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What was the 1st Single Malt Whisky You tried?

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Postby Lawrence » Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:45 am

DramMeister wrote:My first malt was a present from my missus, Laphroaig 10. When I tasted it I thought - what the hell have you bought! By the end of the bottle I was hooked.


It speaks well of you that you kept on going.............. :wink:
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Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:05 pm

Thesh, let us know what you think of the G'fiddich solera reserve. Mr. TH makes a good point about "house character"(that is, if compared with the standard everybody-knows-the-standard-behind-the -bar- Glenfiddich)

but the 15 YO is something else...blind, I wouldn't have said Glenfiddich; I'd have said "Pour me another large one!"

Enjoy...
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Postby toshie » Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:32 pm

I wonder what it was about Glenfiddich that had (nearly) everyone losing their whisky virginity to it?
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Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:19 pm

I'd wager it was availability and profile due to clever marketing as much as anything else. Glenfiddich were (one of the) first to really push their brand as a single rather than a blend, were they not? They had a distinctive bottle shape, and a simple accessible flavour...none too challenging. I knew it was a "quality" whisky even when i knew nothing about whisky.

it could easily have been glenmorangie if they'd been quicker off the mark.

It was certainly the first i ever drank(as posted earlier!) but the first I really APPRECIATED was ...Lagavulin 16!
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:43 pm

Availiblity, accessiblity, low pricing levels and good marketing strategy are always the way to conquer the world.
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Postby gregralls » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:58 pm

glenlivet. i did like it, but wasn't blown away.
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Postby vitara7 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:03 am

i dot care what anyone says, no one is going to have tried a great malt for their first. chances are it going to be a fairly basic one as with me, prob glenfiddich 12yo or a glenmorangie 10yo or some mince like that, when you try a malt for the first time, its usually either given to you or your new to the stuff and dont want to spend shed loads on somthing you might not like etc as then you wouldn't know your arse from your elbow.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:12 am

Well, I'd now rate the Glenrothes '85 I had first pretty highly; but you're right, at the time, I suffered from gluteo-ulnar confusion.
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Postby vitara7 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:17 am

when i said a great malt i ment in as in a great malt at the time, i mean, no one would have tried a 30yo ardbeg or that, it would have been the cheapest of the cheap, although, a few of us may be that old that the first whisky we tried may be no longer made and now very collectable and expensive for drinking
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:04 am

I'd say about 50% of bars in Orange County carry Glenlivet 12 and 99% carry Glenfiddich NAS (is that the same as 12?) It's rare to find a bar with anything else. I had no choice. :oops:
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Postby Jan » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:47 am

peergynt323 wrote:99% carry Glenfiddich NAS (is that the same as 12?)


Yes, or rather the entry level Glenfiddich was NAS for years, but was changed to a 12 year old a few years ago.
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Postby Jesse » Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:50 pm

I sampled the 6 Classic Malts at a JW tasting in 1999, my first time drinking alcohol without a mixer! We started with the Oban, but love at first sip came when we tried the Talisker, and I still love the tarry, peppery malts best. I haven't tried a vast array of whiskies yet, I gues$$ I am ju$t too bu$y!
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Postby DramMeister » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:20 pm

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Postby BubbaC » Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:36 am

Once you venture in, however, there's no turning back. You will find yourself in the store gazing longingly into the sweet amber liquids. hahaha, melodramatic huh? Anyway, the first single malt was Oban. I was immediately
smitten. Now I am a junkie.
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Postby mikeymad » Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:40 am

Longmorn 15yo (didn't like it too much at the time), along with the Bowmore 21yo blend. It was the blend along with a nice cigar at the time that got me hook. Now it is all about the single malts.
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Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:04 am

My first was the Macallan 12 yo. Followed by the 'fiddich NAS and the 'livet 12.

Funny, that it should be mentioned but a friend of mine's first experience w/ single malts was an Ardbeg 30, Signatory. Another friend's first experience was the Lagavulin 23, MM Mission Series.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:29 pm

Ganga wrote:My first was the Macallan 12 yo. Followed by the 'fiddich NAS and the 'livet 12.

Funny, that it should be mentioned but a friend of mine's first experience w/ single malts was an Ardbeg 30, Signatory. Another friend's first experience was the Lagavulin 23, MM Mission Series.


Talk about the fodder for instant addiction!!
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Postby The Fachan » Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:11 am

Aberlour 10 for me and its got a lot to answer for!!!
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Postby lapianoman » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:58 pm

Glenfiddich 12 was first, then Glenlivet 12, followed quickly by Macallan CS, Glendronach 15, Glenmorangie Sherry Finish, Aberlour 15...

