Cutty isn't great but I'm cheap so I drink it quite often. It was actually the first whiskey I tried, I went out and bought a bottle because it was mentioned in a Murakami book. It'll always have a place in my heart.Only kind of scotch I can remember trying is Cutty Sark, which is blended and probably not a great representative of scotches.
You may like Ledaig (from Tobermory distillery) - it's in the price-range of Ardbeg 10 and is possibly the best heavily-peated malt I've tried that isn't from Islay (or Talisker).I really love basic bitch Islay single malts, Laphroiag and Ardbeg namely. Too poor to branch out really. Highlands just don't seem to do it for me.
Moonshine, but you can't buy it in stores generally. There is stuff called that, but it isn't really.Is there any good corn whiskey from the US? I was imagining it would be similar to Scotch single grain, which has quality problems but can be very good. American friends have assured me that my curiosity about brands like Mellow Corn is naive and that corn whiskey is actually rancidly sweet/off-tasting, but is there such a thing as a distillery that produces better quality stuff?
But you can, it's functionally & chemically identical (well, minus the poisoning from shit copper & tin soldering, distilled bugs, etc).Moonshine, but you can't buy it in stores generally. There is stuff called that, but it isn't really.
The only island distillery I'm aware of having closed is Port Ellen from Islay, which did have black bottles at various points, although the closure was much more recent than you mention. Smaller distilleries from that period have definitely a lost in time element to them, and I've never had the pleasure to have tried something that old. It is a sad fact that even surviving distilleries are releasing radically different-tasting products nowadays than what they were 100 years ago, for better or for worse.I've been trying to remember the name of a scotch I had after my first deployment 17 years ago, which came from the Orkneys, iirc.
A friend of ours in the Royal Marines, who'd got back from Basra a few months prior, had a bottle passed down from his grandpa (also a RM), and waited to open it with us.
It came in a small branded wood & thatch-filled box which was almost completely faded. I'd say the box was almost certainly not original, but still very old. The crate still had a sales-tag inside with a listed price of 60£ (in 1915), and iirc he said the distillery went tits up in the '30s.
The bottle was black, maybe 1 liter, cask strength, 30yr, a small & hex-shaped label, with smaller print & all numbers hand-inked.
Our RM comrade's scotch had originally been bought by his paternal RN great-grandfather, who went down with his destroyer after being sunk by U-boat in 1917. The bottle was then inherited by his grandfather, who also served on a destroyer torpedoed & sunk in WW2 (grandpa made it ashore, though his shipmates didn't).
The deal his grandpa had with his own friends, was they'd open the bottle when the war was done and everyone made it home alive. Nobody survived the first, only one survived the second, our friend's own father didn't serve, and it was passed on when he'd been commissioned.
That's how I ended up tasting a scotch that probably I shouldn't have even been touching; which might account for why the flavors from that one glass haunt me, and why every scotch I've had since has tasted wrong.
If you like Laphroiag, I would recommend giving Lagavulin 16 a try (and yes, I actually liked this whiskey before Parks and Rec). It's not quite as heavily peated and is very smooth drinking, particularly on the rocks which is how I personally take most whiskeys.Laphroiag
There are, but you have to get into the "micro distilling" scene to pick up a good one. There are a ton of great small distilleries popping up all over the US, particularly in the upper Midwest (Michigan has a good number of them in the Traverse City/US-31 corridor up to Mackinaw area), and you can find a great variety of corn whiskeys, as well as other grains. I just got back from Traverse City and picked up a cask strength rye and a limited port wine barrel finished rye from Traverse City Whiskey Co. http://www.tcwhiskey.com/ I'm on a bit of a rye kick currently, but their bourbon was excellent. My home state of Illinois has a number of them, most up near Chicago, but those I've visited have been good, lots of variety. Blaum Bros. in Galena IL https://www.blaumbros.com/blaum-bros-distilling has some good stuff, and their moonshine is one I'd recommend as far as corn liquor.Is there any good corn whiskey from the US? I was imagining it would be similar to Scotch single grain, which has quality problems but can be very good. American friends have assured me that my curiosity about brands like Mellow Corn is naive and that corn whiskey is actually rancidly sweet/off-tasting, but is there such a thing as a distillery that produces better quality stuff?
lol I think reading Murakami is responsible for my love of whiskey and jazz. Right now I'm working my way through a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and hope to reclaim the brand integrity from Ethan Ralph.Cutty isn't great but I'm cheap so I drink it quite often. It was actually the first whiskey I tried, I went out and bought a bottle because it was mentioned in a Murakami book. It'll always have a place in my heart.