I know I'm entering the twilight zone here.
I know we all swore never to touch a drop again.
.......I got the Blended Scotch book bij Jim Murray (in which almost all get a fair rating), and now I ask of you:
What do YOU consider to be a nice blended scotch whisky?
I'll start with my favorite:
Black Bottle 10 years old....
The bottle retails for about £27 and I got all my info from Cadenhead's David Stirk in person - and It doesn't contain Springbank.
I've got Jim Murray's Blended Scotch book and have been attempting to work my way through it.
Carcking blends, worth the money, include: Claymore, Black Bottle, Clan Campbell 12 yr old, Johnnie Walker 12 Yr, Dew of Ben Nevis ordinary and Millenium versions, Lang's Supreme, Baillie Nicol Jarvie, WHyte and Mackay,Macnamara, Bells Islander (a gem if you can find it), Islay Mist and Islay Hallmark.
Gordon and MacPhail are good blenders and their best drams include the spicy Ben Alder, the sweet Glen Calder, The exceptionally smooth Avonside and the braw and peaty Old Orkney.
Cadenhead's Campbeltown Loch is good at 25 yr and the ordinary version is worth a crack as well. Worth checking out is their Putachieside 12 yr old.
Rounding off are Rob Roy, Isle of Skye 8 yr, Passport and Original Mackinlay
Black Bottle 10 YO
Johnny Walker Black Label
and I have liked a long time ago Famous Grouse 15 YO, but I should taste it again whether my taste has changed during the time (smoke and peat, you know).
I have read that White Horse (and few other blends too) would have smoky element too, so I have to try that out two some day.
P.S. To me it's all the same, whether the whisky is blended or vatted malt or single malt or single cask, what matters to me is the taste.
Many years ago, I worked for a newspaper which had a Scot as managing director. Every afternoon at 4.00pm after the paper had been put to bed - it was an evening newspaper - he would invite a few privileged staffers to join him for a dram - which was always the Putachieside.
On one memorable evening, 5 of us were still drinking at 7.00pm. The managing director started to refill the glasses, emptied the bottle of Putachieside, went to the cabinet to get another, and said in a very apolgetic tone < Gentlemen, I am very sorry but we have finished the good stuff - we'll have to make do with the Haig! >
Well, actually I have never tasted it myself I have only seen it once beeing mentioned on a site (maltmadness.com?) getting rediculous 10 of 100 points...
(BTW : How does Loch Dhu taste? I'm curious. It can't be THAT bad. I think I will taste it BECAUSE it was so badly rated ...)
But that's exactly the point. No one has my palate, I mean I have to taste it all myself. My beloved Glenturret 18y and St. Magdalene 24y have gotten fairly low ratings from Murray and Jackson, while everone is, from my point of view, overrating that crap called Laguvalin. No, I don't like it, not at all. See, 'cause of this I have to test every single whisky on my very own. You can repeat 1000 times that some strange japanese whiskey is good, but I doubt that I would like, unless I taste it - and now comes my argument - you simply can't drink ALL whiskeys of the world, there are too much. So I concentrate myself on one great region - Scotland and one great type of whiskys - Single Malts - to eleminate at least a small fraction of possible brain killers...
[This message has been edited by Jenny (edited 23 October 2002).]
<B>Two words come to mind speaking about Loch Dhu;
...to put it mildly</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
After a recommendation like that, how can you not make every effort to taste it?? I dare say Akkurat has a bottle (probably in the cleaner's cupboard next to the disinfectant).
Hope I didn't mislead you in any way Bruce.
Anyway I am curous to know what people thought about it. Bruce did you get to try it?
I am very sorry but we have finished the good stuff - we'll have to make do with the Haig<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
So you have drunken Loch Dhu?
I have found out that Loch Dhu is indeed used in a blend : "Haig" !
Not only that, but many of my favorate bottlings did not impress me the first few times I tried them. This was particularly true of styles that were unfamiliar to me. If I had not take the time to get to know (and appreciate) a particular style, I would have missed out on more than half of my favorate drams!
I don't have any Turkish whiskies in my top anything. But life would not be the same for me without Irish Pure Pot Still like Jameson 15, Rye like Van Winkle 13, Bourbon like Blanton's, and Canadian like Bush Pilot's Private Reserve 13... just to name a few.
I would try anything as long as it tasted good. Just because I think whisky is the nicest drink, doesnt mean I'll stop drinking water, stout or even Sunny Delight, if I liked it too.
When I discovered malts I was of the misguided opinion that "oh no, I would NEVER drink a blend". I then ended up trying some, and to be honest I like them a lot.
I still don't have any in my cabinet, but I have no problems in having selected ones on board now.
The nicest I had was an Adelphi Reserve.
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