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What was the 1st Single Malt Whisky You tried?

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Postby xcel » Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:20 am

My first was a Highland Park 18. What a complex and beautiful whisky.
The balance of heather, honey, smoke, malt and a bit of fruity sherry, started me on a quest to learn as much as I can about single malts, and drink as many of them as possible.

Although not my top favourite today, it's still in my top 10, and I always have a bottle in stock.
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Postby plainly jane » Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:48 pm

hi xcel,

HP 12 was one of the ones I tasted early on. I really liked it. Since then, I've tried the 18, 25,30, and 15 Special Release Hudson's Bay Company(for Canadian Historical reasons, of course). Of these, the 18 is my favourite. I, too, keep some on hand.

Right now, my favourite is Bruichladdich Blacker Still. The bottle, itself, is pretty cool, too. Have you tried that one?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:30 pm

I do like the presentation of Blacker Still, but as yet I haven't had the pleasure of trying it.
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Postby titus » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:26 am

Talisker 10 at a pub. It was so superb i ordered another....I couldn't help it!
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Postby Sir Sherry » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:07 pm

Laphroaig 10

It took me 3 years to try whisky again. :shock:

Next time (3yrs later) I had a glass of Aberlour. :D

I still dislike the peaty Laphroaig but love whisky!
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:31 pm

Welcome to the Forum Sir Sherry

Hope you can stick around ... the more the merrier.
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Postby les taylor » Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:13 pm

Hey IWC I thought Laphroiag was one of your favourites. :wink:
Oh and welcome Sir Sherry hope you enjoy your time here.



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Postby plainly jane » Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:59 pm

Another Welcome, Sir Sherry.

After Laphroaig 10, I am a bit surprised you gave scotch another go. I have tried an older version (cannot remember which one...perhaps my amnesia was a psychological defense) and I can still only drink the stuff if I pour it over haggis.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:02 pm

les taylor wrote:Hey IWC I thought Laphroiag was one of your favourites. :wink:
Oh and welcome Sir Sherry hope you enjoy your time here.



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Yea Lap is one of my favs alright but Only the Tripple F version

(fish food finish) :lol:
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Postby Elagabalus » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:15 pm

Glenfiddich 12, is that the special reserve? I thought I would always hate scotch after that. I posted Balvenie earlier, but I actually had glenfiddich first, but I was about 15.
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Postby TheLaddie » Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:27 am

Sir Sherry wrote:Laphroaig 10

It took me 3 years to try whisky again. :shock:

Next time (3yrs later) I had a glass of Aberlour. :D

I still dislike the peaty Laphroaig but love whisky!


Welcome. This is almost exactly what happened to me, except it was Glenfiddich that rehabilitated me, and I have grown to love peaty whiskies with Laphroaig amoung my favourites.
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Postby shoganai » Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:34 am

Sir Sherry wrote:Laphroaig 10

It took me 3 years to try whisky again. :shock:


I remember my first Laphroaig. This was back in the days when I still had only tried Glenlivet & Balvenie (and still occasionally took my Scotch on the rocks). I was out at an Elephant & Castle celebrating the passing of one of my first professional exams and decided to go crazy and try a few drams off of their (what I considered at the time) very impressive list of single malts. When I got to the Laphroaig 10, I nearly spit it out. My comment to the waitress was something along the lines of "Is this supposed to taste like this? Did someone spike my drink with novacain?". She laughed.

It wasn't until a few years later when I tried a few Islays at the Philadelphia Whisky Festival that I learned how much I actually love the stuff.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:14 am

Sir Sherry wrote:Laphroaig 10

It took me 3 years to try whisky again. :shock:


Love it or hate it...sometimes hate it now, and love it later. After a long stretch of trying to "get" whisky, I had the light turned on by Lagavulin. I'd been in Scotland a couple times already, and the smoky malt reminded me of the peat fires I'd smelled in hotels and homes in the Highlands.
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Postby lbacha » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:48 am

Laphroaig 10 it was the first Islay I bought a bottle of, I got it while visiting Dusseldorf Germany and I made a good dent in it while I was working in the Netherlands. SInce then the bottle has sat on my shelf at home I have had a few drams from it but there is about one good dram left and I can't bring myself to finish it, I bought the bottle about 2 years ago and it sits there waiting to be finished, I just bought a bottle of the 15 yr old and I think I'm going to open it to help bid farwell to my first of many bottles of islay malt. It's nice to remember firsts, I will always have a Laphroaig open because of that first bottle.

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Postby TheDude » Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:54 pm

Hello Drammers, TheDude here hailing from Belgium.

My first whisky (albeit not a single malt) was a standard fare Jameson. Tried it straight... Tried it with ice and with water... Bwech! is the only word that comes to mind.

One year later I tried a 18-year-old Macallan and figured... "THAT's what I imagined whisky should taste like!"

Since then, big fan of Macallan, Glenfarclas 12 and Talisker 10. Only recently tried the Lagavulin 16 (much loved here, it seems) and loved it. Will probably end up buying one!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:02 pm

Yo, Dude.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:35 pm

Welcome Dude,

just hope you don't look like a lady :wink:
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