The Single Malt Scotch Thread

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  • MattTheTaffMattTheTaff Oh, I used to be disgusted.. and now I try to be amused Members Posts: 2,252
    eagle1997 wrote:


    ah, single malt scotch. one of life's great pleasures. i've tried a bunch over the past year, too many to list (or remember), so here's my current top 3.



    highland park 18 yr - received as a christmas gift from a very satisfied client about a week ago... really nice. smooth, with a little smoky burn at the end to let you know its there. i had previously only had the 12yr HP, which is also good, but this is at another level, in price and taste. highly recommend.

    balvenie carribbean cask 14 yr - last 2 years are 'finished' in an previously used rum cask. my bourbon buddies really like it. sweet and smooth, but with a lot more depth than bourbon imho. if i am introducing scotch to somebody for the first time, this is my go-to. really highly recommend.

    lagavulin 2011 cask strength limited edition - all the peaty smokey brine you could ever want in a glass. i hated it at first, but grew to love it by the end of my first drink. spectacular and strong, not for the faint of heart. a man's scotch. the best i've ever had.




    Well done on the Lagavulin. It certainly is a required taste!
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,365 ✭✭
    So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.



    I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.



    At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:



    -Bowmore 12

    -Glenfarclas 12

    -Glenmorangie original 10

    -Macallan 10 fine oak

    -Balvenie double wood 12

    -Aberlour 12



    maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have
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  • ImpImp Fueled Members Posts: 5,951 ✭✭
    I'd next go to the Arbelour. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • butemanbuteman Members Posts: 210
    cardoustie wrote:


    I thought we'd start a thread for all the single malt lovers out there in golfwrx land.



    I am not a giant fan of the really peaty versions but I do know some chaps love the stuff



    Just back from Scotland in late Sept and go to try some beauties, including a 33 yr old Tomintoul



    Also of note, they do make a single malt in Nova Scotia here in Canada (big legal troubles as they used the prefix name Glen). I was also quite surprised to buy a great scotch from our local store that is called Hellyers Rd, out of Tasmania, Australia. Quite ironic as I was born there



    Here is a list of the bottles I have owned / tried / finished. I have kept some of the cooler tins, especially the golf related ones

    Actually you did NOT buy " a great Scotch " out of Tasmania ,,, you may have bought a good whisky but I can assure you of one thing ,, if it was not produced in Scotland then it is NOT Scotch.





    Aberfeldy 12

    Aberlour

    Ardmore Traditional Cask

    Arran (The) Malt 100 proof

    Auchentoshan 10

    BalBlair 17 yr old 1995

    Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Distillery Banffshire

    Bowmore 12

    Bowmore 15

    Bowmore Mariner 15

    Bruichladdich 12 - Second Edition

    Bruichladdich 14 Royal Liverpool

    Bruichladdich 15 year old

    Bruichladdich 17th hole The Old Course St. Andrews

    Bruichladdich 1991 WMD II - The Yellow Submarine

    Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition_01

    Bruichladdich Rocks

    Bruichladdich Waves 7

    Cardhu Special Cask Reserve

    Cardhu 12

    Dalmore 12

    Dalwhinnie 15

    Deanston 12

    Deerstalker 10

    Edradour

    F - none yet

    Glen Garioch 8

    Glen Parker Speyside Special Reserve

    Glendronach Original 12yrs

    Glenfarclas 15

    Glenfiddich 12

    Glenfiddich 12 Special Reserve

    Glenfiddich 18

    Glenfiddich Clan Sutherland

    Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

    GlenKinchie 10

    Glenlivet 12

    Glenlivet 12 Classic Courses Carnoustie Ed

    Glenlivet 18

    Glenmorangie Lasanta

    Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

    Glenmorangie Sherry Wood 16 Men of Tain Handcrafted

    Glenrothes Single Speyside Select Reserve

    Highland Park 12

    Hellyers Road Tasmania

    Isle of Jura 10

    Johnny Walker Green

    Johnny Walker Swing

    K - none yet

    Lagavulin

    Laphroaig

    Longrow CV

    MacNamara Gaelic - Rum Finish

    N - none yet

    Oban 14yrs

    Old Parr Superior

    Old Pulteney 12

    P - none yet

    Robert Burns

    Scapa 14

    Singleton (The) 12

    St. Andrew's

    Strathisla 12

    Stronachie 12

    Tamdhu

    Tobermory 10

    Tormore 12

    Teanininch Lombard
  • butemanbuteman Members Posts: 210
    esketores wrote:


    For the sake of clarification only... Johnny Walker Blue is a blend. Not a Single Malt. And IMO not worth the money. Not saying it is bad stuff. But then that is why I buy Famous Grouse for my at home libation.


