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Probably on the less smokey end of things. I have very little experience with blends but it's a hole in my bar.

You might want to check out the Black Bull line. The older ones and really good and the 12 isn't too shabby either.
post #1712 of 3309
Just scored the last two bottle so Hibiki 12 in California.
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I would mix JW red, but not black.
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Hoping for some advice here from those of you guys who have more experience...I want to have a nice rounded collection at home, I was introduced to Single Malt with Balvenie 12 (think the double wood) which I liked, and got two Islays as gifts this year (the Bruichladdich 12, which I like and the Port Charlotte Peat project which is gonna take some getting used to, but a drop of water opens up nicely) and then went out and bought a Laphroaig 18 which I LOVE (smokiness is just awesome). I have about $150 in gift cards I'd like to spread over two more bottles, one of which I'd like to use on the Balvenie Caribbean Cask and maybe the other an HP. Do you guys think these would be good choices considering what I want them for (to get a nicely rounded collection)? Which HP could you recommend and what are the differences between the 12 and 15 or 18 HP? Or am I missing something that every collection needs? (I should mention I have a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 as well)

Thanks in advance.
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Rob, you're missing something cheaper that you can offer to the occasional visiting lush. I could finish your collection in one siting. I would recommend McClellands which can be had for ~$25 for a fifth. You start them off with that and work up to the good stuff. By then they will have had enough.



http://www.mcclellands.co.uk/product-range/
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With $150 to spend I would add; aberlour a'bunadh and bruichladdich rocks
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SG, you don't keep some cheaper stuff around for the lush factor?
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$50/bottle is fine for me. If i have friends over to drink, I just encourage them to drink the stuff that I can acquire with ease, such as macallan 12, unless they are really interested in variety.

NYC spoils you guys, it's an effort for me to acquire some of the more interesting scotches. Something about the added steps of online retailers that makes me deliberate.
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Got it. As for me, I'm drinking Scotch right now and have a ~$12 (= 2 pt. [cheap blends] a day habit). So I need to keep some blendeds on hand.

I know, I need help.
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post

Rob, you're missing something cheaper that you can offer to the occasional visiting lush. I could finish your collection in one siting. I would recommend McClellands which can be had for ~$25 for a fifth. You start them off with that and work up to the good stuff. By then they will have had enough.

http://www.mcclellands.co.uk/product-range/

I know nothing about these whiskies. What are the pros and cons? I see no age marking on the sleeve...are they all young?

Are they any good at all?

There is nothing worse than offering a dram of good whisky to a friend (or worse, a relative) and finding, as you clear up later, that it has been mostly untouched.
post #1722 of 3309
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Got it. As for me, I'm drinking Scotch right now and have a ~$12 (= 2 pt. [cheap blends] a day habit). So I need to keep some blendeds on hand.
I know, I need help.

LOL, I can quit anytime I want. And I have no interest in quitting.

Discovery is more interesting to me than volume.

I have to agree with DWF.
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Hoping for some advice here from those of you guys who have more experience...I want to have a nice rounded collection at home, I was introduced to Single Malt with Balvenie 12 (think the double wood) which I liked, and got two Islays as gifts this year (the Bruichladdich 12, which I like and the Port Charlotte Peat project which is gonna take some getting used to, but a drop of water opens up nicely) and then went out and bought a Laphroaig 18 which I LOVE (smokiness is just awesome). I have about $150 in gift cards I'd like to spread over two more bottles, one of which I'd like to use on the Balvenie Caribbean Cask and maybe the other an HP. Do you guys think these would be good choices considering what I want them for (to get a nicely rounded collection)? Which HP could you recommend and what are the differences between the 12 and 15 or 18 HP? Or am I missing something that every collection needs? (I should mention I have a bottle of Glenmorangie 10 as well)
Thanks in advance.

With $150 I would get HP18 and Balvenie Caribbean Cask if you are set on the Balvenie and want to get a HP. All the HPs are pretty good, but I think that the 12 and 18 are much better than the 15.

If you aren't set on those two, given your tastes, I'd get Lagavullin 16 and Springbank 10.
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Back on track guys. I tried out talisker and quit liked it a lot. Question for you experts now how is The Macallan? Will this be stronger or smoother then Talisker? Or in question good whisky at all?

 

Thanks and have a great new year!

post #1725 of 3309
The Macallan 12 is more "mellow" than the Talisker 10, if that makes sense. The Talisker is quite peaty and medicinical while the Macallan isn't. (That's what I get from a quick sip; just opened the bottles) I like them both.
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