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    Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    Ok, it's been a long time since I've had Scotch. This past weekend I was at the International Wine and Food Festival at Epcot. I purchased the "Scotch Flight" which consisted of Glenfiddich 18, 15, 12 year Scotch. It took a long while to unscrew the cramp in my face after tasting all three, the 18 year having the most "smoke". That said, it was tough getting through it. Can anyone recommend a good place to start when transitioning from, or between bourbon and Scotch? Thanks!

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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    I could figure out the how after I figured out the why.
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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I could figure out the how after I figured out the why.
    ...and I would never figure out the why.

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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    I should clarify, that I'm essentially asking what I'm "missing" when drinking Scotch? I didn't find it nary as enjoyable as Bourbon. For those who enjoy both, how do you manage the transition? That said, I have no inclination to drink anymore Scotch, anytime soon.

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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    The idea of "I love bourbon so why would I drink Scotch" is foreign to me.

    I like drinking whiskey. Malt whiskey in the Scotch style is a lot different from bourbon, and has a wide spectrum of flavor to offer. If you go in expecting a certain flavor (in this case, smoke) you'll find it. Forgive me if I'm making an incorrect assumption about your preconceptions.

    Glenfiddich is one of the most popular malts - not among enthusiasts, among everyone. That's the case because it's mild and approachable. It's not peaty. I find it light, with floral and honey flavors. It's not my favorite, because it's not enough in-my-face, and that's the only reason.

    If you want to try some Scotch, try some. The ones that grabbed me are the peaty ones. The ones that grab others are the sherry bombs, or the delicate ones, or....
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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    I won't eat brussel sprouts but my son likes them. He won't eat broccoli even if I try to hide it in a casserole. Things are what they are and I'm content to like what I like.
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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I won't eat brussel sprouts but my son likes them. He won't eat broccoli even if I try to hide it in a casserole. Things are what they are and I'm content to like what I like.
    Well I'm dang sure not talking to YOU about what Scotch tastes like. You've tried more of it than most folks here.
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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I won't eat brussel sprouts but my son likes them. He won't eat broccoli even if I try to hide it in a casserole. Things are what they are and I'm content to like what I like.
    That's pretty much it. Scotch whisky doesn't have much more in common with bourbon than oak aged tequila or rum. They're different and you may not like them all. If you don't, you're not "missing" anything.

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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    You're correct Jim, evidence of a misspent youth.
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    Re: Transitioning from Bourbon to Scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti View Post
    That's pretty much it. Scotch whisky doesn't have much more in common with bourbon than oak aged tequila or rum. They're different and you may not like them all. If you don't, you're not "missing" anything.
    Pretty much sums it up for me... No shame in not liking Scotch but I commend your willingness to give it a shot every once in a while.
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