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    Quote Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo View Post
    If you drink it neat (no water, no ice) I STRONGLY recommend the Riedel Sommeliers Single Malt Whisky glass:



    Actually, it's easily big enough that you can add water or even a few ice cubes if you want, but it would defeat the purpose. It's scientifically developed to concentrate the aroma, reduce the strong presence of alcohol and harshness if any, and deliver the whisky to the exact right part of your tongue to maximize it's smoothness, character, and enjoyment. Sounds a bit anal, but it's no joke. IT WORKS!!! It's probably the worlds best whisky glass. Looks great and FEELS great to hold. Once you have one you can't live without it. And just in time for the holidays! I also have their Sommelier series Cognac glass, and while similar, it actually does make Scotch taste noticeably different then the one above. Riedel has certainly done their homework.

    If you like a more traditional heavier glass full of ice and water, Baccarat makes some AWESOME tumblers. They're not cheap, but not crazy either for such a beautiful and substantial piece of cut crystal. Makes an incredible gift for yourself or any Scotch lover who's worthy. Wander in next time at teh mall.
    Man you were not kidding. I picked one up last night at my local BevMo and tried the glenlivet 12. Now, I usually drink my scotch with a little bit of ice but with this glass there is no need for it. Not only did the glenlivet taste much different and smoother it also smelled much different. Thanks for the recommendation!!!!

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    Glenlivet in a simple rocks glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    i got these ralph lauren glen plaid crystal double old fashions and decanter (no highball) as a gift for mr. box:

    Wow Lunchie. VERY classy.... as opposed to, say... trashy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingslaw View Post
    Man you were not kidding. I picked one up last night at my local BevMo and tried the glenlivet 12. Now, I usually drink my scotch with a little bit of ice but with this glass there is no need for it. Not only did the glenlivet taste much different and smoother it also smelled much different. Thanks for the recommendation!!!!
    Bitchen! Really glad you like it! SO different, right? Hope BevMo's price was reasonable, cuz I've seen it on the net for an arm and a leg. But worth the investment as it fully maximizes the character of your Scotch and boosts your experience. And cleaned and polished properly you can keep it pristine for damn near ever. Funny thing, Kingslaw, is that now you can never go back. I broke one accidentally and went the very next afternoon to replace it. Even cheaper stuff that I'll drink on the rocks always gets evaluated in this first.

    Enjoy!

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    It was 19.99 per glass at BevMo. I think Amazon has a set of two for $38 but you throw in shipping and it's about the same.

    Two thoughts crossed my mind as I was drinking: 1) I'm in trouble, this is going to make me drink way too much and 2) I wonder if they make a travel case for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingslaw View Post
    It was 19.99 per glass at BevMo. I think Amazon has a set of two for $38 but you throw in shipping and it's about the same.
    Trip out.... I just realized there are TWO: The Sommelier series, and the VINUM series. But just from the pics I can't notice any difference whatsoever. I'm sure mine is also the Vinum then, cuz that's about what I paid. The Somm. series version is 50 to 75 bucks per glass. As with their other Somm. series glassware it's probably a thinner, more delicate crystal, but **** that. The shape is EXACTLY the same. Cool! At a mere 20 bones even more reason to buy one... or four.

    Two thoughts crossed my mind as I was drinking: 1) I'm in trouble, this is going to make me drink way too much and 2) I wonder if they make a travel case for it.
    To your first point, personally, I tend to drink less volume when drinking neat. It's easy to kill a big-ass tumbler when it's watered down. On the case... I know the Somm. series comes in a nice (stiff cardboard) tube, but it's stuffed with paper only for cushion. Here's a thought: how sweet it would be to have a Pelican case like this:



    and pull the tear-out foam so that it snugly fits one bottle and two of these glasses. I just may do this. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    I meant drink more in that I can see myself having a glass twice a week. Currently, I average a glass every two weeks, if that.

    Also, the reason I thought about a travel case was because I would hate to have the opportunity of trying a really high quality scotch without the glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo View Post
    Anybody asks me what I want for Christmas - this will be my reply. Maybe I can get a few. I imagine these will be great for our annual bourbon festival.

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    Paulatron got me a bottle of this for my birthday yesterday.

    My 3rd bottle of real Scotch. First impression is that I definitely prefer it to the 10-year Laphroaig I finished a few weeks ago, but by no means is that a knock against Laphroaig. I'm definitely a fan of that. And to me, both of them are far superior to the first one I bought, Glenfiddich 12.

    The Talisker is extremely good, and I'd say after one glass it's not quite as peaty but just about as smokey as the Laphroaig, but the actual flavor of the smoke of the Talisker is more up my alley, a lot more "camp fire"-y. Before drinking it we had chili for dinner, so I'm not sure if it enhanced it or what but I could definitely see what people mean when they give it a spicey taste in the back of the throat. It really leaves a lot of flavor in your mouth and you kind of have to poke around with your tongue to take it all in.

    Again, to compare it to the Laphroaig, I'd say that one is more salt while this one is more pepper. Really strong nose, too. Very citrusy. I've only had one glass, and based on the other couple bottles it usually takes me a couple to really seperate the flavors, but so far, so good.

    Next vacation:

    Last edited by Watti; February 10th, 2009 at 08:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregDM View Post
    Just wondering who drinks it and what your favorites are.

    A few I like (though I still have many to sample):

    Highland Park 12 yr
    Macallan 12 yr (or more years if I can get it)
    Glenmorangie (port wood)
    Balvenie (10 yr reserve or 12 yr doublewood)
    While dusting out my liquor cabinet the other day, I discovered I had an unopened bottle of that 12yr old McCallan Scotch. Two diet cokes & scotch later and I have a newfound appreciation for this brand of scotch whiskey. And a partially dusted liquor cabinet. Because I do drink whiskey, I think my next goal is to buy several varieties and figure out which one is my favorite. It's good to have goals, I reckon.

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    This thread had to be restarted; especially since my scotch knowledge and drinking has blown up dramatically (the new personal favorite is Caol Ila 25; excellent dram). After reviewing the different tastes everyone prefers on this thread, I can't believe I didn't push this earlier. I've been dramming with some folks in the LA Scotch Club. And we have been enjoying some great stuff.

    Some recent notables include: Stronachie 31, Laphroig 30, Bruichladdich Octomore, Ardbeg Supernova, Glenfarclas 43 Old Malt Cask, and slew of rare and hard-to-find drams. Additionally, the club also arranges for a 14 x 14 arrangement, in which you can buy 50 mL bottles of 14 different scotches. It gives you the opportunity to sample different drams without breaking the bank.

    Check it out at lascotchclub.com. We usually have meetings once a month, and for about $20, you can sample from 6 different bottles. The locations vary from members' homes to restaurants in the LA area (sometimes in OC).

    Shoot me a PM if you're curious and check out the website.

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