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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

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.

Thanks, Huntsman. I'll use your advice.

I guess I owe a post back on what I actually buy.
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Thanks, Huntsman. I'll use your advice.

I guess I owe a post back on what I actually buy.

Here is what I bought, how did I do?

Bruichladdich Black Art - 1989, 21 yr old. I got it for $190.





post #2448 of 3221
Eh. I think it's a great whiskey and I would appreciate it as a gift but I wouldn't pay that much for it myself. Lots of fruit but not unbalanced.
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I think the Black Art is great Scotch, and that's middle of the market pricing, so big thumbs up from me. 

 

Indesertum - what bottle would you have spent that money on instead? Seems to me it hits all of IDFNL's criteria.

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I think the Black Art is great Scotch, and that's middle of the market pricing, so big thumbs up from me. 

Indesertum - what bottle would you have spent that money on instead? Seems to me it hits all of IDFNL's criteria.

Great choice, I agree. I was sorely tempted by the Black Art yesterday but opted for two rare (to me) scotches instead of one.
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Been drinking the bourbon lately, but after a long weekend of guys drinking scotch at the Trunk show (and Scotch breath conversations) I had to break into my stash...Oban 14 today. I think the season has arrived for me.
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Here is what I bought, how did I do?

Bruichladdich Black Art - 1989, 21 yr old. I got it for $190.

My buddy gave me a taste of his, I thought it was most excellent.

J
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Been drinking the bourbon lately, but after a long weekend of guys drinking scotch at the Trunk show (and Scotch breath conversations) I had to break into my stash...Oban 14 today. I think the season has arrived for me.

I find myself drinking bourbon in summer and scotch in winter as well.

Although The Balvenie Caribbean Cask is a good summer scotch if you can catch it on sale.

J
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Anyone know if that Lagavulin 16 for $54 is still on sale at Costco? In Canada as well?
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I think you did great! A special-edition, cultish whisky that has good cred and focuses on secondary maturation of various varieties. I think it shows that you went out of your way to get something not on the usual 'hit list', so congrats! I have not had the Black Arts, so let us know how it tastes (I presume that you will get a taste?).

 

Incidentally, if you got it from Ace I hope it was a good experience. I really enjoyed it there.

 

~ H

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Scotch rookie here:

I have been trying (and enjoying) Old Pultneys, 12 & 17. The 17 is a revelation of flavor, so I can't wait to try the 21 yr.

I have tried the standard MaCallan 12 yr., and will admit It's a little too sherried for my taste. Have tied the Yamazaki 12 as well, and found it tasty indeed.

What recommendations would you have for a newbie?
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Scotch rookie here:

I have been trying (and enjoying) Old Pultneys, 12 & 17. The 17 is a revelation of flavor, so I can't wait to try the 21 yr.

I have tried the standard MaCallan 12 yr., and will admit It's a little too sherried for my taste. Have tied the Yamazaki 12 as well, and found it tasty indeed.

What recommendations would you have for a newbie?

 

Nice to hear from another fan of Old Pulteney - doesn't get a lot of attention 'round here. 

 

Sticking to relatively mainstream (and therefore accessible) single malts, I'd suggest the Oban 14 or 18, the Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph (better than the plain old Nadurra, IMO), something from Springbank (12 yr old cask strength?), or the Bruichladdich 'The Laddie' 10. If you want to try something with peat along with the maritime character of Old Pulteney, the Talisker 10 might be a good choice, too. It is more sherried than the others, but the sweetness is more than balanced by black pepper and peat.

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I have an extra bottle of Ardbeg Day (a special release from a few years ago) I'm looking to swap with another Islay that I don't have, or something special (Islay or not). Anyone here interested in a swap of some sort? I do it often on a couple of private facebook groups but figured I'd post it here as well.
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I have an extra bottle of Ardbeg Day (a special release from a few years ago) I'm looking to swap with another Islay that I don't have, or something special (Islay or not). Anyone here interested in a swap of some sort? I do it often on a couple of private facebook groups but figured I'd post it here as well.

Day was released June 2012.
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Eh. I think it's a great whiskey and I would appreciate it as a gift but I wouldn't pay that much for it myself. Lots of fruit but not unbalanced.

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Originally Posted by Longmorn View Post

I think the Black Art is great Scotch, and that's middle of the market pricing, so big thumbs up from me. 

Indesertum - what bottle would you have spent that money on instead? Seems to me it hits all of IDFNL's criteria.

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Originally Posted by brp2 View Post

Great choice, I agree. I was sorely tempted by the Black Art yesterday but opted for two rare (to me) scotches instead of one.

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Originally Posted by J011yroger View Post

My buddy gave me a taste of his, I thought it was most excellent.

J

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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

I think you did great! A special-edition, cultish whisky that has good cred and focuses on secondary maturation of various varieties. I think it shows that you went out of your way to get something not on the usual 'hit list', so congrats! I have not had the Black Arts, so let us know how it tastes (I presume that you will get a taste?).

Incidentally, if you got it from Ace I hope it was a good experience. I really enjoyed it there.

~ H


Thanks for the comments, guys. I will taste it next week when I give it to her. As I mentioned, there was more to it than the purist in this choice, knowing her personality this was the right fit in terms of packaging, rarity, and theme.

I look forward to finding out what it tastes like.

Huntsman, yes, I went to ACE. A guy named Joe helped me out, he seemed pretty knowledgable. This was the last bottle he had, he said he'll never see it again. He told me to expect some big price increases in the next year... Asia is gobbling up all the production. He also said we may start to see less and less variety here because if it.
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