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I'd be leaning the other way and recommending the very drinkable Dalwhinnie for one of them. For the other I'd go for something more interesting. I'm inclined to go with Lagavulin over Talisker. Or treat yourself to 2 * tastings and hit:
Auchentoshan 3 or Oban
That'll cover a nice spectrum of drams. As much as Oban and Dalwhinnie are from the same region I think they're quite different.
If you've hit just enough whisky to know you really like peat then there's always a combo like this:
Laphroaig (at the end: hit this one last)
Springbank (probably my starting point)
i would say I have had a medium exposure to different single malts. I have a bottle of dalwhinnie 15 and I am still working on finishing off the bottle of Talisker I talked about upthread. I have tried Oban, jura, glenlivet,glenfiddich, Lagavulin over the years . I enjoyed them all to some degree , although Talisker would not be a repeat purchase for me. I also enjoy blended scotch, tried Johnnie walker black over christmastime and liked it.. I would liken it to really good roast chicken dinner. not them most exotic thing around but very satisfying when you are in the mood. To be truthful most bottles I have bought recently have tended to be Canadian whisky, different expression of 40 Creek or Rum. The price of the single malts makes them rare purchases. I sipped a really beautiful rum yesterday, Angostura 1919 Rum from trinadad.
trying different tastings at the restuarant will let me get an idea of whether I like a single malt enough to invest in a bottle . We end up going there are least 4 or 5 times a year so I imagine I will get through most of the list eventually.
Edited by Ashen, 11 January 2014 - 05:12 PM.