Which whisky brand to start with?

Which whisky brand to start with?

When I wanted to start drinking whisky I came across the question every whisky starter has: which brand do I have to pick? By then I only knew the name of the famous Johnnie Walker red label. When I start Googling for this brand I noticed something funny, on a lot of websites people wrote that they did not like the taste. A friend of mine told me Johnnie Walker themselves promotes their Red Label to use in mixes (see image below). I was quite surprised since I thought this was a very good whisky (do not take me wrong: if you like Red Label keep enjoying it!).

Proof: Red Label is for mixes
Proof: Red Label is for mixes

Ok, so Johnnie Walker Red Label was off my list. The first whisky I ever tasted was The Famous Grouse with my girlfriend’s father. He had another bottle called Teacher’s. Another day I tried this one and I really liked the taste. The first taste which came up was wood (never tasted wood though, but still it was the first thing which came up my mind. On the whiskymag forum they told me this was the taste of peat. When I searched further about Teacher’s I saw a lot of people having this blend whisky as their “common” whisky, because of this peat-taste. With common they meant: a whisky-for-every-day-use.

So if your want to give whisky tasting a shot you sure want to try Teacher’s! Remember: the taste is peat and not wood 😉

A bottle of Teacher's Highland Cream
A bottle of Teacher's Highland Cream

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  1. i refer red label for a headace whisky. indeed good for in your cola. but i would start with a bit more smooth whisky. perhaps Talisker 18yr. its a bit more expesive but how older the smoother. you can buy 20cl bottles aswell.

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