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Tue May 15, 2012, 12:47 AM

 

Highland, Speyside, Islay or Campbeltown?

I've just recently begun getting my feet wet in the world of Single-malts. So far, I'm partial to the Speysides. Particularly Aberlour and Balvenie. Any other Scotch fans feel like weighing in?

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Reply Highland, Speyside, Islay or Campbeltown? (Original post)
opiate69 May 2012 OP
OriginalGeek May 2012 #1
opiate69 May 2012 #2
Turbineguy May 2012 #6
REP May 2012 #3
opiate69 May 2012 #4
OriginalGeek May 2012 #5
opiate69 May 2012 #7
REP May 2012 #10
opiate69 May 2012 #16
OriginalGeek May 2012 #19
opiate69 May 2012 #22
REP May 2012 #8
OriginalGeek May 2012 #20
opiate69 May 2012 #25
OriginalGeek May 2012 #27
opiate69 May 2012 #28
TheMightyFavog May 2012 #9
opiate69 May 2012 #14
petronius May 2012 #11
cliffordu May 2012 #12
opiate69 May 2012 #30
peacefreak May 2012 #13
opiate69 May 2012 #24
PassingFair May 2012 #15
opiate69 May 2012 #26
hifiguy May 2012 #17
opiate69 May 2012 #21
geardaddy May 2012 #18
GermanDem May 2012 #23
opiate69 May 2012 #29
opiate69 Jun 2012 #31

Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:54 AM

1. Islay for me

The smoky beauty of Laphroaig quarter cask (at just about 40 bucks) is a great midpoint between price and performance. 18yo at 80 a bottle is nice but I can afford a couple more bottles at 40 bucks.


but that Balvenie double wood is a beautiful thing. Also a great value.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #1)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:58 AM

2. That's definitely on my list

 

of course, yeah, money is an issue... like my Grandfather used to say, I have "Park Avenue tastes, but a Bowery budget."

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #1)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:14 AM

6. Agreed.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 12:58 AM

3. Islay - Laphroaig

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Response to REP (Reply #3)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:06 AM

4. 2 for Laphroaig right off the bat... I'm going to have to see if my wife's cigar lounge carries it,

 

But I don't think they do. And of course, the dumb-fuck liquor privatization initiative here in Washington just passed, so the majority of the State-owned liquor stores have shut down, and finding anything to drink is going to be tough until June 1st when the mega-stores get to start selling.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #4)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:12 AM

5. Yikes that's a horrible situation!

I was gonna add that one of my favorite things in life is a glass of Laphroaig and an Arturo Fuente 858. I only smoke 4 or 6 cigars a year so I try to make 'em last.


Here's to you guys getting your real liquor stores back asap! (I know that's a beer but for this post I'm just gonna pretend it's a big ol glass of whiskey.)

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #5)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:17 AM

7. I've found out that the Balvenie 12 and the Fuente Opus X are an uncanny match!

 

We were "told" that the privatization would lead to lower costs, but I'm pretty sure I can guess how that's going to work out... but, I will join you in that drink in the hopes that I can soon start stocking my relaxation chamber here at the house lol

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #5)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:50 AM

10. Husband looooooves Fuentes

I've lost track of what he's got, but I know Fuente is one of his favorites. Only drinks Laphroiag, though.

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Response to REP (Reply #10)

Tue May 15, 2012, 10:42 AM

16. Fuente is a great cigar and a great family...

 

the newest Cigar Aficionado magazine has a feature on the family... quite an incredible history...

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #16)

Tue May 15, 2012, 10:59 AM

19. Neat - I'm gonna stop at the store on the way home

I want to experiment more but i get scared lol...Nothing worse than dropping 10 bucks on a stick and not liking it. Luckily, I don;t often get that from Arturo Fuente - and the few times I did I think they were just really stale. Bad shop-keeping. My regular store is always on top of it though so I try not to go elsewhere but sometimes I'm out of town...

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #19)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:42 AM

22. It`s a shame you`re not here in the area...

 

my wife would be able to hook you up... she`s really taken the reins on learning her sticks... makes me proud would be nice to hang out over a smoke and a drink.. unfortunately, a large percentage of the regulars there are Righties so I don`t get much of a chance to hang out with like-minded folk lol

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #4)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:41 AM

8. Trader Joe's carries the regular stuff

BevMo carries the Cask, 18 and 25 (sometimes).

I also like Speyside - definitely different from Islay (and I usually have it with tea ...)

