O.T. ANY EXPERTS ON IRISH WHISKEY ???
guitarwannabee
Posted 2008-12-20 6:14 PM (#5740)
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I just bought a jug of Jameson 18 Yr. Irish Whiskey as a Christmas present for an employee at work.While talking to him a bit trying to find out what he thought was just an outstanding Irish whiskey I mentioned Bushmills and he said that he would be get punched in the mouth if he ordered that in his favorite Pub.Bushmills is made in Northern Ireland so he cant drink it for some B.S. reasons , so I found out that there is a North/South Ireland thing going on so I bought him a bottle of Jameson 18 Yr. that is made in the South of Ireland.
It costs a fortune but is it a good whiskey or is it overated and just high priced?
Any thoughts on Jameson 18 Yr ?
I hope that he will be happy with it and not punch me in the mouth.
Me personally if any of you out there want to send me some Whiskey for Christmas ( or any time ) I drink Segrams VO only.If you need an address to send it to PM me. :p GWB
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stephent28
Posted 2008-12-20 6:34 PM (#5741 - in reply to #5740)
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Don't know about Irish whiskey but I know a damn fine bourbon and that is "BLANTONS". Hard to find but well worth it. A snifterful is EXCEPTIONAL and will set you free.
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-20 6:46 PM (#5742 - in reply to #5740)
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The best Irish whiskey is in full sealed bottles. As I recall I liked Jameson's better than Bushmills, it was smoother.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2008-12-20 7:09 PM (#5743 - in reply to #5740)
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The WORST Irish whiskey I ever had was still pretty damned good....
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sligoman
Posted 2008-12-20 7:12 PM (#5744 - in reply to #5740)
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Kinda like gas. I've been told that they all use the same recipe, even Bushmill's which is made in the north. It is very smooth, but they all are after the first few swigs, so who cares.

The "troubles" have for the most part been solved by the substantial advances in the Irish economy. The checkpoints are down, as is the violence. There's probably more Brit hatred in the States and down under than there is in northern Ireland. Just my observation from the last time I was there.

Your gift is a fine one. If your friend doesn't like it or punches you in the mouth, I'd be pleased to accept it.
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Paul Templeman
Posted 2008-12-20 7:53 PM (#5745 - in reply to #5740)
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Jamesons is superb, Bushmills for me is better, but that's based on how it tastes rather than any sectarian bollocks. But you also should understand that any Whisky that isn't from Scotland is inferior anyway. And further, any Scotch Whisky that isn't an Islay isn't worth drinking.

See, talking about alchohol preferences is kinda like talking about guitar preferences or string preferences, or ice cream preferences. The only thing that counts is that you like it yourself.
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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2008-12-20 8:35 PM (#5746 - in reply to #5740)
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Jameson's doesn't co-write as well as Jack Daniels.
Just my opinion though.
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Paul Templeman
Posted 2008-12-20 8:40 PM (#5747 - in reply to #5740)
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Mezcal doesn't collaborate as well as Patron. By which time noone's opinion is worth considering.
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Joe Rotax
Posted 2008-12-20 8:47 PM (#5748 - in reply to #5740)
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I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and I'm quite happy to drink either variety of whiskey particularly if it's free however I do prefer Jameson as it's not as raw as Bushmills - at least the cheaper stuff anyway.
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sligoman
Posted 2008-12-20 9:02 PM (#5749 - in reply to #5740)
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Powers is another good one that you don't see as much, at least in my area. Paul has a very good point in extolling the virtues of good Scottish whiskey. Actually, as I age, I prefer less powerful stuff, like a good boxed wine.
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Trader Jim
Posted 2008-12-20 9:15 PM (#5750 - in reply to #5740)
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Now you got me laughing. I'm having a glass of "box wine" as we speak... :D
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PEZ
Posted 2008-12-20 9:25 PM (#5751 - in reply to #5740)
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Bushmills Black Bush
Smmmmoooth
I normally drink 12 yo single malt scotch.
But I like Black Bush.
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G8r
Posted 2008-12-20 10:23 PM (#5752 - in reply to #5740)
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No idea on Irish whiskey. Now, if you wanna talk rum, I'm your man.
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Patch
Posted 2008-12-20 10:37 PM (#5753 - in reply to #5740)
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Originally posted by PEZ:
Bushmills Black Bush
Smmmmoooth
The only kind I keep in the house. I don't know what happens between the white label and the black label, but the difference between them is remarkable. White is very good, but black is phenomenal.

I very much enjoy Jameson's (including the 18 YO), but I've preferred the Black Bush for nearly 20 years now.

Regarding scotch, the best thing about it is that there are so many of them to taste test that I haven't picked a favorite.....yet.
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CrimsonLake
Posted 2008-12-20 10:56 PM (#5754 - in reply to #5740)
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One of my coworkers gave me a bottle of Oban yesterday. Not Islay - but still a fine scotch. My favorite is still Balvenie 12 yr. old.
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Slipkid
Posted 2008-12-21 7:55 AM (#5755 - in reply to #5740)
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Chevis Regal and Drambuie on the rocks.
That's my drink!

