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onewman
01-31-2013, 17:30
I have a friend that I am help building a scotch collection. I'm currently looking to recommend a Highland and slay in the $40.00 range. My personal favorites would be a Glenmorangie 10 year and a Lagavulin 10 year. What are your thoughts?

SFS
01-31-2013, 17:50
He can have just about 2 bottles of the Tomatin 12 with that budget.

ebo
01-31-2013, 17:55
One of my favorite Scotches in the $40 range is Ardmore Traditional Cask. It is a real gem at that price.

squire
01-31-2013, 17:58
Start him with the McClelland line, where he can get both a Highland and a Speyside for about that price.

WAINWRIGHT
01-31-2013, 18:00
One of my favorite Scotches in the $40 range is Ardmore Traditional Cask. It is a real gem at that price.
Pretty good recommendation with the Ardmore and actually I find it under $30 all the time,tough to beat at those prices.

ebo
01-31-2013, 18:15
Pretty good recommendation with the Ardmore and actually I find it under $30 all the time,tough to beat at those prices.
I'd buy multiple bottles at those prices. I've never seen it for under $40 in my area.

Yeti
01-31-2013, 22:23
I have a friend that I am help building a scotch collection. I'm currently looking to recommend a Highland and slay in the $40.00 range. My personal favorites would be a Glenmorangie 10 year and a Lagavulin 10 year. What are your thoughts?

There's no Lagavulin 10, but both the Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 are essential.

Bruichladdich Laddie Ten is a great Islay option that in some ways drinks more like a Highland.

unclebunk
02-01-2013, 06:41
One of my favorite Scotches in the $40 range is Ardmore Traditional Cask. It is a real gem at that price. Man, you're gonna want to cry when I tell you that there's one place around here that has been selling ATC for $20!! I bought so much of the stuff that I'm burning out on it just from consuming a case or more in the last six months. But it really is a fine whiskey.

unclebunk
02-01-2013, 06:44
There's no Lagavulin 10, but both the Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 are essential.

Unfortunately for us, the Ardbeg 10 is now consistently in the $55-$65 range around here after many years in the low $40's. But who can argue with Laphroaig 10 for $40?

unclebunk
02-01-2013, 06:59
I have a friend that I am help building a scotch collection. I'm currently looking to recommend a Highland and slay in the $40.00 range. My personal favorites would be a Glenmorangie 10 year and a Lagavulin 10 year. What are your thoughts?

If you're looking to buy one bottle at a time and want a true Highland malt (as opposed to a Speyside), you can't go wrong with Clynelish 14 or Old Pulteney 12. If you enjoy Glenmorangie 10, you should really like these two, though the Clynelish is generally mid-$40's or so. I know of a place around here that sells the OP12 for $25 :bigeyes: which is a ridiculously good price.

Wryguy
02-01-2013, 08:11
For Highland, I'd go for an Aberfeldy 12 and for Islay, a Bunnahabhain 12, both are very approachable drams for around 40 bucks a bottle. The Aberfeldy is unremarkable next to the Blair Athols and Glen Gariochs of the Highland world, but an amazing value at the price point. The Bunnahabhain is one of my favorite Islay pours, it cheaper than its neighbors, and a more approachable starting point for someone who isn't that familiar with the smoky ways of Islay. If he loves the peat smoke then Laph10 by all means, but for some who are just starting out the Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin trio might be a bit much.

soonami
02-01-2013, 12:25
Start him with the McClelland line, where he can get both a Highland and a Speyside for about that price.
I don't know if that's a good suggestion. I feel like it's telling someone new to bourbon to try Ancient Age and Old Crow to see if they like high or low rye bourbon.

squire
02-01-2013, 12:53
soonami I'd rank Glen Garioch a little higher than AA or OC.

soonami
02-01-2013, 13:43
soonami I'd rank Glen Garioch a little higher than AA or OC.
Glen Garioch is definitely a different product than the McClelland line you pointed out, which I take to mean these: https://www.google.com/search?q=McClelland+speyside&hl=en&safe=off&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=hSgMUd2DFuup0AHp-oHoBg&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1680&bih=885#hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&tbm=isch&spell=1&q=McClelland%27s+speyside&sa=X&ei=mygMUbOHH8XG0AHo5oCQAw&ved=0CFIQBSgA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.dmQ&fp=388edc18a3c1322b&biw=1680&bih=885

squire
02-01-2013, 14:07
Glen Garioch is the single McCleland uses for their Highland Malt series. I've forgotten which one they use for their Islay single but there are only a handful of distillerys on the Island so the list is pretty small.

Wall Eye
02-01-2013, 14:18
Many excellent recommendations. A couple of lower cost drams that I keep in my regular rotation not mentioned yet are Glengoyne 10 and Johnnie Walker Black.

The Glengoyne is only $39 where I am, and I've really been enjoying it lately. I like the Old Puteney 12 and Aberfeldy 12 as mentioned earlier (and both are about $39), but the Glengoyne just disappears faster. It's a light, fruity Highland that is dangerously drinkable.

And I'll always have the JWB on the shelf. Every time I go back to it, I'm amazed at how much I like it - and I can pick it up for $26 most days.

(And I will echo the praises of Admore Traditional Cask - reg price at Binny's is $29 which is way undervalued for what you get - but don't say that too loud.)

HighInTheMtns
02-01-2013, 14:22
Glen Garioch is the single McCleland uses for their Highland Malt series. I've forgotten which one they use for their Islay single but there are only a handful of distillerys on the Island so the list is pretty small.
The Islay is Bowmore. The Lowland is Auchentoshan. Not sure about the Speyside. All are about five years old. I find them to be of a higher class than the bottom shelf, they're worth the asking price and they're a decent introduction to the styles they represent.

squire
02-01-2013, 14:39
I believe you're correct Jim although I think the ages are closer to seven years, or were when my friends and I regularly drank the line a decade or so back.

onewman
02-01-2013, 15:56
Of course I meant Laphroaig 10. I just got me L's mixed up. Thanks for showing me the error of my way.

Obrene

Alden
03-18-2013, 18:04
Aberlour or Balvenie would be my choices.