Try a Speyside single malt Scotch that was aged 15-25 years in an ex-bourbon or sherry cask Then you can talk.
...and please avoid blended scotch whisky like Chivas Regal, Cutty Sark, J&B or the cheaper Johnny Walker's mixed with coke...blech!
It's basically just grain alcohol with added caramel coloring and a little single malt scotch added for flavor.
Unless you've tried some choice Single Malts from all 6 regions, you should not judge all scotch whisky based on a small sampling.
It sounds to me like your claiming the flavor of all scotch based on a single west coast peated Islay/Island scotch...or a bad blended whisky
True, a peated scotch is an "aquired taste" and definitely not for everyone...but it is certainly not the only scotch style available.
Speyside distilleries typically don't use peat to smoke the barely malt, or to fire the stills like the distilleries on the west coast.
The Speyside region distilleries get fresh water that flows down from the Highlands...not the peat bogg/loch's near the ocean like the west coast distilleries.
Those are major influences to the flavor of the whiskey, but then there's the origins of the barrels to consider.
Fresh oak barrels for a light colored, sharp flavor, pine needles and menthol
ex-Bourbon barrels provide more of a caramel influence, brown sugar syrop
ex-Sherry Casks will add dried fruit, raisins and figs, spice and toffee and chocolate influences
...and the longer its aged, the more the spirit will pull flavor from the oak and the previous spirit as it mellows.
A Speyside Single Malt aged in ex-sherry oak casks for 15+ years is nothing short of amazing! especially after 22 years
Imagine dark chocolate and raisins and apple, soaked in sweet dried cherry, spicy cinnamon and cloves, roasted nuts and baked banana, and a caramel, burnt toffee, coffee finish that lingers forever after a single sip. No bourbon can match the length of the finish or the complexity of aromas and flavors.
I'm a bourbon drinker too, but once you find the right scotch there's just no comparison.
I prefer the single cask versions of the Single Malts (usually between 48%-60% abv).
Take it neat with just a few drops of water in a Glencairn glass.
It's like going from hamburger to Steak.
I do still enjoy a good hamburger, but when I can afford it, I always choose steak.
GlenDronach is a safe Speyside choice for most whisky drinkers, also Belvenie Double Cask (Bourbon/Sherry double aged)
A heavily peated, smokey Ardbeg (Islay region) will literally kick your arse though. Not for n00b's.
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sorry for the OT
Edited by PioManiac - 4/1/13 at 7:16am