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    Crown Royal XR is my favorite so far.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nafoo Click here to enlarge
    Glenfiddich 18
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    The 2 that I have highlighted in bold are the ones I usually go after once I run dry. I've also tried the Midleton that somebody mentioned earlier and I thought that stuff was damn good as well, a bit expensive but still good. But my alltime favorite is the most popular blend and I don't care if it's frowned upon, but I do get this stuff about once a year:

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    Makers Mark for mixing. Woodford Reserve for sipping. If you want to try some boutique distilleries I personally love Stranahan's (you can only get it in Colorado currently) and Breckenridge Distillery (should be able to find more broadly). They have both won many a gold medal and are fantastic. Stranahan's is great because they bottle it at a slightly higher proof so it is actually made to be mixed with a small amount of water and/or served on ice. Makes it incredibly mellow and smooth.

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    I like my first drink of the night to be on the smoother side, but for the most part, especially after one or two, I gotta have the bite. I like Jameson 18year for this reason. Jameson may be crazy popular, but can't say I see too many sporting a green box on the shelf
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    I must say I've been enjoying whiskey lately.

    But, I mix my whiskey with coke. Am I supposed to just drink this stuff straight?

    How does a quality scotch differ from a quality whiskey exactly?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I must say I've been enjoying whiskey lately.

    But, I mix my whiskey with coke. Am I supposed to just drink this stuff straight?

    How does a quality scotch differ from a quality whiskey exactly?
    I started mixing at first too (coke, 7-up, sprite). I eventually moved to watering down slightly via ice. I still like it cold, but now pour it over massive ice balls (here) that don't melt as fast so you can enjoy the whiskey more fully. Some whiskeys are actually bottled at a higher proof with the expectation that they will be watered down slightly by the end drinker. Almost all whiskeys are actually barreled at higher proof and then watered down some to bring them to a lower alcohol content (in the 40-45% ABV range or 80 to 90 proof).

    Scotch is a type of whiskey. All whiskeys are made from some sort of fermented grain. You're probably asking about Scotch vs. American Whiskey. American Whiskey can be made from lots of different grains, but the most common is probably Bourbon, which is made from a malted corn mash. All American Whiskeys have to be aged in new American oak barrels. I'm not as familiar with Scotch, but I do know it has to be distilled at least twice which typically makes people feel they are smoother.

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    Good stuff, thank you.

    I was at this bar last night and I saw lagavulin 12 on the shelf. I asked for it with a splash of coke and the bartender had to wipe the dust off the bottle and go check a sheet to see the price. He comes back and says it's $28 per shot and asks if I still want it. I tell him to give me two.

    It was very nice and I enjoyed it. Even more so when nobody else was having what I was having. Sampled some other whiskeys they had on the top shelf but the lagavulin was the best.

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    The weird thing about the Lagavulin 12 is that it was super light. I thought it was watered down but it tasted amazing.


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    Having the Lagavulin 16 right now, on the rocks. Preferred the 12 by far and I came here specifically for that. When a business can't coordiante it's online menu with the bar it pisses me off.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
    Crown, My all time favorite party whiskey. Not the best whiskey, but the one I go to most often for a bunch of friends coming over when I don't feel like spending a bunch of money on a whiskey for everyone else to guzzle down. At one point I had so many of those purple bags I was going to have someone sew them together to make a duffle bag or something.

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    Garth and Drew have a $#@! ton of bags because thats all they drink... we could make like 3 car covers lol
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    My crazy 6'10" Scottish uncle back in Adelaide has some 500 single malt bottles in his collection... he put me onto

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    I am not a Scotch drinker but that stuff is crazy uniquely special

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    The weird thing about the Lagavulin 12 is that it was super light. I thought it was watered down but it tasted amazing.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by undercoverangie Click here to enlarge
    Drews GF got him this blanket last year for christmas
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    Garth and Drew have a $#@! ton of bags because thats all they drink... we could make like 3 car covers lol
    That is f'ing sick.

