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      02-23-2020, 10:13 PM   #1
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Been getting into whiskey and scotch a lot in the past year. Have only tried a few like Macallan, Pendleton, Whistlepig, High West, Jack Daniel’s, and The Glenlivet. Like wine, whiskey and scotch can be bought for cheap with good quality and can go up exponentially for even higher quality, smoother taste, etc.

Started this thread so we can discuss, make recommendations, and share the passion!
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Great thread. I can stand to increase my knowledge in this arena, as well. Thanks OP.
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Been getting into whiskey and scotch a lot in the past year. Have only tried a few like Macallan, Pendleton, Whistlepig, High West, Jack Daniel’s, and The Glenlivet. Like wine, whiskey and scotch can be bought for cheap with good quality and can go up exponentially for even higher quality, smoother taste, etc.

Started this thread so we can discuss, make recommendations, and share the passion!
You seem like you might be a rye fan, and Whistlepig is great if slightly pricey.

If you get Sagamore Spirit in your area - give them a look. Excellent whiskey.
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Not a big Jack fan. I normally drink Seagrams.
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Not a big Jack fan. I normally drink Seagrams.
Jack > Jim though, IMO.
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There's a whole Sippin thread somewhere around here.

Crown Royal Rye is good for under $30.

Aberlour A'bunadh for cask strength (~125 proof)

Dalwhinnie if you happen to be at Trader Joe's
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You seem like you might be a rye fan, and Whistlepig is great if slightly pricey.

If you get Sagamore Spirit in your area - give them a look. Excellent whiskey.
I think so! I honestly don’t know the difference in rye, wheat, sugarcane, etc. but so far I’ve enjoyed rye a lot. Will look into your recommendation - thanks! Right now finishing up the Glenlivet.
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I think so! I honestly don’t know the difference in rye, wheat, sugarcane, etc. but so far I’ve enjoyed rye a lot. Will look into your recommendation - thanks! Right now finishing up the Glenlivet.
So rye will give you a spicy flavour and nose, corn tends to lean more towards sweetness (bourbon), sugarcane and molasses are the bases for rums and therefore usually tend towards sweeter.

Just a real basic rule of thumb, rums are the sweetest, followed by bourbon, then Irish whiskey and then scotches....this is a very loose rule, (my rule really) but for novice drinkers or novice to whisk(e)y it's a good starting point.

Having said that each of the types of spirits I mention have a wide range of nose and pallet variances and can often overlap.

So if you think about how a spirit is made that informs it's flavour profile and nose. Rum is made from sugarcane or molasses, bourbon must have at least 51% corn, and is aged in single use charred american oak casks, so it picks up the sweetness from the corn and the oak gives it a vanilla, butter and carmel flavour and nose.

Canadian whiskey is usually 51% rye, which is spicy. The aging process is similar to bourbons in that it's aged in American Oak. Irish Whisk(e)y and Scotch are generally made from Malted Barley, now how it's prepared for distillation will effect the flavour and palate. If its dryer over burning peat then you get that smokey tastes like you licked at campfire log taste.

Scotch is always aged in used bourbon casks so it will pick up the flavours of the bourbons, it is often then finished in a sherry or port cask.

The longer a whisk(e)y is aged will also influence the flavour and nose.

Vodka can be made from any raw material that will ferment. Potatos, wheat, you name it. The process is different in that is always aged in stainless steel to keep the flavour crisp and clean and the colour clear.

Whisk(e)y will pick up colour from the oak barrels and the char, but it is often helps with additive that will give consistency to what the distiller wants.

The filtering after distillation can also have an impact.

Tequila and Mescal are a bit different in that the raw material is Agave (blue for the most part), the heart of the plant is crushed and sometimes heat is used to create a mash that is then fermented and then distilled. The process is slightly different.

Hope this helps.

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I seem to tend to like the irish like green spot, yellow spot, redbreast 12 and 15 and so on. So of the japanese as well.
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I seem to tend to like the irish like green spot, yellow spot, redbreast 12 and 15 and so on. So of the japanese as well.
Any of the Redbreast line, and Yellow Spot will treat you right.
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Here... Let me help you out with a very established thread on the subject: https://www.7post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1221304
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Been getting into whiskey and scotch a lot in the past year. Have only tried a few like Macallan, Pendleton, Whistlepig, High West, Jack Daniel’s, and The Glenlivet. Like wine, whiskey and scotch can be bought for cheap with good quality and can go up exponentially for even higher quality, smoother taste, etc.

Started this thread so we can discuss, make recommendations, and share the passion!
If you want to taste some Japanese options, you're welcome to swing by
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Ha! Will definitely take you up on that. I’ve heard Japanese whiskey is delicious!
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Ha! Will definitely take you up on that. I’ve heard Japanese whiskey is delicious!
This one is pretty good!
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So rye will give you a spicy flavour and nose, corn tends to lean more towards sweetness (bourbon), sugarcane and molasses are the bases for rums and therefore usually tend towards sweeter.

Just a real basic rule of thumb, rums are the sweetest, followed by bourbon, then Irish whiskey and then scotches....this is a very loose rule, (my rule really) but for novice drinkers or novice to whisk(e)y it's a good starting point.

Having said that each of the types of spirits I mention have a wide range of nose and pallet variances and can often overlap.

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Hope this helps.
Great info/knowledge. Thank you!
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This one is pretty good!
Yep, have a bottle of that as well as some Nikka from the Barrel, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, Akashi White Oak and Kaiyo Mizunara Oak.
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This one is pretty good!
Hibiki is my favorite Japanese whiskey, and it seems pretty hard to come by. For Scotch, I really like Glenlivet 15. For bourbon, I like what Stranahan's and Breckenridge Distillery have to offer, both of which are here in Colorado. I also like Eagle Rare when I can find it, and I like Makers 46 for an "everyday" whiskey.
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