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Scotch or Bourbon?

Scotch
34 (61.8%)
Bourbon
21 (38.2%)

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Offline toledobass

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2007, 03:49:20 PM »
I love both, but I drink more bourbon.  It costs less and is more versatile for me. 


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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2007, 05:18:49 PM »
Where's the option for Irish?! For goodness' sake! Jameson, or Black Bush when I can afford it. Don't like scotch or bourbon, really...

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« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2007, 06:39:46 PM »
I like Scotch, Bourbon, and Irish about equally.  In general I prefer single-malts (for Scotch and Irish) and small batch producers (for Bourbon).  I've tried a few different ones, but I have a few favorites.  Knob Creek Bourbon is usually present in my liquor supply, as is Bushmills 10-year single malt Irish whiskey.  (I also have a bottle of Bushmills 16-year right now; that is very good, but its availability around here is spotty.)  I also try to keep Bowmore 12-year-old single malt Scotch around; that is powerful stuff, but quite tasty.  Another Scotch that I usually have in my supply is Glenlivet 18-year.  I tried that in a restaurant once and liked it, so I bought a bottle, and when that ran out, I bought another one.

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2007, 07:26:04 PM »
When I was in the States my host put a bottle of Jack Daniels single malt in front of me, suggesting to take some wee dram with breakfast, which I did, and was sold, and drunk!
Until now the only decent Bourbon I can get here is Daniels my friend.
I think technically Jack Daniel's isn't Bourbon which is Kentucky whiskey but JD is Tennessee whiskey. I am not sure though, I find the subject a little confusing.


Actually, America is not as strict about terroir as France is, and the only stipulation is that Bourbon whiskey must be made in the USA.  However, the true Bourbon Whiskey is from Kentucky (usually from one of the counties that originally comprised Bourbon County which was later broken apart), because the Kentucky lime flavored spring water is considered an essential ingredient to the whiskey. 

JD is usually termed Tennesee sour mash whskey.  It has a very different nose and taste from Bourbon -- far less vanilla and sweetness.  Btw, the vanilla is a natural product of the casking.  Only brand new charred white oak is used for Bourbon and white oak has naturally occuring vanillin in the wood.  After the spirit is decanted from the casks, they can never be used for Boiurbon again.  The casks are highly desirable and are sold to the great single malt Scotch whisky distilleries as well as to the Sherry winemakers in Spain. 

My particular favorite Bourbons are Rip van Winkle 15 year old Pappy van Winkle Reserve for sipping, and Maker's Mark for mixed drinks. 

Those were days when there wasn't much to do in the Hickory State but have fun making up names . . . .

Which state is the Hickory state?  I know Kentucky is the Bluegrass State and Tennessee is the Volunteer State.  I also know that Hickory is a town in North Carolina, Hickory Knob State Park is in South Carolina, and Knob Creek is in Kentucky. 

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2007, 05:45:34 AM »
Where's the option for Irish?! For goodness' sake! Jameson, or Black Bush when I can afford it. Don't like scotch or bourbon, really...

Yeah!...where's the Irish? They are the most poetic drunks on earth and their whiskey deserves a vote!

Seriously, I'm in love with Irish Whiskey. Black Bush and Tullamore Dew are my favorites. I like the single malts too: The Tyrconnell (pure pot still), Clontarf, Connemara.




But I drink whisky too. I've tried over 30 single malts so far. Favorites: Laphroaig and Bunnahabhain from Islay. Highland Park from Orkney, Aberlour, my favoite Speyside, and Oban from the Western Highlands. If I had to pick just one it would be Highland Park. Favorite blended Scotch: Black & White and Dimple.




In my youth I drank bourbon almost exclusively but in recent years not as much. For one thing, great bourbons are more difficult to find in Germany than Irish and Scotch...not impossible but you have to go to specialty shops and you pay for the privilege. My favorite bourbon remains Old Grand-Dad. I drink Knob Creek too when I can find it.




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karlhenning

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2007, 05:53:52 AM »
Which state is the Hickory state?  I know Kentucky is the Bluegrass State

A state with only one nickname is unimaginative  8)

Offline Sergeant Rock

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2007, 06:07:05 AM »
A state with only one nickname is unimaginative  8)

I think so too. Ohio, my home state, is the Buckeye State and...the Burning River State  ;D

Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
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karlhenning

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2007, 06:10:21 AM »
Ah, Smoke on the Cuyahoga!  8)

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2007, 06:25:39 AM »
Ah, Smoke on the Cuyahoga!  8)

Exactly  ;D

Sarge

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Mahler, you ought to go see it.
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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #29 on: July 11, 2007, 06:37:05 AM »
If I had to pick just one it would be Highland Park.


A good choice.  Thank goodness choosing only one isn't required.
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Offline Sergeant Rock

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2007, 06:49:13 AM »
Thank goodness choosing only one isn't required.

Amen, brother.

the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #31 on: July 11, 2007, 07:34:29 AM »
Now if this thread ever gets directly below Sean's "How to sleep with a shy girl" thread we will have a fine candidate for the "convenient alignment" list.

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2007, 07:43:29 AM »
A state with only one nickname is unimaginative  8)

What about a state with an incomprehensible nickname, like "The Hoosier State"?

Not even Hoosiers know what that means, and we call the sports teams of one of our major state schools that (IU). Purdue's mascot is the "Boilermaker," a nickname which my college gave them after defeating us badly some time ago, and the name of a lovely cocktail.

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2007, 07:59:59 AM »
Now if this thread ever gets directly below Sean's "How to sleep with a shy girl" thread we will have a fine candidate for the "convenient alignment" list.


It's easily done - just open all the threads between them on 'Recent Unread Posts', and then reload the page :) (yeah, I'm a cheater)

Sarge, did you line all those up in front of your monitor?! Also, 'most poetic drunks' - classic. Though I think the Russians deserve a shout there as well ;)

karlhenning

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« Reply #34 on: July 11, 2007, 08:03:39 AM »
What about a state with an incomprehensible nickname, like "The Hoosier State"?

I always thought that was a corruption of The Hosiery State, sort a specialist Garment District . . . .

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2007, 08:11:11 AM »
I always thought that was a corruption of The Hosiery State, sort a specialist Garment District . . . .


Only in Bloomington.

I prefer the suggestion that it's an archaic term for a rustic sort. It has an Eric Sloane-feel to it: "Don't make noises while you eat dinner with company, lest you be called a 'hoosier' by more discriminating companions."

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2007, 08:29:29 AM »
Sarge, did you line all those up in front of your monitor?!

Yeah. I collect some of the bottles. They line the top of my bookshelves. I just grabbed my favorites and snapped the pics.

Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2007, 09:10:14 AM »
Only in Bloomington.

I was in Bloomington (IN, if that's what you mean) recently. It was quite nice.

Offline PSmith08

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2007, 09:50:57 AM »
I was in Bloomington (IN, if that's what you mean) recently. It was quite nice.

Indeed it is. My hometown is about twenty minutes south of Bloomington, so I have spent and continue to spend good deal of time there.

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Re: Scotch or Bourbon?
« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2007, 08:06:24 AM »
Scotch. The few Bourbons I've had, including Makers Mark, have been far too sweet. Give me a peaty Islay (Lagavullin, Caol Ila, Springbanks, Bowmore being particular favorites) any time.