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Old Apr 2, 11, 8:00 am   #181
 
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Has anyone had Glen Breton - a single malt from Cape Breton (the only NA single malt from my understanding)? How does it compare to single malts from Scotland. Very poor, excellent, etc...

Reason I'm asking is I'm visiting a friend who complains about the lack of good single malts. If I bring along a bottle of this whiskey (technically not scotch since it isn't from Scotland), I can get him both Canadiana and his single malt. Lets me pack a bit lighter. But if it is poor, I'll bring him a taste of Scotland and find something else to import from the Great White north.
The 15 year old "Battle of the Glen" is quite good. The ten year old is OK. If you want Canadian I like Forty Creek myself and it's way less expensive. The best one is Wiser's Legacy,

Here's a review of Glen Breton. http://www.canadianwhisky.org/review...3-alc-vol.html
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Old Apr 14, 11, 11:17 am   #182
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Single malt.

I have recently discovered the joy of single malt whisky. I am thinking of buying some inexpensive, slumming, as far as single malts go, on my next trip.
I am considering 12yo Glenlivet, or 12yo Glenfiddish. I would go a bit higher up the ladder, but since I am novice, I want to go slow in terms of expense. What's a good price (duty free) for the gtwo I mentioned, or any other you would recommend.
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My ex liked to think he was a bit of a single malt officianado! However, I did discover that there are a lot of different malt whisky's out there. Some are peatier that others and it depends were they are distilled. Some have a completely different texture when a few drops of water are added.

Experiment with lots of different brands. You will soon learn which ones you prefer. Oh and there is a whisky 'bible' by Michael Jackson (no not the singing and dancing one) which describes the taste of them and grades them.

For now, why not buy just one bottle of the one you like and try some others in a bar selling lots of whiskys.

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Old Apr 14, 11, 12:35 pm   #184
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I have recently discovered the joy of single malt whisky. I am thinking of buying some inexpensive, slumming, as far as single malts go, on my next trip.
I am considering 12yo Glenlivet, or 12yo Glenfiddish. I would go a bit higher up the ladder, but since I am novice, I want to go slow in terms of expense. What's a good price (duty free) for the gtwo I mentioned, or any other you would recommend.
You have some reading to catch up on.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/dinin...ns-thread.html

Glenlivet 12 runs about £25.75 Inc. VAT
Glenfiddich 12 runs about £26.25 Inc. VAT

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Thanks Starwood Lurker and divingdancer. Yes, I do have some reading to do, but I need to have something to drink with it.
Are these duty free prices?
I went through A beginner's guide to single malt whisky.

Buying one is a good suggestion. I do understand there are so many variables that determine the taste. I have only had the two I mentioned. I still don;t know what peatier means.
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I have recently discovered the joy of single malt whisky. I am thinking of buying some inexpensive, slumming, as far as single malts go, on my next trip.
I am considering 12yo Glenlivet, or 12yo Glenfiddish. I would go a bit higher up the ladder, but since I am novice, I want to go slow in terms of expense. What's a good price (duty free) for the gtwo I mentioned, or any other you would recommend.
i like glenlivet, but can't discern any taste difference from clan mcgregor [locally ~ $ 16/ 175 lt + tax....
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Please continue as the discussion moves to the DiningBuzz thread, where, per post #3, there's a key thread on this. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, TravelBuzz.
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I would suggest buying a few airplane size (50ml) whisky miniatures from your local liquor store. That way you can sample a number of malts for a reasonable price. When you find a couple you like you can take the plunge on a couple 750ml bottles. Or, just go with the most popular recommendations from the thread posted above.
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...Are these duty free prices?...
I'd have to say no to that one. The prices I quoted are from a liquor purveyor who specializes in shipping to your door and includes the VAT. I've never bought duty free, so I'm not going to be a very good resource for that.

