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2013-04-21 01:57:49 PM  
Can you get it from vending machines yet?
 
2013-04-21 04:49:40 PM  
FTFA: "In a blind tasting, a Scotch enthusiast wouldn't be able to distinguish between the two," said John Hansell, editor and publisher of Whisky Advocate.

This rationale ignores the stubborn nature of the consumer. It has notably happened once before.

Not that I'll ever know, my drinking days are long over, but I likely would have the same objection. Scotch is from Scotland, otherwise it wouldn't be Scotch.
 
2013-04-21 04:50:01 PM  
Bleh, Jameson tastes like crap.
 
2013-04-21 04:51:20 PM  
If you mean the people of Scotland, it's "The Scots"
 
2013-04-21 04:53:38 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: FTFA: "In a blind tasting, a Scotch enthusiast wouldn't be able to distinguish between the two," said John Hansell, editor and publisher of Whisky Advocate.

This rationale ignores the stubborn nature of the consumer. It has notably happened once before.

Not that I'll ever know, my drinking days are long over, but I likely would have the same objection. Scotch is from Scotland, otherwise it wouldn't be Scotch.


Agreed, but there's nothing wrong with drinking whisk(e)y from other places... Irish whiskey is, on occasion, amazing, and even the U.S. has some decent whiskeys if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.  (admittedly, I tend to drink Scotch straight, and mix the others into other drinks...)
 
2013-04-21 04:54:53 PM  
If it's as good as they make their sake, the Scots should start worrying.
 
2013-04-21 04:57:09 PM  
Japanese whisky can be very good, but it's expensive.I am sure the best Japanese could beat many of their Scotch counterparts, but not in price/quality ratio.
 
2013-04-21 05:06:00 PM  
Scotch pppffft. I had a Uncle who flew B-24s in Europe during WWII. His drink of choice was always Kentucky Bourbon. When I was younger I asked if all pilots drank bourbon whiskey an his reply was "only the good ones.". Never even kept Scotch for guests in his otherwise well stocked bar. He also developed a taste for Tequila. He lived to the age of 97
 
2013-04-21 05:07:30 PM  
I like a wee nip of scotch now and then
 
2013-04-21 05:15:04 PM  
I enjoy the smell of scotch and that is where our relationship ends.
 
2013-04-21 05:18:42 PM  
"For relaxing times.......make it Suntory time."

/Love the Yamazaki.
 
2013-04-21 05:23:09 PM  
Good for the Japanese. I think that a larger variety of quality alcoholic beverages should be applauded.

I will even say that about the Chinese, once they stop flavoring things with melamine, lead, and cadmium.
 
2013-04-21 05:26:43 PM  
Sounds risky, especially their choice of ingredients including lye.
 
2013-04-21 05:27:13 PM  
Had Hibiki at a sushi place here in Houston, was pleasantly surprised.

Scotch ftw
 
2013-04-21 05:28:07 PM  
I like Yamazaki and will drink it.  But, then again, I would drink good whiskey regardless of where it is from.
 
2013-04-21 05:28:21 PM  
There's no such thing as Scotchtoberfest.
 
2013-04-21 05:28:24 PM  

ciderczar: Sounds risky, especially their choice of ingredients including lye.


Screw you. I have pneumonia, you almost killed me.
 
2013-04-21 05:30:01 PM  

TheManofPA: There's no such thing as Scotchtoberfest.


Not yet, anyway.
 
2013-04-21 05:30:32 PM  
Japanese whiskys

Japanese whiskies


Help me out here, which one is the correct plural?
 
2013-04-21 05:36:30 PM  

fusillade762: Japanese whiskys

Japanese whiskies

Help me out here, which one is the correct plural?


blogs.miaminewtimes.com

Jerpi...Japerner...Jerpini Whershh...hooches.
 
2013-04-21 05:37:34 PM  

fusillade762: Japanese whiskys

Japanese whiskies

Help me out here, which one is the correct plural?


The plural of whisky is whiskies.

The plural of whiskey is whiskeys.
 
2013-04-21 05:37:46 PM  
The Japanese own a lot of Scottish distilleries. I visited Bowmore about 5 years ago and it was owned by the Japanese then.

/amazing tour and amazing whisky
 
2013-04-21 05:41:02 PM  
I've never quite understood the notion that product X first came from  Y, so the stuff from Y is, and will always be, the best version of X.  It's silly snobbery.

