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    First bottle of scotch?

    So I've been on SB for several months now. And I've definitely made my way through some bourbon and rye and just bought my first Brandy (a bottle of Delord 25 which I'm quite enjoying).

    Right now in the liquor cabinet I have
    Weller 107 and 12 yr (love the blend)
    JPS 18 batch 10
    Eagle rare 17
    Willett 7
    Willett 4 yr rye
    Handy 2010 or 2011 (I think)
    4R single OBSK
    4R single OBSO

    I have tried very few scotches, most recently a pour from a bottle of Lagavulin 16 I believe. Very smoky as I know Islays are. Not sure I'd be ready to have a whole bottle of an Islay as my first scotch. I was hoping someone could point me at a good starting place. I've read that Macallan 12 might be good but a lot of people seem to describe it and others like it as boring. I'd like something interesting and complex that represents a good scotch and doesn't break the bank if that's possible. So what single malt should I look into for hopefully less than $100?

    sorry for the long post and I look forward to any responses. I read through everything I could find in this very small section to try to get a better idea but there's just so much out there.

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    Glendronach 15yr Revival (meets your under $100 mark)
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    I love Islays. But for a great non-Islay that is (probably) easy to find most everywhere and is under $100 maybe check out Glenlivet 16yr Nadurra. It's cask strength, non-chill filtered and damn tasty! I think it runs around $60-70, depending on where you are of course.

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Highland Park 12. A little sherry, a little smoke, and a damn fine bottle of scotch for any level of experience.
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nillion View Post
    Highland Park 12. A little sherry, a little smoke, and a damn fine bottle of scotch for any level of experience.
    Another great recommendation that should be easy to find!

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    I would go with Highland Park or Glenlivet 15 french oak finished.
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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Maybe to ease in, the Balvenie 12 single barrel from first-fill bourbon casks. It is very approachable and combines a lot of the best of bourbon and scotch. I don't even really like the standard doublewood all that much, but the 12 SB is great.

    Though the best whiskey aged in bourbon casks, IMHO, is bourbon

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Thanks for the responses so far. I live in Chicago btw. Probably head down to the south loop binnys tomorrow.

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    Re: First bottle of scotch?

    Another for the Highland Park. Nobody doesn't love Highland Park.
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    First bottle of scotch?

    The Clynelish 14yo is a great bargain at around $50 and was the first malt I took a shine to while in the midst of a growing bourbon obsession. For something at CS, I'd go Springbank 12yo. It's around $75 in these parts. Springbank is the only distillery in Scotland that still does 100% of their malting on site, and it's family owned.
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