I must say I enjoy you frequent posters here. Don't sound stuck up and anal like some of the other threads I cruise. Do you know of any recommended youtube cips on how to properly drink the good whiskies and scotches? I'm really doing my best to enjoy, but i feel I'm lacking something. I'm really trying to refine my tastes and smells if that makes any kind of sense. Thanks for the patience with my novice questions. By the way...crown black and Neil young on vinyl has been my enertai
Ah Neil Young. Went to the same high school as my dad, though a few years behind him. Didn't know each other. Vinyl too, nice. I got tired of carrying my vinyl around and gave it to guys that appreciated it more. Kept my turntable for the longest time and finally 'lent' it to a good friend from school on the condition he return it if he ever gets a new one. It's a 1981-ish Technics SL-Q3 that is still going strong.
As for Scotch edumacation there are lots of good sources out there. Youtube-ish wise I'd have to recommend Ralfy as he just makes me laugh (just google Ralfy - whisky). He's extremely knowledgeable to be sure, but at times a wee bit snobbish about certain things. If you like Scotch on the rocks, then so be it. Ralfy and most others say no rocks, period. I will say this - it definitely decreases the overall experience by killing many of the aromas and flavor/taste but it's still tastes good on hot summer nights. It is a waste of the nicer single malts to be sure, so I typically pull something cheaper if I'm throwing ice in there. There IS a reason that Scotch was invented in Scotland - it's cold and miserable most of the time and it is a fabulous way of coping Given I'm in Winnipeg, the weather is similar or worse for 7 months out of the year, but for those glorious 4-5 months of summer, you canna beat a fine, cold beer or a slurpee
I'd say start on the milder/smoother side (Cardhu - Glenlivet - Glenfiddich) and get used to it from there. The Speyside whiskies are an excellent entry point, though there are some really nice Highlands as well. It will depend on your tastes where your journey takes you - you may find you like the Speysiders for quite a while and the Islays are too smoky or peaty (that'll be the Talisker your wifey brought you home). Or you may go hard and heavy right off the hop.
If you can find the smaller bottles then those are most excellent to get a good tasting out of. PioManiac posted he'd bought a four back of 100 mL? bottles of Glenmorangie a few pages back. I saw that on my vacation in Wisconsin for only $29 for the four bottles - an excellent price for tasting a range of whiskies.
You can even give the blends a try. Johnnie Walker puts out a nice four pack of the Red-Black-Gold-Blue label that I saw on sale for about $60 in my travels (those were 200 mL bottles, so larger than the Glenmorangie four pack). I wouldn't give the Red the time of day to be honest, but the Black is excellent for a blend and works really well in Rusty Nails where a single malt is wasted. Never had the Gold, want to try the Blue and that's a bargain way to do so. The Green Label was excellent to be honest for a blend, but it has been discontinued. I'd love to find another bottle of it before it completely disappears. All that said, most find blends inferior to single malts and I'd largely agree, but they're not as awful as many purists say, especially if you're starting out.
Obviously PioManiac is going to recommend the GlenDronachs and I'll vouch for them as well. I'm currently a Cragganmore mood of late, though I've got a 15 year old bottle of GlenDronach open, a Balvenie Rum Cask 14 year old as well and I'll probably crack one or two more in the near future.
I know you're not in Minneapolis but I found a liquor store there that will become my go to store when I'm in town for the simple reason that they allow you to taste any of the single malts they have in stock before you buy. It's such a simple but excellent idea. I can completely understand why most stores don't do it, but dang, it was nice.
The question becomes what you enjoyed more, Cardhu or Talisker?