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2018-06-17 05:47:44 PM  
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2018-06-17 05:53:26 PM  
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2018-06-17 05:54:15 PM  
If you have to go on FARK to find a scotch, you sir, do not have the character to be a scotch drinker  Stick with box wines.
 
2018-06-17 06:00:25 PM  
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2018-06-17 06:02:38 PM  
Laphroaig 10 or Quarter Cask, both well under $100 and very solid.  Talisker is another great option.  Lagavulin 16 as mentioned above is another very popular choice, but I prefer the 8 year old release, which has more bite and smoke compared to the 16, which is almost too smooth to my taste.

If you can find any of the Laphroaig Cairdeas bottles around those are always great as well (annual releases finished in various different casks or released at cask strength or something else special).
 
2018-06-17 06:10:44 PM  
Any Glen' label will do. Without knowing your tastes, a simple Google will give you your answer.
 
2018-06-17 06:10:52 PM  
Edradour or Dalmore for the beginner, Highland Park, Lagavulin for the comfortable weekender, Laphroaig for the masochist.
 
2018-06-17 06:14:37 PM  
Do you want to pair it with Mt. Dew or RC Cola?
 
2018-06-17 06:22:34 PM  
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2018-06-17 06:24:06 PM  
Lagavulin and and Laphroig are not for newcomers. They are both excellent, but they are both Islay Malts and heavy on the peet/Smokey flavor.

For your everyday smoother Scotch, I recommend Macallan 12 year.
 
2018-06-17 06:25:32 PM  
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homemade gives the impression you actually care
 
2018-06-17 06:26:48 PM  

whither_apophis: Do you want to pair it with Mt. Dew or RC Cola?


What? No love for Jolt?
 
2018-06-17 06:31:51 PM  
Glenlivet 15 Year is about $65 a bottle and well worth it IMO, YMMV. It's my go-to.

If you want dirt-cheap that doesn't double as paint-stripper, try Speyburn Highland.  It's about $20, so you can buy a couple and stash them in the garage for when you're supposed to be "working" out there *wink, wink*.
 
2018-06-17 06:33:34 PM  

whither_apophis: Do you want to pair it with Mt. Dew or RC Cola?


RC Cola and moonpies, duh.
 
2018-06-17 06:34:07 PM  
Little late on Father's day gifts there sparky.
 
2018-06-17 06:35:27 PM  

whither_apophis: Do you want to pair it with Mt. Dew or RC Cola?


CSB time: This is me and some friends after a concert (there was LSD and E involved) where we got kicked out after last call and the only booze in the house was Johnny Walker.

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And the only chaser available was Dr Pepper.

/csb
 
2018-06-17 06:37:59 PM  

optikeye: Little late on Father's day gifts there sparky.


Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year, so I asked to get some impressions of what to expect. So far, there have been a couple of posts about good beginner and everyday types.

Snark aside, we're not looking for a cheap rotgut to be drowned in soda. That's what Jack Daniels is for.
 
2018-06-17 06:40:01 PM  

fusillade762: whither_apophis: Do you want to pair it with Mt. Dew or RC Cola?

CSB time: This is me and some friends after a concert (there was LSD and E involved) where we got kicked out after last call and the only booze in the house was Johnny Walker.

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And the only chaser available was Dr Pepper.

/csb


I wish we had a "Cool" button.  Times of lifelong memories.  ;-)
 
2018-06-17 06:41:35 PM  
Macallan 12 year is about $50-60 with slight peatiness and stone fruit flavors.
 
2018-06-17 06:45:48 PM  

pxlboy: Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year,


Most scotch drinkers are pretty set in their ways for scotch. So get the most popular and available brands.
Because there will be more than a few there that are like 'oh...free booze..mix that with diet coke please'
Drinking great scotch is a solitary business, and at it best requires a Irish Setter dozing infront of a fireplace while you're in a horsehair overstuff chair with side table.
 
2018-06-17 06:48:25 PM  

optikeye: pxlboy: Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year,

Most scotch drinkers are pretty set in their ways for scotch. So get the most popular and available brands.
Because there will be more than a few there that are like 'oh...free booze..mix that with diet coke please'
Drinking great scotch is a solitary business, and at it best requires a Irish Setter dozing infront of a fireplace while you're in a horsehair overstuff chair with side table.


It might be hidden in the groom's quarters set aside for a few close friends. An open bar gets expensive quickly, so we might limit what we have to mostly wine and beer. But, it's all still in the planning phases.
 
