suggestions?


First, I'm somewhat new to scotch having been introduced to it about a year ago. I'm talking single malts. I'm looking to buy a new bottle that I haven't tried yet for around $40. Dalmore 12, Glenfiddich 12, Glenlivet 18 are the only single malts I've had. Obviously the Glenlivet was my favorite but I wasn't paying for it ($12 a glass). I love the Dalmore, way more than Glenfiddich. I do like JW Black for a blended scotch.
I'm somewhat limited to what scotches to buy around here (Dayton, OH), especially single malts. Can any of you give me some suggestions that are usually common in liquor stores but aren't so expensive? Glenlivet 12 is easily found around here, how is it? My neighbor has a bottle of Sheep Dip which I keep meaning to go over and try out.
Looks like the majority of people here enjoy single malts exclusively. Any suggestions?
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Kidder

On 22 Dec 2005 08:18:13 -0800, "Kidder" replied:
I wouldn't exclusively purchase the US$40.00 bottle but would try the less-expensive brands first, just to build upon what characteristics I prefer in SMS.
There are several that I like and stock in my curios that are considerably less expensive as a result of this experimentation. Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Ballantine's, Balvenie, Cardhu, many of the Glen [insert another name], Oban, etc.
You can sort by region (Islay, Lowland, Speyside, or Highland),by taste (peat, sherry, smoke, etc.)... The choices become easier with greater sampling because you're training your tastes. You can also develop your likes very similar to coffee or tea, where someday you'll try that Ardbeg CS or Laphroaig and not run screaming.
Anyway, those above helped me without costing me too much all at once. Some I liked a lot and some I couldn't give away -- usually the more expensive bottles.
The Ranger
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The Ranger

Hi, neighbor (from just east at THE Ohio State University) ...
I recommend calling a good WINE store in Dayton and asking them where to go for scotch. I usually make my purchases in NYC, where it is cheaper, or I mail order from New Jersey or New York. My understanding is that most people in our neck-o-the-woods head down to KY for better selections (across the river from Cinci). I do suspect that there are probably places to get decent malts at State stores around Oakwood, Centerville, or Kettering. I used to live in West Carrollton (not for long!), and Coors Light is about as close as you can come over there.
I'm sure you will get some good information here. Most of what you've had is on the tame side, and if you like it, you're probably REALLY going to like Highland Park 12. Some of the Islays, Sherried malts, and so on, may be more than you want. Many bars will stock bottles of, say, Macallan 12, Lagavulin 16, but servings would be expensive. I usually just plop down the money for a bottle and hope for the best. My first scotch was Laphroaig--a big gamble--but I loved it. I continue to favor the heavy hitters in the two aforementioned categories.
Best of Luck, John
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John Derby

On 22 Dec 2005 14:15:43 -0800, "John Derby" wrote:
Note: this pretension is even more humorous when uttered on television by low-IQ NFL linemen.
Actually, I think it's rather sad that a state the size of Ohio can only afford to run a single university.
-- Larry (Go Blue!)
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pltrgyst

afford
Ohio has several state schools, but only one state school in Ohio represents the entire state, hence this distinction. Pennsylvania is the same--the correct name of "Penn State" is The Pennsylvania State University.
Now, if I *really* wanted to be unclever, I would make some sort of comment implying that you are too stupid to know this because you are a Michigan fan (alumnus, perhaps?). People here in Cow-lumbus like to do that. But I recognize that Michigan is superior to OSU in many ways--beautiful campus, more diversity, haute cuisine, high academic standards, better overall sports program, first tier school, arts fest, hash bash...the list goes on. I would hardly characterize the average OSU undergraduate as "sophisticated" or "brilliant". Although in my field, Ohio State boasts the top program in the world, hands down.
Anyway, I cannot resist the bait. And so I ask, "how 'bout that game the other week in the Big House?!" Whatever you do, please, please don't fire Lloyd...unless you replace him with Cooper ;-) Tressel 4, Carr 1
Fight the team across the field Show them Ohio's here Send the earth reverberating With a mighty cheer RAH! RAH! RAH! Hit them hard and see how they fall Never let that team get the ball Hail, hail, the gang's all here Yes [we won] the conference again! (partially)
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!! (poor, poor Huskers) And see you at the Fiesta bowl!
Cheers, (on topic) John
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John Derby

Thanks for the response. I usually go to Belmont Party Supply in Dayton for my beer (they have an amazing selection of imports and micros). They really didn't have much selection of single malts though. Last night I was browsing the state liquor store that's about a minute from my house and they actually had a decent selection. I'd say they had at least 5-7 single malts to choose from. Macallan 12 for $48. Is that a normal price for this?
Reply to
Kidder

On 22 Dec 2005 23:20:38 -0800, "John Derby" wrote:
Hmmm, gotta ask -- what field would that be?
Tnx -- Larry
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pltrgyst

Okay, but you have to promise not to tell anyone. It's not art. It's not education. It's art education: the exciting field where visual studies, critical pedagogy, aestetics, cultural studies, Western ideology, anti-Western ideology, and hot glue guns converge.
John
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John Derby

In our state, that's normal. About $5 cheaper in a competitive market, but the $85 in gas that it would cost you to drive to Manhattan wouldn't be worth it.
John
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John Derby

In the denver area it can usually be had for less than $40. $32 if it's on sale at Applejack, which it usually is.
Gladys.
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Gladys

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