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    Whiskey fans, post your favorite here

    Looking for new recommendations under or around 50$

    There are alot of choices these days
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    For around $50, my favorites would have to be Lagavulin 8 year old and Springbank 10 year old. Both are excellent. Another good one in that price range is Ardbeg 10.

    I recently got Lagavulin Distillers edition which is just phenomenal, but it is a bit pricey.

    Other favorites:
    Laphroaig 10 year old cask strength
    Old Pulteney 18 year old
    Caol Ila 12 year old
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    Originally Posted by Karl_Hungus View Post
    For around $50, my favorites would have to be Lagavulin 8 year old and Springbank 10 year old. Both are excellent. Another good one in that price range is Ardbeg 10.

    I recently got Lagavulin Distillers edition which is just phenomenal, but it is a bit pricey.

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    Laphroaig 10 year old cask strength
    Old Pulteney 18 year old
    Caol Ila 12 year old
    Will look for those. Thx
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    Will look for those. Thx
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    Sagamore Rye, looking closer to $60 for double oak. I had a couple glasses of the Spirit Rye at a restaurant $40 and it was mighty fine, so I think the higher end stuff would be very good.
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    Ardbeg make some great scotch (Ardbeg 10 is one of them) but it's at the more expensive end and it's quite distinctive. I love it but I've got friends who hate it and can't drink it. Don't buy a bottle unless you're willing to take a chance or better still can try some first. You can get miniatures of it so buy one of those to taste.

    Any whiskey fans here... I'm sure you can get these in the US too, but try a Whisky advent calendar. If you buy at the start of December you usually get a small discount and get to drink some in January Not cheap but you have a month of drams. I bought my Dad one last year (world whiskey)

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    Originally Posted by 7Seconds View Post
    Four Roses Single Barrel
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    You sure about Four Roses? I actually had to dump my last bit of that, was horrible.
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    You sure about Four Roses? I actually had to dump my last bit of that, was horrible.

    Single Barrel will vary a bit more because every one is different. But yeah, if you’re looking for “smoothness” then you’re not gonna like this one that’s for sure. It’s popular because people like the spiciness and richness of flavor, not because it goes down like water, because it certainly doesn’t.
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    Really depends on your price range and if you are wanting a good sipping bourbob or something to mix with a cola

    Best bang for your buck quality wise is old Foerster.

    If you have extra cash your options are aplenty cause there are many great bourbons out there and is one. Of lifes plessures if you have a smalll group of good friends to go out and sanple them all same as eith good micro brew beers.

    Top shelf. I love basil haydens, four roses,. Pappy van winkle has gained a huge following in the past 10 years and if you can find it. It comes highly recomended

    The good bourbon to enjoy i easy to find. Good friends to enjoy it with now thats another story

    If you have a liquer barn near you they have tons of diffferent top shelf bourbons that you can buy by the shot to sample.

    If you juat want to mix somethibg with coke or pepsi save your money and just buy early times or jim beam. But as stated old forestor is only a coupke dollars more and is much much better
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    Actually... I think Jim Beam white label is underated. In my opinion it's not only just a mixer it's perfectly drinkable on it's own so is great bang for buck as a basic bourbon. It punches above its weight. I much prefer their pre prohibition style rye, but I'd be happy with white label, if anyone's buying me one
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    The Balvenie is a scotch but it's so smooth it's one of my favorite whiskies, scotch or bourbon.
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    Single Barrel will vary a bit more because every one is different. But yeah, if you’re looking for “smoothness” then you’re not gonna like this one that’s for sure. It’s popular because people like the spiciness and richness of flavor, not because it goes down like water, because it certainly doesn’t.
    Maybe a bad batch,
    I didn’t get any of those notes, I was still a novice when I bought that bottle, but after some experience, revisited that bottle and there was nothing but an acetone finish, trashed it.
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    Originally Posted by Karl_Hungus View Post
    For around $50, my favorites would have to be Lagavulin 8 year old and Springbank 10 year old. Both are excellent. Another good one in that price range is Ardbeg 10.

    I recently got Lagavulin Distillers edition which is just phenomenal, but it is a bit pricey.

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    Laphroaig 10 year old cask strength
    Old Pulteney 18 year old
    Caol Ila 12 year old
    Laphroaig is like drinking campfire...... and I love it! Definitely not for first time peaty scotch drinkers. The smoky flavor is intense and leaves a cigar-like finish but in a good way (?) if that makes sense.
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    Laphroaig is like drinking campfire...... and I love it... ...
    Have you tried any of the Ardbeg whiskys like 10 or An Oa? If you like the Laphroaig and haven't tried yet Ardbeg like 10 or An Oa then you might be just about to find a new favourite
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    Have you tried any of the Ardbeg whiskys like 10 or An Oa? If you like the Laphroaig and haven't tried yet Ardbeg like 10 or An Oa then you might be just about to find a new favourite
    No I haven't Tom. Will certainly put that on my list!
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    Maybe a bad batch,
    I didn’t get any of those notes, I was still a novice when I bought that bottle, but after some experience, revisited that bottle and there was nothing but an acetone finish, trashed it.
    The wonderful thing about spirits in general (not just bourbon) is "to each his own" - don't drink what's "in-style", drink what you like. I can honestly say, that bourbons I didn't like 10 years ago (gave a lot of those bottles away) are some of my favorites now.
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    A whisky that has extremely disappointed me: Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Just goes to show you that a higher priced whisky doesn't mean a great tasting one.
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    Originally Posted by LWW View Post
    ...revisited that bottle and there was nothing but an acetone finish, trashed it.
    Some people really like that and actively pick acetone ones (example Bulleit Bourbon). That's much more common with stuff from the Americas where using new oak barrels is fairly common (unlike scotch that will reuse previous Bourbon, Sherry, etc etc barrels for some or all of the barrelling).

