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Old 09-27-2013, 06:46 AM
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So I'm interested in venturing into the world of whisky and I'm just wondering where to start. Which is a nice all round whisky to begin with? I generally like quite sweet drinks, but not too sweet, and I'm not a bitter sort of person at all.

Hope that helps, feel free to ask anything else if you have an idea.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:41 AM
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My suggestion would be is to go to a whisky tasting. There you will be able to try 4-5 different whiskies and see what is to your fancy. They usually aren't very expensive and you get the benefit of an expert giving you an insight into the whisky you are trying. Plus it's a good way to meet other whisky fans and get advise from them as well.
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Your budget will help determine where to start. Generally speaking, good sipping scotch starts around $50 US dollars and bourbon is about half that. Is this about what you are willing to spend?
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My personal favorite inexpensive bourbon is Jim Beam Black, and at $20 it stands well in the cupboard alongside $100 bottles, depending on my mood.

For a little more money the Crown Royal Reserve is, to repeat what almost everyone that tastes it says, 'dangerously drinkable'. I like the Black, Reserve, Limited Edition, Cask No. 16 and XR, but would have to say that the middling priced Reserve is my favorite out of the Crown lineup and it is very gentle. Not quite so much so as the XR, but at less than half the price, it's the one.
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My suggestion would be is to go to a whisky tasting.
Excellent advice which I heartily second.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:27 AM
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Taste Testing are great way to start for sure but if you have trouble finding one, you next best is to try Mini. Gleneviet, Highpark, Johnny Walker,etc.have Mini bottles of their Key Line up. so it should give you a good Idea of where like to start. If not, try samples. Master of Malts.com sell samples of alot of stuff.
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I love the big monster Islay peats, but keep coming back to this:
Balvenie DoubleWood 12
Although just into medium bodied, it's sweet, smooth as silk, and laced with alluring aromas and tastes with a touch of spiciness. All for approx $52.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:33 AM
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Once a week I pop down to the two local whisky shops and they usually have a bottle or two out for tasting. I like to be a little tight with my money so I want to know what I'm buying is going to be enjoyable.

Most specialist whisky stores I've been to does this.
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I love the big monster Islay peats, but keep coming back to this:
Balvenie DoubleWood 12
Quite a contrast. Have you tried Dalmore 12? It's rather like the Balvenie on steroids.
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Quite a contrast. Have you tried Dalmore 12? It's rather like the Balvenie on steroids.
Nope, will have to get it into my sights now, thanks.

DALMORE 12 YR SINGLE MALT 750 80.00 1 54.95 (Idaho control price + 6% tax)
The fact it's below 43% ABV is not to my liking. If I see it priced less on special or get a chance to taste it somewhere I'll jump on it.

BTW: I have found tasting while out away from home, with friend/s, in a bar, puts me into an eager to decide if I like this or not mode.
Sometimes the judgements made under these conditions turn out to be quite different from opinions obtained while spending time at home, relaxed, and having whatever dram just hit me.
In fact the Balvenie 12 DoubleWood was like this even at home with a 750 ml bottle. At first I thought it was too soft and light bodied, but I kept thinking about it and getting it's taste sensations during the day. You must be completely devoid of expectation when tasting.

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Highland Park 12 YO
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...In fact the Balvenie 12 DoubleWood was like this even at home with a 750 ml bottle. At first I thought it was too soft and light bodied, but I kept thinking about it and getting it's taste sensations during the day...
The Balvenie's flavors don't shout and scream - they whisper. Dalwhinnie 15 is like that too. Both are very enjoyable, but subtle and understated.
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I plan on trying the Dalwhinnie 15 again someday, but both of my experiences with it did not place it in the same realm as the DoubleWood for me.
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For my opinion, whatever that might be worth, I'd recommend
a Jefferson'd Bourbon (about $30/bottle) and Glenmorangie 10yo in the Scotch realm. (Price similar...)

If neither of these are acceptable, maybe whisky isn't your thing? Your mileage may vary...
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I'm wanting to get a bottle of:
Aberlour 12.
Even with the crazy Washington state tax it still comes to only $39/bottle.
It's a long drive for me to get to the store. I had a reason to go that way last week but it fell through. With the exception of this place, it looks like I'll have to drive over there with nothing else that way to do.

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The Aberlour 12 is pleasant enough, somewhat complex, and with a mild interesting spiciness, but it is shallow and watered down. There is a burst of flavor up front that quickly dies leaving almost no mid palate or finish.
The Balvenie DW seems almost monotoned by comparison, but what flavor depth and duration, is creamier/richer and a bit sweeter.
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