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I have 10 relatives arriving in a week for Thanksgiving. I have a dozen or so open, but did a little restocking today at Astor Wines:
Lag 16, Uigeadail, Corrycreckan, Hudson Rye
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I'm not sure I know her taste yet. We had The Yamazaki 12 year last night, which was damn good, but I'm a novice. I noticed the Yoichi 20 year a few posts ago, its a bit more $, but I want something really out of the way she'll look at and appreciate I took the time to research.

 

Rare independent bottlings and drams from closed distilleries are good bets in that range. If she likes strongly sherried Scotches, she might enjoy something from the Duncan Taylor Octave range (typically produced in less than ~150 bottle special editions). If she's into Lowlands, Brora and Rosebank are both well-regarded but now closed distilleries, so getting rare.

 

Slightly more mainstream, but I've only had one Bruichladdich Black Arts, but was pretty impressed (I can't recall which edition right now). Likwise, the one Port Charlottle I've had was very good. If she's into some peat not the monsters, you might look at the Longrow Burgundy finish - brilliant Scotch at well under $200. 

 

If she's more into Highlands or Speysides, there's tons to choose from. If you're looking for something exotic, look for something from a distillery she likes that has been bottled by Signatory, Chieftan's, Duncan Taylor, Douglas Laing, Gordon & McPhail, Scott's Selection, Murray McDavid, Hart Brothers, etc.

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Hey guys, I could use a hand... I need a gift scotch for a real connoisseur. I'd like to spend less than $200. Any recommendations?

Do you know what type of scotch he is a fan of?
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Virginia, on the border of DC. They have "ABC" here, so their selection is not the best. In DC I suppose there are options, although I wouldn't know the best place.

Macarthur's out in Palisades has a pretty good selection. So does Schneider's in Capitol Hill although I think they're overpriced. There are a few other spots in the city - Central Liquors at 7th and E NW, Bell Liquors at 18th and M NW.

 

Pearson's in Foxhall (just north of Georgetown) just got some good stuff in (including a couple of the Duncan Taylor Octave) and there's a young guy who works there named Lucien who really knows his stuff. 

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Hey guys, I could use a hand... I need a gift scotch for a real connoisseur. I'd like to spend less than $200. Any recommendations?

You can never go wrong with Macallan 18 (around $150). I would help somebody bury a dead body if they got me that.
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Virginia, on the border of DC. They have "ABC" here, so their selection is not the best. In DC I suppose there are options, although I wouldn't know the best place.

The selection in VA is unfortunately crappy. Hit up DC. Montgomery County isn't bad either.
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You can never go wrong with Macallan 18 (around $150).
+1. That's my standard "gift" Scotch. It will always be warmly received.
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Rare independent bottlings and drams from closed distilleries are good bets in that range. If she likes strongly sherried Scotches, she might enjoy something from the Duncan Taylor Octave range (typically produced in less than ~150 bottle special editions). If she's into Lowlands, Brora and Rosebank are both well-regarded but now closed distilleries, so getting rare.

Slightly more mainstream, but I've only had one Bruichladdich Black Arts, but was pretty impressed (I can't recall which edition right now). Likwise, the one Port Charlottle I've had was very good. If she's into some peat not the monsters, you might look at the Longrow Burgundy finish - brilliant Scotch at well under $200. 

If she's more into Highlands or Speysides, there's tons to choose from. If you're looking for something exotic, look for something from a distillery she likes that has been bottled by Signatory, Chieftan's, Duncan Taylor, Douglas Laing, Gordon & McPhail, Scott's Selection, Murray McDavid, Hart Brothers, etc.

Thanks, since I have never heard of any of these its a good sign.

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Macarthur's out in Palisades has a pretty good selection. So does Schneider's in Capitol Hill although I think they're overpriced. There are a few other spots in the city - Central Liquors at 7th and E NW, Bell Liquors at 18th and M NW.

Pearson's in Foxhall (just north of Georgetown) just got some good stuff in (including a couple of the Duncan Taylor Octave) and there's a young guy who works there named Lucien who really knows his stuff. 

I know Macarthurs and Pearsons. I assume they can order something that they dont stock...

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You can never go wrong with Macallan 18 (around $150). I would help somebody bury a dead body if they got me that.

This chick likes rare and unusual. I agree with you, but I want to surprised her. Same girl I wanted a bar recommendation for (you mentioned The Colombia).
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I ended up getting 3 bottles on my recent trip

Ardbeg Uigeadail - Really liked this. very bold and hearty

Abelour A'bunadh - Really liked this as well, completely opposite of the Ardbeg, but equally interesting

Balvenie 12 Doublewood - This is OK, but nothing special. 

 

I also had a dram of Oban 14 last week. I found it to be very similar to the Balvenie. Both are worth having, I think that I prefer a more powerful flavour in my scotch.

 

I am already anticipating getting a bottle of Lagavulin 16 next and I'm not sure which other bottle I will get.

 

Thank you all for the recommendations.

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Good choices.
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You can never go wrong with Macallan 18 (around $150). I would help somebody bury a dead body if they got me that.

 

Really? Mac 18 is ok, but it is not particularly special -- it's ubiquity, and "accessibility" taste-wise kind of dull that. I mean, if someone got me a Mac 18 I'd think that they were kind to get me a really nice scotch, but I would not think that they got something special for me, but merely that they got me something well-regarded. The best whisky anyone (other than family) ever bought me was Laphroaig 18 (from a form boss). Now that was awesome!

 

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Hmmm. Where are you located and what kind of selection is available to you?

Virginia, on the border of DC. They have "ABC" here, so their selection is not the best. In DC I suppose there are options, although I wouldn't know the best place.

 

idfnl, Ace Beverage, on New Mexico near American University, is really something special in the spirits department. I prefer it to the NYC stores, and highly recommend that you go there. Scotch is weird in  that the distilleries (like Macallan) do their own bottlings, but some of the coolest crazy stuff comes from other companies that purchase, age, bottle and re-sell (Rattray, Gordon and MacPhail, Murray Macdavid, etc.). Most 18 year whiskies are very good and are around the $120-$150 range,  and with $200, you can get something awesome, but recommendations are hard because in that price range, other than something boring, selection will determine your options because stuff is in limited distribution. Ace gets great distributions, better than almost anywhere in the U.S other than Park Avenue in NYC for scotch. Also, the whiskies you drank with the Lady were Japanese, which is sort of its own thing. If we were in Tokyo, I'd say get her a birth year Karuizawa, but that's not going to happen in the states. Go to Ace and ask them.

 

~ H

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Oh, I see that you said she likes rare and unusual: I love Mortlach and Royal Lochnagar almost all of the time. Ace had a phenomenal Douglas Lainig Roayl Lochnagar for $150 the last time I was there.  It's rich, like cake with spices. Yum.

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This chick likes rare and unusual. I agree with you, but I want to surprised her. Same girl I wanted a bar recommendation for (you mentioned The Colombia).
Not sure if they ship, but Warehouse Wines in NYC has Talisker 25 cask strength (2005 release IIRC) for $120 or so. That would make a pretty amazing gift.
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Not sure if they ship, but Warehouse Wines in NYC has Talisker 25 cask strength (2005 release IIRC) for $120 or so. That would make a pretty amazing gift.

They don't ship.
post #2445 of 3205
Wow--glad to see that people who know much more than I do came through with really strong recommendations.
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