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Anyone have a recommendation on a single malt scotch? I'm not really a drinker (don't like beer, etc.), but for whatever reason, I decided to give scotch a try this last year and have given three a shot so far. Ended up enjoying two of them while the third was like drinking liquid smoke, it was rough. Anything out there that is a must try?


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Glenlivet 21 year old is very smooth. They have several to choose from even a 50 year ole.
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Cool. Maybe I'll give that a shot. I haven't had anything from Glenlivet yet. I've tried Balvenie, Macallan, and Johnnie Walker so far.


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I really like Macallan
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I've had Monkey Shoulder recently.. very smooth and tasty.. it's a blended scotch though.
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I've had Monkey Shoulder recently.. very smooth and tasty.. it's a blended scotch though.
Sounds interesting. I'll be picking something up this weekend to sample in-between bouts with the bronco. I wish we had more selection here locally. I have a feeling something like that one might not be on the shelf of our liquor stores. Otherwise I'll have to order something online another time.


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Middleton Very Rare ..... should make popsicles out of the stuff!

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Middleton Very Rare ..... should make popsicles out of the stuff!
Look at this guy, recommending Irish Whisky. lol I'm sure it's really good, though. When I google it everything shows around $200 a bottle.




I couldn't justify spending $120 on the bottle of Glenlivet that I was interested in trying, because I'm not living a baller life, so I picked this up for 1/4 that price. For what its worth, the Macallan Double Cask 12 year that I tried was reeeeally good and it was about the same price when I got it. I'll let @makersneat know if I think it's "very smooth and tasty".









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What are the that you tried and which is the one you didn't like?


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What are the that you tried and which is the one you didn't like?
I tried The Balvenie Double Wood 12 year single malt, which was pretty good.

I tried The Macallan Double Cask 12 year single malt, which was the best out of the one's I've tried so far.

And then I tried Johnnie Walker Black label 12 year blended scotch and that was the one that I absolutely did not like, but I'm not one to waste, so I eventually finished it. It was one of those things where you don't know how good things are until you've had something bad and when I say bad, I mean something that tastes bad to me. I'm sure the $200 a bottle Blue label is great.

What's funny is that was the first one I tried, simply because I could find a bottle that was small enough and inexpensive enough to try out and wasn't the complete bottom of the barrel, so to speak. I'd never had scotch before and I don't go to bars, so I was interested in finding something that wasn't gonna be 50 bucks and then sit on the shelf for a year because I didn't like it. It was very smokey, like taking a piece of charcoal out after you grilled some burgers and then sucking on it like you were warming up the reed for your alto sax. No thanks, baybay. I'm glad I gave something else a shot though, because the other two were much better. You get what you pay for I guess, as cliche as that is. I went from a small $20 bottle of Johnnie Walker to like.. a $50 - $60 bottle of Balvenie and it was night and day.

I really enjoyed the other two (Macallan/Balvenie). I have what I consider a poor sense of smell, mostly due to my deviated septum, so I really enjoy the nose from Scotch. When I poured some of the Macallan into my Glencairn whiskey glass and managed to get a wiff of honey out of it I was super excited. My wife thinks I'm weird when I stand there with it swirling it around and then shove my nose into that little glass. lol. I'm obviously new to the whole whiskey thing, especially Scotch whiskey, but I really enjoy a little glass here and there.

Speaking of that, I tried the Monkey Shoulder. Out of what I've tasted so far, as far as the different scotches, I'd place this one somewhere around the Balvenie as far as how much I like it. The Macallan is still my favorite so far, but for $32 the Monkey Shoulder is pretty dang good.
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That's why I was curious. That smokey flavor that the Johnnie Walker black has is definitely an acquired taste that some really don't like. Didn't want to suggest smokey scotches if you didn't like them. (I didn't like them at first, but they're my preference now.)

It's not a "single malt", but for a nice, affordable scotch, I like The Famous Grouse.
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Look at this guy, recommending Irish Whisky. lol I'm sure it's really good, though. When I google it everything shows around $200 a bottle.









I couldn't justify spending $120 on the bottle of Glenlivet that I was interested in trying, because I'm not living a baller life, so I picked this up for 1/4 that price. For what its worth, the Macallan Double Cask 12 year that I tried was reeeeally good and it was about the same price when I got it. I'll let @makersneat know if I think it's "very smooth and tasty".



















Lol!!!!! Yeah I work for an Irish company so when I fly to the headquarters that's a treat waiting for us in the hotel when we arrive.

I'm my home office there's a little liquor store in Wisconsin than keeps a few crates of it for our executives. He sells it to us for $120!

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That's why I was curious. That smokey flavor that the Johnnie Walker black has is definitely an acquired taste that some really don't like. Didn't want to suggest smokey scotches if you didn't like them. (I didn't like them at first, but they're my preference now.)

