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Old 11-03-2014, 02:17 PM   #1481
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tbh I haven't opened it yet because I am a bit intimidated by it's reputation and hype and I've been getting through my lagavulin and other stuff. planning on opening the gin this week maybe.


Hadn't updated this thread yet, but I bought a bottle a month ago (or more). It's great, at least compared to Tanqueray, which is the only other gin I've had. I like it straight or with tonic water. Hope you like it.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:09 PM   #1482
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So my GF wanted to try scotch. No doubt it came from binging on How I Met Your Mother, and I've always wanted to try it too. So I thought why not, and got a small bottle.

I think I might've fudged up though and got shitty Scotch. I did like 2 minutes of research before I left and all I remembered was "Johnnie Walker" was ok scotch so that's what I got. Turns out Black Label is the good stuff, I got red label which is shitty?

Any tips for drinking crummy scotch like this? I hear ice works or adding water? Idk, I'm a beer guy and I never really drank liquor straight (rum and coke mostly) unless it's a shot.

Or am I just reading too much into and should just drink the stuff and not worry about all that shit?
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:29 PM   #1483
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Adding a small amount of water is quite a popular way to open up the flavours, especially in whiskies that have been bottled at a higher ABV.

A lot of whisky drinkers don't like ice. For one thing, it dilutes the drink as it melts. Others aren't bothered by that. Some prefer whisky rocks instead, you chill them but they're not going to melt in your drink. Personally, I think chilling it kills off some of the flavour so I always have mine room temperature.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. I don't know how good or bad the Red Label is though, since I can't remember if I've ever had it.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:49 PM   #1484
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So my GF wanted to try scotch. No doubt it came from binging on How I Met Your Mother, and I've always wanted to try it too. So I thought why not, and got a small bottle.

I think I might've fudged up though and got shitty Scotch. I did like 2 minutes of research before I left and all I remembered was "Johnnie Walker" was ok scotch so that's what I got. Turns out Black Label is the good stuff, I got red label which is shitty?

Any tips for drinking crummy scotch like this? I hear ice works or adding water? Idk, I'm a beer guy and I never really drank liquor straight (rum and coke mostly) unless it's a shot.

Or am I just reading too much into and should just drink the stuff and not worry about all that shit?


Just drink it. If it is low quality it's not going to be great, but it should still let you know whether you want to spend more of your money on more scotch or not. I'd add a teaspoon of distilled water for every couple of ounces of whiskey.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:06 PM   #1485
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Tried a sip without water. Harsh.

Tried a sip with water. Watered-down harshness.

I imagine this is an acquired taste like beer. Man this is brutal

Trying to just enjoy the taste of it (it actually does taste nice, but the bitterness and harshness and burning of it overwhelms the good flavour, imo). I'm going against all my instincts and taking small sips rather than downing the whole glass (I poured maybe 3 shots worth in a glass). Maybe I'm too uncultured to drink this kind of thing
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:30 PM   #1486
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Tried a sip without water. Harsh.

Tried a sip with water. Watered-down harshness.

I imagine this is an acquired taste like beer. Man this is brutal

Trying to just enjoy the taste of it (it actually does taste nice, but the bitterness and harshness and burning of it overwhelms the good flavour, imo). I'm going against all my instincts and taking small sips rather than downing the whole glass (I poured maybe 3 shots worth in a glass). Maybe I'm too uncultured to drink this kind of thing


Buy better Scotch.

Try Dalwhinnie or Macallan 12, both very smooth spirits.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:44 PM   #1487
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I'm getting a bottle of Haig Dimple for Christmas, but what with having a dedicated shop in the city, are there any good singles you recommend? Preferably below £50. I tried Haig Club and it was overpriced but something new, and am enjoying the other small tasters of single grains I've had. I like blends, too, mind, and am fond of Black Grouse and JD...

Currently on JW Black Label, and it's nice. A little harsh but good and smoky.

Any recs?
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:55 PM   #1488
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Buy better Scotch.

Try Dalwhinnie or Macallan 12, both very smooth spirits.

I'll ask for one of those for xmas (since I can't think of anything else I want/need). The smallest size I can get near me of Dalwhinnie is 750ml (26oz), and it's $100

I knew scotch was expensive, but damn!
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:58 PM   #1489
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:19 PM   #1490
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I'm getting a bottle of Haig Dimple for Christmas, but what with having a dedicated shop in the city, are there any good singles you recommend? Preferably below £50. I tried Haig Club and it was overpriced but something new, and am enjoying the other small tasters of single grains I've had. I like blends, too, mind, and am fond of Black Grouse and JD...

Currently on JW Black Label, and it's nice. A little harsh but good and smoky.

Any recs?


Try the Laddie Ten by Bruichladdich. The make good single malts, and the Laddie Ten is not peated, so good for beginners.

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Old 12-06-2014, 11:26 PM   #1491
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Could anyone recommend me a good Scotch, preferably under 50 to 60 USD. I have never had it and don't know anywhere that has any for sale.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:45 PM   #1492
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I'm still preferring Knob Creek over everything else. But I'm not drinking whiskey much lately. Or anything for that matter. :/

As for your scotch question, I don't know. My dad likes Speyburn, but I'm not sure of the price
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:53 PM   #1493
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The only one that I have even seen is Dewars. It was like a 20 year old Scotch and they wanted over $100 for it. Forget that lol
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I just looked up Speyburn 10 yr on the Total Wine website, and they are selling it for $28. But again, I'm not sure if it's technically "good". But my dad likes it.
If you go up to the 25 yr, it's well over $100
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I just looked up Speyburn 10 yr on the Total Wine website, and they are selling it for $28. But again, I'm not sure if it's technically "good". But my dad likes it.
If you go up to the 25 yr, it's well over $100

Hell yeah thanks man. I saw one online, cant remember the brand, but it was a 40 yr for $629 :'D
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:04 AM   #1496
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Recently started making some whiskey drinks, like White Quebecs and Harvest Sours. Usually not a whiskey dude but these are pretty good.
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