Whisky Thread


  • 2019 2017 2016

    I’m sure this probably violates some posting rule or other, but here goes anyway:

    Are there any whisky lovers out there? If so, what’s your favourite poison? Scotch? Irish? Bourbon? Canadian? Japanese?

    Do you have a favourite brand? Can anyone recommend a favourite distillery tour from the Highlands? Lowlands? Bourbon Trail?

    Fellow whisky-lovers would no doubt love to hear your stories. Doesn’t matter if you’re just getting into it, or are a confessed snob, let the love of whisky lubricate the conversation.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    Now for some shameless self-promotion:

    I’m one of 300 private investors who made the new Victoria Caledonian Distillery happen on Vancouver Island. We’ve been open for less than two years so our first creations won’t be ready until 2019 but we also offer compass box whiskies as well as craft beer.  If you’re ever on Vancouver Island stop in for a tour and a wee dram.  You can learn more here:

    https://globalnews.ca/video/4037350/b-c-producers-turning-out-single-malt-whisky

    https://victoriacaledonian.com/caledonian-whisky/


  • 2018 2016

    Bourbon or sour mash (Jack Daniels) when on a budget
    18 yr old Scotch when i have money


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Bourbon preferably.  Not much of a scotch fan, although I can appreciate it (Oban anyone?).  Whiskey, real whisky that is not bourbon that is masquerading as whisky, I find is too harsh.

    Anyhow, I used to like Markers Mark, but now find it too sweet.  Bullet Rye is now our standard fare.  I admit that’s pretty mainstream stuff, and in the past we used to be into some of the more highbrow brands. But Bullet has proved to be a good price/taste convergence.

    Although, I have to admit, as age has crept up on me, I’ve found myself drinking less and less of the Brown and more of the Red.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @Karl7:

    Bourbon preferably.  Not much of a scotch fan, although I can appreciate it (Oban anyone?).  Whiskey, real whisky that is not bourbon that is masquerading as whisky, I find is too harsh.

    Anyhow, I used to like Markers Mark, but now find it too sweet.  Bullet Rye is now our standard fare.  I admit that’s pretty mainstream stuff, and in the past we used to be into some of the more highbrow brands. But Bullet has proved to be a good price/taste convergence.

    Although, I have to admit, as age has crept up on me, I’ve found myself drinking less and less of the Brown and more of the Red.

    Nothing wrong with Bulleit, though I’ve never tried their rye, only their bourbon. Have to give their rye a day in court one of these days.

    Oban is one of my all-time favourites.

    Makers Mark:  awesome distillery tour, and I love that they spell “whisky” properly.  😄


  • 2019 2017 2016


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    I have always liked Malt whisky, but drink it rarely now. I would rather drink a good grappa.


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    Even my Scotch friend Gavin hates the stuff. Could never keep it down myself.


  • 2019 2018

    My top three, in alphabetical order:

    Basil Hayden’s
    Bushmills
    Wyoming Whiskey


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Anyone ever try Idaho Gold?

    uuuf!



  • I don’t drink alcohol anymore due to the fact that I was so good at it (15 years dry now)… when I did drink whisky straight it would be a Canadian Rye Whisky like Crown Royal or Gibson’s finest, but there have been sooo many new Rye, Burbon, Whiskey labels since I last slept in a ditch.


  • 2019 2018 2017

    @Young:

    I don’t drink alcohol anymore due to the fact that I was so good at it (15 years dry now)… when I did drink whisky straight it would be a Canadian Rye Whisky like Crown Royal or Gibson’s finest, but there have been sooo many new Rye, Burbon, Whiskey labels since I last slept in a ditch.

    Congratulations on your sobriety. I don’t drink much, so I don’t have an opinion on that.

    -Midnight_Reaper


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13

    @Young:

    I don’t drink alcohol anymore due to the fact that I was so good at it (15 years dry now)… when I did drink whisky straight it would be a Canadian Rye Whisky like Crown Royal or Gibson’s finest, but there have been sooo many new Rye, Burbon, Whiskey labels since I last slept in a ditch.

