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    Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    I just want to make a good Roy Rob. I tried my Johnny Walker Black Label for kicks but found it too smokey and would rather drink it neat for that money.
    Last edited by burbankbrewer; 01-16-2008 at 15:07.
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Try Famous Grouse, which is the favorite blend in Scotland itself, where they reputedly know a little about Scotch whisky. It's a value play, too, along the lines of Rittenhouse BIB or VROHH BIB 10yo -- well, okay, at the somewhat higher Scotch level. Good all-around Scotch.
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    I use Teachers Highland Cream in my Rusty Nails, there's more 'bacon' than just smoke in it, to my tastes. Price is good, too. Teachers bought up their single malt providers back in the 19th century, before all the cool kids got hep.
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Here's my recipe for a great Rob Roy

    2 Oz Bourbon
    .5 oz Sweet Vermouth
    Dash of bitters

    Shake with Ice and serve Up.

    (Please notice the lack of scotch in my recipe or the resemblance to a Rob Roy. "Good Rob Roy" may be a oxymoron)
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Quote Originally Posted by pepcycle View Post
    Here's my recipe for a great Rob Roy

    2 Oz Bourbon
    .5 oz Sweet Vermouth
    Dash of bitters

    Shake with Ice and serve Up.

    (Please notice the lack of scotch in my recipe or the resemblance to a Rob Roy. "Good Rob Roy" may be a oxymoron)
    Ok I'll bite. What's your recipe for a "Great Manhattan" ?
    Last edited by burbankbrewer; 01-17-2008 at 12:32.
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    Try Famous Grouse, which is the favorite blend in Scotland itself, where they reputedly know a little about Scotch whisky. It's a value play, too, along the lines of Rittenhouse BIB or VROHH BIB 10yo -- well, okay, at the somewhat higher Scotch level. Good all-around Scotch.
    Do you like this better than JW Red Label?
    Jamie

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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Quote Originally Posted by burbankbrewer View Post
    Do you like this better than JW Red Label?
    Yes, especially considering price. I find JW Red pretty bland, with Grouse displaying a roasted-nut, dried heather motif present in many Highland single malts that appeal to me.
    For whatever it's worth -- but, it's from where I first became aware of it -- the Beverage Tasting Institute includes it as the blended Scotch in its 'thrift' bar lineup:
    http://www.tastings.com/spirits/best_bar.html
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    My Tongue in Cheek recipe was made to emphasize that Scotch doesn't make many good cocktails.

    If you must use Soctch in a Rob Roy, then history would dictate Dewar's White Label as being the correct scotch blend.

    If memory serves me correctly, both Dewar's white and the play Rob Roy appeared in NYC about the time of the "new" cocktail.
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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Quote Originally Posted by pepcycle View Post
    My Tongue in Cheek recipe was made to emphasize that Scotch doesn't make many good cocktails.

    If you must use Soctch in a Rob Roy, then history would dictate Dewar's White Label as being the correct scotch blend.

    If memory serves me correctly, both Dewar's white and the play Rob Roy appeared in NYC about the time of the "new" cocktail.
    Thanks Mr. Ed. From thebar.com they suggest a recipe like this.
    1 oz. Johnnie Walker Red Label
    .5 oz. sweet vermouth
    .5 oz. dry vermouth
    1 dash Grand Marnier
    Combine in a rocks glass over ice and stir
    Optional: Add dash of Grand Marnier

    But they own the JW brand. I'm just looking for something different in a mixed drink without using an expensive spirit.

    Jamie

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    Re: Which Scotch makes a good Rob Roy

    Quote Originally Posted by burbankbrewer View Post
    I just want to make a good Roy Rob. I tried my Johnny Walker Black Label for kicks but found it too smokey and would rather drink it neat for that money.
    I tend to go with Cutty Sark or Justerini & Brooks (aka "J&B") for my Rob Roys. If I had to pick two scotch whiskies based in "mixability", those would be it.

    They contain a higher amount of grain whisky than Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, and Dewar's, hence their lighter body and more mild taste.
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