What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

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What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by jayka » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:13 am

Hi All, just wanted to see what scotch connoisseurs like you all are drinking?
Sooner or later the people who run the planet all end up choosing one drink....

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Post by v-child » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:20 am

Probably want to reword that question to: Before you started distilling, what was your favorite commercial scotch?

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Post by Durhommer » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:22 am

My go to now is glenfiddich 12
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The Balvenie 12 double wood
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Post by jonnys_spirit » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:03 am

I enjoy pretty much all of them and particularly the heavily peated ones.
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Post by VLAGAVULVIN » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:40 am

Glenfiddich-15yo-solera so far...

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Post by Deplorable » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:56 am

The Balvenie double wood, their Caribbean cask, Aberlour 16, and their A'bunadh. Not necessarily in that order. The Macallan is also good.
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Post by tombombadil » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:17 am

Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength

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Post by Durhommer » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:52 am

tombombadil wrote:
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Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength
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Post by AlWorms » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:48 am

Do we have to pick only one???

The Glenlivet 21 is nice, though I tend to buy the 18 for the price... but I keep going back to Lagavulin 16 with it's lovely burnt dirt taste :clap:

I've been known to buy cheap Grants, a case at a time occasionally :wtf: I quite like it, it's just a bit nasty around the edges.

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Post by CopperFiend » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:55 am

Ardbeg Corryvreckan is all I need. (And i do dabble with the 40 others in the cabinet every so often 😆 )

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by Bushman » Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:55 am

You guys have named all my favorites not sure I can pick one over another.

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Post by Twisted Brick » Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:22 pm

Too difficult a question to answer, honestly.

Of the many scotches tried over the years, Scapa 16 stands out above the rest. In one sip, I could smell and taste the terrior - the cold northern sea air, windswept peat and sweet barley. Incredible. Unfortunately, this expression was discontinued in 2016, and if you can find a bottle, it'll cost upwards of $225.
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Post by Coyote » Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:58 pm

Sheep Dip
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Post by Expat » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:34 pm

tombombadil wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:17 am
Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength
When you absolutely must lick the barber's strop after it's been soaked barbicide. :lol:

That said, I also love it.
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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by tubbsy » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:42 pm

Jeez, where to start...

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Balvenie 12 Doublewood
Balvenie Week of Peat
Benromach 10
Talisker 10

Unfortunately I've only been remotely close to recreating the Doublewood, so Scotch still costs me too much. Once I figure out peat I'll be set though.

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Post by nerdybrewer » Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:34 pm

I have a couple of the Laphroag bottles here that are mentioned above, quite good but the 10 Cask is a bit smokey even for me.
My all time favorite bottle for character of spirit was that Auchentoshan 21 Sherry cask finished, that was memorable.
Had a few of the 21 gun salute bottles that are so crazy over priced, IMO anything from Chivas may be smooth but just doesn't have that character.
Some Ardbeg 12 that was pretty good.
Had a Glen Grant 1967 a while back too.
Since I have been distilling and aging my own I don't buy as much.
Last good one I bought was a Bunnahabhain, that was tasty.
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Post by zapata » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:41 pm

Lagavulin 16 is and always will be an absolute classic. Every single home ought to come with a smoke detector, a fire extinguisher, a toolbox and a bottle of Lag! I really appreciate everything Bruichladdich has been doing business wise and style wise, not sure I have a favorite from that stable, but I will remain a consistent once a year buyer of whatever they've got, probably for life. I think every Arberlour I've had is not only good, but a pretty good value compared to other distilleries, every bottle just punches above it's price. I go to a thing every few years that has Macallan 18 at an open bar, hell yeah, but I don't think it's worth the price if I'm paying.

Aaaaand. I drink plenty of monkey shoulder, dewars, old smuggler, whatever. I grew up drinking cheap scotch, and never outgrew it. I'm pretty sure there isn't a scotch I would turn down.

A simple highball of Johnny Black and seltzer is my go to lawnmower scotch, and I often have a pint in the freezer just for such occasions. Actually, you know what? Wrong season maybe, and I sure didn't cut no grass, but I just changed the mineral profile in my seltzer so Imma make myself a highball!

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Post by FLOB » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:22 am

I've always liked Dalwhinnie and Oban.

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by Dewstiller » Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:42 am

I am cheap... so Dewars 12 year normally and Dalwhinnie 15 year when I am feeling like I have extra money. :lol:

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Post by nerdybrewer » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:04 am

That just reminded me, I did enjoy a couple bottles of Dalmore and Dalwhinnie a ways back.
Those were tasty!
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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by jayka » Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:04 pm

I just had a bit of a taste off last night with the FIL. Had a nip of our New Zealand South island 25yr old was pretty amazing putty we can only afford to have 1 nip a year.
Sooner or later the people who run the planet all end up choosing one drink....

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by VLAGAVULVIN » Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:58 am

jayka wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:04 pm
Had a nip of our New Zealand South island 25yr old was pretty amazing putty we can only afford to have 1 nip a year.
dis 1?..

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by kiwi Bruce » Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:24 am

Expat wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:27 am
The Balvenie 12 double wood
+1 :clap:
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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by jayka » Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:19 am

VLAGAVULVIN wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:58 am
jayka wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:04 pm
Had a nip of our New Zealand South island 25yr old was pretty amazing putty we can only afford to have 1 nip a year.
dis 1?..
That's the brand but the batch is called south island
Sooner or later the people who run the planet all end up choosing one drink....

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by VLAGAVULVIN » Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:30 am

jayka wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:19 am
VLAGAVULVIN wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:58 am
jayka wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:04 pm
Had a nip of our New Zealand South island 25yr old was pretty amazing putty we can only afford to have 1 nip a year.
dis 1?..
That's the brand but the batch is called south island
Could you give us a hint of its price, please?..

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Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

Post by jayka » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:52 pm

$200 in Australia today
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Post by kiwi Bruce » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:50 pm

Expat wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:27 am
The Balvenie 12 double wood
I just got a bottle (birthday mid month)

IT WAS $60 FREAKING DOLLARS ! ! !
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Post by Tater » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:47 pm

Coyote wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:58 pm
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Post by Expat » Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:06 pm

kiwi Bruce wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:50 pm
Expat wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:27 am
The Balvenie 12 double wood
I just got a bottle (birthday mid month)

IT WAS $60 FREAKING DOLLARS ! ! !
$100 for 750ml here :crazy:
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