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post #4096 of 4247
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Originally Posted by CaesarSTL View Post

Talisker 10 >>>>>>> Talisker Storm any day jcman311, I'd def advise you just buy a glass if you really want to try it.

Thanks.  I wonder if they are going to phase out the 10.  Doesnt make sense to price them about the same

 

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Wow. That's nuts. Shame the Yamazaki 18 is sold out here now. Retail price was half that (and still probably too expensive).

I'll continue to hoard my 3 bottles of 18 (and my sherry cask)  It'll help put the kids through college someday.  :teach:

post #4097 of 4247
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Originally Posted by jcman311 View Post
 

Thanks.  I wonder if they are going to phase out the 10.  Doesnt make sense to price them about the same

 

I really hope they aren't going to phase out the 10; I love that scotch.

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I also hope they do not phase it out.  Unfortunately that is the trend these days.  Move forward with NAS whiskies.  It seems odd that they are priced very similar.

 

Talisker 10 is one of those whiskies that every person on earth should try.

post #4099 of 4247
Ugh, maybe I should get a bottle of the 10 for posterity.
post #4100 of 4247
Here are two winners that punch so much above their weight you'd be amazed:

1. Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Whisky. 46% This drink is so complex and layers upon layers of taste it is amazing it cost 45-50. Nose is peaty with just a hint of citrus, a bit mediciny for my taste, but I had it without water ,so who knows how it would change if you added some. Fruit upfront really big flavor nicely layered. The finish is long and smokey, oaky with ham and tobacco flavors. Just superb and smooth as silk for 46%
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2. Glenfiddich 18 Small batch (new bottle). Don't be put off by a very ubiquitous brand. I know it is most selling and everywhere on the shelf in every bar and liquor store, but... Whatever they did at Glen is simply an accomplishment to take your hat to. Nose is very perfumey , palate is layered as hell with butter and cake flavors on top of fruits and zesty spice. Super long finish of cream cake or icecream. This is a new bottle shape it come in. DO NOT mistakenly purchase an old triangle green bottle.
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Machir Bay is really good.
post #4102 of 4247

My local retailer has Talisker Storm for $39.  I should have bought some.

 

In other news, I opened a bottle of Amrut Intermediate Sherry a couple nights ago.  I think I have my first bad bottle.  Tons of sulphur and off flavors.  Not the usual sherry and fruity flavors.  Disappointed.

 

The Tomatin 14 port cask was just ok.  Really fruity, but had an odd sweetness to it.  Seemed like it was too prominent or forced.  Odd.  If the odd sweetness hadnt been there it would have been an awesome fruit bomb.

post #4103 of 4247
Needed a daily drinker, and was going to grab Ardbeg or Laphroaig's 10. Then I saw the Talisker 10 on the shelf, remembered all the raves here, and figured why not? Picked it up, having some now. It's a really nice combination of flavors; works well on a cold, rainy night.
post #4104 of 4247

Long time spirit drinker, all sorts of stuff like Grappa, Vodka, Gin, and assorted esoterica but I have been drinking Highland Park 12 year. I know it is not as nice as a lot of the stuff posted hear but it is sure good.

 

What other scotches in the same price range do people recommend?

post #4105 of 4247
I'm a little new at this but for me something approachable and affordable like HP12 would be MaCallen 12 and Auchentoshan (I like the 3 wood). I remember both being pretty well rounded and like $50-60 (Canadian) or something.

The question really is are you looking for something that's low risk by being low in price and relatively well rounded so it'll be a solid 7-8/10 every time, or are you looking to branch out in terms of styles? Like if you're into HP, then look at the components of what goes into it and try some of those bottles. Or buy 3-4 that all stretch you into slightly different directions. So something smokey, something sherry/sweet, something light fruity... so say Springbank, Aberlour, Craggenmore, etc. Hit each part of the styles right in the middle and then start branching out from each of those quadrants. Or go for similar blends instead like your Glenlivets, Walker (try Black instead of red), basically your decent but somewhat generic ones.
Edited by Master-Classter - 9/24/16 at 12:31pm
post #4106 of 4247
I'll throw in Old Pulteney 12, and Glenfarclas 10 or 12, and maybe a Springbank 10 (just a bit more than HP 12 price).
post #4107 of 4247
I would go to a bar and just try a bunch of 10 - 12 year olds and some NASes too. See which one you like and buy a bottle of that. I'm partial to Springbank myself. If you liked Highland Park you might enjoy the Glenmorangies too
post #4108 of 4247
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

I'm a little new at this but for me something approachable and affordable like HP12 would be MaCallen 12 and Auchentoshan (I like the 3 wood). I remember both being pretty well rounded and like $50-60 (Canadian) or something.

The question really is are you looking for something that's low risk by being low in price and relatively well rounded so it'll be a solid 7-8/10 every time, or are you looking to branch out in terms of styles? Like if you're into HP, then look at the components of what goes into it and try some of those bottles. Or buy 3-4 that all stretch you into slightly different directions. So something smokey, something sherry/sweet, something light fruity... so say Springbank, Aberlour, Craggenmore, etc. Hit each part of the styles right in the middle and then start branching out from each of those quadrants. Or go for similar blends instead like your Glenlivets, Walker (try Black instead of red), basically your decent but somewhat generic ones.

I would like to branch out. While I am not fond of wasting money, I'm willing to risk it for something new and do like things with strong flavors.
post #4109 of 4247
So in that case I'd say make a list of 5-10 to try out and sample them at bars or your local liquor store and then pick 2-3 to get bottles of. There are the usual easy drinkers and then the usual more interesting ones... like I said I'm still a bit new at this but try a good example of each region/style. So something salty and smokey like Springbank, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Lagavulin 16, etc, then something sherried like Aberlour A'Bunahd, one of the Macallens, or whatever, then something light/fruity like Craggenmore, Glenmorangie, Belvenie, etc. (And guys, feel free to correct me on any of this, I mean I've got a few bottles here and am just barely getting into it all.).

Take that list and try and sample at least one from the territory if not the actual bottle so see if you like the region or that particular maker. Also if you like HP then try go up a level to their 15 or 18 year version, and try one of the 2-3 main components that make it up.
post #4110 of 4247
Finally decided to see what the whole deal with Laphroaig was...

I think I can acquire a taste for it, but it won't be something I'll reach for out of enjoyment.

What other brands of scotch should I look at that aren't peaty as shit?
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