    Couldn't agree with you more, Johnny Walker is probably one of the most over rated Scotch whiskies ,, I believe it's produced in Western Scotland ( Kilmarnock ).
  • butemanbuteman Members Posts: 210
    MtlJeff wrote:


    So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.



    I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.



    At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:



    -Bowmore 12

    -Glenfarclas 12

    -Glenmorangie original 10

    -Macallan 10 fine oak

    -Balvenie double wood 12

    -Aberlour 12



    maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have


    Just a matter of taste more than anything, a while back I had a bottle of 18 year old Glenlivet, I found it to be a nice malt but I actually preferred the 12 year old Glenfiddich which price wise was considerably cheaper.

    Again simply a matter of personal preference of the whiskies you noted above I would lean towards the Glenmorangie or the Aberlour 12 ,, they're all good !
  • MileHighClubMileHighClub Members Posts: 3,654
    buteman wrote:

    esketores wrote:


    For the sake of clarification only... Johnny Walker Blue is a blend. Not a Single Malt. And IMO not worth the money. Not saying it is bad stuff. But then that is why I buy Famous Grouse for my at home libation.


    Couldn't agree with you more, Johnny Walker is probably one of the most over rated Scotch whiskies ,, I believe it's produced in Western Scotland ( Kilmarnock ).




    The people who think JW is a quality Scotch owe it to themselves to try a good single malt. Once they do it will be hard to go back to a blend.
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  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,062 ✭✭
    edited Dec 27, 2012 #39
    MtlJeff wrote:


    So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.



    I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.



    At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:



    -Bowmore 12

    -Glenfarclas 12

    -Glenmorangie original 10

    -Macallan 10 fine oak

    -Balvenie double wood 12

    -Aberlour 12



    maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have




    the glenlivet 12 yr is a good scotch, so there's nothing wrong with continuing to get what you like. out of the ones you've listed, i'd recommend the balvenie doublewood. for the name only. i mean, it's hilarious. if the name is that perfect, imagine what the scotch tastes like? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    in all seriousness, the doublewood is a really good one. like the balvenie carribbean cask i mentioned earlier, the doublewood is "finished" in a different cask... in its case, a first fill spanish oak sherry cask. it's not as sweet as the carribbean cask, and that's good, it's different. i'd compare it to the glenmorainge quinta ruban, which is finished in a port cask (not as good as the doublewood).



    the thing i focused on when i first started drinking scotch was how i drank/ordered it. used to be blended scotch and club soda (JW Black) on the rocks. then i discovered single malts, and the soda and most of the ice went out the window. now it's a double, with one or two cubes of ice, and maybe a splash of water (for cask strength scotches). there's nothing finer after a good round of golf than an excellent single malt and a good cigar. yum.



    eagle1997 wrote:


    ah, single malt scotch. one of life's great pleasures. i've tried a bunch over the past year, too many to list (or remember), so here's my current top 3.



    highland park 18 yr - received as a christmas gift from a very satisfied client about a week ago... really nice. smooth, with a little smoky burn at the end to let you know its there. i had previously only had the 12yr HP, which is also good, but this is at another level, in price and taste. highly recommend.

    balvenie carribbean cask 14 yr - last 2 years are 'finished' in an previously used rum cask. my bourbon buddies really like it. sweet and smooth, but with a lot more depth than bourbon imho. if i am introducing scotch to somebody for the first time, this is my go-to. really highly recommend.

    lagavulin 2011 cask strength limited edition - all the peaty smokey brine you could ever want in a glass. i hated it at first, but grew to love it by the end of my first drink. spectacular and strong, not for the faint of heart. a man's scotch. the best i've ever had.




    Well done on the Lagavulin. It certainly is a required taste!




    thanks matt! i recently had an ardberg that was in the same ballpark, but couldn't touch the lagavulin overall. gotta stock up on the 2011 special editions... they stopped making them, and the price is going up up up. might be my first "do not open unless it's a really special occasion" bottle.
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  • esketoresesketores Members Posts: 2,069
    edited Dec 27, 2012 #40
    MtlJeff wrote:


    So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.



    I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.