Sure, often times the upstart product from Z isn't as good... but as they work out the kinks in their process, they get better and better.

If it tastes good and the price is right, I don't care if my "scotch" comes from Sri Lanka.
 
2013-04-21 05:49:35 PM  

ciderczar: Sounds risky, especially their choice of ingredients including lye.


Not just the lye, but also the lye glass it comes from.  Sharp edges, you know.


(well done - I laffed)
 
2013-04-21 05:51:24 PM  

Snarfangel: Good for the Japanese. I think that a larger variety of quality alcoholic beverages should be applauded.

I will even say that about the Chinese, once they stop flavoring things with melamine, lead, and cadmium.


t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-21 05:56:44 PM  
I splurged a while back and picked up a bottle of Hibiki 18.  Holy. Crap.  It managed to have the flavor profile of an excellent Scotch, while at the same time being distinctly Japanese.  I can't explain it but it was a unique experience, and once I save up enough nickels I'm getting another bottle to stash away.
 
2013-04-21 06:01:06 PM  

whatshisname: If you mean the people of Scotland, it's "The Scots"


I thought it was "Scotlandish" and the people "Scotlandishers"
 
2013-04-21 06:10:14 PM  
Didn't Red Dwarf predict this with Lister drinking a bottle of Glen Tokyo Whisky?
 
2013-04-21 06:10:18 PM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net


Willie: Brothers and sisters are natural enemies! Like Englishmen and Scots! Or Welshmen and Scots! Or Japanese and Scots! Or Scots and other Scots! Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!
Principal Skinner: You Scots sure are a contentious people.
Willie: You just made an enemy for life!
 
2013-04-21 06:22:44 PM  
I bet that stuff mixes awesome with Mountain Dew.
 
2013-04-21 06:31:56 PM  
this is relevant to my interests.

/islay man
//laphroaig quarter cask, ardbeg 10yo, lagavulin 16yo
 
2013-04-21 06:34:33 PM  
www.suntory.com


wait... a single malt... ON THE ROCKS???

gah!
 
2013-04-21 06:39:33 PM  
Japanese whiskey is amazing. I highly recommend trying it where you can.
 
2013-04-21 07:00:59 PM  
Japanese sneak attack on the Scotch

That's not very wise:
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2013-04-21 07:09:42 PM  

Molavian: Bleh, Jameson tastes like crap.


Would far prefer Bushmills.
 
2013-04-21 07:35:57 PM  
I live in Japan. I would drink more Japanese whisky, if only I could afford it.
Seriously, it's cheaper to buy decent Scotch or Irish whiskey than the good local stuff.
 
2013-04-21 07:48:19 PM  
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2013-04-21 08:13:34 PM  

CptnSpldng: Molavian: Bleh, Jameson tastes like crap.

Would far prefer Bushmills.


I went on the Jameson's tour last summer.  That's when i discovered that, while it is a single malt whiskey, it is triple distilled down to a white liquor and all the colour and flavour comes from the aging in casks recovered from port, sherry and cognac barrels.  Irish whiskey is just a flavoured alcohol while Scotch is the real deal.
 
2013-04-21 08:22:18 PM  

fusillade762: Japanese whiskys

Japanese whiskies

Help me out here, which one is the correct plural?


ウイスキー
 
2013-04-21 09:20:09 PM  
For the price of a half-decent botle of foreign hooch we can get three bottles of damn good bourbon.

If Heaven Hill put out a whiskey using smoky peat I'd never bother with an Islay again.
 
2013-04-21 09:22:38 PM  

The One True TheDavid: For the price of a half-decent botle of foreign hooch we can get three bottles of damn good bourbon.

If Heaven Hill put out a whiskey using smoky peat I'd never bother with an Islay again.


Good... burbon?
 
2013-04-21 09:24:21 PM  

CptnSpldng: Molavian:

Bleh, Jameson tastes like crap.

Would far prefer Bushmills.


Bushmills tastes too much like grass. The kind on my lawn.
 
2013-04-21 09:41:27 PM  
JasonOfOrillia:

I went on the Jameson's tour last summer.  That's when i discovered
that, while it is a single malt whiskey, it is triple distilled down to a white liquor and all the colour and flavour comes from the aging in casks recovered from port, sherry and cognac barrels.  Irish whiskey is just a flavoured alcohol while Scotch is the real deal.


All whiskies start out pretty clear and gain coloring & some of its flavor from the barrels. Unaged whiskey is called "white dog," which is catching on in the USA among hipsters with too much money and too few brains. All whiskey is "just a flavoured alcohol."

