Do you guys really like Laph 30yr and 40yr?
I found both being way past the best days.
My personal opinion is that Laph does not do well if kept in cask longer than 20yrs.
Most sophisticated Laph I have tried so far is still the distillery bottled 15yr.
I have tried quite a few older bottlings, both independent and distillery bottled. None came even close to the perfection of 15yr old.
My fav Laphs so far:
1) 15yr distillery bottling
2) 10yr cask strength (I buy this most often...my basic drop)
3) The first Leapfrog from Murray McDavid. Can not remember age, prolly was 9. Odd stuff...in a good way.
My opinion is that very few whiskies take ages over 25yrs well. Majority will start going downhill after 20yr. Lowlanders in general do not take even 15yrs well.
Heavy first fill sherry matured bottlings will be the safest bet if you are buying some older stuff for lot of money.
I advise against buying anything over 20yrs unless you have tried it first and compared to some less aged bottlings from the same distillery.
If you still think it is fab, buy it then.
If you are loaded with cash...buy it all!! I would!
There are sooooo many nice whiskies around, but in this current whisky craze, I think it is great to find whiskies that can be considered of great value.
Most are not as whisky prices have gone through roof, quality gone down and much of the stock bottled in haste to please the stock owners.
Take a look at your favorite distilleries and see what has happened in past 10 years?
Has the standard bottling come down in age? Has the price gone up a lot despite this?
Has there been countless "special bottlings" around with nothing special inside (these naturally to satisfy the "stamp collectors"...these same guys are largely the culprits behing the massive inflation in malt prices)?
These are dire times for malt drinkers
with thin wallets.
Hence, I find my self going back to basic chateau bottlings again and again.
I tried collecting whisky. Did not work too well.
Drank it all with my friends! Very rewarding!
I'm sure the men who made that drink would agree with me.
I fear the good old times are gone for good.
This current recession may well fix things a bit, but there is no going back to the golden days before whisky craze.