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Lower end Scotch tastes

Lag 16 for $64, wow, I wish. I was just drooling near the Lag bottles at the liquor store.
Picked up the old standby Glenlivet 12 instead, the 1.14L is $62. No comparison to Lag 16 of course but I can at least almost justify it.
Just finished the Glenmorangie. I found the last few glasses tasted heavily of vanilla. Definitely will buy again.

Mar 13, 2012
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What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Haven't seen the port wood finish up here. Will keep an eye out.
Add water??... Surely you jest! Just busting your stones but I Rarely add anything to good booze.

Mar 06, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Same here, Islay products are my favorite as well, so far. I haven't tried Ardbeg yet.
I did pick up Glemorangie this weekend, even better than Glenlivet, a bit sweeter and smoother but also 1/3 more $$.

Mar 05, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Peat Monster is available here but I've resisted for that reason. How does it compare to Laphroaig?

Feb 28, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

Specifically, I believe they use Makers Mark casks, for the 1/4 cask. An awesome spirit! Must pick some up, been awhile.

Feb 28, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Lower end Scotch tastes

Price doesn't vary much here at all, on any of it. They run sales occassionally, but may only drop 20%, tops. I wish I could get it for $55.

Feb 26, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Lower end Scotch tastes

Canuckistan.

Feb 26, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

I'll keep an eye out for 3x wood.
Must go pour myself a dram of Te Bheag.
Cheers.

Feb 24, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Lower end Scotch tastes

Sorry, should have specified... livet. Was surprised how good it is as a lower cost alternative. My father in law gets it for xmas from his boss, I tried it and was sold.
Unless I come into some $$, I won't buy the Laph 18 (I love the 1/4 cask as well) . Lagavulin is my hands down favorite scotch. The missus and kids get me a bottle at fathers day. God love em.
Haven't seen triple wood here but sounds mouth watering.
20 yrs ago id'a thought this linda talk was b.s. But now it's definitely quality, not quantity.

Feb 24, 2012
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Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Cazadores runs about $40 up here.
Not a blanco fan at all, only for mixing.. but I drink very few mixed drinks. Coffee , water, beer and good hard booze for me . I typically drink all my spirits neat so I don't generally cheap out. Mind you ,I haven't tried many. What do you recommend for a good blanco to drink neat (is there one?)

Feb 24, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Lower end Scotch tastes

Glen 12 yr is my regular go to. Mind you I'm a novice yet, but it's reasonably priced while still being palatable to drink regularly. I tried JW blue and gold, didn't see a huge differnece between them, the blue a bit smoother. Neither is worth the $$ up here anyway. In truth I find Glen 12 not that far off either of them.
I saw your earlier post about Laph 18 being better than Lag. Dying to try it, I love Lagavulin, my favorite spirit to date, hands down (well, DJ Anejo is real close for fav as well). Laph 18 is $180 here, Lag 16 is $110. I gotta move south.

Feb 24, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

I love the Laphroaig 1/4 cask. As soon as I pour it the wife says the smell is what she imagines eating tree bark is like.
Te Bheag is peaty / smoky as well (although far less than Islay single malts), if you haven't tried it, a real nice blend.

Feb 24, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

Werd. Quitting isn't in the cards for this guy so Tequila consumption is minimal (probably for the best ayway) Good booze is spendy up here. It's strictly regulated and you can only buy through specific outlets called LCBO (it's a crown corporation). I'd rather that than discount liquor stores on street corners. I do wish I could buy on line and have it imported, but it's illegal. Your price for DJ is sweet! Cheapest I saw DJ respo in Mexico was $35.
Cheers.

Feb 24, 2012
ephnright in Spirits

Tequilla reccomendations for a beginner

The DJ Anejo is even better if you can find it north of the mex border. I brought back several bottles from Cancun in December, sadly I'm almost out : (
Cazadores is palatable if you're on a budget. DJ Respo is $99 up here (Ontario) ouch.

Feb 23, 2012
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If I like certain beers, will I like certain liquors?

I picked up Tres Gen anejo at the Cancun duty free, on recommendation from the attendant in the store, he said it was better than DJ ($110/ bottle here). Was skeptical myself but he was right.They are both real close but I prefer the TG. Mind the TG is anejo vs. DJ respo , that may be why. Wish TG available here in Canukistan. Taste is a subjective thing anyway. I won't buy any of the Cuervo crap or any other sauza products.

Yep Laphroaig is jumping in the deep end for sure. I just figured you might better try a heavy weight right off the bat, I know it'll be love it or hate it, I love it as well.

I'm fairly new to spirits that actually taste good (I drank canuck whiskey by the bucket back in the day, but am learning it's quality not quantity).
If the wife and I are out and there is a good scotch menu I sample new stuff, way cheaper than buying a bottle of firewater you won't drink. Tried Highland park a few months ago,it's not for me.

So many choices, so little time. Tough life.

Oct 31, 2011
ephnright in Spirits

If I like certain beers, will I like certain liquors?

I'm a similar drinker as yourself. Love the same types of beer.

Scotch...try Laphroaig.. it's smoky and heavy peated. If you like it you'll probably like any of the Islay scotches. Lagavulinis my favorites scotch so far, smoky but very smooth.Try them neat or maybe a splash of water in the Laphroaig. I tryed Johnny Walkerblue last night, very nice but not worth the price.

Bourbon... Woodford Reserve...very smooth, no alcohol burn, best neat or with a splash of water.

And something I didn't see recommended here... Tequila ....Don Julio Resposado...drink neat forget the lime and salt. Very smooth with nice pepper finish. Tres Generacions is even better if you can find it.

enjoy!

Oct 30, 2011
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