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      02-18-2020, 11:59 AM   #3807
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Agreed, not a fan of peaty scotches either.

Scotch is smoky from the peating process though, not from the barrels.

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The Smokiness of Scotch is why it is NOT my regular choice of drink or purchases. I keep some on hand for guests.

Blue Label is tolerable.
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You can bury me in peat. Can't get enough.
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The Smokiness of Scotch is why it is NOT my regular choice of drink or purchases. I keep some on hand for guests.

Blue Label is tolerable.
Not all Scotch is peaty, at least half of it has no hint of peat (pretty much the entire Highland region does not have peat in the main offerings.

Once you have a good peated Scotch (which differs from person to person) you will change your mind. I have not found anyone who wasn't open to trying a bunch and still has not liked at least one of the ones I offered.
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Not all Scotch is peaty, at least half of it has no hint of peat (pretty much the entire Highland region does not have peat in the main offerings.

Once you have a good peated Scotch (which differs from person to person) you will change your mind. I have not found anyone who wasn't open to trying a bunch and still has not liked at least one of the ones I offered.
After 17 or 18, I can't even feel my tongue anyways, so I will tell you I liked it.
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Who wants to recommend some new whiskeys and/or vodkas for me to try? Nothing expensive.
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just go to the liquor store and look on the bottom shelf.
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After 17 or 18, I can't even feel my tongue anyways, so I will tell you I liked it.
Your tongue has been numb since you were 17 or 18? What'd you do to it?
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just go to the liquor store and look on the bottom shelf.
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Who wants to recommend some new whiskeys and/or vodkas for me to try? Nothing expensive.



I don't personally buy much of anything under $40. But I can say that Russian Standard is your best bet for Vodka and Crown Royal for Whiskey.
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Grabbed this tonight whilst grocery shopping. I love Peach and Apricot so I had to try...

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I'm beginning to warm up to this Black Barrel. Still not sure I'd buy another bottle, but I am developing a "tolerance" for it.
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I'm beginning to warm up to this Black Barrel. Still not sure I'd buy another bottle, but I am developing a "tolerance" for it.
You've had 17 or 18 by now
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You've had 17 or 18 by now
Not that many yet. 17 shots in a bottle. About half way through at this point.
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I'm beginning to warm up to this Black Barrel. Still not sure I'd buy another bottle, but I am developing a "tolerance" for it.
Try it with a splash of water, just a few drops should release more of the sweetness to balance the smoke.

Unless you already have, then just keep sipping...
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Who wants to recommend some new whiskeys and/or vodkas for me to try? Nothing expensive.
Depends on what you consider cheap.
Under $30 I would probably say Old Granddad 114, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig Small Batch

Under $40 a few more options open up, namely Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forrester single barrel, 1792 Bottled in Bond, pretty much any Knob Creek store pick (might be a buck over $40)
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I don't personally buy much of anything under $40. But I can say that Russian Standard is your best bet for Vodka and Crown Royal for Whiskey.
meh, I would only use crown to mix, it is over-price and over-rated.
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Depends on what you consider cheap.
Under $30 I would probably say Old Granddad 114, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig Small Batch

Under $40 a few more options open up, namely Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forrester single barrel, 1792 Bottled in Bond, pretty much any Knob Creek store pick (might be a buck over $40)


meh, I would only use crown to mix, it is over-price and over-rated.
Not really sure I like or not the Four Roses. Right now it goes into the diet coke since Jack hasn't been opened.

Don't discount that Crown in the Rye mixture. I went back for a second bottle, and it wasn't because I needed to put another fishing reel in a pouch
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Depends on what you consider cheap.
Under $30 I would probably say Old Granddad 114, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig Small Batch

Under $40 a few more options open up, namely Four Roses Single Barrel, Old Forrester single barrel, 1792 Bottled in Bond, pretty much any Knob Creek store pick (might be a buck over $40)


meh, I would only use crown to mix, it is over-price and over-rated.
We will agree to disagree. I've been drinking Crown since the early 90s. There is nothing as smooth for the money in Whiskey, period.
And I've sampled damn near everything in every price point.
Everything you mentioned isn't as smooth. Granted some may prefer bold flavors. For me, the smoother the better.
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For cheap drinking, the best advice I ever got was to go with a bourbon. Even if dirt cheap, they are still good quality whiskey (i.e. pot still, not column distilled pollution, and aged at least 2yrs). The 'scotch blends' and 'canadian' stuff is usually only about 10% pot still, the rest is fresh from the column and full of hangover-toxins. That said, for cheaper scotch I'm a fan of Ballantines (but haven't tried Crown since I was sneaking booze from parents' cabinets). Laphroaig Quarter Cask is probably the best value I know of in single malts, if you like peat - for me it is about as good as they make, but not their most expensive. If you don't like peat, stick with the bourbons. Some of the distilleries also sell to re-labellers, so you can sometimes find good stuff for less under a 'new name' (I think Costco does this w/ Lagavulin?).
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For cheap drinking, the best advice I ever got was to go with a bourbon. Even if dirt cheap, they are still good quality whiskey (i.e. pot still, not column distilled pollution, and aged at least 2yrs). The 'scotch blends' and 'canadian' stuff is usually only about 10% pot still, the rest is fresh from the column and full of hangover-toxins. That said, for cheaper scotch I'm a fan of Ballantines (but haven't tried Crown since I was sneaking booze from parents' cabinets). Laphroaig Quarter Cask is probably the best value I know of in single malts, if you like peat - for me it is about as good as they make, but not their most expensive. If you don't like peat, stick with the bourbons. Some of the distilleries also sell to re-labellers, so you can sometimes find good stuff for less under a 'new name' (I think Costco does this w/ Lagavulin?).
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Try it with a splash of water, just a few drops should release more of the sweetness to balance the smoke.

Unless you already have, then just keep sipping...
I always add a splash of seltzer.
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