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« on: November 15, 2012, 03:21:03 AM »
To date, as a result of quality and price, mostly price, my two favorites are both Scotch.  Glenlivet 12 year single malt is my current go to and I am also fond of Teachers Highland Cream blended.  I once had some Jim Beam Black (I think) which was nice.

I drink these neat.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 04:50:46 AM »
To date, as a result of quality and price, mostly price, my two favorites are both Scotch.  Glenlivet 12 year single malt is my current go to and I am also fond of Teachers Highland Cream blended.  I once had some Jim Beam Black (I think) which was nice.

I drink these neat.

I'm a single malt fan. Not sure I have a single favourite, but it would probably be something like Jura or an Islay single malt like Bowmore. I have a bottle of Loch Lomond at home, which I've never tried but we brought back from holiday this year. I'm looking forward to testing it at Christmas.

I'm not a massive fan of blended whiskey, but Famous Grouse and their variant Black Grouse are reasonable. I can't bear Bells or Teachers.

Outside of Scotch, I'd have to say that my favourite spirits are Himbeergheist (like a Schnapps made from raspberries) and a good țuică (Romanian spirit made from plums).

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 08:14:15 AM »
To date, as a result of quality and price, mostly price, my two favorites are both Scotch.  Glenlivet 12 year single malt is my current go to and I am also fond of Teachers Highland Cream blended.  I once had some Jim Beam Black (I think) which was nice.

I drink these neat.

I'm a single malt fan. Not sure I have a single favourite, but it would probably be something like Jura or an Islay single malt like Bowmore. I have a bottle of Loch Lomond at home, which I've never tried but we brought back from holiday this year. I'm looking forward to testing it at Christmas.

I'm not a massive fan of blended whiskey, but Famous Grouse and their variant Black Grouse are reasonable. I can't bear Bells or Teachers.

Outside of Scotch, I'd have to say that my favourite spirits are Himbeergheist (like a Schnapps made from raspberries) and a good țuică (Romanian spirit made from plums).

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I'm a fairly newcomer to Scotch, which is why I started on a couple blended versions.  I'm sure as my tastes develop I will find new single malts I enjoy.  Glenlivet seems to be a popular standard among many fans of Scotch.  Laphroaig is not one I can drink at this time, I shy away from Islay Scotch for the time being.  I'll have to look into the others you mentioned.  FG isn't bad.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 09:11:10 AM »
I'm becoming a Scotch and Bourbon guy, myself. So far, my favorite single malt scotch is Highland Park 12. I like Glenlivet, too. But I usually drink Black Grouse or Famous Grouse because they taste great and are affordable. I'm still too weak for drinking 'em neat, so usually add a couple of ice cubes. As for Bourbons, I really enjoy Maker's Mark. In moderation, of course.  :angel:
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 09:12:39 AM »
I'm fairly newbie with spirits but whiskey for me too. Laphroaig is the best that I've tasted.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2012, 09:43:06 AM »
I'm becoming a Scotch and Bourbon guy, myself. So far, my favorite single malt scotch is Highland Park 12. I like Glenlivet, too. But I usually drink Black Grouse or Famous Grouse because they taste great and are affordable. I'm still too weak for drinking 'em neat, so usually add a couple of ice cubes. As for Bourbons, I really enjoy Maker's Mark. In moderation, of course.  :angel:

You'd have got short shrift from my Scottish aunt for putting ice in whiskey. A little flat water (not ice cold) or straight was the only way she'd serve it. I drink it straight as a result. Some people claim a touch of water improves the flavour. I've never been convinced.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 10:56:11 AM »
Evan Williams Black Label.  The Black is surprisingly good for how inexpensive it is.  I always keep it around.  If I have a little extra cash though, I reach for the Woodford Reserve.  I guess its not too expensive, but both of those satisfy me just fine, so I dont see the need to spend even more on something super fancy.

For every other type of spirit, I just get whats cheapest*** as I am probably mixing it anyways.  Ive been known to have some bourbon neat, then turn around and have a cosmo with the wife.  Dont judge... :)

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012, 11:31:42 AM »
Vodka. Finlandia is king, in my opinion.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 12:50:27 PM »
I'm fairly newbie with spirits but whiskey for me too. Laphroaig is the best that I've tasted.

