Official Scotch Thread

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  1. ned's head

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    Order on the way. Should hold me through the quarantine

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  2. CoastalOrange

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    Can't see anything. But I fully support any liquor order during these trying times.
     
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  3. Willpépé

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    Received a Balvenie 21 year portwood for my birthday recently.

    :banderas:
     
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  4. ned's head

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  5. CF3234

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    Need to spend another $500 before end of the year to hit the highest reward group at total wine. Any suggestions? Been drinking a lot of mortlach 16 lately, but not against something similar to lagavulin
     
  6. IHHH

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    I love this one

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    It’s not a very pricy bottle and it’s not like lagavulin at all. Not Smokey or peaty but it’s a good smooth whisky with a different taste. It’s a good bottle to have

    edit, not a scotch though so maybe i am off topic here a little
     
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  7. ned's head

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    One bottle or multiple? Like anything other than those two?
     
  8. Uncle Tupelo

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    Yeah those are two completely different flavor profiles. Do you like peated stuff like Lagavulin, or just want to start trying some out?
     
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  9. Willpépé

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    I appreciate this. I like scotch whiskey and bourbon in order. I always get a bottle of crown around Xmas and new year. It may or may not last 2-3 bowl nights which is why it’s only purchased once a year.
     
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  10. CF3234

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    My preference is more smooth, but I’m not against something with a lot of peat.
    Preferably 2-3 bottles.
     
  11. ned's head

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    As mentioned, the two you mentioned are pretty different, so I'll break down some recs for something similar to both:

    Sherry (mortlach):
    • Glendronach is sort of the gold standard. The 18 is probably what I'd get, but you may find a decent deal on the 21.
    • Glenfarclas 25 or 21 is probably the best bang for buck/age
    • While hard to find, the arran 21 or 18 would be my personal pick. Love arran stuff.
    Peat:
    • Older islays are less aggressive than younger ones. That might be a better bet for finding something that tastes smooth. I'd go with something like:
    • Caol ila 25. The 18 is good as well and easier to find.
    • Any independently bottled bowmore. The stuff from the distillery isn't great, but the ones bottled by 3rd parties are the tits (signatory, a d rattray, etc.)
    • Ledaig is my personal favorite in the peated world. You'll find the 18 or some older independent bottlings in this price point.
    whiskybase is by far the best review site for individual bottles, so it may be a good idea to cross reference what you see in store before buying.
     
  12. CoastalOrange

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    I'm a fan of most things from Dalmore, Balvinie, and Highland Park.
     
  13. Uncle Tupelo

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    ned's head gave you you alot of good suggestions. Here are a few of mine as well:

    Non-peated
    - glenmorangie signet
    - glendronach 18
    - glenalliche 15
    - Oban 18

    Peated
    - Talisker 18
    - Talisker distiller's edition
    - lagavulin 16
    - caol ila 18

    Those are all in the price range where you could mix and match 3 or 4 of them to hit $500
     
  14. ned's head

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    2nd the signet. That's my favorite of the sherried scotches. Especially if you like coffee/chocolate notes
     
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  15. CF3234

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    Picked up a bottle of this to give to my dad for Christmas last week. Love oban.
    Really like this one as well.
     
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  16. Uncle Tupelo

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    I'd check out the Port Charlotte 10 if you like Lagavulin 16. A little younger, and 100 proof, but I find the taste similar to Lagavulin.
     
  17. WhiskeyDelta

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    Bowmore 15yr Sherry is my preferred Islay
     
  18. gritzy

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    Just grab some octomore
     
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  19. Willpépé

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    Received a Balvenie 21 year portwood for Jesus’ birthday.

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  20. Mr Mortisay

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    My fave non peated is Macallan 18. Oban 18, Glenlivet 18, and Highland Park 18 are all good too
     
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  21. THEBLUERAIDER

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    I realize this has been asked 100 times before, but any recommendations for a complete scotch novice? I’m a bourbon guy, if that helps. Thanks!
     
