of. That's an euphemism for saying that I strongly disliked both of them.

So. Nothing much left to say. Recommend me some decent whisk(e)y.
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:54 PM

For Gods Sake, stay away from Canadian whiskey.



Also, I've never gone wrong with Glenfiddich.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:58 PM

let me get this straight...you start off by saying you hated the last time we gave you advice then move on to limit the suggestions we're supposedly allowed to give you this time? What's my motivation here?
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:59 PM

I'm a fan of Laphroaig. I'm not a big whiskey-drinker, preferring connoisseur-grade moonshine and even able to drink Ten High or Old Crow in a pinch, but when I buy whiskey I buy Laphroaig.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (Major_Major_ @ Jun 10 2009, 11:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
let me get this straight...you start off by saying you hated the last time we gave you advice then move on to limit the suggestions we're supposedly allowed to give you this time? What's my motivation here?


My first sentence had absolutely nothing to do with my second sentence. I liked the Dylan suggestions just fine, it's just the past two years have been a bit of a bumpy ride.

As for your motivation: damnit man, it's your goddamn duty as a man to help another man drown his sorrows.

GiG: Glenfiddich is pretty good indeed, but doesn't hold a candle (is that even the right English expression?) to some of the lesser-known single malts. I'll give you this though: the one advantage Glenfiddich has, is that it's one of the few single malts that is easily available in regular bars.
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:15 PM

Hey man. Having no money I've yet to experience a particularly fine Irish whiskey. You may want to try Bushmills 10/16/21 year or Bushmills Black Bush, the former pretty common and affordable yet not too bad.

EDIT: Having researched further I believe Black Bush is a blend. Sorry.

Edited by jumping_jack_splash, 10 June 2009 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:16 PM

glenlivet. yeah i know it's scottish. f*ck you rob roy.
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:21 PM

You can't go far wrong with Bushmills.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:37 PM

Currently I have a bottle of Talisker which I don't think I'd want again. It's quite distinctive especially the after-taste, but not my cup of tea really.

J&B Rare was alright IRC - quite cheap too.

Irish... dunno.
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 02:39 PM


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 04:18 PM


In seriousness:

Bushmills 10 year single malt.
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:13 PM

Whats your budget man?

American id go Makers Mark, Wild Turkey, Elijah Craig, if you can afford it, Basil Haydens.

Scotch id go Glenfiddich, or if you can afford it, Glenmorangie, Glenkinchie, or Top shelf Glenfiddich...

Irish Ive only had regular Jameson, an Tullamore Dew which was ok.

Canadian, all Ive had is Canadian Club, eh its ok.

No real experience with Asian whiskey, I had a bottle that had cool samurai armor on it but I don't remember what it was called. Was ok.


I think the Americans got it right with bourbon, its my pick out of all the whiskeys. Cant beat a good bourbon.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:47 AM

Oh Dear. I need to save this thread.

If you are fond of Lagavulin & Laphroiag then you should probably check out Ardbeg, Caol Isla or Bruichladich. Bunnahabain is also Islay but its kind of alien to the region in that it feels much more like a Speyside.

In general i would stay away from the common names like Macallen, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Glenfiddoch. Infact an old freind of mine once told me to stay away from anything with glen in the name. Although I largely concur there are some exceptions such as glenfarclas and glendronach.

Other interesting ones that are always worth a drop are Edradour, Talisker and Craggenmore (the speyside that the whisky drinker takes instead of Macallen).
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:42 AM

QUOTE (gravity @ Jun 11 2009, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh Dear. I need to save this thread.

If you are fond of Lagavulin & Laphroiag then you should probably check out Ardbeg, Caol Isla or Bruichladich. Bunnahabain is also Islay but its kind of alien to the region in that it feels much more like a Speyside.

In general i would stay away from the common names like Macallen, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Glenfiddoch. Infact an old freind of mine once told me to stay away from anything with glen in the name. Although I largely concur there are some exceptions such as glenfarclas and glendronach.

Other interesting ones that are always worth a drop are Edradour, Talisker and Craggenmore (the speyside that the whisky drinker takes instead of Macallen).


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:13 AM

QUOTE (gravity @ Jun 11 2009, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you are fond of Lagavulin & Laphroiag then you should probably check out Ardbeg, Caol Isla or Bruichladich. Bunnahabain is also Islay but its kind of alien to the region in that it feels much more like a Speyside.

In general i would stay away from the common names like Macallen, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Glenfiddoch. Infact an old freind of mine once told me to stay away from anything with glen in the name. Although I largely concur there are some exceptions such as glenfarclas and glendronach.


You've said pretty much everything I would have so I'll have to just give this the ol' "+1".

Also, Talisker is a favorite.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:52 AM

I dunno what its like where you guys are from, but in Australia you can get the standard 12 year Glenfiddich for about $40, up to the 30 year (Solera reserve?) for $300ish. Glenmorangie, Glenkinchie are rarish and go for about $90-$100. I haven't even heard of let alone taste a few of the others mentioned, but these appear to be premium level whiskies. To compare with bourbon, Jim beam is $35ish, Jack is $45ish. We get taxed hard.

The common names do have good premium tier whiskey.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:51 PM

This stuff is ALWAYS amazing...




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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:26 PM



tasty stuff there


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:28 PM

Jaysus...you serious?

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 06:31 PM

yup. tasty with a splash of water and a couple ice cubes. if i feel gay i put some lemon zest in it.

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