Is Chevis still concidered "top shelf" or do I need to expand my horizons???
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willard
Posted 2008-12-21 8:23 AM (#5756 - in reply to #5740)
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Noah's Mill. Best whisky I've ever tasted. 57.5%/114.3 proof. I used to drink Scotch until I was "Burbonized" by a bartender one afternoon after work. Now, most scotch tastes like it was filtered thru ox dung.
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kotadawg
Posted 2008-12-21 9:41 AM (#5757 - in reply to #5740)
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Originally posted by stephent28:
Don't know about Irish whiskey but I know a damn fine bourbon and that is "BLANTONS". Hard to find but well worth it. A snifterful is EXCEPTIONAL and will set you free.
Blantons is plentiful around here. I can ship you some if you want. Woodford Reserve is a great bourbon too. Smoooooth.
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John B
Posted 2008-12-21 9:57 AM (#5758 - in reply to #5740)
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I prefer Scotch myself. The MaCallan is my favorite with Talisker being a close second. I've never tried an "Islay". Suggestions Paul?
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-21 10:53 AM (#5759 - in reply to #5740)
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Slipkid, the old rusty nail, huh? Remember they used to make a liquer called Locken Orah. It was kinda like Drambuie. We used to call those golden nails.
But to answer your question, yes. Most would consider Chevis to be a good Martin or equlivent. Then there is Collings and all the hundreds of hand makers that do 12 a year or so. There are several more levels, but in the end what's important is what you like. God, where have we haerd that before?
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Paul Templeman
Posted 2008-12-21 10:56 AM (#5760 - in reply to #5740)
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They're all good, and have a very distinctive, almost medicinal quality to them with hints of smoke, peat and seaweed. Lagavulin and Laphroaig are superb, though my personal favourite is Caol Ila.

Black Bottle is worth hunting for. It's a blended whiskey, but the blend is from only Islay malts.
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cliff
Posted 2008-12-21 12:13 PM (#5761 - in reply to #5740)
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Here's the site for (yet another) small community I've joined :

ClassicMalts


If y'sign up(it's free), they send along some pretty educational swag . . .
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CanterburyStrings
Posted 2008-12-21 1:54 PM (#5762 - in reply to #5740)
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My favorite Irsh whiskey is McPatron. My favorite Scotch whiskey is MacPatron. My favorite Tennesee bourbon is PatronY'all.
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cliff
Posted 2008-12-21 2:02 PM (#5763 - in reply to #5740)
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ah.
A woman with "taste".
I like that.

I played on TeamPatron on GolfDay last year on Amelia . . .
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alpep
Posted 2008-12-21 2:50 PM (#5764 - in reply to #5740)
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I used to swig on a bottle of jameson as a pal drove me back home from school back in the college days.

drank southern comfort back then too but won't go near it now

jim beam is a fav as is jack daniel
makers mark has some stuff they only sell at the factory that is great someone gave me that once
used to like yukon jack but lost the taste for that too.

capt morgan PRIVATE STOCK is my current fav

I was given a bottle of ron rico from peurto rico once and that was really good spiced rum.

I had some good stuff on the trip to austin .....

ultimately I was not real picky when it comes to drink except for beer but my stomach dictates the quantity and quality now
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alpep
Posted 2008-12-21 2:50 PM (#5765 - in reply to #5740)
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I used to swig on a bottle of jameson as a pal drove me back home from school back in the college days.

drank southern comfort back then too but won't go near it now

jim beam is a fav as is jack daniel
makers mark has some stuff they only sell at the factory that is great someone gave me that once
used to like yukon jack but lost the taste for that too.

capt morgan PRIVATE STOCK is my current fav

I was given a bottle of ron rico from peurto rico once and that was really good spiced rum.

I had some good stuff on the trip to austin .....

ultimately I was not real picky when it comes to drink except for beer but my stomach dictates the quantity and quality now
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alpep
Posted 2008-12-21 2:50 PM (#5766 - in reply to #5740)
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I used to swig on a bottle of jameson as a pal drove me back home from school back in the college days.

drank southern comfort back then too but won't go near it now

jim beam is a fav as is jack daniel
makers mark has some stuff they only sell at the factory that is great someone gave me that once
used to like yukon jack but lost the taste for that too.

capt morgan PRIVATE STOCK is my current fav

I was given a bottle of ron rico from peurto rico once and that was really good spiced rum.

