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He's definitely been taking his time with the Jameson. Can't even remember the last time he poured some, to be honest. Most nights, he's sipping on the Macallan.
I do recall him buying a bottle of 18 year Macallan and he said it wasn't worth the premium he paid for it.
So, that being said, I'm committed to buying him a set of Glencairn glasses, but for the scotch, any suggestions? One of my college buddies suggested Balvenie -- is a bottle of 12 year any good?

If you want to get Balvenie get the 14 year old Rum Cask. Its really good.

As for other suggestions, depends on how much you want to spend of course.
post #1637 of 3221
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If you want to get Balvenie get the 14 year old Rum Cask. Its really good.
As for other suggestions, depends on how much you want to spend of course.

Awesome. Just called my local liquor store and they have a huge selection of Balvenie, including the 14 year old Rum Cask you mentioned. Going to go check out some other bottles and pick something up.

Thanks for the suggestions/help!
post #1638 of 3221
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Thoughts on the ice cubes? Are they a gimmick or are they worth gifting?
Thanks.

They're pretty much a gimmick. Occasionally fun to use, but they don't cool much and the occasions where you want to cool something without ice aren't all that many. Could always just cool the glass too.

They're cheap though, so I'd say they're a gimmick worth gifting.


Glencairn glasses are great, if he doesn't have any. Really opened my eyes on certain flavor profiles of whiskey, big change in the experience.
post #1639 of 3221
listen to ama
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So my local liquor store didn't carry much Balvenie (how do you pronounce this? I thought it was bahl-vuh-nee but the guy at the store pronounced it bahl- vee-nee) and I ended up buying a 15 year old Glenlivet. It was a little under $60 bucks but when I searched online, it's being sold for $35!! I hope my roommate doesn't google the price and think I'm a cheap ass.

Anyway, also picked up two pairs of Glencairn glasses.

Thanks for the recs gents.
post #1641 of 3221
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So my local liquor store didn't carry much Balvenie (how do you pronounce this? I thought it was bahl-vuh-nee but the guy at the store pronounced it bahl- vee-nee) and I ended up buying a 15 year old Glenlivet. It was a little under $60 bucks but when I searched online, it's being sold for $35!! I hope my roommate doesn't google the price and think I'm a cheap ass.
Anyway, also picked up two pairs of Glencairn glasses.
Thanks for the recs gents.

Glenlivet 15 is not $60 good imo. Did they have Aberlour A'bunadh?
post #1642 of 3221
so you basically went against all advice on this page and did your own thing?
post #1643 of 3221
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

So my local liquor store didn't carry much Balvenie (how do you pronounce this? I thought it was bahl-vuh-nee but the guy at the store pronounced it bahl- vee-nee) and I ended up buying a 15 year old Glenlivet. It was a little under $60 bucks but when I searched online, it's being sold for $35!! I hope my roommate doesn't google the price and think I'm a cheap ass.
Anyway, also picked up two pairs of Glencairn glasses.
Thanks for the recs gents.

The glencairn glasses are great.

Take the Glenlivit back and exchange it for a Craggenmore 12. It's also a Speyside but much better in my opinion than the Glenlivit and actually close to the Macallen.

Should be just about the same price as the Glenlivit.
post #1644 of 3221
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The newer batches of AA have been very nice.
I haven't seen any talk of an Ardbeg white dog. The newest release from them is Galileo which is supposedly pretty middling.

I saw this the other day and almost bought it. However, I am slowly trying to move away from Islays. Sounds like I should not bother? For someone who likes the Glendronach Revival very much, as well as Macallan, Balvenie, Benriach 18 and, ahem, most of the Glenfiddich, what would you tell me I had to try?
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Hey ama how are the other aberlours? I had one last night that I quite enjoyed, doubt it was the abunadh as I didn't see the label. It was some low brow sports bar/cigar lounge.
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I saw this the other day and almost bought it. However, I am slowly trying to move away from Islays. Sounds like I should not bother? For someone who likes the Glendronach Revival very much, as well as Macallan, Balvenie, Benriach 18 and, ahem, most of the Glenfiddich, what would you tell me I had to try?

I got a bottle of Galileo. I like it, but I won't re-buy it when its gone.

In terms of what to try that is in the vein of what you mentioned I'd suggest Clynelish 14, Aberlour a’bunadh, Craggenmore 12, Highland Park 12, 15 or 18, Springbank 10 or 10 100 proof, pretty much any any Glenfarclas or Glenfiddich 'Malt Master's Edition' (which is really good! peepwall[1].gif). I hear you on the moving away from Islay, if you drink a lot of them they get to be monotonous.

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Hey ama how are the other aberlours? I had one last night that I quite enjoyed, doubt it was the abunadh as I didn't see the label. It was some low brow sports bar/cigar lounge.

If the place was really low brow it was probably the 12. That said, the 12, 16 and 18 are all great, especially for the prices they are usually found for. The AA is still my favorite of the bunch, but I wouldn't shy away from any of them.
post #1647 of 3221
Good to know, was a nice change of pace from the peatiness but still interesting too. I will pick up the aa per your and bacons rec.
post #1648 of 3221
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Glenlivet 15 is not $60 good imo. Did they have Aberlour A'bunadh?

I do not recall ever seeing that, but it very may well have been there. I didn't get to see every bottle of scotch. We ended up pretty much just picking between Balvenie (and they didn't have the 14 year old rum cask you suggested), Macallan, and Glenlivet.


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so you basically went against all advice on this page and did your own thing?

The guy told me that since my roommate is new to scotch, it's honestly just worth it to expose him to the different types of scotch and that it wouldn't hurt to get him a bottle of Glenlivet since he's never had it before. He's had Macallan before so I crossed them off the list. Since the specific Balvenie bottle wasn't there either, I just ended up with the Glenlivet 15.

But now I'm tempted to bring the bottle back for an exchange.. just not sure if I kept the receipt..

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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

The glencairn glasses are great.
Take the Glenlivit back and exchange it for a Craggenmore 12. It's also a Speyside but much better in my opinion than the Glenlivit and actually close to the Macallen.
Should be just about the same price as the Glenlivit.

I'll have to call them and see if they stock any of the ones you guys just listed. That, and I need to make sure I still have my receipt..

Edit: and wow, just went back reading through several pages of this thread and it's crazy how much there is to know about scotch. Oh, and ama seems to really know his shit.
post #1649 of 3221

yeah glenlivet 15 for $60 is a ripoff, It's at bevmo all the time for right around $40

post #1650 of 3221
Had the Galileo at Highlands in west village last week... glad I stopped buying all of Ardbeg's annual releases.
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