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Scotch Whisky: The Topic


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damn, Laphroaig cocktails. I presume as a main ingredient?

Here's my sub $60 list (some of these have to be on sale, but do appear regularly on sale for under that)

Bruichladdich the Laddie 10

Caol Ila 12

Glenmorangie 10

Talisker 10

Old Pulteney 12

Highland Park 12

Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16 (those are both usually over 60 but can be found for less) for an intense but less medicinal smoke.

Bruichladdich is very interesting as it's an easily available unpeated Islay, something not otherwise easy to find. It's also a real banger, and often found for $40. Highland Park 12 or Talisker 10 probably are my desert island scotches - very complex, endlessly fascinating and delicious, without any single aspect being in your face - and also fairly reasonably priced. Caol Ila is a subtle, autumnal smokiness, Glenmorangie a great value Highland malt, and Old Pulteney a more complex, briney one.

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Notscotch. But most Australian notscotch is made in the style of scotch.

 

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The double (port/bourbon) cask expression of Sullivan's Cove. SC have picked up a few awards and a lot of attention in recent years. This bottle is a few years old. I opened it when I got it, poured a small dram and then set it aside--not because it was bad but because I kind of forgot about it. Time to have another shot at it.

 

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On the nose you get the oak and the 'mustiness' I associate with whiskies that have spent some time in a wine cask (this is most obvious in the pinot edition of Hellyer's Road, another Tasmanian whisky). It tastes young. No age statement on the bottle, as you can see. Most Australian whisky is sold really young, although that's starting to change. I don't know much about the expressions of SC that have been collecting awards. Sweet entry. Oak. Floral. Butterscotch. Not bad.

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Picked up a mini of Ardbeg Blasda. I was forewarned that it's an oddball drop. On the nose it's young and there's smoke/peat. Yeah, it's lightly peated--not unpeated. On the palate it's young. Oak. Wood. A certain creaminess. Then a bit of fruitness. It's okay. Perhaps it's even good. Can't see myself coughing up for a full-sized bottle, though.

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Resurrecting this thread, because I am curious.  When the last post was made in this thread, my Scotch sampling was confined to a few mini's of JW that I bought out of curiosity.  My spirit of choice for a long time has been bourbon, and I was unimpressed. 

However, in the past year, I developed a desire to find something different, something that grabbed my attention more.  So I bought a bottle of Mccallan double cask, and was blown away by the nose.  The palate was missing imo ( I may have a different opinion now) so I continued searching.  I shied away from Islay, because it had a REPUTATION, and I thought I was unprepared for it.  But as I tasted different Highlands, Speysides, and other Island Scotches, I kept wanting a little more, backbone, a little more bite.  Then, about a month ago, I saw Ardbeg Uigedahl on sale.  I had heard of it, and decided it might be a good introduction to Islay.

 

Wow!  It is everything that I had been looking for!  I am looking forward to exploring further.  I am curious to hear what others are currently enjoying and exploring.  This is really still a new frontier for me!

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Uigedail is fantastic, so is the standard run Ardbeg 10. In Islay I'm also a big fan of the Lagavulin 8 (and the special game of Thrones release 9 year), as well as the cask-strength Laphroaig 10, though that's a different beast entirely.

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I've not had the 8, but Lagavulin 16 is a standard that others are compared against (as is Laphroaig 10). I'm not saying they are the best, but that they are well known and respected for what they are. I like Laphroaig 10 in cocktails because it's super heavy peat stands up. I find it a bit one dimensional all by itself. Lagavulin gives you some nice wet bandaids with your campfire.

 

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1 hour ago, EvergreenDan said:

I've not had the 8, but Lagavulin 16 is a standard that others are compared against (as is Laphroaig 10). I'm not saying they are the best, but that they are well known and respected for what they are. I like Laphroaig 10 in cocktails because it's super heavy peat stands up. I find it a bit one dimensional all by itself. Lagavulin gives you some nice wet bandaids with your campfire.

 

Picked up a bottle of Oban 14 last night.  Have to say, bandaids are not my thing, at least not yet.  It wasn't unpleasant, but I cannot say it was something I am seeking either.

 

I did see some Lagavulin 9 that caught my eye.  The 16 will have to wait for a special occasion purchase.  Is the 9 substantially different than the 8?

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On 10/1/2019 at 4:25 PM, Hassouni said:

Uigedail is fantastic, so is the standard run Ardbeg 10. In Islay I'm also a big fan of the Lagavulin 8 (and the special game of Thrones release 9 year), as well as the cask-strength Laphroaig 10, though that's a different beast entirely.

 

I had Uigeadail for the first time over the holidays this winter and absolutely loved it. My dad got two bottles of nice scotch as presents and so we did a very informal blind tasting. I knew one was a special bottling of Lagavulin, and one was the Uigeadail. I liked one of them and was floored by the other. I'd assumed the winner would be the Lagavulin, since I like plain-old Lagavulin more than I like plain-old Ardbeg. But damn if my fave wasn't the Ardbeg. 

 

This was especially good news because the special Lagavulin was a really expensive bottle. The Uigeadail is pretty reasonable, and is available every year. I haven't treated myself to a bottle yet. For pandemic season I've been drinking cocktails, not fancy scotch. Maybe in the fall or winter.

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