What is a good solid whiskey under say 70USD.
Not asking for anything out of the ordinary/spectacular.
Just something that I wouldn't be ashamed to put on the table,
something that tastes like good whiskey is supposed to taste.
Also what is the proper glassware? I see people drinking
liquor from those short wide glasses sometimes they have
straight edges, perpendicular to the ground, and sometimes the are
under slight angle..sort of like trapezoid turned upside down.
what are they called? where do I purchase one?
thank you very much
It's hard to make an accurate prediction of a good scotch without knowing
the target audience. I've listed a few that I think will fit nicely into a
wide range of acceptance. Also, If you are in the U.S., I recommend you go
to the Malt Advocate website or Wine Enthusiast and look at their "spirit
glasses" by following the shopping links or use their search.
It sounds like you are describing rocks glasses in your post. The short, 4
to six ounce glasses are used to drink whisky neat, with a little water or
on the rocks. I prefer to drink my scotch neat in crystal specifically
designed to present the whisky for nosing and sipping. The references below
will at least let you view a variety of proper glassware and whisk(e)y. You
can then look for a suitable vendor if they don't meet your requirement.
Whisky list (not in any order)
The Glen Livet 12 yo
The Glen Livet French Oak
Oban 14 yo
Aberlour 10 yo
Glen Morangie 10 yo
Glen Fiddich 12 yo Special Reserve
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 yo
Dalwhinnie 15 yo
The Macallen 12 yo
The Dalmore 12 yo
Talisker 10 yo (bolder taste but smooth)
The Famous Grouse blended scotch
Johnnie Walker Black Label blended scotch
Some American Whiskey
George Dickel Number 12
Wild Turkey Rye
Very mild Canadian but still some flavor and very smooth
Canadian Club Classic 12
A very nice list of respectable whiskies for a generic audience. For
scotch, I would suggest the Glenlivet 12 for first time tasters because it
is light, fresh, and a bit fruity and fragrant, very accessible. If you
want a comparative selection of several bottles, I would add the Macallan
12, the Dalmore 12 and the Talisker 10. If you want a really powerful
Islay, the Ardbeg 10 or Laphroig 10 will fit the heavy end in the same price
For serious tasting, a glass should be large enough to swirl the whisky (or
whiskey) and then concentrate the nose with a restricted top opening. The
most definitive comparison of nosing glasses I've seen was done by the malt
maniacs in which they picked a brandy snifter as the best overall, even over
the very expensive Reidel glasses. I use small brandy snifters for
comparative tastings with many malts, and a large brandy snifter for
enjoying a single glass.
If you get the Macallan 12 *the oloroso sherry-casked one) you can drink it
out of a Mason jar and all will still be delighted. I mean, you could drink
it out of plastic trophies from the kids' soccer tournament and it would
still be superb.
Mr. Hoyt, you have a point, a point well taken. I can remember in the late
fifties when relatives distilled fine whisky from a pot still that met no
specification using a mashbill unapproved by local and state regulatory
agencies in an area zoned for deer hunting instead of enterprise. The
resulting spirit was appreciated, often before full maturation, from ladles,
soup cans, mason jars, WWII surplus canteens, and mom's hand blown glass
rose vase, the flowers sacrificed for the greater good.
I used a teaspoon as I hadn't met the minimum height requirement at the
time. I needed to have a bad cough as a requirement for my free issue.
Although memories fade, I'm almost positive there was never a complaint
about the delivery vehicle. So, I guess if the poster wanted to use rocks
glasses and three cubes of ice to serve his friends good whisky then they
should be gracious guests and drink all that was offered. Your post has
snapped me back to my senses. If one just wants to enjoy a good drink with
friends then glassware is a matter of functionality and more efficient than
open palms which grandpa used for expeditious quality checks. He seemed to
always be in a good mood after those checks......
To your health!
One of my fave recently appreciated Belgium Triples, Slaapmutske, was named
for the dipping of the pacifier into sweet, fruit-yeast-addled high-gravity
malt-heaven nectar, which put the baby dreamland pronto. Currently, I'm
drinking overproof bourbon from stolen airline glassware (same effect).
Actually, a Mason jar would be better than a traditional whiskey (not
whisky) highball glass. Slight curvature at the mouth would hold
evaporation, and the large volume would allow swirling the lovely amber
liquid below. Might be better than some of the stuff I've seen.
"mdavis" skrev i melding
Now, what is a Mason jar? The Paul Masson bottle I was thinking of is 0,75
litres..., a bit much for drinking whisky, at least for me :-)
"Henry" skrev i melding
Oh that is it? Here they are called "Norway's glass" (Norgesglass). My wife
even has got a few in the cellar :-) Thanks!