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Poll Question: Any Single Malts drinkers here???
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    Posted: June 27 2011 at 07:31
Hah - I'm one of those people that Whiskey purists want to shoot in that I drink it with coke LOL.
Best for me is Bourbon though - Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels and my favorite - Wild Turkey.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2011 at 07:48
Originally posted by DavetheSlave

Hah - I'm one of those people that Whiskey purists want to shoot in that I drink it with coke LOL.
Best for me is Bourbon though - Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels and my favorite - Wild Turkey.
 
With coke I would call it Cold Turkey, but I like my whisky pure and without ice cubes.
 
(Btw, I don't want to shoot non-purists, I'd rather try to teach them some good taste).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote stonebeard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2011 at 13:08
Originally posted by DavetheSlave

Hah - I'm one of those people that Whiskey purists want to shoot in that I drink it with coke LOL.
Best for me is Bourbon though - Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels and my favorite - Wild Turkey.


Hey, Jack and Coke, Makers and Coke, Jim and Coke....all fine.

If you order a Johnnie Walker Black or anything above $30/bottle in a liquor store and have em put coke it it, I might have to revoke your man card and slap you.
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Originally posted by stonebeard

Originally posted by Sean Trane

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Drinking an almost-daily dram of Dalwhinnie, now
 
But given the 30°C (well 27° at 11PM), I've put some rocks into my glencairn glass >>I don't like it too warm >> really prefer my Single Malts between 12 and 18°
  


I hate whiskey on the rocks. I suppose I've never tried chilling it in the freezer, but it gets immediately watery. No, nope, nopes.
 
Well I'm not for rocks systematically...
 
 
I just dislike drinking it above 22°C (I usually keep my bottles in a fairly cool place ( not the cellar, because it's not handy)  and the last couple of days have been murder (32 ° during dayrtime and 27° at night)
 
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A lot of Single malt drinkers (and some really dedicated drinkers) will put water in their malts, they're quite against the cooling of chilling...  I dare say it can liberate some flavours.... but NEVER put in  chemical-filled tap water!!!  (Actually I make my rocks with spring water).
 
I search neither cooling or chilling (even cooling in my case is keeping it "fresh" and letting it warm in the glass), but keeping the bottles at room temp, I find it looses a bit a flavour (spirit vapours inside the bottle are lost, once opened), especially in over-heat dedicated whiskey bars under a spot for better vision to clients... I take it the SM can climb to 35°C in those conditions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I am so far away from being a whiskey connoisseur, but my old school buddy almost weekly receives a bottle of single malt from his dad, who frequently visits Scotland and Ireland.
I will say, that I tend to like my whiskeys a bit smokey and oaky - and my current fave was an Islay whiskey - consumed over a longish evening on my friend“s porch overlooking a furious thunderstorm, listening to Still Life by Van Der Graff Generator. Those lightnings, the smokeyness of the whiskey and that tormented sax from Jackson made that night, one I won“t forget anytime soon.
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While I enjoy many of the malts, my preference is actually a blended whisky. On the malt side, I tend to enjoy the peaty tastes of the west to the lighter Speysides, but it is only a matter of degrees.
 
By the way, Scottish whisky (Scotch) is spelled without the e, while Irish is whiskey (not correcting anyone there).
 
I've never heard of Welsh whiskey, but I believe there is now a distillery in Norfolk, England.
 
Best way to drink whisky? My preference is equal parts whisky and water, with ice if the water is not cold.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jim Garten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 28 2011 at 10:59
Originally posted by Easy Livin

I've never heard of Welsh whiskey


I can't remember the name, but our local pub has a Welsh single malt; I did try it, but it was definitely not to my taste

This, on the other hand is a stunner:



Distilled in Bangalore, India - smooth, fruity & absolutely delicious

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tony R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 28 2011 at 11:29
Originally posted by Jim Garten

Originally posted by Easy Livin

I've never heard of Welsh whiskey


I can't remember the name, but our local pub has a Welsh single malt; I did try it, but it was definitely not to my taste

This, on the other hand is a stunner:



Distilled in Bangalore, India - smooth, fruity & absolutely delicious

I was given Penderyn welsh single malt at a wedding in Wales and it was bloody awful and I couldn't drink it.
I like Highland Park in particular but drink a variety of single malts whenever I can - especially when someone else is footing the bill. However, like Easy Livin' I actually prefer a blend - Johnny Walker Black label to anything else.
As for watering Scotch down, well all the connoseurs I know say you should either take water with your single malt or pour over a single ice cube preferably made from some poncy mineral water ( and rolled over a vrgin's thigh no doubt) to get the full taste benefit.
Even better get Cask Strength and start by adding a drop of water and dilute to taste.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tony R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 28 2011 at 11:34
My brother in law, a heathen Scot, refuses to serve anything other than cheap whisky to anyone who wants to mix it. He had a bottle of JW Blue Label (@£140 a bottle) and duly dolled it out but had a fit when a female guest asked for the ginger bottle. Needless to say she got some horrific Aldi whisky my mother in law got him for Xmas instead.

