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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Quote Originally Posted by Megawatt View Post
    The Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel
    The Macallan Cask Strength
    I have owned both of those bottles in the past few years. I far prefer the Balvenie 15 SB. The Macallan CS is fine, especially with a little water to soften the sherry bomb, but it isn't on the level of the Balvenie. I also own Highland Park 12 and 18, but still prefer the memories of the Balvenie (RIP).

    A local store just had the Balvenie 15 on sale for $42 after Xmas. I have too many bottles in my bunker, but I know I'll be kickin myself down the road for not grabbing one at that price.

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamba View Post
    I have owned both of those bottles in the past few years. I far prefer the Balvenie 15 SB. The Macallan CS is fine, especially with a little water to soften the sherry bomb, but it isn't on the level of the Balvenie. I also own Highland Park 12 and 18, but still prefer the memories of the Balvenie (RIP).

    A local store just had the Balvenie 15 on sale for $42 after Xmas. I have too many bottles in my bunker, but I know I'll be kickin myself down the road for not grabbing one at that price.

    I said shut up about the prices! The Balvenie 15 is $105 where I live, even with the dollar practically at par.

    But thanks for the input. Most people seem to agree that the Balvenie SB is a better whisky.

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    GO FOR THE HIGHLAND PARK 18yo!!!But the Oban 14yo from Tony is very good too,another is the Oban distillers choice,try them you love them!
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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Since Eric chimed in I state one bottle he turned me on to and it is a winner for sure! Goes great with a SMOKE.

    Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist: It's a 16 year old and just a fantastic bottle! Also not cheap!

    Tony
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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Quote Originally Posted by ACDetroit View Post
    Since Eric chimed in I state one bottle he turned me on to and it is a winner for sure! Goes great with a SMOKE.

    Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist: It's a 16 year old and just a fantastic bottle! Also not cheap!

    Tony
    Does it go great with a smoke because it tastes like smoke? I haven't delved into Islays yet, and quite frankly I'm rather afraid to...

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    I purchased the Macallen CS but it was a duty free selection from the plane. Ok, but lots of sherry and it was good for the price, but not as good to my taste as the Nadurra. The Nadurra is lighter in mouthfeel if that makes sense. A little more smoke and peat comes thru without all the sherry. It was great last summer even in the heat. I can't comment (unfortunately) on the Balvanie 15 as I haven't had it recently enough to remember! It's been 5 or 6 years but at the time I remember that my friend and I preferred it to the DW 12Yr, but liked the 10 year Founders' Reserve just as well for less money. The Abundah was tied with the Nadurra for our top choice of the three CS whiskies referenced. I don't think you will be disappointed with any of the ones you've mentioned. I will leave out the prices at your request.....you deserve it as you are paying a premium!

    Dave

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Quote Originally Posted by Megawatt View Post
    Does it go great with a smoke because it tastes like smoke? I haven't delved into Islays yet, and quite frankly I'm rather afraid to...
    It is a little smokey but they really played off each other and it was good! I'm not a Scotch guy and bought this on a recommendation from Eric. It was my first Single Malt in my collection and I really like it!

    Tony
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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    a few favortie scotches: Highland Park 18 (and the 12), Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg, Talisker. mostly the island distilleries. I don't like the very heavily sherried malts like Macallan.

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Lots of good advice. Staying true to your Speyside theme, you might also want to go for Glenfarclas 12. A very underrated dram, very blanced. good sherry charicter with a hint of peat, a nice malty center. The whole Farclas line is tops, and great for the money. I far prefer the Balvenie 15, or the 12 for that matter, to any of the standard Sherry Macallans. In truth, I have not really liked a Sherry Macallan since the older 18s or the 25s, or some older Indys..

    Now, since we have spoken of the Ardbeg "beast" it is fantastic. If you do buy it, this is one that needs a good month to open up- it shows its complexity after some oxidation. For those of you are are also Ardbeg Fans, the Ellenstown at Binnys is a cask strenght Ardbeg for $55...

    As others have said, HP is wonderful stuff. I have tried about 12 expressions, and have only had one that has been less then good, most a very good to excellent. M. Jackson said it was the best "all arounder" which to me is true, in the sense that it has hits on so many smell/taste elements (sweet malt, spicy sherry, deep peat, ect).

    The Nadurra is great stuff-Glenlivet should not be disparaged to be being common. This is espeically true for the older indy bottles, which can be complex beyond your dreams, and reasonble.

    Also, do not forget the Glenfiddich 15. Its a wonderful dream- the 12 is average at best.

    I am about to enjoy a 25 year old Milburn, from the Rare Malt Series- a sample from a trading buddy..

    Oh, and here is my score and notes for the Ellenstown and the "beast"..sorry for the sprawling notes, I see tasting notes as being as much about the experience as the whisky.


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    Ellenstown 10yo "bastard Ardbeg" (58%, Marshall's whiskies, NCNCF)
    February 7th. Third time out with this lovely, and it just gets better. With just a dash of water, the nose is wonderfully balanced. Sweet malt, citrus and ozone. The smokiness fade in and out. A hint of cocoa Mouth: Congruent with the nose. Wow, this is ardbeg. Smoked oranges, dry biscuits. Powerful, the joy of a cask strength, you control how much it unleashes its power, and this is a strong malt. This really is fantastic stuff. I did not get its complexity the first time out, but this is as good OB 10. Save for the intensity of it, I would have thought this was a bit older. I am embarrassed to say that when I first tasked it upon opening, I thought nosed it, I thought it was Bowmore. Just goes to show how new I am at this. But I will tell you, this is purely one fine Ardbeg.

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    Ardbeg 16yo Airigh Nam Beist (46%, OB)
    January 6th, At Nihon, in S.F, on my night out with Jim, Jen, and Eleni. What a wonderful evening, and a damn fine malt to start it off. This was a night filled with laughter and joy, a special night out with old friends in the city that I love not the way that one loves a place, but a member of your family. However, this restaurant shows some of the cities cracks, and some of its paradoxes. Good food, but the sashimi not nearly as good as our favorite places in other cities, and at twice the price. An outstanding malt and whisky collection of about 100, but the prices were nearly obscene for some. The bar tender was nice, but not truly malt knowledgeable. Their selection being not nearly as impressive as he things it is, saying that they had "anything that I would want." Hardly, not a distillery that I have not tried. Whatever. Now, being able to try the newly famed "Beast" was a pleasure. I did not take tasting notes as I was at dinner, but this is good stuff. Not as gentle as people have said, fairly middle of the road Ardbeg in power. More pepper in the middle than I would have thought. Almost as if Ardbeg ten was vatted with an older, gentler Talisker. Good balance with some nice malt. The nose was very nice, but not as seductive as the Ardbeg greats. Very fine malt. May 15th, a couple of drams of it. The finish has really nice pepper to it, as does the middle, as noted. This is a very, very good whisky, as stated before. The finish stays a long time, which is its strength.

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    Re: Let's talk Scotch

    Great post. I feel like I need to try an Islay to broaden my horizons, but I'm afraid that I will hate it at first. What would you recommend?

    Too bad the Nadurra isn't available here (yet). I think The Glenlivet 12 is great fo the price, definitely better than Glenfiddich 12 anyway.

    I'm hesitant to even touch Ardbeg after reading tasting notes that described aromas of tar, kelp, etc.

 

 

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