(Closed) Does anyone know about scotch?

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 18
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

In terms of single malts that aren’t JW Blue prices, the 16-year Lagavulin is by far the special occaison favorite of my husband and his scotch-drinking friends.  Glenmorangie is also very good (and a bit cheaper than the Lagavulin).  You should shop around once you decide what to buy – I recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin and found that prices ranged about $20 in three different stores (I found it for $60 on sale, which is quite low – $70-$75 is more normal where I live).

ETA: I just saw that you are in NY!  I saw L for $50 (!!!) at a big liquor store in Union Square when I was there a couple of weeks ago.  My husband has been kicking himself for not buying it ever since.

Post # 19
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Johnny Walker is a blended scotch not a single malt. 🙂

You can’t really go wrong with JW Black though. 

If you’re looking for single malts I like any of the Macallans 18 or older. 

Post # 21
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011:  Funny.  But, there you go, WB making connections up and down the eastern seaboard!  :o)

Post # 22
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine is a scotch lover too and i can’t stand the stuff. I usually get him a bottle for Christmas and birthdays. Lagavulin, Bowmore Islay, and Flaming Heart were big hits with him. 

Post # 23
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011: Not sure if you’ve already gotten the scotch, but here’s some perspective from my Darling Husband, who has tried a bunch of different types and brands. (and btw, I love that the first thread, in all the time I’ve been on here, that Darling Husband is interested in is a scotch thread!). So here’s what he has to say:

Listen Ladies, the man needs a real scotch not Johnnie Walker.  Johnnie Walker is a blended scotch, it is not single malt.  Single malt scotches need to be made from one batch, and need to be made to perfection to taste the same way year in and year out.  Blended scotches are a mix of malts from various distilleries that when combined lose individuality and are therefore easy to mass produce.  Johnnie Walker Blue is a great blended scotch but I’d rather have a bad single malt scotch any day over that.  Take the $150 and spend it on something like a Macallan 18, that’s the gold standard of single malt scotch.  If you want to get more adventurous and really surprise him get a Japanese single malt whiskey.  They are made identically to scotch but have actually been graded higher in recent whiskey competitions.  A Yamazaki 18 will cost you less then that Johnnie Walker and knock it out of the park.  Don’t pay for the label and the advertising, get the good stuff!  


Post # 24
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

A lot of guys like blended scotch, but those guys will usually admit that they’re not real connossieurs. Not to say that there aren’t really good blended scotches out there, but if he’s really really into his scotch, go single malt.

Single malts vary widely, based on area (highland, lowland, speyside, islay), whether they are “cask strength”, what type of cask they’re aged in, and also… age. Young scotch = no good. 12+, okay. 18-21, good but starting to get pricey.

Even with that in mind, you could get an 18yr old single malt highland scotch, and pay $250, and it might just suck anyway. And you might just get one for $50 that’s super yummy. Tastes vary.

Go ahead and google “good scotch” and I’m sure you will find a bunch of websites that will be very educational. 

Your Hunny will not only appreciate the thought you put into it, but he will love that you know about scotch!

(Or just get him the Blue or Black. He’ll still like it!)

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