    Personally, acetone is exactly what I don't like, but each to their own
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    In blind taste tests, Black Label Jim Beam consistently outperforms most bourbons of any price. I am very fond of it. Anyone who tells you that you need to spend $50 to get good Bourbon is probably a hipster. Also, it is a unique trait of Bourbon that it does not age well like Scotch. 12 years is considered the absolute upper limit on Bourbons with 7-8 being ideal.

    A great go-to Whiskey is Blantons, seems like everyone likes it. Corners Creek is very good if you like sweet Whiskey (or what some people call, "smooth"). Woodford is also very good if you don't mind it a little sweet.

    Four Roses is good if you really like the taste of Bourbon. There is almost no sweetness to it at all. Either the small batch or the single barrel are some of the very best examples of full flavored Bourbon. The regular Four Roses is plenty good, though.

    Dickle is not Bourbon but it is very good. Nothing like Jack Daniels or any of the other charcoal flavored Tennessee creek water.
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    Originally Posted by Desparado View Post
    Laphroaig is like drinking campfire...... and I love it! Definitely not for first time peaty scotch drinkers. The smoky flavor is intense and leaves a cigar-like finish but in a good way (?) if that makes sense.
    For sure -- try the cask strength with a few drops of water, it is like the 10, but even more intense smokiness and peat. It is probably my favorite Islay.

    Another good one is the Lagavulin 16 year old which has a different smokey taste to it than the Laphroaig. It is more balanced with a strong dry woodsmoke flavor as opposed to the peaty vegetal smoke of the Laphroaig.


    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    Have you tried any of the Ardbeg whiskys like 10 or An Oa? If you like the Laphroaig and haven't tried yet Ardbeg like 10 or An Oa then you might be just about to find a new favourite
    I have about half a bottle of the An Oa that I am currently working on. I like the 10 better than the An Oa, but they are both quite good. I would say my favorite Ardbeg though would have to be the Uigeadail with a couple drops of water. Corryvrecken is very good too.
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    Originally Posted by LtGoose View Post
    Bulleit Bourbon and it's not even close

    Jack Daniels because it's a classic
    Been meaning to try the bullit, next bottle...
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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    In blind taste tests, Black Label Jim Beam consistently outperforms most bourbons of any price. I am very fond of it. Anyone who tells you that you need to spend $50 to get good Bourbon is probably a hipster. Also, it is a unique trait of Bourbon that it does not age well like Scotch. 12 years is considered the absolute upper limit on Bourbons with 7-8 being ideal.

    A great go-to Whiskey is Blantons, seems like everyone likes it. Corners Creek is very good if you like sweet Whiskey (or what some people call, "smooth"). Woodford is also very good if you don't mind it a little sweet.

    Four Roses is good if you really like the taste of Bourbon. There is almost no sweetness to it at all. Either the small batch or the single barrel are some of the very best examples of full flavored Bourbon. The regular Four Roses is plenty good, though.

    Dickle is not Bourbon but it is very good. Nothing like Jack Daniels or any of the other charcoal flavored Tennessee creek water.
    Good to know on the black label! Seems i tried it once but could not remember, fwiw
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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    In blind taste tests, Black Label Jim Beam consistently outperforms most bourbons of any price. I am very fond of it. Anyone who tells you that you need to spend $50 to get good Bourbon is probably a hipster. Also, it is a unique trait of Bourbon that it does not age well like Scotch. 12 years is considered the absolute upper limit on Bourbons with 7-8 being ideal.

    A great go-to Whiskey is Blantons, seems like everyone likes it. Corners Creek is very good if you like sweet Whiskey (or what some people call, "smooth"). Woodford is also very good if you don't mind it a little sweet.

    Four Roses is good if you really like the taste of Bourbon. There is almost no sweetness to it at all. Either the small batch or the single barrel are some of the very best examples of full flavored Bourbon. The regular Four Roses is plenty good, though.

    Dickle is not Bourbon but it is very good. Nothing like Jack Daniels or any of the other charcoal flavored Tennessee creek water.
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    A lot of very insightful content ITT. Most from ppl you'd expect, and some from ppl you wouldn't. God bless alcohol for bringing us together.

    and I'm REALLY glad I went with Cider as my choice, and not Proper 12. Conor MacGreggggggggors pig-trough swill!
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