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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 (10 years ago) Permalink

Whisky = Scotch

Whiskey = everything else

Bad Day At Dadrock (Dada), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:18 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

Root beer! Suckaz!

Huk-L, Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:49 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 March 2005 13:54 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

Rotgutt (Rotgutt), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 01:26 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

Penis, NV (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

Alabama Song to thread!

Aimless (Aimless), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:31 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

youn, Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:32 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

NO WHISKY BAD WHISKY WHISKY BAD

dabnis coleman's ghost (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 02:36 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

Caption competition coming up

We Buy a Hammer For Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:35 (10 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:01 (10 years ago) Permalink

This was MY thread???

FiFi (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:03 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:05 (10 years ago) Permalink

you can mix it with stuff, morbs.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

I pref the shots, for effect.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:13 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:33 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

what up what up what uuuuuuuup

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

hmmm

BLEAT THE MEATLES. PARADE. (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:35 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

maybe

BLEAT THE MEATLES. PARADE. (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

might have gin in the freezer

i want to marry a pizza (gbx), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

rox would be good

surm, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 03:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah ok, so these are just new york prices I'm experiencing then. never seen any variety of dickel for less than $35. knob creek $35-40. buffalo trace consistently $35.

chinavision!, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

haha xp

marcos, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

i also think maybe dickel has gotten more expensive over the years? when i first started drinking bourbon it was definitely on the cheaper end

marcos, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

it has!

the nice part about living in iowa is the state liquor distribution system publishes the wholesale prices of everything they distribute, so you can get an idea of what the markup is

Dickel No. 12 wholesales for $20.25
http://iowaabd.com/alcohol/products/pricing

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

Benchmark is basically Buffalo Trace that didn't make the cut from what I understand.

Dickel and Beam have both gone up about $5-6 a bottle in the past few years.

earlnash, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

almost everything has!

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

been mostly drinking Green Spot lately, that is some insanely great shit.

got a bottle of Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey, which is aged in the rum casks.

you guys familiar with this one and if so, y/n?

nomar, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

Green spot otm

broderik f (darraghmac), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

i went to a divey class old bar in downtown L.A. with my dad and he wanted a tullamore dew, which they didn't have, and the server said "let me give you a taste of this other irish whiskey we have, you may like it." and it's become the family go-to whiskey ever since.

nomar, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

I don't think we have green spot here? I'll be on the lookout for it

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

where you at? it's recently become more widely available.

nomar, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

I stand corrected, it's on that price list I linked upthread, so it's somewhere

looks like it's more expensive so I'll have to go to the nicer store

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

Its v much in the lineage of the other notable Jamesons, rly. Just very very good and not bad value compared to a redbreast or obv midleton

broderik f (darraghmac), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

irish whiskey very drinkable, fun to drink imo

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

As a country we would certainly seem to agree

broderik f (darraghmac), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

I note that green spot now seems to be the same price of redbreast locally....is there a big difference btwn them over there? Might plump for latter all things being equal.

broderik f (darraghmac), Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

green spot is really wonderful stuff

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

I usually drink the normal Jim Beam when mixing with ginger ale (because there's no point in getting a good/expensive booze when it will be masked by mixer). Maker's for a step up from Beam when not mixing, Woodford Reserve for two steps up. I don't think I've had a bourbon fancier then Knob Creek or Bulleit - and for those, I think the fanciness is lost on my palate, so it's a matter of diminishing returns to spend more than $30ish. It's all pee and lost memories in a day or so anyway.

That said, I am so glad there are people out there taking it seriously and cultivating a connoisseurship of fine distinctions. Truly, rock on, whiskeyheads.

please won't you be my enabler (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 4 February 2016 22:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

you guys familiar with this one and if so, y/n?

i like the Nikka Grain i think it might be a little overpriced tho

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 4 February 2016 22:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

I got a 500ml bottle of Nikka Coffey Grain 12-year (normal is a blend w/ no age statement) at Nikka's Yoichi distillery last year and it's lovely.

I also heard a bartender in LA say the Coffey Grain was "made with coffee" and almost broke my glass.

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Thursday, 4 February 2016 23:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

I think the fanciness is lost on my palate

I think if you go BIB or barrel proof you usually do OK. The former (albeit a shrinking category) is full of bargains, and while the latter stuff can be hard on the palate - nuance tends to go out the window after your first sip of something high-proof - it promises at least a certain degree of value/quality. Though imo the magic proof is somewhere between 95 and 105. These 135 or whatever proof monsters like Stagg Jr. just kill my tongue, as much as I enjoy sipping them.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 4 February 2016 23:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

splash of water

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 4 February 2016 23:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

the thing about high-proof stuff that can't be replicated is the super-viscous mouthfeel. sometimes i really crave that.

call all destroyer, Friday, 5 February 2016 01:58 (6 days ago) Permalink

pop it in the freezer for a while, has that effect. makes it taste terrible though... better to use aquavit.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 5 February 2016 03:54 (6 days ago) Permalink


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