2018-06-17 06:48:28 PM  

optikeye: pxlboy: Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year,

Most scotch drinkers are pretty set in their ways for scotch. So get the most popular and available brands.
Because there will be more than a few there that are like 'oh...free booze..mix that with diet coke please'
Drinking great scotch is a solitary business, and at it best requires a Irish Setter dozing infront of a fireplace while you're in a horsehair overstuff chair with side table.


Reading a first edition can't hurt either, or is that more of a cognac man?
 
2018-06-17 06:56:21 PM  
Oban.

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2018-06-17 06:58:20 PM  
Auchentoshan Three Wood
 
2018-06-17 07:00:23 PM  
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2018-06-17 07:03:07 PM  
Wait, you want to spend $100 on a bottle but don't know what you like? Find a good bar with a large Scotch selection, do a few flights, and buy your choice.
 
2018-06-17 07:17:30 PM  

optikeye: pxlboy: Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year,

Most scotch drinkers are pretty set in their ways for scotch. So get the most popular and available brands.
Because there will be more than a few there that are like 'oh...free booze..mix that with diet coke please'
Drinking great scotch is a solitary business, and at it best requires a Irish Setter dozing infront of a fireplace while you're in a horsehair overstuff chair with side table.


And lots of books on the walls that you've never read but look really cool, along with a large stuffed animal head or three.

And a Meersham or hand-rolled Carribean cigar.

And you need the silk jacket. And a brandy snifter with your pinky extended.

Otherwise you might as well be drinking Old Thompson and Sam's Choice Cola.
 
2018-06-17 07:25:14 PM  
Okay, I might be an atheist, but I was drilled in the Bible from a young age. Since you're planning a wedding, I think John Chapter 2 might be appropriate:

7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

In other words, you should follow along with a millenia-old tradition. Get a variety of six or seven bottles of moderately-priced ($50-60) stuff that's really popular, maybe a bottle or two of super expensive for a specific toast, and then fill out with cheap stuff. Once people have had a couple of drinks of the good stuff, they'll be okay with the cheaper.

If you're not familiar with scotch itself, go to an independent bar on a slower day and be ready to drop $50-$75 or so and another $15-20 on a tip for the bartender and he'll be able to walk you through a nice tasting and offer recommendations for more expensive stuff based on what you like.
 
2018-06-17 07:29:23 PM  
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2018-06-17 07:32:23 PM  
Depends. If you like peaty Islay whiskies, then:

Lagavullin 16
Ardbeg 10, Uigeadail or any other for that matter
Laphroaig 10 or quarter cask

If you prefer sherried Speysiders, then:

Macallan 12
Balvenie Doublewood
Glenfarclas 12
Aberlour Abunadh (cask strength.)

For the money, my favorite is the Quinta Ruban from Glenmorangie. It's a port-finished 46% non-chill filtered whisky that is outstanding for the price - which can be as low as $40, if you're lucky to find it.
 
2018-06-17 07:33:09 PM  
BTW, $100 is a very expensive bottle of scotch. There are a shiat-ton of really good scotches under $60.
 
2018-06-17 07:43:52 PM  

ox45tallboy: Okay, I might be an atheist, but I was drilled in the Bible from a young age. Since you're planning a wedding, I think John Chapter 2 might be appropriate:

7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

In other words, you should follow along with a millenia-old tradition. Get a variety of six or seven bottles of moderately-priced ($50-60) stuff that's really popular, maybe a bottle or two of super expensive for a specific toast, and then fill out with cheap stuff. Once people have had a couple of drinks of the good stuff, they'll be okay with the cheaper.

If you're not familiar with scotch itself, go to an independent bar on a slower day and be ready to drop $50-$75 or so and another $15-20 on a tip for the bartender and he'll be able to walk you through a nice tasting and offer recommendations for more expensive stuff based on what you like.


There might be a handful of people that would actually drink it, but I see your point.
 
2018-06-17 07:48:00 PM  

FlashHarry: For the money, my favorite is the Quinta Ruban from Glenmorangie


I have never not liked anything that Glenmorangie puts out.  Their everyday scotch is pretty good for about $40 a bottle.
 
2018-06-17 07:53:43 PM  

FlashHarry: BTW, $100 is a very expensive bottle of scotch. There are a shiat-ton of really good scotches under $60.


...huh? There are a ton of good scotches under $60, yes, but $100 is no longer a "very expensive" scotch, not when an 18-year Macallan is going for $249 and a 30-year Macallan is approaching the $2,000 price point.
 
2018-06-17 07:59:03 PM  

pxlboy: ox45tallboy: Okay, I might be an atheist, but I was drilled in the Bible from a young age. Since you're planning a wedding, I think John Chapter 2 might be appropriate:

7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."
They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

In other words, you should follow along with a millenia-old tradition. Get a variety of six or seven bottles of moderately-priced ($50-60) stuff that's really popular, maybe a bottle or two of super expensive for a specific toast, and then fill out with cheap stuff. Once people have had a couple of drinks of the good stuff, they'll be okay with the cheaper.

