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(Popular Science)   I don't know why you'd drink it instead of bourbon anyway, but here's why that glass of scotch smells like an old Band-Aid   (popsci.com) divider line 181
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2012-06-15 08:18:05 PM
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Lists the phenols on the label.
 
2012-06-15 08:19:47 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: TheDumbBlonde: Bourbon smells like bad decisions.

Not nearly as bad as tequila

/that stuff has definitely led to some bad decisions


My bad decisions on tequila are a lot more fun than my bad decisions on bourbon.
 
2012-06-15 08:23:54 PM

cptjeff: I will admit that I was wrong earlier- I said 4 years aging is required, it's only 2. Not sure I would ever want to drink a 2 year old bourbon though...


There is no size requirement for the barrel. The Hudson Valley Baby Bourbon mentioned up thread uses a pretty small barrel (aka Baby barrel) with dimples on the inside to increase surface area, and thus gets pretty nice flavor with less aging.
 
2012-06-15 08:42:41 PM

rocinante721: Sorry, can't smell any bandaids over the heavenly effluvia of peat



/swirl, sip, savor, holds dram with pinky extended


That Scotch is the definition of band aid aftertaste
 
2012-06-15 08:47:18 PM
Bah, I don't like Islay scotch at all. It tastes like burnt canvas to me, and the taste lasts for a day afterwards. The Highland scotches are a lot more palatable to this untutored palate. I don't smell bandaids - I smell and taste charred material. Ick.
 
2012-06-15 09:00:14 PM
People who obsess about Scotch are like people who obsess about the proper attire to ride a bicycle. If the opportunity presents its self, just shoot them.
 
2012-06-15 09:01:50 PM
No offense but Scotch whisky is an old man's drink. The reason you don't taste the band-aid bit is that your taste buds have pretty much gone dead.

Young people drink Red Stag.
 
2012-06-15 09:03:42 PM
Highland Park 18
Talisker 18
Don't taste like bandages
 
2012-06-15 09:05:40 PM
Famous Grouse: great inexpensive blend.
/Blends ok
/enjoying Royal Salute
 
2012-06-15 09:17:09 PM
I enjoy whiskey in almost all of its forms.

My current inventory:
-Scotch: Balvenie 17yr madeira cask, Oban, Bowmore 17yr
-Bourbon: Woodford Reserve, Blanton's, Booker's
-Rye: Templeton

Finished the Jameson 12yr a couple months ago
 
2012-06-15 09:21:04 PM

The_Sponge: Jubeebee: and the packaging makes for good dice bags


CSB:

A good friend of mine has a smoking jacket made from old Crown Royal bags.


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2012-06-15 09:39:51 PM

poughdrew: cptjeff: I will admit that I was wrong earlier- I said 4 years aging is required, it's only 2. Not sure I would ever want to drink a 2 year old bourbon though...

There is no size requirement for the barrel. The Hudson Valley Baby Bourbon mentioned up thread uses a pretty small barrel (aka Baby barrel) with dimples on the inside to increase surface area, and thus gets pretty nice flavor with less aging.


I wonder how strict all that is vs what counts enough for marketing purposes.

Budweisers "beechwood aging".

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That little pile in the middle.
 
2012-06-15 09:48:10 PM

Pocket Ninja: Then you just pour it from the bottle into the jug and swish it around for a while.

Interesting historical note: this is actually why in all those old-timey cartoons where there are backwoods still operators making their whiskey up in the West Virginia mountains, you always see them drinking out of clay jugs.

..

Also why the explosive devices used widely by the US Army are referred to as claymore mines.
 
2012-06-15 09:49:03 PM

WhippingBoy: angrycrank: Crown Royal is not the be all and end all of Canadian whisky. Alberta Premium is far more to my taste (it's 100% rye. CR is not. I think it may be 51%.). Plus the packaging was clearly designed to appeal to hobos.

If you can find it, this is pretty damn good for Canadian.



/hot


^^THIS^^

Love this stuff. Price is right, too. Some friends of ours turned the wife & I onto this & we've kept it stocked ever since.

