Scotch Recommendations

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  1. Daserop

    Daserop Well-Known Member

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    One of the groomsman in my wedding party is a big scotch drinker. I'd like to get him a good bottle of scotch as his gift. However, I don't know much about scotch and was looking for some recommendations. Any assistance would be appreciated! Thanks.
     
  2. mynameisjonas

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    This is easy. Glenlivet 18. It's about $100+. Best bang for the buck.

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    Absofreakinglutely!
     
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    3M makes a really nice scotch tape....
     
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    Lagavulin is my favorite. It'll be ~$75 for the 16-year. It's an Islay like Laphroaig - which is ~$50 for the 12-year. Islays have a strong flavor - peaty, smoky. I'm sure that Glenlivet 18 that was noted is a good one - I expect that's a little more "easier drinking". Highland Park has some excellent ones in that category as well: Magnus is ~$40; Valykyrie is ~$75.

    If you want to go Irish, you can't go wrong with Redbreast 12 - should be ~$50.
     
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    I've enjoyed Macallan 15 when other had bought it for me. It's about $100 for a bottle

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    I tend to like smoky flavors so I recommend Ardbeg. Anything above their 10yr I really like.
     
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    I would definitely check into his flavor profile likes.
     
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    Price point is important here. If you're loaded, Macallan 18 is the right choice. If you're looking in the $60 range, I'd recommend The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year
     
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    He has commented that he likes Scotch with a some "smokey" flavoring to it. Price range I'm looking for something around $50 to $60...if possible
     
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    Laphroiag is the answer.
     
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    I came here to suggest the Balvenie Double Wood but cyclonespiker beat me to it. My father's favorite. I'm not huge on scotch but will drink this on occasion and enjoy it.
     
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    Talisker 10 year fits both the smokey flavor and your price range.
     
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    Where are you from?
    Just me, but I would rather receive something unique, and given your price point you might consider an American made whiskey with a smoke element vs a cheaper single malt scotch. If he has a liquor cabinet that already contains Peaty/smokey scotches it is likely he has Laphroiag and or Ardberg.
    If you have a decent liquor store (Cyclone in Ames is a great option if you're local) they should be able to point you in the right direction.
     
  16. KennyPratt42

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    For those that like Double Wood, try the Caribbean Cask 14 sometime. My favorite from Balvenie.
     
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    Another vote for the balvenie doublewood. As someone who doesnt normally like scotch it's an easy drinking fruity/nutty scotch. I've bought it as a gift several times and everyone has liked it.

    If they like islay scotch go with the lagavulin 16 or laphroaig. Bonus points for lagavulin since Ron Swanson drinks it.
     
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    I've had this and Glenfiddich - both are very good but I prefer Glenfiddich.
     
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    #20 KennyPratt42, Aug 1, 2019
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    I can appreciate what you're saying, but as a Scotch person I've had a number of people want me to try a smoky American whisky (anywhere from $30 to $200+ bottles) and while I've enjoyed trying them I've yet to have one I wanted more than a glass or two of. It's just a style difference (American vs Scotch) and most people that are into whisky prefer one or the other for whatever reason (malted barley vs corn/rye is one of them).
     

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