Di Blasi wrote:I've selected all of them but Canadian, just because I'm not so familiar with them unfortunately. I like to buy special bottlings that aren't readily available in bars or places in order to drink and taste various expressions and whiskies in general.
I'm very much the same - not much Canadian around here and also I tend to buy stuff not readily available in bars.
However, these days when it comes to caring for the environment and food miles etc I'm leaning towards the feeling that I'm doing mother nature a favour by buying just Scotch
A lot scottish and some japanese Whiskys are what I want to drink, so itÂ´s them which I buy.
Matt, polls like this where we can tick multiple options are good, but the results only show up as an overall total.
It would be much more interesting if there was some way to report how many individual people had checked how many options.
I enjoy the Cooley products and have acquired a Japanese and a few world whiskies of late in an effort to see what else is out there. I find that whisky is an ongoing learning experience for me.
That being said, the only choices I didn't tick were bourbon and blends.
All others 3%
i declined spending my money on scotch as usual.
We (I) do seem to have a bias that if it's not scotch it's not whisky.
maybe I should have experimented with the Nikka?
Collector57 wrote:The only Japanese I have is a Yamazaki which is excellent.
I have tried a Nikka (not that one) that was also very good
is the Yamazaki the one that tesco sell (a 10yr old)? if yes I've heard it likened to a Glen Moray is that true? ('cause that's whyI've not bought one)
How 'bout...MacAttack80 wrote:All whiskies have their place on my shelf. It all depends on the mood I am in. Though I am quite fond of the Irish Whiskey for watching Hockey......I should be drinking Canadian Whiskey though huh?
(edit).....I should be drinking Canadian Whisky though eh?
Otherwise, I quite concur with your sentiments MacAttack80. With few exceptions, I am open to generally any whisky that is available in my market area.
Nice to see you posting about SMSW, I take it you've finally recovered from the oldest's wedding and Christmas in close proximity?
I was praising your efforts awhile back about hunting out what codes on bottles meant and had wondered whereabouts you were of late.
I'm still a bit leery of bourbon, although I have a Buffalo Trace sitting in the Lair, (so not too leery). This summer I may be able to do some sampling (I need to empty 14 more bottles first) but your comments give me more interest than I had. What sort of directions have you received from the Houston group and can you share them?
Thanks for the welcome. Yeah I've been busy and unable to post very much lately. For the bottle codes, I was able to crack some but others are still a mystery. Wrote to a number of the different distilling groups, some responded and some did not. If you would like more details, I can provide them.
As for American whiskeys, like SMSW everyone has their own tastes and preferences. What I believe is an excellent, low-cost starter (already attested to by DrRich), is the Old Weller Antique 7 yo., which is a wheat-flavored bourbon. Another good wheat-flavored is the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yo 107 proof (the 15 yo version is better, but much harder to find and be sure to get the 107 proof vs. the 90 proof). The Van Winkle line (goes variously under the names Van Winkle, Old Rip Van Winkle, Pappy Van Winkle) are all usually very good, but some are also pricey. Things can vary with aging and the mash bill, or recipe, that is used, but wheat-flavored bourbons are generally milder and a little bit sweeter, often with a little bit more honey. Maker's Maker is a very popular wheater.
The other type of bourbon, rye-flavored, is generally more robust and spicier. Rye-flavored bourbons make up about 2/3 of all bourbons. Knob Creek is a popular rye-flavored bourbon. Your Buffalo Trace is rye-flavored and is good. Another suggestion for a starter is Elijah Craig 12 yo. Evan Williams Single Barrel is also a good starter (the 1996 vintage is a good one). Wild Turkey is popular, but much more robust and flavorful - go for the Rare Breed or Kentucky Spirit if you want to try a WT. Booker's is also very good, but, again, stronger and more robust.
The Straight Ryes have become popular lately and there are some good ones. If you see a Sazerac 18 yo, snap it up quick, it is excellent but difficult to find. The Sazerac 6 yo is also very good. The Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 yo is very nice. WT has just put out Russell's Reserve Rye which is also very nice.
This is a simplified starter for American whiskey. Let me know if have any questions.
Thank you for your prompt information. I'll print it off and use your notes when I go on holidays this April. If I can make a run down to the 'States this summer, I'll have to take another look around although my best bet may be to hold off until I can get to Toronto in the Fall and see what I can find at a couple of the LC's that have better selections.
mathews wrote:I am a value/budget whiskey drinker. Today, I purchased a bottle of Old Pulteney, Glenfiddich 12, Old Weller Antique 107, & Evan Williams No.10. I have just sampled them all!
Not that budget if you have bought all that in one go!
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