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So Saturday is a 40th birthday dinner for a good friend of mine, he likes his scotch and scotch blends. 

Wanted to get him something different but still similar to what he prefers, but I know very little about scotch. 

I can only tell you what he tends to like which are Glenfiddich, Glen Livet, Glenmorangie, and Johnnie Walker.

Any time there is a party (holidays, birthdays, etc)...someone brings a JW Blue Label and it's gone in short order.

I could get him something like a 12/15/18 yr old of the above scotches too to play it safe, but figured I'd ask if anyone here is into scotch.

 

Any recommendations?

Price I'd like to hang in the $200 and under crowd, but he's a good friend, so I'd splurge another $100 if it was worth the stretch :)

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My mom drank Dewers, but we were close to being poor, so I doubt it was any fancy stuff!  Very nice gesture for your friend tho!!  Im sure he will love the thought!!  And of course.......drink responsibly my friends!!

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Unless he has a super sophisticated palette it is unlikely he could tell a $100 bottle from a $300. So do like I do, get the cheaper whisky but bigger bottle! 

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Lagavulin 16 year.  Not going to find much better in that under $100 price range.  No need to spend any more than that

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How do you guys even get used to scotch? I've had it more than a dozen times and I feel like I'm drinking poison every time :rofl:

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How do you guys even get used to scotch? I've had it more than a dozen times and I feel like I'm drinking poison every time :rofl:

Everyone has their preferences.  

 

I'm not much of a scotch drinker overall, but the Lagavulin is the one that always brings me back to it. 

 

When I'm in the mood to sip, my preference is for Cognacs and Bourbons.  

 

People should just drink what they like.  Unfortunately, I think some people drink scotch because they think it's cool or because they think they're supposed to like it.  If you don't like it, don't drink it

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Dewars 12 blue label is a good blend, and they do sell a 1.5L bottle (the double size). Balvenie 12 doublewood is a great single malt

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When my buddy was having his first kid I wanted to get a nice bottle to celebrate. Didn't want to go the typical Johnnie blue route and ended up with a bottle of Midleton. It's a nice blend and has become our go to between friends for special occasions(kids, weddings, divorces.....) I just saw bourbon street on rt. 22 in Lebanon had a bottle on sale for 145

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The only straight whiskey I like is Jameson.

 

Tulemore Dew is slightly better Irish whiskey IMHO.

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I would normally just go Johnny Blue but it seems you want something different I would go with the best Glenfiddich

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Unless he has a super sophisticated palette it is unlikely he could tell a $100 bottle from a $300. So do like I do, get the cheaper whisky but bigger bottle! 

 

I have been drinking it since the 60's and have had all kinds in all price ranges and usually will order or buy Dewars White Label.

I may not have a sophisticated palette but I don't need to impress anyone and I do know what I like.

So,  each to his own,  Here's To Your Good Health,  drink up.

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Highland Park is worth a go smooth - an Orkney Malt

 

Macallan's is another Speyside one like Glenfiddich

 

Stronger tasting and more peaty are your Islay malts like Ardbeg, Laguvulin or Laphroig.

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I would normally just go Johnny Blue but it seems you want something different I would go with the best Glenfiddich

Yeah we've done Johnny Blue a bunch. It goes quickly too. My other friend's birthday, I got him JW Blue, and 2 others did as well :rofl:

I want to get something different to avoid that for this friend! :)

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The only straight whiskey I like is Jameson.

That’s all I drink. If you haven’t tried it Jameson Coopers Croze is amazing. Once in a while I get the reserves too.

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Is it true that you have to acquire a taste for scotch?

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I personally like the Portwood aged 21 years... But look at the link provided and pick your poison. :up:

 

But check out their collection and descriptions: https://www.thebalvenie.com/our-whisky-range/

I will be visiting Balvenie later this year on a short hunting trip/anniversary trip. Here was dinner last night...IMG_9720.JPGIMG_9719.JPGIMG_9718.JPG

 

 

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That is cool!  I wish scotch didn't taste like turpentine to me so I could enjoy that dinner! :)

Maybe it just takes getting the right one, but the JW Blue Label blend didn't do anything for me...so not sure if that's a strong indicator to jump ship and just drink beer instead :rofl:

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