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    Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    Last night I was enjoying some Weller 19YO - I so love that whisky. Anyway I was marvelling particularly at how unique it is. I can't describe it: dates ? almonds ?

    It got me thinking about those whiskies I've tasted that are the most unique (not my favourites necessarily). In no particular order:

    Sazerac Rye (floral ultra smooth black cherries and amazing)
    Weller 19YO
    VWFRR 13YO
    Van Winkle Special Reserve 12YO lot b (potent)
    Jack Daniel single barrel (definitely not what I expected).
    Jack Daniel no 7 (tastes like JD !)
    Mellow Corn
    Talsiker 10YO (A taste of the Skye coastline)
    Lagavulin 16YO (Lapsong Souchong tea, iodine and sherry but it tastes good !)
    Highland Park 12/18YO
    Macallan Cask Strength (savage sherry)

    BTW, apologies for mixing whiskies in post.

    Cheers, B.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    When I think of whiskies that made me stop and think "gosh, this stuff is completely different", the bourbon that comes to mind for me is Blanton's. Not that its tasting profile is unique, but rather it was the first bourbon that made me ask "where is the alcohol burn?"

    Since you've mentioned scotches, the malt that completely blew me away at first was Laphroaig. And at first it wasn't a good reaction, it was more like "who squeezed iodine cotton balls into this bottle!?"

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    I have yet to try Blanton's - I think you've just sealed a bottles doom

    Laproaig is definitely one of those whiskies too - especially the 10YO cask strength.

    Cheers,

    B.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    As far as American whiskey goes I would opt for Jim Beam rye and the Old Potrero bottlings matured in used barrels. With the emphasis put on tasting profiles, that is.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    EC12

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    Eliah Craig 18 y.o. Completely unique. Some days I love it, some days I hate it, but always unique.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    Eliah Craig 18 y.o. Completely unique. Some days I love it, some days I hate it, but always unique.
    I haven't had enough long-term experience with the 18yo to experience that phenomenon (yet), but I can testify to the 12yo doing what I call a "morph." It quite literally will seem like a totally different whiskey on different nights. I still can't pinpoint whether it's diet-related, my mindset, or what. Bizarre (and pleasantly unique) characteristic.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    Tina & I agree that EC 18 is very unique - although we have never hated it! I like it, and Tina ranks it in her top 5 favorites easily.

    Tina also votes for Knob Creek as being very unique, although it's not one of her favorites.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    I've been umming an erring about getting a bottle of EC 18 for a while. Its very expensive over here (£42 = $74) but the 12YO is one of my favourite whiskies. Also it gets a bit of a mixed reaction from people who have tried it.

    Cheers,

    B.

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    Re: Essential American Whisky (and Scotch)

    The price makes it a tougher choice. Personally, the most we have ever paid for any whiskey was $60 for a bottle of WT 12 year about 4 years ago, and we are still stretching that bottle out. The other problem is that I don't think a liking of EC 12 necessarily predicts a liking of EC 18. It's a completely different animal to me.

    I don't think I'd pay $74 for EC 18, but would certainly keep an eye out for a relative bargain or an opportunity to taste.

    But I have to ask - if EC 18 is $74, how much is Weller 19?


 

 

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