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Since we started talking about drinks in the other threads with @skyote @DuckTruck @MReda @DucRider @CommodoreAmiga Ill get started to what I am currently drinking (Maybe once or twice a week a double pour).

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Then on our Cross Country 11,000 Mile Trip this was my drink of choice at every National Park Entrance.
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Last, the one time I thru a Ron Swanson Approved party (2019).

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Since we started talking about drinks in the other threads with @skyote @DuckTruck @MReda @DucRider @CommodoreAmiga Ill get started to what I am currently drinking (Maybe once or twice a week a double pour).

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Then on our Cross Country 11,000 Mile Trip this was my drink of choice at every National Park Entrance.
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Last, the one time I thru a Ron Swanson Approved party (2019).

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So, to be clear, you haven't yet said "No" to my inquiry about adoption, right?
 

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Regarding my adoption request, I'm already trained in how to handle a WhistlePig.
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That is one fine looking collection! I hear the Nikka and The Chita are exceptional. Were you able to visit those distilleries as well during the visit you referenced last night?

Where was the picture of the Yamazaki taken? That's a beautiful setting.
 

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I'm mostly bourbon & will drink a little scotch on occasion. I've never even tried a Japanese whiskey, what am I missing?
 
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That is one fine looking collection! I hear the Nikka and The Chita are exceptional. Were you able to visit those distilleries as well during the visit you referenced last night?

Where was the picture of the Yamazaki taken? That's a beautiful setting.
Sadly only had time for Suntory Factory in Osaka (Or just outside) but we did have time to go to Sapporo Beer Factory in the Northern Hokkaido Reigon which was tons of fun.

The yamazaki picture was taken the East entrance of Yellow Stone Park at our RV campground.
 

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I'm mostly bourbon & will drink a little scotch on occasion. I've never even tried a Japanese whiskey, what am I missing?
Japanese Whiskey can be quite good. I’ve never actually seen that Yamazaki here in Oklahoma but I’ve heard its great. Suntory has several offerings that I have had here that very enjoyable. You should pick some up at least once to try. I haven’t really been disappointed in any of the ones I have tried,
 
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I'm mostly bourbon & will drink a little scotch on occasion. I've never even tried a Japanese whiskey, what am I missing?

I think so! Though it is only for something different and not necessarily better depending on your flavor profile. The whiskey (yamazaki) for instance has interesting floral notes, sweetness notes (not as strong in sweetness as bourbon) and minor heat but pairs well with just about anything really because its so smooth/blended.

I only recommend if you can get it at a reasonable price while its great I just hate how its price gouged so much and still think the value for money Aushentoshan 3 wood is so delicious.
 

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Nice collection, and good idea for a thread (or bad idea, because I'll end up spending money on whiskey as a result). I rarely have more than a couple bottles on hand, because I tend to buy a bottle (or two) and drink a bottle (or two), and then go back to the store.

Right now, I've got the Woods whiskey I mentioned buying the other day, Basil Hayden Dark Rye, Axe and the Oak bourbon (they are local here in Colorado Springs) and Zaya rum. I might have a little Stranahan's left, but I don't feel like getting up and checking.

That Yamazaki is solid, I've bought bottles of it in the past. I'm also a fan of the 1792. I saw that Auchentoshan at the liquor store the other day, maybe I'll give it a try. I think I mentioned enjoying their American Oak.
 

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Greg,

What a fine collection, as well! Nice mix of the classics with a bunch of regional goodies. I stumbled onto the site for High West Distillery while researching PT's Wood's High Mountain label. H.W.'s Double Rye caught my attention and now I see that you have it. All of PT's stuff is on my list to sample and buy while visiting Salida.

I'll have to find the Dickel you have up front. I think my first bottle of Bourbon was Dickel's standard offering and it was a staple for years. I have friends that recently turned me on to Stagg as I had brought one of my Islay Single Mallts for them to try. The Stagg was outstanding!

I had been a bourbon guy before visiting family in Scotland and all they had was Scotch. Once I got home, I kept trying new Scotches and stopped buying much of anything else. Still love the Bourbons but will lean toward a new Scotch or Rye when looking for something different. The reduced sweetness of Scotch, and to a lesser degree, the Ryes, is a plus for me, but very few of my friends can tolerate the smokiness of the peat levels that the Islays all feature.

Funny story about Scotch. While visiting a wonderful group of my Mom's family in Scotland for the first time, I noticed every household had a bottle of Famous Grouse Scotch and nothing else. It was a staple throughout the country. When I asked my Mom's cousin "Why Famous Grouse when you have all these wonderful Single Malts around?" He didn't hesitate. He gave me this incredulous look and shot back "We're all Scotsman! We're cheap! We sell those expensive Single Malts to you Americans so we can afford to drink our favorites!" At least that's what it sounded like he said. His brogue was so thick I wasn't sure, but he was so emphatic and had that universal look that told me I had just asked the stupidest question he'd ever heard, so I didn't dare ask him to repeat himself. I had no problem understanding all three of those exclamation points! They are universal.

Thanks again for sharing you pic. You, Kanundrum, and Skyote have inspired me to explore beyond my tiny isle of Islay in the aisles of the liquor store (try saying that three times quickly when you're three sheets to the wind!).

Cheers! 🥃🥃

p.s. Next up, Tequilas...
 

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Will never buy a Land Rover again!!!
Ok I’ll bump off this great Bourbon topic to posting your “Best Catch”. (And no cute photos of your S.O.). This one is mine and my fishing team, Team Bald Tuna...249lb Yellowfin...

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