Author Topic: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?  (Read 8097 times)

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:04:08 AM »
This deserves its own new topic.

Usually each year when I get my Christmas bonus I spring for at least one fancy new bottle I've never tried. This year I believe it will be Lagavulin 16 yr in the scotch category and the new Maker's 46 bourbon.

My usual favorites are Glenlivet and Laphroaig among scotches (sort of polar opposites actually), and Maker's Mark and Bulleit. I'm also kind of into rye lately.

Always in small quantities, of course.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Wayne Higgins

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 617
    • View Profile
    • Oenyaw
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 10:07:02 AM »
I don't do scotch.  Something about that peat moss taste I just can't deal with.  At our house, our choices are either Stolichnaya Vodka, Jameson's Whiskey, or Bombay Saphire Gin.
So, I'm a "Sr Member", huh?  In June it's SENIOR DISCOUNT TIME!!!
http://oenyaw.net/
http://oenyaw.blogspot.com/

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 10:08:24 AM »
Glenlivet is great for people who don't like peat. I've known many people who said "I hate scotch" until they tried Glenlivet. It's relatively affordable too, as good single malts go.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Bill Binkelman

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 12:22:41 PM »
For the holidays:

Scotch: Balvenie Double-Oak or Cragganmore or Dahlwinnie
Bourbon: Makers Mark or Jim Beam Black usually but may go high end and try Baker's or Booker's this year
Wine: Either Dry Creek Vineyards or Hogue Fume Blanc (dry sauvignon blanc)
After dinner: Either B and B (Benedictine and Brandy) or a good cognac, e.g. Courvoisier, Remy Martin or maybe Hennessey

Mike knows that I always drink my scotch (single malt, not blended, that is) straight. If I do drink a blended, it's always Dewars and I drink it on the rocks. Bourbon I drink one way or the other but the higher priced bourbons I usually drink straight up as well.

Happy (hic) Holidays!
May the odds be ever in your favor.

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 12:24:07 PM »
Only bad people stick ice in their scotch.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 03:34:28 PM »
Today's haul.



[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

lena

  • Hypnos Manager/Life Manager
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3190
    • View Profile
    • hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 03:39:10 PM »
Yaaaay!  :)
When I die, I'm leaving my body to science fiction.

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 04:19:46 PM »
I already drank most of this stuff. Probably shouldn't drive home.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

SunDummy

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 493
  • "Calm seas do not create good mariners."
    • View Profile
    • SunDummy.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 07:07:13 PM »


Yummmm.....

I wish I was a Glowworm; a Glowworm's never glum. 'Cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?

www.sundummy.com

Scott M2

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 637
    • View Profile
    • dreamSTATE
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2010, 04:30:08 PM »
"and the clouds are full of wine, not whisky or rye".   D V Vliet

The problem with the Glenlivet is that it goes down so smoothly, your glass is empty in a flash!

jblock

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 138
    • View Profile
    • synthblock
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2010, 05:11:18 PM »
Count me in as a fan of Glenlivet, really smooth.
Jonathan Block
www.synthblock.com

Hypnagogue

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 318
  • Let's do music.
    • View Profile
    • Hypnagogue Reviews
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2010, 04:16:34 PM »
Not a whisky guy much, but on board with the Bourbonites. I'm only a couple years into it. Got my start two years ago when my sister brought me a bottle of Basil Hayden as a Thanksgiving gift. This year I gifted myself with a Russell's Reserve 10-year old bottle. Tasty.

And only taken straight. Ever.
Hypnagogue Reviews
one listener's opinion on new music
hypnagoguereviews.wordpress.com
Hypnagogue Podcast
hypnagoguepodcast.wordpress.com

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2010, 05:17:06 PM »
Irish is probably the one big gap in my experience, which I'll have to remedy.

We've sampled the Ardbeg and the Maker's 46. Both very nice.

Ardbeg is like a slightly more restrained version of Laphroaig (both Islay single malts so the similarity is no big surprise). Smoky and peaty as hell, compared to just about any other scotch on Earth... except Laphroaig.

The Maker's 46 seems a little more spicy and flavorful than plain old Maker's Mark.  A nice little change of pace, and a very fine bourbon.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Bill Binkelman

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2010, 05:24:45 PM »
Here's the line-up I went with for tonight and tomorrow (well, obviously, not all of it will be consumed by then)  ::)

May the odds be ever in your favor.

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2010, 10:08:52 PM »
I came mighty close to buying the Balvenie instead of Ardbeg.  Ah, so many delightful beverages, so little time.

The Glenlivet is calling to me from the next room...
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Ein Sophistry

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 107
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2010, 11:34:24 PM »
Still haven't delved into scotch much, but I love me some of this:


*Edit: didn't catch the post that spawned this thread until now. Kudos, Wayne; I like your taste.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2010, 02:41:56 PM by Ein Sophistry »
Ain Sophistry
In Pursuit of Philosophical/Scientific Clarity in Scientific/Philosophical Thought.

doombient

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2010, 04:38:16 AM »
Irish is probably the one big gap in my experience, which I'll have to remedy.

We've sampled the Ardbeg and the Maker's 46. Both very nice.


Irish whisky is not really a gap you need to remedy. Never been a fan of Irish stuff (but IŽve never been a huge fan of Bourbons, either) as they are very one-dimensional.

Ardbeg is a very good choice, probably the most interesting of the Islay bunch. IŽd also give a Caol Ila a try. A cask-strength Talisker is also wonderful, and for cold winter nights (to go with a good cigar) IŽd recommend a Balvenie Double Wood.

Stephen
"Honour thy error as a hidden intention." (Brian Eno)

michinoku

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 6
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2010, 02:04:00 PM »
to be clear, it's generally the highland scotches that have less of the peaty flavor, right? I recently had an immensely peaty beverage at a bar in NYC, and I can see why those flavors are so derisive. Still glad to sample them every once in awhile.

and as far as I'm concerned, ice is fine if you can only afford blended scotch. Johnnie Red is perfect in that regard, with a cube of ice. Much more drinkable that way. I tend to only be able to afford single malts on big sale days.

doombient

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
    • View Profile
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2010, 05:40:03 PM »
Islay malts are considered to be "undrinkable" by many because of their excessively strong "peatiness" so you really have to like them (I do, in particular Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig Cask Strength). You might want to try some Speyside or Highland malts, e. g. a Balvenie Double Wood which is fruity and sweet by comparison. A Macallan might also suit your needs.

If you want both sweetness *and* peatiness, you might want to try a Talisker (Isle of Skye).

Stephen
"Honour thy error as a hidden intention." (Brian Eno)

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7010
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Did somebody want to talk about whisky or whiskey?
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2010, 06:47:04 PM »
Balvenie seems to do weird variations having to do with wood casking. Aren't they the ones with the "Carribean Cask" variety that's aged in rum casks, too? My recollection, last time I checked out the various Balvenie offerings, is that they were differentiated primarily by cask options, rather than by age or "recipe."
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions