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Whisky

Discussion in 'off topic' started by MikeMA, May 19, 2019.

  1. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    I'm no great whisky buff, but I do like a nice Speyside. Picked up a bottle of Glen Moray with the weekly shop in Sainsburys's on Friday for £18. I've just opened it: a vey decent drink. Cheers peeps! Pip pip!
     
  2. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    It’s not bad at all. I was in Majestic last year when they had it on offer. £12 a bottle, 2 left, so I grabbed both (long since gone)!
     
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  3. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    not bad my local spirit shop had if for £8/bottle last year.
     
  4. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Glen Moray is nice enough and as you imply Speyside is generally easy drinking for the non aficionado. Nothing wrong with that.
     
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  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I don't think that £8 covers the duty and VAT.
     
  6. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Tomoko Spirits, St Albans, I bought a bottle for £8
     
  7. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    That really was a bargain. But was it made in the cellars of Buckinham Palace from genuine Scottish grapes? ;)
     
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  8. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    I didnt check, but the label was in Cantonese
     
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  9. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    As someone who doesn't like whiskey (Southern Comfort anybody?) what's the best one to start with?
    Is Speyside the easiest one to start with - if not, then please tell me what to look for..
     
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  10. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Steveinspain you need to learn how to spell it. From Scotland Whisky, yank or Irish stuff Whiskey.

    Having got that right, do you like smokey stuff?
     
  11. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Lagavulin 16.

    Don't bother with anything else.

    £48 on Amazon.
     
  12. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member


    As a complete non-expert I'd say yes to a Speyside for starters, as opposed to strong peaty whiskies like Laphroag or similar, which are like drinking a bonfire laced with creosote.

    There are also some very nice Irish whiskeys - as opposed to Southern Comfort!
     
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  13. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Where to begin?

    What is it about Southern Comfort you dislike?
     
  14. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    Aberlour 10 yo. Rich like M&S cake with a lot of currents in it. Better than viagra if you feel inclined!
     
  15. -alan-

    -alan- pfm Member

    :) Or turf freshly rinsed in carbolic soap..according to a friend of mine

    I'd suggest in semi-seriousness, folk should start with Laphroag - it makes all other whisk(e)y seem fairly palatable by comparison.

    On the Irish whiskey front btw, Jamison (of any variety) is a pretty solid starter, and readily available - or Green Spot if you're prepared to look a little harder and feeling slightly more flush.
     
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  16. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    Famous Grouse, good ole Bells or The Macallan for something a little different.
    I'm another Lagavulin fan but wouldn't recommend it as a starting point (peaty and smokey....gorgeous).

    Just managed to find a different vodka, Czar from St. Petersburg, very nice. Not the expensive, tasteless fashion stuff flooding the market now.
    Others are Moskovskaya and Evolution. As a random outsider, very cheap and should-be-nasty Jupiter vodka (Vietnamese!) but drinkable and perfectly good when mixed. (unlike e.g. Smirnoff zero taste and Absolute sweet muck)
     
  17. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    Oops, whisky, no e.. Sorry!
    I like Southern Comfort but that's about as close to whisky as I've ever got, and the only whisky I've ever tried was (I think) Jamesons, which I couldn't drink.
    I'll have a look to see what miniatures I can find and give them a try as a starting point, but I assume the better ones are not sold in such a way..
     
  18. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Actually, Jamesons - Irish with an 'e'! - while not everyone's cup of tea, is pretty inoffensive stuff. Maybe you just don't like whisky, or whiskey! No harm in that. :)
     
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  19. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    You fibber!
    I tried your tip last night.
    I quickly downed a bottle then thoughts of lurrrv followed.
    Get it up? I couldn't get upstairs!
     
  20. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    Guess only real men drink the stuff...
    I'll have a pint of lager top and sit quietly at the back..
     

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