Hello Everyone! I previously introduced myself in the SMOKES section of your fine website. I am a cigar aficionado, and http://www.StogieChat.com is my regular haunt. After a terrible whiskey experience in high school (can we say alcohol poisoning?) I went about a decade before I could even smell whiskey without gagging. About a year ago, I tried a 7&7 at a party and kinda liked it. I slowly began to mix them stronger and stronger, until one day I just poured whiskey on the rocks and grabbed a cigar. I found that the two paired up very nicely, taking the "bite" off of both. Since then, I have enjoyed a couple bottles of whiskey with my cigars.
So far, I have learned that you basically get what you pay for. Black Velvet, Scoresby's, and Canadian Mist are only good for making mixed cocktails. I have been gradually working my way up the quality ladder (Seagram's VO, Crown Royal, Chivas Regal). I tried Maker's Mark the other day, and it made me gag.
I am only just now learning about the intracacies of the Whiskey World. I'm discovering what makes an Irish Whisky differ from Single Malt Scotch, and Bourbon from everything else. But my tasting of different bottlings is very limited up to this point, and I haven't the slightest clue how to distinguish the different subtle flavor nuances.
After talking to MurphyDawg on the phone and doing a little browsing of my own, I have compiled the following Whiskey Wish List. I plan on ordering these bottles when I return from Florida in January. Here it is:
Knob Creek 9YO
George Dickel No. 12
Rock Hill Farms
A.H. Hirsch 16YO
Eagle Rare 10YO
Wild Turkey Russell Reserve 10YO
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
The Dalmore 12YO Highland
Balvenie 12YO Doublewood Speyside
Glenmorangie Port Wood 12YO Highland
Glenrothes 1989 11YO Speyside
Aberlour A'Bunadh Speyside
That's about all I can afford to buy right now, but I am hoping that this will give me a pretty good beginning array of whiskeys from across the spectrum.