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average single malt or good blend?

Postby Marvin » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:30 pm

Would you rather have an average single malt or a good blended? (same price)
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Postby Drammer » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:53 pm

Depends on your definition of "good"

I'd choose complexity over smoothness.

For example: gold label is a very nice blend, smooth and sweet, but it lacks complexity so i'd rather choose something else.

It mostly depends on my mood, and i try to have as much diversity in my cabinet as possible to suit my taste for the moment, if I wanna kick back and enjoy a nice smooth sweet whisky, without bothering to taste all the complex aroma's then a blend would be more suitable.
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Postby bamber » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:58 pm

The one that tastes better.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:17 am

To me, very few blends rate over 75, which is my score for an "average" single malt.
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Postby Les Paul » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:32 am

Drrich1965 wrote:To me, very few blends rate over 75, which is my score for an "average" single malt.


famous grouse blends?

jw black/gold/blue?
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:22 am

It's hard to better Jameson 12, which I find better than many single malts.

Marvin, I'm just curious about one thing. How come you post so many polls and questions in the "chat section" and not in the "Question section" ?
Not that it really matters ........
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:40 am

Mr Fjeld wrote:It's hard to better Jameson 12, which I find better than many single malts.

Marvin, I'm just curious about one thing. How come you post so many polls and questions in the "chat section" and not in the "Question section" ?
Not that it really matters ........


That sounds like a good opportunity for a poll to resolve that one! :D

Marvin take no notice, I quite enjoy chasing you all over the forum to see what's going to pop up next. You've initiated some great conversations, keep it up.

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:46 am

Lawrence wrote:Marvin take no notice, I quite enjoy chasing you all over the forum to see what's going to pop up next.
Lawrence

I agree. Though it would make it easier later on to find the threads if they were all in the propper sections, but as I said it doesn't really matter.

I'll join Lawrence in this:
You've initiated some great conversations, keep it up.

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Postby bamber » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:07 am

Lawrence wrote:....Marvin take no notice, I quite enjoy chasing you all over the forum to see what's going to pop up next. You've initiated some great conversations, keep it up.

Lawrence


Although you have caused me to lose my monacle on a couple of occasions. Image
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:29 am

I'd go for a good blend. As MrFjeld said Jemason 12 beats the socks off many a so so malt. I've got many a malt that I was not over enamoured with but at the end of the day it is a matter of taste. Have not had too many scotch blends that I can say I really liked .... even the saluted Black bottle did not do much for me but I only had the NAS.
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Postby Ardbeg311 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:43 am

I had what I think is suppose to be one of the better blends on the market, JW Blue. However, my score for that tasting (not a whole bottle!) was in keeping with some ho-hum single malts that I had. I guess right now I am still exploring the single malt universe so I would buy a single malt over a good blend.
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Postby Thomas H. » Wed Nov 01, 2006 1:11 pm

bamber wrote:The one that tastes better.


'Nuff said. :D :D
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Postby Frodo » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:31 pm

Thomas H. wrote:
bamber wrote:The one that tastes better.


'Nuff said. :D :D


Agreed!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:47 pm

An average SMW still beats a "good" blend in my book :wink:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:49 pm

Frodo wrote:
Thomas H. wrote:
bamber wrote:The one that tastes better.


'Nuff said. :D :D


Agreed!


Obviously, it would be the single malt that tasted better. Every single single malt tastes much better than every single blend. I really don't like blends at all and I can taste even the tiniest portion of grain because I am so good at whisky tasting. Single malts are the best expression of a distillery's individuality and single malts are far more complex than blends ever could be. In fact, I wouldn't even spoil coke with a blend. Do people prefer Highland Park 30yo or Macallan 30yo? Etc. ...
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Postby maverick » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:02 pm

I would take jameson 12 over ANYTHING, any day of the week
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:51 pm

maverick wrote:I would take jameson 12 over ANYTHING, any day of the week


Really :?: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:15 pm

Why not? De gustibus non est disputandum. Lots of people like stuff I think is crap, and think the stuff I like is crap. This is what imparts rotational velocity to the planet. On the whole, I agree with what Nick said...although I have to say, I'm not always sure that Nick agrees with what Nick says! His bottlings often have a subtle irony that eludes my palate.
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Postby Thomas H. » Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:49 pm

Some of the comments in this thread..... :roll:

Guys, at the end of the day, it comes down to personal taste. If someone prefers single malts, they prefer that. I someone rather has a blend, let him drink his blend. Let's not try and enforce our own tastes onto others, shall we.

Me, personally?? I prefer single malt, but have had a few knock out blends as well.
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Postby Wave » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:05 pm

I also prefer a single malt, but when the summertime heat is hovering around a 100º (F) and the humidity level isn't far behind there's nothing like a nice blend on the rocks!


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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:56 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:On the whole, I agree with what Nick said...although I have to say, I'm not always sure that Nick agrees with what Nick says! His bottlings often have a subtle irony that eludes my palate.


--Especially when I'm jet-lagged! You're a cruel man, Nick.

Thomas H. wrote:Let's not try and enforce our own tastes onto others, shall we.


