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good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:13 pm

This is the time of year I allow myself to conservatively indulge in strong waters, and as I am not a partaker, I could use some recommendations re good sipping whiskey. Please exclude Scotch; it's just not my cup of tea, and thanks.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby Kyle76 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:53 pm

I enjoy Wild Turkey American Honey over ice. Makes a great nightcap.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby Squire » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:22 pm

Being in Quebec the SAQ exacts a hefty tariff on distilled spirits from the U.S. so you may wish to buy domestic. A couple good ones of very different styles are Forty Creek Barrel Select or Wiser's Legacy Pot Still Rye.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby SRD » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:36 am

Old Weller Antique. Readily available and priced right...one of the most undervalued whiskies available. Highly recommended.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:40 am

Squire wrote:Being in Quebec the SAQ exacts a hefty tariff on distilled spirits from the U.S. so you may wish to buy domestic. A couple good ones of very different styles are Forty Creek Barrel Select or Wiser's Legacy Pot Still Rye.


Actually, Squire, I'm one of those damn Yankees, and by "baja Quebec", I mean northern New England in the tundra belt. Much like Texas is sometimes referred to as Baja Oklahoma. :wink:
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby Squire » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:54 am

I've never heard a Texan say that.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:01 am

You probably wouldn't hear a Texan say it. But it was the title of a novel twenty, thirty some years ago. I'm sure it was not meant as a compliment to the Lone Star state.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby Gene » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:10 am

changabang wrote:You probably wouldn't hear a Texan say it.


You won't.

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Postby changabang » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:41 am

It was a satirical novel by the sportswriter Dan Jenkins set in the Ft. Worth area. It was written tongue-in-cheek, I'm sure.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:46 am

For those of you who suggested whiskies, thank you. Any others? Wheat vs. rye; blended vs. bourbon? Canadian vs. Tennessee vs. Kentucky?
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby brothers » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:31 pm

Here is a list of 2 things I enjoy very much: 1, Jack Daniels; 2, Everything about Texas. They really do speak my language down there.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby Araner » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:30 pm

Scotch is ruled out! I’m speechless.

Well, not really speechless; my goodness man, you’re missing out on the best things in life.

Try a bottle of BenRiach 12 year old single malt scotch “Sherry Matured”. It’ll make the holiday season all the better.

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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:35 pm

Mike, Scotch is ruled out because every brand I've tried (and I've tried at least a half dozen good ones) has tasted too smoky and/or peaty to the point it makes me gag.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby maskaggs » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:19 pm

Having grown up and entered the world of spirits just across the river from Kentucky, bourbon is my whiskey of choice (although blended scotch isn't far behind - I know, I know, you single malters). Trying to think of a few widely-available sippers, all preferably labeled as "Straight Bourbon Whiskey" (it does make a difference):

Bulleitt
Knob Creek
Four Roses Small Batch or Single Barrel

You can also go with bourbon's cousins Irish and Tennessee whisk(e)ys. I like Redbreast 12 Year (Irish) and George Dickel #18 (Tennessee).
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:27 am

I've tried Knob Creek: not bad. Have heard of Bulleit and the Irish whiskey before. Is Irish anything like Scotch?
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby nolawis » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:37 am

Maker's Mark isn't bad and readily available. I really enjoy Buffalo Trace and I sip on my Van Winkle on special occasions.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby changabang » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:24 am

Think I've tried MM some time ago. I take it Van Winkle is the good stuff and too expensive to gargle down. :lol:
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby JRTASTER » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:45 pm

Our favorite Irish is Tullamore Dew, smooth and nice for sipping.
Fifty + years ago, I got drunk and sick on cheaper Scotch and since then the
very smell of any scotch is enough to repulse me.
Bourbon, Irish and many "Canadian" offerings make for nice sipping; most
often "neat," with a soda chaser is my preferred choice.
Since going on insulin, my consumption of hard liquors has decreased significantly.
My last bottle of Tullamore Dew lasted over 15 months, even tho shared with
friends.
For me sipping whiskies are best enjoyed with a cigar... total relaxation.
Enjoying wet shaving, again.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby rsp1202 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:34 pm

I've been meaning to try Knob Creek the next time I visit a fancy restaurant, since reading about it in a novel. That's how I stumbled upon Famous Grouse scotch years ago. The Van Winkle Special Reserve is something I'd like to try next.
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Re: good sipping whiskey?

Postby nolawis » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:43 pm

The Van Winkle is very hard to come by. I know the owner of the parent company (Buffalo Trace) but that by no means gives me unlimited access. It only helps me snatch a bottle every now and again and I make them last. I'm currently sitting on half a bottle of 15 year.

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