Molten Core Raider
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I didn't address your second question, sorry: a light scotch is going to be sweeter and milder than a typical bourbon and should have more fruit, caramel, and cookie notes to it. Now, its a little hard to describe things like this because everyone's nose and taste buds are different.
But, I'll try to give an example: Maker's 46 is a good mid-tier bourbon. It's easy to find, its quality, and it tastes good. Compare that with a light scotch like Glenmorangie 10 year old. The Glen is a good, mid-tier Scotch. It's quality and its easy to find in America and its affordable. The Glenmorangie will taste sweeter and won't "burn" or be as "sharp" or "spicy" as the Maker's 46, which itself is already a somewhat mild Bourbon.
If you'd really like to get into whisky as a hobby, I'd suggest some research: https://www.youtube.com/user/ralfystuff
Also, perhaps make a budget for yourself each month. $40-$50 each month or every other month. Pick up a new bottle and explore. Don't go overboard and don't get too much to start. Only YOU will know what YOU like, but it will take time to explore. Don't fall into hype and marketing if you can help it. The only exception to this - for me - is Lagavulin 16. It genuinely is a fantastic Scotch and I love it (but I also enjoy smoke/peat the same as I love rye bourbons).
Handle of Smooth Bourbon or grab a bottle of 1783. Shit grab a bottle of both, they really are great for their price. My suggestion is just go ahead and pick up a 10 year black label and a 1783. To be honest I've never had the single barrel. At least I've never bought it.
Gift bourbon is really difficult right now as even dog shit is allocated. What does your friend normally drink?all this is way over my depth. I guess I’m just looking for a bottle that says ‘ I wanted to get you something really special ‘ without saying ‘I’m a patsy that doesn’t know shit about whiskey’
Thank you for this. I went out and bought a Glenmorangie 10, it came as part of a gift set that had the normal bottle of that, and then the two tiny bottles of the sherry and PX finished whiskeys.
I figured for my first try, I fixed a rocks glass with some crushed ice and poured two fingers in. I'm not a taster with a refined palette. Pleasant nose, citrus flavor, some sweet and caramel, and a very smooth finish. Just like you said, you never get the alcohol burn. So it's a very pleasant sipper. It's easier to sip on than bourbon for sure. To be honest, I picked up the $200 bottle of Hennesy XO recently and this is probably a smoother finish than that.
I liked that you compared it to Makers 46. I'm a big Makers fan boy, my go to is regular Makers or Wild Turkey 101. Makers 46 is very good and my bourbon of choice for an old fashioned. Makers Cask Strength is fantastic and every bit as good as any other bourbon under $75-100.
So, thank you for a great suggestion for a first scotch!
I picked up a bottle of the black label, I think it was about $11. I mixed it with diet coke for my first try. It's totally fine. It's not amazing, but it's absolutely fine and totally fine as a mixer. I can't describe the taste but there's something there that reminds me of jack daniels, but this is way better than JD. I honestly hate JD. But I like this. I'll probably buy this again as a mixer, although I usually use MM or WT101.
I'll be crucified for how lame this is that I'm about to say, but this would be a fantastic bourbon to load up on to have to barter in an "end of the world" scenario!
I do realize that, I can stomach glenfiddich and some others. It's like this for me, I will not buy a budwieser or coors from the store, now you offer me one for free, I'm going to drink it.Uhhh...You do know that not all regions of Scotch has peat or smoke in it, right? There are hundreds of Scotchs that are quite mild and light. That's like saying all burgers are crap because the ones from McDonald's suck. There are some absolutely amazing Scotchs out there, but America gets only a fraction.
I'm a little worried you think Evan Williams is top-tier and water/ice/seltzer is OK to put into a good whisky (whether Bourbon, Scotch, or Irish). Evan Williams is for putting into coke when someone doesn't give a shit.
But hey, everyone has different tastes. That's why there is so much out there.
HAHA, that is hilarious, yeah my roommate is currently on a Johnny Walker Red label or just Black Label gay obsession right now. He will drink the Red label with coke or sometimes on the rocks, but the red label is strictly a mixing scotch to me if I touched the shit. He is a pussy and won't go spend his money on the Double Black, because he knows I am telling the truth and that it makes you want to vomit, even just shooting it straight with a chaser immediately after the shot, but you still cannot cover the peat moss taste.I honestly feel like no one really "likes" heavily peated scotch, they just want to be hipsters about it. My buddy was all into Laphroig and he finally got me to try it and it tasted like someone dumped a full ashtray into a sock and soaked it into a bottle of the shittiest whiskey they could find for several years.
Laphroig cask strength is god damn deliciousI honestly feel like no one really "likes" heavily peated scotch, they just want to be hipsters about it. My buddy was all into Laphroig and he finally got me to try it and it tasted like someone dumped a full ashtray into a sock and soaked it into a bottle of the shittiest whiskey they could find for several years.
Weller 12 is just Pappys but not quite good enough to get there. Blantons is good as well. I want to try some Garrison Brothers Cowboy.
I have tried the 20 year but according to Julian Van Winkle, he prefers the 15 year. I have a friend who lives in KY and knows the Van Winkle family.
If he likes Irish, get him a bottle of Midleton Very Rare, its pretty good too.