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A few musings on a few whiskies

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » September 20th 2019, 12:05pm

Throughout the last few months, I had the opportunity to try some good - or at least decent stuff, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts on the various whiskies (and whiskeys, as Scotch and Canadian stuff is whisky, Irish and American stuff is whiskey) that I've checked out.

Bushmills (the basic thing)
I've had some better or worse experiences with another booze - Black Bush - from the same distillery. Black Bush is of the viciously burning sort, while not being 100-proof. Just as a proper Tex-Mex dinner unleashes the full might of Satan's fury in the colon, this thing has said fury unleashed on the throat and gullet. Black Bush is just napalm with spices. The basic, triple-distilled Bushmills is just a wee bit more lazy version of that. It just doesn't feel quite as savage. Make no mistake, though, it does burn a bit.

The only really fond memory of Black Bush that I have is from a cruise two years ago. It was a cold day, and while in port, a hailstorm caught us. And the hail was the size of ice cubes, we were chilled to the bone, and needed to warm up. So, what does our fellow crew member do? Picks up the ice from the deck, throws it into glasses, and pulls out a bottle of Black Bush. While I normally fucking hate the thing, its jungle-torching capabilities actually came in handy for getting the cold, drenched, sorry lot of us sorted out.

Whatever Bushmills you try, have it on the rocks, because having it straight is the epitome of masochism.


Canadian Club (basic) and Canadian Club 12 y.o.
Did anyone here not try Canadian Club? Ever? Wouldn't believe if someone said that that's the case. Just, no fucking way, everyone comes across that booze, sooner or later. Of the two versions of it mentioned, the latter is definitely the better thing. Well, it feels a bit smoother, I'd say. The ordinary Canadian Club is good as it is, but the 12 y.o. one is just that one, little step above.

Crown Royal
Another Canadian whisky. Kind of similar to Canadian Club, only far more intense. I'm inclined to say that it just burns a little bit more, and has a lot of wood and vanilla notes. Mostly wood. It's almost the savoury sort of wood note. Some like it, some say that it just fucking burns. I don't feel like it just fucking burns, but I concur with most reviews on that it's overpriced. Would I buy a proper bottle of this one, with the full awareness that it costs just a hair below the price of a bottle of my favourite, the 15 y.o. Dalwhinnie? No fucking chance.
If, however, you wish to try it anyway, or someone gives you a bottle of it, I think I can safely recommend it as good to a barbecue. The savoury, dominant note of wood will go quite bloody well with grilled meat.

Oban 14 y.o.
Not so long ago, a friend of mine sent me a little bottle of this one to try. And damn good stuff this Scotch is. It's really similar to the Dalwhinnie - sweet, smooth, mellow, only a wee bit more smoky, and thus with a little earthy/savoury note. Doesn't dethrone the Dalwhinnie in my personal ranking, but that's some great fuckin' Scotch, which I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack
This one I've tried today. Was on a discount on all JD stuff at the local market, so I thought, "why the fuck not," and bought it. While I'm fond of Old No.7 (maybe not as much as Wild Turkey, but still...) as it is, this is even better. The double charcoal filtering mojo actually does the trick, and it's smoother than the Old No.7. Which is a good thing, because it just lets the caramel and vanilla notes ring out, as they fucking should. JD recommends drinking it straight, but my glass is my glass, I decide whether I want anything else in it. So, three ice cubes, 75ml of Gentleman Jack, and there we go. That's some damn good Tennessee whiskey, I'd say.
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Post by bbattle » September 20th 2019, 3:16pm

My favorite Tennessee whisky is Pritchards. They are not very far from Lynchburg. Their whisky sells out very quickly, though. They also make an excellent rum. Tennessee used to have only two distilleries; Jack Daniels and George Dickel. Now, they have over 40. They spring up like microbrand watches. The newer ones are importing from contract distilleries in Kentucky, Indiana, etc. Quality varies, of course.

I have yet to try Canadian Club. Crown Royal, on the other hand, I've sample many times. Brother-in-law gave me a bottle of Crown XO with his company logo engraved on it. I'll refill it with regular Crown, which is plenty good and much cheaper.

