Whisky - elixir of life

This lovely lady has proven for me - not that I need much persuading - that whisky is indeed the water of life. Moderation appears to be the key, although I have my doubts, and shall continue to test the theory. 120 here I come.
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Remember: a teardrop of water in any glass.
 
This lovely lady has proven for me - not that I need much persuading - that whisky is indeed the water of life. Moderation appears to be the key, although I have my doubts, and shall continue to test the theory. 120 here I come.
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Remember: a teardrop of water in any glass.
A teardrop in a glass of whisky that is OVER 40% abv.
Got taught that by a very nice old lady in Bladnoch distillery.

I learned more about whisky in 15 minutes with her than in the past 30 years.
 
I would.
 

TamH70

MIA
I am a complete novice to whisky drinking so here's a question - which is the best kind of malt whisky? I've tried blended but to be honest given a chance between blended whisky and bourbon, bourbon would win any time.
 
I am a complete novice to whisky drinking so here's a question - which is the best kind of malt whisky? I've tried blended but to be honest given a chance between blended whisky and bourbon, bourbon would win any time.
I don't think there is a best kind of malt but one that most appeals to your palate. You'll need to try a few before you know what you like. I quite like a Speyside malts. The world's two best selling single malt whiskies, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, are Speyside whiskies. My particular favourite is Cardhu.

I'm not keen on peaty whiskies. I was given a bottle of Ardbeg, an Islay single malt, as a gift and after having sampled half a glass the bottle's contents ended up going down the sink.

Scotch Whisky - Master of Malt


ETA
I have this bottle of 30 year old Glenmorangie Malaga Cask Single Malt Whiskey, one of a limited edition of 2597 bottles. It originally cost £256 and is currently valued at £1,895.

Glenmorangie Rare Aged Malaga Cask Finish 30 Year Old Whisky

I also have a 13 year old Glenmorangie Manager's Choice which originally cost £151 and is currently valued at £750

Glenmorangie 1987 - Port Wood Finish - Manager's Choice Scotch Whisky : The Whisky Exchange

And finally a 25 year old Glenmorangie also currently costs around £750 and originally cost £106.

 
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feu_de_joie

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I rather like Islay whisky, Laphroig or Lagavulin but for special occasions. Nothing quite like sitting in front of a log fire, glass cupped in both hands , breathing in that heady aroma
 

Fang_Farrier

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I can only see three distilleries from my house, the aforementioned Glenmorangie (rhythms with orange), Balblair and Dornoch.

I always find Glenmorangie over rated.
 
Yes the Scots are well known for their healthy life style and longevity, why not have a fried mars bar and 10 fags with every glass.
 
Bushmills single malt, 10 yrs old does me. Neat.
 
I am a complete novice to whisky drinking so here's a question - which is the best kind of malt whisky? I've tried blended but to be honest given a chance between blended whisky and bourbon, bourbon would win any time.

As Jimmy_Green says, depends on your palate. In one place I worked, for a time I was the only Scot. I was frequently asked, "Whats the best whisky?" My answer was always the same, "Whichever one you like. Just because I like it, doesn't mean you will."

As J_G said, find the one you like. I haven't a clue how many there are, but diligent research should take quite a few years, and pounds, before arriving at your own favourite. Enjoy.

PS Any you dislike, not too keen on, I'll willingly volunteer to despatch for you. Slainte.
 
I can only see three distilleries from my house, the aforementioned Glenmorangie (rhythms with orange), Balblair and Dornoch.

I always find Glenmorangie over rated.
The Glenmorangies I have are not for drinking. They were bought by my father and left to me when he passed away.

I have about 1/6th of a bottle of Johnny Walker Red to finish off and a 1L bottle of Grouse to make a dent in. Neither are what I would have bought myself but as they were raffle prizes I shan't complain. I then have a 15 y.o. bottle of Cardhu to enjoy.
 
As with wine, there is depth to the bullshit talked about the taste of whisky, but truth too. For someone new to the taste, the lightest possible malt is probably the least likely to to put him/her off, while a heavy, dark Islay (see above^) could be a serious mistake; that pleasure comes later. After a lifetime of swilling the stuff, I'm happy with a bottle of Bells or Bush (both blended malt/grain) as they're wholly acceptable either in the pub or in the cabin with a good tune on the player.

But. To enjoy the taste and feel of it, there's a ladder to be climbed, and the higher up it you go, the more concentrated the pleasure. Paying over the average price is probably worthwhile for those whose tastebuds and nose are capable of discerning the difference - mine's probably past that to a large extent, and so I gave up collecting some years ago when I had a very large cabinetfull. I'm content with five or ten or so special labels, mostly Islay, and a 1litre bottle of Bush Red/Black or JW Black which magically replenishes monthly when the whisky fairy comes round.
 
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Yes the Scots are well known for their healthy life style and longevity, why not have a fried mars bar and 10 fags with every glass.
For some reason kilts compliment whisky, which leads to being frisky as the ladies of bourbon Paris were keen to enquire

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Old Pultney has been my go-to single malt for years now. I can't define why it hits the spot just right, but it just does.
And It's only £24 at Booths at the moment and they have quite a few other single malts heavily discounted for fathers day this week :)
As others have said, it's all down to personal taste and I'm still finding ones I like and others I don't.
 
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