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  1. #1
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    Scotch suggestions?

    I'd like to find 2-3 somewhat different Scotches I enjoy to stock in my bar. $75/750ml or less, and preferably at least one that's somewhat esoteric (though the real emphasis is on taste, within my price range...).

    I've tried several, all of which ranged from 'pretty good' to 'ok' to 'no thanks' to 'yuck' - so I'm guessing I just haven't found the right ones... and given how many are out there I'm willing to experiment but would rather do so from an informed perspective rather than the shotgun approach.

    To me - tasting notes/aspects consisting of 'cut grass', 'seaweed', 'super smoky', 'fresh hay', and so on sound far less than appealing to say the least and have tasted similarly unpleasant to me when I've tried them (Talisker 10 and Laphroaig 10 come to mind...).

    The ones I recall having had and generally liked are:

    - Balvenie DoubleWood - perhaps my favorite so far but still just so-so.
    - Macallan 12 - it's ok, not offensive, but nothing to write home about.

    I want to find the Pappy 15 or Lot B or VWFRR of Scotches (in terms of how much I like them, not that they taste similarly... you know... I'm seeking the 'holy sh-t, this is really good' reaction).

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks.

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    Last edited by DowntownD; 04-19-2009 at 15:23. Reason: fixed typo
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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    I am not a big fan of the Heavy Peated Scotches. I can not recall who recommended it to me on this board, but I love the Alberlour A'Bunadh. It knocks my socks of every time. You can check it out here.


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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    Ya gotta go with Lagavulin 16 as one of those. It is an excellent specimen of the Islay region and is very dominate with the peat flavors, yet manages to produce a smooth, "thick" pour.
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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    Perhaps you're just not a Scotch person?
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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    Recommend Highland Park 12 year ($41) or HP 15 year ($62)
    Subtle on the smoke and peat, right combo of salty & sweet -
    not over-powering but more substance than the Doublewood, nice lond finish.

    been drinking scotch a long time and HP is still one of my favorites.
    TJ
    Last edited by The Boozer; 04-19-2009 at 17:41.

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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    Based on your description, here are some you may want to try:

    Dalmore 12 yo
    Old Pulteney 12 yo
    Bruichladdich 15 yo
    Highland Park 18 yo
    Benriach 10 yo

    Dalmore and Pulteney are very affordable, the others are higher priced but they should be within your range, though the Highland Park may be a little over.

    If you don't like these, don't like the peated malts and don't like the others you've tried, as Barturtle noted, Scotch may just not be your drink.

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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    DowntownD

    Try the following:

    OBAN 14YR
    GLENMORANGIE LASANTA
    CRAGGANMORE DISTILLERS ED.
    OBAN DISTILLERS ED.
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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by whskylvr View Post
    DowntownD

    Try the following:

    OBAN 14YR
    GLENMORANGIE LASANTA
    CRAGGANMORE DISTILLERS ED.
    OBAN DISTILLERS ED.

    I'll second the Glenmorangie "Lasanta." Excellent example of a Sherry-finished single malt. 12 years, 92 proof, yet still delicate.

    The Macallan 18 tastes worlds better than the 12. At $130 (or so) a bottle, however, it is not cheap.

    The Glenfiddich 15-year "Solera Reserve" is also nicely-done.

    The Dalmore 12-year is hugely-under-rated, IMHO. It's pretty affordable, too.

    The Dalwhinnie 15-year is excellent if you prefer a mild, mellow, honeyed taste...

    For my money, my "old reliable" is the Glenmorangie Original 10-year. Light and delicate, with a gentle honeyed sweetness, and perfectly showcases the "toasted coconut and vanilla" flavors imparted by American White Oak. I ALWAYS have a bottle of this in my collection-- when I finish one, I buy another the very next day. A bottle should run you just shy of $40.
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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    From my experience....Dalmore 12 and Longmorn 15. The Longmorn has a nice cereal/malty taste and the Dalmore is more rye like to my palette.

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    Re: Scotch suggestions?

    I would second the Oban. And how about The Macallan Cask Strength? More flavor than the 12yr but drinks a lot smoother than you'd expect for 57-59% alcohol. And should be way under your price cap.

 

 

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