BlindLemonLars said:+1 on the cigar, they are a natural companion to a good scotch. Still, I find I'm smoking fewer and fewer...not as much opportunity these days.
Hard to find?EdWort said:I love the peaty smokey flavor of Islay scotches, but a 15 year old MacCallan is mighty tasty too.
Another awesome favorite is Isle of Jura Superstition. Very nice and highly recommended.
MULE said:Hard to find?
That sounds real nice. I hope I can get my hands on a bottle some day.EdWort said:Yeah, I used to buy it Duty Free in Schipol Amsterdam till the dollar fell through the floor.
I special order it now from my good friend at the neighborhood liquor store.
I like 12yr Glenlevit for the flower/wet finish.Thirdeye said:Im getting into Scotch. Almost finished with my first ever bottle. 12 yr Glenlevit. A friend of mine recommended the Isle of Jura as well. How much does a bottle of that stuff run? I might try it next.
Thirdeye said:Im getting into Scotch. Almost finished with my first ever bottle. 12 yr Glenlevit. A friend of mine recommended the Isle of Jura as well. How much does a bottle of that stuff run? I might try it next.
I had a blind scotch tasting at my house (two guest were English, another Scottish) and out of 8 tastings, the Superstition was picked as the favorite.MULE said:What does it taste like?
Two styles of spirit from Jura distillery are combined to produce this stunning, beautifully balanced single malt. Heavily peated younger malt and older Jura making a great alternative for Islay fans, in sexy packaging too!
jds said:If I'm ordering scotch at a restaurant or bar, Macallan 12 is my usual. I've also really enjoyed Auchentoshan and Oban when I've had them, as well as Glenmorangie Cellar 13, which as far as I know, is only available in duty-free stores.
I've had the younger Isle of Jura, and didn;t think much of it -- I;d love to try the superstition some day.
Anybody like the Port and Maderia aged scotches? After a good meal, I'd rather have one of those than dessert.
fifelee said:I got hooked on Balvenie while living in Edinburgh.
Danny013 said:I'm such a scotch n00b. I've always wanted to get into it and start tasting/learning, but the ante is a bit steep to get into the game.
Anyway, anyone got any good reccommendations? The Islay stuff sounds good - and intruiging - to me; I'd like to delve into that realm first. I've read that some, like Laphroaig, are a bit much and an acquired taste, so are there any single malts that are a little easier on the palate but still have that oily, peaty, iodine, salty taste?
Also, what is the preferred method of drinking a single malt (told ya I was a n00b...)? Rocks? Neat? Any preferred drinking glass, or will a standard old-fashioned rocks glass work just fine?
Cost is a factor too, I'm on a college budget, so nothing horribly expensive, lol.
Thanks for the insight!
You lose a lot of taste characteristics in the whiskey when you add ice. I would be a little upset if I saw someone add ice to a good single malt. But, so you know I am not a total a$$hole.... I don't like harsh smokey flavors in my scotch. I would probably add a little ice to water that taste down a bit.Thirdeye said:I found that starting out on the rocks helps smooth out the rough edges until you get drunk enough not to care, then you go neat
You lose a lot of taste characteristics in the whiskey when you add ice. I would be a little upset if I saw someone add ice to a good single malt. But, so you know I am not a total a$$hole.... I don't like harsh smokey flavors in my scotch. I would probably add a little ice to water that taste down a bit.
I've never read that before.MikeFlynn74 said:Not true- Everything ive ever read says add up to 50% water to open up the flavor.
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