    At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:



    -Bowmore 12

    -Glenfarclas 12

    -Glenmorangie original 10

    -Macallan 10 fine oak

    -Balvenie double wood 12

    -Aberlour 12



    maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have




    Glenmorangie original 10

    A fine single malt to learn to "aquire the taste".
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  • bellkenbellken Members Posts: 780 ✭✭
    Bowmore 12 would a bit more peaty, iirc, if you want to go in that direction. Otherwise, the Balvenie Double Wood 12, and, Ablelour are very nice.
  • avragavrag Members Posts: 5,204 ✭✭
    Lagavulin 16 is always the one which will be empty first, while the Glenlivet 18 and Oban 14 don't go away that quickly.

    I also have very fond memories of Isle of Jura 10, Laphroaig, Knockando and Talisker.

    But if somebody asked me directly which one to bring, it would be Lagavulin 16 for sure.
    I see a gap. There definitely is a gap.
  • pgolf22pgolf22 Another 3 putt.... Members Posts: 98
    Bunnahabhain is very underrated in my opinion. Only tried the 12yo but will try the others at some point. Other favourites include Scapa, Glenlivet, Dalmore, Balvenie and the list goes on. More a fan of the speyside malts which tend to be the smoother malts. Got a Glenfiddich 12 year old special reserve that I will be cracking open at new year.
  • MrParr1NoidMrParr1Noid Bag For Sale ;) In the bunker..ClubWRX Posts: 7,212 ✭✭
    edited Mar 3, 2013 #44
    Back in the day it was Chevas Regal and Haig & Haig Pinch, 'n those are blends. But I still like em... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    Now? I don't have the pocket book for much other'dn these but... don't really have a favorite either but the Dalwhinnie 15 is consistently enjoyable, and don't knock the Speyburn 10.



    Dalwhinnie 15

    Bowmore 15

    Glenlivet 12

    Glenlivet 18

    Balvenie 12 double wood

    Balvenie 15

    Macallan 12

    Speyburn 10
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  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,062 ✭✭
    bought a 12 yr speyside cardhu this evening because carribbean cask was all sold out. decent, but nothing memorable.

    price was right however: on sale for well under $40.



    my local liquor store also had a dozen bottles of the newly released balvenie 17 year doublewood for $106 (suggested retail is $129). wowsers. it can't be worth it, can it?

    somebody please talk me out of buying and trying this.



    (15 mins. later)



    i'm now into my second glass of cardhu, and it's growing on me. a lot. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • sefus12sefus12 Members Posts: 1,554 ✭✭
    Fairly new to the Scotch game (at least drinking it neat... always been a fan of a good Rusty Nail), but a recent favorite is Balvenie Double Wood. ****, every Scotch I've had from Balvenie has been exceptional.
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  • toomanydimplestoomanydimples Members Posts: 247
    Awesome, I'll give that a try real soon.



    During my 2 week holiday, I managed to empty a bowmore 15 darkest, glenlivet 15 french oak reserve, and 2/3 of an aberlour 12, all with friends of course ; ). Leaving me with only 1/3 of my glenlivet 18 and almost a full bottle of aberlour a'bunadh (batch 42, 60.3%). The a'bunadh is pretty wicked though, it will definitely warm you up.



    If you're looking to ease your way into a more peaty scotch, the bowmore 15 is pretty good. Not too heavy on the peat and finishes very sweet on the palette. I got the glenlivet 15 french reserve at a local bevmo for a very good price of $37.99 a few weeks before Christmas and it was probably the best value for quality that I've had in a while.


    Imp wrote:



    Honorable mention: Hibiki 12 which is a Japanese whiskey from the Suntory distillery and not "Scotch" but I really enjoyed this one and it was very smooth.
    I got a bottle of their Yamazaki 12 for xmas and cracked it open to share. Holy smoothness. Easy and creamy. The three others that partook were also as surprised. I also received a bottle of Glenmorangie's Artein Private Edition. 15 years, Super Tuscan casks. I'll save that for special occasions.



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  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,062 ✭✭
    Had a lagavulin special edition the other night while at some hoity toity foodie place that the wife wanted to go to.



    Dumb question: When did 'small plates' become socially acceptable? They certainly were charging 'big plate' prices. I had four different plates of food and didn't get full.



    At least the scotch was excellent. Gotta buy a bottle of this, it was fantastic.





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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 11,842 ✭✭
    I've added 3 or 4 new ones to the list



    Tobermory 15 year old

    Bruichladdich Sherry Cask

    Ancnoc 16 yr old



    All three above are fantastic and the Tobermory came in a sweet box
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  • jaskanskijaskanski Members Posts: 9,250 ✭✭
    Lagavulin is certainly an acquired taste - smoked peat is an understatement really. Think Laphroig but richer.

