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Best $25 I ever spent

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Skald, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Skald

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    Friend of mine had some women troubles (quarrelsome breakup with gf of 8 yrs) so we go int Alba's and what do they but Johnny Walker Blue Label

    So if your a scotch lover like me you can appreciate how smooth this stuff is (honestly, no harshness on the throat when drinking it)


    And for reference, a fifth of this stuff goes for about $250 american.
     

  2. Weerd Beard

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    NICE!

    I love a good whisky. It's Wild Turkey 101 sitting beside me right now. The scotch I have is The Glenlevit. I also rather like Chevis Regal (much like one of our senators...I guess we can agree on one thing [roll] )

    Never had Jonny Blue. I have had Red, and it was VILE! :p

    Arrrr

    -Weer'd Beard
     
  3. Skald

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    The difference between Red and Blue is like driving an escort and a classic mustang with all the origanal stuff. Or, firing a Norinco .22 LR and an Anshutz Competion gun.

    Both are cars/guns, both get you from a to b, but the stuff inside differ greatly.
     
  4. BigWarden

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    I haven't tried the JW Blue, but my Dad gave me a bottle of The Macallan 30 year old for my 30th birthday .... that stuff was beyond amazing.

    Not something you want to buy regularly, but something every Scotch drinker needs to try at least once.
     
  5. KMaurer

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  6. Weerd Beard

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    Yeah I suspected as much....since I know so many scotch drinkers who drink Red and Rave about Blue (but rarely have the scratch to buy it)

    So I'm sure it's a dream, and nothing like that crap with the red lable.

    Speaking of crap whisky: Ever tried Knob Creek Bourbon? It's priced top shelf, but to me it tastes like Jonny Red!

    Nope, Wild Turkey is the Bourbon for me. I also like Maker's Mark, and Old Grandad.

    Arrr

    -Weer'd Beard
     
  7. cdkayak

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    Damn, that was one hell of a b'day present. I haven't had the 30 y.o. yet; I've had a few bottles of Macallan 18 y.o. & I've got Macallan Cask strength open now. I've almost always got a bottle of 12 y.o. in the back of the cabinet in case of emergency. :D

    CD
     
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    That Glen Moray looks nice, I'll have to keep an eye open for it. Or I may just have to visit them if we take the trip we're trying to plan for next fall.
     
  10. dreppucci007

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    I've tried the Johnnie Walker Blue a few times, and truthfully, I'm not thrilled with it. You'd think for the price, it would be the best stuff in the world. I prefer the Gold Label very much over the Blue Label anyday. If anyone enjoys a fine single malt scotch, try the Green Label. It's fairly new to the States (maybe a year or so) but previously was available in Europe. It's FANTASTIC! At $50 a bottle, you can't beat the price either...that's what I drink now.
     
  11. Skald

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    Def. gonna try it. I think Alba in Quincy had a bottle of it.
     
  12. Lynne

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    Yeah, huh??? The price tag on it is almost as much as a gun in MA. [lol]

    Ed's working on a 5th of Glen Fiddich now. Hey Weer'd - when you finish the Glen Livet - try the Fiddich. I think it's better. Not as good as the McCallan's Cask, but definately a good one. Ed liked the GL until he tried the GF.
     
  13. Weerd Beard

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    Thanks for the advise. I've only recently become finantally adventursome enugh to venture into the world of Scotch.

    Arrrr

    -Weer'd Beard
     
  14. MrsWildweasel

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    Alan likes the Glen Fiddich. Definately not my cup of tea. [shock]
     
  15. C-pher

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    I've never been a scotch drinker. My dad loves it..and will spend hundreds upon hundreds for a fine single malt Scottish Wiskey.

    I've never got into it as I don't want to try to aquire a taste just to be trendy. So I stick with my beers.

    And I'm not saying that you guys are trendy, I'm just saying that some people only get into single malts because they think that it's the cool thing to do.

    I've never really liked it, but then I haven't had one in years, so you never know. But I'm not going ot spend 80 bucks just to see if it's something that I want to try.
     
  16. Weerd Beard

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    well don't worrie about me bein trendy (Unless Blood-stained *fish* Jeans become the latest style)

    As much as I love a good single malt, I still prefer a good bourbon over a fine scotch (it's just nice to switch things up a bit)

    And over that by far I prefer fine gin.

