What is your favorite kind of whiskey??

What is your favorite kind of whiskey

  • Scotch

    Votes: 11 28.2%
  • Irish

    Votes: 11 28.2%
  • Bourbon

    Votes: 12 30.8%
  • Canadian

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 5.1%

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Orthodox Bagpiper

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With the reconciliation of ROCOR and the MP, and Orthodox unity in America growing, it is definiently time for a good drink to celebrate; especially before the apostles fast!. What is your favorite kind of whiskey?? After you vote, post what brand is your favorite.

And Greekischristian, Ouzo doesn't count. ;D  (Though it does sound good right now)

 

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My favorite is "Michael Collins irish whiskey" It is very smooth and tastey. My second favorite is "Eligiah Craig bourbon". I never thought any bourbon could beat out Mr. Daniels, but Mr. Craig took him to task!
 

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I went to a whiskey party at a parishoner's house once...actually it was scotch I think.  Interesting comparing, but ultimately I'd just prefer a mixed drink if something hard or vodka or tequila shots.
 

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My favorite is "Michael Collins irish whiskey" It is very smooth and tastey. My second favorite is "Eligiah Craig bourbon". I never thought any bourbon could beat out Mr. Daniels, but Mr. Craig took him to task!
I concur, those are some great spirits! For scotch I would go with Macallan 18 year and the Balvenie 12 year. Throw in a nice cigar or pipe and you got yourself one fine evening ahead son...... ;)
 

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Black Bush (triple distilled) Irish whisky, and as smooth as velvet. But only as a rare treat. I usually avoid drinking spirits and take beer/lager very infrequently.
 

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Maker's Mark Bourbon.

Ah cain't believe some of the stuff y'all's been drinkin'...

Besides, hadn't we all worked out which alcoholic beverage various folks have nobility over?
 

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I don't think bourbon should be allowed. Not everyone accepts that it is a whiskey....
Oh, hang on...this thread is about reconcilliation and burying the hatchet....
OK, I'll allow bourbon......
 

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It's worth noting that if you're in the U.S. or Ireland it's "whiskey", and if you're in Canada or Scotland, it's "whisky".

The question is not exactly a straightforward one, because there are factors that would go in to this such as:

What price range are you talking about?
What time of year would you be drinking it?
What would you be using it for (a cocktail, on the rocks, drinking it neat)?
Are you talking a special occasional drink, or an every day whiskey?

Based on all of those it would be difficult for me to simply pick one favorite.  Two I can say that are pretty much not worth bothering with for the most part are Canadian whisky and blended Scotch.  There are some decent ones, but in general to me they really lack character.  Canadian whisky is really controlled by a few major distillers, and doesn't have the breadth as some other styles/regions.  Irish whiskey I certainly enjoy, and despite the fact that there are only three major distilleries left in Ireland (two in the republic and one in the north), there is a still a number of "brands" maintained by these three that differ in style and taste.

American whiskey (the term I use because Tennessee whiskey is not Bourbon) and Single Malt Scotch have the widest breadth of distillers and styles, and in my opinion produce the best specialty, aged and small batch whiskies.  So I would probably term those two the "best", though generally I still prefer Irish whiskey to Scotch.

In what I would term the affordable range, i.e. under $40 for a 750 ml bottle, I would say it's hard to beat Woodford Reserve for a Bourbon.  Fr. Chris mentioned Maker's Mark which I think is a good value too for a very good Bourbon, and I had a Maker's Mark julep this weekend.  It's a little less sweet than some Bourbons because of the amount of wheat they use in the mashbill.

If you're really snobby, you can debate which type of still makes the best whiskey.

None of this however deals with the question of what is the best Tequila.
 

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Heorhij said:
Scotch. Black Horse.

Although, being a Ukrainian, I would prefer Horilka z Pertsem (a Ukrainian vodka with very hot red pepper) any day.  :)
Although German I am prefering a good vodka over a whiskey/whisky too :)
 

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I almost never drink whiskey/whisky.  But Irish is by far my preferred type. 
 

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I've enjoyed Crown Royal lately...a good single malt scotch is nice also, various Black labels...

james
 

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I've enjoyed Crown Royal lately...a good single malt scotch is nice also, various Black labels...
Also one of my favorites....working part time as a bartender at one of the most upscale places in town gives me the priveledge to try out the most premium whiskeys. We recently just got a very limited edition Crown Royal XR. I think it goes for around $150.00 a bottle. We sell it for like $27.00 a shot. Its pretty good stuff.

Gentleman Jack.  Twice charcoal distilled.  Smmmmmmmooth.
Hey son, that's a mighty fine choice of spirit there!  :D IF you like Gentlemen Jack, try out Elijah Craig, most places should sell it for less than twenty dollars. I have some more fine choices up my sleeve if any of you kids need a reccomendation on a fine whiskey.  ;D
 

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Nothing beats a good single malt (Scotch), either Highland or Island, preferrably, though there are some fantastic ones from other regions too. They make a great one on Jura and several wonderful ones on Islay that stand out in my memory. Irish whiskey is also good, though not as good. I've never drunk (or even heard of) Canadian whisky so I can't comment. I have (and this will probably make me unique on this board) drunk Welsh whisky and it's very good, with its own character. It's not made in large quantities, I believe there is only one distiller left (though there were many more in the 19th century) but I went to university in Bangor, and you can buy it there in one of the shops in town (if any whisky afficionados are ever likely to be there, drop me a line and I'll point you in the right direction).

