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    New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    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
    Black Bush
    Bushmill's 10YO
    Bushmill's 16YO
    Bushmill's 21YO
    Chivas Regal
    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.

    Comments? Suggestions?

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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    Too much sc**ch on that list, some if not all has gotta go. Get rid of George Dickel 12. Put in Van Winkle family reserve 13, that way you have a rye. Get rid of JD Single Barrel, too many other great sb's out there, replace it with rock hill farms or Blantons. Pm me if you reconsider getting rid of alot of that sc**th.

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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    Good list, Dub. But, to round it out, I would suggest adding the following:

    AMERICAN WHISKEYS

    1. Van Winkle Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey 13YO -- IMHO, the best American whiskey available and an excellent example of a whiskey category not yet represented (i.e., rye whiskey).

    2. Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey 18YO -- Another great rye and another top whiskey, periood.

    3. Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Straight Bourbon Whiskey 15YO/107 proof -- The 10YO/107 is a cheaper alternative and a fine representative of another category not represented on your list (i.e., "wheated" bourbon), but, for me, the 15/107 is the better pour. Luscious vanilla and caramel. Yummy.

    4. Weller Centennial -- Another "wheater" (i.e., a bourbon whose mashbill contains wheat as the flavoring grain, rather than rye) and another classic.

    IRISH WHISKEY

    1. Redbreast Pure Pot Still Irish Whisky 12YO -- An excellent example of the Irish pot still style (i.e., whisky distilled from a combination of malted and unmalted barley).

    2. Jameson Pure Pot Still Millennium 15YO -- Another pot still Irish. Expensive, but well worth trying. Tutti-frutti in a glass.

    3. John Power & Sons Blended Irish Whiskey -- The number 1 selling whiskey in Ireland...and for good reason. More pot still character than any standard blend and can be had for well under $20. A best buy, as they say.

    SCOTCH WHISKY

    Where, oh where to begin...

    1. Ardbeg TEN -- Perhaps the best standard issue Islay single malt available right now. Peat, peat and more peat. Nice fruity notes. Then more peat.

    2. Lagavulin 16yo - Another great Islay malt, more balanced and sherried than the Ardbeg. Not what it once was but still a powerful taste of Scotland.

    3. Highland Park 12yo - If you want to taste all the elements that makes Scotch whisky Scotch whisky, then try this one. A bit of peat, a bit of honey, a bit of heather, a little smoke, a taste of malt--all beatifully balanced. The 18yo is even better, though (naturally) a bit pricier.

    4. Talisker 10yo -- Unique among single malts for several reasons. One, it's the only one produced on the island of Skye. Two, while peaty like an Islay malt, it has a peppery finish that you won't find elsewhere. The perfect dram for a cold winter's night.

    Gosh, I could go on and on, and I'm sure others will chime in. So, I'll let it go at these.

    Happy hunting.

    SpeedyJohn


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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    Your list shows a real slant toward Wild Turkey (3 bottlings) while my list would add an Evan Williams Single Barrel (though I suggest you wait until the 1994 is available and likely your'll find it at Sam's Club). However, since you seem to like a mellow product (from your blend and Canadian experience) you might pick up their 1993 now.

    My list would also be more skewed toward the Buffalo Trace distillery. You already have their Rock Hill Farms and Weller. Yet, if you did not like Makers Mark you may not like Weller -- same "recipe" or mashbill, just stronger and better stuff. But if you want to taste a range of some of the greatest American Whiskies, in my opinion, you can't go wrong with the Buffalo Trace groupings, -- Elmer T. Lee, Sazerac Rye, Old Rip Van Winkle anything.

    Enjoy! And if you find you like Irish products I'd add the Tyrconnel (five star).

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    Alternatives. . .

    Keep the Dickel, Add Woodford Reserve and Blantons Single Barrel and Van Winkle 10/107. Ditch the most expensive two scotches. I bet if you do that you will have a better experience, and save money.

    TomC

    PS My opinion would be to pick either one of Kentucky Spirit or Russell's Reserve for now, they are fairly close in profile. I say get the RR.


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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    B Dub, Speeeeedy and others have some good advice for you.

    Drop the JD Single Barrel and head over to Buffalo Trace Weller Centennial.

    There are two proof versions of the Eagle Rare 10, many feel that the overproof is a better bottling than the single barrel.

    as per Kitzg, choose between the RR and the KS, no need to go for both at this stage. And, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the 8yr/101.

    You owe it to yourself to start now and explore the Van Winkle bourbons. 15yr/107 proof is a great place to start. If you can't get that one, try the 10 year old which is also a great choice.

    The scotches you've chosen are all worthy of your selection, but your are missing out on the Islanders. The styles of those you've chosen are all fairly similar. You could loose the Aberlour (a recent entry into the singles market) or the Dalmore. Both are very fine, but you simply have to make room for Ardbeg 10 (Islay)or the Talisker (Skye), both of which will offer you a completely different experience.

    By the way, I see you're a cigar fan. Did you know that Dalmore makes a "Cigar Malt". I've tried it and prefer the Dalmore 12 better, however I don't smoke so it would be interesting to see the Cigar Malt paired with.... a cigar!

    And what's this talk of "on the rocks"? Try your bourbons neat, or simply with a splash of water.

    Enjoy!


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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    I plan on ordering these bottles when I return from Florida in January.
    How can you possibly wait THAT long?


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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    Thank you guys so much for all the great advice. I appreciate the speedy response and all of your kind attention. I will be modifying my list. I am going to order in January because I have a month-long trip coming up, and I want to be around to accept shipment and review the contents.

    Right now I prefer whiskey on the rocks because I like it a little chilled and very slightly dilluted with the water-meltoff. Of course, I'll be tasting all of the selections neat as well. One can tell that I have much to learn.

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    I'm not a fan of Tennessee whiskey (and I live in Tennessee, just 40 or so miles from JD and Dickel!), but I'd go with JD's Gentleman Jack if I wanted to just have the experience. The JD Single Barrel is way overrated and overpriced, but the Gentleman Jack is at least drinkable.
    And, I much prefer bourbon to Scotch, too -- but ignore those parochialists who'd steer you clear of the latter entirely. A good Scotch is...well, a good Scotch. And Highland Park 12yo Ornkney Islands is a good Scotch that won't break the bank account.
    Hear, hear, to those who suggest the Van Winkle rye -- or Wild Turkey rye, Sazerac rye, et al. You really should try one. Many bourbons are fine whiskeys, but not all fine whiskeys are bourbons. These ryes are examples.

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    Re: New Kid On The Block; Whiskey on the Rocks

    I would suggest ditching the Chivas and I would encourage you to pick up a Macallan...the 12 yr is just fine..especially the pairing of its sherry notes with a cigar. I love Buffalo Trace and K Spirit. For price..Elijah Craig 12 is worth a look. Good luck...however....it would be nice to try some of these before buying...I guarantee you will not enjoy all of them equally...go to a good whiskey bar repeatedly and start buying glasses and take notes..like/dislike etc.

 

 

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