And bourbon is distilled twice.
 
2013-04-21 09:58:05 PM  
I have a bottle of The Hakushu 18-year-old which I picked up in Heathrow airport duty free.
An admirable effort by the Japanese.
But on a price-quality basis, the 18-year-old Bowmore is the clear winner.  After trying that, I went back and got two more bottles since the LCBO brought it in as a special order (limited quantities) for Christmas (2012), but there are still a few bottles floating around Ontario.  It's almost as good at the 25-year-old Bowmore, but at one-third of the cost (C$126.95, LCBO 250399).  There's about 5 dozen bottles remaining in all of Ontario.  I got mine, so I can let the rest of you know about it now :)
 
2013-04-21 09:59:55 PM  

The One True TheDavid: JasonOfOrillia:

I went on the Jameson's tour last summer.  That's when i discovered
that, while it is a single malt whiskey, it is triple distilled down to a white liquor and all the colour and flavour comes from the aging in casks recovered from port, sherry and cognac barrels.  Irish whiskey is just a flavoured alcohol while Scotch is the real deal.

All whiskies start out pretty clear and gain coloring & some of its flavor from the barrels. Unaged whiskey is called "white dog," which is catching on in the USA among hipsters with too much money and too few brains. All whiskey is "just a flavoured alcohol."

And bourbon is distilled twice.


I'm hardly a whisky/whiskey connoisseur but I was under the impression that a lot of Scotch was only single distilled and that a lot of the peaty-ness of if came from the peat roasting of the malt. This would imply that some of the flavour characteristics of the malting/roasting/fermentation process survive the distillation process.
 
2013-04-22 02:55:40 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: If it's as good as they make their sake, the Scots should start worrying.


Yamazaki 12 and 18 are pretty nice.  A little more expensive than various 12s and 18s, but still good nonetheless.

I haven't tried the other brands yet, but would recommend a scotch drinker try both at least once.

I really, really wish places would offer more 100mL bottles so people can know what the brand is like without risking sinking 40+ into something they may not like (I'm looking at you Johnny Walker Gold).
 
2013-04-22 04:10:19 AM  

TheManofPA: There's no such thing as Scotchtoberfest.


YA USED ME SKINNER

are the nips still tryin to be white
 
2013-04-22 08:17:28 AM  
CSB time:

I met a guy at the SCA Pennsic war who had served as a staff officer for General MacArthur during the
occupation (he had a wicked samurai sword that he 'got the old fashioned way': he Tommy gunned down
the officer charging him with it), and he was driving around Tokyo with one of his adjutants and his
translator when he saw a sign that had a bunch of Japanese writing and the words "Suntory Distillery" on
it in English.

He asked the translator what that place was, and he said it was the Suntory whiskey factory.  Now, in the
back of the jeep they had a bunch of "Quarantined under order of General Douglas MacArthur", so they
nailed the signs on the entrance to the plant, and for about a week they had the run of the place until
the management called the office of the occupation to ask why their distillery had been quarantined and
no one could give them an answer.

OK, written out there isn't much to it, but he told it very well.
 
2013-04-22 11:17:28 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: The One True TheDavid: JasonOfOrillia:

I went on the Jameson's tour last summer.  That's when i discovered
that, while it is a single malt whiskey, it is triple distilled down to a white liquor and all the colour and flavour comes from the aging in casks recovered from port, sherry and cognac barrels.  Irish whiskey is just a flavoured alcohol while Scotch is the real deal.

All whiskies start out pretty clear and gain coloring & some of its flavor from the barrels. Unaged whiskey is called "white dog," which is catching on in the USA among hipsters with too much money and too few brains. All whiskey is "just a flavoured alcohol."

And bourbon is distilled twice.

I'm hardly a whisky/whiskey connoisseur but I was under the impression that a lot of Scotch was only single distilled and that a lot of the peaty-ness of if came from the peat roasting of the malt. This would imply that some of the flavour characteristics of the malting/roasting/fermentation process survive the distillation process.


You would be correct.
 
2013-04-22 11:19:23 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: I'm hardly a whisky/whiskey connoisseur but I was under the impression that a lot of Scotch was only single distilled and that a lot of the peaty-ness of if came from the peat roasting of the malt. This would imply that some of the flavour characteristics of the malting/roasting/fermentation process survive the distillation process.


I should also add that the type of still used makes a difference as well.
 
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