I Want Another Scotch

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  1. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Any recommendations?

    I primarily enjoy Speysides and Islays, with Dalwhinnie, Macallan (12 and 18), Lagavulin 16, and Talisker among my favorites.

    Recently picked up a NYT, and perused the rare single malts available. 30yo Oban's and Crag's are appealing, but I'm afraid I can't quite run to $300 for a whiskey -- nor that $2k 1947 Macallan. So anyone have a suggestion? JW Blue might be a consideration, as I have some wiggle room, but a blend seems a little humdrum to me at the moment.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     


  2. cigarguy_MI

    cigarguy_MI Member

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    You've already discovered my favorite - Lagavulin.

    Of the classic 6, my fav's in order are:
    Lagavulin
    Talisker
    Oban
    Cragganmore

    If you haven't already, try Glenfarclas 17, 21 or 25, Bowmore 17, Ardbeg and Aberlour 15
     


  3. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    Edited for better assurance:

    The name is Laphroiag, 30 year old, quite nice, runs about 125 Sterling, but I am not sure in the states. If you can find it, try, it has a deep peat flavor, and quite the tatse that will leave a guest mesmerized.
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    To be honest, I might buy a bottle of Macallan 18 year and have a nice dinner on the rest. Or I might go a bit over budget and get some Talisker 20 year.
     


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    ROT Senior member

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    There is a Burgundy finish Macallan (I believe... could be Glenmorangie...) that is very successful. And if you can get ahold of any Springbank, it's wonderful stuff.
     


  6. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Hmm, how about: A bit above your price range: Glenmorangie 30 yr ~$200-300 Glen Rothes 30 yr (Speyside) $170-220 Talisker 20 yr: $180-210 About in your price range: Glen Grant 30 yr (Speyside) $100 MacPhail's 30 yr $150-200 Strathisla 30 yr $150 Bowmore 20 yr $170
     


  7. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Isn't JW Blue a single malt?
     


  8. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    JW blue is a blend (of single malts of up to 50 yrs age)
     


  9. JFK

    JFK Well-Known Member

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    If you haven't tried it yet, Huntsman, let me suggest the Bicentenary Edition Highland Park Vintage 1977 Reserve (Michael Jackson calls Highland Park "the greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whiskey"). It's not an Islay (Highland Park is on Orkney; it's the northernmost distillery in Scotland), but it's definitely an island malt - although with more heather than peat... The Bicentenary Edition is a beautifully complex 24-year-old, and it's right at your price point; I recently got a bottle from D & M Wines and Liquors in San Francisco for around $145.00 delivered, and it's well worth it. D & M also has a 28-year-old Glenlivet Murray McDavid Bottling for around $144 that I've been meaning to try (I really like the Glenlivet; they make some of the most subtle of the Speyside whiskies, but they generally have great depth and complexity, too). Oh; the URL for D & M (they have an incredible selection of scotches; many of them I've never found anywhere else): http://www.dandm.com/scotch.php
     


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    arenn1 Well-Known Member

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    Actually, in this price range leave Scotland and head over to Ireland for a bottle of Midleton Very Rare, one of the finest whiskies available at any price.
     


  11. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    i am with you, have 3 bottles, 2001, 2001, 2002, am hoping for a 2003 for X-mas this year from a friend in Birmingham...we will see....finest Irish whiskey made....period
     


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