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post #151 of 3230
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Originally Posted by French Cuff Consignment
This past Sunday night before an exquisite Cioppino dinner, I tried, for the first time, the Macallan Cask Strength with a splash of water...It was simply SPECTACULAR!
It is good, isn't it? And a surprising value.
post #152 of 3230
Kent i think there are many 10 yr olds worth drinking. My current favourite is the macallan 10 year old finished in french oak barrels. i'm finding the peaty speysides tough going by comparison. i have the macallan 10 and caol ila going at the same time, and i'll finish three bottles of macallan before i finish one caol ila.
post #153 of 3230
while i don't consider myself a scotch expert, i am quite a big fan of Single Malt.

my drink of choice in terms of value and availability is Macallan's 12. it's much better than the other two that should be very widely available, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet 12s. the other "value" (relative to single matls) scotch i try to get when i do find it is Oban.

i've tried practically everything mentioned here except for the Crag and a Talisker (this one shocks me as well considering i've drank a decent number of obscure single malts as well).

the best single malt i've had until last year was a MaCallan's 24, but i had chance to buy a bottle of Laphraoig Cask Strength (17 i believe) at the end of last year so i jumped on it. it is the single best malt i've had and by quite a bit.

i also love Lagavulin but i do have a word of warning regarding this scotch, it's a love/hate thing. you're either going to love how strong this scotch is or absolutely hate it, so before you leap into it i recommend you taste it first.
post #154 of 3230
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Originally Posted by Xenok

the best single malt i've had until last year was a MaCallan's 24, but i had chance to buy a bottle of Laphraoig Cask Strength (17 i believe) at the end of last year so i jumped on it. it is the single best malt i've had and by quite a bit.

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The Laphraoig sounds delightful!

Last night I enjoyed a glass of Talisker and a few glasses of Suntory Yamazaki.

I think I will pick up a bottle of something tonight...I am still trying to locate some Dalwhinnie.
post #155 of 3230
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Originally Posted by Alter
The Laphraoig sounds delightful!

Last night I enjoyed a glass of Talisker and a few glasses of Suntory Yamazaki.

I think I will pick up a bottle of something tonight...I am still trying to locate some Dalwhinnie.
Alter,

I have a bottle of Yoichi 1989 new cask, from Nikka in hokkaido.

http://www.whisky.fr/fiche_produit.php?id=644

This is one of the best single malt I have drank. It's worth looking for.

!luc
post #156 of 3230
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Originally Posted by Luc-Emmanuel
Alter,

I have a bottle of Yoichi 1989 new cask, from Nikka in hokkaido.

http://www.whisky.fr/fiche_produit.php?id=644

This is one of the best single malt I have drank. It's worth looking for.

!luc

Thanks Luc! I usually lean towards Suntory for Japanese whiskey but have had some nice stuff from Nikka too. I will look for it.
post #157 of 3230
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Originally Posted by Tyto
It is good, isn't it? And a surprising value.
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Among other things, a much fuller, more caramel-y flavor than many others.
post #158 of 3230
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Originally Posted by Alter
The Laphraoig sounds delightful!

Last night I enjoyed a glass of Talisker and a few glasses of Suntory Yamazaki.

I think I will pick up a bottle of something tonight...I am still trying to locate some Dalwhinnie.
The Laphraoig cs is great, but like the Lagavulin, it's not bland. It's peaty and has something of a sharpness to it (I've heard it as having an undercurrent of iodine, and while I know what that description is trying to convey, it's unfairly unpleasant-sounding). Both are certainly worth a try, and you're likely to have a strong opinion one way or the other.
post #159 of 3230
Are any of the Japanese good values vis-a-vis the classical Scottish? They seem quite expensive here in the US. What Scottish region would one classify the Japanese? Is it as diverse? Are there any Islay-like ones?
post #160 of 3230
i'm looking to give a graduation present for someone. i'm not exactly rich, but i'm looking for good bang for buck. i was thinking of the laphroaig 10 for almost $50 or some sarzerac 6 at a nearby store, but anybody have some good suggestions?
post #161 of 3230
Depends on if you care whether it's a scotch or you just want to give them something nummy to sip on.
post #162 of 3230
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Depends on if you care whether it's a scotch or you just want to give them something nummy to sip on.

i'm looking for something nummy, but scotch is ok.
post #163 of 3230
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post
i'm looking for something nummy, but scotch is ok.

In the under $50 area there are some really great options.
non scotch:
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey
Four Roses Single Barrel
Buffalo Trace
Elijah Craig 18 yr bourbon
Blanton's (will be right at $50)

scotch:
Yamazaki 12 yr (never tried it, heard great things)
Caol Ila 12 yr
Balvenie 12 yr
Macallan Fine Oak
Cragganmore and Macallan 12 yr


I think those are all pretty good choices.
post #164 of 3230
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post
In the under $50 area there are some really great options.
non scotch:
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey
Four Roses Single Barrel
Buffalo Trace
Elijah Craig 18 yr bourbon
Blanton's (will be right at $50)

scotch:
Yamazaki 12 yr (never tried it, heard great things)
Caol Ila 12 yr
Balvenie 12 yr
Macallan Fine Oak
Cragganmore and Macallan 12 yr


I think those are all pretty good choices.

what about non scotch non bourbon. i've tried 3 of the ones on your list, but i guess i'm not a bourbon person. too sweet.

i'd like to try yamazaki, but none around here and shipping is pretty expensive
post #165 of 3230
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post
what about non scotch non bourbon. i've tried 3 of the ones on your list, but i guess i'm not a bourbon person. too sweet.

i'd like to try yamazaki, but none around here and shipping is pretty expensive

If it's not dark, my advice is worthless. All I do is keep pimping North Shore Gin. I don't really like vodka or rum. But there is a lot of advice on here about gin, vodka, rum, and everything else that other people have given.
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