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Postby Lamannamal » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:28 am

I was wondering if any experienced scotch drinkers could give me some advice on what scotches I should try based on what I've already tried and how I liked them. I've tried 6 so far and I'll list them in order from best to worst

So far the glenlivet 12 is my favorite

Next on the list is laphroig.
Then it's mcclellands Islay
Glenfiddich 12
These three are all drinkable and I would buy these again in the future

Dewars white label. Wasn't a big fan

And lastly the worst scotch that I have tried so far is highland park 12... I didn't like that at all

So based on this information what bottles of scotch would you recommend I try?? Any suggestions or advice is appreciated!!
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby TxBrewing » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:50 am

https://us.thebalvenie.com/our-range/do ... d-12-years

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Re: Scotch advice

Postby der wo » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:51 am

Haha... I also don't like Highland Park very much.
I think, you should try a malt with much sherry. The Glenfarclas 15 for example.
And Macallan is a distillery you have to try once, the Macallan Amber is affordable and good.
Because you like Laphroaig, you should try the Ardbeg Ten. Same but total different :lol:
Lagavulin 16 is a medium-high peated whisky, which many people like.
Bowmore 12 is very good for the price. A bit too sweet, but IMO the Lagavulin for poor people :lol:
I personally like Talisker 10 and Bunnahabhain 12 very much.
I personally don't like Caol Ila, Highland Park, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Glenmorangie.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby der wo » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:52 am

Yes, the Balvenie double wood is a good whisky for this price.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby Lamannamal » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:09 am

Thanks for the suggestions guys, these should keep me busy for a bit :)
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby nerdybrewer » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:28 pm

One of my favorites was an Auchentoshan 21 year old Scotch finished in a sherry cask that my niece brought back when she visited Edinburgh several years ago.
I've had a few bottles of Royal Salute 21 year old Scotch and while they are smooth as a baby's butt they lacked strong character, still were very easy to drink.
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch is one of my favorites and costs quite a lot less than those I mentioned above.
Dalmore Scotch is another I have enjoyed the 21 year old was quite good. I've had the 12 year old as well and while it wasn't as smooth it did have character.

I have fairly expensive taste, it's much better for my budget to make and age my own.
Since I have tried a lot of very good Scotch I do know what flavor I like and I can aim for it when I make my own Scotch.
(or as close as I can get to something I can call Scotch even if it isn't technically Scotch because I'm making it here instead of Scotland) :crazy:
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby TxBrewing » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:45 pm

nerdybrewer wrote:One of my favorites was an Auchentoshan 21 year old Scotch finished in a sherry cask that my niece brought back when she visited Edinburgh several years ago.
I've had a few bottles of Royal Salute 21 year old Scotch and while they are smooth as a baby's butt they lacked strong character, still were very easy to drink.
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch is one of my favorites and costs quite a lot less than those I mentioned above.
Dalmore Scotch is another I have enjoyed the 21 year old was quite good. I've had the 12 year old as well and while it wasn't as smooth it did have character.

I have fairly expensive taste, it's much better for my budget to make and age my own.
Since I have tried a lot of very good Scotch I do know what flavor I like and I can aim for it when I make my own Scotch.
(or as close as I can get to something I can call Scotch even if it isn't technically Scotch because I'm making it here instead of Scotland) :crazy:


I would be interested in your Scotch recipe


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Re: Scotch advice

Postby Stainless » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:01 pm

Dalmore 12yo
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby nerdybrewer » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:26 pm

TxBrewing wrote:
nerdybrewer wrote:One of my favorites was an Auchentoshan 21 year old Scotch finished in a sherry cask that my niece brought back when she visited Edinburgh several years ago.
I've had a few bottles of Royal Salute 21 year old Scotch and while they are smooth as a baby's butt they lacked strong character, still were very easy to drink.
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch is one of my favorites and costs quite a lot less than those I mentioned above.
Dalmore Scotch is another I have enjoyed the 21 year old was quite good. I've had the 12 year old as well and while it wasn't as smooth it did have character.

I have fairly expensive taste, it's much better for my budget to make and age my own.
Since I have tried a lot of very good Scotch I do know what flavor I like and I can aim for it when I make my own Scotch.
(or as close as I can get to something I can call Scotch even if it isn't technically Scotch because I'm making it here instead of Scotland) :crazy:


I would be interested in your Scotch recipe


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Here's a thread about it at 11 months.
It's older now and I'm pleased with the amount of peated malt.
I believe writing things down when you do them would be a thing I could improve upon, the math doesn't work out the way I described it in that thread.
I believe I did two 30 gallon batches with 60 Lbs malted barley and then added the peated barley in the second batch.
Unfortunately my memory is crap and my documentation skills are also.
Since my fermentation limit was 30 gallons at that time it makes sense that's what I did but it may have been more or less grains.
I do know I sparged out and fermented on the beer except that I added the peated malt at the end and included it in the ferment.
I did heat the peated malt up to 145F and held it there for well over an hour and then added it to the ferment so I must have made a smaller batch the second time like 25 gallons so I could add the 5 gallons with peated malt into the ferment and not go over the 30 gallons.