I had some good stuff on the trip to austin .....

ultimately I was not real picky when it comes to drink except for beer but my stomach dictates the quantity and quality now
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kotadawg
Posted 2008-12-21 3:01 PM (#5767 - in reply to #5740)
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Seeing triple, Al?
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guitarwannabee
Posted 2008-12-23 5:59 PM (#5768 - in reply to #5740)
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Well my bottle of Jameson 18 YR was happily accepted by Kevin this afternoon at which time he suprises me with a bottle of GlenDronach Original aged 12 years Irish Scotch Malt.
Unfortunitly I HATE SCOTCH.
He tells me that I should be careful when drinking this stuff.I will probably have a drink of it and find someone else who likes Scotch and hand it off. :cool: GWB
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sycamore
Posted 2008-12-28 12:30 PM (#5769 - in reply to #5740)
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Originally posted by guitarwannabee:
I just bought a jug of Jameson 18 Yr. Irish Whiskey as a Christmas present for an employee at work.While talking to him a bit trying to find out what he thought was just an outstanding Irish whiskey I mentioned Bushmills and he said that he would be get punched in the mouth if he ordered that in his favorite Pub.Bushmills is made in Northern Ireland so he cant drink it for some B.S. reasons , so I found out that there is a North/South Ireland thing going on so I bought him a bottle of Jameson 18 Yr. that is made in the South of Ireland.
It costs a fortune but is it a good whiskey or is it overated and just high priced?
Any thoughts on Jameson 18 Yr ?
I hope that he will be happy with it and not punch me in the mouth.
Me personally if any of you out there want to send me some Whiskey for Christmas ( or any time ) I drink Segrams VO only.If you need an address to send it to PM me. :p GWB
The Bushmills/NI thing seems rather petty, never heard of anyone hear express such a prejudice. Jameson used to be made in Dublin but now in Midleton near where I live, and the basic product is very good, not sure if the 18yo is THAT MUCH better. I like to tell my Scottish freinds that the top end Scotch whiskys I've tasted are almost as good as the Irish!
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fillhixx
Posted 2008-12-28 12:38 PM (#5770 - in reply to #5740)
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Yeah, it's also fun to tell Scots (like my wife) that the Irish invented bagpipes, gave them to the Scots, and they STILL haven't got the joke!
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guitarwannabee
Posted 2008-12-28 12:51 PM (#5771 - in reply to #5740)
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Well I poured a glass of the GlenDronach 12 YR Scotch and put a splash of water in it a few cubes of ice and let it get good and cold.I then very carefully took in the aroma of it and thought this smells pretty good so I put the glass up to my lips and took a good slug of it and??????? :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
AHH SHIT THIS STUFF TASTES LIKE ROTTEN PEATMOSS.
Im sorry ,JMHO, I am not out to offend anyone who enjoys Irish Scotch but after brushing my teeth 12 times , one for each year that Scotch was aged I still couldnt get that NASTY taste out of my mouth.
Oh well its just not my cup of Booze so I will be sticking to the Canadian Whiskey.GWB
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fillhixx
Posted 2008-12-28 12:57 PM (#5772 - in reply to #5740)
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Ah, but you must wait to taste the flavours behind the rotten peat moss...
subtle bits of composting caramel, putrid peach pit, and greasy coffee grounds.

Maybe you just have to be in the mood.

For the adventurous, you may want to invest in future hangovers with Shelter Point Distillery. It will be ready for consumption in a few years...
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sligoman
Posted 2008-12-28 1:08 PM (#5773 - in reply to #5740)
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Hard to imagine anyone of Celtic heritage letting any spiritus fermenti get to be 18 years old. Question for Sycamore: Can anyone buy poteen these days? And is it any good?
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sycamore
Posted 2008-12-28 3:31 PM (#5774 - in reply to #5740)
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Originally posted by sligoman:
Hard to imagine anyone of Celtic heritage letting any spiritus fermenti get to be 18 years old. Question for Sycamore: Can anyone buy poteen these days? And is it any good?
It's illegal you know...

Any I've tasted has been purely 'functional'. What's the Sligo connection, Sligoman?
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warpaint
Posted 2008-12-28 11:49 PM (#5775 - in reply to #5740)
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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel. Thats my drink. Ya can tell I'm a southern boy.
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redwood
Posted 2008-12-29 1:30 AM (#5776 - in reply to #5740)
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Used to order scotch (Chivas 18yr) 'til a friend talk me into trying Bushmills Black Label. Now I usually get 1 of each...both very smooooth.
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sycamore
Posted 2008-12-29 6:53 AM (#5777 - in reply to #5740)
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Originally posted by fillhixx:
Yeah, it's also fun to tell Scots (like my wife) that the Irish invented bagpipes, gave them to the Scots, and they STILL haven't got the joke!
They admit that Irish whiskey is 'smooth', but that 'smooth' is for wimps.
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sligoman
Posted 2008-12-29 2:50 PM (#5778 - in reply to #5740)
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"What's the Sligo connection, Sligoman?"

Not much. My great great grandfather and I have the same name. He emigrated in 1852, with quite a few others, from the Sligo area. He wound up in Penngrove/Petaluma, CA, where he acquired some land and became a gentleman farmer. Died in 1911. I've been to Sligo a couple of times and enjoyed the place a great deal. When I needed a name for this board, it just popped into my head.
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