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[–] DAEreddit 1 point 18 points (+19|-1) ago 

Start by drinking your choice of mixed drink (rum 'n coke etc.) every night for about a week. After one week begin to bump up the number of drinks a night and begin finishing the night with a scotch on the rocks. Once your drinking a handle per week begin drinking earlier in the day while consistently replacing your mixed drinks with scotch. After a few weeks of this you should be only drinking scotch, starting around 10am, and be drinking at least a fifth per day. Now here's the key, STOP. Thats right, stop all drinking. Within 24 hours you should start sweating and shaking(if you don't try getting up to 2 fifths per day for a few weeks and try again). Should you begin to sweat and shake get some scotch in you ASAP. Congratulations, you now literally cannot live without scotch in your life.

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[–] bbqchipz 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I always wanted crippling alcoholism.

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[–] DAEreddit 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Dude, its 2016. Its empowering alcoholism.

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[–] NuttstoButts247 ago 

Relevant Username

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[–] juicyloops 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Bourbon: have it with one ice cube, let it melt halfway and then start sipping. Bourbon is harsher than Scotch but also has easier/beginner flavors like vanilla and caramel. Once you are used the burn and want to start developing a pallete, stop using ice. Bourbon is a great place to start before you get into scotch to develop a pallete and spend less money. Good Bourbon for $40 or less is eagle rare, knob creek, and four roses.

Scotch: scotch should never be anything but straight. Don't use ice. A common misconception with scotch is that it's always smokey aka peaty, but this isn't the case at all. Scotch burns much less than bourbon and often is slightly smaller in proof, but has less "starter" flavors. Flavors are also more complex, ranging from wood, floral, caramel, peat, sweet, spicy, etc. Personally I prefer floral scotches that are low on the peaty flavor. Amazing scotches for $40ish are: deanston 12 yr, glenmorangie 10 yr, and my personal favorite being deveron 12 yr but it's closer to $50.

PM me with any questions. I've done numerous blindfolded taste tests, varying dozens of whiskey in categories of scotch, bourbon, irish, rye, and Tennessee. And PS: you get what you pay for. Don't ever spend less than $30 on a bottle. Edit: werdz

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[–] carbanara 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Id say don't spend less than 40... Buy two bottles. Passport and glenlivit or glenfidich. Try them both. Poor the passport in the toilet and never buy cheap scotch again.

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[–] juicyloops ago 

If it's scotch, no less than $40 for sure. There are some bourbons between $30-40 that are actually worth having

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[–] NedTaggart ago 

scotch should never be anything but straight. Don't use ice.

While I agree with this, Scotch can be rough to ramp up on. When I started, I got an inexpensive highland and started with getting familiar with it using club soda and Ice to dampen the harshness. Over about 6 weeks, I removed the Club soda, then later removed the ice. it was then that I was able to really explore the varieties and Understand what I was experiencing. I dont think, I could, In good conscience, give a newbie an Ardbeg or Lagavoulin neat and expect them to appreciate it.

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[–] juicyloops ago 

Yeah that's definitely a good point. But at the same time I don't think you should buy scotch yet if you have to water it down, that's why I suggest bourbon to start for people. And lol, very true. I probably don't like ardbeg either XD (although I have yet to try it). Only super peaty thing I've tried is laphroiag and hated it, I only like a little smoke

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[–] Doomking_Grimlock ago 

Scotch burns much less than bourbon and often is slightly smaller in proof, but has less "starter" flavors. Flavors are also more complex, ranging from wood, floral, caramel, peat, sweet, spicy, etc. Personally I prefer floral

I've gotten pretty fond of scotch in the three years I've been legally able to buy it, but I'm really only just now beginning to appreciate the sweetness in it. The wood kinda blends in with the smoke, but then again, I'm rarely drinking anything fancier than Jameson, so I imagine that's all I'll be tasting.

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[–] juicyloops 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Get yourself some deanston! Not enough people know about it and it's incredible. Probably $38-43 depending on your location. Very floral, some wood notes, and somewhat sweet. Might be the first time you distinguish wood from smoke

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[–] Sosacms 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

What do you say to "your body is a temple"?

Not today.

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[–] Bison_Rider 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I wholeheartedly disagree about drinking it over ice. Two drops of water may be added, maximum. Otherwise it must be taken neat. Scotch doesn't test like a peat bog, unless bogs taste like the nectar of the gods- Japanese whiskey is pretty damn smooth though.

My recommendation to OP is to go to a nice bar that has a wide selection of scotch and try some out, perhaps if the bartender likes it then ask him to pick some for you. That's what I did, and that's how I fell in love with Scapa 16, closely followed by Oban 14 year.

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[–] lettersofmarque 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I 2nd the Oban. Yummy!

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[–] grlldcheese 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Totally peat bog.

I also have to plug Canadian whiskey as a cheap as Hell, surprisingly smooth alternative to Japanese.

But it's all about bourbon.

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[–] MyNameIsMud 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago 

Start by watching Parks and Recreation. Drink everytime Ron Swanson is manly.

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[–] pcy623 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Call 911 before you press play. They'll be there in time for the alcohol poisoning.

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[–] demi_god_dylan 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

They wont make it in time.

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[–] im_the_dude_man 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm a big fan of Knob Creek with a few ice cubes. Swish them around a bit and let them melt just a tad, this will take some of the edge off but you'll be able to taste the bourbon in all it's goodness. You have to have a bit of an appreciation for the burn of liquor but I personally enjoy that sharpness.

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[–] greycloud 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

honey whiskey, its virtually a chick drink, mix it with diet cola. shit goes down smooth, and you can transition to less sweet bourbon (brandy helps with the conversion). you will accumulate the "acquired taste" over time.

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[–] BlueWingOlive 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Drinking Jim Beam Honey right now. 2 ounces of JBH with about 4 ounces of tap water on the rocks. It's quite refreshing and I got burned out on beers. Plus it's a low carb option.

Wild Turkey American Honey is much better, but I'm on a budget.

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[–] firex726 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

TIL they not only have tours of the distillery, but a coffee shop. Because if I am touring a distillery what I want is coffee.

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[–] CowboyRob 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You also get free shots on the tour. All of them give out samples. There are bus tours of Scotland that go from one distillery to next. It's a good tour.

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[–] CapinBoredface 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Gotta stay awake through the blackout

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