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PostSubject: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 10:55 am

Sorry, Sean Connery: Scotland's greatest export will always be whisky. The country's residents have been distilling for hundreds of years, and the alcohol is some of the most highly sought-after in the world.

It's also one of the most highly regulated spirits in the world. There are just less than 100 distilleries operating in Scotland, and they all must abide by the Scotch Whisky Association's rules. The alcohol has to be made entirely in Scotland and aged there in oak casks for at least three years and one day. (Most of the casks used are bourbon barrels made of American oak. Some distilleries also age whisky in old sherry, wine and even rum casks.) The final product has to be a minimum of 80 proof. After malting, the barley used for many Scotches, especially those made on the island of Islay, is dried using smoke from burning peat. This gives the finished whisky a pronounced smoky flavor.

There are two major categories of Scotch: single malts and blends. What's the difference? Single malts, like The Glenlivet or The Macallan, are made from 100 percent malted barley and are the product of just one distillery. A blended Scotch, like Johnnie Walker or Chivas Regal, is a combination of single malts from many different distilleries and aged grain whisky. (This smooth whisky is produced in a column still and can be made from any kind of grain, rather than just malted barley.)

Not that long ago, the only Scotches you could buy in the U.S. were blends. That began to change in the late 1970s, when Americans started to buy less whisky and more vodka. As a result, the blenders also began buying less whisky. In an attempt to spur sales, the distillers began bottling their single malts and marketing them directly to drinkers. Single malts have become so popular that many distilleries are now running around the clock and have stopped selling to blenders altogether.

Here's a shot of spelling with your glass of Scotch. Whisky from Scotland, Canada and Japan is spelled without an "e." Whiskey from Ireland and the United States is spelled with an "e."

How To Drink Scotch:
To appreciate Scotch in all its peaty glory, it should be sipped straight, but don't be afraid to add a bit of bottled water. That may sound like sacrilege, but it helps to open up the whisky's flavors and aromas, and it's actually how most experts and master distillers prefer to taste the spirit. For younger or more full-flavored whiskies, feel free to add ice or club soda. Scotch also goes well with ginger ale or in cocktails like the Rob Roy, Blood and Sand and Rusty Nail.

Noteworthy Blended Scotches:
Ballantine's, Chivas Regal, Cutty Sark, Dewar's, The Famous Grouse, J & B, Johnnie Walker, Teacher's

Noteworthy Single Malts:
Aberlour, Aberfeldy, Ardbeg, Ardmore, Auchentoshan, The Balvenie, Bladnoch, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Caol Ila, Cragganmore, The Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Glenkinchie, Glenmorangie, The Glenrothes, Highland Park, Isle of Jura, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, The Macallan, Oban, Scapa, The Singleton of Glendullan, Speyburn, Springbank, Talisker


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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 11:12 am

Very timely, as I was just doing some online "research" to inform my next Scotch purchase!
I may try to find some Clynelish drunken
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 11:53 am

One of my favorites lately has been Balvenie Doublewood....





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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 12:49 pm

Good stuff, thanks!
I like the review by Ralfy.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 1:54 pm

Huge Lowland single-malt Scotch fan. It's under-appreciated bunch of whiskys (yes, without the "e," there's a difference http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/whiskey-vs-whisky-whats-the-difference-straight-up-cocktails-and-spirits-100476 ) and I believe they're overlooked because there's a stigma with "highland" versus "lowland" and masculinity, entertainment, highlighted history, etc. Plus, Americans are typically after the "most purity" and "authentic" possible, which I suppose is alright, provided it's accurate. There's more regions to Scotland than "Highlands" or "Speyside"

Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, McClelland's, and Littlemill, are not as easy to find as say, the Glenlivet (Speyside) at your local grocery store, but adventuring out or using the Internet can find you a very reasonably-priced bottle of Lowland Single Malt, say, $20 - $60.

