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I figured many of you are professional drinkers, judging by some of your posts.

What is your opinion on a good single malt that won't break the bank? What about blended scotch, like Johnny Walker? Black? Red?

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I figured many of you are professional drinkers, judging by some of your posts.

What is your opinion on a good single malt that won't break the bank? What about blended scotch, like Johnny Walker? Black? Red?

Mike

I am a single malter, as I don't drink alot I prefer quality over quantity my favorites are:

Lagavulin
Laphroaig
Caol ila

all 16+ years

Don't know prices in US, in my country Taxes are quite low


matched with a good Cuban cigar (No embargo here):

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I figured many of you are professional drinkers, judging by some of your posts.

What is your opinion on a good single malt that won't break the bank? What about blended scotch, like Johnny Walker? Black? Red?

Mike

Count me in on the single malt team. Recommending single malts is really difficult, as a light Speyside and an Islay have absolutely nothing in common. Personally I favour the heavily peated ones like Arbeg, some Bruichlaich and Bunnahabhain, always with a drop of water, no ice.

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I am a single malter, as I don't drink alot I prefer quality over quantity my favorites are:

Lagavulin
Laphroaig
Caol ila

all 16+ years

Don't know prices in US, in my country Taxes are quite low


matched with a good Cuban cigar (No embargo here):

Montecristo n.2 n.4
Partagas D4

I see we're on the same page here. Though I often prefer the somewhat younger, stronger ones, but the older Laphroig are certainly very drinkable in deed!

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I see we're on the same page here. Though I often prefer the somewhat younger, stronger ones, but the older Laphroig are certainly very drinkable in deed!

I also replace the cigar with good chocolate, instead of water did you try some fresh snow, like peaty taste whiskies

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It really depends on your personal tastes...while I recognize the very popular Islay distilleries as making great whisky, I can't drink it myself. I don't really appreciate a lot of peat, seaweed, iodine, etc. so I tend to go for Highlands or Speyside malts. I highly recommend Highland Park, Macallan, BenRiach, and Cragganmore.

Also a nice, though somewhat subjective, chart I found on the internets the other day might help you:

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I order a single malt every once in a while but I never remember the names.
They usually start with an 'M' lol
12+ years, peaty, and neat.

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im mostly a beer/rum guy.. every now and then some vodka.. but i do love my rumpy shots!

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I am not much of a spirits drinker, however I had this and thought it was very good.


Rogue Ales

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I am not much of a spirits drinker, however I had this and thought it was very good.


Rogue Ales

Right out of Oregon! booya
Love rogue ales and spirits

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a buddy of mine comes into town every few weeks and brings a bottle of this , no complaints here



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This is good stuff too if you can find it ... (Tequila)



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I am afraid they cannot compete, except via the price... Scottish Single Malt Whisky is superior. I just had a glass of Glenlivet this evening. That is why I feel compelled to respond here. I also drink - I am talking about a few bottles per year, not per day - Jura, Laphroaig, Glenmorangie, Macallan and - with its special taste of peat - Tallisker.

I do not touch any blended Scotch Whisky such as Johnny Walker or Dimple, not talking about such awful stuff as Jim Beam or Seagram's. The only viable alternative to Scotch Single Malt Whisky would be Irish Whiskey, such Bushmills or Tullamore Dew. It is not in the same league as Scotch Malt Whisky, but it is better than blended Scotch.

Here are a few useful links .....

Whisky Drinker
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Whisky Magazine ~ Latest News
The Whisky Wire: Whisky News

Keypoints of Scottish Economy: Whisky supports about 41,000 jobs, adds about $ 3 billion to the balance of trade and is one of the UK's top five manufacturing export earners.

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I will try to expand my horizons.

But I am not a big drinker, so I was leaning towards the blended like Johnny Walker Double Black or etc. For the Americans out there, who would like to suggest a sub-$50 bottle of juice that is sure to please?

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I am afraid they cannot compete, except via the price... Scottish Single Malt Whisky is superior. I just had a glass of Glenlivet this evening. That is why I feel compelled to respond here. I also drink - I am talking about a few bottles per year, not per day - Jura, Laphroaig, Glenmorangie, Macallan and - with its special taste of peat - Tallisker.

Problem is, I am pretty certain those are more than I want to spend

If anyone knows of a good site to compare "street" prices, let me know. I can't tell just by looking at the name so well..

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Personally, I prefer Jack Daniels Single Barrel.

They'll even let you go to the distillary and pick out your own barrel.

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I will try to expand my horizons.

But I am not a big drinker, so I was leaning towards the blended like Johnny Walker Double Black or etc. For the Americans out there, who would like to suggest a sub-$50 bottle of juice that is sure to please?

Mike

This is an ordinary Scottish Single Malt Whisky, which you should be able to purchase around $ 40.

That is the one I would recommend to get used to the taste, before you graduate to Speyside and Highland Whisky.


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Trader Joe's has a good selection of single malts at good prices - go there

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I like a good manly beer like Guinness.

"The day I became a winning trader was the day it became boring. Daily losses no longer bother me and daily wins no longer excited me. Took years of pain and busting a few accounts before finally got my mind right. I survived the darkness within and now just chillax and let my black box do the work."
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If you had one bottle of single malt whisky, you will also easily understand the meaning of swing highs and lows.
Due to the asymmetric nature of markets, swing highs (peaks) are flat and last longer than swing lows (troughs) ....


Here is the proof (even 70 proof):

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I'm more of a micro brew guy but High West Whiskey is pretty darn good and I feel like I'm back in the old west when drinking it. Really interesting selection to choose from and obviously very nostalgic.

High West Distillery & Saloon

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Well, how about an American in Macedonia?

Here they have rakia, which is from grapes. Some other fruits too in neighboring countries, e.g. plums, but mostly, here it is grapes.

I read once that Northern Europe tends to have a history of distilling from grains, and Southern Europe from fruit, because traditionally that was what was easy to come by in each region.

Seems to be true, but at any rate, here nowadays the quality is all over the map. I literally have some that came in a plastic Coke bottle, and I save it for when I need to clean my inkjet cartridges. (works well!)

At the other end of the spectrum, I am lucky enough to have a friend who won several gold medals in a recent competition in Belgrade. Now THAT stuff is good! It tastes more like a cognac than whiskey, but it is aged in barrels, along with a secret mix of things like almond shells.

And, I hate to admit it, but should one have more than a few, the price on the little grey cells is a lot lower than with most other distilled spirits.

Finally, the tradition here is to always have food with rakia. As my landlord explained to me, the difference between a derelict and a refined gentleman is that the latter eats when he drinks. As anyone here will tell you, "It is not a sin to drink, it is only a sin not to eat!" So whatever your poison, don't forget the "zakuski." (snacks)

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