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    Tullemore Dew. Yes, seriously.

    Johnny black (obviously)
    Any fidditch is fine with me.

    I also like Oban as well.

    Personally I enjoy a single malt for its character- but my shop partner likes johnny black for its smoothness and consistency.
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    Anyone care to look over this list and give me any recommendations on what I should try? I'm going to be back in LA next weekend and I'm going back to this Whiskey bar just earlier in the day this time: http://sevengrandbars.com/menus/Seve...hiskeyMenu.pdf

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Anyone care to look over this list and give me any recommendations on what I should try? I'm going to be back in LA next weekend and I'm going back to this Whiskey bar just earlier in the day this time: http://sevengrandbars.com/menus/Seve...hiskeyMenu.pdf
    Holy $#@! that's a long list! A couple that stand out to me - try the Breckenridge - it is a multiple gold winner that I find excellent. I've heard four roses is excellent, but never had it. Woodford Reserve is some of my favorite for sipping (and inexpensive on this list). Get a couple at higher proof (>90) and let them mellow on ice - I bet they'll be fantastic (typically higher proof is meant to be watered down slightly). I'd try a white whiskey too (not put on oak). I've heard white dog is interesting. Or with a list this long, maybe pick a segment and just try within it to see how they vary.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    Holy $#@! that's a long list! A couple that stand out to me - try the Breckenridge - it is a multiple gold winner that I find excellent. I've heard four roses is excellent, but never had it. Woodford Reserve is some of my favorite for sipping (and inexpensive on this list). Get a couple at higher proof (>90) and let them mellow on ice - I bet they'll be fantastic (typically higher proof is meant to be watered down slightly). I'd try a white whiskey too (not put on oak). I've heard white dog is interesting. Or with a list this long, maybe pick a segment and just try within it to see how they vary.

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    Which four roses? The Yellow Label?

    I forget which whiskey I had last time but I liked it more than the Laguvilin 16 and it was cheaper. It will be impossible to sort through that list and find it again.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    You wouldn't be jealous if you saw my tab.
    Ha! That is probably true.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Which four roses? The Yellow Label?

    I forget which whiskey I had last time but I liked it more than the Laguvilin 16 and it was cheaper. It will be impossible to sort through that list and find it again.
    I'm not sure - I'd have to ask on the four roses.

    I'm not surprised that some of the cheaper (but don't go too cheap!) whiskeys were good. It is pretty common for some of the smaller craft distilleries to not actually distill their own, but instead blend whiskeys from other distilleries. They then just jack the price up. Like I said, Woodford Reserve is one of my favorites, but still relatively inexpensive. You also pay more for older whiskeys (if it is sitting on the shelf for 20 years you aren't making any money on it - better get a good premium for it Click here to enlarge ), but the longer something sits on oak, the longer it takes on a "smoky" flavor versus a vanilla/caramel flavor (which I prefer). Just something else to consider.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    the longer it takes on a "smoky" flavor versus a vanilla/caramel flavor (which I prefer). Just something else to consider.
    I think I'd prefer the vanilla/caramel too.

    I think the best idea may be to do one or two or three of their connoisseur flights to try a bunch at once.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I think I'd prefer the vanilla/caramel too.

    I think the best idea may be to do one or two or three of their connoisseur flights to try a bunch at once.
    Can't rep you again, but I totally agree.

    -Rich

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    I just 'found' this. Thoughts?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
    Try this and you won't think it all tastes the same:

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    You were right btw.

    I prefer the 12 though.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by guru_method Click here to enlarge
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    Nothing original or obscure, but I have to go with my man Johnnie, Green Label is by far my favorite scotch. Best enjoyed on a sportfishing yacht in the company of fine ladies.
    This is a pretty awesome thread. Reading it back over now.

    I tried the green recently and it is indeed good stuff.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    That's what is fun about it IMO. Whiskey gets soooo boring.
    Want to point out I was very wrong.

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