Recently another friend brought around his bottle of The Glenlivet Nadurra Cash Strength Whisky and we went through a rather anal approach of finding how we liked it best, we found that 1 25ml of Nadurra with a teaspoon of water and a large ice cube was the way for us, this is by far my favourite Whisky so far.
I have experimented a little with peaty whisky, namely Talisker which I thought was not that nice and a 10yr Laphroaig which whilst I wouldn't say was really nice, it was quite smooth.
Anyway apart from all this history of things I want to find another Single Malt to enjoy, NOT peaty, MAX budget of £50 and am looking to you people for some suggestions.
Not being an expert myself I know that some of the more esteemed members here like 'em too. Personally I believe the Solera and Ancient Reserve are not only head and shoulders above the 12yo, they are both great whiskies in their price range and should give you a good balance between peat and sherry (as per your post above about the Balvenie DB).
Another distillery that comes to mind is Glenlivet. The 12 is £28, the 15 £31 and the 18 £36 and at those prices I go for the 18.
Then you have Springbank 10 (£33), a little less peaty than the Talisker but with a unique profile with coconut and tropical fruits and just faint but well integrated smoke/peat.
Still the most obvious is to look for another Glenmorangie (me personally love the Nadurra with I'd guess half the amount of water and no ice). The Lasanta is £35, 12 Year Old Quinta Ruban £41, and if you have a sweet tooth you could go for the Nectar D'Or £43. Now I'd like to say that I've never had the Lasanta or Quinta. So your milage may vary.
That's my two Ã¶re, and I hope this helps.
MoreDalmore wrote:I support both Glenfiddich 15 Solara and the Glenmorangie Quiinta Ruban and would like to add the also very smooth Aberlour 16 Double Matured or even better the Aberlour 18.
And another great one just under 50,- which I enjoyed a lot is the Longmorn 16 at 48%
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel and Glenlivet 15 French Oak will likely appeal to you as well.
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