A Whiskey Recommendation


#1

I occasionally drink whiskey and prefer single malts over blends. I noticed a blend in my local supermarket that I hadn't heard of called Black Diamond. The main reason I noticed it was because the packing is decent and it was only NT199$.

After sampling it last night I was pleasantly surprised. Its quite smooth and tastes really good. I'm not going to get into the individual tastes I experienced as I'm not a wannabee whiskey expert.

Although it doesn't compare with a much more expensive single malt, its definately worth trying because of its price. I haven't been able to find anything out about it online. Has anyone else ever heard about it?

teggs

p.s. info on other good whiskeys would also be great! :slight_smile:


Omar Whiskey
#2

You're talking Scotch Whiskys.

May I reccomend you look into a Kentucky BourBon.

Jim Beam at the entry level. Early Times, Evan Williams at mid-level (I like it) and Makers Mark, Ancient Age and a few other "small batch" distileries at the top end.

Taste and enjoy!

I would advise not trying this marque w/out great experience.

Distilled in Kentucky, bottled in France and available at my friends business in Tainan.


#3

You can't go wrong if you stick to the stalwarts. Chivas, Jack, and Beam.


#4

Thanks for the tip, if you can find a pic on the net that'd be great help, does it have a Chinese name (some have ...)?

I personally prefer Irish Whisky, best I've ever had so far is Midleton's:

Great stuff!! As for Bourbon as suggested earlier, I've also had pleasant experiences with a bottle of Maker's Mark

and a bottle of Elijah Craig 12year old which I remember buying because I liked the shape of the bottle, but ended up enjoying its contents quite a bit, too:

Its sold as an 18yo as well, but in a different bottle ... :wink:

Saw this latter one on a recent visit to the off-license on Zhong SHan N. Rd. Sec. 7, so it should be available ... Thank , Xpet.


#5

MMmmmm...BourBon....goooood.....

Mix it only with a bit of good cool water. Sip and enjoy.

For pics - Here is a very complete BourBon listing - Kentucky Bourbon Online


#6


#7

The Middleton is a bit out of my price range :blush: , but if you would like an Irish with a less scary price tag, I would suggest the Bush Mills 10 year old single malt. Very easy to drink with a nice vanilla tinge.

For Scotch, I tend to like the Islays. Many find the Laphroaig 10 year old single malt to be a bit over the top but think its a great whiskey. I recently gave a couple of bottles to my father-in-law to try to convince him that there is more to whisky than Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal.

PS - Scotch = Whisky
Irish = Whiskey

I have no idea why.


#8

Black Diamond is not whisky. Its French grain spirit made with whiskies sold off cheap by Scottish distilleries. The stuff is usually very bad indeed (hence the give-away price) and made from stuff that the distilleries cannot sell at home at any price.
Avoid.


#9

jameson 12 year old is a great irish whiskey ... recently hard to find in taoyuan - used to be available.

no mention of rye yet - crown royal special edition is quality.

alberta springs was good as a cheapie, but you'll not find it in taiwan.


#10

I have to agree, Jameson 12 year is a great Whisky but diificult to find in Taiwan. However, if I am not mistaken the Duty free in Taiwan's International Airport has them for NT$1000 which is a lot cheaper than back home and it is the big bottle :wink:.

Also, a standard bottle of Jameson, which is fine drink in its own right, is availabe in Welcome and Tesco for around NT$500.


#11


I drank a lot of this stuff when I was in Japan. I liked it with water.


#12

This stuff pairs well with a felony, I've heard.


#13

Gah! Ahhhg! That bottle of Rebel Yell almost blinded me! (brings back some memories


#14

Elegua, you have impeccable taste in booze but you can't spell 'em worth a damn! :laughing: :wink:


#15

Thanks. But have you seen my normal posting - I really, really, really need spelling cow to come back.


#16

Right, the standard Jameson is a fine "everyday" drink and available at Carrefour for little money, con't remember how much though.

Yeah, the Middleton is a bit steep, but worth it. I had one brought over by a friend, sadly only the nice wooden box is left now ...

I haven't seen the 10 y/o Bushmills single malt in TW so far, if you know where it's on the shelves pls. post it here! Thanks, Xpet.


#17

Just checked back after my original post ... its obvious that everyone has their own preferences, and so do I.

I agree with the above post. If I drank one drink every day, it would be Jameson's. Triple distilled and unpeated - can't go wrong. I'm also a fan of single malts though - Dahlwinnie, Balvenie and Lagavullin being my favorites there (sorry, I'm sure I spelt some of those wrong).

Are there any places that stock hard-to-find brands around?

teggs


#18

Dalwhinnie and various Balvenies are always available at the "Drinks" chainstore (logo is a red barrel, they're all over the city). Lagavulin I'm not so sure. If you like Dalwhinnie, you'll probably also like Oban and Cragganmore, also usually available at Drinks.


#19

So far three reccommentations for Maker's Mark. I'll look for it.
I'd also like to try Rebel Yell just for the name.


#20

Rebel Yell is difficult to find. It used to not be available north of the Mason-Dixon line, but now is. I found a place that could get it while in San Diego... but didn't have it in stock when I was there. I will try again when I go to Pittsburgh in July. If you really want to try it, let me know. TpeBob and hexuan have both tried and liked it, quite a bit. I think The Gumper also tried it... but, my memory of that day is a bit unclear.

It is the preferred drink of southern gentlemen. Its also Keith Richard's favorite.