I've bought a couple of bottles of Oban and it's not bad but I've got other single malts I prefer so I haven't had the Oban in years. The Glenlivet and The Balvenie are my favorite Highlands whiskys; Lagavulin my favorite Islay.

I've had Bushmills and Jamesons but I prefer Redbreast Irish whisky; seems to be a bit 'more' there, to me. Irish whisky is triple distilled so they are smoother in general than Scotch but it's a subtle difference to me. There seems to be a lot more Irish whiskys on the market these days, time to make a trip to my supplier.

These guys are doing some blaphemous things to whisky:

In college, the land of experimentation, we'd mix some Jack Daniels with Coca-cola in a glass, then slam the glass down on the table. The mixture would turn to foam and we'd drink it right down. Quick way to get hammered, if that's your thing.
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Re: A few musings on a few whiskies

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » September 20th 2019, 7:07pm

JAS1125 wrote:
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I have yet to sample Irish whiskey.

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Try Tullamore Dew or Connemara.
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Post by conjurer » September 20th 2019, 7:55pm

svaglic wrote:
September 20th 2019, 7:36pm
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I have yet to sample Irish whiskey.

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Powers, it is the best Irish whiskey I have had. I don’t drink Jameson’s anymore, Powers is that much better.
I first had this at Taste of Seattle, at the Powers booth.
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Post by TemerityB » September 20th 2019, 9:19pm

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Post by gerdson » September 21st 2019, 12:00am

Verdammt. Crown Royal and Wild Turkey were my father's favorites. The latter he used to buy in half gallon cannisters at the PX in Heidelberg (in NATO installations, all personnel no matter from where did get ration cards so You can buy cheap liquor. )
Myself I tried both and a variety of other American whiskeys, but always do return to Malt, no ice. Lately we have been a bit more into gin, which I like on the rocks. In my eyes any good quality liquor is too good to be mixed with soda, coke, tonic or whatever.
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Post by Falstaff » September 21st 2019, 7:00am

At a local Hibernian watering hole on St. Pat's the proprietor buys your first round, but you've got to name your poison - it's either Jameson's for the Papists or Bushmill's for the Orangemen. Oddly enough, to date there have been no trips to Donnybrook Fair.

Quite a few distinctly creditable Irish drams amongst my favorites: Tullamore Dew, The Redbreast 12yr, Powers, Green Spot, Black Bush (sorry, Bloke), and one of the Jameson family not available stateside - Crested Ten.
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Post by svaglic » September 21st 2019, 9:43am

Falstaff wrote:
September 21st 2019, 7:00am
At a local Hibernian watering hole on St. Pat's the proprietor buys your first round, but you've got to name your poison - it's either Jameson's for the Papists or Bushmill's for the Orangemen. Oddly enough, to date there have been no trips to Donnybrook Fair.

Quite a few distinctly creditable Irish drams amongst my favorites: Tullamore Dew, The Redbreast 12yr, Powers, Green Spot, Black Bush (sorry, Bloke), and one of the Jameson family not available stateside - Crested Ten.
All good tasting, I bought a bottle of Douhans a few months ago and enjoyed it. I actually enjoyed it in a couple of days.

I know it isn’t Irish or on a top ten list, but Crown Royal and Evan Williams peach whiskeys are so good. I drink them with unsweetened tea and get a peach tea. A nice drink on hot summer days.
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Post by bobbee » September 21st 2019, 9:49am

Canadian Club with dry ginger ale used to be my tall summer drink of choice, very nice.
I once went to a works Christmas party, and the boss provided a large selection of Scottish single malts from his large collection, all in small double or triple-sized bottles. Nobody wanted them, so yours truly drank most and put what remained in my pocket. Lovely stuff, and I fell over several times on the way home. With Santa's luck none of the little bottles broke.
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Post by 3Flushes » September 21st 2019, 10:55am

Anything Jameson - the standard, caskmates- the highly malty stout is not for the faint of heart, the 18 year is incredible, the crested, perfect.

