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What's a good Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

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    [Jul 14, 2004]
    Looking for something over 15 years old.
    Planning a cigar party for a group of guys and need a few good suggestions.

    Bear in mind, I'm in the States and I'll need to be able to find it here.

    TIA
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    Highland Park (Made in Orkney) the best I've tried.
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
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    Highland Park (Made in Orkney) the best I've tried.

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    Ooooo... I already have that one on a shelf! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    <PEDANT_HAT>

    There are no good Scottish Whiskeys

    There are plenty of good Scottish Whiskys though

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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    Yeah... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif
    I realized I spelled it wrong after it was too late.

    Leave it to a purist to correct me! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue_out.gif

    By the way: You're just as mistaken to call it "Scottish".

    It's called Scotch Whisky.

    So.... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/[censored].gif" alt="" /> Hehe /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/goofy.gif
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    <PEDANT_HAT>

    Sorry mate nothing wrong with saying Scottish Whisky. I know Yanks like to call it Scotch and it is referred to as Scotch Whisky but it is Scottish and it is Whisky.

    2/10 for effort should try harder in future.

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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    Funny thing is....
    All the bottles say "Single Malt Scotch Whisky"
    and the books I have on the subject say "Scotch Whisky". These Scottish authors take great pains to explain that the person is a Scots, anything made in or from Scotland is Scottish, but the whisky is spelled without the "e" and is referred to as Scotch.

    To quote one author (a Scotsman), "The Scotsman wears a Scottish kilt whilst he drinks a dram of Scotch."

    Lastly... From the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary :
    Scottish / Scots / Scotch / Scot
    >>The adjective Scottish is the most general word used to describe the people and things of Scotland, while Scots is only used to describe its people, its law and especially it language: Scottish dancing; the new Scottish parliament; a well-known Scots poet; a slight Scots accent.
    >>The adjective Scotch is now mainly used in fixed expressions such as Scotch whisky and Scotch broth and sounds old-fashioned or insulting if it is used in any other way.
    >>The noun Scotch means whisky, and the noun Scots refers to a language spoken in Scotland, closely related to English. A person who comes from Scotland is a Scot: The Scots won their match against England.
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    Anyway garethj:

    Did you have a recommendation or did you want to continue this mini-diatribe?
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    Glenmorangie (10 years) or Chivas Regal, Glenfidich is also a good one. None of them are over 15 yrs but worth a try
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
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    Glenmorangie (10 years) or Chivas Regal, Glenfidich is also a good one. None of them are over 15 yrs but worth a try

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    Isn't Chivas a blended?

    I have both of the "glens" already. They have a bit of a bite, in my opinion.
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    Apologies, Chivas is a blended whisky

    You could try looking at http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/
    This shop stocks everything and gives you a decent description of most Scottish whiskies, they do ship to the USA but it aint cheap.
    What about a wee dram of Dalmore 62 yr old £25,000 a bottle /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    You absolutely cannot go wrong with an Ardbeg 17 year old. It has all of the flavours, but remains smooth and very drinkable, unlike some cheaper, newer malts....
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    Andy bS3 said:
    What about a wee dram of Dalmore 62 yr old £25,000 a bottle /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif

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    Hehe... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jawdrop.gif
    Thanks, I'll try the website.
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    Does it have to be Scotch?? What about a good Irish Whisky - such as Middleton...
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    You absolutely cannot go wrong with an Ardbeg 17 year old. It has all of the flavours, but remains smooth and very drinkable, unlike some cheaper, newer malts....

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    Thanks, I'll look for it.
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
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    Does it have to be Scotch?? What about a good Irish Whisky - such as Middleton...

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    We did that last month. We are trying horizontal tastings of (the best of) regional drinks every month. In May we did Bourbon. Next month will be Cognac. In September we will be doing Port. In October we will be doing German beer.
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    Ports....
    Dows or Warres are good... want something about 20 years old.
    Obviously vintage... not vintage character or late bottled
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    [Jul 15, 2004]
    OK OK I was just having some fun.

    Here are some recommendations:

    Laphoraig
    Isle of Jura
    Lagavulin (very unusual can be an acquired taste).
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    I thought Scotch was Tape...

    Tried one called Dimple (15 Years I beleive) once, out of my father's bar and that was Ok and I don't think he'd spend more than $15 on a bottle of whisky.

    Looks like you and your friends have a lot of fun!
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    Glenmorangie (10 years) plus! Don't add water as once poured you will have perfection. Sip, don't gulp, allow the dram to caress your tastebuds. Enough! Enough! It's not the weekend YET and I feel the need for " a wee dram" so roll on the weekend!!
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    [Jul 16, 2004]
    Talk about diversity... I just realized how un-alike our lives have become. Here's how we stack up:
    1. From Africa via E. Europe; systems analyst
    2. From "Hollywood"; corp. executive
    3. From New Jersey; architect
    4. From Pennsylvania; U.S. Marshall
    5. Then there's me... Oooooh boy!
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    [Jul 21, 2004]
    What about Jonny Walker Black Label??.
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    i must agree with rouge element, highland park from the northernmost distillery is by far the most consistent and widely favored i have tried,hint of heather!!
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    [Jul 21, 2004]
    I tend to go more for the islay malts like garethj recommended.
    Lagavulin is my fave but the Laphroaig is also a nice drink.
    These can be a bit strong tasting for some people because they have a peaty,smokey flavour to them.I think this is caused by the water on the island.
    If you are after something a bit easier to drink try a Glenfiddich.You will find that the whisky from all the different regions of Scotland carry a different flavour and taste.
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    Have you had the cigar party yet?? What whiskys did you end up trying??
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    [Jul 22, 2004]
    I know I am throwing this in late but there is nothing on earth like a bottle of 21year old Royal Salute.
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    [Jul 24, 2004]
    Scapa a very good whisky, sister distillery with Highland Park

    Macallan

    Glen Farclas

    Johnny Walker Blue Label not a Malt but at the price £99 duty free is a very good one.

    Take your pick there are no bad whisky's only some are better than others.



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    [Jul 26, 2004]
    Can't beat a bit of Oban....
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    [Jul 27, 2004]
    Building up my own collection. Personal favourites are the Cragganmore and Lagavulin 16 year.

    [​IMG]

    Here's my definitive list for my collection, about half way through now, picking up most in duty free shops.

    Aberfeldy
    Aberlour
    Ardbeg
    Ardmore
    Auchentoshan
    Balvenie
    Ben Nevis
    Bladnoch
    Bowmore
    Bruichladdich
    Bunnahabhain
    Cardow
    Clynelish
    Cragganmore
    Dailuaine
    Dalmore
    Dalwhinnie
    Edradour
    Glen Elgin
    Glen Grant
    Glen Moray
    Glen Ord
    Glen Scotia
    Glen Spey
    Glendronach
    Glendullan
    Glenfarclas
    Glenfiddich
    Glenfiddich Solera
    Glengoyne
    Glenlivet
    Glenlossie
    Glenmorangie
    Glenturret
    Highland Park
    Lagavulin 16
    Laphroaig
    Linkwood
    Longmorn
    Macallan 10
    Macallan 18
    Macallan Cask
    Mortlach
    Oban
    Scapa
    Speyburn
    Springbank
    Strathisla
    Talisker
    Tamdhu
    Teaninch
    Tobermory


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    [Jul 28, 2004]
    Damn Colin!

    Time to start drinking some of it!

    What's the bottle with the Asian writing?
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    [Jul 30, 2004]
    Well guys...
    The get together is tomorrow night. I'll post the results this weekend.

    Thanks again for all of your input.

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