Have heard good things. It's at the top of my list to try next.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »
Whiskey, and sometimes scotch.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2012, 01:03:00 PM »
I'm becoming a Scotch and Bourbon guy, myself. So far, my favorite single malt scotch is Highland Park 12. I like Glenlivet, too. But I usually drink Black Grouse or Famous Grouse because they taste great and are affordable. I'm still too weak for drinking 'em neat, so usually add a couple of ice cubes. As for Bourbons, I really enjoy Maker's Mark. In moderation, of course.  :angel:

You'd have got short shrift from my Scottish aunt for putting ice in whiskey. A little flat water (not ice cold) or straight was the only way she'd serve it. I drink it straight as a result. Some people claim a touch of water improves the flavour. I've never been convinced.

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With all whiskys (and whiskeys), addition of very small amounts of water changes their chemistry (thus bouquet and flavor), often in most amazing ways. There really is not a perfect way to enjoy them.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2012, 01:05:40 PM »
Vodka. Finlandia is king, in my opinion.

Have you tried Tito's Handmade Vodka? It is made in Austin, Texas and a truly delightful sipping spirit.

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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2012, 01:08:44 PM »
Vodka. Finlandia is king, in my opinion.

Have you tried Tito's Handmade Vodka? It is made in Austin, Texas and a truly delightful sipping spirit.

I will look into it, thanks!

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
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If you're having a bad month, what's a good spirit?
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2012, 11:17:44 PM »
Ouiske (Sotch, whisky)--Laphroaig, Caol Ila, JW Black Label (will crack open the Double Black after Christmas)

In the cocktail world, which I rarely visit, I like rusty nails (best with Chivas and Drambouie) and this one other cocktail which was unique--featuring lemon and cask-strength Laphroaig.

Cognac and brandy: Courvoisier, Georgian brandy, (Haven't tried Armenian yet)

B&B: Benedictine and Brandy (Cognac). Benedictine is pretty sweet on its own, but it's a distillation of herbs blended with brandy. Great on the rocks after a difficult day.

Grappa--a local variety from a vineyard I visited.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2012, 04:53:16 AM »
I'm becoming a Scotch and Bourbon guy, myself. So far, my favorite single malt scotch is Highland Park 12. I like Glenlivet, too. But I usually drink Black Grouse or Famous Grouse because they taste great and are affordable. I'm still too weak for drinking 'em neat, so usually add a couple of ice cubes. As for Bourbons, I really enjoy Maker's Mark. In moderation, of course.  :angel:

You'd have got short shrift from my Scottish aunt for putting ice in whiskey. A little flat water (not ice cold) or straight was the only way she'd serve it. I drink it straight as a result. Some people claim a touch of water improves the flavour. I've never been convinced.

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With all whiskys (and whiskeys), addition of very small amounts of water changes their chemistry (thus bouquet and flavor), often in most amazing ways. There really is not a perfect way to enjoy them.

There may not be a perfect way to enjoy them, but there are certainly bad ones - whiskey and irn bru, for instance (for those who don't know that's a weird bright orange soft drink from Scotland). I've tried whiskey with and without water and I've been unconvinced by the claims made, but if anyone else wants to add water that's fine with me, just please don't mix single malt with a soft drink,

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2012, 01:34:19 PM »
Aberlour A'bunadh, Lagavulin, and Scapa are my favorite Scotches.  All three are radically different from each other.

For Burbon, Bookers is my favorite with Maker's Mark and Bulliet, with the latter being what I probably drink the most.

Martell Cordon Bleu is my favorite Cognac
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2012, 01:52:27 PM »
...just please don't mix single malt with a soft drink.

Or you're anathema!
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2012, 02:13:34 PM »
I'm becoming a Scotch and Bourbon guy, myself. So far, my favorite single malt scotch is Highland Park 12. I like Glenlivet, too. But I usually drink Black Grouse or Famous Grouse because they taste great and are affordable. I'm still too weak for drinking 'em neat, so usually add a couple of ice cubes. As for Bourbons, I really enjoy Maker's Mark. In moderation, of course.  :angel:

You'd have got short shrift from my Scottish aunt for putting ice in whiskey. A little flat water (not ice cold) or straight was the only way she'd serve it. I drink it straight as a result. Some people claim a touch of water improves the flavour. I've never been convinced.

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With all whiskys (and whiskeys), addition of very small amounts of water changes their chemistry (thus bouquet and flavor), often in most amazing ways. There really is not a perfect way to enjoy them.

