View Full Version : Autumn inspired whiskeys

09-10-2002, 16:59
Since this is the off topic forum: In addition to your favorite Bourbons, what Scotch/Irish/Canadian whiskey do you reach for with the cool evening air and smell of smoke wafting on the breeze...after a hard day of yardwork? For me, I prefer Macallan 12 (18 if I splurge), Bushmills Black Bush, Talisker. I need to pick up some full bodied bourbon....KY Spirit etc. Currently, I have Buff Tr, Woodford, Weller Reserve.

09-11-2002, 07:50
ACK!!! How did this get here?????? After much soul searching Jim {Good King Butler} decided to provide a forum for you @#$%^**&!!! sc**chies. May the Saints preserve us all! After seeing how pitiful the sc**ch forums were => so snooty and restrictive; pretensious and just slightly more dead than Stalin, and about as much fun as Castro it became clear just why so many sc**chies wanted to join the fun at StraightBourbon.Com We are the fun bunch. All sc**th sucks allof the time. Enjoy! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

09-11-2002, 17:01
Congratulations! All you Sc####h heads have finally got what you want! so where the hell are you guys and gals ? I will check this section of the forum for it's clean wit , pretentiousness, and cutting edge drivel. If I ever forget how ti roll my eyes around my head this spot will keep me in practice.

09-11-2002, 19:37
Well, I can see THIS is going to be an interesting forum. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/ooo.gif

I'm not sure if these are "Autumn inspired", but some of my non-US favorates would be: Redbreast Irish, Bush Pilot's Canadian and Longrow Single Malt Scotch.

I like your choices too.

09-11-2002, 23:29
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Well, I can see THIS is going to be an interesting forum.


Actually John I think it will. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif I've gotten my one obligatory obnoxiously offensive rude comment out of the way so I'll not have to do that again. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif This new forum gives you and other forum members that just happen like foreign whiskies a place you can talk openly without having to 'sneek' a little sc**ch talk into your other posts.

09-12-2002, 05:09
It's funny to me how many people still see fall and winter as the "whiskey drinking seasons." The idea of drinking scotch/bourbon/etc. in the summer seems strange to them. Me? Hell, I'll be damned if I let 90+ degree temps stop me from having a snort http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif

So, to sort of answer your question, I drink a lot of different whiskies all year round. Fave scotch single malts include Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Highland Park. My top drops o' Irish include Redbreast, Connemara and (when a little extra cabbage comes my way) Jameson 15yo Pure Pot Still and Midleton Very Rare.

Unfortunately, Talisker in no longer available on PA state store shelves http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif You can only get it through special order at about $55 http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/mad.gif

(Good God! What a boring post! Maybe Linn's right. Too much scotch, not enough bourbon in my diet http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif )


09-12-2002, 06:24
Fear not Speedy. Build it and they will come. Enjoy your new found freedom and tell your friends. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif

09-12-2002, 08:34
Gee, whenever I want a fun filled response just post here! Actually, I don't understand why people have to be IN ONE GROUP vs THE OTHER. I like apple pie, that does not mean I snub pumpkin. Taste is individual and no pretensions are implied. The world is one great drink and food sensation so find what you like and spread the word. "Can't we all just get along" quoting Rodney King. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif My point about season is not that I do not drink whiskey / whisky http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif all year, it is just that my selection is sometimes governed by environmental influences...but, if these things don't affect you...great! Now, off to the Tolkien discussion! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

09-12-2002, 08:36
I wish I could find Redbreast...will have to check out the Duty Free shops on my rare travels.

09-13-2002, 10:10
Jono, I was attempting to be funny, It's your wallet and your tastebuds if scotch is your fancy then go for it. My experience with scotch is very limited and I think I will keep it that way . I really don't care for any that I have had. Likewise with gin and Brandy. well the brandy might work out . I just find a rut that I'm comfortable with and stay in it ,for me it's Bourbon and Beer. Anyway it appears that one could really spend some hard cash chasing the elusive perfect bottle of scotch, and bourbon as well but it seems that scotch runs a little to the high side I guess trans Atlantic shipping costs are up. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif
Back to your first point I think the seasons do affect the brands and expressions of them but I really haven't given it much thought , Bourbon fits Autumn as much as a football game or one of those crisp blue sky days of October. And always in winter I think I reach for something with a little heat in it. I have heard that drinking alcohol in the winter actually causes one to dissapate body heat .

