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Postby r900p » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:53 am

Okay well the girlfriend doesn't drink whisky, instead Cointreau on ice.

But her mother occasionally has a famous grouse, now she knows i drink/collect whisky so she fancies trying the odd one, but i have no clue where to start.

Which route would i therefore go down?

1)Look for bottle similar to FG
2)Start with a lowland
3)or go the deepend and get straight in with the Islay's becuase thats what i like.

Thoughts please and suggestions of bottles to try.

Rob
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Re: Where to start...

Postby les taylor » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:55 am

Rob shame about the girlfriend :wink:

As for her mother, I'd start low and go on to the Islay's. Maybe start with a Glenmo the original, Glenlivet 12 or a HP 12. I reckon that should be a good place to start.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby ClubSmed » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:59 am

I would probably suggest Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
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Re: Where to start...

Postby SoMK » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:01 pm

Start sweet.. I tried this with a heathen friend of mine and I created a monster :lol:
Auchentoshan 10, Glenmorangie, Glenfarclas 12 and work your way up ... ?
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Re: Where to start...

Postby lockejn » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:49 pm

I would second the Glenfarclas 12.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby johan brugge » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:52 pm

I would start with a Speyside whisky before you let her try an Islay one. You need to get used to the peaty and smokey flavours. I'm thinking any kind of Balvenie or a Glenfiddich 15yo Solera Reserve.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby borgom » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:18 pm

I'd go for smooth whiskies that aren't too woody or too young. Sherried whiskies could be a good start if she's a red wine drinker.
Some suggestions - Balvenie DW, Glenfarclas 21, Glenfiddich 18, Black Bush, The Macallan 12.
Maybe Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or or even Drambuie on ice if she has a sweet tooth.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:30 pm

If she likes the Famous Grouse, then a 12-year old Highland Park or Macallan would appear to represent a natural progression. That said, I'm also very tempted to recommend a super-premium blend as the next logical (and somewhat non-committal) step... something along the lines of an 18-year Grant's Reserve or Chivas or JW Gold Label. That 17-year old Islay Mist I'm presently pounding my way through is yet another tastily attractive option.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby pkt77242 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:43 pm

The Third Dram wrote:If she likes the Famous Grouse, then a 12-year old Highland Park or Macallan would appear to represent a natural progression.


I second this Macallan 12 or HP 12. Though a Vatted Malt Famous Grouse would also work. I have seen a 12 and 18 at reasonable prices.

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Re: Where to start...

Postby Ganga » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:53 pm

If you can, I'd bring a spectrum of whiskies especially the ones you like. Pour contrasting whiskies. I did this a month ago with an Imperial (bourbon), Aberlour (sherry finish) and Lagavulin 16. It provides them an opportunity to look at a range of things together.
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Re: Where to start...

Postby johan brugge » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:59 pm

Ganga wrote:If you can, I'd bring a spectrum of whiskies especially the ones you like. Pour contrasting whiskies. I did this a month ago with an Imperial (bourbon), Aberlour (sherry finish) and Lagavulin 16. It provides them an opportunity to look at a range of things together.

That is an excellent idea! What would we do whithout you Ganga??
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Re: Where to start...

Postby r900p » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:57 am

Ganga wrote:If you can, I'd bring a spectrum of whiskies especially the ones you like. Pour contrasting whiskies. I did this a month ago with an Imperial (bourbon), Aberlour (sherry finish) and Lagavulin 16. It provides them an opportunity to look at a range of things together.


I like that Ganga, as i don't want to scare her off by giving her the wrong one to start this may be a good ideal. I have the Aber and Laga and a couple of bourbons so i could quite easily do it.

Highland Park 12 as some has suggested is one of my staple malts so that is easy too.

But then premium blends, i want to try JW and Black Bush

oh the decisions.

I'm hoping once girlfriend sees mother trying it she'll try it too.

Cheers folks.

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