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Old 04-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Aquired taste?

So, I've read, in a few places, that people enjoy Scotch like they enjoy cigars. Well...that kind of made me want to try it.

Granted, I have 0 experiance with anything other than beer. Never had any liqour.

My friend bought a bottle of Glennfiddich 15 year (or something with 15 on it) and brought it to the B&M. I just poured some in a glass. It smelled pretty good, but I took a sip and was kind of disappointed. It kind of tasted...bad. I don't exactly know how to describe it...burnt toast? Maybe.

So, my question is, was your taste for Scotch...or any other liquour, aquired? Or was it love at first sip?
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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If not beer than really all I can stand to drink is Vodka
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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haha, absolutely. And it isn't a short period of acquiring either. Liquor is an interesting liquid and I can't imagine too many people loved it on their first sip.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Aquired taste?

Tastes like burning definately an aquired taste. It may be easier to mix it with some water for a while. Even some experienced scotch drinkers will mix a little water in there. Try a scotch and soda, and you can taper the amount of soda off to meet your tastes.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:53 PM   #5
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haha, absolutely. And it isn't a short period of acquiring either. Liquor is an interesting liquid and I can't imagine too many people loved it on their first sip.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
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+1 on scotch and water. Maybe try a blended before getting into single barrel stuff? Balvenie Doublewood was my gateway single malt and is still one of my favorites at any price.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Never liked the Scotch and water, I usually have it with one cube of ice. It is deffinitely something that you need to play around with. I actually drank a lot of whiskeys first, and then started drinking Scotch.
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Start with ice, work your way to neat.
Try a few different ones - lots of different flavors out there.
Glenmorangie or Glenlivet might be a good place to start.
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49 years and I still haven't acquired a taste for it.
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Well, at least I'm not the only one who didn't really like it on the first try! I don't want to write it off, because if it pairs well with cigars (as stated by other people) I'd like to be able to enjoy it!
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49 years and I still haven't acquired a taste for it.
Tom, didn't you oh-so-briefly have a bit too much of a taste for it?

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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Tom, didn't you oh-so-briefly have a bit too much of a taste for it?

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Love at first sip, for the most part. Scotch is good but not a favorite. I like it a lot but I prefer Bourbon, Rum or Tequila.
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Scotch is definitely an acquired taste.
Start small if you want to do it, mostly water with a bit of scotch in it.
Then gradually increase the scotch and decrease the water. Took me a month of trying to get that far. Now I can drink it with no problems
It's great paired with cigars but it's individual taste. I usually drink water with cigars or sometimes coffee.
As said above, Glenlivet is a good place to start.
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Very much an acquired taste!
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:59 PM   #17
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Tom, didn't you oh-so-briefly have a bit too much of a taste for it?

A pint of Cutty Sark (I know, I know) on New Year's Eve at age 17. Can't even smell the stuff anymore, and I have tried a couple highly rated ones since then.

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That too...given the choice, I would drink Scotch.

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Old 04-30-2012, 05:56 AM   #18
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Default Re: Aquired taste?

If you like straight whiskey then I don't think Scotch in particular is an acquired taste, you either like the taste or you don't, blended scotch goes down easier but isn't nearly as "Scotch" tasting, if you get my meaning. If you aren't a straight whiskey or liquor drinker in general then ya, it could take a while.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:25 AM   #19
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For sure it's aquired as are most alcohol tastes. Alcohol is poison, so it's natural I think for the first response to be negative.

Less the alochol (beer & wine) the easier to get use to.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:49 AM   #20
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I actually had my first scotch (over ice) the other night as well................I didn't like it either.

I drink the hard stuff and beer, like them both.

Big rum fan, love at first taste.
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