Edit: I got me some Cragganmore 12.
I need a rec for a characteristic Speyside in the 30€/.7L range.
My first Scotch was Ardbeg's Airigh Nam Beist which was nearly unbearable to me. I then took a break from it and rediscovered Scotch with the Blood & Sand cocktail. I bought myself the Laphroiag tester set, containing 3x 0.33l of 10, QK and TW. I don't love them yet, but Scotch really grew on me and I can say I "enjoy" all three Laphroiags. The Airigh Nam Beist is still hard on me -- if I could specifiy the right taste notes, I would, but I'm not good at it (maybe it's jodine in the aftertaste?). I also added the Ten last week but it's already packed for my move and haven't tried it yet. So yes, I haven't begun with any "easy" Scotch nore have I ever had any. I don't wan't to get a, to my understainding, too easy Highland Scotch, so I'd like to try out a Speyside, which according to cptjeff's post from December last year is "high in salt and heather" whereas the Islays are "high in peat and smoke". I also got the JW Black which I like but mostly use for cocktails. I have a pretty big selection to choose from (1000 Scotch whiskies: https://www.weinquelle.com/whisky/index.html
I'd appreciate a quick rec because I'll go there tomorrow in the morning.
I'm sure this has been resolved before, but I just spent 30 minutes searching through the thread and didn't find a satisfying answer.
And ama, have you had Redbreast's regular 12y? 57€ is a little much for me at the moment, 32€ seems more reasonable. Would you think an Irish blended whisky would be the better next step than a Speyside or vice versa?Edited by b1os - 8/20/12 at 2:07am