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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

Well, there are fewer ryes than there are bourbons, so that makes things a little easier. You talking drinking it straight?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 31 March 2014 17:56 (5 months ago) Permalink

I normally drink it on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned.

#TweetFromAnUnknownWoman (j.lu), Monday, 31 March 2014 17:57 (5 months ago) Permalink

If you're mixing it for a cocktail, maybe go for Old Overholt or Sazerac. Fancier ryes, a lot of people like Whistle Pig's Boss Hog, or the older Sazerac, if you can find it, or Handy, if you can find it. Rittenhouse makes a super fancy 23-year, but that's $$$. Willett has some good rye. That might be a good mid-high point rye.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 31 March 2014 18:01 (5 months ago) Permalink

i love the angel's envy rye

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 31 March 2014 18:06 (5 months ago) Permalink

I love love love Rittenhouse BIB rye whiskey. Given that I'm so happy with it, and can get it readily for a fair price, is trying other, pricier brands of rye worth it? Name names if you want to recommend any.

― #TweetFromAnUnknownWoman (j.lu), Monday, March 31, 2014 1:54 PM (22 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i would definitely recommend trying sazerac which is probably the other great mid-shelf rye left in existence. i prefer rittenhouse but there's a great contrast between the two. sazerac 18, if you can track it down, is absolutely worth the investment.

if you're just staring at the shelf of ryes keep in mind that bulleit, dickel, templeton, redemption, and a couple others i'm forgetting have a common source and use a substantially different mashbill from rittenhouse/sazerac (and from american rye whiskey as it's historically understood). you can certainly give one of these a shot, but just be aware of what you're getting.

call all destroyer, Monday, 31 March 2014 18:21 (5 months ago) Permalink

just bought a dozen bottles of talisker 10yr for abt £21 each, reasonably safe to assume im not going to get bored of it

a respected member of the hip-hop criticism community (nakhchivan), Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:19 (5 months ago) Permalink

still taking the occasional swig outta that glendronach. it's lasting far longer than it should. ur bliss sounds tastier

halber mensch halber keks (imago), Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:31 (5 months ago) Permalink

theres hardly any actively crap single malt whisky, theres underwhelming and theres all sorts of limited release shit which clearly isnt remotely worth its retail price but its all drinkable

just over twenty is fine for a good entry level single malt, mostly they are around thirty quid now (~£20 net) which seems excessive and is inflated significantly from the mid 2000s

nakhchivan, Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:40 (5 months ago) Permalink

ah i can't rly complain, it's not too bad & it was a gift

my best friend received this from his mother's newish husband a few years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penderyn_(whisky) and it was incredibly atrocious. just pure shit. ffs wales

halber mensch halber keks (imago), Thursday, 3 April 2014 22:42 (5 months ago) Permalink

yeah never tried it but it's just whatever shit they can sell with no age statement, probably half of it to sentimental welsh people

they might make something better given time and if they do they can thank the people who bought their shit early releases (very difficult to found a distillery precisely because absent some futures scheme there is no revenue for years)

nakhchivan, Thursday, 3 April 2014 23:02 (5 months ago) Permalink

like this is almost certainly a prime example of speculative veblen collector dogshit

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-13405.aspx

nakhchivan, Thursday, 3 April 2014 23:06 (5 months ago) Permalink

i love when cask strength whiskies both "benefit from the higher bottling strength" and "take water well."

eh mec, elle est ou ma caisse? (ytth), Friday, 4 April 2014 01:30 (4 months ago) Permalink

i have a bottle of rittenhouse, should i use it for fancy cocktails or just savour it straight or on the rocks (or with water, which is how i drink my scotch)

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:35 (4 months ago) Permalink

you should make at least a couple manhattans with it but it's fantastic with water too

call all destroyer, Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:42 (4 months ago) Permalink

I picked up a bottle of the Knob Creek 9 y.o. 120 proof. It is VERY good, and only ~$45. Highly recommended.

Kind of spoils more subtle bourbons like Blanton's if you have them the same night. Gotta trend up in proof, I guess.

Survivalist Compound Row (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 10 April 2014 22:00 (4 months ago) Permalink

It's counter intuitive, but higher proof bourbons can be surprisingly easy to drink.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 April 2014 22:26 (4 months ago) Permalink

My great-grandma drank scotch for pretty much her entire life, and lived to be 101. So yeah it's in my blood.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 April 2014 22:28 (4 months ago) Permalink

hold on to it s1ocki, I'm coming over with some mixology

a strange man (mh), Friday, 11 April 2014 02:22 (4 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Bushmills, bushmills black, bushmills 12 yr pot- black
Jameson, green spot, redbreast 12- green spot
Teeling, teeling small batch, teeling poitin- batch

Overall green spot ahead of redbreast

Poitin was appalling

james lipton and his francs (darraghmac), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

Been sipping Heaven Hill this week. I FEEL AMAZING

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 May 2014 16:09 (3 months ago) Permalink

You would if you have been sipping it all week. I would take a break and have some water.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 May 2014 16:25 (3 months ago) Permalink

Well im sipping on Perrier right now.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 May 2014 16:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

I had bought a bottle of Booker's for myself as a b-day present that I finally cracked

a strange man (mh), Friday, 16 May 2014 18:24 (3 months ago) Permalink

I got a bottle of Knob Creek standard the other day, and damn if'n it ain't superb. Much better than I had remembered.

Survivalist Compound Row (B.L.A.M.), Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:32 (3 months ago) Permalink


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