Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last of the Big Blended Brands -- 186 lbs (-43) [11X]

This collection of whiskies is probably the last of the affordable, popular blended scotch whiskies I'll be exploring (there are a couple I've missed, Bell's and Black Bottle, which are not sold at my liquor supermart). These 4 scotches are at the pricy end of the lower tier, what I would call bottom-middle-shelf, but I've found none of them to be worth the slightly higher price tag, so I guess that would make me a bottom-shelf person at heart (no surprise here).


● Famous Grouse
-- Supposedly the top-selling whisky in Scotland, this is the work of famous blender William Gloag (would it be top-selling if it had been called "Famous Gloag"?). This is the smoothest of the 4 and tasted strongly of vanilla.
● White Horse
-- I was debating whether to buy this until I read this post (http://www.whisky.com/brands/white_horse_brand.html), which paints an interesting history and calls out the key single malts used in this blend. Of the 4, this was the only peaty one, but not as peaty/smoky as I prefer.
● J & B Scotch
-- Supposedly the top-selling whisky in Europe, I believe J & B Rare was another whisky to be found stocked in my grandfather Poppy's liquor cabinet. I found this similar to Dewar's in being well-rounded and somewhat lacking in distinction, yet somehow a tad classier (as if I know anything about class).
● Johnnie Walker Black
-- The next shelf up from Johnnie Walker Red, I found Johnnie Walker Black label to be similar to J & B Rare, but slightly smoother and complex.

Pair tasting (1 tbsp of one followed by the other) results for these 4 whiskies:

● Famous Grouse -> White Horse: White Horse a tad bitter
● Famous Grouse -> J & B Scotch: J & B Scotch a tad creamy & spicy
● Famous Grouse -> Johnnie Walker Black: Johnnie Walker Black a tad creamy & bitter
● White Horse -> Famous Grouse: Famous Grouse
● White Horse -> J & B Scotch: J & B Scotch a tad creamy, spicy, & bitter
● White Horse -> Johnnie Walker Black: Johnnie Walker Black smooth & clean
● J & B Scotch -> Famous Grouse: Famous Grouse a tad spicy
● J & B Scotch -> White Horse: a tad bolder
● J & B Scotch -> Johnnie Walker Black: no change detected
● Johnnie Walker Black -> Famous Grouse: Famous Grouse semi-sweet vanilla
● Johnnie Walker Black -> White Horse: White Horse a tad smoky
● Johnnie Walker Black -> J & B Scotch: J & B Scotch a tad creamy & semi-sweet

Please note that there are many variables here and I am not being consistent about when I do the pair test, whether I rinse my mouth with water in-between, or what I drink and/or eat between tests. It would require multiple of the same tests to factor these variables out, and just for my palate, so please take with a grain of salt.

What I consumed Saturday -- 186 lbs (-43) [11X]:
(pigged out this weekend)
● Trader Joes No Iron Multivitamin
● Coffee w/ 1 tsp fiber & 24 g Syntrax Matrix Chocolate protein powder
● Half big chocolate chip cookie
● 5 slices bacon
● Cow Pals cheddar/mozzarella cheese twist
● 3 oz Famous Grouse
● 3 oz White Horse
● 3 oz J & B Scotch
● 3 oz Johnnie Walker Black
● Order Jade Dragon ginger pork
● 30-40 Sponge Bob Squarepants Cheese Nips
● 2 fortune cookies

What I consumed Friday -- 184 lbs (-45) [6X]:
● 3 oz Famous Grouse
● 4.25 oz Underwood Roast Beef spread w/ 3 Walkers Highland Oatcakes crackers
● 4 oz White Horse
● 3.66 oz Napoleon Tiny Smoked Oysters w/ 3 Walkers Highland Oatcakes crackers
● 2 oz Johnnie Walker Black
● 2 oz J & B Scotch
● Big bowl of potato chowder w/ Tabasco
● Half slice Top Pot Doughnuts squash/pumpkin loaf
● 4 oz Ballantine's
● 10 Pepperidge Farm water crackers w/ 3 slices of cheddar cheese
● Small chocolate chip cookie
● 2 sugar cookies

What I consumed Thursday -- 182 lbs (-47) [2X]:
(voided system)
● Coffee w/ 1 tsp fiber & 24 g Syntrax Matrix Chocolate protein powder
● Trader Joes No Iron Multivitamin
● 3.75 oz Bumblebee Sardines in mustard sauce
● 1.76 oz Chocolate peanut butter Balance bar
● 4 oz J & B Scotch
● 7 oz Johnnie Walker Black
● Spaghetti w/ sauce, 3 turkey meatballs, grated parmesan, & slice of garlic bread
● Bite of Top Pot Doughnuts cinnamon sugar blueberry
● Third of Top Pot Doughnuts apple fritter

What I consumed Wednesday -- 183 lbs (-46):
● 7.5 oz Dewar's
● Coffee w/ 2 tsp fiber
● 12 oz Bud Light Lime
● 5 oz J & B Scotch
● Big bowl of potato chowder w/ Tabasco
● Half slice Top Pot Doughnuts squash/pumpkin loaf
● Bites of Top Pot Doughnuts cinnamon sugar blueberry & raspberry chocolate donuts
● Third of Top Pot Doughnuts apple fritter

What I consumed Tuesday -- 184 lbs (-45) [5X]:
● Coffee w/ 1 tsp fiber & 24 g Syntrax Matrix Chocolate protein powder
● Trader Joes No Iron Multivitamin
● 4.5 oz pouch StarKist Tuna Creations (Hickory Smoked)
● 4 oz Dewar's
● 6 oz White Horse
● 10 Pepperidge Farm water crackers w/ 2 slices of swiss, 2 slices of cheddar cheese, & .33 cheddar/mozzarella string cheese
● Big bowl of potato chowder w/ Tabasco
● About a dozen handfuls of Snyder's buffalo wing pretzels
● Half piece of carrot bread

What I consumed Monday -- 185 lbs (-44) [6X]:
● Coffee w/ 1 tsp fiber & 24 g Syntrax Matrix Chocolate protein powder
● 4 oz Dewar's
● Small Steamer's blackened salmon Caesar salad
● Small plate of Qdoba cubed beef & chicken w/ beans & salsa
● 6 oz Famous Grouse
● Bowl of potato chowder
● About a dozen handfuls of Snyder's buffalo wing pretzels
● Half piece of carrot bread

What I consumed Sunday -- 186 lbs (-43) [10X]:
● Trader Joes No Iron Multivitamin
● 10.5 oz Old Crofter Scotch
● 4 slices Papa John's cheese pizza w/ bbq pulled pork
● 4 pretzel M&M's
● .33 Kraft cheddar/mozzarella string cheese
● About a dozen handfuls of Snyder's buffalo wing pretzels
● 3 pieces bacon & slice of french toast
● Coffee w/ 24 g Syntrax Matrix Chocolate protein powder