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@SquidgyAsh
SquidgyAsh started a discussion

In the beer world we have session beers, beers that you can have 3 or 4 of, not be drunk, but not have your palate completely dominated by either hops or malts. Lagers are oftentimes good examples of this type of beer, Corona, Budweiser, etc. Those for the record would be bad session beers.

Good session beers are easy going enough and low enough in alcohol that again you can have several of them and not get drunk, but still enjoy the night, yet have bags of flavor in them.

So my question is session whiskies: Do you have one? A whisky that's easy going enough that you're ok to have a couple of them, yet full enough of flavor to be a good whisky? Obviously cask strengths are out for the most part due to the high alcohol, but do you have a whisky that meets the criteria of "session whisky"?

For me personally Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, Talisker 18 yr old, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare 10 yr old Single Barrel are all good session whiskies. Lots of flavors, but not so dominating that I can't have another whisky after it.

So what's yours?!

11 years ago

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@valuewhisky
valuewhisky replied

Last year I was at my buddy's playing poker, and kept refilling my glass of Glenlivet 15 French Oak while playing. I think that qualifies - I had a few and wasn't too hammered!

11 years ago 0

@Lars
Lars replied

For me auchentoshan 12 yo, and Talisker 10 yr( I can't get enough of this one) I'd say the Talisker 18 but I need to conserve this one a bit. Recently my wife bought me a bottle of Jefferson's Bourbon very smooth couldn't believe it for the price tag, very drinkable perhaps too drinkable?

11 years ago 0

@Bourbondork
Bourbondork replied

I have no methodology when it comes to drinking. I grab whatever catches my attention as I scan the bunker. My drinking is very eclectic and I never have the same thing twice in one sitting or even over the course of days. Last night was bourbon but tonight could be Indian or Canadian. So session for me really isn't an approach I subscribe to.

11 years ago 0

@Nolinske
Nolinske replied

@SquidgyAsh I definitely agree with Buffalo trace and eagle rare. I think Bourbons in general are more "sessionable" because for me the are smooth and easier on my palate than many scotches.

11 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar replied

If I'm in the mood for a blend I thoroughly enjoy Matisse 12 yr old, or Ballantine's 17 for some easy sipping. Otherwise I tend to fall back on my Glenmorangie Original because it's cheap, light, and something that doesn't slow me down much after a few drams.

11 years ago 0

@michaelschout

Alberta Premium is mine. There is some batch variation with sweetness and the spiciness of the rye, but it's generally a good, easy drinking sipper at 40% ABV.

11 years ago 0

@WHSKYLVR
WHSKYLVR replied

Great topic!

Glenfiddich 12 is tame enough to throw back, but offers enough to not let me forget I'm drinking whisky after all.

Edradour too...

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@YakLord
YakLord replied

Centennial 10yr Canadian Rye, Glenlivet 12yr or 15yr French Oak Reserve, Talisker 10yr.

11 years ago 0

@Nolinske
Nolinske replied

@WHSKYLVR Good call on the glenfiddich 12 its such a great 12yo that I can sometimes forget about, but everytime i go back to it i feel like things have realigned in the universe. Its probably my favorite low priced scotch.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@WHSKYLVR
WHSKYLVR replied

@Nolinske I think it's easy to overlook because it's so ubiquitous, you can't go into a bar without seeing it on the shelf!

11 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

Easy drinkers that hold one's attention? I am usually more promiscuous in my drinking than to engage a single whisk(e)y for an extended period, but if and when I do, the list of the ones I like best for this purpose is long: Ancient Ancient Age 10 yo, Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star, Eagle Rare 10 and 17, Van Winkle 10 45%, Four Roses Small Batch, Jameson 12 yo Special Reserve, Jameson Gold Reserve, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength or 40%, Black Bush, Baillie Nicol Jarvie, Isle of Skye 12 yo, Grant's Family Reserve, Glenfiddich 18, Balvenie Founders Reserve 10 yo, Glengoyne 10, Aberlour 10, Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, Glenmorangie Artein, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Van Winkle 13 yo Rye, Sazerac 18 rye, Talisker 10,18, or 57N, Centennial 10 Canadian, Alberta Premium, Maker's 46, Casa Noble Anejo Tequila, Don Julio 1942 tequila, and many other tequilas.

If supply were not an issue I'd be doing a lot of my 'sessions' with Stitzel-Weller Pappy Van Winkle 15 yo.

11 years ago 0

@WHSKYLVR
WHSKYLVR replied

@Victor +1 for Glengoyne 10 Year

And another one: If it's warm out, I instinctively reach for something light and floral like a Dalwhinnie.

11 years ago 0

@NilsG
NilsG replied

I don't mind drinking multiple glasses of any whisky that I like. With wine, beer, rice wine there are some brands that think still are good after several servings, and some that aren't. But with whisky, if the first glass was good, the second and third will be too. If I watch a movie at home I often sit down with a bottle and a glass. I might switch bottle halfway through, or I might stick with it to the end. Especially if I'm new to an expression three drams in a row help me discover more. There's a big difference in how I perceive the whisky when my senses are still fresh compared to when they've fully submitted to the forces of flavour. With regards to getting drunk, isn't that a good thing? lolz. Maybe I'm being Swedish about it, but that is for me a highly desired effect. I'm never a rude or aggressive drunk so only have to worry about what I gotta do the next day.

11 years ago 0

@lostboyscout
lostboyscout replied

Interesting! Even though I'd say I'm a die-hard Islay fan and my collection is dominated by them, I tend to go to Speysiders for session purposes. Glenfarclas 15 is a current favourite along with Springbank 10. Of the Islay malts I'd say Laph Quarter Cask is #1 for what I'd grab in that situation.

11 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 replied

Easy call for me...Glenmorangie Original. I could drink the stuff all night. Never overpowering and so very satisfying.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

I don't session drink per se, but 'WhiskyJoe' and I (and also 'Dramlette', if I am presuming correctly) discovered that Writer's Tears is one that could disappear quite easily if we aren't paying attention. Very enjoyable, some character to the profile, but not too heavy or complex in nature. I would also put Black Bush, Lot 40, and Evan Williams Single Barrel in the category of 'potentially sessionable'. Oddly, the closest Scotch to fit the bill for me might be Lagavulin 16 (one of my all time faves).

11 years ago 0

@WHSKYLVR
WHSKYLVR replied

Also Stronachie 12. Just solid stuff there, I could easily sip on it all night.

11 years ago 0

@PeterG7
PeterG7 replied

My weakness would be lagavulin. One dram is never enought. I could easily, once I have the first, follow it with another and (sigh) another. There is something very hypnotic about a snowy winter night, a log fire, low lighting and an open bottle of lagavulin. Thank goodness these sessions aren't that frequent.

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