Okay, I have on more than one occassion unintentionally derailed a perfectly fine gear thread to mention how comparing different, but equally excellent gear is akin to comparing single malt scotches. So, I thought it might make some sense to set up this thread, and then just link to it whenever I (or others) get side tracked thinking about these fine spirits! I will start by saying that I like a variety of single malts, and I appreciate almost all of them. But, the variation between different single malts is really quite astounding, and there are always particular products which will have greater appeal to a given individual. I tend to prefer the Islay malts, and Lagavulin 16 yr. is a constant stable in my liquor cabinet. Laphroaig is an occassional deviation from Lagavulin, and I have found myself spending a lot of time with The Balvenie 12 yr. Doublewood of late. Other scotches that I generally have on hand include: Oban (gotta have a bottle of Oban in the house!), Talisker, Dalwhinnie, The Macallan, and I still have some Glenfiddich 18 yr. Ancient Reserve which I am tring to milk along for as long as I can. I'm sure I'll have more to add as we go on, but perhaps this will get things going. Discuss! Tom.