It's not a "single malt", but for a nice, affordable scotch, I like The Famous Grouse.
Well the only reason I asked for single malts is that's what I've had so far that had a taste I liked, so I figured lets keep going down that road. I still want to try some of the other stuff that's been recommended in this thread, but they'll have to fight it out with my Bronco parts budget.


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Lol!!!!! Yeah I work for an Irish company so when I fly to the headquarters that's a treat waiting for us in the hotel when we arrive.

I'm my home office there's a little liquor store in Wisconsin than keeps a few crates of it for our executives. He sells it to us for $120!
That's quite a discount! That'd be tempting to try out at that price.

The only thing I have waiting for me at work is free yogurt. It's not as exciting as a bottle of whiskey! It's not even good enough to sell to the public, that's why it's free.


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12 or 18 year Macallan
12 or 18 year Glenmorangie

I like both but Macallan is top of my list.
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Hey hey. I just finished a bottle, months later. I only have the Monkey Shoulder currently. Might have to snag a second bottle, so I can always have a choice. Like I said, I'm not much of a drinker. This stuff lasts me forever it seems.

The good ol' Idaho State Liquor Store never seems to have much variety, though.


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Anyone have a recommendation on a single malt scotch? I'm not really a drinker (don't like beer, etc.), but for whatever reason, I decided to give scotch a try this last year and have given three a shot so far. Ended up enjoying two of them while the third was like drinking liquid smoke, it was rough. Anything out there that is a must try?
For someone who is not a drinker and then decided to give Scotch a try is quite a feat. Scotch is really as they say "an acquired taste", in other words; when most people start, not try, drinking Scotch, they do not enjoy it at all. They usually have to try and muster through several different Scotch's and slowly build a foundation for it's appreciation. They say it will get better as you get more familiar with it.

Personally, I just can't seem to get it to work for me. I received a bottle of Johnny Walker Platinum and Johnny Walker Blue for Christmas a few years back. ( people knew I liked Whisky and figured Scotch Whisky was the same) My wife was a long time bartender at a few high end restaurants told me "that's really expensive and you're really going to enjoy that". She said the Blue was better, so I figured I'd start with the Platinum bottle, hey if it's that good, I might not want to go backwards after I drank the Blue. All I can say is, it's not for me. I mustered my way through both bottles only because I couldn't see wasting them. I have friends that drink Glenlivet and some of the other finer Scotchs and had me try them, but I just can't get it to click.

Till this day, if I go out to a party and I know we are going to be there for several hours and I want to drink but not get drunk; I'll have a Scotch on the rocks because it will last me all night.

Now, Bourbon on the other hand.....
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Blegh! Booze doesn't like me and I dont like booze. Cant stand the taste of really any of it, especially whiskey. When I drink, its Budweiser in a bottle.

Of course in high school (errr you didnt read that) I could walk around swigging out of a bottle of jack or captain. Now it makes me wanna puke. I prefer to get my kicks like Pepe does.
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For someone who is not a drinker and then decided to give Scotch a try is quite a feat. Scotch is really as they say "an acquired taste", in other words; when most people start, not try, drinking Scotch, they do not enjoy it at all. They usually have to try and muster through several different Scotch's and slowly build a foundation for it's appreciation. They say it will get better as you get more familiar with it.

Personally, I just can't seem to get it to work for me. I received a bottle of Johnny Walker Platinum and Johnny Walker Blue for Christmas a few years back. ( people knew I liked Whisky and figured Scotch Whisky was the same) My wife was a long time bartender at a few high end restaurants told me "that's really expensive and you're really going to enjoy that". She said the Blue was better, so I figured I'd start with the Platinum bottle, hey if it's that good, I might not want to go backwards after I drank the Blue. All I can say is, it's not for me. I mustered my way through both bottles only because I couldn't see wasting them. I have friends that drink Glenlivet and some of the other finer Scotchs and had me try them, but I just can't get it to click.

Till this day, if I go out to a party and I know we are going to be there for several hours and I want to drink but not get drunk; I'll have a Scotch on the rocks because it will last me all night.

Now, Bourbon on the other hand.....
Yeah, it's definitely different than what I've previously tried. I've been told beer is also an acquired taste and I think every beer I've tasted (not many) is crap, so it's not going to be acquired by me.

I like pleasant tasting drinks, which is why most of what I've tried is stuff that gets mixed. Bailey's comes to mind. Yum. I also find some Tequilas to be pretty decent.

I thought I'd try something different and pour an ounce or two of Scotch into a Glencairn whiskey glass and pretend like I was someone important.

I think I mentioned it somewhere earlier in this thread that I think the biggest appeal of the scotch, for me, is the scent of it. I enjoy that aspect of it.
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