Talisker 10. Superb, rich, malty, phenolic yet creamy. I won't say malt whisky at its best trumps Kentucky's finest but it is in a different class, which I hope is not a heresy.
Laphroaig 10. I love this stuff. It has an ideal balance of peat reek, smoke and sweetness for me. I also have the quarter cask, 15 and 18 YO and I still prefer the ten to them.
I've been drinking a bit of my Caol Ila, Balvenie Doublewood and Ardbeg as well recently, but I still always seem to prefer my Laphroaig 10 when I am going to switch from bourbon to scotch.
Every once in a while one has got to break into the "good" stuff. Started with a little pour of Black Bottle as a starter. Moved up to Talisker 18yr (need more of this stuff), moved over to Caol Ila 18 yr (thank God I've got 3 bottles in the bunker) and am now working on a healthy pour of Caol Ila 12 yr. Funny... now all of a sudden its not such a tough work week.
I was lucky enough to try some of "The Last Drop" tonight. Just a delicious experience.
Had a buddy over that usually only drinks bourbon. I started him with Ballantine's Finest to show him that bourbon is not the only value proposition, next up White Horse followed by Black Bottle, then on to Caol Ila 12, Talisker 10, Laphroaig QC, Bowmore 17, Ardberg Uiegadail, lastly Glenlivet Nadurra (not best for last but wanted to taste it...)
A pretty good Scotch night, I'm enjoying a last pour of Bunnahabhain 12 while watching the Olympics.
Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!
"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
I was gifted some Nikka White today. Looking forward to enjoying this tonight.