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Discussion in 'General' started by Strudul, 10 Sep 2013.

  1. Strudul

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    Not necessarily the best place to ask, but I know some of you are whisky drinkers... :)

    I've usually just stuck to Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, but am looking to get some Scotch. Having only had Scotch on occasion, I can't remember which ones were good and bad, so I need some recommendations on which to buy and which to avoid.

    Ideally I'm looking for the cheapest possible that still tastes nice to drink straight.

    -Are supermarket own brands any good. I'm guessing the "Smartprice" stuff should be avoided though?
    -I've heard that I should also steer clear of Bell's?
    -What about Teacher's, Grant's, Famous Grouse, High Commissner, etc?
    -I do seem to remember reading something good about Lidl's whisky(?)

    Cheers.
     
  2. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    If you're going for Lidl then Glen Marnoch wold be your best choice I think.

    Otherwise, I'd be looking to avoid things like Grouse too. The best budget Malt would be some Glenfiddich 12.
     
  3. Brooxy

    Brooxy Like a boss (but not a boss)

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    Define cheap - One man's fortune is another pittance

    Grouse isn't too bad for a run of the mill blend. Are you planning this whisky as one to mix, or one to drink straight?
     
  4. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    All of this is my opinion:

    Avoid Generic/own-label stuff

    Teachers is crap, Grants is ok, Whyte and Mackay likewise, as is Jamesons [that's an Irish one] not had Grouse recently enough to recall what it's like [they're all blends iirc]

    Not a big fan of single malts so others would be better placed to advise you there... Bourbon and Rum are more my thing...


    also for the record I drink all my spirits neat, no mixer, no ice... mixers and/or ice changes things...
     
  5. Sp!

    Sp! Well-Known Member

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    Value for money wise I really like Grants, in fact its one of my favourite whiskeys. if your looking to spend a little more (but still not expensive) grants ale cask aged is good
     
  6. Carrie

    Carrie Well-Known Member

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    Is an oxymoron. There is no such thing as a good cheap whisky. If you prefer something smoother than the "bite the back of your throat" numbers try an Irish whisky :thumb:
     
  7. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Maybe drinking paint thinners might be his thing. :D
     
  8. Strudul

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    As cheap as possible without tasting like paint thinner :lol:
    Grouse is £18 per litre which seems like an alright price.

    Everything is relative.
     
  9. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Highland Park is usually reasonably priced for a 12 y/o, and doesn't taste too much like anus.
     
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  10. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

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    Johnny Walker Black Label?
     
  11. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    You've tasted anus :eeek: lol
     
  12. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    You've just summarised cat ownership in a sentence.
     
  13. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    In an entirely related story:

    Yes. It was cat. No, I didn't mean to. Yes, I was drunk, and sleeping on the floor. I woke up with cat sleeping on my face. The ensusuing flailing and 'wtfing' has lead me to know what fur near a cats arse tastes like.

    Highland park does not bring back painful memories!
     
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  14. Sloth

    Sloth #yolo #swag

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    Seconding that. My wallet and taste buds can usually agree on Jameson.
     
  15. TheBlackSwordsMan

    TheBlackSwordsMan Far over the misty mountains cold

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    I'd take Jameson over Grants, the later feel like drinking sand.
    If I were you I'd pick a bottle of Glenfiddich 18, it's a good one and not that expensive.
     
  16. Draksis

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    Jameson. /thread

    Anything cheaper is not worth the bother to even drink it.
     
  17. Throbbi

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    If you like something a bit peated then Ledaig is a decent choice, for something more delicate then Glen Moray is worth a crack. Failing either of those I'd follow the suggestions of Jameson's. Whatever you do avoid Bells, Grouse, Whyte & Mackay et al like the plague.
     
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    glenmorangie

    anything is sewer water
     
  19. BentAnat

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    General rule of thumb: If it's called "Glen"-anything, it's probably a single malt.
    Anything cheaper than Jameson/JW Black Label is not worthwhile if you're drinking neat.

    AFFORDABLE (not cheap) single malts worth drinking include (but aren't limited to - my selection at this end of the world is somewhat limited and our prices are ridiculous):
    Glengrant - affordable, drinkable, polite for a single malt.
    Glenmorangie - less polite. Quite good, though, dependant on which one. I like the Lasanta.
    Glenlivet - less polite than glengrant, but still quite polite. Possibly somewhat uneventful. I have only had the "normal" 12 year one.

    Blends that are quite good (blends are often less flavoured and therefore a bit easier to drink than single malts) and still affordable:
    Johnny Walker Black Label - Not the cheapest or the best, but a good starting point. Boring, mainly.
    Jameson - the normal one is drinkable. It's Irish, though. which (to my tastebuds and in my limited experience) makes it less sweet.
    Bushmills - Again, Irish. But I prefer this to Jameson, and it's a wee bit cheaper here.
    Bushmill's Black bush - Irish as well, but more aggressive. Nice, though.
    Chivas 12 - A reliable staple, really. Quite sweet, quite rich, very pleasant to drink, if somewhat uneventful when compared to a few of the alternatives (especially the single malts).
    Dimple - I'd put this on par with the Chivas 12. It's good, if a bit uneventful.
    Famous Grouse - MEH! I am not a fan of the stuff.


    If you're new to Whisky (non-bourbon), I'd suggest starting with something like the Chivas. It's good stuff, won't give you colon cancer immediately, and it's a good platform to try others from. If you figure you like the sweetness, try some single malts. Otherwise try some of the Bushmills.
     
  20. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Aldi's Highland Black 8-year old whisky won a gold award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. £12,99 a bottle.
     

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