Ok, so I know my wine, I know my martinis (perhaps a bit too much), now I have this idea, that at my desk at night, I can have a nice glass of Scotch Whiskey and read or just be creative, or waste time, but whatever the case I can do it with class. I am NEW to the Scotch Whiskey world and for basically a first timer I am asking what the community recomends - THANK you to one and all... (also what might work best with a nice cigar)

 

P.S. I have tried and enjoyed GLENLEVIT.. thanks for all the suggestions.. I'll soon try a second brand as well

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Depending on the situation depends on what i drink but my all time favourite is Black Grouse.

I've wanted to try scotch but have been a little skittish. I had a little bourbon a while back (got it to put in eggnog but had to have a taste) and the experience was.....unpleasant to say the least. To me the bourbon was like drinking liquid wood and really just made me sick. What does a good scotch taste like?
Its one of those drinks you need to get used to but a good scotch is a pleasnt experience and depending on the brand depends on the taste but it should not be woody. Try adding some to your tea or coffe to get used to it then you might find that you can drink it neat with a better out come.

Hope this helps.
Thanks, I'll have to try that.
My wife gives me hell for putting it in my coffee but it is oh so good. Glad I'm not the only one who does this
I've just gotten back into Scotch. I've been trying different single malts - first was Glenmorangie (quite good), and I recently bought a bottle of The Macallan (excellent). I drink it at night with a bit of mineral water to bring out the flavors.
I like Johnny Walker red label. But with all adult drinks there is a host of others out there and it depends on your taste and your price. Foe a first timer I think it is a reasonable priced starter brand. If you don't like it then as Benjamin said try it in your coffee thats usually how I drink it.
JW Red is good as a mixer, but keep in mind it's more grain whisky than malt whisky. But it mixes excellenty with cola. It was also the favorite drink of Winston Churchill, who liked it mixed with soda water.
I'm no expert; but here's the basics: there are Scotch blends and there are single-malts. Plus, the region where the Scotches are made in Scotland can have a lot to do with the taste.
Blends are exactly what they sound like; blends of different batches combined to achieve a consistent taste.
(Examples Johnny Walkers and J&B's)
Single-malts; therefore, are....you guessed it. Single. Malts. Single. Batch. Thus, not blended.
(Examples: Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, The Balvenie, I think)

As a general guide, this might help. I like to grade Scotches on the following scale:
1 = milder, smoother, savory.
5 = cinnamon, tobacco, leather
10 = like drinking cigar tobacco, LOTS of smoke, and it instantly sprouts new hair follicles on your face and chest, yet it's somehow satisfying. This is an acquired taste; but worth it if you can get there.

By way of brands and actual bottles on that scale, here are some examples:
1 = Johnny Walker black/red, The Balvenie 12-year
5 = Auchentoshan, Dalwhinnie, J&B
10 = Laphroaig 10-year, Ardbeg

Manly Night suggestion. Buy a 5-7 smaller liter/ml bottles of blends and single-malts; the smallest you can find. Try them back-to-back; perhaps while watching the Hortaio Hornblower series or Legal Weapon series. Maybe even ask each gent to bring a bottle of scotch to share. By drinking scotches back-to-back, you'll quickly learn more than reading about it. Trust me.
I had no idea about marrying. Thanks for the info. Nice to learn something.
I can not profess to be particularly well versed in Scotch, but I have been experimenting for the better part of a year now. My friends and I have tried Glenfiddich, Macallan, and Famous Grouse. We tend to drink the Famous Grouse the most. The other day I tried a new type of Scotch -- and I'm sorry I've forgotten the name -- which was very smooth compared to any other Scotch I've tried. I'll try to find out the name.
I, also, am not very well-versed in Scotch, however there are a few I enjoy. On my last trip to London, I picked up a few bottles in the airport's duty-free store. I have a bottle of Bowmore Islay Single Malt, which is pretty good. It has a fairly strong peat flavor to it, and it can be harsh if you don't drink it with a bit of mineral water. I also picked up a bottle of Clenfiddich Solara Reserve 15 Year which I enjoy quite a bit. It's a very smooth drink, and isn't too harsh to drink neat, but a little bit of water brings out the flavors a bit more.

I've stumbled upon a nice community website called Connosr, and it's helpful when looking for new selections. It's still in beta, but the selections and reviews have been piling up for the past few months. Have a look, it may help: http://www.connosr.com/

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