    Tried a Glenlivet 18 this christmas and was very satisfied with it. Other faves in the cabinet are a Knockando 12, good old Glenmorangie 10 and a rather nice 1977 Jura
  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,062 ✭✭
    jaskanski wrote:


    Lagavulin is certainly an acquired taste - smoked peat is an understatement really. Think Laphroig but richer.

    Tried a Glenlivet 18 this christmas and was very satisfied with it. Other faves in the cabinet are a Knockando 12, good old Glenmorangie 10 and a rather nice 1977 Jura




    my FIL likes the 15 yr glenlivet french oak that i bought him, but it was more 'meh' to me. i prefer the glenlivet 12 or 18 to their french oak bottle. never heard of or tried knockando or jura - how would you describe them?

    thanks.
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  • MattTheTaffMattTheTaff Oh, I used to be disgusted.. and now I try to be amused Members Posts: 2,252
    I've come to conclusion over the last couple of months that Lagavulin 16 is my favourite. But it's frigging expensive
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  • teejaywhyteejaywhy Official GolfWRX Curmudgeon Members Posts: 7,167 ✭✭
    Never explored or developed a taste for scotch, but recently tried something that I found so unique and different that I had to pick up a bottle. Laphroig 10-yr. A very unusual earthy taste that has piqued my interest and perhaps launched me on a new journey.
  • ImpImp Fueled Members Posts: 5,951 ✭✭
    Welcome. As you get older tastes change. Try more.
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,365 ✭✭
    teejaywhy wrote:


    Never explored or developed a taste for scotch, but recently tried something that I found so unique and different that I had to pick up a bottle. Laphroig 10-yr. A very unusual earthy taste that has piqued my interest and perhaps launched me on a new journey.




    my friend raves about Laphroig and he is a scotch guy. He also had me try Ardbeg the other day which had a really interesting taste.



    I've decided i'm a bourbon guy, however
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    I think I've decided I'm a bourbon guy also. Even though I have yet to develop the taste for bourbon! ha ha. Support the home town product and all. But that is a different thread!
  • esketoresesketores Members Posts: 2,069
    Leaving Saturday for a week of golf in central Florida. The liquor store will determine what I buy on which all can imbibe.

    I'm hoping Laphorig or Lagavulin 16 populate the shelves.

    If no one likes it... all the more for me.

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  • ImpImp Fueled Members Posts: 5,951 ✭✭
    esketores wrote:


    Leaving Saturday for a week of golf in central Florida. The liquor store will determine what I buy on which all can imbibe.

    I'm hoping Laphorig or Lagavulin 16 populate the shelves.

    If no one likes it... all the more for me.
    Awesome. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



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  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,184 ✭✭
    MtlJeff wrote:


    So can someone recommend me, a relative novice at this, some reasonable single malts? I'm trying to get into the scotch thing.



    I have a Glenlivet 12 right now which i like.



    At our liquor store near my place (the SAQ for you quebecers!) they stock the following that i think i've seen in there:



    -Bowmore 12

    -Glenfarclas 12

    -Glenmorangie original 10

    -Macallan 10 fine oak

    -Balvenie double wood 12

    -Aberlour 12



    maybe a few others, but these are mostly between 50-70$ CAD....anyone want to recommend me one? I'm liking the GlenLivet 12 i have


    On your list I like the Balvenie a lot. Macallan's 18 is my favorite to keep on hand though. The Macallan's 10 is nothing to right home about. Try Oban 14 and one that I haven't seen anyone bring up is Jura...the 16 is really good. My cousins work for a liquor distributor in NYC and sent me some to try and it was great. Agree with a couple of others that the JW Blue is so-so...just overrated and not worth the price tag. I have a bottle at home and it stays full the longest. Whatever you decide to pour, just make sure you get a good smoke too i.e. Cohiba, Padron, etc.
  • CruisersCruisers Members Posts: 308
    teejaywhy wrote:


    I think I've decided I'm a bourbon guy also. Even though I have yet to develop the taste for bourbon! ha ha. Support the home town product and all. But that is a different thread!




    I love them both. So many friends of mine feel strongly about one over the other I just don't understand why. Obviously very different but I'm an equal opportunity whiskey drinker image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    I've been experimenting lately (not like most in this thread!) and have determined I really enjoy the following:



    Macallan

    Oban

    Lagavulin

    Caol Ila



    The only single malt I really didn't enjoy was Ardbeg, which is strange because I've liked all other Islays quite a bit.
  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,062 ✭✭
    when i doubt, this is my go-to. for anyone who likes both bourbon and scotch, it's a must try.
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