We keep Crown on hand for guests & parties, but when it's just the two of us, it's this & Jameson's.

Never got into the peat taste in liquor, but I do like it in a good Scotch Ale, like Old Chub or Sam Adams Wee Heavy from their Imperial Series.
 
2012-06-15 09:57:31 PM
Oooh! Scotch thread! It's so peaty and smoky and whatever...

Scotch: For those that like the taste of rubbing alcohol filtered into a dirty ash tray through the ass crack of a drunken Irish bum who just got done wiping with lawn sod.

Yummy!

Unless you come from the arse end of a crappy North Atlantic Island and don't know any better, your choice as an American is Bourbon, or better yet Rye.

/bwahahhahaahahahhahaters
 
2012-06-15 10:05:22 PM

snowjack: Beertender: There is no bad bourbon

I am acquainted with three kinds of evidence to the contrary:
Ancient Age
Fighting Cock
Ten High


Yeah I might add Evan Williams as well.
They're the common 'well drink' bourbons in bars.

They're still drinkable. If you're in college...and in dire poverty...and an alcoholic...
 
2012-06-15 10:12:43 PM

Pocket Ninja: Another historical note: Before the discovered wood, Scottish people used peat to make fires. That's why they wear kilts, actually...they'd scoop out a handful of peat from the bog and throw it on the ground and light and then just stand over it to warm their genitals, since it made such a nice low fire.


Uhm, I'm not sure that knowing the process medieval scotsman used to warm their balls is the basis of a beverage is a selling point for me.

/I'm weird like that
 
2012-06-15 10:24:17 PM

Pocket Ninja: So while you're decanting your scotch in your jug to open it up, you're actually forcing hydrogen to frictionalize against the peat (and other explosive) elements in the alcohol. Don't swirl too violently, in other words. That's why the old still operators used clay jugs, in fact -- the clay helped dampen the explosive effect.


You can easily prevent this by drawing around the edge of the decanter with a green marker, that you can get for 15 dollars at any Sharper Image store.
 
2012-06-15 10:37:04 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: TheDumbBlonde: Bourbon smells like bad decisions.

Not nearly as bad as tequila

/that stuff has definitely led to some bad decisions


I feel your pain.
 
2012-06-15 11:40:14 PM

Serious Post on Serious Thread: snowjack: Beertender: There is no bad bourbon

I am acquainted with three kinds of evidence to the contrary:
Ancient Age
Fighting Cock
Ten High

Yeah I might add Evan Williams as well.
They're the common 'well drink' bourbons in bars.

They're still drinkable. If you're in college...and in dire poverty...and an alcoholic...


So's piss if you're dying of thirst. :-)

If I was really desperate and broke I'd drink MacNaughton's Canadian Whisky. As cheap or cheaper than the others, and doesn't taste like bum sweat.
 
2012-06-15 11:47:53 PM
PS, don't GIS MacNaughton Whisky if you're at work. Apparently a porn star has taken the name... :-D
 
2012-06-15 11:58:06 PM

snowjack: Now I'll have to try King's Crest.


It is my favorite blended by a long shot, but it is also expensive. ~$150 a bottle if you shop around... don't get taken in by the folks that want 250 or more for it. It is good, but I don't think it is $250 a bottle good ;)


The Wack: Well I'll be damned- getting an education here- and thankful for it (and your pleasant tone). I had always heard of only the dichotomy between lowland and highland, with lowland as Laphroiag -which as you say is Islay, while I actually prefer Glenlivet as Highland- which is apparently Speyside, and Oban as actual Highland.
Earnestly, I've enjoyed scotch for quite some time, but my information has been second hand, and apparently very lacking.


no worries mate. When I first started learning about scotch whisky all of my information came second hand and often wrong. It has taken me a long time to learn what I have learned, but I am more than happy to share the information :)

It also really helps that I work near one of the greatest spirit stores in the world, or at least the greatest spirit store I have ever been in. Every time I visit them it is an education.
 
2012-06-16 01:44:19 AM

mothak: For those who can't get around the peaty-ness of scotch, try this:
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It's a sweeter scotch, with barely any hints of peat. I keep it stocked for those who want to drink scotch with me, and don't want the harder stuff. Plus I love it.


