Who here enjoys themselves a nice glass of Scotch now and again? I found it quite enjoyable to put on some music, sip on some whiskey and sharpen some knives. It becomes meditative and relaxing.
For Scotch, my favorites are Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Balvanie. I also enjoy Talisker, Highland Park, Macallan, Ardberg, Glenmorangie and others. When out and at a bar, I usually fall back on some Johnnie Walker Black since bar prices on single malts are frankly stupid. Johnnie Black is also the Scotch that was my gateway into drinking scotch, so I have a soft spot in my heart. However, I think Johnnie Walker blue is super overpriced for a blend and not nearly as good as a fine single malt.
Of my favorites, I really enjoy the Lagavulin distiller's edition and classic 16 year. I tried the 12 year cask strength as well and that was very good. For Lahropaig, I really enjoyed the Triple Wood expression and the Cask Strength version. The 10 year is classic and the 18 year is amazing as well but pricey. Can't forget quarter cask! For Balvanie, I really enjoy the Double Wood and 14 year Caribbean cask editions. I have a bottle of the Port Wood I was given as a gift, but haven't found a suitable occasion to open it yet.
I'm less versed in Bourbon, Rye and Irish whiskeys, but I do enjoy Buffalo Trace bourbon, Elijah Craig, Knob Creek and Hudson's Baby Bourbon.
Anyone else enjoy a quality dram?