Bladnoch, Rosebank are a lot harder to find, and have a price often to match (Bladnoch is easier on the budget). I had the honor of having a shot of Rosebank when on a business trip once, and it left me begging for more Lowland ever since. The shot alone was $50 in the bar, and I wasn't buying. Luckily I struck up an intelligent conversation with the right guy that
had good taste!

Lowland Single Malts are known for their drier, less "syrupy" mouthfeel, are excellent straight up (neat) as any Scotch should be (at least tried...whether you add water or an ice cube is your business... Smile ) and has subtle character different than any of the others. It's not as peppery as aged Speysides (nor as sweet, which I prefer), isn't peaty or as smoky as Islay Malts (think Laphroaig).

Highlands must not be dismissed, as there's even split-up regions of Highlands to consider... Western Highland malts are a second favorite of mine, as they are also dry, and I avoid Northern Highland malts because they have too much bouquet and fruit brightness for my taste... what a journey, trying as many as I can!

It's so much damn fun! Very Happy Expensive fun. Sad

Scotch has a spirit all its own, which is why I like it so much. Besides rye whiskey, I drink it almost exclusively!

Interestingly, wine makes me a total jerk, I want to go out and get cheeky with cops and ne'er-do-wells...feed me Scotch, I'm a puppydog. Very Happy (with the exception of Sherry wine, which is also under-appreciated and delicious.)
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyFri Nov 04, 2011 7:09 pm

I knew there was a reason that I always really liked Cutty Sark. Haven't ventured into the single malts, but soon...
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PostSubject: Skip the Red   Scotch 101 EmptySun Nov 06, 2011 7:46 pm

Just a suggestion, If you do go J. Walker, go straight to Black and skip over the red. I keep a bottle of JW Black around for special occasions and i honestly love it, costs around $35 here, well worth it.
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PostSubject: Huzzah!   Scotch 101 EmptyTue Mar 27, 2012 3:23 pm

[quote="Dutch"]One of my favorites lately has been Balvenie Doublewood....

Amen to that one, brother. If'n you like that, and have some spending coin, you will love the Balvenie Portwood (21 yr). It is sooo good.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyTue Mar 27, 2012 9:40 pm

I usually go with Johnny Walker Black, but I keep the gold label for very, and I mean very special occasions.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyTue Mar 27, 2012 11:09 pm

Scotch. Pfft. You know why they import Bourbon barrels for aging?
In hopes of getting a wee small dram of the finest whiskey in the world.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyWed Mar 28, 2012 9:30 am

snicker snicker snicker,,,, Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyWed Mar 28, 2012 11:40 am

Harlock999 wrote:
Very timely, as I was just doing some online "research" to inform my next Scotch purchase!
I may try to find some Clynelish drunken

Okay, the Clynelish was not really to my liking.
Very bitter finish. I still drank all of it though... drunken
Had a glass of Ardbeg 10 yr old last night. Much nicer. Much.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyWed Mar 28, 2012 8:25 pm

This is a great thread, I love Wiskey with my English blends...one of my favorite single malts would have to be Ardbeg.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyWed Mar 28, 2012 10:33 pm

Laphroaig 10year is a fav of mine, very intense mineral quality, and the king of Peatyness. I'm a big fan of Balvenie Doublewood as well, been singing it's praises for a few years now.

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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyWed Mar 28, 2012 10:43 pm

I tried some Coal Ila in a cigar bar a few months ago. I wasn't sure what to think. I need to get a bottle.

I'm a big fan of the Balvanie Double Wood! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyThu Mar 29, 2012 10:57 am

Bought a bottle of Talisker 10 yr old last night.
This one, I really like, Warm and fruity/smoky with some peat.
I think I could drink it all night...
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyThu Mar 29, 2012 4:05 pm

I am a happy member of the ISMSS (International Single Malt Scotch Society) and we meet at all the major pipe shows. Rules are that you must bring a FULL bottle of single malt to enter. The selections are fabulous and endless. You name it, we've tried it. Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptyThu Mar 29, 2012 5:37 pm

docwatson wrote:
I am a happy member of the ISMSS (International Single Malt Scotch Society) and we meet at all the major pipe shows. Rules are that you must bring a FULL bottle of single malt to enter. The selections are fabulous and endless. You name it, we've tried it. Very Happy Very Happy

