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Old 09-27-2010, 07:48 PM   #11
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I'd say I'm a Scotch beginner as well but I've found I really like 12 year Glenfidich. When it comes to Bourbon, Woodford Reserve beats everything I've tried hands down.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:05 PM   #12
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One at a time:

1) Do not ice or dilute (unless drinking a cask strength). Neat is the way to appreciate a good scotch. Anything that requires ice to be able to tolerate is not worth ole Randar's time or the calories. Tasting it neat will allow you to actually taste and smell the full character of the whiskey. Icing it just hides aspects of the whiskey that are otherwise lacking.
I think this is just being an EAC. Most people that are new to liquor in general that isn't in a cocktail will have trouble just sipping on something straight. Diluting a little will make it more palatable for them. Most people you could give them a great and a terrible scotch and they wouldn't be able to tell much a difference just because of the alochol. Dilute and or chill it some and more people are able to enjoy just sipping on it and then start to notice more individual flavors. This goes for all spirts.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:28 PM   #13
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Start out with a six pack of beer. Then its a bit more tolerable.

Sorry to not add anything productive. I have tried for years to develope a taste for scotch. I just cannot adjust to it.

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #14
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You might try finding a bar that stocks a good selection and has bartender(s) knowledgable about what's available, and getting on friendly terms with them. Even if you are paying more on a per-shot basis you're still saving money if the goal is to get a broader understanding of what's out there.

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #15
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Start looking into bourbon. $30 is just a bad price point for Scotch in my opinion. If you are willing to spend look into Scotch. Otherwise, some really good bourbons can be had for a much lower price.

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:41 PM   #16
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I think this is just being an EAC.
Sorry, not familiar with this acronym and figured you weren't talking about an Exact Audio Copy... what is EAC?

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:47 PM   #17
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I just started to experiment with scotch. I really dig the very peaty stuff. Although one of my favorite ways to have scotch, which will surely make any scotch snob cringe, is 2 parts scotch, 2 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1 part simple syrup. Shaken and served over ice.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
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Sorry, not familiar with this acronym and figured you weren't talking about an Exact Audio Copy... what is EAC?
Oh, no you don't get off that easy. You've got to figure it out for yourself. It's like an initiation ritual.

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:52 PM   #19
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I just started to experiment with scotch. I really dig the very peaty stuff. Although one of my favorite ways to have scotch, which will surely make any scotch snob cringe, is 2 parts scotch, 2 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1 part simple syrup. Shaken and served over ice.
I believe that's called a Choking Scotsman.

 
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #20
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Oh, no you don't get off that easy. You've got to figure it out for yourself. It's like an initiation ritual.
I'm an experienced alcohol consumer with lots of experience with excessive alcohol consumption...

 
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