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b_b  ·  265 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 28, 2018

I've always found that scotch has the largest variation in taste among any variety of whiskey I've delved into. To me, they range from sublime to don't-even-open-that-bottle-while-I'm-in-the-room, with the latter category being the on extreme peaty end of the spectrum. I've had Balvenie 15, but not 21. The 15 is damn good, so I would imagine that the 21 is, as well (although the 15 is aged in oak, so probably not quite the same flavor profile).

johnnyFive  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I generally don't like them particularly myself, but this one may be worth trying if I ever get the chance. I have had Aberlour, which was pretty tasty, and is about the only scotch I actually liked.

b_b  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The best scotches I've had are as complex and intensely flavorful as a really good cognac. If you're ever in the mood to drop a few bucks on faith alone, the best liquor or any variety I've ever tasted is Mortlach 16. I have an inch left in a bottle at home that's been there a while, because I'm afraid to finish it.

The worst scotches stick to your mouth, esophagus, and stomach, and you burp campfire for like two days. To me, this includes such famous ones as Lagavulin, Talisker, Laphroig, etc. People love them, but I just can't do it. The smoke/peat browbeating you with every sip is just something I can't bring myself to enjoy.

johnnyFive  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

For the latter, yes, that sums it up pretty well.

I looked up Mortlach, but unfortunately our ABC stores don't carry it. Also, we apparently have different definitions of "a few bucks" if online prices are to be believed :) (the first google result sells it for like $230 a bottle).

b_b  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Holy hell. The price has gone up by $100 in the last few years. I was told at the time I bought my bottle that it's one of the whiskys that goes into the Johnnie Walker blends, and the Chinese demand for Johnnie Walker was what was making the price skyrocket (to $130 at that time). Apparently, that trend hasn't abated.

johnnyFive  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I didn't know Johnny Walker used other companies' Scotch in its blends. Huh.

But yeah, even >$100 is generally too rich for my blood, especially as a gamble.

b_b  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not a gamble :)

cgod  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They have a port and and oak 21. The port is more expensive and I like it better than the 15 which I drank a fair bit back when I was a bartender.

I hate super peaty scotch as well, it keeps me from stretching out and trying different ones.