Talisker 18 is normally $125-140 in these parts but through diligent research I was able to locate the odd bottles on the shelf at 2005 prices. I hadn't planned on buying that much of the 18 but at that price I couldn't walk away. What's scary is how much premium single malts have gone up in price in just a few years.
Picked up a Scapa 12, passed on The Macallan 18 1986 and earlier...for now.
A regrettable trend across the board. When the World of Whisky was in the doldrums a few decades back we were getting better barrel selection. Now that brands are riding a crest we're getting some stuff that years ago would've been sent to the Blenders.
Peggy: Look Al, the rubes think I'm sexy!
Al: So would I if I had whiskey for breakfast.
Will put together a picture soon, but found some interesting dusty malts when out bourbon hunting with michaelturtle. I am not a scotch expert, although I do know what would be major dusty scores (Ardbeg 17, Bowmore Sea Dragon), but I thought this wasn't too bad. Don't know much about the Glen Keith or Longmorn.
From the mid 90s:
White Horse Lagavulin 16 OB
Talisker 10 Map Label OB
Glen Keith 1983 OB
Longmorn 15 OB
Glenkinchie 10 OB
As well as:
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (Bottled 2006)
Glenlivet 12 (for $13)
At what price is Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist worth hunting for?
" I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” - Tom Waits