||[Mar. 3rd, 2010|11:07 pm]
So, not being an experienced drinker, I got some little courtesy-sized bottles of whiskey to try last weekend. I had one a day starting Saturday.
- Dewar's White Label (blend)
Lowest quality Dewar's, apparently. Seemed okay; not tasty, but not bad. Went pretty well with Cherry Dr. Pepper. I didn't try any of the others with anything but water.
- Johnnie Walker Red Label (blend)
Paint thinner. Drinkable, but only with water.
- The Macallan (12 year single malt)
I've heard people say some whiskeys were "smooth", and I'm glad I had some others first to calibrate what "not smooth" is like. Good tasting, too. Expensive, but I guess there's a reason for that. Could be that it tastes better because it's not a blend? I have one other single malt (Glenlivet) which I will try later.
- Glenlivet (12 year single malt)
Nope, The Macallan's goodness was not due to being a single malt, or, at least, this one tastes more like the blends. This was about the same level with Dewar's White Label.
- Crown Royal (blend)
Not as bad as JW Red, but not great. Ordinary, in this group.
- Johnnie Walker Black Label
This one I really expected to be just like the Red Label, since I read that it's just the same thing aged longer. However, it turned out to be the second best of the bunch, after The Macallan. Still not really close to that one, but I'd buy it again.
This weekend, I'll visit the ABC shop again and pick up some other things to try. I may even blog about them (but probably only this much; don't get your hopes up).
2010-03-04 08:20 am (UTC)
There are much, much MUCH better scotches out there for you to try. They are also, however, much more expensive, and almost certainly not available in the airplane-bottle formfactor.
Personally I really like Glenfarclas (I have a bottle of the 17), and many other Highland single malts make my palate happy.
You should at least try to find one each from the Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, and Islay regions, to compare and contrast.
And, you should try at least one older single malt, just for the experience. Just once, splurge on a dram of 21-year old Highlands, I suspect you won't be sorry.