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Canberra’s Whisky Culture

By Muttsybignuts - 20 October 2009 43

I’m not a coffee wanker or a beer wanker however I amstarting to become a whisky wanker. Can anyone point me in the direction of a great single malt?

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Canberra’s Whisky Culture
neanderthalsis 3:00 pm 20 Oct 09

Laphroig or Dalwhinnie. Or be a little adventurous and drink Drambuie, my poison of choice.

Jim Jones 2:24 pm 20 Oct 09

caf said :

Clown Killer: Whiskey appears to be the drink of choice for those who wear knee-high socks and jackets with leather patches on the elbows, so it oughta be banned.

I’m more likely to wear a kutte.

Pommy bastard 2:23 pm 20 Oct 09

I highly recommend reading “Raw Spirit”, Iain Banks’s quest for the ultimate whisky, available at the public library.

Thumper 2:17 pm 20 Oct 09

I love scotch, any and all of it.. 😉

caf 2:14 pm 20 Oct 09

Clown Killer: Whiskey appears to be the drink of choice for those who wear knee-high socks and jackets with leather patches on the elbows, so it oughta be banned.

smiling politely 2:08 pm 20 Oct 09

Lovely to see all the recommendations for Laphroaig, to which I’ll add that their quarter cask is well worth a taste as well – as CK notes some people do find Laphroaig a bit too peaty and iodiney but the quarter cask expression is much smoother.

Ah – “expression”. A wanker word. But such is the language that’s used for single malts. Best not to worry about perceptions and simply drink.

It’s worth exploring them on a regional basis. I’m wedded to my “Islay lovelies” (Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg etc) but have found Talisker to be perfect for cold, rainy Canberra nights, while Aberlour, being a light and easy Speysider, is perfectly reasonable summer drinking. 1st Choice Liquor in Phillip has a good selection at reasonable prices, though maybe do a little research first…

Pommy bastard 1:51 pm 20 Oct 09

I’ve always been a Laphroaig man, (and a total whisky wanker)

18 yr old cask strength is better than the 10 yr old “ordinary”, though the 30 yr old is well worth it if you have the cash.

All of Jim’s choices are all excellent, I would only add Bowmore and Lagavulin

LMR 1:49 pm 20 Oct 09

Yeah, anything with ‘Glen’ in the name seems a good choice lol

S4anta 1:38 pm 20 Oct 09

I’ve got a mate called Rocco who is a really nice single maltese bloke. He’ll be more than willing to look after you.

harley 1:29 pm 20 Oct 09

I’m a fan of Glenquagmire.

captainwhorebags 1:26 pm 20 Oct 09

Try a whisky from each of the major regions and discover what style suits you best.

Here’s what I usually have sitting on the bench:

Islay: Laphroaig, or Caol Ila when I can find it again
Speyside: Glenfiddich (best bang for buck is the 18y/o)
Highland: Dalwhinnie
Lowland: Auchentoshan (found at 1st Choice in Philip, after a brief search)

Personally I’m a big fan of the Islay malts, in all their smokey goodness. Laphroaig was described to me as “drinking a wet bonfire” and it’s reasonably apt.

Clown Killer 1:24 pm 20 Oct 09

There’s a fair bit of regional variation in the malts and then the various house styles. It’s more than a magnificent journey, finding your way though it all. The islay malts like (Laphroig, Ardberg, Lagavulin etc.) had been my favourites for many years but they can be a pit peaty and iodiney for some. Talisker from Skye is a little softer. Then there’s the highlands, lowlands and probably inbetweenlands to try.

the Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 18yo is my malt of choice at present, a very pleasant drop indeed and robably the pick of the Speyside malts.

Tonka 1:21 pm 20 Oct 09

I’m not usually one to spruik places, but I know from experience that the Burns club has a great range of good single malts.

My old man is a single malt demon and I’ve tried a few absolute rippers there over the years.

If you’re not sure of what you like, then there you have the option of buying nips and trying different types to see which one floats your boat.

I’d also add Dalwhinnie (a favourite), Oban, and Talisker to the above list.

If you’re into something sweeter, then I’d also suggest whiskey liqueurs like Glayva, or Lochan Ora. Beware though… highly drinkable, but they come with a kick like a mule.

baldilocks 1:21 pm 20 Oct 09

Laphroig +1

Jim Jones 12:22 pm 20 Oct 09

I’ve been a big fan of: Laphroig, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Aberlour, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet

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