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phantom13

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Oooosh, only just stumbled over this. The go to for me is Lagavulin 16 year although honestly all the Starward gear of recent years has been fantastic.

If youre a fan of Japanese stuff go over there, the cost in Japan is worth the ticket alone.
 

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Any tips for a novice getting into the world of whiskey? Only ever really had it with dry and the odd glass of Blue Label on a special occasion (bogan). Any tips? Still feels kind of weird drinking anything on the rocks
 

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Any tips for a novice getting into the world of whiskey? Only ever really had it with dry and the odd glass of Blue Label on a special occasion (bogan). Any tips? Still feels kind of weird drinking anything on the rocks
Honestly think one of the best things about whisky is the lack of rules. What someone likes others may hate.

It’s worth going to a good whisky bar and just doing a few different drams. Try some peated, try some Japanese florals, try some red wine and port casks. See what you prefer. Try a single malt then a blend. Just have a crack.

FWIW blue label ain’t sh*t and no one I know that enjoys whisky rates it.
 

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Any tips for a novice getting into the world of whiskey? Only ever really had it with dry and the odd glass of Blue Label on a special occasion (bogan). Any tips? Still feels kind of weird drinking anything on the rocks
Have a look on Dan Murphys website and find a bottle or two that's in the $70-$100 price range to try out. Look for something that has a softer palette or alternately something peaty to explore. Avoid lower tier whisky (Ballantines, Canadian Club, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker) for now, as they have their own special place in the lineup but it's not for starting your whisky journey.

The trick to whisky is being able to fully explore it and there's three main stages to it, the nose, palette and finish. Google the tasting notes for whatever whisky you purchase and there will be plenty of run downs of what you may be able to smell and taste in terms of flavours.

My recommended entry level whiskies are as follows:
Monkey shoulder - light vanilla, toffee and fruit
Balvenie 12 - spices, nutty, oak
Talisker 10 - pepper, smokey, peat
GlenDronach 12 - raisins, cinnamon, stewed fruit
Suntory Chita - honey, citrus, honeydew

The important thing to know is you'll develop preferences over time, and while you may not enjoy each and every whisky initially that's ok, there's plenty out there that you will like. Something lke the Glenmorangie Expressions Tasting Pack may also be worth a look, as it gives you a chance to try four different whiskies without needing to buy a bottle of each.
 

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You can literally go and try 4-5 glasses of good whisky at a bar, with someone who knows what they are doing and recommending for $100.

I’m not trying to be a dick but go to a bar and have a couple glasses, chat to the Barman, plenty of good whisky bars in the city (even if you’re not in Melbourne)
 

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You can literally go and try 4-5 glasses of good whisky at a bar, with someone who knows what they are doing and recommending for $100.

I’m not trying to be a dick but go to a bar and have a couple glasses, chat to the Barman, plenty of good whisky bars in the city (even if you’re not in Melbourne)
Or just go to Dan Murphy's and use their tasting bar. They can give you three (or more if you are lucky) different options to taste in your price range and that fit what flavour profile you like.
 

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Recently purchased the Johnnie Walker range for a blind whisky taste testing night and got a chance to review them afterwards. Synopsis below:

For the price point there are better whiskies out there than Blue Label (Glenmorangie, Glendronach, Dalwhinnie) but if you’re someone who isn’t a whisky drinker and you buy a bottle of Blue Label to celebrate your wedding/first child/getting out of prison you wouldn’t be disappointed by the choice.

The general consensus in whisky circles is that Green Label is the best value for money in the range, and they’re absolutely spot on in that opinion. The bolder for me was Double Black, which was better than expected and is my new default choice for bars that have a bad whisky selection.

The Red Label is trash, you should only drink it if it’s free or there’s nothing else available, but please mix it with something when consumed. Blue Label is the best of the lot, but at AU$194 a bottle it won’t be finding its way onto my shelf anytime soon unless it comes in the form of a gift. The Green Label was a joy to discover and for the price point will now feature heavily in my daily drinker list.
 

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Have a look on Dan Murphys website and find a bottle or two that's in the $70-$100 price range to try out. Look for something that has a softer palette or alternately something peaty to explore. Avoid lower tier whisky (Ballantines, Canadian Club, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker) for now, as they have their own special place in the lineup but it's not for starting your whisky journey.

The trick to whisky is being able to fully explore it and there's three main stages to it, the nose, palette and finish. Google the tasting notes for whatever whisky you purchase and there will be plenty of run downs of what you may be able to smell and taste in terms of flavours.

My recommended entry level whiskies are as follows:
Monkey shoulder - light vanilla, toffee and fruit
Balvenie 12 - spices, nutty, oak
Talisker 10 - pepper, smokey, peat
GlenDronach 12 - raisins, cinnamon, stewed fruit
Suntory Chita - honey, citrus, honeydew

The important thing to know is you'll develop preferences over time, and while you may not enjoy each and every whisky initially that's ok, there's plenty out there that you will like. Something lke the Glenmorangie Expressions Tasting Pack may also be worth a look, as it gives you a chance to try four different whiskies without needing to buy a bottle of each.
This is a banging line up

Monkey Shoulder for what it is, amazing.
 

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Whiskys around $100 I recommend:

- Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Dewars The Vintage 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
- Oban 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- The Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky

🙂
 

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I have a bottle of Aultmore of the Foggy Moss 12yo currently, very nice. Generally I try 1 or 2 bottles of something different in the $100 range a year, apart from that its looking for specials in the 55-60 range for general drinking.

Singleton, Auchentoshan American Oak, Ardmore (slight peat smoke is as much as I can handle) among others that you can find for that price range.


One I discovered at Christmas was Speyburn, its about $74 at Dans currently and tastes a lot better than the price indicates. Well worth a try.
 

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