Yes, I love that stuff.
 
2012-06-16 02:49:41 AM
So with all this talk of how peat is evil and whatnot, I just poured myself a glass of Laphroaig 18y. Salt, pitch, smoke, it's like drinking the age of sail. A tall ship and a drink to steer her by.
 
2012-06-16 04:14:38 AM

Pocket Ninja: Now, a word of warning: You need to be careful when you're decanting your scotch, because you may not know this, but peat is basically infant coal. It's coal that's starting to form in a bog and hasn't sunk all the way down yet to be mined. It just kind of floats there on top, but it's every bit as combustible as coal. In fact, everything in scotch is combustible...corn particularly so (popcorn is made from controlled corn explosions, after all). Another historical note: Before the discovered wood, Scottish people used peat to make fires. That's why they wear kilts, actually...they'd scoop out a handful of peat from the bog and throw it on the ground and light and then just stand over it to warm their genitals, since it made such a nice low fire. But here's what you need to think about -- hydrogen, which like oxygen just floats around in the air, is actually very explosive. That's why they make bombs out of it. So while you're decanting your scotch in your jug to open it up, you're actually forcing hydrogen to frictionalize against the peat (and other explosive) elements in the alcohol. Don't swirl too violently, in other words. That's why the old still operators used clay jugs, in fact -- the clay helped dampen the explosive effect. The best whiskey decanters are made out of clay compounds, in fact...ask about them in a well-stocked liquor store and they'll be able to direct you to some good suppliers.



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2012-06-16 07:10:59 AM
Question for anyone still watching -

Welsh pub. GREEN Scotch. Gentle color. Not radioactive. Owner wouldn't sell the bottle. AWESOME flavor. Anybody remember?
 
2012-06-16 07:39:05 AM
I hate scotch.
The only one I've ever had that I actually liked was some of the most expensive stuff they had at a whiskey bar here in San Diego near downtown (the Aero Club, if anyone is curious). It was an 18-year I think, something like $20 for a single. Was decent, had a sort of maple-y sweetness to it, pretty smooth. Every other scotch I've had was just undrinkably terrible, the flavor is just... WRONG.


WhippingBoy: Perhaps some day the scotch tourists will switch back to vodka coolers; until that day, I will remain a bourbon man.


Wow, that's some real hipsterism right there. "I can't like this because other people like it!".
Have you no conviction? Are your preferences really so meaningless and arbitrary??
Don't let dumb people push you around like that; like what you like!
 
2012-06-16 09:46:08 AM

JustinCase: Question for anyone still watching -

Welsh pub. GREEN Scotch. Gentle color. Not radioactive. Owner wouldn't sell the bottle. AWESOME flavor. Anybody remember?


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2012-06-16 10:04:23 AM

snowjack: JustinCase: Question for anyone still watching -

Welsh pub. GREEN Scotch. Gentle color. Not radioactive. Owner wouldn't sell the bottle. AWESOME flavor. Anybody remember?

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Bwaaaahahaha!!!
 
2012-06-16 10:28:53 AM

JVD: Boobies nailed it.

I loves me some Islay Scotch Whisky.

Been debating on Ardbeg or Lagavulin for the next fifth.


CSB time?
Oh ok, but only because you guys asked...

I was out at the bottle shop this afternoon, decided on a Glenmorangie, 12 year old, finished in a sherry cask.
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Was purchasing said bottle when the guy behind the counter said "if you buy 2 bottles of single malt, you get 20% off both" I turned to the girlfriend and said "sounds good, you choose the second bottle". She chose the 16 year old Lagavulin.

/It is actions like that which prove buying her that ring was a good investment in my future.
 
2012-06-16 05:52:34 PM

rocinante721: Sorry, can't smell any bandaids over the heavenly effluvia of peat



/swirl, sip, savor, holds dram with pinky extended


I tried that not too long ago and it tasted like a dentist office smells. farking disgusting. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll return to nursing my bottle of Basil Hayden. It tassstss so good annd really takess th edj offffd my day. (hic!)
 
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