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I see his logic, at that price I would feel that people were throwing away my beautiful liquids.
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The distillery in Norfolk, England is St.Georges distillery.

Commencing in late 2006 they produced England's first whisky in December 2009 for over 100 years. The spirit cannot be called a whisky unless it is 3 years old.

I've been a few times and it tastes great already.

Surprised you didn't like Penderyn Tony, you must have had the wrong bottle for your taste. Like most distilleries they produce several different types. I like it Tongue

I went to Highland Park's distillery in The Orkney's in April, also one of my favourites.

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Japan. You need to try Nikka and Yamazaki. IMO as good as Scotland's best.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote toroddfuglesteg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 28 2011 at 12:52

Bushmills is the oldest distillery in the world and has a splendid view over the waters to Islay in Scotland; the route where the art of whisky making was exported to Scotland some hundred years ago. Bushmills is a whiskey not to be underestimated.  .......And it is from one of the finest coastlines in Europe.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tony R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 28 2011 at 14:37
Coincidentally ITVs Countrywise (on now) features a visit to Penderyn Distillery.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sean Trane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 03:58
Originally posted by progmetalhead

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Japan. You need to try Nikka and Yamazaki. IMO as good as Scotland's best.


 
I did in my opening post, although I didn't name the two SM
 
From what I remember in the sampling session I participated in somłe two years ago.... if you're a fan of the smokier Ardberg or Laphroiac Malts, then these two Japanese malts can be up your alley.
 
 
 
Originally posted by Jim Garten


This, on the other hand is a stunner:



Distilled in Bangalore, India - smooth, fruity & absolutely delicious
 
I mentioned it earlier but mispelt the name
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progmetalhead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 04:09
Originally posted by Sean Trane

Originally posted by progmetalhead

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Japan. You need to try Nikka and Yamazaki. IMO as good as Scotland's best.


 
I did in my opening post, although I didn't name the two SM
 
From what I remember in the sampling session I participated in somłe two years ago.... if you're a fan of the smokier Ardberg or Laphroiac Malts, then these two Japanese malts can be up your alley.
 

More like Speysides IMO Tongue

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My two favourites are Laphraoig and Talisker.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akamaisondufromage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 09:35
I don't know a lot about whisky.  Thus I prefer blended stuff, but Black Label or CHivas if I can afford it.  I occasionally have a malt but I don't like it too peaty or smokey.  My usual is THe Famous Grouse which is good enough for me thanks very much.,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote toroddfuglesteg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 10:13

Originally posted by chopper

My two favourites are Laphraoig and Talisker.

I have been to both distilleries on my (push)bike after some long rides.  

Their geography is giving the single malts their taste. That is what I really like about single malt whiskies: Show me a picture of the distillery and it's geography and I can tell you how the whisky taste. Bunnahabhain from Islay is the only exception from this rule and I have no idea why this whisky taste like a Speyside. But the rest...... look at the map and pictures of their surroundings (hint: Google Earth) and you can almost taste the whisky.

Laphroaig: With the back against one of the biggest & smelliest peat bogs I have ever seen on an island (ok, Isle Of Lewis has far bigger ones) and facing the ferocious Atlantic Ocean; the taste of the 10 years old is not a surprise at all. The warehouses is also just a few meters from the Atlantic Ocean and the wooden barrel both breathes in and out. 

Talisker: Sheltered in a bay from the Atlantic Ocean on a rocky, volcanic island with several springs coming up from the old lava, the taste is not a surprise at all. Isle Of Skye...... what an island ! I love that island.   


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I'm a blended man.  My faves (in order):
 
1.Haig & Haig Pinch (at home with close friends)
2.Johnnie Walker Black Label (on the town with a good meal, steak)
3.Dewar's White Label (out drinking to get blotto)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sean Trane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 29 2011 at 10:49
Originally posted by dwill123

I'm a blended man.  My faves (in order):
 
1.Haig & Haig Pinch (at home with close friends)
2.Johnnie Walker Black Label (on the town with a good meal, steak)
3.Dewar's White Label (out drinking to get blotto)
 
 
That's chez moiApprove!!! In Brussels
 
(not the original whisky though)
 
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  Here is my selection (call it a shrine if you will)  in Holland dating of five months ago
 
 


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