09-13-2002, 21:07
I know you jest...reading various postings it appears everyone here has a good sense of humor. I agree, some imports are tooo pricey...that is what is great about Whisky Fest...I attended last spring in Chicago and could taste Bourbons, Scotch, Irish...even beer. I quickly confirmed what I like and do not like...fortunately, my choices don't run that expensive...I just did not see the significant difference from 12 to 18 to 23 yrs...of course I noted some...but not enough to pay $75-100 bottle. As I posted in tasting...my brother thinks Walker's Delux is fantastic...it does not cost that much and he likes it...it is ok...makes a good whiskey sour...but I prefer to spend my $ on quality over quantity...because I am not an everyday drinker. Tonight, just pulled my first bourbon out...several years old...W.L. Weller Special Reserve..see tasting notes.

09-14-2002, 10:05
Your profile says you are in the Chi-town vicinity. If so, you are in luck.

Here's a well-known store that carries Red Breast (http://www.samswine.com/searches/SpiritSearchResults.asp?USearch=red+breast) .

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

09-14-2002, 16:04
So is this the place where we can actually spell out the forbidden word?? Let me try it and see what happens.....scotch.......well, no bourbonium lightning bolts as of yet!! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

I have to agree with Jono about the pie analogy. I prefer bourbon any day to any other spirit, but I have no problem trying other whiskeys from time to time. The dominant Scots/Irish influence on whiskey making in North America warrants at least a little investigation into the whiskeys that were first made across the sea. If you like 'em, fine. If not, that's okay too.

As far as seasonal drinking I have a few quirks though I can't really explain why. I usually tend toward tequila (100% blue agave) (oops, I just mentioned te***la in a scotch thread on a bourbon forum...how creepy is that?!?!) in the summer. Scotch suits me more as a fall or winter drink. But bourbon is a year long drink for me (there, I saved myself from excommunication with that one!).

But to answer the original question, the Macallan 12 year is outstanding in the single malt category. Are Blends given equal space here too? Johnny Walker Red label is an excellent blend to me. But I'm still a scotch greenhorn and may be that way for some time because it is so ridiculously expensive around here.

Back to bourbon,


09-15-2002, 08:06
My gawd, now we are discussing pie! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/shocked.gif I don't much like pie anymore so my calories can come from spirits.
Most people including Linn know that I do not drink only bourbon. I likely know more about bourbon and have more experience with more labels of bourbon than other spirits partly because there are a limited number of bourbon distilleries.

I must admist, though, that this forum is far more active and interesting than those I've seen regarding other spirits. But by volume, I drink more beer than anything. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif

09-15-2002, 14:34
Single or blend is great...no superior attitude here...just a desire to communicate what is good to drink...have not had much experience with tequila outside of mixed drinks. Have not tried the "Red" version. Just like wines today, a lot more blendings of various grapes...geez...way off into left field with that reference!! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif How about some Spanish roija or super Tuscan red! Stop me...oh no, I also like a Australian port called Galway Pipe..great for those after Thanksgiving day "pies." Have mouth, will eat and drink! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif

09-15-2002, 23:50
Okay now that I got my requisite shock behind me, I will post somethong constructive:

I have not tasted much whiskey before I stumbled on bourbonia and fell in love, but here is a short list of what i liked:

Balvenie 15 Single Barrel &amp; 21 Port Wood
Bushmills 10 &amp; 16 Year
Black Bush
Old Pulteney 12 Year
Glenlivet 18 Year
Crown Royal Special Reserve

I think one of the things I enjoy the most about bourbon is its assertiveness, and it seems when I revisit any of these resently they have lost their magic a bit.


09-16-2002, 15:49
Since Jim added this thread I'll contribute. Though I've often extolled the virtue of better bourbons to our local "Irish Pub," I must admit that on occassion when eating there I'll ask for an Irish Whiskey. My favorite is Tryconnel or as I sometimes call it Tyrconnel Five Star. (referring to the five stars on the label) It is a single malt and is somewhat fruity. As the leaves fall and so does the temperature a nice meal in a cozy Irish pub with a good beer followed by a glass of Tyrconnel can sure be a comfort.

There ya go!

09-17-2002, 23:20
Personal tasted are just that--personal. I love all styles of whisk(e)y (Bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, etc.). I like most other spirits (brandy, rum, tequila, gin &amp; vodka). I like wine a little (might have it with dinner, that's all my wife drinks, I do NOT have a descriminating palate for it though), but beer... I have to be PRETTY thirsty to drink beer. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif