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Recommend Me A Whisky

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I prefer Glenmorangie (spelt right - probably not). Only one I like without any ice or a little water. Rest I need a dash of water or my mouth tends to breath fire.

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Talisker, from the isle of skye, I tried it when I went there earlier this summer, and brought back a bottle......or two.

Best whisky ever.

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Last time I was in Heathrow, I took a wander into the World of Whiskey shop. I spent 10 minutes eyeing up the £29,000 bottle on sale, wondering if the lady behind the counter would agree to letting me taste it first before realising she probably was reaching for a baseball bat to get me away from the cabinet.

That had better be a fucking good whiskey. Damn fucking good.

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Have your favourite lager on hand as your chaser.

Surely good whisky doesn't need a chaser?

(Hell, even bad whisky doesn't need a chaser...)

Or have I just been bearded?

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I prefer Glenmorangie (spelt right - probably not). Only one I like without any ice or a little water. Rest I need a dash of water or my mouth tends to breath fire.

That was my tipple on the 55th floor of the Park Hayat hotel in Shinjuku. It's the bar that Bill Murray drinks in in Lost in Translation. Hypo-smooth. It'd have to be, too, at £10 a glass...

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Surely good whisky doesn't need a chaser?

(Hell, even bad whisky doesn't need a chaser...)

Or have I just been bearded?

No. I just like getting blitzed.

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To Strawp:

If you enjoyed Macallan, try Glenfarclas or Balvenie, which are both in the heavily-sherried style. Avoid Islay malts, which are more of an acquired taste. They tend to be very peaty and very medicinal-tasting.

Macallan is generally considered to be the finest single-malt (with good reason) but it's all down to personal preference in the end. My personal favourite is Glenmorangie ("rhymes with orange-y") sherrywood finish.

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Here's a recommendation from Mr. L. Skynyrd:

Take a tip from me, people... brothers can't you see

Ain't no future in ole poison whisky.

They're gonna rush you down to see the doctor,

The doctor's gonna shake his head.

The only thing he's gonna tell ya

"stop drinkin' johnny walker's red

Don't drink poison whisky, don't you drink it boy.

Alternatively, I'm partial to a drop of Jamesons.

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To Strawp:

If you enjoyed Macallan, try Glenfarclas or Balvenie, which are both in the heavily-sherried style. Avoid Islay malts, which are more of an acquired taste. They tend to be very peaty and very medicinal-tasting.

Macallan is generally considered to be the finest single-malt (with good reason) but it's all down to personal preference in the end. My personal favourite is Glenmorangie ("rhymes with orange-y") sherrywood finish.

Worth noting that they're (Glenmorangie) advertising the three new finishes of whiskey at the moment - burgundy, I think it was port, and something else. Always nice to try.

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Worth noting that they're (Glenmorangie) advertising the three new finishes of whiskey at the moment - burgundy, I think it was port, and something else. Always nice to try.

I think the other one is from sherry caskets. The port one is really nice.

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My Mum works for Allied Domecq (as do I sometimes during the summer and xmas) meaning that we get either free or heavily discounted whiskey including my favourite, Makers Mark.

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To Strawp:

If you enjoyed Macallan, try Glenfarclas or Balvenie, which are both in the heavily-sherried style. Avoid Islay malts, which are more of an acquired taste. They tend to be very peaty and very medicinal-tasting.

Macallan is generally considered to be the finest single-malt (with good reason) but it's all down to personal preference in the end. My personal favourite is Glenmorangie ("rhymes with orange-y") sherrywood finish.

Actually I got a bottle of Laphroaig on Wednesday which I'm enjoying at the moment.

I remember trying it in the pub once and finding it too strong for me but now I'm liking it quite a lot. I think I will get a small selection of different whiskies - I have the richest highland malt, I think I may try Talisker or one of the sherry cask ones you recommend next.

Laphroaig's on offer at Sainsbury's at the moment BTW, which is why I got it instead of Talisker ;)

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My favourite whisky is 16yr old Lagavulin but's its kind of pricey really.

this is the way forward - i had it in a hotel bar recently - it's fantastic.

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I bought a bottle of Ardbeg at the taxfree. quite cheap that way.

I like it a lot. good and peaty.

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Laphroig 15year is lovely. Much better than the 10.

If you like JD then have wee (or big) one of the Single Barrel. That's a good one, albeit not from these isles.

Hmm. Wish most of my tipples weren't in storage now. :D

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I'm predominantly a drinker of vodka and lager, my only whiskey experience to date has been a bottle of Bells done straight, suffice to say I was not impressed. Well, regular JD as well but I really can't stand the stuff.

So, what would be a good place to start that doesn't involve shelling out £20 for something I end up not liking?

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Jesus, what was I thinking. I don't even like southern comfort very much....

though, to be fair, it was half past two in the morning, I must have been a state.

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West coast whiskey? I'd rather chop my bollocks off. Okay they're not that bad, but compared to the exquisite products from Moray in the North East, they're a poor substitute.

Speyside

This is the heartlant of malt whisky distilling. Well over half of the country's distilleries are found here clustered around such rivers as the Findhorn, Lossie, Liver, Deveron, Fiddich, Dullan and the glorious Spey itself which runs a hundred miles from the wilds of Badenoch north to Spey Bay on the Moray coast. The greatest whiskies of all come from Speyside-Strathisla, Aultmore, Dufftown, MOrtlach, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Macallan, Aberlour, Balmenach, Cardhu, Knockando, Glen Grant, Tamdhu - the congregation of historic and distinguished malts is remarkable.

Moray has the largest concentration of distilleries on the planet for a reason - the river Spey, which (I think) is the UK's fastest river, so perhaps that's the reason for the great water. No stagnation or something?

Anyway, get yourself a bottle of Balvenie - no need to spend a fortune on the maturer editions either as the 10 year bottle will go down a treat.

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Add a couple of spliffs and a chess board and you've got yourself a party. :D

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I'm predominantly a drinker of vodka and lager

Get out.

My lecturer usually carries around a decent amount of 15 y/o to sex up his coffee, but I persuaded him to bring a swig of 30 y/o to a get together thing we had a few weeks back...

It was mind blowing stuff, to the point where I both felt completely unworthy of the swig (£200 a bottle?!) and that I didn't need another drink for about two rounds. I've tasted the cask strength 10 y/o as well, which I found prefferable to the 15 y/o, but this was an exilarating (and expensive) mouthful.

If you can find a decent single malt in a 35cl bottle that might do you a bit more justice than splashing out on a 70cl that you may not like or could end up gathering dust.

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I was in Dublin a while ago and I asked for a bushmills, the barman told me to forget that shit and have something called Red Breast.

He was right as well, bloody lovely

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