    Tanqueray No. Ten Dry Martini....Neither shaken OR stirred!
    (I pour the martini from the shaker from about a foot above the chilled glass and aim for the side of the glass. That way the gin and vermouth are integrated IN the glass away from the ice)

    [​IMG]

    Arrr

    -Weer'd Beard
     
  17. C-pher

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    Now, Vodka I can drink. A good Vodka is nice to have.

    But I don't want to change the topic of the thread.

    I think that I would try a good scotch again, but I'm not buying it, that's all I'm saying.

    If I were to like it, then I think that I might drink it. I'm glad that people out there like it.

    And I wasn't saying that you are doing it because you want to be trendy. I'm not saying that anyone here was. I'm just saying that there are a lot of people that are doing it because they think that it's cool. Just like the Cigar Boom of the 90's.

    I was smoking Cigars for a long time....because my dad did and we would share one every once and a while. So I started smoking them. Not too bad, I would pay about 3-6 dollars a cigar. Then the boom hit, and my favorite smoke went to like 10-15 dollars a cigar. Then it crashed and one of my favorites I could get for like 30 bucks a box. It's going up and they are now about 80 dollars a box. But, that craze killed me and a lot of good cigar compaines.


    Anyway, back to the Scotch topic....
     
  18. MrsWildweasel

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    I'm a weenie when it comes to hard liquor. I will stick to a good wine or a really good beer. Then again at this point haven't drank in a very long time. [lol] [lol]
     
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    No one mentioned Black Label. About $35. My favorite blended scotch for the price. Gold label is very smooth, but if you go that far go for the Blue.

    As far as single malts; Highland Park 12 (or Glenfiddich 12 if not available).

    I use to experiment with other scotches, but settled on these when I go out, or during a home party.
     
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    Jamison's for me. Something about good Irish Whisky. Of course, my usual beverage of choice is Labatt's Blue.
     
  21. cdkayak

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    The Single Malt trend hurt when that came along(about the same time as cigars), I saw all my favorites jump up about $10 - $20 a bottle or more. At least it wasn't as drastic as the price jump in your cigars C-pher! On the positive side they started importing a few more obscure Single Malts.

    The last good bourbon I had was probably a Blanton's Single barrel. Usually I just have JD. Or the emergency Jim Beam in the filing cabinet at work. :)

    Vodka, I'm pretty boring there. I just stick with Stoli's.

    CD
     
  22. bazfoo

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    Ken,
    That stuff is a monster. It's the only scotch that has stayed at 1/3 full for more than six months in my house. After a glass or three of that, I can hardly walk! I now keep it for those special "tough-guy" guests .. after I hide their keys.

    My top two picks are Laphroaig 15 and Lagavulin 16. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. I guess I'm an Isley person. But those are special occasion drinks that are enjoyed straight up. Otherwise Crown Royal or Chivas on the rocks does me just fine.
     
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    Definately not trendy....Ed and I started drinking Scotch when others were using it to remove paint. [lol] [wink]
     
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    Well, Lynne, a lot of the stuff that's sold as Scotch (probably by Englishmen) is undoubtedly best used as paint remover.

    Ken
     
  25. Weerd Beard

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    I dunno C-pher the Definition of Vodka is a flavorless spirit (Technically Gin is a flavored vodka) drinking the flavorless stuff (some of the flavored stuff is pretty good, like Grey Goose l'Orange)

    Just seems too much like Masturbating when you could be having Sex.

    Why not have a drink that tastes like.....well that TASTES! 8)

    -Weer'd Beard
     
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    I don't know if I believe that. They say that Water is tasteless, yet one is always looking for a glass of water that tastes good.

    As Tasteless as it is supposed to be, it does have taste. I don't buy in on the thought that there is anything that truely doesn't have any taste.
     
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    I do agree with that. I think Grey Goose DOES taste an AWEFUL lot like San Pellagrino. And that IS a tasty water....but if I want tasty water, I'll drink some tasty water (then drive home!)

    If I want an adult beverage, I pick somthing with a little more charactor.

    Arrrr

    -Weer'd Beard
     
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    Why do you think that he does the good stuff now? [lol] [lol]
     

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