    Sweet. 26 dry years for me. Had to quit. First one at party. Last one to leave looking for another party.  When I did I would have shots of Jack Daniels. Besides I had to stop in order to see my son. Best thing ever happen. Probably be dead by now.
    No offense StuckTojo.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Used to drink a lot of the hard booze, GnT, whiskey etc… but now, we have a full liquor cabinet and it sits neglected, gathering dust…

    I’m not even sure if I could get close to a GnT these days or any vodka drink.  That stuff would probably put me to sleep in like 5 minutes.  Or make me sick.

    Beer is basically all I like now.  Maybe some red wine if a bottle is open. Konigs Pilsner is the best!

    But even the beer I have to avoid some lest I keep increasing in width.  But I do carve out an exception for A&A matches.  Then the beer can flow!


  • 2017 2016 2015

    buddy helped a friend with her parents estate sale. Asked him if he wanted anything. There were a couple cool decanters. One a snow machine, the other a moose with it’s head broken off.

    Turned out to be 12 year Evan Williams from some time in the 60s. Stuff must’ve been close to 60 years old. Cork was disintegrating. Looked like apple juice. He just wanted the bottles but we tried it anyway. Warm and smooth. Made you all giggly.

    After that I’d go visit everyday for breakfast. We’d limit ourselves to one, sipping not slamming, but it still was a great way to start your day.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @wittmann:

    I have always liked Malt whisky, but drink it rarely now. I would rather drink a good grappa.

    Grappa?? You killing me :lol: :lol:

    The last time i had a Grappa was,…i felt a burning Sensation in my throat, in my stomach…black out.

    11yrs sober now.
    They called me Beerfest Tyson. When i was lit, the tent burnt!!
    Started with 16 since alcohol is allowed in Germany with 16 especially in Bavaria where we have this rule: three beers equals a steak.

    Sorry i can’t help Stuck Tojo.

    You should try Ouzo one day,  a greek speciality.

    Bah mungus…


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Grappa is definitely an acquired taste, I’d rather have Sambuca.

    When going out I usually have Jameson, Bushmill’s or Dewar’s on the rocks or go with a Jack and coke.

    On the rare opportunity I’m enjoying a cigar I drink Macallan.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '12

    Yeah, grappa is tricky.  I’ve had it, and didn’t like it.  Some people love it.  Although I’m willing to admit maybe I’ve never had the good stuff.

    But honestly, often the “top shelf” stuff in all liquor categories tends not to deliver on the hype.  I remember someone giving me like $100+ a bottle tequila and hated it.  It was smokey like scotch.  I though tequila was supposed to get smoother and sweeter with quality.  And forget it in the vodka category.  The difference between top shelf and bottom self vodka is nil, in my book.  Maybe more smoothness, but then you’re still drinking vodka.

    Although, I had a buddy who once worked at a country club, and he swindled some bottles of booze from storage.  They were White Label brand.  I kid you not.  They were awful, truly undrinkable unless you watered them down and larded them up with mixers. So I guess there is a loss of quality on the down end.



  • @General:

    Grappa is definitely an acquired taste, I’d rather have Sambuca.

    When going out I usually have Jameson, Bushmill’s or Dewar’s on the rocks or go with a Jack and coke.

    On the rare opportunity I’m enjoying a cigar I drink Macallan.

    Bushmills for the win(although I side with the (south) Irish on everything else). The infrequent times I drink, I rarely buy anything else.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @SS:

    @Young:

    I don’t drink alcohol anymore due to the fact that I was so good at it (15 years dry now)… when I did drink whisky straight it would be a Canadian Rye Whisky like Crown Royal or Gibson’s finest, but there have been sooo many new Rye, Burbon, Whiskey labels since I last slept in a ditch.

