A Few Thoughts on Scotch

Started by airboy, March 17, 2019, 10:00:40 AM

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I've finished my US Scotch-Quest.  I've got about seven different brands I keep on hand - so I have enough variety.

There are three I added since I started this thread.  I'll discuss each individually.


Glenlivet 12 year old Single Malt - very smooth, very good.  Some peaty taste, but not overwhelming.  More expensive than Dewar's and Carlyle (my two main drinks).  Very nice to have occasionally.

I keep a bottle in the cabinet.


Grangestone 12 year single malt.

This is nicely smooth, but has a distinct peaty taste.  This is much better tasting than Johnny Walker Red if you want something more peaty.  I keep a bottle of this in the cabinet when I want a peaty scotch.


Battlehill Laphroaig - 10 year.

This one is very peaty.  This is as peaty as I can stand.  It is good, but not something I drink every week or even every month.  I keep a bottle in the liquor cabinet - but one lasts me about a year.

Be careful about the Battlehill label.  Battlehill is a brand that is common to a number of exporting distillers in Scotland.  The second word in the brand name is critical to understanding what you are buying.  I did not care for some of the other Battlehill brands - but I do like Laphroaig.


Macallan 12 Year Double-Cask (blue box).

This scotch is distilled in two different casks - one a traditional oak and the other one that was used to age sherry.  This has a different, but very smooth taste than most Scotch.  This is a special occasion scotch that individuals who dislike the peaty taste will find to be an excellent drink.


In conclusion:

My everyday Scotch is Dewar's or Carlyle.

If I want something with more of a peaty taste - then it is Grangestone 12 year or if I want something really peaty - Battlehill Laphroaig.

My "special occasion" scotch is Macallan 12 year or Glenlivet 12 year.

I buy Dewar's and Carlyle by the handle.  I buy the other four by the bottle.  I keep all six in my liquor cabinet.

Johnny Walker has been dropped from my inventory. 

Huw the Poo

I will have to try that Macallan.  I think I've enjoyed every Scotch I've had that was aged in a sherry cask, and I tend to prefer the less peaty flavours too.  It sounds perfect.



Have you ever tried Talisker? Not as peaty as Laphroaig, or Lagavulin but very nice indeed. O0
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