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Any One for a Scotch?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by French Cuff Consignment, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. kayjaybee

    kayjaybee Senior member

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    I've never had it (it's on my must-try list) but I've read the same thing...can't go wrong with either, IMO.
     


  2. ama

    ama Senior member

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    Laga 12 is much bigger as Bacon pointed out. I think 16 is a better scotch, but 12 is pretty great in its own right.

    In terms of Islay v. Speyside, on a basic level I'd argue that Islay is less challenging and nuanced, especially at younger ages. Of course, there are exceptions, but I think one has to be very familiar with the Islay he is drinking to get past the peat. Speysides aren't as masked generally (sherry bombs aside).

    Over time I imagine your tastes will change, or you will branch-out out of boredom.
     


  3. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Compared the macallan 18 to the fine oak 17 today; they're quite different! I thought the 18 was smoother but the 17 had more complexity; both had strong caramel notes.
     


  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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  5. sinnedk

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  6. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    I've been curious to get amas and bacons opinion on OP for awhile but never remember, so what's the word?
     


  7. ama

    ama Senior member

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    I strongly prefer the older ones to the younger ones. Pretty distinct brine and salt. Not out of place though as in many Obans, but integrated nicely with the fruitiness and malt flavors. Overall, pretty nice, but there are a lot of things I'd buy before them. I think I have a bottle of 17 open now that i very occasionally dip into.
     


  8. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    Meant specifically the 21, where would that rank on the hierarchy of affordable scotches?
     


  9. ama

    ama Senior member

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    I can't taste much of a difference between the 17 and 21. At close to $150, it honestly wouldn't be my first choice. It is definitely one that I would seek to try before I bought.
     


  10. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    what's a good scotch to give as a present? they like laga 16 a lot. one of them likes laphroaig but not sure about the other one
     


  11. I<3Bacon

    I<3Bacon Senior member

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    What's your budget like? Sounds like you wouldn't go wrong with an Ardbeg.
     


  12. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    which ardberg? budget is somewhat flexible. on one hand i feel like gifting a 150, 200 ish bottle, but i woudl feel bad and i think they would feel bad. i think 60 or 70 is reasonable
     
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  13. ama

    ama Senior member

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    Ardbeg Uigeadail
     


  14. I<3Bacon

    I<3Bacon Senior member

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    +1 for oogy. best bang for your buck ardbeg
     


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    Yes. 100 Pipers right now. It's a blended but it works for what ails me for 6 bucks a pint.
     


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