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  1. #21
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    The standard Glenmorangie 10 is a good introduction to Scotch. It's hard to go wrong with Aberlour 12 if you are looking for a sherried Scotch.
    I like these recommendations at under $40. Move to a higher price if you like these.
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    So I ended up with a bottle of Highland Park 12. And I must say I'm glad I got it. Really really enjoy it. The others that were suggested will be considered for future purchases. Pretty much everything you guys mentioned they had at Binnys. The peatyness of this actually balances really nicely with the other flavors. This bottle will not last long. I can tell already.

    Thanks again!!

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Good call on the HP12. My first bottle of Scotch was a Laphroaig 10yr after having it at a tasting and loving how different it was from anything I'd tasted before (although if you "like" peat but don't "love" peat - that might not be a good first bottle). I like to think of HP12 as a "gateway Islay" dram - enough to either get you interested and want more, or tell you not to cross that bridge
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    My fist scotch was gifted to me and it was Highland Park 12, as well. All I could think was, "Wow, this tastes like great mezcal."

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavius View Post
    I love Islays. But for a great non-Islay that is (probably) easy to find most everywhere and is under $100 maybe check out Glenlivet 16yr Nadurra. It's cask strength, non-chill filtered and damn tasty! I think it runs around $60-70, depending on where you are of course.
    I agree with Nadurra. On a Scotch forum Nadurra was mentioned in a thread "if i could only have 3 bottles..." several times. Longmorn 15yo is also a great one. I wouldn't just stick to single malts.....Ballantines 17yo and Cutty Sark 25yo are my top 2 blends under $100.

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    First bottle of scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by elbowguru View Post
    My fist scotch was gifted to me and it was Highland Park 12, as well. All I could think was, "Wow, this tastes like great mezcal."
    Scotch came before mezcal for me, but this is about the direct analog of how I felt when I tried some good mezcal.
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Wait there's such a thing a "good mescal"??

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Yes, apparently, something to do with the used Bourbon barrels it's aged in.
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    First bottle of scotch?

    Nothing to do with any kind of barrels for the ones I like to drink. Try some Del Maguey Chichicapa if you have a chance.
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    Nothing to do with any kind of barrels for the ones I like to drink. Try some Del Maguey Chichicapa if you have a chance.
    Chichicapa is indeed very nice. I also recommend the Del Maguey Tobala. A bit harder to find and a bit more expensive but very good. I would also recommend the Del Maguey San Luis del Rio Azul but it was a limited offering and may be hard to find now. Blue Weber Agave grown in Oaxaca (some was sent there years ago during the late 90's and early 2000's when the Blue Agave was affected by a disease in the Jalisco region to try to preserve the species) and produced like a mezcal.
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