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Old 11-12-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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Whiskey Please

Another post on adult beverages seemed to beg the question: what is your favorite whiskey and how is it best served, neat, the wee bit of water opener, etc. While not limited to scotch, it's my preference but enjoy a Tullamore Dew every now and then.

I have a Balvenie 17 year old Maderia cask that I have been nursing along the past few years and now that it's turning cold will break it out again for that special evening warm up.

So many whiskies so little time. With the holidays around the corner let's see what gift ideas this might generate. Note to self - check thread often in case someone asks what I want for Christmas.
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Ah! Steve! There is nothing finer than a Malt Scotch on the rocks.

But I cannot dispel Shiner Bock beer. (It's a Texas thing)

Some time around 1984, 1985 I purchased two bottles of Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt scotch. I think I bought the second bottle because in just a short period of time prices where rising. I want to say that I bought both bottle for around $18 each.

One of those bottles did not get open. It is sitting in a dark place and now is 30 years old. Wish it were in a cask aging. However, I'll bet it is still going to be delicious when I open it.

DW prefers Vodka on the rocks, and occasionally with OJ. Recently she purchased a bottle of "Fluffed Marshmallow" Vodka, not a normal thing for her - flavored. I was quite surprised. I had a sip and it was smooth and inviting. I just may have to have a bigger sip from my own glass someday.

p.s., where do you want the empty bottles sent for Christmas?
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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Wayne - I believe you may be shadowing me. I was recently on the east coast for business and what should I see in a barrel of ice - and on the shelf but a fine 15 year old singleton and...

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So of course I had to document my find. As for the empties - please recycle responsibly.
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Scotch they are all good just some better than others like JW Red Lable with a shot of Drambui=a rusty nail one a night beats Motrin.
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Scotch they are all good just some better than others like JW Red Lable with a shot of Drambui=a rusty nail one a night beats Motrin.
2X I love the single malt but for a good inexpensive scotch try Balintine. Smooth and good tasting.
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2X I love the single malt but for a good inexpensive scotch try Balintine. Smooth and good tasting.
Thanks for the reminder - back in the day Balintine was always on the list. Also Pinch. These days I consume much less - spend a little more - pick up a different bottle or two now and again to have a variety on hand. Also no longer have a line of credit at the "package store" on base. Lol. Will add a bottle of Balintine to the list for old time sake and agree - it is a great sip and value.
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Ah! Steve! There is nothing finer than a Malt Scotch on the rocks.

But I cannot dispel Shiner Bock beer. (It's a Texas thing)

Some time around 1984, 1985 I purchased two bottles of Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt scotch. I think I bought the second bottle because in just a short period of time prices where rising. I want to say that I bought both bottle for around $18 each.

One of those bottles did not get open. It is sitting in a dark place and now is 30 years old. Wish it were in a cask aging. However, I'll bet it is still going to be delicious when I open it.

DW prefers Vodka on the rocks, and occasionally with OJ. Recently she purchased a bottle of "Fluffed Marshmallow" Vodka, not a normal thing for her - flavored. I was quite surprised. I had a sip and it was smooth and inviting. I just may have to have a bigger sip from my own glass someday.

p.s., where do you want the empty bottles sent for Christmas?
Now I am totally disillusioned! I find my net friend Wayne to be a heathen. He adds ice to a single malt. Ice goes in blended scotch because its blended and once blended you can't hurt it anywho. Single malts are to be enjoyed a sip at a time and neat, very very neat. Oh and as Colonel Potter of the 4077 used to say "there just ain't 'O's in smooth to describe a good scotch.

Who wudda thunk; Wayne's a scotch heathen.
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Nah nah nah nah! Picky picky!

I also drank enough warm beer in VN that if I don't have one up to my expectations of cold now-a-days, I'll put ice in a glass with beer in it.

I prefer my scotch cold, but I have imbibed in straight up. So there.

Reminds me of my GTMO days. Party, party, party was the word of the day. I'd take my Chivas (couldn't get Malt) to the party only to notice that i wasn't drinking much, but the bottle was emptying fast. Hmm! Next party I took an empty Cuddy Sark bottle and poured my Chivas in it and took the Cuddy Sark bottle to the party. I had that scotch to myself all night. All future parties I did the same thing.

Sorry GTMO crowd!
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A long time ago I was at an amusement park in Chicago, (Riverside ??) and I got one of the imitation medic alert bracelets that read "I AM AN ALCOHOLIC - IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT - GET ME A DRINK" which I thought totally hilarious. It did cause some problems for me at a hospital once.

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Personally..... I'm a coffee-holic, can't stand wiskey no matter how good it is.
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I recommend the 'Bourbon Tour' in Kentucky for you guys. Kentucky Bourbon Trail There are tasting rooms and everything. Just as a warning to you scotch drinkers--good bourbon doesn't taste like a campfire and...NEW oak barrels are used. Some scotch makers use old bourbon barrels. Maybe they're cheaper--get it? Don't get me wrong I do enjoy a scotch now & then.
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I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I hit the road... but currently I have 17 scotches in my cabinet. My wife likes the smoother single malts, speysides like the Balvenie. I enjoy the range of flavors, and it is fun to choose a different taste each evening. As for a recommendation, it completely depends on what you like. If you like heavy, peety, smokey... try Lagavulin, or one of the Islay single malts. If you like Irish Whiskeys, try Red Breast, or Michael Collins.

If I had to choose one, right now... hmm... I love Glenmorangie The Nectar D'Or. Aged in Sauternes casks, it has a honey-like quality that I love.

Oh, and btw... the best way to drink single malt is in a tasting glass, or snifter, neat, with 1-3 drops of water added. It helps release the subtle flavors in the scotch.

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