As for American whisky/bourbon, I've only ever drunk one type, Jack Daniels (we don't exactly get a vast selection over here). It would be an understatement to say I dislike the stuff. At the time I still smoked and I think I would have rather drunk lighter fluid from my Zippo (I shall now stand back and let the southerners on the board verbally beat me to a pulp).

James
 

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jmbejdl said:
(I shall now stand back and let the southerners on the board verbally beat me to a pulp).
We ain't got time to keep up with all y'alls peculiar tastes and habits. And we're too polite to point 'em out.  :D BTW, it's Southerners with a capital 'S'. The north is a direction, the South is a location.
But I will say that we do need y'all, for we could not properly educate our youngsters on the difference between good and bad if not for our Northen neighbors. Ain't no account to get all riled up...just a little friendly discourse  :D

Gabriel
 

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Jibrail Almuhajir said:
BTW, it's Southerners with a capital 'S'. The north is a direction, the South is a location.
It is a location and also a state of mind. I have a Ukrainian friend who used to live in the North of the USA and to work for a company where his boss was from the American South and the rest of the employees were Yankees. Eventually the boss fired all of them but kept my Ukie friend, telling him, "I just caint tolerate these furriners, you know, you are so closer to me than these strange people from Connecticut and what not."
 

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Heorhij said:
Although, being a Ukrainian, I would prefer Horilka z Pertsem (a Ukrainian vodka with very hot red pepper) any day.  :)
Or Zubrowka, even though it's Polish.
 

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welkodox said:
Or Zubrowka, even though it's Polish.
I tried that Ukrainian pepper stuff at a party at the Kotar's house...you can have it.
 

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Jakub said:
" Or Zubrowka, even though it's Polish. "

Let's play nice...

james
It was more in reference to it being Polish as opposed to being Ukrainian.  There's no inference that it's bad because it's Polish.
 

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Jibrail Almuhajir said:
We ain't got time to keep up with all y'alls peculiar tastes and habits. And we're too polite to point 'em out.  :D BTW, it's Southerners with a capital 'S'. The north is a direction, the South is a location.
But I will say that we do need y'all, for we could not properly educate our youngsters on the difference between good and bad if not for our Northen neighbors. Ain't no account to get all riled up...just a little friendly discourse  :D

Gabriel
It's good to know the South needs us Brits! (I'm not a Yankee). I would say, however, that in my experience (I used to share a house with three Southerners - from Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee) that I have much more in common as an ethnically non-British northerner with Southerners than I do with Yankees. It's just that petrol you have the cheek to call whisky that I can't abide (and I've still never managed to figure out what barbecue is when used to describe a foodstuff).

James
 

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Thanks jmbejdl, we appreciate the recognition. :)

The Welsh wysgi is Penderyn - I've got a blessed bottle of it sitting on top of my bookshelf. Its a special occasion whiskey for us - but one can get it in larger cities of the US now.

Otherwise, I prefer Scotch; Speyside myself. I've also been looking for Cock O the North - a blaeberry whiskey brewed by the Chief of the House of Gordon. One can't seem to be it in the USA, and even in London I got laughed at when I asked if they had any (something must have got lost in translation).

Bourbon, whew - I have a rough time with that stuff. There are only two brands I can really drink: Maker's Mark, and Woodford Reserve. I'd much rather drink Rum (family used to make it before the war), or Tequila. I have to admit, I can't stand Gin. Vodka I rarely drink straight. But, the only liquor I hold as high as uisge beatha (whiskey - the Water of Life) is ouzo or arak. In fact, Razzouka Arak is my favorite commercial liquor of that type. I can't get it where I live.
 

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simplygermain said:
I prefer Jameson anytime, but on special occassions I'm inclined to snarf down a Basil Hayden from Kentucky (a little sweet but truly the smoothest I've had yet.)
Basil Hayden is very smooth.  My apologies to Fr. Chris, but I believe I like it better than Maker's Mark.  :eek:  :)
 

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Then there's Old Sheep Dip

http://www.scotchwhisky.net/pure/sheep_dip.htm

I was given a bottle once as a present.  It's pretty good.  ;)
 

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I don't drink hard stuff now (doctor's orders), but from what I remember from way back then, I enjoyed Slivovitsa quite a bit. And yes, I know it is not a whiskey--to my benighted taste buds all spirits with high alcohol content fell into the same category. I guess I am a wine person.
 

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Johnnie Walker Black is my everyday scotch.
For a special treat, Lagavulin 16 or Highland Park 18. 
But I'm not picky... a couple of ice cubes make any scotch/bourbon/whiskey palatable.
 

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Used to drink Black Velvet (Canadian), but then spoke to a friend whose family have a distillary - his advise - don't drink any blended scotch - his opinion of JW is not suitable for this forum - so we started with non blended scotch. You can tell the difference -  much smoother, and better tasting! My opinion!
 
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