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If there’s one thing we learned during our tasting at the Whisky Attic (thanks to our friends at Eagle Eye Ammo) last night, it was that the look-smell-taste sampling method went out wth Burger King and hippies. We won’t get into why, because that would spoil the fun (and part of the educational experience) of sampling a flight of ten luscious brown liquors from places like Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Canada and the good ol’ US of A. One more thing, thanks to Nick…whatever you do, DO NOT drink Indian whiskey. You have been warned.


  1. avatar UpinVT says:

    Great…now I want to try Indian whiskey.

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Imagine wearing a pair of rubber sole flip flops through the New York City subway for about a month, neglecting to wash them or your feet for that entire time.

      Imagine what it might taste like to lick the sole of that shoe.

      That’s what the Indian whisky tasted like.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “That’s what the Indian whisky tasted like.”

        You liked it!

      2. avatar Gordon says:

        And how do you know what THAT tastes like?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          The Nickster is from New Yawk…

      3. avatar Mk10108 says:

        Things you do for reporting the truth.

      4. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        If you have inquired, I could have saved you the experience. I had the misfortune of trying some back in the 90’s.

        I’d rather drink paint thinner.

        1. avatar Lee Dixon says:

          Better or worse than soju?

        2. avatar Matt says:

          Now what is wrong with soju?

      5. avatar Anonymous says:

        Sounds like you got the good stuff!

      6. avatar samuraichatter says:

        Pretty soon someone is going to try and ferment Vegemite. And someone will have to try it . . . and realize that its booty

      7. avatar Bob in MI says:

        Nothing compares to the Hansen shot at the Abyss in Kinville Okinawa. Double shot of Spiritus and Habu Sake. I managed to keep it down. My buddy threw up on an ex-pat’s Harley. Harley owner backed off of the threats when the other 20 Marines walked out of the bar. We did however make him clean the bike.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      I seem to recall from numerous old westerns that it was traditional to put a rattlesnake head in the bottom of each barrel of Indian whiskey to give the whiskey a little more “kick”.

      Maybe the stuff you drank used a cobra?

    3. avatar VSN says:

      I remember Director’s Special and Seagrams 100 Piper being pretty good.

  2. avatar Kris says:

    You have my permission, just don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

  3. avatar neiowa says:

    Is that India scotch or Injun hooch?

    1. That’s Indian as in the black hole of Calcutta.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        So, push start (red dot), not pull start (pony tail)…

        1. avatar Wrightl3 says:

          So tomahawk or “Thank you for calling customer support. “

      2. avatar samuraichatter says:

        And Calcutta/Kolkata is named after the goddess Kali which means “black” (feminine) in Hindi. I would think Jagermeister would fit the bill . . .

  4. avatar Chiraq77 says:

    Coming soon “The Truth About Whisky”

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      TTAG had a post up for about an hour where they announced ‘The Truth About er, other things’ before it disappeared suddenly…

      H’mmm. 🙂

  5. avatar Dave L says:

    Nothing from Taiwan? The cask strength stuff from Kavalan is very good.

  6. avatar Geoff PR says:


    The (somewhat) fond memories of my last corporate job with the requisite corporate AMEX and a firm belief by the corporate heavies (I.E., the Suits) that an essential part of building teamwork was to consume mass quantities (That’s an expression the ‘kids’ here won’t get) of the finest available food and spirits with our cellmates, er, co-workers.

    Oh, the spirits… Patron Tequila, Maker’s Mark, various assorted single-barrel bourbons…

    A conflicting memory of delightful drinks and Leila in accounting and sheer pain the next day…

    Heh. 🙂

    1. avatar germanguy says:

      That sounds interesting. Care to elaborate?

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Well, I wanted to be a good employee…

        *cough*… er,*snicker*

    2. avatar Bill B says:

      …and you apparently survived Makers Mark. You are a far stronger person than I am. I found the best tasting part of that brand to be the red wax seal. Maybe the paper label.

      To each his own

      Buffalo Trace. Nectar of the gods. A mere 2 hours or less travel from Maker’s Mark

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        Buffalo Trace is a bourbon where the quality far exceeds one’s expectations at the price. $25/bottle here in Wyoming. Fine, fine bourbon.

        1. avatar Matt says:

          I don’t particularly care for Buffalo Trace myself, although it is not bad. My go to remains Blanton’s.