I get mines (non US bottles) from Blackwells.
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Post by Falstaff » September 21st 2019, 11:54am

bobbee wrote:
September 21st 2019, 9:49am
Canadian Club with dry ginger ale used to be my tall summer drink of choice, very nice.
I once went to a works Christmas party, and the boss provided a large selection of Scottish single malts from his large collection, all in small double or triple-sized bottles. Nobody wanted them, so yours truly drank most and put what remained in my pocket. Lovely stuff, and I fell over several times on the way home. With Santa's luck none of the little bottles broke.

A true Christmas miracle!
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » September 22nd 2019, 5:45pm

TemerityB wrote:
September 20th 2019, 9:19pm
I have no business even responding to this. Yes, I drink wine, whiskey, and gin - all New York State brands. It's a thing with me. Long Island and upstate produce enjoyable spirits ssnd wines, and I'm loyal to brands like Catskill, Brotherhood, and all those.
I've only heard of Catskill. Never had a chance to try anything of theirs.
Falstaff wrote:
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Quite a few distinctly creditable Irish drams amongst my favorites: Tullamore Dew, The Redbreast 12yr, Powers, Green Spot, Black Bush (sorry, Bloke), and one of the Jameson family not available stateside - Crested Ten.
I know and like Tullamore Dew. Black Bush, well, as I've said - there are circumstances, in which it's OK, that being when there's nothing else to drink, or when something to make one get warm quickly enough is needed.
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Verdammt. Crown Royal and Wild Turkey were my father's favorites. The latter he used to buy in half gallon cannisters at the PX in Heidelberg (in NATO installations, all personnel no matter from where did get ration cards so You can buy cheap liquor. )
Can't blame him for liking Wild Turkey, it's a bloody good bourbon. Mellow, but with a strong taste of spices. I'd say Wild Turkey is my second favourite booze after the Dalwhinnie. Besides, WT just seems like insanely good value for the money.
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Post by sixer » December 19th 2019, 10:42am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
September 20th 2019, 7:07pm
JAS1125 wrote:
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I have yet to sample Irish whiskey.

It's good to have goals in life
Try Tullamore Dew or Connemara.
Can't go wrong with them.
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Post by Mark1 » December 19th 2019, 4:53pm

I've tried a few mentioned. Speaking of Irish whiskey, I tried a bottle of Killbeggans (probably mispelled) not long ago and enjoyed it. Will buy another bottle when I make my pre holiday liquor run.
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I've been binge-watching Mad Men between work. I finally broke down and bought Canadian Club.

I was pleasantly surprised
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Post by biglove » July 17th 2020, 8:09pm

I am a fan of wheated bourbons and Irish whiskey. Was into whiskeys for years.

Best bangs for the buck in my opinion:

WL Weller Bourbon for wheated whiskey at a reasonable price.

Red Breast for basic Irish. Yellow Spot for double the price is an incredible step up. Green Spot is magnificent.

Blended scotch-Monkey Shoulder, hands down.

Single malt-Glenfiddich. There is a reason it is the best selling single malt in the world.

Not a fan of Canadian whiskeys. They taste sour to me.

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Post by iwasbanned » July 17th 2020, 8:31pm

Had this the other day. I don't know shit from shinola when it comes to whisky. Give me some rum.

Forgive me, even though I didn't enjoy the taste, it got me pretty drunk and I took this watch and expensive whisky pic.
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Post by MKTheVintageBloke » July 18th 2020, 2:01pm

biglove wrote:
July 17th 2020, 8:09pm
WL Weller Bourbon for wheated whiskey at a reasonable price.

Red Breast for basic Irish. Yellow Spot for double the price is an incredible step up. Green Spot is magnificent.

Blended scotch-Monkey Shoulder, hands down.

Single malt-Glenfiddich. There is a reason it is the best selling single malt in the world.
Never tried any of these, except the single malt Glenfiddich. Frankly, that Glenfiddich felt somewhat...lacklustre. I mean, it's OK, but not exactly my kind of Scotch.

Concerning blended Scotch, I've heard of Monkey Shoulder - alas, never got to try it. However, within the same category, I'd highly recommend The Famous Grouse, especially the Bourbon Cask version.
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