That sounds wonderful and dangerous... Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySat Mar 31, 2012 9:31 pm

docwatson wrote:
I am a happy member of the ISMSS (International Single Malt Scotch Society) and we meet at all the major pipe shows. Rules are that you must bring a FULL bottle of single malt to enter. The selections are fabulous and endless. You name it, we've tried it. Very Happy Very Happy

Really?? Im surprised i've never heard of this... even in my issues of Whisky advocate... do you have literature on this brother?
Im going to the chicago pipe show this year Hopefully I can run into some of you guys I bring nothing but drams and other piece offerings... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySat Mar 31, 2012 9:43 pm

The club known as ISMSS was started by a select group of pipe smokers and we gather at every show that we attend. It may sound impressive, but it's just an excuse for all of us to get together and imbibe some great malt and smoke our pipes.!!! So we are not actually a huge group of members or even a chartered group, but are aficionados of fine malt and all good friends and pipe smokers. And you will not find us published or advertised anywhere, but If you wish to introduce yourself in Chicago and bring along a full bottle of single malt it could be interesting.
cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySat Mar 31, 2012 10:25 pm

docwatson wrote:
The club known as ISMSS was started by a select group of pipe smokers and we gather at every show that we attend. It may sound impressive, but it's just an excuse for all of us to get together and imbibe some great malt and smoke our pipes.!!! So we are not actually a huge group of members or even a chartered group, but are aficionados of fine malt and all good friends and pipe smokers. And you will not find us published or advertised anywhere, but If you wish to introduce yourself in Chicago and bring along a full bottle of single malt it could be interesting.
cheers

Ill have to do that... got just the bottle in mind
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySat Mar 31, 2012 11:27 pm

I'm new to Scotch. Is Dewar's a single malt or blended? I suspect the former. I've got a friend that will have nothing else but Dewar's.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySun Apr 01, 2012 12:17 am

Megaluddite wrote:
I'm new to Scotch. Is Dewar's a single malt or blended? I suspect the former. I've got a friend that will have nothing else but Dewar's.

Dewars is a blended Scotch, but apparently, they also produce a single malt called Aberfeldy.
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySun Apr 01, 2012 2:25 am

Blended is no laughing matter and often is scorned, but it ought not be.

Imagine the difficulty in maintaining continuity in a single malt... Now multiply that to the Nth power... Welcome to blended whiskey. An art unto itself.

Also it is no bearing on quality. A single malt can be crap just as easily as a blend. It is much like tobacco blending. Making Christmas Cheer each year is easy. Making Escudo a bit of a challenge, but Westminster is a miricle.

Slight variance in Glenlivet Is expected, it is an organic product. Truthfully unless you are a world class taster doing side by sides your probably not even going to notice.
But what happens when when up to 40 spirits have those minor changes? How does your Dewars maintain 'a soft blend of vanilla with honey and blooming heather'.
Vodoo? Art? A boatload of luck?
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PostSubject: Re: Scotch 101   Scotch 101 EmptySun Apr 01, 2012 7:22 am

puros_bran wrote:
How does your Dewars maintain 'a soft blend of vanilla with honey and blooming heather'?

The power of suggestion. The big distiller have it down to a mechanised science that chemically and mechanically reproduces booze like General Mills reproduces Corn Flakes. The advertisers sell it in pretty ads and modern media that it's just like "This" and even has some of "This" in it.

What amazes me is how many of the smaller single malt distillers who were barely producing a couple days a week, or even ended up shutting down for a while, now can make special bottlings that sell for exorbitant prices without most buyers having ever sampled a drop first. Internet Gotta-Be-Like-Mike popularity, Vox Populi run amok? Many blended whiskys are really good, I'll drink Famous Grouse or Pinch, but single malt is different. maybe that's why it's become so popular in the age of the internet bringing even the smallest out-there little things to the masses for us to dwell on.

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