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*but i always feel bad sacrificing a good whiskey to a soda drink*

And you should! I follow my grandpa's rule: bourbon and steak require no adornment (save ice or salt/pepper). I'd guess that the smokey flavor of scotch doesn't mix well with anything. Rum & ginger ale, however, is a different story.

maker's mark, my favorite, spells it whisky.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

Whisky = Scotch

Whiskey = everything else

Bad Day At Dadrock (Dada), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

i'm a firm believer in whiskey as a way to forestall various winter illnesses, though there is always the risk of drinking too much and ending up with a hangover to rival flu. in general: practical and delicious.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

I love whisky, can't say I've ever really tried whiskey.

I was seconded to Seagrams and worked at the strathisla distillery for a while, it was fun, and got me into whisky. I couldn't stand the stuff before, but one friday going back to Glasgow on the train, a train in front had hit a cow, so we were stuck and the drinks trolley was out of free drinks by the time it reached us. So my friend got out the minatures she'd brought back for her family, and we had ourselves a wee tasting session to while away the time.

I love whisky macs, but would never use anything other than a blend, and I wouldn't touch blended for any other purpose.

I once spent £37 on a bottle - cask strength from Cambletown. Still got some, it's amazing. Tastes of the sea and smoke.

Vicky (Vicky), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

xpost

i agree 100%.

drinking hot Scotch in the winter = awesome. this is really tasty and gets into your sinuses.

i guess there's a folk/traditional remedy for colds of mixing scotch with hot water and honey. i tried it on a sore throat and it worked wonders. just the whiskey is good, but the honey gives it a little extra.

AaronK (AaronK), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

Whiskey is the American spelling of whisky is it? That's what's confusing us Brits.

Bad Day At Dadrock (Dada), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

Scapa and Laphroaig are my favourites, along with the same unnamed (and only 250 bottles ever produced) bottle of 1991 Campbeltown that Vicky mentions. (Mine cost £40! Was I ripped off?)

J4ck D4niels, however, have me on their marketing mailing list. I have JD mousemat that I use at home, and as of this weekend I have a tiny but weighty metal replica bottle keyring.

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

someone mentioned a bar on edgeware rd (salt, maybe?) that serves a drink with whiskey, honey, and figs. i really want to try it.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

Mark, was it? Can't remember, obviously!

x-post whiskey is the spelling for irish and american and whatever else, but scotch should never be spelt that way. In fact, I think legally no-one else but the Scots can label it whisky. i seem to remember some furore over the Japanese claiming to sell 'whisky'

Vicky (Vicky), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

having had a quick trawl of the net it seems I was talking crap about the legal thing - seems it's just pureists who think that only Scotch can be spelt that way ;0)

Vicky (Vicky), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

Whether it's a legal matter or not, Scotch should never be called whiskey!

Bad Day At Dadrock (Dada), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

Whiskey, bourbon, for these things I have pride in my homeland.

nickalicious is from Kentucky, where the horses run fast and the bourbon is yumm, Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

Root beer! Suckaz!

Huk-L, Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

it's difficult to get root beer in the u.k., and anyway it doesn't get you drunk.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

it's salt whisky bar, in seymour street. fancy a julep, anyone?

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...
Have any of our UK friends seen or tried this "J&B -6ºc"? I just got a press release; evidently they're testing it in the UK and thinking of bringing it to the US. Sounds like a scotch for vodka drinkers: "with a pale color and an apple-pear scent" = almost clear and tasteless, to lure clear-liquor market share in a whiskier direction?

Paul Eater (eater), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 00:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

Rotgutt (Rotgutt), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 01:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've fallen in love with Evan Williams bourbon--cheap and delicious!

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 01:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

just renewed my stock of makers mark. must watch to ensure i don't drink it all too quickly.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

i was drinking maker's at the fap last week.

Penis, NV (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Alabama Song to thread!

Aimless (Aimless), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've tasted Dewar's and it is very masculine.

youn, Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

ah, whiskey, so good. Jameson is my usual, but I've tried smokey whiskey and it's quite nice and strong. What is that J&B -6 trying to do, be vodka? hm. I'm sure it is far too easy to drink.

