What is you favorite Scotch Whisky?

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  1. jbcarioca
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    I just had a glass of Port Ellen 1978 bottled by Signatory. The distillery closed in 1983 but there still are various bottlings available. By any measure this is my favorite Whisky but far too expensive to have very often. Today was a special day so I tried it. Then, in a pleasant glow, I realized there was a need for a favorite Whisky thread.

    What is your favorite?
     
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    I was there. This I intended to be only Scotch, not generic whisky/whiskey
     
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    Too many favs, I'm afraid. Scotch Malt Conneisours Society Vat #whatever.. their all so darn good.. possibly Lagavulin.
     
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    I am always partial to Laphroig; however, if I'm in the mood for something more straightforward then Glendronach is pure and satisfying :)
     
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    I'm partial to the smoky/peaty ones from the islands: Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and so on.
     
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    Agreed. Apart from the islands, Macallan and Highland Park produce some very nice ones as well.
    However, the Japanese distilleries learned well from their Scottish teachers, and there are some very nice choices there as well -- for example, Hakushu is highly enjoyable, though not quite as peaty is something like Laphroaig.
     
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    This really brings back memories. The very first Whisky I tasted in my life was in Hokkaido when I worked there as a quite young man. I learned about dissipation. A friend offered me a glass of what was called NIkka whisky, and later took me to visit a small distillery near Sapporo. I was instantly hooked. Now it is much different and is winning awards with an Islay-like whisky called Yoichi http://www.nikka.com/eng/products/whisky_brandy/nikkamaltwhisky/yoichi/

    I really have preferred Islay ever since, but have always found it hard to find the Japanese ones.
     
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    I haven't tried Yoichi, will have to put it on the list, thanks. I visit Japan often enough that the availability of Japanese whiskies is no trouble for me. (And the NH lounge at NRT has 12yo Yamazaki, which is quite drinkable ...)
     
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    At the NH lounge Yamazaki is my favorite too. Several of the better bars have quite a collection now and there seem to be new ones quite often. I, as an Islay addict, tend to be fairly particular in my tastes. Japan always has good selections almost everywhere IME.
     
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    Primarily Laphroaig 18 these days, or Bunnahabhain 18 if I'm in the mood for something a bit sweeter.
     
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    Glenmorangie 18, I'm guessing that has a lot to do with the fact that most of the time I've enjoyed it, I've been in front of a campfire in the Boundary Waters www.bwca.cc watching the northern lights.

    Other than that I really can't say I have a favorite, as I've enjoyed most every one I've tried.

    In the fall and spring, Mrs Sweet Willie & I will settle in on our chaise lounges besides a fire on our patio and drink a couple fingers worth, well maybe a hand's worth or .......;) and we still have 20+ bottles to go through that we've received as gifts or that I purchased on a whim.
     
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    macallan

    excluding islay, havent found anything comparable, but ive only been to one tasting
     
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    Any that start with a first name. I can get on a very friendly basis with a Scotch with a first name.
    Yo, Johnny, you around here?
     
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    Is that a takeoff on a well known country music song?
     
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    Well, if it is, I'm not aware of the song. My 'bride' doesn't much like me hanging around with glass of Scotch and Water, or two, or three, or, (well you get the idea), in my hand, She says I get too friendly with it.
     
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    I can assure you JWBlue is working right now. Although I'm really looking for another option to pick up to keep up at home.
     
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    Macallan 12 for normal after-work drinks
    Macallan 25-30 if the boss is paying :D
     
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    Macallan 25 was my favorite for years. My staff used to give me a bottle at least twice a year. For the last several years I have been enamored of Islay only, though, because I love the peaty taste.
     
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    Macallan 25
    Glenlivet 16 aged in French Oak
    Glenlivet 21 Archive Release

    Dislike all the blended scotches, and really don't like overly peaty or smoky scotches
     
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    I guess the bigger question is ice or no ice :D
    In my opinion there is a correct answer...:)
     
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    If you live in teh tropics as I do there is a correct answer that is incorrect for people living in the far, far North. We put ice in our Whisky here. I would not do that and do not want to, when I am in a cold climate.
     
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    exactly, I recall being on my honeymoon on St Maarten, we were having dinner at The Wajang Doll www.caribbeanedge.com/st_maarten/restaurants/restaurant_reviews/wajang_doll.html and the waiter asked us if we wanted our red wine chilled. No of course was our attitude (being from the cool Northern clime). One sip and we immediatly said, yes a bit chilled would be nice.:D

    So while I normally drink neat, on a hot summer day/eve, a few cubes is welcomed.
     
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    Yes, the Blue is surprisingly, .. shockingly good, I admit..
    Had it an a JW event in Manhattan for the 1st time 'bout 5-6 yrs ago..
    Best blended SW I've ever had.. by SO far.. no question.. just plain darn good! :)
     
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    Lagavulin 16 year old. My favourite of the Islay malts.
     
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