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Old 12-31-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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I am thinking I'd like to diversify my experiences with liquor. I drink mostly beer, and occasionally some crown. I want to try some scotch, but have no clue where to start. Anyone want to suggest a quality, affordable scotch to start out with?

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I am thinking I'd like to diversify my experiences with liquor. I drink mostly beer, and occasionally some crown. I want to try some scotch, but have no clue where to start. Anyone want to suggest a quality, affordable scotch to start out with?
If you haven't had Scotch before, it's not a bad idea to start with the blended ones. Dewar's, Johnny Walker Red, etc. From there, if you decide you like Scotch it's worth exploring the different areas where Scotches are made. For example, Islay Scotch (i.e. Laphroaig) is very smoky from the peat used. Speyside produces a sweeter more grassy Scotch. I would say if you like the taste of the blends try something like The Glenlivet ("Any Glen" - Mikey from Swingers). That's a decent single malt that won't break the bank.

Personally my favorites are The MacAllan 12 year, Laphroaig, and Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or. Very different styles, but all very tasty.
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Before buying a bottle I suggest going out to try a few different ones. Low, medium, and higher-end type of thing. It's a WAY different flavor than Crown, or other whiskey/whiskys.

What defines affordable?

FWIW, The Macallan 12 is one I have for guests, although I don't particularly care for Scotch myself; more of an Irish whiskey man. In the latter I try to keep a bottle of Redbreast 12 and or Bushmills 16 on hand, which are quite different from each other.

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I would definitely suggest Johnny Walker Black if you are buying a bottle for the house. When it comes to single malts you need to go to a bar that has lots of scotches and bartenders that know the differences. If you have an Irish pub nearby that would be a good place to start.

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Before buying a bottle I suggest going out to try a few different ones. Low, medium, and higher-end type of thing. It's a WAY different flavor than Crown, or other whiskey/whiskys.

That defines affordable?

FWIW, The Macallan 12 is one I have for guests, although I don't particularly care for Scotch myself; more of an Irish whisky man. In the latter I try to keep a bottle of Redbreast 12 and or Bushmills 16 on hand, which are quite different from each other.

Agreed. Irish whiskey is tremendous as well. Especially Redbreast.
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I am thinking I'd like to diversify my experiences with liquor. I drink mostly beer, and occasionally some crown. I want to try some scotch, but have no clue where to start. Anyone want to suggest a quality, affordable scotch to start out with?
I love scotch! My daily drink is Clan MacGregor which is a cheap, blended scotch that comes in a green plastic 1.75L bottle. If you are looking to try something a bit higher in quality, go for something like The Glenlivet, The MacAllan, or Aberlour. They all make single malts that are not terribly smoky or peaty, but still have a great single malt flavour profile. If you want to try a real peaty, smoky scotch get a bottle if Laphroaig. That is like being hit in the mouth with a block of peat. I like it, but only in small amounts and only a few times a year. As far as price goes, if you are paying for Crown, the price of a decent single malt or blended will not be a shock.

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I would definitely suggest Johnny Walker Black if you are buying a bottle for the house. When it comes to single malts you need to go to a bar that has lots of scotches and bartenders that know the differences. If you have an Irish pub nearby that would be a good place to start.
I like that suggestion. It's just that I live in the middle of nowhere and I don't have a bar like that available. I'll definitely try to hit one up next time I head to the city (I go once a month or so), which for me would be DC/Baltimore area.
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Just be careful when going into an Irish bar asking for Scotch whisky...

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Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or.
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Delicious and pretty reasonable. Very approachable for a new scotch drinker too. I got my father (who typically only drinks red wine) a bottle of this for his bar and he's hooked now.
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Before buying a bottle I suggest going out to try a few different ones. Low, medium, and higher-end type of thing. It's a WAY different flavor than Crown, or other whiskey/whiskys.

What defines affordable?

FWIW, The Macallan 12 is one I have for guests, although I don't particularly care for Scotch myself; more of an Irish whisky man. In the latter I try to keep a bottle of Redbreast 12 and or Bushmills 16 on hand, which are quite different from each other.
Thanks man. I know that Crown and Scotch don't taste the same. I guess I was just trying to say that's all I really drink outside of beer at this point. I don't have any friends that drink Scotch and only a few that drink beer that isn't BMC. You guys are always a good source of ideas.
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