Finally, a Highland Park 12 broke my sherry streak. :P
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Postby Ed » Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:38 pm

Glenlivit 12. I liked it a lot. It was cheap at the Good convienence store, too. Had a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 and didn't care for it. That is the only bottle I have had of that to this date. Really should give it another chance. Then I stopped drinking entirely for a couple of years. After I started drinking again I bought a bottle or Glenlivit 12 along with a vast array of Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and Japanese whiskies. It is still half full. I still like it, but there are too many others jostling for a place in my glass...

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Postby The Fachan » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:03 pm

Lapianoman,


Little surprise your comment on Glenlivet 12 as being sherried, there is no sherry wood in the 12yo.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:51 pm

I think his streak started with the Mac.
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Postby The Fachan » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:54 pm

OOPS, promise to pay more attantion in future.
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Postby lbacha » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:54 pm

Badmonkey wrote:Good call, Thesh. I really enjoy both the 15 and the 18. I wish I could afford some of the older expressions, too.

The first single malt I ever tried was Laphoaig 10, and I quickly followed it with a Bowmore Cask Strength. Had I not already been drunk and numb when I started on the whisky that night in Harrogate, I might never have fallen prey to the whisky bug.


I went to a Glenfiddich tasting dure Whisky Live Belgium and we tasted the 12, The Coaran Reserve, the 15 yr Solera reserve, 18 yr, 21 yr Havana reserve and the 30 yr. IMHO the 15 yr Solers reserve was the winner. Rarely have I had the chance to try the whole line-up at once but the solera is very, very good. The 30 IMHO wasn't much different that the 18.
and the 21 was alittle too sweet.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:31 pm

Ooooooooh that was many years ago and as I seem to recall, either the Glenfiddich or Glenmorangie.
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Postby Yellowjacket » Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:26 pm

My first was either a Glenfiddich NAS or Glenlivet 12. For years and years these were the only single malts available in the states.

But I consider my first real tasting to have occurred two years ago in Scotland. We were visiting Edinburgh and one day my son and I didn't want to go shopping with my wife, so we made our way to the Whisky Heritage Centre and eventually to the whisky bar downstairs. I tried the "Tour of Scotland" where you sample four different whiskies. The first three made no real impression on me (to this day I do not know what they were), but when I tasted the fourth, I "sat up straight in my chair, my eyes lit up , and a smile came to my face" (as my son describes it). It was a HP 12 and it was fantastic. I brought a bottle home and managed to acquire another. It was not until about six months ago that I discovered that a large number of SMSW's are available here. I now own 26 different bottles.
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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:40 pm

Now that's something of an addiction, Yellowjacket! Congratulations :)
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Postby Yellowjacket » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:48 pm

Mustardhead wrote:Now that's something of an addiction, Yellowjacket! Congratulations :)


Thank you, Mustardhead. My wife thinks its an addiction, too. But, you know how it is -- once you start something that's so good, its impossible to stop! :wink:
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Postby Mustardhead » Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:21 am

Yellowjacket wrote:Thank you, Mustardhead. My wife thinks its an addiction, too. But, you know how it is -- once you start something that's so good, its impossible to stop! :wink:


Oh I think most of us here know that feeling. Put us near a shop filled with whisky or near a computer and a credit card and .... :shock:
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Postby Ted Bell » Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:03 am

My first was the Macallan 12 yo, then a sampling of Bruichladdich 10, 15 & 17. After discovering this site I have purchased a bottle of Balvenie Doublewood and Glenmorangie 10. I've tried all these within the past 3 months. I've got a lot of catching up to do!
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Postby Quaichuser » Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:37 am

"Long time ago when the earth was green" it was probably Glenfiddich SR, then Glenlivet 12. That was about all that was available in the LCBO's outside of Toronto then. My how times have changed.
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Postby lapianoman » Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:41 pm

The Fachan wrote:OOPS, promise to pay more attantion in future.

I did get a chuckle at that, but I also see how you made the assumption...I could have singled out the sherried ones a wee bit more.
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Postby The Fachan » Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:49 pm

If I can supply some entertainment wit the drivel I normally contribute so much the better. :oops:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 26, 2006 6:03 pm

Can you dance?
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Postby The Fachan » Tue Dec 26, 2006 6:05 pm

No, I'm like an oil tanker...... once I start moving it takes me 3 miles to stop.
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