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#4041645 - 11/26/14 05:14 PM Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas?  
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I came across a couple of good ones, in the lower to mid-level price range.

Lower price range (around 40 Euros):

- Talisker Storm
- Arran 14y (!)
- Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12y
- Aberfeldy 12y

Mid-price (60-130 Euros):

- Glengoyne 21y
- Old Pulteney 21y
- Auchroisk 23y
- Glenfarclas 25y
- Glendronach Allardice 18y
- Laphroaig 18y


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#4041650 - 11/26/14 05:17 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Laphroaig 10y FTW. Not the smoothest, but such character! Like drinking a beach campfire.


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#4041659 - 11/26/14 05:31 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: arthur666]  
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Originally Posted By: arthur666
Laphroaig 10y FTW. Not the smoothest, but such character!


Not any more for me. Ever since demand has gone way up, Laphroaig seems to have changed their 10y. Or my taste buds have. smile

Either way, for me it simply tastes sweet immediately followed by intense smokey peat. Nothing in between.

Trust me, try the Laphroaig 18y if you get a chance. A huge difference. Much more complex nose and palate, yet retaining that heavy peat character of an Islay whisky. thumbsup


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#4041702 - 11/26/14 06:41 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Originally Posted By: Jayhawk
Originally Posted By: arthur666
Laphroaig 10y FTW. Not the smoothest, but such character!


Not any more for me. Ever since demand has gone way up, Laphroaig seems to have changed their 10y. Or my taste buds have.
Either way, for me it simply tastes sweet immediately followed by intense smokey peat. Nothing in between.

Very sad to hear. I have been nursing a second of 2 bottles I bought several years ago. Time to to say goodbye to an old friend. frown

Originally Posted By: Jayhawk
Trust me, try the Laphroaig 18y if you get a chance. A huge difference. Much more complex nose and palate, yet retaining that heavy peat character of an Islay whisky. thumbsup

Will do.

Dalmore used to be my other favorite inexpensive single malt. Bought a bottle last month. New fancy (tacky, actually) bottle label, tastes too sweet and bland, AND! price increase from <$35 to >$50 . I had some serious buyer's remorse after taking my first sip. cuss2

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#4041704 - 11/26/14 06:48 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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This year I'm after an 18yo Highland Park.

#4041757 - 11/26/14 08:01 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Not a single malt, but goddamn J&B Rare is the business. It tastes gooooood and is perfect at Christmas. Flame me now for being a cretin I know!

#4041804 - 11/26/14 09:14 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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I'd like to add Caol Ila 12yo. Really good, medium peaty. And, not a single malt but a really good blend, Hibiki 12.
And I agree on the Aberfeldy - it's always in my (admittedly very limited) collection.


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#4041879 - 11/26/14 10:55 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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I feel a sudden need for a bottle of Lagavulin to see me through the festive season.

#4042052 - 11/27/14 07:08 AM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Old Pulteney is definitely wonderful stuff. Even the
12yo is just sterling. It's in high rotation in
my cupboard.

#4042056 - 11/27/14 07:52 AM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Definitely agree there, I love old pulteney.

Another couple of greats in the lower price range are Aberlour 12 year old and the Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old.

#4042084 - 11/27/14 10:35 AM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Try something exotic. Sullivans Cove from Tasmania.

Really yummy. Smokey.


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#4042113 - 11/27/14 01:03 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Bushmill's Black Bush....


Sweetest and smoothest you may yet to have experienced.

Only spirit I will ever drink neat.



Awesome ... IMO


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#4042120 - 11/27/14 01:27 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Bushmills is not "really" Scotch but Black Bush is very nice. In Ireland Bushmills is known as "Protestant" whisky ( brewed in the North ) and Jamiesons is called "Catholic" whiskey ( brewed in the south ) smile

I love single malt but I prefer the more neutral varieties. I think Laphroaig tastes like bog water biggrin My favourite is called Abelour. Its from a town of the same name in the north pf Scotland and its the same place where Walkers shortbread is made. The perfect place to visit....booze & biscuits biggrin


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#4042176 - 11/27/14 03:23 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: No105_Archie]  
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Originally Posted By: No105_Archie
Bushmills is not "really" Scotch but Black Bush is very nice. In Ireland Bushmills is known as "Protestant" whisky ( brewed in the North ) and Jamiesons is called "Catholic" whiskey ( brewed in the south ) smile

I love single malt but I prefer the more neutral varieties. I think Laphroaig tastes like bog water biggrin My favourite is called Abelour. Its from a town of the same name in the north pf Scotland and its the same place where Walkers shortbread is made. The perfect place to visit....booze & biscuits biggrin


Bushmills isn't a Scotch in "any" way, being Irish and not Scottish. It's a nice enough whiskey though.

Not a huge Aberlour fan. Even though I grew up on the banks of the Spey, Speysides have never done it for me....I mean, don't get me wrong, they're not bad breakfast whiskys but not enough fury for a proper session..:D

#4042283 - 11/27/14 07:17 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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You guys finally mentioned one I have experience with. I do love me some Jamesons!

I'm a complete n00b at Scotch, though.


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#4042305 - 11/27/14 07:51 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Any underage single-malts aren't supposed to be drunk.

A good scotch should be 16+ biggrin

#4042361 - 11/27/14 09:49 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Says who? Because that's BS.

"Older" does not necessarily mean "better". If you keep a malt too long in an oak barrel, it may get too bitter. Additionally, if you finish it for too long in an Oloroso barrel, you can skip the Whisky altogether and buy a Sherry instead. Sometimes a shorter maturing time has its benefits.

10 to 12 years is fine. For example I prefer the Dalmore 12 to almost any of their older ones.

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#4042534 - 11/28/14 06:34 AM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Another I've enjoyed in the last decade,
not mentioned here: An Cnoc.

Recently, I've discovered something completely
different.

Flor de Cana is a Nicaraguan rum, which you
can get in ages 5 to 18 years, at varying prices,
but all considerably cheaper than single malts
are here. It is astoundingly smooth, and tastes
nothing like any rum I've tasted; more like
an old scotch with almost no character. I have
been amusing myself mixing it with other
things to find new improved combinations.
I find it makes an interesting blend with
any not-unpleasant basic blended scotch.
And mixed with a bit of bone dry sherry (ie
zero sugar), it makes something which
somewhat resembles brandy, but without the
oak, and which I now prefer to any brandy.
Some may regard this sort of thing as a
sacrilege, but I just have that sort of
disposition where I'm always trying something
new and different, just to see what results.

#4042700 - 11/28/14 04:21 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Jayhawk]  
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#4042737 - 11/28/14 05:15 PM Re: Looking for a Single Malt for Christmas? [Re: Paul Rix]  
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Bowmore Mariner 15 yr yep


A bottle of this is what got me hooked on Bowmores. My current favourite, and anyone passing a bottle of Bowmore White Sands or Bowmore 17 (the former is simply a relabelled bottling of the latter) owes it to themselves to pick it up! It has a wonderful taste of dark chocolate, and an appropriately smoky and warm aftertaste that is my favourite of any whisky I've tasted so far!

Another good one is the Glendronach 15. I recently got a pack of four sample bottles from Glendronach, an 8, a 12, 15 and 18. So far the 15 is my favourite.

Generally speaking, west coast single malts are my favourites. Bowmore is like I said my favourite distillery, but the Caol Ila 12 is another very good one, and I visited the Oban distillery last year and picked up a bottle of Oban 14. At first I thought it distinctly average, but as the first third or so of the bottle was emptied and the whisky exposed to some air, it has opened up and mellowed a bit. An excellent single malt!


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