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Old 11-19-2022, 11:01 PM   #1
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Tried scotch for the first time this week when a colleague ordered Laphroaig at a dinner and it was delicious. I picked up a bottle of the 10 year on my way home the same evening. Considering I know absolutely nothing scotch and the Laphroaig 10 was the first and still only one Iíve tasted, are they all so smoky? Saw they also offer an 18 year, anyone had both - if so, curious to know how they compare. From those who also enjoy the Laphroaig, any others worth trying?
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:03 PM   #2
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Just finish off this bottle and get you a new bottle Monday. By the end of the year you should have a good idea what you like.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:05 PM   #3
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I am partial to The Famous Grouse . I do not care for the Laphroaig, I prefer the Balvenie or Macallen. Try a few and experiment with ice, water or neat and find one that works for you.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:09 PM   #4
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Like drinking an ash tray lol.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:11 PM   #5
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Itís an acquired taste. Iíd say, unfortunately for me and more than 30 years into a passion for scotch. My love for this beast is nearly 1k per bottle. NeatÖ


Stick to blends and basic singles


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Old 11-19-2022, 11:14 PM   #6
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Laphroaig is one of the smokier ones from Islay (which is a region known for heavy peat). Try a MacAllen, glenfiddich, or something like that.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:18 PM   #7
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Like drinking an ash tray lol.

LoL, the first sip I had I compared it to drinking a campfire. I like my analogy better.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:43 PM   #8
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Man, I can't stand lafrog...try Caol Ila 12yr to see if that suits. I'm a tequila / Bourbon guy, but CI12 is one I can enjoy sipping.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:44 PM   #9
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I’m a Balvenie or Glenmorangie guy…Oban is really good as well.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:45 PM   #10
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:55 AM   #11
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If you've decided you like islays or peatier scotches, but Laphroaig is a little too smokey, give bruichladdich a shot. It seems to float the gap for me.

I like all scotch, so ymmv.
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:10 AM   #12
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I am partial to The Famous Grouse . I do not care for the Laphroaig, I prefer the Balvenie or Macallen. Try a few and experiment with ice, water or neat and find one that works for you.
The Famous Grouse is a good everyday scotch. Iíve drank a ton of the red bird, I bet I still have some stashed away somewhere at the farm.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:28 AM   #13
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https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/sc...ll/p/192980750

This is my favorite one so far. Very smooth.
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:26 AM   #14
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Flavored vary with the region it was produced in. I like Speyside- not very Smokey and prefer sherry cask finished. Macallan is the standard there, but Iíve had others I like as well.


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Old 11-20-2022, 08:37 AM   #15
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I’m no expert, but Oban is pretty good.
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Old 11-20-2022, 10:48 AM   #16
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I use their tape sometimes
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Old 11-20-2022, 10:53 AM   #17
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My taste of scotch is very narrow.
Glanfarclas or Glennfiddich, both are great. Glenfarclas is or can be a little pricey, but very good, smooth as silk.
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Old 11-20-2022, 10:57 AM   #18
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This is my favorite one so far. Very smooth.
Exactly the brand I was going to chime in with. Glenlivet is my go to when it comes to somewhat readily available Scotch. The 12 year is good, if you can find 17 year or up, itís even better but that has gotten pretty pricey over the past 10 or so years.
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Old 11-20-2022, 11:45 AM   #19
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can't stand Islay scotches - they all taste like iodine to me ::YUCK::

Personal favorites in the scotch world of mine are:

Balvenie 12 year double wood
Glennmorangie 10 year (a great "cheap" single malt that punches above its price point)
Any of the Glenlivets - all easy drinkers
Glenfiddich 14 year Oak Cask
GlenDronach 12 year single malt
Any of the Macallans are great as well

All of these are going to fall into the Highland, Speyside regionals - which I prefer. They won't have the smoke that Islays do, but they will have a malty sweetness and a shorter finish to them which I prefer

Welcome to the world of Scotch, so many things to try, and so few livers
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Old 11-20-2022, 11:47 AM   #20
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Yes, I've tried Laphroaig 10, 18, 'Cask Strength', and Select.
The 10-year is still my 'go to' over the slightly higher priced other Laphroaig options.
I do like the smoky peat !
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Old 11-20-2022, 11:50 AM   #21
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Glenmorangie is my favorite.

