||01-28-2009 02:55 PM
Originally Posted by richb
Hahaha... since you got me brewing my own beer (waiting for the next batch to condition in the cask) you might as well get me started on single malts. Prefer Irish whiskey to blended scotch, (its that triple-distilled smoothness), but as a different drink entirely, where do you start with single malts? Or start a single malt thread, whatever!:)
Propforward gave you a couple of good selections and I'll give you an alternative, try different regional styles. Get thyself to a good pub that has a variety of single malts and try one or two. Start off with a Speyside(Aberlour) then try a Highland(Oban). After you get an idea of what their flavor profile is like try an Islay(Laphroaig) to send your taste buds into complete culture shock.
The whiskys vary from region to region with the Speysides generally being the lightest and then moving to Highlands, and then Islays with The Island varieties being very individual, Isle of Jura is a very mellow almost Speyside type and Talisker having all the subtlety of a salty peat flavored brick.
I'm just listing the particular brands as they are ones that I like, not to say that they are the best of their respective styles.