I came across this website today as I was researching my scotch purchase. Found some good info however I need some advice from some scotch fans.
I'm looking for a daily drinker that's not too expensive. Something that I can find in a 1.75 liter. I prefer single malts like Balvenie, Macallan, Glenlivet, and Glenfiddich but I've been drinking a blended, Johnnie Walker Black, to keep costs down.
Lately, I've been mixing JW Black with a cheap single like Lismore but I'd like to find something even cheaper. Someone had suggested Famous Grous but for some reason I can't stand it. It tastes somewhat creamy, which is kinda why I'm staying away from Teachers. I'm looking for more bite.
Any advice? I certainly appreciate it.
The term is actually "neat" and I find that Speysides are generally better neat, they have a very subtle flavor and in many cases just taste like water when you add ice or water. I have noticed this is very much the case with Glenlivet 12, which I find very similar in taste to Lismore (which is one of my favorite low-priced single malts.) Of course I drink almost all my Scotch neat.
On a side note, I bought two bottles of Lismore in December when they were including a very nice genuine Glencairn glass for free. The glass alone is worth half the cost of the Scotch.
Not sure what you mean by "bite", usually the problem with inexpensive blends is the overly sweet grain alcohol. Teacher's is actually one of my favorite inexpensive blends, and I like it much more then Famous Grouse - much more flavorful and interesting, mainly because (I have heard) it is 45% Ardmore, so I guess I am wondering why you don't like it?
I also like White Horse quite a bit. Black Bottle is also quite good and can be found for under $20, though it is not available in many areas. It is a blend of all the Islays though it is not all that smoky and would complement the talisker in the JW Black (as would the Lagavulin in White Horse.)
Thanks for your reply. It's the Famous Grouse I don't like. I've never tried Teachers Highland Cream. I'll try that next. The word "cream" throws me off on it a bit which is why I didn't pick it up originally.
Are you familiar with Famous Black? I'm sure it's from the makers of Famous Grouse but was $18 more.
Never had White Horse but will give that a try also.