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Original post: Looking for a smooth whisky.

Stoatgobbler wrote:

Hi, I'm new to whisky, I tried a few, Laphroig, Jamesons, Bushmills, Talisker, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels & Bowmore.

For my palette Laphroig is too strong, Talisker too rough, ditto Jack Daniels & Southern Comfort, Jamesons is nice enough but little in the way of taste, Bushmills is quite nice and my favourite so far is Bowmore.

To get the list above I've been buying bottles and, in most cases, passing them on after taking a small glass, my friends are happy but my bank balance isn't (smile).

What whiskey would you recommend I try next please?


1st Mar 2010 20:55 @reply Stoatgobbler

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Piero wrote:

Welcome Stoatgobbler. Sounds like you're not keen on the more peaty, smokey, salty whiskies. Unfortunately on the Scotch front this is what you've been buying.

I reckon you could do worse than something a little softer and more sherried. Maybe a Speyside. Why not try a Balvenie Double Wood or even a Balvenie Signature if you can afford it? About £25 and £30 respectively.

If you live in the UK Tesco, and I think a few other supermarkets, are doing Aberlour 10 for about £16. Like the Balvenie this is another softer Speyside but still a very good quality malt.

All these are accessible, easy drinking whiskies.


1st Mar 2010 22:18 @reply Piero

AboutChoice wrote:

Hi Stoatgobbler, I have been trying all types of spirits and distillers myself. Currently I like smooth, deeply tasty, complex and a warm (not harsh) finish. I am not crazy about peat/smoke, but now and then I have liked a little.

So hear is what I like so far (also look at my profile). Scotch: (Glenmorangie Original & Nector D'or, Balvenie Double Wood, Springbank (where I like a bit of smoke));. Irish: (Bushmills Black Bush, Jamesons 12, Redbreast, Wild Geese Classic); Tennessee: (Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels Single Barrel); Bourbon: (Woodford Reserve, Jeffersons); Rye: (Sazerac 6-Yr, Russels Reserve Rye); Canadian: (Canadian Club Sheery Cask).

Irish and Canadian whiskey are usually very smooth, but I don't always care for their light, fruity, grassy taste; but the ones I mentioned above are much more flavorful and still very smooth. I think you will like at least some of these, but remember that everyone's liking is a little different ... as well as your preference on difference days.

Oh, and if your are tossing some of those nasty samples, please add me to your friend list :-)

2nd Mar 2010 00:27 @reply AboutChoice

AboutChoice wrote:

Oh, I forgot to mention that I almost always add a little water to my sample, and sip them very slowly ... makes a big difference. Also what ever you have eaten before the drink, will often change your taste and appreciation ... as will the amount of samples you have already consumed.

2nd Mar 2010 00:37 @reply AboutChoice

markjedi1 wrote:

Hi, Stoatgobbler and welcome to Connosr. It would seem that my friends here completely forgot the best dram for you to try first when getting into whisky (at least for me): Auchentoshan 12 Year Old and Auchentoshan Three Wood. Both are very affordable Lowland whiskies: soft and very accessible! Give it a go, you will not be dissappointed, I think. And if you are, you can always pass on the bottles to me :-)

2nd Mar 2010 06:46 @reply markjedi1

WhiskyNotes wrote:

Hi AboutChoice, it seems you didn't trym any sherried whiskies yet. I would go for that type of whisky if you're looking for punchy yet unpeated and smooth drams. A few examples: Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, Glenfarclas, Glengoyne 17, Auchentoshan ThreeWood, some Macallans and the Japanese Karuizawa.

2nd Mar 2010 07:31 @reply WhiskyNotes

WhiskyNotes wrote:

(sorry I was addressing Stoatgobbler, not AboutChoice - although he didn't try many sherried drams either...)

2nd Mar 2010 07:32 @reply WhiskyNotes

scribe wrote:

Edradour would be worth checking out - seems a bit more palatable to those not used to strong smells, but is a very nice dram. I'd also second Redbreast in the Irishes, although it's been a while since I had any so can't remember exactly what it's like. You might be able to find it in a decent pub, if you're lucky ;)

2nd Mar 2010 12:56 @reply scribe

Stoatgobbler wrote:

Many thanks, tomorrow I'll try & find a Balvenie or one of the sherried whisky's first, failing that it'll be Tesco's and a Aberlour.


2nd Mar 2010 20:04 @reply Stoatgobbler

LeFrog wrote:

@Stoatgobbler Good stuff. Let us know what you think.

2nd Mar 2010 20:32 @reply LeFrog

scribe wrote:

Oh, also noticed Waitrose here had Redbreast on offer IIRC. Tempted to get some meself...

2nd Mar 2010 20:40 @reply scribe

Piero wrote:

Stoatgobler, if you are after the balvenie you can get it in Sainsbury

2nd Mar 2010 21:57 @reply Piero

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