I believe we are all just trying to answer the question, which was precisely "What is your taste in this matter?"
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Postby Thomas H. » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:13 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:I believe we are all just trying to answer the question, which was precisely "What is your taste in this matter?"


To quote Nick:
Obviously, it would be the single malt that tasted better.


That sounds a bit dominating if you ask me. And he isn't the only one making similair comments in this thread. I've seen other whisky-enthousiasts bashing people for liking blends. I get anoyed when something like that happens.

For example, if you really want to enjoy whisky, a nosing and tasting glass is best. My father loves whisky, but always uses a tumbler, because he likes it best that way. Kudos to him!!! Why the kudos?? Because he's enjoying something he likes, the way he likes it. And if someone loves a blend on the rocks in a tumbler, he's ok by me. I might not agree with the way he drinks, but atleast HE'S enjoying it.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:03 am

Les Paul wrote:
Drrich1965 wrote:To me, very few blends rate over 75, which is my score for an "average" single malt.


famous grouse blends?

jw black/gold/blue?


My favorite blend is Royal Salute 21, follwed by JW Blue. Both score in the low 80s, which for me makes them reccomendable, but not as high as perhaps 100 malts I have tried. Jameson 12 is very nice, silky smooth, I gave it a 82. So, they are very enjoyable, but most blends are not my cup of tea.

Now note, I said MY cup of tea. They are niether better nor worse; personal preference is subjective. To each his or her own.
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Postby maverick » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:09 am

Crieftan wrote:
maverick wrote:I would take jameson 12 over ANYTHING, any day of the week


Really :?: :shock: :shock: :shock:


Why so surprised it is a really great whiskey. When's the last time you had some Jameson 12. If it's been awhile, get some and keep my comment in mind and you might change your mind, meaning it's not so surprising
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:23 am

Thomas H. wrote:
MrTattieHeid wrote:I believe we are all just trying to answer the question, which was precisely "What is your taste in this matter?"


To quote Nick:
Obviously, it would be the single malt that tasted better.


That sounds a bit dominating if you ask me. And he isn't the only one making similair comments in this thread.


Nick has a very dry sense of humor. I'm pretty used to it, but even I missed the tenor of his post at first. He was kidding, intentionally taking what he sees as an absurd postion.

I think. :?

No, I know--"I am so good at whisky tasting" and "single malts are far more complex than blends ever could be" and "Do people prefer Highland Park 30yo or Macallan 30yo?" are all things he obviously believes are patently unbelievable and obnoxious. But you aren't Nick's first victim, TH ( :shock: ), and you won't be his last! I actually agreed with something he was holding up as rubbish. :oops: See my comments above--I plead jet lag.

We all have strong opinions and aren't shy about expressing them, but I think we all share an attitude that may best be expressed by paraphrasing someone who wasn't Voltaire: I may think you are nuts to drink that whisky in that manner, but I will defend to the dea--uh...very strongly your right to do so.
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:54 am

Whatever Nick said I'm still wondering about those three farmers from the north, they seem like trouble makers.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:55 am

Ripped from the web - the version I know has slightly different words and chorus (as performed by Ron Kavana)

There were three farmers in the North and as they were passing by
They swore an oath, a mighty oath that John Barleycorn must die
One of them says we'll drown him and the other says hang him high
A whiff of the stick of the barley grain and a-beggin we will die
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

They put poor barley into the sack on that cold and rainy day
They carried him off to the garden field, they buried him in the clay
The frost and snow began to melt and the dew began to fall
And barley grain rolled up he said that he'd soon surprise them all
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

Bein' in the summer season with the harvest comin' on
He stands up in the field with a beard like any man
The reaper came to wield his sickle he used me barbarously,
He cut me by the middle so small, he cut me above the knee
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

Then next came master binder and he looked on me with a frown
For in the middle there was a thistle, which bowled his courage down
The farmer came with his pitchfork, he pierced me thru the heart
Like a thief and robber or highwaymen they tied me to the cart
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

The thresher came with his big flail, he nearly broke me bones
T'would grieve the heart of any man just to hear me sighs and moans
The next thing that they done to me was to drown me in the well
They left me there for a day and a half or until I began to swell
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

The next thing that they done to me was they dried me in the kiln
They used me ten times worse than that when they ground me in the mill
The used me in the kitchen and the used me in the hall
They used me up in the parlor, among the ladies all
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

The barley grain is a comical grain he makes men sigh and moan
For when they take a glass of me they forget their wives at home
The drunkard he is a dirty man and he uses me worst of all
He takes me up in his dirty mouth and he stumbles against the wall
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay

There were three farmers in the North and as they were passing by
They swore an oath, a mighty oath that John Barleycorn must die
One of them says we'll drown him and the other says hang him high
A whiff of the stick of the barley grain and a-beggin we will die
With me fal-er-a-lind-a-me too-ra-lunda-me whack-fal-diddle-di-ay
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:50 pm

I've tasted a few great blends lately, and I'd much rather enjoy one of them to an average, okay, nothing special, same priced single malt.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:14 am

Had a J&B rare ???? earlier this week and eeeuuuaaaagghhhh ........

..... well put it this way I did not care for it.
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