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Old 01-12-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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I know its a Rum forum but there must be a few Whisky lovers here

Over Christmas I gave the Rum a bit of a break and tried out a few Whisky's...have never been a massive whisky fan until now but just fancied trying some!

I bought the following:
Bulleit Bourbon
Old Grand Dad 100 Proof
Knob Creek 9yo
Maker's Mark
Wild Turkey 101
Glenmorangie 4 pack (Original, Lasanta 12, Quinta Ruban 12, Nectar d'Or 12)
Laphroaig 10yo
Talisker

Out of the above I enjoyed pretty much all of them except the Laphroaig and Talisker. Just too peaty for my taste. (I haven't finished them all either!!! Just a few shots of each!!!)

Really enjoyed the Glenmorangie's (will be getting a couple full bottles later this year!) and my favourites were probably Knob Creek and Old Grand Dad....its strong though!!

I'm now after a one or two Jack Daniels or Jim Beam to add to the collection, was thinking the following:

Jim Beam Honey

Jim Beam Red Stag

Jack Daniels Honey

Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Has anybody tried the 4 above? Any others to consider around the £30 mark?

Cheers, Dave
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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I know its a Rum forum but there must be a few Whisky lovers here

Over Christmas I gave the Rum a bit of a break and tried out a few Whisky's...have never been a massive whisky fan until now but just fancied trying some!

I bought the following:
Bulleit Bourbon
Old Grand Dad 100 Proof
Knob Creek 9yo
Maker's Mark
Wild Turkey 101
Glenmorangie 4 pack (Original, Lasanta 12, Quinta Ruban 12, Nectar d'Or 12)
Laphroaig 10yo
Talisker

Out of the above I enjoyed pretty much all of them except the Laphroaig and Talisker. Just too peaty for my taste. (I haven't finished them all either!!! Just a few shots of each!!!)

Really enjoyed the Glenmorangie's (will be getting a couple full bottles later this year!) and my favourites were probably Knob Creek and Old Grand Dad....its strong though!!

I'm now after a one or two Jack Daniels or Jim Beam to add to the collection, was thinking the following:

Jim Beam Honey

Jim Beam Red Stag

Jack Daniels Honey

Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Has anybody tried the 4 above? Any others to consider around the £30 mark?

Cheers, Dave
During the winter months, I tend to gravitate to the whiskey and bourbon. My family went north for Christmas and I was able to pick up a 2008 Four Roses Mariage. Can't wait to open that one up.

I'm also a big Glenmorangie fan. I'm working on a bottle of Nectar D'or. Very good.

As for the 3 flavored bourbons you mentioned...I would not recommend any of them. They are so cloyingly sweet, I couldn't drink them. I'm not a big Jack Daniel's fan, however, of the bottles available here in the US, I do enjoy the single barrel.

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:46 AM   #3
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I'm a massive peathead when it comes to single malts. Laphroaig, Caol Ila, and Ardbeg are all great. My standard go to is the Johnnie Walker Black Label blend, because it's a bit cheaper. Can't go running through a $50-60 bottle of Scotch in a month. Try to keep each bottle to last for a year. Also, once summer hits its Rum and Mojito season, so the Scotch will be ignored for the most part during that time of year.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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I like whiskey probably a bit more than rum. The best whiskey I have had is Highland Park 25. Bulleit and Buffalo Trace are great mid shelf bourbons. Have you tried Booker's cask strength? Great stuff. Lately there has been some great Canadian whiskey on the market (Canadian whisky is thought of as brown vodka to many, but that has changed) Wiser's Legacy has a great profile. Lot 40 is a pure rye malt whisky that is identical to a American straight rye. Forty Creek Copper Pot and Wiser's Small Batch also have a robust profile.

From your list above...the JD SB is a great sipper. Red Stag is just cherry flavored bourbon and those others your thinking of buying are more like liquer mixers if that's why you want them.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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I'm now after a one or two Jack Daniels or Jim Beam to add to the collection, was thinking the following:

Jim Beam Honey

Jim Beam Red Stag

Jack Daniels Honey

Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Has anybody tried the 4 above? Any others to consider around the £30 mark?
As others have said, the three flavored would probably not appeal
to whiskey drinkers (unless you're specifically looking for a flavored
pour.) If you must try them, looks for small sample bottles before
springing for a full size bottle.

The JD SB is a nice drink and a decent alternative to scotch or bourbon.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #6
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I also love good whiskey's.
I am a peat (Islay) lover, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, etc... I love them all the time.
Bourbon, sure. I enjoy Maker's mark, Elijah Craig 18 year and Basil Hayden's.

Nothing wrong with sipping something different to learn something more.

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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I agree with Silverfish, leave those flavored Beam alone, rather try the green one, so smooth.
If you want to flavor your Bourbon, just add a little bit of crème de cassis 20°. Keep it natural!
And for scotch whisky have a go to Aberlour or even better Abunadh. Amazingly dangerous!
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I agree with Silverfish, leave those flavored Beam alone, rather try the green one, so smooth.
If you want to flavor your Bourbon, just add a little bit of crème de cassis 20°. Keep it natural!
And for scotch whisky have a go to Aberlour or even better Abunadh. Amazingly dangerous!
A'bunadh is made by Aberlour. Cask strength...i think they have batches in the 40's now. Each batch slightly different. I think I remember batch 23 was a great one...but I'm not sure.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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Whisk(e)y is arguably my favorite spirit.

Currently my favorite bourbons are Knob Creek and Buffalo Trace. I plan on buying some Bookers, Bakers and Woodford on my next trip to the USA and see how they compare.

Of the list you posted I have only tried JD Single Barrel and I liked it (I'm a fan of JD in general) but I don't feel it's worth what it costs locally here ($53/750ml.)

I would really recommend you try some Forty Creek products. Although Canadian Whisky is often looked down upon, Forty Creek products are excellent. The Barrel Select and Double Barrel are both great, and if you can get your hands on them, the Confederation Oak and Port Wood are fantastic.

My experience with scotch is limited but what I have tried I've enjoyed. I'm really looking forward to picking up a bottle of Laphroaig soon.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:39 AM   #10
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Thanks for the replies there gents

There's a few new ones to try in your posts. I think I'll leave shelling out £40odd for the flavoured ones but might try a miniature of red stag and JD honey. Will definitely get a bottle of JD Single Barrel....kinda like the look of the bottle!

Another i'll get the same time is Aberlour...just checked and I have already tried some and really liked it! I bought the miniature 4 pack in Tesco last week!! Forgot about that!!
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