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Sep 15, 2011 08:22 AM

Office Scotch Club

Some fellow co-workers and I recently decided to all pitch in for a bottle of scotch, and occasionally stay late after work to have a drink. We've decided to all take turns choosing and buying the bottle, and then we split it 4 ways. We are now on our second bottle, and it's my turn to buy. The first bottle, was a Balvenie Double Wood 12 year. It was enjoyed by all. I am looking for some suggestions for the next bottle. Since we are all splitting it, I would like to stay in the $80 to $100 range. In addition, I live in Quebec, so selection is limited to what the SAQ has.

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  1. Important question - do you want to stay with something similar or try different flavor profiles?

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    1. re: ncyankee101

      Since it's only the second "round" I would like to stick with something similar. Later one we can experiment with different flavor profiles.

      1. re: BlueSteak

        Well you've already hit what is IMO the best in that style and price range so anything I could suggest would be a step down.

        Are all of you experienced Scotch drinkers or fairly new?

        Jura Superstition is an interesting choice, speyside profile with some smoke added. (edit - oops its a highland, but I have a bottle of the Jura 10 yr and it tastes very much like a speyside)

        Highland Park 12 yr has a well-rounded flavor profile with some peat, smoke, and honey - one of the most generally-liked single malts.

        1. re: ncyankee101

          We all enjoy scotch, and can recognize when its good. So I would say we are fairly new, compared to a lot of people on here.

          1. re: BlueSteak

            You can't go wrong with either of the two I mentioned, HP 12 was the first single malt I bought and I always have a bottle in my cabinet.

            I know a Scotch blogger who raves about Cragganmore 12 yr, I had once in a bar and thought it was decent but have never owned a bottle.

            I've never had Aberlour 16 yr or Abunadh but both have great reputations and are in your price range, lots of sherry like the balvenie. The Abunadh is 120 proof and you will probably want to add some water.

          2. re: ncyankee101

            I checked the SAQ and they carry a Isle of Jura 10 ans scotch single malt. Reviews?

            1. re: BlueSteak

              I've been checking the list and anything I have mentioned is on it and in your range, I recently finished a bottle of the Jura 10 yr and it is a pleasant though not all that interesting Scotch, IMO a step down from the Doublewood.

              If the price difference is not a consideration, I would go with the Superstition.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                I did not see the superstition in the list on SAQ site.

                1. re: BlueSteak


                  Not sure what all the little icons on the left in the main list mean, perhaps it is only available online? Maybe you were using different criteria.

                  1. re: ncyankee101

                    So I went with the Jura Superstition, and was quite pleased. As were the people I was drinking with. One girl said it was a little too smokey, but overall it was a great scotch.

                    1. re: BlueSteak

                      Glad to hear you liked it, I really need to open my bottle (Ive had it once before but just a single tasting.) I didn't remember it being overly smoky but then I loev Islays so my palate can't be trusted ;-)

      2. Where do I send my application for employment?

        I'm a huge Islay fan, but that might not go over well. If you decide you want to try something vastly different, Lagavulin is lovely. I also like the Balvenie Doublewood, BTW. Good price too sometimes.

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          1. re: Scott M

            You took the words right out of my mouth. Everything fits: try the Macallan 12yr scotch. There are two brands; I recommend the one aged in sherry casks.

            PS- under 80 for the 12yr and over a 100 for the 18yr

            1. re: Scott M

              I find Macallan 12 very similar and not quite as interesting as the Balvenie Doublewood they've already had.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                I don't know enough about Balvenie, but the main 12yr Macallan is aged in old Sherry casks from Spain for a minimum of 12 years. That should have some difference. Also, the original post stated he wanted to stick with something similar.

                1. re: creamsherry

                  Yes I am aware and have had quite a bit of both, Balvenie is aged for 12 years, first in oak bourbon casks then in first-fill sherry casks which gives it a fair amount of sherry but more complexity. The macallan has a lot of sherry and not much else IMHO.

                  1. re: ncyankee101

                    scotch is so good. Jack Daniels is the largest selling whisky in the world, but I am willing to bet scotch has straight bourbon beat hands down....of course that is just a guess.

                    jack daniels is bourbon whisky but technically it fits the profile legally as a straight bourbon whiskey

                    1. re: creamsherry

                      Jack Daniels is not boubon, it is Tennessee Whiskey. Bourbon can only come from Kentucky.

                      1. re: jeli2657

                        Jeli? First of all, Bourbon does NOT have to originate from Kentucky. Period. Secondly . . . don't take the bait.