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Favorite whisk(e)y, Bourbon or Rye...?

Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by MagnaWolf, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Kilted1

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    I tried some of my father-in-law's moonshine a time or three. He made wine at home and now and then a batch would go bad. So he'd run it through a "concentrator" :agree: The resulting white brandy had great nose, like you'd just want to crawl into the glass and have a nap. The first sip tastes like kerosene. Second sip isn't so bad, Third sip and on, you don't really care, your tongue and half your face is already numb and you're not going anywhere for a while.
     
  2. chrisjackson

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    Me and my girlfriend spent last weekend in Edinburgh and sampled a fair few single malts! Great weekend. My favourite single malt is the Old Pulteney 12 yrs, partial to a 15 yr old Dalwhinnnie too. I'm looking forward to tasting the 15 and 18 yr old Glenfiddich miniatures that my girlfriend's father bought me for Christmas.

    +1 on the Balvenie DoubleWood too. Excellent malt.
     
  3. kertap75

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    I'll have to try that Balvenie. I need to restock my cabinet after the holidays lol. I agree with you on the Johnie Walker. All of their labels seem a bit pricey for blends
     
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    Pendleton, Gentlemen Jack, and Jack Daniels
     
  5. MatBlack

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    Wild Turkey 101 and Old Grandad 114.
     
  6. chmsam

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    With some whiskey (and whisky -- everyone know there's a difference?) if you add water to it the flavor will open up quite a bit. Laphroaig is one of those. Way less than a teaspoon makes a huge difference. No, it isn't always sacrilegious to add a bit of water. Tasters often add as much as 50% water to the glass. It's not just the water it's made with that makes a difference (but that's the most important thing IMHO).

    Like with beer, you don't need to have glasses made for specific drinks but it does make a difference. Try Laphroaig with just a tiny bit of water and served in a Glencairn nosing glass and you'll see how interesting it can be. (Ah, for the days when I drank and had a bit of money leftover...)

    Single malts, malts, and bonded, Oh, my! There's a lot to learn. Check out Malt Advocate magazine and the single malt guide by Michael Jackson (no, not that one -- the one who wrote extensively about beer and whisk(e)y). Also, groups like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society can open your eyes and your tastebuds.

    If you like Islay single malts like Laphroaig you should save up your money and try Lagavulin.

    Some others from Islay:

    Ardbeg
    Bruichladdich
    Bunnahahain
    and Bowmore

    There are others.

    Smalll batch Bourbons:

    Knob Creek
    Bookers
    Bakers
    Basil Haydens
    Woodford Reserve
    and almost anything Van Winkle

    Someone once told me that if you drink less, you can drink wayyyyy better.
     
  7. lovely_spam

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    Some of my favorites:

    Bourbon: Wild Turkey 101, Buffalo Trace
    Rye: Sazerac, Bulleit
    Whiskey: Laphroaig 10, Lagavulin 16

    Scotch I usually drink on special occasions, and I prefer the Sazerac Rye for an everyday pour. WT 101 goes in the flask for cold days outside.
     
  8. FelixTheCat

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    Jack Daniels would be my adult beverage of choice.
     
  9. Fukurai
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    +1 to that, the 16 years Lagavulin was the best bottle we had in the house, I think it lasted for over 5 years, more 8 or 9 or even more, got it from a holiday in Scotland. Best whiskey I've ever drunk.
     
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    For me none.
     
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    Knob Creek or Crown Royal Black usually. Just tried a bottle of Makers 46....nice.
     
  12. dewildeman

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    Knob Creek is my current fav, just got another bottle for Christmas. I also like Bushmills and good ol' Jack Daniels. I just started to try different whiskeys a couple of years ago and only get 2-3 bottles a year. I've got a looong way to go. :laugh:
     
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    Single malt - Tomintoul 16yr old

    Bourbon - Makers Mark
     
  14. grayman

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    Enjoying a glass of Johnny Walker Blue at this very moment.
     
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    Can there be a favorite? I'm not sure. I'm also not sure y'all can compete with my Christmas present from my cuz! Thanks cuz!

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  16. ScottAW

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    Never pick a favorite, enjoy them all. But

    Makers mark
    Bookers
    Bulleit rye
    Woodford
     
  17. LivingUpNorth

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    My current go-to bourbon is W.L.Weller; I enjoy the sweetness. When I have a little extra cash, I go for Eagle Rare, Maker's Mark, or Knob Creek.

    Has anyone done the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky? I've always wanted to do it when I go to visit my folks, but never make plans in time.
     
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    Naw...I live here. We don't do that stuff here. ;D
     
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    Buffalo Trace , Eagle Rare Neat
     
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