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What's your favorite?

Personally, I'm torn.

I love peaty Scotch - Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Talisker, Ardbeg.

But I also love Highland and Speyside Scotches: Macallan, Oban, Aberlour, Tormore, Glendronach.

How about y'all?
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Laphroaig is by far my favourite (not that I've sampled too terribly widely). There is a complexity to the smoke and peat that I haven't found in the others.

You've mentioned your taste for Talisker before, Bill, and I've just finished a bottle (no, not all at once). I like it, but not as much as the Laphroaig.

Come to think of it, I need a new bottle. I'm open to recommendations.
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Give Lagavulin a try.

Also, Ardbeg Uigeadail: to me, it has a cinnamon finish.

Both are quite peaty.
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Give Lagavulin a try.

Also, Ardbeg Uigeadail: to me, it has a cinnamon finish.

Both are quite peaty.


On my shopping list. Thanks.
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I tried a single malt scotch once, inspired by one of your earlier topics on scotch (I got a bottle of it, and unfortunately, cannot remember who made it). Its been a while.

I didn't like it at all. I don't drink often, but I certainly wouldn't mind trying again, and was wondering if there might be a reason...perhaps I do not know the best way to 'administer' it Smile Or, it just may not be for me.

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If you haven't tried single-malt Scotch before, I'd suggest starting with a Highland or Speyside, as they're, if you will, the mildest of the Scotches.

Oban or Macallan would be a good choice.

The Scotches that John and I are discussing - Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Talisker - are Islay and Skye Scotches, much peatier (smokier) than Highland or Speyside varieties.
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Mark, think of it like Bartók. It's surprising, challenging and bit unpleasant at first. But the rewards that come from patience...
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I tried a single malt scotch once... I didn't like it at all.... perhaps I do not know the best way to 'administer' it....


Adding just a small splash -- as in, from only a few drops to a VERY small dollop -- of pure spring water (not chlorinated tap water!) can mellow whisky and open it up nicely.

That, and a good cigar...!
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I have a bottle of Tomintoul 16 yr old Single Malt, gifted by a good friend. I'd never heard the brand before I got the bottle. It is the only Scotch I've ever had in which I actually love the taste. It's a sipper that is wonderful...I can take an hour to go through a half ounce. It makes Life Luxurious in the moment and you can't ask for much more than that.
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Funny, Donna and I were talking about single malts just a couple of nights ago. We used to love a shot after dinner, especially if the fireplace was going. And yes, a shot and a good cigar - heaven.
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I love all sorts of single malt. But my wallet does not. Lately I've been going for bourbon or rye instead.
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I'm partial to the 10 year old Laphroaig, simply because it is affordable enough to find permanent residence in my liquor cabinet. I do love so many of them though, as each label, vintage, or sometimes bottle, vary greatly with so many nuanced flavors. You can literally taste history with these liquid pieces of art.
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Off topic, but there's a blended scotch I thoroughly enjoy from Lombard Distillery called Old Master.
I enjoy Glenfiddich, and Glenlivet single malts.
I don't like it too peaty but a little bit is good.
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I know many people who like Glenfiddich, but I'm decidedly not one of them.

(In 2010 my wife and I went on a horse drive in Idaho and met a couple of women from Aberdeen; they despise Glenfiddich.)

If you can find Tormore, it's a great Speyside single-malt. BevMo first got it in 2012, but they cannot get it any longer; apparently they don't export much at all.)
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Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie don't do it for me. I think of them as the tourist malts.

I love Talisker, the first scotch I tried. It was on a romantic break in the highlands, and we did the distillery tour, then the sampling. I also love Laphroaig and Lagavulin. But the more mellow scotches also have their charms.

I like to keep two bottles on the go - a good Irish and a good scotch. The Irish is mellow and smooth, the scotch fierly, peaty and smokey. And I like to bring two hip flasks when I travel, one of each.
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I also enjoy 12 yr old BenRiach.

Nose: Floral, grassy, heather honey. Vanilla sweetness. Hint of fresh peat.

Palate: Silken delivery offers white peach and spicy toffee apple. Floral, honey.

Finish: Refined, little spice. Melted chocolate.
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The Scotches that John and I are discussing - Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Talisker - are Islay and Skye Scotches, much peatier (smokier) than Highland or Speyside varieties.


Ah, it was, indeed the smokiness the put me off. Its been a year or two, but that was very distinctive.

Thanks to you, Karnak and others for your suggestions.
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12 year old Glenlivet is my usual. Dahlwinnie 18 yr old, Balvenie 12 yr old are good. For peat, go with Lagavulin 16 yr old.
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