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I would suggest buying a few airplane size (50ml) whisky miniatures from your local liquor store. That way you can sample a number of malts for a reasonable price. When you find a couple you like you can take the plunge on a couple 750ml bottles. Or, just go with the most popular recommendations from the thread posted above.
I was thinking about that. But the premium you pay is so high on those miniature bottles. I was looking to order on line. The state I live in, MD, does not allow shipping of alcohol into the state. I guess there must be a provision for liqour stores and restaurants with liqour license.
Thanks for the suggestions. This thread is quite informative.
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Since we're in the spirit of sharing photos...

My "collection" ain't as exotic, but who can argue with free:

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(Taken in a hotel in DCA. Thank you, Alaska Airlines! )
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I'm not a big expert, but my 2¢. I don't see the point of buying something cheap unless you happen to like the taste. Glenfiddich is awful, IMO.

I think smooth ones that probably appeal to most palates are Balvenie, a 12 yr old, and Glenmorangie, say a 10 or 12 yr old. There are severeal variations. They're reasonably priced. Your goal should be to sip a bit, not to down the entire bottle.
I have had only two kinds of single malt. Glenliviet on a JFK-SEA flight in F and Glenfiddich at a friend's house. I liked Glenlivet. I am, rather was, not a whisky person. I never liked whisky. I tried Teachers, Johny Walker Black, Chivas, and Dewars. Just didn't develop any taste for it. A friend of mine told me to try a single malt. By then I was beginning to tolerate Johny Walker Black and even like it a bit.

My first single malt was Glenlivet, which I liked. I keep telling the guy sitting next to me, who had been drinking vodka and cranberry juice. He loved it too and drank faster than I did. Between the two of us, we finished their stock. That's what the FA told us anyway. I had 3 or 4 drinks, I think on a 4.5 hour flight. Was that too much?
A few months ago, I was visiting a school friend of mine in India and mentioned single malt to him. He brought out Glenfiddich. It's quite expensive in India because of the import duty. I had a couple of drinks during the course of the evening, but didn;t like it as much as Glenlivet. I realise both are at the bottom end of single malts.
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Very hard to say an overall whisky brand I dislike, as the aging is very important. For example, I don't like the 12 year old Glenfiddich, but I love the 21 year old.

My Favourite
I do drink a fair bit of Scotch, but at the moment my favourites are actually the Irish pure pot still whiskies, Redbreast and in particular, Green Spot Whiskey. The Green Spot is hard to get a hold of, but if you get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend it. Some of the major Whiskey writers also have written about these whiskies as the pure pot still whiskies are quite rare, but excellent.

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Was told it is Thai Whisky, but actually was Yadong, a street mix of some Lao Khao alcohol, herbs and something they wouldn't tell me. Suicide in a bottle.
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I have had only two kinds of single malt. Glenliviet on a JFK-SEA flight in F and Glenfiddich at a friend's house. I liked Glenlivet. I am, rather was, not a whisky person. I never liked whisky. I tried Teachers, Johny Walker Black, Chivas, and Dewars. Just didn't develop any taste for it. A friend of mine told me to try a single malt. By then I was beginning to tolerate Johny Walker Black and even like it a bit.

My first single malt was Glenlivet, which I liked. I keep telling the guy sitting next to me, who had been drinking vodka and cranberry juice. He loved it too and drank faster than I did. Between the two of us, we finished their stock. That's what the FA told us anyway. I had 3 or 4 drinks, I think on a 4.5 hour flight. Was that too much?
A few months ago, I was visiting a school friend of mine in India and mentioned single malt to him. He brought out Glenfiddich. It's quite expensive in India because of the import duty. I had a couple of drinks during the course of the evening, but didn;t like it as much as Glenlivet. I realise both are at the bottom end of single malts.
The two you've tried so far are Speyside single malts. If you want to continue to try single malts from this region, try The Balvenie 12 year old.

If you'd like to expand your pallette somewhat, move over to the Highland region and try Glenmorangie. You will not regret the diversion.

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