Not to mention there are the almost standard ubiquitious starter drams of either Glenfiddich 12 year old or Glenlivet 12 year old.
AdamMY wrote:Not to mention there are the almost standard ubiquitious starter drams of either Glenfiddich 12 year old or Glenlivet 12 year old.
Hard to go far wrong here in terms of consistency and availability.
Now if you want something a little more adventurous... Talisker, Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Macallan Cask Strength, Aberlour Abunadh.
Johnny Walker Black Label and Double Black are excellent.
Green Label better.
Ballantine's 12 Year Old.
For cheap whiskey, can't beat the Irish ones, Paddy, Power's, Bushmills Original, Tullamore Dew. These are nicer than the cheap Scotches like Teacher's etc.
It can take a LONG time to get a taste for some whiskies. I hate Bourbons for years and by persistence, not only got to like them, but they're practically my favourites now.
A former Scottish boss of mine used a term, a session whiskey. This was for one you can drink all night and the taste doesn't pall. The very strong tasting ones like Laphroaoig would not be in this category.
My tops in this regard. Paddy and Johnny Walker Black Label.
I had to mix these whiskies above with Appletiser to enjoy them.
Single Malts - suggest you try them neat first shot and add 2-3 drops of water only if necessary as you get used to the taste and appreciate them more.
Glenmorangie 10yo Original
Glenfiddich 12 YO
Highland Park 12YO
I find the above sweetish with the HP a good all rounder and my fav go to.
Further exploration led me to Islay (Eye La) whiskies which are more peaty and smoky and as it turns out, I love this.
Tali, Caol Ila 12 - peppery and then smoky
Lagavulin 16 - now my favorite.
Laphroaig & Arbeg (the Laphi has a medicinal, iodine, hospital odour thats hard to miss, but dies down once atfer you first get hit by it.)
Off-course there are tons more to try out there. Dont let anyone influence you of what tastes nice. You might hate my suggestions. Thats fine. Also be aware of pairing whiskies with different foods and how it influences the taste against having them alone. You decide. Price point doesnt necessarily make all the difference. I got introduced to that smoky taste with a very very cheap whisky. The ones I've listed do it best though., imho.
Enjoy the journey. Dont drink and drive. Cheers
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