A friend asked, “Rose, what would you like to drink?”
My response, “Hakashu straight.”
You read that right! I’m not a light weight girl that you imagine. If you ask me if I’m a light weight; I will definitely take that as an insult. I got into drinking whiskey and scotch a few years ago when I traveled to India. The only thing I could eat (well more like drink) was whiskey because of all the canker sores in my mouth. Whiskey/scotch was the only drink that numbs the pain in my mouth and acted as a sanitization aid.
At one point I did own a bottle (or 2) of each of these below, but this hobby adds-up quickly. I try to limit myself now by owning a bottle of each instead of having a back-up bottle.
Here are some of my thoughts on whiskey/scotch I had (in order of preference). By all means, you may have a completely different taste/point of views/thoughts, so feel free to share them if you like.
Hibiki 12 ($100) and 17 ($250): As Japanese whiskey are getting more and more popular thesedays;it’s getting extremely difficult to a hand on these bottles. The 12 has honey, flowery and a lightsmokiness to the taste. It goes down extremely smooth and once swallowed, it has a hint of sweetness. The 17 has a similar taste; except it’s sweeter when swallowed and the smokiness is even more settle. For female ladies trying out whiskey for the first, I would start of with a shot of 12 on the rock.
Balvenie 12 ($40), 14 ($60), 17 ($150) and 21 ($200): This is by far my favorite collection of scotch.The 12 and 21 is the least smoky of all and has a sweet fruity flavor to it. The 14 and 17 are my favorite in the Balvenie series. The 17 is smoother, sweeter, and smokier than the 14; however, if you’re not a big whiskey drinker, than you would not notice the difference. The 21 is kind of like a port, but not doesn’t have extremely sweet dense taste. But, given the price is a $200 a bottle, it’s not worth the investment if you are not a whiskey enthusiast.
Oban ($60): Costco has these on the shelves now for about $10 – $15 cheaper than the market. Oban isbest on the rock because it has a heavy smoky flavor when swallowed. When it first hit your mouth, it is a light hint of sweetness that I like and then it finishes with a long smokey surprise.
Hakashu ($80): A bottle that’s also a little difficult to find due to increase popularity of Japanese whiskies. I would say this bottle is one of the smokiest Japanese whiskey I own. The smokiness of the Hakashu clams me down down on my most stressful day. The crispy, clean touch of honey and fruity sweetness is when it first hit my pallet is what makes this bottle appealing.
Monkey Shoulder ($30): The most bang for the buck! If you’re looking for a cheap (but not disgusting) bottle of scotch to bring to any party, this one is it! You can easily grab a bottle at any liquor stores or any Trader Joes. Nice light smokey aftertaste as you sip and swallow while the sweet honey taste lingering in your mouth. I would suggest serving Monkey Shoulder with a few cubs of ice since the coldness of the drink accentuate the flavor of the scotch.
Johnny Walker Black ($26): First note in my head on this one… smokey! You’ll get a heavy smokey scent when you first put your nose to it, but once in your mouth, it’s smooth. The rich smokey flavorful is not too pungent or overpowering, which makes a perfect drink to start the night with. JWB is best drank on the rock to soften the rich smokey flavor.
Glenfarclas 12 ($50): Almost port like kind of whiskey. If you like your whiskey on the sweeter side, then this one is it. I love the honey and brown sugar finish. Best service neat to enjoy the thick and dense sweet flavor of the whiskey. Or, if you want it cold, shake it up with a few ice cubes and honey, and it will be a perfect lady’s drink.
Glenlivet 12 ($25): Costco has the cheapest price. It’s only $25.00 for a bottle, so I usually have 2 – 3 available at home for any last minute whiskey parties. Not recommended, but Glenlivet is the only scotch I’ll take shots on. It’s smooth, round and soft taste with minimal smokiness makes it easy to go down. Shake it up with some ice or put it in a freezer to make it cold; it’ll make a light scotch drink perfect for any summer days.
Macallan 12 ($45) & 18 ($230): Most whiskey people started out drinking Macallan as their first whiskey since it has reasonable price and easy to find. For the 12, I would suggest drinking it on the rock to tone down the smokey flavor and bring out the sweetness. For the 18, definitely drink it neat! The dark golden brown color is beautiful and give it a full-bodied smooth and sweet finish.
Laphroaig 10 ($45): Not for me. Too smokey, too strong, too heavy. This bottle is too masculine for me. I would be surprise if a woman has Laphroaig as one of their favorite scotches. Disclaimer: not trying to be sexiest here; it’s just a very manly drink.
Ardbeg 10 ($50): This is bottle that you’ll either hate or love. It’s extremely, terribly smokey. To me, it seems medicinal and I couldn’t even get myself to try it. I wouldn’t even waste the money to buy a bottle of these to try. Ask around, maybe one of your friends has a bottle sitting around for you to try cause they don’t want to drink it.
* Price are based on the time of purchase and may not reflect current pricing and/or store pricing.
* Drink responsibly. By reading this article, you understand that I hold NO responsibility for any of actions before and/or after your consumption of alcohol.
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