After reading the thread on best whiskies, I am impressed at all you Brit boys and your fine palates! It seems like there is a preference for the Islay stuff, especially Laphroaig (which is also my favourite).
Now, when I was hunting Elk in Wyoming I brought a bottle of Laphroaig Cask Strength with me to share with the cowboys. It was good to know that globally, hunters seem to have a preference for something strong after the kill, however to my dismay none of my American hunters liked (or could handle) the peat and iodine taste of the Laphroaig.
They seemed to prefer the Canadian Rye or a straight corn-distilled Kentucky Bourbon (Makers Mark or Woodford). What do you think of that stuff? Do any of you drink it here after a hunt? And what is about Scotch, especially the powerful Laphroaig that is so appealing to us?
Have a Happy New Year!
Just a footnote: Most Canadian Rye whiskies today are blends; straight rye is hard to find. Before WWI, rye was a predominate grain used in whiskey making before farm land in the United States took to growing an abundance of corn through government subsidies (which helped make us so fat). I have a few straight rye bottles around;regarding taste, toffee and spice dominates!