He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway
I guess I'm one of the few that actually likes JW Red. No, it's not a world beater but I think it's decent enough for a cheap blend. Dewars is fine but boring, same with Cutty Sark (although it's been many years since I tried it). J & B is pretty bad. I've had no desire to try any of the other bottom shelfers since I can get Famous Grouse, JWR, and White Horse for around $20.
The worst scotch I have had was whatever well scotch went in a Rob Roy that I ordered several years ago. A casual acquaintance had mentioned that since I liked Manhattans I should try a Rob Roy. It was awful: smoky, oily, tequila-like in a bad way. Way too young. Blech.
Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.
Dewar's hands down is the worst blend. Clynelish 14 is loved by many, but to me it is awful, awful. Like drinking salty bitter grapefruit juice.
Yeah, 8 a.m. is a bit late in the day to start drinking.
I like most whisk(e)ys to some degree or another but my worst would be JW Red...harsh tasting, and Canadian Mist (I don't know if was a bad batch or what but it tasted like turpentine).
Its a lot easier to find bad scotch than bad bourbon. When bourbon is bad its still fairly drinkable.
For scotch, the cheapest blends are vile. But it was meant as a mixer. I consider JW red one of the best of the bad bkends
I had many foul scothes. They share one of three common factors.
1. Sulphured (rubber/rotten eggs)
Examples : Glendronach Parliament, HP Magnus Eunson the list is long
2. Baby puke/donkey piss. Immature. Often in younger whisky. Very occasional in older
Examples: Abhainn Dearg first bottling. Young arran. Tobermory. Jura
3. Weird finishes
I had several pukastrophes. A G&M Caol Ila red wine finish. Longrow Tokaji. Most of Edradours range
4 Cu Dubh. Needs its own section
Talisker 10 had a taste of Band-Aids, iodine and seaweed. Absolutely horrible stuff. Lagavulin 16 however has just the right amount of funk to make things interesting.