Originally Posted by willk
So you lot (you silent lurkers) - what's good in the New World? I reckon the Scots made their mark in Canada and the Irish in the USA, hence the spelling. I've only sipped a couple of the big commercial names - Wild Turkey 8yr old is probably the best of them here - but there must be a few better examples that don't make it this far. Any takers? Stoo, J-Y? Anyone?
Buffalo Trace is my favourite of the higher end Bourbons you can get here. available in ASDA for £20 a bottle. Very nice in an "Old Fashioned" or a "Mint Julep". Woodford Reserve is a good sipper but a little sweet for my tastes. Buffalo Trace apparently do various special bottlings which are available online but I've never gotten around to trying any.
Another good nightcap alternative is good quality rum which is starting to get easier to find. I came across Appleton Estate XV in Waitrose the other day for around £25 which is quite acceptable over plenty of ice and with a little sliver of lime zest.
As far as Malt is concerned, for me it's a toss up between the 18yo Glenlivet (cracking 'session' whisky) and Lagavulin for winter nights by the fire.
'Cooking' whisky: I've always had a soft spot for "The Bailie Nicol Jarvie" but that's prolly for the label as much as anything else.
I've made myself all thirsty now with more than half the working day still to go!