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Response to REP (Reply #8)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:21 AM

20. Keep in mind

Laph has a "cask strength" AND a Quarter Cask....I love the Quarter Cask but the cask strength was a bit harsh to me. Then again, I last had the Cask Strength several years ago and maybe I'd like it better now..


I still have a wee dram of the QC from christmas...I doubt it will survive the weekend...


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Response to REP (Reply #8)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:54 AM

25. I`m really interested to see how this new liquor sales issue works out...

 

Friends in Cali tell me that Costco and TJs have huge selections and great prices, and I think BevMo is planning to open stores here... hopefully it`ll put some of those bottles which are currently out of my pay grade into reach for me.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #25)

Tue May 15, 2012, 06:00 PM

27. We have Costco here

But our Costco liquor stores are very limited - Big bottles of the very most mainstream liquor around. Jack Daniels, Smirnoff, Beefeater, etc...I think I might have seen a bottle of Patron in there but I don't even consider that as good as many other tequilas. (Herradurra fan right now lol). My local Publix (grocery store) has a better beer selection - though not in the same quantities.

I don't remember what scotches Costco had but I don't remember because I looked and wasn't impressed (Was actually looking for that Balvenie Doublewood). Luckily, I am close to a Total Wine and Spirits and they have damn near everything. They have a whole section of scotch that has to be kept under lock and key. Short a good day at the lottery I doubt I'll be tasting any of those soon...


But hey, If I do win the lottery I will plan a vacation out your way and we can kick back with the kick-ass bottles I bring and the kick-ass cigars your wife recommends!

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #27)

Wed May 16, 2012, 12:56 AM

28. hahaha! sounds like a plan!

 

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #4)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:48 AM

9. Washington's finally getting rid of state stores?

Whoa. Are you guys going to eventually become like us in Wisconsin where you can buy liqour at your local gas station?

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Response to TheMightyFavog (Reply #9)

Tue May 15, 2012, 08:42 AM

14. yes and no...

 

the initiative did away with the state stores, but only stores over 10,000 square feet can sell liquor, so no gas stations.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:52 AM

11. Skye: Talisker!

Laphroaig might be a bit of a shock early on, for Islay maybe Lagavulin?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 02:43 AM

12. Yep - Laphroaig.



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Response to cliffordu (Reply #12)

Wed May 16, 2012, 12:59 AM

30. Interestingly enough...

 

I told one of my friends about the consensus here earlier tonight... he's not a fan of the Laphroaig... still though, it comes highly enough recommended so I still plan on trying it.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 08:07 AM

13. Ill take the Highlands.

Edradour, for me. WAY out of my budget, but oh, so good.

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Response to peacefreak (Reply #13)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:45 AM

24. I hear ya.. budget is my biggest barrier here too...

 

but once in a while, I can liberate (if not justify) a solid 40 or 50 bucks... hell, it`s about the only thing I get to spoil myself with these days

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 09:15 AM

15. The Balvenie "Portwood"

Tastes a hint of brandy, smells like fine pipe tobacco...



I don't drink much scotch these days (stomach issues) but when I DO, it's this one.

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #15)

Tue May 15, 2012, 02:56 PM

26. hmmm....

 

wonder how that would pair up with a nice bowl of cavendish?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 10:52 AM

17. Islays are marvelous,

 

but not for the tyro in the field of Scotch whisky. Laphroaig is the classic heavy, peaty, iodine-y Islay, the sort of whisky that tastes you back, as the Scots say. Yummy stuff, but something best worked up to.

Balvenie is a very nice tipple. Macallan is almost always spectacular and I recommend it highly.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #17)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:37 AM

21. ahh, Macallan... the wife`s lounge does carry that...

 

I`ve heard it`s the go-to drink of many who know. I`ll have to have a look at the price list tonight when I pick her up. I had an Oban last night in a friend`s recomandation... a bit spicier than I had expected at first but settled down into a nice smoky drink.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 10:55 AM

18. Speyside and Highland for me n/t

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:44 AM

23. Islay: Lagavulin is the best!!!

But I also like the "sweet" ones e.g. Dalmore! If you like Balvenie, you should definitely try it!

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Response to GermanDem (Reply #23)

Wed May 16, 2012, 12:57 AM

29. The lounge used to carry Dalmore....

 

i don't think it sold well enough to keep reordering though.. there used to be a bottle of it with a cigar inside of it.. always wanted to try it

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 07:33 PM

31. just picked up some Bowmore 12 year

 

money`s a huge issue at the moment and it was a little bit less than the Aberlour. Sitting outside with a la Gloria maduro... not too bad so far. Seems like a good introductory Islay.

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