So, here is my first topic on this new forum. As my nickname suggests, I like whiskies and preferably single malt. It is a long story how I got into the whisky, so I skip that for now.
The problem with liking whiskies is that it happens every year that someone thinks to give you a nice bottle of whisky which is in fact crappy stuff. I can’t fake being happy, so this leads to difficult situations.
My first painful experience was when my girlfriend (now my wife) and myself were just a couple and I turned 25. I got as a birthday present a bottle of Ballantines from my (now) parents in law. I was still living on my own somewhere in a big house in a forest and on a lonely evening I decided after a few glasses of Ballantines that the toilet had to be cleaned. That toilet was cleaned obviously with Ballantines.
The horrible bottles I remember which I got on various occasions where the beforementioned Ballantines, Glen Grant, Johnny Walker Red / Black Label, Famous Grouse, Jack Daniels (who allowed this poison to be sold on the Dutch market should be forced to drink it) & Chivas Regal.
The biggest disaster after Jack Daniels was a bottle of Glen Moray. I recently got a bottle of Glen Moray - single malt - and when you see a proper box, you might think ‘nice’. After the box was opened, the first impression is ‘coloured’ and then the first taste: no much difference to cheap blends.
To me, drinking cheap whisky is fine, but if it pretends to be something and it really isn’t - I’m hugely disappointed.
I encourage you to share your experiences at the lower side of the whisky spectrum.