I remember I filled the still too full on the first run and it puked. It was a stripping run anyway so I kept it and then after all was stripped for both 30 gallon batches I ran it again after diluting with backset so it was a 1.5 run. Tossed forshots and put hot heads in a jar for a future run and then everything down to very smoky tails went in the once used Balcone's barrel.
It stayed in that barrel for 7 months and then went into a Black Swan barrel.
I bottled it at about 14 months (or 15) and have slowly depleted that until now when there is just about 1/5 of a bottle left.
It is tasty and I intend to start another soon.

I've improved a lot of things both in the equipment arena and in my skills and I'm itching to get another Scotch aging.
I have a couple of 15 gallon once used Bourbon barrels sitting here waiting for something like that!
If that sounds cheeky, understand I've got a 100 gallon fermenter and a 145 gallon stainless strainer here just waiting for me to put some grain in a BOP and get cooking!
First I need to run some more Bourbon and another batch of rum so I'm thinking about March for Scotch.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby TxBrewing » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:43 pm

Thanks

Will subscribe to that thread and keep it for future use.

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Re: Scotch advice

Postby Bigbob » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:20 pm

nerdybrewer's scotch is my favorite scotch... :thumbup: :wave:
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby corene1 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:27 pm

If you like Glenlivet 12 give Oban 14 year old a try . It is not extremely expensive. I find it on occasion at around the $50 dollar range.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby nerdybrewer » Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:06 pm

Bigbob wrote:nerdybrewer's scotch is my favorite scotch... :thumbup: :wave:


You're too kind BigBob!
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby corene1 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:57 pm

Try this link to Ralfystuff. He has tasted more Scotch than I knew existed . A good source for information on Scotch Whisky. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp0k3O ... HdRLA8JWZg
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby Cleco » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:38 pm

I recently had a bottle of Belvenie 30 year single malt and by far, was the absolute best scotch I've ever had. Prior to that, I was partial to McCallum.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby just sayin » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:27 pm

+10 on Ralfy, Corene! He had been my Guru for years. The only side effect he collected a great deal of Scotch. Some interesting bottles that come to mind: Glendronach 15 Revival, Springbank 10, Longrow Red, Bunnahbain 12or18, I enjoy Highland Park 12, I like 15 better. I just like scotch!
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby corene1 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:06 pm

just sayin wrote:+10 on Ralfy, Corene! He had been my Guru for years. The only side effect he collected a great deal of Scotch. Some interesting bottles that come to mind: Glendronach 15 Revival, Springbank 10, Longrow Red, Bunnahbain 12or18, I enjoy Highland Park 12, I like 15 better. I just like scotch!

What do you think of the Islay scotches. So far I have tried Laphroig triple wood, Ardbeg 10 Lagavulin 16 and Caol Ila 12. All nicely peated but I think I like the Caol Ila best so far. Good peaty flavor but fruity as well.
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Re: Scotch advice

Postby just sayin » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:57 am

Corene, I like all the Islays I have tasted. I have yet to taste the new one, Kilchomen. Bruichladdich ranges from unpeated to Octomore, which is slap you in the face peaty, I have the 6.1 and if memory serves me, it's phenol is north of 160 ppm. I have not tasted it for a while. It is also bottled quite young < 5 years. Laphroig 10 cask strenght has become my go to Islay, Bunnahbain is easy going, usually not peaty and often overlooked. Ardbeg 10 is a good value. I have never had anything old than 12 year in Bowmore. Interest note: the Islay in McClelland line of single malts is a young Bowmore and is a good value.
I have acquired quite a number of Compass box releases and have yet to find a bad one. Vatted malts and blends. John Glaser, their master blender, has an amazing nose and palate and frequently even prints the formula for the blend on the box. Their Great King Street Artist blend a reasonable priced, light and fruity dessert type Scotch, a good introduction to someone who thinks they don't like Scotch, much like Asyla an even minder blend. Their Peat Monster is at the other end of the spectrum, bold and full of peat.
Independent bottling of single malts can yield jewels, but the occasional dud is a possibility. I have two 23 year old Isle of Juras, bottle by Royal Mile In Edinburgh, they were good values.
If you are looking at a new bottle, try pulling up Ralfy and see if he has reviewed it. A note of caution about watching Ralfy, since discovering Ralfy both my brother in laws and my collect have long since passed 100 unique Scotches each...Just Sayin', by the way I don't regret it!!!
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