I'm an American and so Scotch is pretty expensive for me on the East Coast and I can't afford Single Malts to drink all the time.
I'm also not a big fan of Blended Scotch, but I do like a few blends.
Anyway, I'm more of a Bourbon guy and I find that I commonly pick up Buffalo Trace and Elijah Craig the most. Elijah Craig is a little woody and dry but it's still a good whiskey for the price. Buffalo Trace is an excellent value as well for the complexity and character it brings.
As far as Scotch on the regular bases, Grant's, Teacher's, Glen Garrioch and Dewar's are my regular's.
Actually it is more expensive than Aberlour 10, Aberlour 12, Balvenie 10, and about 1 dollar cheaper than Balvenie 12. So I guess I could afford to drink SMS everyday, just not the ones I want to.
Lagavulin DE, Aberlour A'Bunadh etc.
I try to keep a good stock of cheaper single malt scotches in my cabinet, but I only drink them occasionally.
I prefer my scotch on the rocks, so JWR is just fine for everyday drinking for me. -- I've never tried Green.
Laphroaig 30 is way up there on my list . Complicated nose, fascinating taste incredible depth, really ideal balance, endless finish, and a ton of drinkability. If you can still find a bottle of this pick it up ASAP because it's been discontinued and is disappearing fast!
Longmorn 16 c/s Raw Cask from Blackadder is also jarringly great . You get that great swell of Longmorn honey with a hefty body and an unreal sparkle on the palate. I've never had anything else like this.
I recently tasted an incredible 26 year old Brora from Duncan Taylor that might rank up there as well.
I'm surprised more people aren't chiming in on this thread. It's an endlessly appealing topic.
I would have to honestly say I don't have a 'go-to' bottle at all. . .I sometimes stand in front of my admittedly modest cabinet and just twiddle my thumbs until something jumps out at me (figuratively speaking) and says, "Drink me!"
That said, I usually end up with a Mac, a'bunadh, Compass Box, or a Stranahan's Colorado (seasonal, as it's getting cooler here.)
I've heard a lot of people saying good things about the Old Pulteney 12; I need to grab a bottle and see if it's a good daily drinker. . .
Also, anything by Lagavulin is a BIG favourite, but not everyday. too much of a good thing, familiarity breeds contempt etc.
there are times when i like to get seriously meditative with a whisky..eyes closed, totally focussing on the nuances etc. in which case the SMWS bottles get a dusting off, or that rare sample awaiting its moment.
But for everday, meaning the dram on the sideboard when cleaning the kitchen, or posting on this forum, or...
then yes, time for the low ABV, supermarket bought easy drinkers. Pulteney 12 is great in this respect, and very distinctive. I also Black bottle, Laphroaig 10, Talisker 10, Ardbeg 10, Glenmo 10, etc...
IainB wrote:Generally Redbreast 15yo, or if unavalable Jameson 18. Then again, I'm biased.
Iain is the Redbreast 15 much better than the 12?
I love the 12 and if i find a 15 i would probably get it.
I class a good all rounder as a quality dram at a reasonable price that you can drink at any time of day and any time of year.
For lower end bottles Glenlivet 12 or 18, Cragganmore 12, HP 12
jw green label ( vatted ) etc ( too many to list )
A top class all rounder has to be Talsker 18, smooth and smokey. For the money there are not many others that offer the same quality.
I also drink Strathisla at any time of the day
CA Scotch Chick
Mine was Lagavulin 16. But back then, the only other whiskies i'd tried were Oban and Glenfiddich, with Laphroaig and Macallan soon to come...
the more whiskies one tries, the more one's horizon expands, and the harder it is to name a "favourite all-rounder".
Michael Jackson called HP12 "The Greatest All-rounder..." but I don't agree. not that i don't like it...it's all down to taste.
I guess my favourite everyday, inexpensive "All around whiskey" would be a blend of Ardbeg 10, glenfiddich 15, Pulteney 12, Talisker 18, a good sherried Macallan, Lagavulin 16, Glenmorangie 'old' Portwood...and preferably bottled at 46%!!
Now THAT would be something!
But then I suppose I'd bet bored and want to savour the extremes: "Gimme the Port! gimme the peat!"
Variety is the spice of life, and the joy of whisky
davesumner wrote:I know that this is a tough one.
You do happen to mention Buffalo Trace (while intimating that you find the heavier char aspect of the Elijah Craig a little too drying) and Glen Garioch, however. And this leads me to believe that you might really like Balvenie 15YO Single Barrel, which is bottled at a slightly higher proof than most Highlanders, and has a lovely clean, crisp, honeyed flavour spectrum. Hook55's recommendation of the 15YO (French Oak Reserve, I'm guessing) and 18YO from Glenlivet is also an excellent one.
Lots of choices... That's for sure!
I do drink some bourbon and Wild Turkey Rare Breed is my favourite so far. I also really enjoy Mellow Corn.
Its nice to have a favourite though, just so hard to pick one !
A daily drinker for me would be the Laphroaig 10.
That said, in my limited experience, I have to go with Bowmore Darkest or Lagavulin 16. The more smoke the better.
I haven't found a favorite single malt yet, but like others here, I think highly of my bottle of Talisker 10!
Macallan 12 and 18
But like kids, they all have a special place in my heart (stomach?)
For weekends, I move to the single malts but dont have a steady go-to. Keep trying them but none have snagged my palate as a steady.
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