    Sweet. 26 dry years for me. Had to quit. First one at party. Last one to leave looking for another party.  When I did I would have shots of Jack Daniels. Besides I had to stop in order to see my son. Best thing ever happen. Probably be dead by now.
    No offense StuckTojo.

    No offence taken, SS.

    Congrats to you and YG for having the humility to recognize you needed to take action, and having the will power to follow through with it.  That’s the hallmark of a real man, in my view.

    I had my share of “issues” in my younger days, too. Don’t drink whisky to get drunk anymore.  Any more than three in an evening is a waste, because you’re no longer capable of appreciating the flavours, smells, and so on.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @Karl7:

    But honestly, often the “top shelf” stuff in all liquor categories tends not to deliver on the hype.

    Very true, Karl.

    One of the best rye whiskies in the world is Alberta Premium  It’s won a ton of awards for Canadian Whisky.  It’s also cheap like borscht.  For years it was always a working man’s whisky, and priced as such.  Once whisky became more in vogue and Alberta Premium started winning awards hand-over-fist they couldn’t raise the price like I’m sure they wished they could.  Obviously, if they did they’d lose their working class customer base, while having no guarantee that the snobs would replace the lost sales.  Long story short, you can buy one of the top five Canadian whiskies for about $25/bottle.

    There’s a bottler in the US (I’m not at liberty to say which one) that buys Alberta Premium by the barrel, puts it in a fancy bottle with a different name, ships it to Ontario, and sells it for $100 per bottle.

    Price is no guarantee of quality.

    Also, a lot whiskies are expensive purely due to rarity.  Somebody will pay $10 000 for a scotch because there’s only eight bottles of that variety left in the world, and it’s not even as good as some scotches you can buy for $100.  Ridiculous.


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @aequitas:

    @wittmann:

    I have always liked Malt whisky, but drink it rarely now. I would rather drink a good grappa.

    Grappa?? You killing me :lol: :lol:

    The last time i had a Grappa was,…i felt a burning Sensation in my throat, in my stomach…black out.

    11yrs sober now.
    They called me Beerfest Tyson. When i was lit, the tent burnt!!
    Started with 16 since alcohol is allowed in Germany with 16 especially in Bavaria where we have this rule: three beers equals a steak.

    Sorry i can’t help Stuck Tojo.

    You should try Ouzo one day,  a greek speciality.

    Bah mungus…

    Never had grappa.

    I have family in Slovakia, though, and when I was there visiting we drank some extremely strong local spirits.  Tatra Tea was one of them.  No sipping, either.  Just shooting it.  I was drunk every evening I was there.

    Glad to hear you’ve tamed your demons , too, AeV.  🙂


  • 2019 2017 2016

    @SS:

    @Young:

    I don’t drink alcohol anymore due to the fact that I was so good at it (15 years dry now)… when I did drink whisky straight it would be a Canadian Rye Whisky like Crown Royal or Gibson’s finest, but there have been sooo many new Rye, Burbon, Whiskey labels since I last slept in a ditch.

    Sweet. 26 dry years for me. Had to quit. First one at party. Last one to leave looking for another party.  When I did I would have shots of Jack Daniels. Besides I had to stop in order to see my son. Best thing ever happen. Probably be dead by now.
    No offense StuckTojo.

    The reason I discovered AAA is because my regular opponent is problem drunk.  He’d be falling-down wasted by the sixth round.  Not much fun for me.

    Here the games are much better.  Unfortunately I don’t win much anymore.  :lol:


  • 2017 2016 2015

    @StuckTojo:

    The reason I discovered AAA is because my regular opponent is problem drunk.  He’d be falling-down wasted by the sixth round.  Not much fun for me.

    Here the games are much better.  Unfortunately I don’t win much anymore.   :lol:

    yea after a while it bypasses the liver and just goes straight to the brain. That’s why we call him “2 Beer Bill” now lol


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