There may not be a perfect way to enjoy them, but there are certainly bad ones - whiskey and irn bru, for instance (for those who don't know that's a weird bright orange soft drink from Scotland). I've tried whiskey with and without water and I've been unconvinced by the claims made, but if anyone else wants to add water that's fine with me, just please don't mix single malt with a soft drink,

James

I prefer mine neat, but I have found that dropping in one small ice cube enhances the flavor just a tiny bit.  It doesnt make it too cold or water it down like it does on the rocks.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2012, 07:04:04 AM »
I would like to try some different scotches, but at the considerable cost of some I have seen, I don't see it happening anytime soon.  I have a hard enough time paying $35 for a bottle.  At $80 plus, it can stay on the shelf.

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« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2012, 07:44:19 PM »
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2013, 08:50:17 AM »
Drambuie tops the list. Bailey's comes next, together with its non-Gaelic cousin, Brandy Alexander.

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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2013, 08:58:21 AM »


Nice for camping trips, especially if it's cold and rainy.  :)
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2013, 09:15:13 AM »
Very rarely drink alcohol, but spirit favourites include Bushmills Black Bush, Schnapps and a good vodka, but not at the same time. Certainly had some excellent local distilled spirits in Greece but generally prefer a cup of very weak black tea.

Mixed malts like Teachers and Bells are no good except as a topical antiseptic if you have nothing else to hand. Once gave a sick guinea pig - notoriously difficult to treat when ill - a dose of scotch and garlic, it recovered immediately. The vetinary said it recovered because it was frightened I going to give it a second dose!

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2013, 09:35:13 AM »


I once drank that out of test tubes.

Also vodka mixed with very cheap energy drink tastes surprisingly good.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2013, 10:36:24 AM »
...just please don't mix single malt with a soft drink.

Or you're anathema!

Unless it's a crappy single malt, like the cheap kinds that are less than 10 years old (i.e., the manufacturer is too embarrassed to put an age on the label).
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2013, 10:49:46 AM »
Chartreuse with a little ice and a little soda water.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2013, 12:39:07 PM »
Also vodka mixed with very cheap energy drink tastes surprisingly good.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2013, 01:50:56 PM »
Do you have this over there in the States? It's pretty good with cola.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2013, 02:31:47 PM »
Brandy Benedictine, warmed, neat in a snifter w/ a fine Cuban Cuhiba............now that's living.
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Outstanding, imho.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2013, 03:12:33 PM »
Also vodka mixed with very cheap energy drink tastes surprisingly good.

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That's a bad, bad mix - even if your taste buds tell you otherwise!

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« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2013, 04:20:55 PM »
Another (it also mixes well with Irish Cream)...


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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2013, 04:21:52 PM »
Another (it also mixes well with Irish Cream)...



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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2013, 05:19:42 PM »
I really like bourbon. I recently tried this whiskey, but the price is quite prohibitive to me:
http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=32046
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2013, 05:23:55 PM »
I really like bourbon. I recently tried this whiskey, but the price is quite prohibitive to me:
http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=32046
Straight, of course. And sipping, no shots.

I agree. My flatmate drinks bourbon with ice. Ice kills everything.
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2013, 05:44:43 PM »
I drink Irish Cream straight. My Dad's aunt would come back from the grave and kill me if I didn't.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2013, 06:01:21 PM »
I keep my Bailey's in the fridge (naturally), so it doesn't even need ice. One single cube in my Drambuie is enough to chill it without diluting it.

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #40 on: February 16, 2013, 06:06:00 PM »


I once drank that out of test tubes.

Also vodka mixed with very cheap energy drink tastes surprisingly good.

But have you ever mixed your vodka with red wine?
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #41 on: February 16, 2013, 06:10:11 PM »
But have you ever mixed your vodka with red wine?

No. If I can help it I don't drink wine. Did you ever drink vodka with red wine?
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2013, 06:18:21 PM »
Yipes. Who does that?

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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2013, 06:29:41 PM »
Yipes. Who does that?

I insist that it isn't weird....people do it....
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Re: Favorite Spirit (Scotch, Gin, etc.)
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2013, 06:39:24 PM »
Yipes. Who does that?

I insist that it isn't weird....people do it....

Not me. You can if you want, but I'll skip it.