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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/08 19:35:10 (permalink)
Actually, there are some good contemporary studies on the subject
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/09 07:53:34 (permalink)
Phildelmar

Actually, there are some good contemporary studies on the subject


Indeed; here is an entertaining and informative article on that I first read in the WaPo.  This would be a wonderful and appropriate topic for my distant cousin David to explore.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/09 15:48:08 (permalink)
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Phildelmar

Actually, there are some good contemporary studies on the subject


Indeed; here is an entertaining and informative article on that I first read in the WaPo.  This would be a wonderful and appropriate topic for my distant cousin David to explore.

That was a very interesting read. I've read a few books on George Washington but don't recall, as the article mentioned, that trip ever mentioned in Washington biographies.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/09 16:16:14 (permalink)
Prior to the Revolutionary War Mr. Washington and his older half-brother, Lawrence, acquired huge tracts of land in Western PA and the Ohio Valley.  My great grand uncle acquired and built his estate on one such large tract near Wheeling, WV.  Today it is a real estate development known as "Washington Farms".
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/10 10:06:46 (permalink)
Interesting article on Bourbon v. "Scotch".
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/10 11:21:51 (permalink)
I had the good fortune of being at the Holiday Inn  express in Bristol UK awaiting a flight back to the US and they were sponsoring a Single Malt tasting for just a few quid (pounds). I had always enjoyed Laphroig, Glenmorangie, and Bunnhabhain. At this tasting I tried the Isle of Jura, Spey River and several others which I cannot recall due to the loss of brain cells from these very events. Anyway, I remember liking the Isle of Jura very much. Too much in fact that in order to keep imbibing I need to win the lottery.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/10 15:06:39 (permalink)
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Interesting article on Bourbon v. "Scotch".

That article is a bit suspect. Buffalo Trace? That Jim Murray seems bought off. Single Malt Scotch is produced by over 80 distillers. There is quite a bit of differences in single malts than Bourbon because of major differences in the lands and water where it is made. As for the barrels they now use barrels second hand from Spain and Portugal that were used for making Sherry and barrels from Kentucky that were used for making Bourbon. The Bourbon barrels are not virgin Oak as the article says. They are charred before being used. It really comes down to preference in taste of primarily barley vs corn. Single malt and Bourbon are so different from each other you can't simply say one is better than the other.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/11 11:15:42 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

Interesting article on Bourbon v. "Scotch".

That article is a bit suspect. Buffalo Trace? That Jim Murray seems bought off. Single Malt Scotch is produced by over 80 distillers. There is quite a bit of differences in single malts than Bourbon because of major differences in the lands and water where it is made. As for the barrels they now use barrels second hand from Spain and Portugal that were used for making Sherry and barrels from Kentucky that were used for making Bourbon. The Bourbon barrels are not virgin Oak as the article says. They are charred before being used. It really comes down to preference in taste of primarily barley vs corn. Single malt and Bourbon are so different from each other you can't simply say one is better than the other.


You are correct, sir; it is a matter of personal taste.  Bourbon and Scot Whiskey are the true rolalty of spirits.  These premium tequila and vodka ads make me chuckle.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2013/12/11 11:23:42 (permalink)
Me too
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 14:08:43 (permalink)
Anybody receive or find anything interesting in this line over the holidays?
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 14:55:38 (permalink)
I didn't receive it. I bought it. A bottle of Glenmorangie.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 15:00:34 (permalink)
Age?
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 16:08:50 (permalink)
Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Yr - Fantastic!
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 16:34:07 (permalink)
Have had it. I agree
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/02 20:12:11 (permalink)
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Age?

On edit: 10 years.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/03 00:02:33 (permalink)
I'm kind of late to the party but my personal preference is Macallan 18 year old. I realize Macallan is probably the most "commercial" of single malts and I would love to experience others but I never know what to buy. This thread has really helped explain a lot and will be a very helpful guide for me to buy other brands of single malt HIGHLAND whiskey.
 
I enjoy drinking my Macallan with a small splash of spring water as instructed while in England many years ago. It actually makes a very smooth whiskey even smoother and, somewhat sweeter.
 
I know one thing for sure, I abhor the taste of the peet overtones as in Islay style whiskey. I guess one must acquire a taste for them over a period of time.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/01/03 11:12:47 (permalink)
Admittedly, Islay malts are an acquired taste but it is one well worth acquiring
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/04/28 16:49:48 (permalink)
Got a few interesting Isly bottlings at Total Wine. Very reasonable and very good
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/06/30 12:58:27 (permalink)
Not a huge Scotch fan, but recently got a bottle of Balvenie 12 YO Doublewood and it was smooth as silk.  No burn and no harshness.  Just a long lingering warmth.
 
I'd read an article in the Wall Street Journal about giving Scotch for Father's Day and this was the choice for best all-around basic single malt.  I can now see why. 
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/06/30 19:39:42 (permalink)
A great choice
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/06/30 23:22:03 (permalink)
Surprised that no one has mentioned Old Pulteny, actually, I'm not surprised because the guy at Twin Liquor said it was great and his favorite so I purchased a bottle and of all the Scotches I have ever drank this one tastes the most like someone wrung a pair of socks that had been toiling on the peat bogs all day. Extremely vile with little taste, just peat.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/01 03:44:00 (permalink)
I've found the prices at BevMo & Total Wine to be the best. If they keep expanding, they will change the culture of the spirits industry as it relates small specialty outlets don't you think?
Your thoughts.
 
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/01 07:14:56 (permalink)
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I've found the prices at BevMo & Total Wine to be the best. If they keep expanding, they will change the culture of the spirits industry as it relates small specialty outlets don't you think?
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Agree 100%. 
 
I was lucky to get the Balvenie 12 for $42.99 (+ 9% Md alcohol tax ) at the Montgomery County Liquor store on super sale.  My local stores had it no cheaper than $60.  Total Wine is selling it for $51.99 and I looked at BevMo and they have it for $41.99 if you belong to the (free) BevMo Club.

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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/01 08:53:38 (permalink)
Re old Pulteny, I guess you either go for the peat or you don't
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/17 06:48:15 (permalink)
I swapped a slug of my Balvenie 12 YO Doublewood for some Ardbeg 10 YO with a co-worker.
 
What a kick in the pants.  Very peaty and far, FAR different than the Balvenie.  Opposite ends of the spectrum I guess.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/17 12:18:55 (permalink)
It really depends on how you feel about peat. I like it
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/17 13:04:59 (permalink)
I liked the Ardbeg well enough, just not nearly as much as the Balvenie.
 
There are doubtless less peaty Scotches I could have tried for my first taste of the Islay variety.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/17 14:57:09 (permalink)
An acquired taste, to be sure, but one worth acquiring
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/21 08:34:18 (permalink)
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An acquired taste, to be sure, but one worth acquiring

Have you ever had the Lagavulin 16 YO?  If yes, can you compare it to the Ardbeg 10?

I've seen it referenced in movies and TV (28 Days Later, Parks and Recreation) and a co-worker said it wasn't as peaty as he thought it would be.  Is it 'stronger' than the Ardbeg?  Or maybe the extra aging mellows it a bit?
 
I'm pretty to new to all this.
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RE: Island Or Highland Scotch? 2014/07/21 09:25:16 (permalink)
Haven't had the 16 year old yet. The standard bottling is good.
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