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

NO WHISKY BAD WHISKY WHISKY BAD

dabnis coleman's ghost (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

Have any of our UK friends seen or tried this "J&B -6ºc"? I just got a press release; evidently they're testing it in the UK and thinking of bringing it to the US. Sounds like a scotch for vodka drinkers: "with a pale color and an apple-pear scent" = almost clear and tasteless, to lure clear-liquor market share in a whiskier direction?


Ewwww. I'm having some Talisker with a few drops of Drambuie on it tonight, as dinner. heh. I've had a cold for a few days, and this will hopefully knock some of it out of me.

lyra (lyra), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hm, is that symbol messed up on everyone's browser? It is supposed to read "J&B minus six degrees Celsius" but from here it is a complex and unfamiliar Chinese character.

Trying to be vodka, yes indeed.

Paul Eater (eater), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 03:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

working fine on my browser. Looks like Manx or Welsh whisky. Probably fairly tasteless un-aged malt spirit. Looks ghastly.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 08:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

Thank you, ILE, for reminding me to get a bottle of Balvenie for Mum and Dad for Christmas.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 09:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Not encountered it myself, but I would guess it's either a bit grim or so tasteless you might as well be drinking vodka.

RickyT (RickyT), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 09:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

regualr J&B is already on the light side compared to say, JW Black.

clearly intended not to compete w/flavor of soda/mixers?

m coleman (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

Caption competition coming up

We Buy a Hammer For Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

I believe it's aged properly and then chill-filtered to remove "impurities," i.e. flavor.

There was an article in Saturday's Wall Street Journal about "controversial" new products being introduced by Scotch distilleries, but they didn't even mention this abomination. The most controversial was Bruichladdich introducing a blend of three vintages in one bottle.

From your reports I guess the UK launch this past summer did not make a huge splash.

Paul Eater (eater), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have a bottle of the sherry casked Bowmore (given to me by a friend) mentioned in that article, and it's really not that great. I've been drinking it, but doubt I'd buy a bottle on my own.

lyra (lyra), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 17:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've yet to like the taste of any hard liquor. Unless Stoli Vanil or Raspberry counts.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

wow, hey ken, how expensive is woodford over there?

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

This was MY thread???

FiFi (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have been drinking whiskey lately when we go out. It's a good winter drink.

n/a (Nick A.), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's good for warmth and effect; hell going down tho.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

you can mix it with stuff, morbs.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

I pref the shots, for effect.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm not a big hard liquor drinker but whiskey doesn't seem that difficult to drink straight to me.

n/a (Nick A.), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

Friday = pay day = trip to liquor store for bourbon & scotch! Yay hard liquor!!!

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing 1:30 on a Tuesday isn't the most appropriate time for whiskey, but fuck, here is this thread, and here is a sudden jump in my stress level. ANYWAY.

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

what up what up what uuuuuuuup

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

hmmm

BLEAT THE MEATLES. PARADE. (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

probably too hot to even consider this, but rocks approach might

BLEAT THE MEATLES. PARADE. (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

maybe

BLEAT THE MEATLES. PARADE. (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

might have gin in the freezer

i want to marry a pizza (gbx), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

rox would be good

surm, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

it'd be nice if he got credited more, but hey

⌘-B (mh), Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

So, knowing that, what's the best whisky to ask for at the bar? Do I need fancy terms or can I just say "Bourbon on the rocks, please"?

, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

("Just throw a couple in their, yeah?")

, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

there*

, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

All I seem to drink anymore is Four Roses, but I did have a taste of Dickel white whiskey a week or two ago because it was on special and I couldn't resist. It smelled deadly but was actually quite smooth.

This rye story is pretty lol -- does it apply to Dickel rye too?

dan m, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

x-p
I always ask for Knotter Bourbon.

nickn, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

cad I would love to see a list of your top five/ten "affordable range" whiskeys, I need a new bottle of bourbon anyway and am getting kinda tired of Four Roses

lol xp

sleeve, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

x-p
From the article I linked:

Some of those bottling and branding MGP whiskey make an effort to give the juice some sort of finishing touch to make their product distinctive. George Dickel Rye starts with MGP whiskey but charcoal-filters it before bottling. Angel’s Envy buys Indiana rye, puts it in old rum casks to soak up a little sweetness, and then charges a hefty markup. Others, such as Redemption Rye, present their MGP whiskey as-is.

