A little HP12 tonight.
A little HP12 tonight.
Had a small pour of Kilchoman 2010 Summer Release that I got from a trade with a gracious SB member. I'm impressed with this young Islay and the great people that put their efforts into making this beautiful expression. Clean peat, sea/brine, citrus, oak/vanilla... good stuff.
I'll be looking forward to adding Kilchoman to my bunker.
And now finishing off the night with 25ml of Compass Box Oak Spice Tree
Working through my Compass Box Sampler pack - starting off with the Oak Cross & ending with Peat Monster.
Dang... where to start:
Longrown 14, Longrow 18, Longrow Red
Benriach 21 Peat & Sherry
Springbank Calvados, SB 18
Balcones Single Malt
And that doesn't include the bourbon... Oy!
So your palate may be fried after that (but good form my man - well played!)...
I'm interested in your impressions of the Longrow 18 & the Benriach 21.
The Benriach 21, and I didn't pay for it at all - is a solid dram. But, compared to Lagavulin DE (also a peated & PX offering) blows doors off this at 1/2 the price... Sure to get some solid age with PX finish you'll be at the $100+ level, but nothing works with a peat monster better than a PX finish on 16+ years. The Benriach is good - but the peat went in one direction and the sherry in another - with a "unappealing funk" in the middle. I like "funk" - but Curiositas and Talisker DE are both better at less than 1/2 the price, and Lagavulin DE at 1/2 blows this away... Nothing terrible here, just more "challenging" and less integrated than I'd expect from a pour of this age & price.
I keep eyeing that purple box but the price up here is about what I paid for my bottles of Balvenie TUN 1401 Batch #3. My Longrow 10 is running low so the 18 might be its replacement - just gotta let my funds build up after the month's wallet bloodbath ;-)
Scratch the Benriach 21 off the list so thanks again!
Any recommendations for a decent dram in the $50-60 range?
I have a bottle of HP12, Balvenie DW, and Glenmorangie 10 open now, and would like another smoky one, maybe an Islay, but I have been hearing the current Laphroiag is to be avoided. I like smoke, but not burnt tires and bandaides and iodine. I like one that is balanced with some sweetness, like the HP12.
Macallan's 12 is one I am considering. From what I have read, it seems to have what I am looking for. I like the sherried scotches quite a bit.
Current Laphroaig is to be avoided? What? Why? That's great stuff.