If you're not familiar with scotch itself, go to an independent bar on a slower day and be ready to drop $50-$75 or so and another $15-20 on a tip for the bartender and he'll be able to walk you through a nice tasting and offer recommendations for more expensive stuff based on what you like.

There might be a handful of people that would actually drink it, but I see your point.


If you're just doing it for a specific toast, does it have to be scotch?

Also, for a really cool effect, go to Dollar Tree or whatever "Everything's a Dollar" store is around and load up on cheap stemware for that toast (brandy snifters for scotch) so you can break it afterwards. As long as it's glass and generally the right shape, it will taste the same out of a $1 glass as it will a $75 crystal piece. You might also do the same with champagne flutes for the bride and groom, although some might want to do the "keep it and drink again from the same glasses on every wedding anniversary" thing.

But the post-toast glass breaking is really awesome to participate in. It means the glass has fulfilled its highest duty possible in that toast, and it will never again be used for an inferior purpose.
 
2018-06-17 08:02:44 PM  

FormlessOne: FlashHarry: BTW, $100 is a very expensive bottle of scotch. There are a shiat-ton of really good scotches under $60.

...huh? There are a ton of good scotches under $60, yes, but $100 is no longer a "very expensive" scotch, not when an 18-year Macallan is going for $249 and a 30-year Macallan is approaching the $2,000 price point.


CSB:
I was on a cruise ~10 years ago and they had Macallan 18 for $87/bottle on the ship.  Absolutely-sign me up for one. After dinner the guy who sold it to me stopped me and said they were actually on sale for $46/bottle. Unfortunately they only had one more left. So I got two bottles for $46 each.

The first didn't last me too long at home, but I still have yet to open the second. I'm still waiting for a special occasion. I'm not sure what that is though because since then I've seen the birth of two children, bought two houses, and had a great career change.

I like going to restaurants and looking at what a single glass of 18 goes for. It's in the 30s at most places now.
 
2018-06-17 08:05:15 PM  
overpriced hootch is not going to impress your FIL. he hates you and the thought of what you do to his little girl,
 
2018-06-17 08:08:26 PM  

kevlar51: FormlessOne: FlashHarry: BTW, $100 is a very expensive bottle of scotch. There are a shiat-ton of really good scotches under $60.

...huh? There are a ton of good scotches under $60, yes, but $100 is no longer a "very expensive" scotch, not when an 18-year Macallan is going for $249 and a 30-year Macallan is approaching the $2,000 price point.

CSB:
I was on a cruise ~10 years ago and they had Macallan 18 for $87/bottle on the ship.  Absolutely-sign me up for one. After dinner the guy who sold it to me stopped me and said they were actually on sale for $46/bottle. Unfortunately they only had one more left. So I got two bottles for $46 each.

The first didn't last me too long at home, but I still have yet to open the second. I'm still waiting for a special occasion. I'm not sure what that is though because since then I've seen the birth of two children, bought two houses, and had a great career change.

I like going to restaurants and looking at what a single glass of 18 goes for. It's in the 30s at most places now.


I have a Macallan 18 in my library - I've slowly purchased scotch, when I used to be flush with dot-com cash, so I've slowly enjoyed my library over the years. The last decade or so has seen the prices skyrocket for such things, thanks due to a number of factors (not the least of which is the sudden Chinese nouveau riche demand.)

I'm still quite fond of a Laphroaig 10, and if I can find a reasonably 18-20 year Speyside, the price for those is still way down compared to comparably-aged Islay. But, I tend towards cheaper fare these days - the scotch is there more for guests than for myself. I'm quite fine with a nice $8 bottle of chilled white "Single Mom's Helper," whatever's on sale at Total Wine, for my weekly or biweekly "let's get buzzed & watch Rifftrax" evening.
 
2018-06-17 08:09:18 PM  

sinko swimo: overpriced hootch is not going to impress your FIL. he hates you and the thought of what you do to his little girl,


If he only knew what did with his little girl and the scotch... but, he's dead, so, I guess he can just watch mutely, in horror, whilst we enjoy ourselves.
 
2018-06-17 08:12:29 PM  

ox45tallboy: Also, for a really cool effect, go to Dollar Tree or whatever "Everything's a Dollar" store is around and load up on cheap stemware for that toast (brandy snifters for scotch) so you can break it afterwards.