          I would also add that Jim Beam Single Barrel is a good sleeper at $35ish a bottle.

        2. avatar Chad A says:

          I’ll have to keep a look out for Blantons… Buffalo Trace is OK, although haven’t had a bottle in a couple years. I prefer Maker’s to it if memory serves. Always more whiskey to try!

      2. avatar Chuck in IL says:

        Buffalo Trace is good stuff. Another great tasting whiskey for the money is Fourty Creek.

        1. avatar Lee Dixon says:

          If you like Forty Creek, you should try Bulleit. Very good for the price.

      3. avatar rosignol says:

        Concur on Maker’s Mark. Picked up a bottle when the news broke that they’d be lowering the proof.

        It quickly became apparent that it would be no great loss.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Picked up a bottle when the news broke that they’d be lowering the proof.

          It quickly became apparent that it would be no great loss.”

          Realize the time frame.

          I started out drinking Jack. And it was OK, better than Jim Beam, and damn sure better than Evan Williams.

          In the early 80’s Maker’s was very nice stuff.

          Today apparently, …not so much.

        2. Most of us were weaned on JD. Gentleman Jack is very smooth.
          My “go to” bourbon is Woodford Reserve. I had Jefferson’s recently and it was pleasant. I stay in the under $50 range mainly.

  7. avatar Matt says:

    Now I have to try Indian whiskey…

    I’d also love to hear a who’s who of what you tasted too!

    1. Grangestone 30 year old, Auchentoshan 12 year old, Waitsburg bourbon, Pike Creek whiskey and others I can’t remember. At all.

      1. avatar Matt says:

        Nice sounding line up.

        The Pike Creek intrigues me looking at their site. A 30 year is a nice treat to me regardless of if it is a style I’d typically like. You just don’t come by that stuff in your average and even above average and excellent bars too often.

      2. There’s too much good whiskey from Kentucky USA to even consider Indian.
        That’s like going to Italy and ordering Mexican food. (Except, it might actually taste good)

        1. avatar Matt says:

          It’s always fun to see what another culture’s take on something is, like an Indian whiskey.

          I don’t disagree though, Kentucky is responsible for my favorite brands.

        2. You’re right. Nick asked to try it after we had finished the good stuff. To give him an appreciation for what he’s just tasted.

          You can’t know how high you can fly unless you know how far you can fall. Or something like that.

  8. avatar DrVino says:

    The first step too recovery is admitting you have a problem.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      They drank.

      They got drunk.

      No problem. (Unless RF’s plastic was declined…)

      Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what you were getting at, and you’re right. (as I have personally experienced…)

      They weren’t driving. (I hope)

  9. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    Hopefully they served up the Yamakazi 18. That is some serious goodness right there.

    1. avatar Red In Texas says:

      That is some VERY good stuff. My buddy got stationed in Okinawa again, so I should have a couple of bottles arriving in a month.

  10. avatar James in Houston says:

    Too much corner cutting in Indian ( Desi ) drink or food.

  11. avatar Smith says:

    I am a huge fan of the Glenlivet 18. I recommend it if you haven’t had it.

    1. avatar Chad A says:

      I have a small sampler sitting on the shelf, need to break that open soon…

  12. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Having sampled many fine single malts, my opinion of malts kept in the cask more than 18 years is “meh.” I’ve spent some serious coin on 30 and 40 year whisky and came away unimpressed.

    12 to 18 years seems to be the “magic window” of goodness.

    1. avatar rosignol says:

      A friend of mine got a bottle of Macallan 25 as a wedding gift. He’s shared a bit.

      It’s veeeery nice, but I’m never going to buy it myself.

  13. avatar James69 says:

    Try Cobra Whiskey!!!

  14. avatar DAN V says:

    The Truth About Drunks

  15. avatar WFMAH says:

    Never liked Indian Whiskey, but I did develop a taste for Khoday’s XXX and Old Monk rums. Unfortunately (luckily?), it was near the end of my 2 years there that i discovered taddy,,a palm tree sap moonshine. It was very good.

  16. avatar jwm says:

    2 Irishmen are traveling down the road at midnight. They spot a distellery running full blast and all lit up.

    1st Irishman says to the 2nd,”See lad, they’ll make more whiskey than you can hope to drink.”

    2nd Irishman replies, “Aye, you’re right. But you notice I’ve got them working overtime.”

  17. avatar Glenux says:

    I will stick with my Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, Thank you very much.

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