Originally Posted by curly
Did I miss your response to my Gin question? I'd genuinely like to know. New Amsterdam was the other one I like, I need to try Gordons next after I finish my Christmas Tanqueray fifth.
I didn't answer very directly I guess. I don't have a gin of choice. I would probably head toward some review sites to get a starting point. But really, since most of hte time I have gin, it's muted by tons of tonic and lime juice or bad vermouth, I feel I am starting anew here. Hendricks is very good. I also really liked the Catoctin Creek. Those are the only two I've really had straight up to judge.
Originally Posted by scfreshy
No scotch lovers around here? All I see is bourbon.
Got a bottle of this for Christmas. It's not very expensive and I have to be in the right mood to drink it but I like it.
As far as vodka, I do like Tito's especially since it's locally made here in Austin. Tried Enchanted Rock the other day and it wasn't bad either.
I did a scotch tasting at my wedding.
Here are the notes I provided:
Oban 14 year
Region: Western Highlands
Notes: One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.
Palate: Smooth and gentle with fruit. Smoky and malty. A little peat and sea-salt.
Finish: Warm and smooth with a hint of caramel or toffee. Some note a gingery tingle.
Recommendations: Perhaps a more advanced drinker’s scotch. After getting familiar with it “neat”, try a half teaspoon of water in it.
Laphroaig 10 year
Notes: A peaty, smoky, stand-by from the Scottish island of Islay.
Palate: Tons of peaty moss, a bit medicine-like. Smoke and subtle vanilla sweetness.
Finish: Peaty and dry with a subtle oak and even more subtle smooth sweetness.
Recommendations: Not a scotch for novices. Add a splash of water to access some of the more subtle flavors. Try a tiny amount just for the experience.
Highland Park 12 year
Notes: The most northerly distillery in Scotland. A great scotch for everyone.
Palate: Smoky brown sugar, light almond, subtle caramel and a little spice.
Finish: Butterscotch and cinnamon with a smoky tingle.
Recommendations: Great beginner scotch. Try a small dram neat first.
Caol Ila 12 year
Notes: One of the lighter Islay style scotches. Used in blends like Johnnie Walker.
Palate: Lightly oily with some peppery warmness. Some smoky intensity. Fruity.
Finish: Long finish with smoke and maybe a sense of fish.
Recommendations: If the Laphroaig intimidates you, this is a gentler version.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 year
Notes: Light and accessible. Matured in whiskey oak and sherry oak.
Palate: Nuts and spices with caramel and vanilla. Later, some sherry flavor.
Finish: Warming and long with some sherry.
Recommendations: An accessible and complex scotch.
(i went home with half a bottle of Caol Ila and Laphroig.)