The prize for the most upfront bottler has to go to Blaum Bros. of Galena, Illinois, which market Knotter—read “not our”—Bourbon with the transparent admission “We didn’t distill this bourbon. Nope, not a drop.”

nickn, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

cad I would love to see a list of your top five/ten "affordable range" whiskeys, I need a new bottle of bourbon anyway and am getting kinda tired of Four Roses

lol xp

― sleeve, Thursday, September 25, 2014 2:31 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it's getting tougher and tougher to find dece affordable stuff, but here are some things (with the caveat that i neither have the money nor the inclination to try anything that's "craft distilled" or has an unclear origin, not that any of that stuff is affordable most of the time)

very old barton bib (if you can get it in your area, nb i haven't had it since they dropped the age statement, but man this stuff was good)
weller 107 proof
jim beam black
dickel no. 12 (still sort of affordable i think)
old grand dad bib (not really a sipper but the best mixing bourbon in the world imo)

call all destroyer, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:48 (2 months ago) Permalink

x-p
I always ask for Knotter Bourbon.

― nickn, Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:31 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


Going to a bar tonight. Gonna pop my whisky cherry.

"Knotter Bourbon. neat. Thanks"

I'll tell you all about it

, Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

thanks cad!

old grand dad bib

is this the 100 proof bonded stuff or something else? I was using the bonded for a while on yr recommendation

sleeve, Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeah it's the bonded

call all destroyer, Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:10 (2 months ago) Permalink

the 114 is kind of overkill imo

call all destroyer, Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/business/japanese-whisky-yamazaki-named-worlds-finest-dram#.VFlY1zQgtN4

perfect timing. i'll try to score a cheap bottle while in japan later this year.

has anyone tried it?

, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 22:48 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

So I scored a bottle of Pappy 12 tonight, I suppose I should feel good? Lucky?

dan m, Thursday, 20 November 2014 02:38 (6 days ago) Permalink

nice work! if you didnt pay over retail it's a very nice and fairly priced bourbon.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 20 November 2014 02:45 (6 days ago) Permalink

I paid $20 over, I guess? Not too worried about it, I haven't been buying bourbon much at all this year.

dan m, Thursday, 20 November 2014 02:50 (6 days ago) Permalink

hi dan, what are you doing the next couple weekends? :D

jenny holzer, ilxor (mh), Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:22 (6 days ago) Permalink

Looking at this bottle, petting it occasionally, waiting for 12/5 to crack it open.

dan m, Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:45 (6 days ago) Permalink

Had a Yamazaki the other night after winning a football match 8-0. It was most fitting. Very peaty and flavoursome, without any sort of sweetened chemical flavour. Delicious.

imago, Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:24 (6 days ago) Permalink

speaking of pappy 12, anyone ever see weller 12 year? it's very very similar if not indistinguishable. used to be my jam til it disappeared. elijah craig 12 year is my affordable go-to these days, but tonight i'm sipping four roses single barrel which is delightful.

Captain Maximus, Friday, 21 November 2014 03:47 (5 days ago) Permalink

haven't seen weller 12 in a few months now unfortunately

call all destroyer, Friday, 21 November 2014 03:48 (5 days ago) Permalink

Van winkle 12 year/lot b is I believe just single barrel Weller 12. Technically not Pappy though. Weller 12 not gone, but all the "it's as good as Pappy" talk means it didn't linger when it shows up. That said, I haven't seen it for about a year, not long after someone tipped me it was going AWOL and I didn't believe him.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 November 2014 04:55 (5 days ago) Permalink

i don't even think lot b is single barrel, i think it's just the best barrels of 12 year old weller blended and bottled. the general shortage of older weller and the fact that they can divert the existing supply to the more desirable van winkle label means weller 12 is going to be an endangered species for quite a long time.

call all destroyer, Friday, 21 November 2014 05:33 (5 days ago) Permalink


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