  22. Bo Pelinis

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    Monkey Shoulder
    Macallan 12 or 15
    Glenfiddich 12
    Glen Moray sherry cask finished
     
  23. ned's head

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    I'd go for something bourbon matured/finished. Depending on the budget, I'd go for deanston 12 or 18. Clynelish 14 would also be a good choice
     
  24. Bo Pelinis

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    Deanston 12 real nice
     
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  25. Mr Mortisay

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    Oban 14 is my favorite younger than 18 years. You can usually find it for 70ish. Johnny walker green (15 years) is surprisingly good, as is monkey shoulder
     
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  26. THEBLUERAIDER

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    Thanks everyone
     
  27. IHHH

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    what are you looking for, a more crisp and clean taste or a smoky kind of taste that stays with you for a while?
     
  28. THEBLUERAIDER

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    I’m guessing more of a clean taste at first, then as I get used to it, transition more to a smoky taste. Like I said, I’m a big bourbon fan, so I figure I could start as close to bourbon then work my way up.
     
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  29. pratyk

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    Not "scotch" but maybe lookup Hibiki Harmony (dark fruits/Sherry notes) or Amrut Fusion (a tiny bit of peat but mainly licorice / dark fruit notes).
     
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  30. The Banks

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    Got the Offerman Lagavulin for Xmas.
     
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  31. Craig Pettis

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    I’d say start with Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, and Macallan. Then transition into taliskers, then Lagavulin, and then if you’re really digging the smoky you can head on into the territory of real
    men and try Laphroiag.
     
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  32. ned's head

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    I'd personally stay away from the glens and macallans to start. Those are generally sherry forward and may be a more jarring transition if you wanted something closer to bourbon.

    Also don't give up, never give up if you try a few and don't like it. I eventually found that I don't really like an entire region. Scotch flavor variation is pretty wild.
     
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  33. pratyk

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    Only try Ardbeg after you've grown some chest hair from drinking all that Scotch.
     
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  34. Craig Pettis

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    SIL got me that for Christmas a couple years back. Delicious
     
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  35. Willpépé

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    Gifted to me, originally from the 50’s or 60’s I’m told. It’s about half full still. When I first was asked if I wanted it, I immediately said yes because we have a bar and I wanted to display the bottle, I think it’s cool as shit. It’s probably the only thing I collect, and you could not label me as prolific. Will be interesting to taste, will keep you posted.

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  36. ned's head

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    It's probably going to be oxidized quite a bit if it's half full. If you're interested in stopping that oxidation, you can pour it into a smaller bottle (probably a clean 375 ml bottle).
     
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  37. TC

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    How long before oxidation generally becomes an issue?
     
  38. Willpépé

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    Cork went on it twice and the current cork is bad. Have a rubber band and bag over it now. Definitely will perform surgery over the weekend on it. Ultimately I think I am going to use one of the 284 wine stoppers we have in the house, saw off the top and glue the bottom on.

    Also who the fuck users a wine stopper? Finish the damn bottle.
     
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  39. ned's head

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    The more empty the bottle is, the faster it happens. I wouldn't worry about a mostly full bottle for a couple of years. With his, I suspect it will change the taste quite a bit.

    But that's not to say it won't be great. I'd just guess that if you had a side by side with a fresh bottle, they would taste different.
     
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  40. ned's head

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    Lmao. Corks (for scotch bottles at least) are pretty universal. I always keep a few spares for that reason.
     
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  41. Willpépé

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    Right should have clarified, not planning to keep any of the contents in there after surgery is performed.
     
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  42. ned's head

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    Pretty neat, though. What were they using for ABV in those days? 40%?
     
  43. Willpépé

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    Close! 43%
     
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  44. Willpépé

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    So finally uncorked that Chivas. That was the most peat I’ve tasted in a scotch ever. If you love peat look it up. I don’t, absolutely disgusting to me.
     
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