Dewers when I'm waiting on the paycheck.
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Old 11-20-2022, 11:56 AM   #22
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i have try all kinds. it all taste like burnt whiskey to me.
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:04 PM   #23
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A good cask finished Highland scotch is my preferred libation when I'm enjoying my favorite cigar. Glenmorangie 14yr, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Whisky, Dalmore 12 and Tomatin 12 are my go to's that don't break the bank. Stay with Highland scotches to get away from woody and smoky flavors. Sherry or Port wine cask finished are best with a good cigar.
Dalmore straight up!
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:15 PM   #24
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Something I found while in Virginia is the Glenlivet 14.
I like it a lot.
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:20 PM   #25
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can't stand Islay scotches - they all taste like iodine to me ::YUCK::

I've only had the Laphroaig 10, but I couldn't drink it.
I did a "custom blend" with it, "marrying" it with some Johnny Walker red, which I don't really care for.
It turned out not that bad.
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:20 PM   #26
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I dont like the really smokey ones. Like the others suggested, macallen is great. I also like the Dalmore quite a bit
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:57 PM   #27
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Islay Scotches are peatier than highland or speyside scotches. This is because the peat that is burned to dry out the malted barley smolders more in the islands than other areas. Just how a campfire at the beach is smokier than a campfire in the mountains. Laphroid is one of the peatier Islay Scotches.

Another peaty Isley scotch I like is Arbeg 10 year or Arbeg Wee Beastie
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:00 PM   #28
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:16 PM   #29
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Nothing like a good ole bottle of Clan MacGregor.

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Old 11-20-2022, 01:23 PM   #30
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Glenlivet or Glenmangie
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:24 PM   #31
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Sheep dip, vatted whiskey is pretty good for the price $50

Stuff like famous grouse is like drinking whiskey strained through a dirty sock!! price imo makes a difference on scotch whisky

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Old 11-20-2022, 01:32 PM   #32
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A good cask finished Highland scotch is my preferred libation when I'm enjoying my favorite cigar. Glenmorangie 14yr, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Whisky, Dalmore 12 and Tomatin 12 are my go to's that don't break the bank. Stay with Highland scotches to get away from woody and smoky flavors. Sherry or Port wine cask finished are best with a good cigar.
Dalmore straight up!
Iím guessing aging them in a Sherry or Port Wine cask makes them slightly sweeter?
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:34 PM   #33
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Sheep dip, vatted whiskey is pretty good for the price $50

Stuff like famous grouse is like drinking whiskey strained through a dirty sock price imo makes a difference on scotch whisky
Blasphemy !!
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Try some Macallan. I enjoyed all of theirs back when I could.

Gout took that pleasure away just a couple years ago.
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Old 11-20-2022, 02:01 PM   #35
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Nothing like a good ole bottle of Clan MacGregor.

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Something tells me this guy thinks Sunnybrook is a fine whisky!
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Old 11-20-2022, 03:36 PM   #36
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Try Aberlour. Small Distillery in Speyside Scotland. It can be found at Specs.
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Old 11-20-2022, 03:53 PM   #37
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Another vote for Balvenie 12 year doublewood.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:02 PM   #38
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I’m guessing aging them in a Sherry or Port Wine cask makes them slightly sweeter?
It can. It can also add spice, vanilla, earth, and citrus notes. Chardonnay is a great finisher for Speys if you just want mellow sweetness aka honey. Ive had Caribbean Rum cask finished scotch thats pretty ****ed good.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:03 PM   #39
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Another one I like is Springbank. It's from It's own region of "Campbelltown".
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:06 PM   #40
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OP stick around the 12 yr range of Speys or Highland Malts. 12 seems to be the magic sweet spot. From there its decreased marginal utility. For example I give you the attached. Im sure its tasty af but obviously not worth the price.
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OP stick around the 12 yr range of Speys or Highland Malts. 12 seems to be the magic sweet spot. From there its decreased marginal utility. For example I give you the attached. Im sure its tasty af but obviously not worth the price.
At 25k I'd probably cry every time I drank it.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:21 PM   #42
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Has anyone tried Bruichladdich Black Art?
They made a movie about it.
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:41 PM   #43
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Another vote for The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year

It's a Speyside so not as smoky. About $50-60/ bottle
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In light of the last pic, can anyone recommend a good whisky ice ball maker?
I got a double one from HEB (IIRC) and i have to really bust it open to get my balls out.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:46 PM   #46
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I got mine during the Holidays when they do the boxed sets with glasses. I think it was Dewars that had the soft silicon ice ball maker.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:48 PM   #47
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In light of the last pic, can anyone recommend a good whisky ice ball maker?
I got a double one from HEB (IIRC) and i have to really bust it open to get my balls out.

I normally buy bagged ice balls but the silicone one my wife bought me last Christmas does well in a pinch




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$25000, scotch! Thats impressive…made my mouth water
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Old 11-21-2022, 10:21 AM   #49
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I am partial to The Famous Grouse . I do not care for the Laphroaig, I prefer the Balvenie or Macallen. Try a few and experiment with ice, water or neat and find one that works for you.
Famous Grouse is the most popular scotch in Scotland.
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In light of the last pic, can anyone recommend a good whisky ice ball maker?
I got a double one from HEB (IIRC) and i have to really bust it open to get my balls out.
I hate busting my balls
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