J&B I've had a couple of tries, and can't get into it. Dunno why, just can't. JWR is the one of the four that I came closest to liking. Lots of flavours, just too...rough.
I could see why someone would go for FG though. Just not me.
I t was the first blend I had when I landed in Scotland as a newlywed, neat with a "mithers tear" of water. So there is a endearing quality which transcends whether it is a quality dram or not, Grouse carries fond memories. I prefer Te Bheag as a blend. Musky P.
Crieftan wrote:Frodo wrote:You mean I've only had the special 12yr?I feel ripped off!
Special Reserve is what I should have said. Sorry to get your blood up Frodo. I bought it at Aberfeldy and was really surprised that it tasted more like a SMW than the Aberfeldy 12 did!
Creiftan: You're hicc - upping again. Fed the laptop some SM by mistake? M.P.
bamber wrote:Grant's Ale Cask is my personal favourite cheap Scottish blend.
Yeah I have tried that one, and was mildly impressed. Not sure how much more it costs over the regular Grant's, but drinkable IMHO.
As a brief aside, I think finishing is a good (inexpensive) way to make bar blends paletable. If about 2-3 GBP more than the regular stuff, it's a good deal!
Muskrat Portage wrote:Creiftan: You're hicc - upping again. Fed the laptop some SM by mistake? M.P.
Nah - just got the shakes
I don't see how Ballantine's (except for one of the higher end, maybe 12yo blend, that I tried once and really liked) or J&B could stand up to it.
Funny thing is, only a couple of months after I was onto Teacher's, and part way into my second 26er, I was out one evening at a get-together, with a friend who is in my whisky tasting group, and I brought a bottle of Teacher's. We were talking about our upcoming meet and which single malts we hoped we'd be tasting and he pointed over at the table where I'd set my bottle of Teacher's. He said: "Have you tried that stuff? I just bought a bottle of it this week and it's excellent!" He was really excited...
Anyhow, give it a try, if you haven't already.
if I had to choose one of these four it would be the Grouse every time.
(I would reject the Ballantine’s every time)
If faced with a choice between all 9 it would be either Grouse or Teacher’s (depending on if I felt like the hint of Macallan’s that goes into the Famous Grouse).
rymon wrote:I'm really surprised upon reading this thread that noone has mentioned Teacher's Highland Cream...
I've tried to like it - I really have and have battled through more than 2 bottles of it to 'get it'.
Well I don't like it much. Sure I can drink it, it's whisky, but to me it is just another middle of the road blend and I actually would rather drink the 4 listed than Teacher's.
Whilst I respect JM's (and your) opinion of it, it is IMO an overrated whisky !
mrt wrote:If you had only these four blends to choose from, which one would you choose?
Please state your reasons, evaluations and alternative options, too.
i go with JWR with the grouse a close second. i hate to admit it but on occasion i want to just have a drink with a few ice cubes and not worry about appreciation!!! on these occasions i woudl choose JWR.
but what about Teachers if you can find it?? that would be my first choice.
Word of warning -- be careful about sampling a budget blended after a good single malt -- I got it the wrong way round with Teachers and it tasted like fish oil in comparison. I was glad to see the end of that bottle.
That said, to have a budget friendly blended on hand I'd go with Dewars 12, it seems to have the least grain alc. flavor.
I'm looking forward to tasting the Blue Hanger 25y, a friend is bringing me a bottle tonight. Anyone familiar with it?? It's the bottle the magazine gifts you when you're letter gets printed. The high rating and description from Jim Murray makes me curious. As does the "Winning Letter" description in the magazine.
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