Any One for a Scotch? - Page 144
What do you guys do with bottles you have that you're just not crazy about? My collection is filling up rapidly, and over the course of learning what I like and what I don't I've got a few opened bottles with one or two drams poured that I am almost certain I won't be drinking any more of. Just keep them out for guests? Wish there was a way to swap them with others who are in the same predicament.
I usually hang on to them, arguing that at least they look good on the bar, and then I try them later -- often my taste has changed or evolved and I find something new in those spirits. If not, I usually just use them in cocktails (unless somethign that is actually special, which I would probably share/give away).
Compass Box Orangerie is one of those on my list. Really does nothing for me at all. But, it makes a good Pennicillin, so there you have it. On the other hand, I also cannot really stand Fernet or Luxardo Bitter, so they sit on the bar, filled with nitrogen. Someday, someone will want one, and there you go.
Just picked up a Laph 14 from Douglas Laing distilled in 1992, can't wait to crack her open.
Speaking of Laphroaig, anyone try the new Cairdeas yet? Thats another I'm eagerly awaiting to pop.
Skinny...we went North Jersey today instead of Princeton...though we'll be down there in a week or two to visit a friend who just gave birth...will stop by. Travels north yielded GREAT things:
and a Michters 10 year old
Approachable I'm not worried about. My last Islay was Ardbeg Corryvreckan, and they don't come too much peatier than that. Might have to pick up the Laphroaig CS, although it's not exactly Islay season (for me anyway).
Current dram is Aberlour 16, which is really hitting the spot in the current mild summer weather. Nice depth, I think like it better than A'bunadh. Finding myself going it to more than the Macallan CS, which is the closest dram on my shelf.
Get the cask strength. You're basically buying "concentrated" Scotch for the same price. Toss in an ice cube or some distilled water to lower the ABV down to 40% or so.
They enjoy whiskeys/bourbon and have a mixed taste in scotch (Islay, Speyside mostly).
Perhaps someone has a bottle of Pappy burning a hole in their cabinet? [edit: this is not a serious statement]
Edited by marblehouse - 8/7/13 at 2:00pm
You won't find any Pappy for that much...$400 for just the 15, 20 is about $600...and thats with hard searches. You could get lucky as they will drop in a few months and retail is somewhat reasonable. I'd go single malt for that much...there are some good Bruchladdiches out there in that range, the Octomore is neat, but perhaps a bit too hyped to justify the high cost. Bourbon wise EC 21 is coming out soon, but its dailed in at under $150. If you can find a bottle of the Balvenie Tun, thats around $250.