I was in the drug store today picking up a bottle of jack danniels. I
was looking at the scotch because I'v been wanting to try it for some time
now. Before I bought a bottle I just wanted to know what is the most
popular and best Scotch available in the u.s.a? I'm not looking to pay big
bucks, just thirty bucks or under a bottle. any suggestions?
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As Douglas pointed out, the most popular (meaning biggest selling) of
anything is seldom the best (meaning the one which enthusiasts really
get excited over) just think of pop music, or automobiles, or movies,
or anything else you yourself are really "into".
But before someone dares you to try an Ardbeg 10, I want to recommend
some mild and widely appreciated whiskies as a good introduction.
You could choose far worse than the Glenlivet 12 year old. It's
available almost everywhere, is in or very near your price range, and
has a lot of subtle finesse. It's a better choice (in my opinion) than
Glenfiddich, which is also very widely available. Glenfiddich probably
outsells Glenlivet (I'm not really sure - they are both big sellers)
but I think the Glenlivet is the better dram. If I'm remembering
correctly, Glenfiddich is the biggest selling single malt in the world.
Another good whisky to begin with is Glenmorangie 10 year old. It
is (or was) the biggest selling single malt in Scotland. And who
should know better, right?
One more very nice and mild scotch is Dalwhinnie, which describes
itself as "The gentle spirit". I would pour any of these for almost
anyone; and since you already drink Jack Daniels you shouldn't
have trouble with the high proof of scotch whiskies.
These aren't the whiskies that enthusiasts get excited over: they're
too mild, and too widely available. We all seek out things that are
old, rare, and exotic. Many whisky drinkers also seek out those with
big powerful flavors. But I've enjoyed all of the above whiskies on
occasion. If you don't hate them, then try some with bigger flavors,
more peat, or sherry aging or finishing.
Taste them neat. Or try adding a drop or two (literally) of water,
or an ice cube. Or drink them as you do Jack Daniels (unless you mix
it with Coke or something). These scotches have more delicate flavors
than bourbons, but a lot of depth and a lot of delicate aromas. And
Don't let these "A"holes put you off. The biggest selling regular blend and
one of the best in the US is Johnnie Walker Red. Strangely enough, the
biggest selling premium blend is Johnnie Walker Black (you should probably
begin here). The biggest selling single malt and most like the easiest to
understand and appreciate by most everyone is Glenlivet 12 year old.
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Johnnie Walker Red. Strangely enough, the biggest selling premium blend is
Johnnie Walker Black (you should probably begin here). The biggest selling
single malt and most like the easiest to understand and appreciate by most
everyone is Glenlivet 12 year old.
They're all good! And a good place to begin. (I think they're
overpriced for what you get, though.)
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I agree. It really is a delicious whisky, with some nice sweet floral
character in the nose. It was the first Scotch for which I thought to
myself after tasting it, "Yeah, I could enjoy drinking that." So I can
get a little sentimental about it. Until then I was mostly an Irish
whiskey drinker. I had bought Glenfiddich, which was drinkable, and
tasted one or two others, but still prefered Irish. For me, Dalwhinnie
was a turning point in learning to appreciate Scotch whisky.
If you want to try a good blend, try The Famous Grouse. Suppose to be the best
selling blend in Scotland. And of course, they should know. It's like a
"everyday" whisky there where as a single malt is for more special ocassions.
Here in the US it's about $21 a bottle. Good stuff.
Thanks for the info. I might take a list of what you said and try to
find one when I have the time tomorrow night. Another question: I drink
Jack strait with nothing added. I drink it pretty much to sooth me, and
then sooth me to another planet if you know what I mean. Is scotch whiskey
just as powerful as Jack Daniel's? A third of a bottle of Jack D. really
gets me going. Will scotch do the same? Also, does scotch taste like
butter scotch candy lol? Also, what is the purpose of putting a few ice
cubs in a glass of scotch? Is it to cool it or water it down? Please don't
think I'm wanting a bottle of scotch only to get drunk. I buy about one
bottle of Jack a month. Then when I'm in the mood, I pick a Friday night to
drink a third of it. Then a few days later I might drink another third.
Then a few days later I finish the rest off. And that's it until next
Do you think scotch tastes better than Jack Daniel's or similar? I'll be
honest, even tho I drink Jack strait It is tough to drink sometimes. I
really have to be in the mood to drink it. I used to drink beer, but why in
the world drink six packs of beer when only a few shots of whiskey will do
the trick? After drinking whiskey, beer almost tastes like piss water. I'm
hoping I can find something as soothing as Jack Daniels but with a softer
taste. I'm hoping I can find a nice scotch that I like.
