Thursday, December 29, 2005

A consumer preference quiz to my readers

As I write this, I'm sipping some Jack Daniels (regular No. 7), my first in several years. The reason I rarely drink it is that, like my father, I like Jim Beam Black better. At least I did. Perhaps it's because I'm extraordinarily exhausted, after only six hours of sleep over the last two days, but JD seems to taste smoother.

So a little quiz to my readers:

Favorite American whiskey? I may have to change my answer with regard to JD versus JBB, but I like Maker's Mark.

Favorite Scotch? Johnny Walker Blue. However, for a quarter of the price, Glenmorangie's single Highland malt in a sherry wood finish is truly lovely...almost as much as a beautiful woman's face in the moonlight. (OK, now I know I'm really tired.)

Johnny Walker Black versus Chivas Regal? Like my old man, I prefer Johnny Walker Black, though neither of us would disgrace ourselves by declining Chivas. When recently meeting Don Luskin in person, I had two Johnny Walker Blacks on the rocks.

Favorite Irish whisky? I like Jameson's. A classic. I think it has more body than Bushmills.

Favorite whiskey or whisky overall? I like Scotch. Though technically it's a liqueur, I love Drambuie, which is based on a single Highland malt.


Blogger Scorpius said...

Favorite American whiskey? You mean favorite Bourbon? American can mean also Canadian. But, to answer your question, I like either Knob Creek or Maker's Mark.

Favorite Scotch? Despite the fact that my major ethnic ancestry is Scottish, I have never developed a taste for it. However, I have had experiences with batches from my ancestor's areas.

Favorite Irish whisky? Again, I have not had much experience in the area, and none come to mind.

Favorite whiskey or whisky overall? Bourbon, double, neat, in a highball class. Sip, enjoy the spreading aroma and chill.

One last part I'd add favorite liquor? Rum, Old mill rum, smooth with a slight vanilla finish.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:49:00 AM  
Blogger TKC said...

When it comes to whisky I pretty much stick to the single malts. The best one? That is a tough one. There are so many that I like. So how about a list of the very good ones.
Macallan 25, 18 and 12 (Sherry Oak)
Lagavulin 17
Talisker 10
Oban 14
Old Fettercairn 10

Recently I bought a bottle of Clynelish 14 which is also very good. Similar to Oban.

I'm not much for Jack Daniels or Jim Beam. I'll easily turn down a Chivas or Dewars. As for Jamesons vs. Bushmills I have to go with Perry on that one. Jamesons was a staple of mine in college. It easily beats out Bushmills.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Sphynx said...

Ah! a Connoisseur About my tastes:

Scotch: Glenmorangie 18yr is the best I've ever bought in the bottle. Never could stand blended scotches, they taste like medicine.

Irish: Jameson's & Bushmill's taste about the same to me, but then I've mostly had Bushmill's in Irish Coffee (Larry Niven quote: "Keeps you drunkenly alert for HOURS."). TKC: I've always thought Canadian Mist tasted like an Irish Whiskey.

I havn't yet tried American distillations, had a bad experience with college roommate who drank about 1/3 of a fifth (MM, I think) one night (in less than 2 hours), haven't gotten the smell out of my mind. Could anyone recommend a smooth, even flavored, Quality American or two for me to start with?

Quid Pro Quo on the above: If you like Drambuie, have you tried Irish Mist? Completely different flavor bases, but complementary presentations & finishes. I keep a bottle of each at home.

On the other side of the Channel, I'm partial to St. Remy Napoleon cognac. My best friend hand imported a bottle of "Grande Champagne, Appellation Cognac Controlee, Hors d'Age Reserve Nicolas" champagne cognac for me, but I haven't opened it yet.

And the first shall be last: as a native Texan, though, my generally prefered home distillate is Cuervo 1800 or Especial, neat or over rocks.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Nice, guys! Scott, I'm not really one for Canadian whiskies. I've tried a few whose names I don't recall. None left a favorable impression, even the one ages for 10 years.

TKC, for some strange reason I had a feeling you could recommend a bunch of Scotches. I have no idea why I thought that. :)

I usually prefer (better) blended Scotches, Sphynx. TKC is the resident Scotch snob :P, but I like Johnny Walker Black and Chivas Regal just fine. I also like Maker's Mark as a smooth Bourbon, so I'm surprised how you regard it. What you might like to try is Armagnac, from the region adjacent to Cognac. It's very similar but is a little different. I've had it only once, a gift I bought for my parents, because my father in fact preferred Armagnac to Cognac.

Once I had Irish Mist, didn't think much of it. Of all the liqueurs, I always liked Drambuie best...though there was one Scotch cream liqueur (Scotch-based instead of Irish whiskey-based like Bailey's) that I really enjoyed. Before I knew it, I'd drunk half a bottle.

And if any of you ever have the opportunity, never pass up my Irish coffee. I'm shocked by those who think it can be made with Bailey's instead of cream.

Sunday, January 01, 2006 9:38:00 PM  

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