Screw "the Dollar Tree." Go to a restaurant supply store, buy the cheapest 8 oz. glassware you can find in cases, and enjoy one of the most satisfying weekends you've ever had at an SCA event, as you hurl your glassware into the firepit & encourage your guests to do likewise.

If you've ever had a nice drunken affair, a tumbler that fits comfortably in the hand is just the thing for serving huge quantities of wine to your friends - and, if they're encouraged to a toast and a toss, it ends up a memorable drunken affair for pennies per pal.
 
2018-06-17 08:13:01 PM  

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came for this. 

"During maturation, the Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional whisky oak cask to an original sherry oak cask, thereby acquiring character from each cask"
 
2018-06-17 08:13:29 PM  
I may be chatty - I'm enjoying my wife's Father's Day present, and as tipples go, it goes well. :)
 
2018-06-17 08:17:48 PM  

FormlessOne: There are a ton of good scotches under $60, yes, but $100 is no longer a "very expensive" scotch, not when an 18-year Macallan is going for $249 and a 30-year Macallan is approaching the $2,000 price point.


In my opinion, $100 is a lot for a bottle of scotch when so many good ones can be had for a little more than half that. Yes, of course, there are scotches that cost a lot more. That's like saying that $100k isn't a lot to spend on a car because a Bugatti Chyron costs $2.5 million.

I've spent $100 on scotch before - just not often. Hell, I can get an Aberlour Abunadh - a great cask-strength Speysider - for about $70. And I think a $50 Macallan 12 is much more value for money than a $250 Macallan 18.

Of course your mileage may vary.
 
2018-06-17 08:31:06 PM  

pxlboy: optikeye: Little late on Father's day gifts there sparky.

Full disclosure, we want to have a Scotch on offer at our wedding reception next year, so I asked to get some impressions of what to expect. So far, there have been a couple of posts about good beginner and everyday types.

Snark aside, we're not looking for a cheap rotgut to be drowned in soda. That's what Jack Daniels is for.


If you're looking for a crowd pleaser that seasoned Scotch drinkers will still appreciate Dalwhinnie 15 is an excellent choice.  It's a step up from the 'not a scotch bar but we have to have a scotch on hand' Glenlivet and Glenmorangie that you see everywhere, but is still affordable in the $50-$60/bottle range.
 
2018-06-17 08:48:31 PM  

blastoh: Kubo: [img.fark.net image 159x159]

came for this. 

"During maturation, the Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional whisky oak cask to an original sherry oak cask, thereby acquiring character from each cask"


Typically really well-priced too. I can get a bottle from the (decent) liquor store up the street for about sixty bucks. Definitely a great price point for that particular scotch.
 
2018-06-17 08:49:32 PM  

blastoh: Kubo: [img.fark.net image 159x159]

came for this. 

"During maturation, the Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional whisky oak cask to an original sherry oak cask, thereby acquiring character from each cask"


I haven't tried the Double Wood, but I do like the Balvenie Caribbean Cask.
 
2018-06-17 08:57:47 PM  
Newbie? Dalwhinnie.
 
2018-06-17 09:00:13 PM  

FlashHarry: FormlessOne: There are a ton of good scotches under $60, yes, but $100 is no longer a "very expensive" scotch, not when an 18-year Macallan is going for $249 and a 30-year Macallan is approaching the $2,000 price point.

In my opinion, $100 is a lot for a bottle of scotch when so many good ones can be had for a little more than half that. Yes, of course, there are scotches that cost a lot more. That's like saying that $100k isn't a lot to spend on a car because a Bugatti Chyron costs $2.5 million.

I've spent $100 on scotch before - just not often. Hell, I can get an Aberlour Abunadh - a great cask-strength Speysider - for about $70. And I think a $50 Macallan 12 is much more value for money than a $250 Macallan 18.

Of course your mileage may vary.


This, and I do generally agree with you - my only point (and gripe, to be honest) is that demand has widened the price points far more over the last decade than at any time before the dot-com boom. Of the few scotches for which I would spend that kind of money, they're worth that kind of money - the high tide on scotch has lifted all boats, yachts & dinghies alike (and more than a little flotsam, unfortunately) which has made it harder to justify that kind of money on some of them.
 
2018-06-17 09:09:35 PM  
Oban 14.
 
2018-06-17 09:15:10 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: blastoh: Kubo: [img.fark.net image 159x159]

came for this. 

"During maturation, the Balvenie DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional whisky oak cask to an original sherry oak cask, thereby acquiring character from each cask"

I haven't tried the Double Wood, but I do like the Balvenie Caribbean Cask.


the best thing about the double wood is the smell. 
If you ever try it, open it and take a few gentle wiffs.  

It has a sweet cherry smell to it.
 
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