Personally, I've been wondering which 18yr malt best complements
huffing paint thinner, or better yet if one could huff malt fumes and
drink paint thinner? The nose on most commercial grade paint thinners
leaves something to be desired. Perhaps a link to alt.jello-shooters,
and another to Eminem's website would be befitting?
"Douglas W. Hoyt" wrote
Funny you should ask, as I reside in Utah, the jello state. Other than
crackpots (you'd have your work cut out for you here--high teen
suicide), we lead the nation in jello consumption, or at least we did
until recent. Logic tells me that of the several thousand food items
available to humans, this is hardly commendable. What is interesting,
though, is that Utah is rumored to be on par with the nation in terms
of alcohol consumption. The faithful like to blame this on we
"gentiles" (Mormon for "non-Mormon"). Maybe J. S. (Smith, not Bach)
and his cronies reside here as well.
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Alcohol is alcohol (as long as it's ethanol!). It's effects are dependent
mainly on how much you drink and how quickly it enters the bloodstream.
In terms of strength Scotch is on a par with JD. Some Scotches will be
much higher in alcohol by volume (ABV) but those tend to be considerably
Drinking a third of a bottle for its effects seems a bit excessive;
but I suppose many readers have done that, especially if they were
whisky drinkers in their university days - I wasn't.
But for such an endeavor price may be more important than the subtleties
of taste. The main reason for choosing Scotch whisky over other sorts
of liquors is the taste. Nothing else tastes like it; there is really
no substitute when you develop a preference for that flavor profile.
Generally speaking the only difference between the cheapest bottle on
the shelf and the hundred dollar bottle is the taste. If you're not
drinking it to enjoy that difference there's no reason to spend the
Many people sip their Scotch undiluted as it comes from the bottle.
Some add a very tiny amount of water. The water drops the ABV a little
so the whisky has less alcoholic "burn" and allows the taster to taste
the whisky better. It also releases some subtle aromas that may not
have been noticible before. Adding an ice cube does the same thing -
it adds a little water - and in addition cools the whisky a little
which may inhibit some flavors and aromas but that also makes the
whisky seem a little "smoother". It's just a matter of personal
preference as to whether any of these are right for you.
I don't think it tastes similar at all. Are football and baseball
similar? They're both games, they both have teams, and they're both
played with a ball, but no, they're really very different. Same
with comparing bourbon whiskey and scotch whisky. I don't drink
bourbon much, so I think that most scotches are better than JD, but
that's just my opinion based on the *taste* I prefer.
Scotch may not be the answer. Scotch can come with some powerful
challenging flavors. Try a shot of Irish whiskey or Canadian
whisky. Try them in a bar and you don't have to buy a whole bottle.
I won't pass judgement on your drinking style. That's between you
and your doctor (and your banker, and the dept. of motor vehicles,
and your significant other, etc...) But it seems you have been
taken for a bit of a troll. When I re-read your posts it seems
to me that you're sincere. And probably relatively young? You
drink JD, you've been thinking of trying scotch (maybe for the first
time?), so you thought you would ask these scotch guys about it?
And you assumed that we all drink in much the same way for much the
same purpose; as we all assume that others think and behave much
as we do ourselves.
If you're fooling me, then ha! ha! But I'm an easy target. I'm not
even trying to get out of the way. I'd rather be "fooled again"
than pre-emptively rude. a.d.s-w has grown big enough and old enough
to have attracted a bit of trolling lately, and people are watching
for it I suppose. If you are sincere don't be intimidated. It's
really a fairly friendly place. But people aren't much interested
in talking about getting drunk.
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Yea, I know. I finished off the last third a few nights ago. At 3am thru
it all up. Went to bed feeling fine. Then woke up around 6:30am with my
stomach all in uncomfortable knots. Threw up again and felt better. Man, I
was really wishing I hadn't drunk so much. What is it about whiskey that
puts stomachs in knots? After that, I told myself "no more whiskey for a
month or so" but, I'm getting that feeling again. I do love as much as hate
the burning of whiskey going down the throat. I figure tomorrow on my way
home I will pick up a bottle scotch and drink it slowly, getting to know it
a few drinks a night at a time.
Do scotch drinkers like beer? Or are they above that? I just can't see
drinking beer anymore. Why get a big beer belly drinking six or seven packs
of beer when a third or so of whiskey will do the trick?
By the way, how many calories are in whisky? It can't make you fat, can