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  1. #1271
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    If you are planning to drink a few different drams, start with the lightest and work to the heaviest. Ilay whisky should be the the last in your line up.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Dynamic Random Access Memory?

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    This evening I started with Grant's then moved to Laphroaig. I think that I will probably skip the bourbon tonight. Not sure if the smoke and bourbon will be a good mix.

    I think I am spoiled though. Grant is unexciting compared to Laphroaig.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Black grouse and now Caol Ila 12.
    Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    Dynamic Random Access Memory?
    Lol... I forgot the "s". Islay. Sometimes my (ok... most times) typing skills suck.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Started out with Buffalo Trace, then Wild Turkey, ate dinner, now Grant's Family Reserve and later will be Laphroiag. I'll be paying particular attention to the Grant's to detect smokey flavor.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    Started out with Buffalo Trace, then Wild Turkey, ate dinner, now Grant's Family Reserve and later will be Laphroiag. I'll be paying particular attention to the Grant's to detect smokey flavor.
    I like Grant's quite a bit more when I drop an ice cube in it.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    I am drinking Grant's on the rocks. I would like a recommendation for the other side of the Peat monsters please. I have learned to love Laphroaig but would like to experience the other side as well.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    I am drinking Grant's on the rocks. I would like a recommendation for the other side of the Peat monsters please. I have learned to love Laphroaig but would like to experience the other side as well.
    There are many different "sides" to Scotch whisky. Try them by region.

    Islay whiskies: Laphroiag, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain are the heavy hitters, as far as peat and smoke go. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye, and is also a smokey, peaty whiskey... but, in a different way.

    Speyside whisky: Macallan, Ardmore, Balvenie, Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Aberfeldy, Dalwhinnie, Glenfarclas.

    Highlands: Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Pulteney, Glen Garioch.

    Lowlands: Auchentoshen, Bladnoch, Glenkinchie.

    Campbelltown: Springbank.

    Islands: Talisker (mentioned with peaty and smokey whiskies), Highland Park, Arran, Tobermory, Scapa, Isle of Jura.

    You have to try many different styles to see what you like. Scotch whisky offers the most diversified taste profiles to be found in whisk(e)y.
    Last edited by ebo; 04-03-2011 at 20:00.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    I am drinking Grant's on the rocks. I would like a recommendation for the other side of the Peat monsters please. I have learned to love Laphroaig but would like to experience the other side as well.

    The Balvenie Doublewood is a good unpeated Scotch to start with. I also like Aberlour 10 year old and The Glenlivet 12 year old for nice inexpensive single malt. Another idea is to go to a bar where they have some malts, and try some of the following: Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore, Glenkinchie, Glenmorangie, Macallan. Some of these tend to be a little more expensive but they will give you a good idea of what else you can expect.

    For me the gateway into peaty whisky was Talisker 10 year old. Once I had that, I could appreciate something like Lagavulin, which I hated at first.

 

 

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