My next several bottles were rather interesting though.
Of what I can remember there was a Glendullan 12yo (94 proof), Miltonduff and a Bruichladdich 15yo. It wasn't until the late 80's that I "discovered" and fell in love with peaty whiskies.
A Glenfiddich Special Reserve from Prestwick Airport duty-free shop in the summer of 1976.
At the time, being rather wet-behind-the-ears whisky-wise, this was an attempt to school myself in the finer things.
And while that didn't occur until much later in my wayward & dissolute life, my mother used the container to house her knitting needles for years so it wasn't a total waste ...
lbacha wrote:r900p wrote:Bruichladdich Legacy 1 was my first bottle, however before i got this i got a barrel of bruichladdich just after they re-opened.
Wow, now that is what you call diving right into it. Most people get a bottle you went for the whole barrel.
That's called going whole hogshead.
So on my 18th Birthday i was presented with the certificate and sample etc.
Shortly after my birthday my uncle passed away and so we decided to go and see Bruichladdich staying at Port Charlotte Hotel.
When we were at Bruichladdich we learnt that they were lauching the legacy series bottlings with the paintings on the bottle. These paintings being done by Francis McDonald from Crinan hotel. My uncle not just being a malt lover also loved art and coincidently had two of Francis MacDonalds paintings, one of a race horse scene and one a seascape similar to that of the bottlings. So when the bottlings came out we had to buy one, well two, one we drunk and the other i still have t home. So thats the legacy and cask story!
Off to Bruichladdich soon, end of March so can't wait!
If anyone is interested Fancis McDonald is having one of her exhibitions at the Portland Gallery in London, either very soon or just gone, if your down there, i'd definaely recommend going, or if you up at Crinan, Argyll, (just round from Lochgilphead) go to the Crinan Hotel and walk up the street towards the boat chandlers and pear through the building on the opposite side of the road, her studio. Also don't forget the Crinan hotel has an excellent malt lounge.
I bought it the day after I sampled Glenlivet for the first time with a new friend I'd just met. One has always been in my drinks cabinet since then, 'though.
And the new friend who introduced me to The Glenlivet? He was in my wedding party and is one of my oldest and dearest friends.
The first malt I bought to drink as a malt is supposed to, was a Glenmorangie 18.
Over time, you 'll find that there's one or two you always want to have around. For me Ardbeg 10 is one of those...perhaps THE only malt I've never been without for 4 years...others go through phases. I go through "sherry" phases, ie. Macallan, or Aberlour...then "mellow' phases like Glenmorangie or a good lowlander...
...but the first bottles I owned were a litre of Glenfiddich NAS from the late 90's, and a litre of Lagavulin 16, both given to me for playing a couple of toons at this guy's party. I knew nothing about whisky - had tried the Glenfiddich before thanks to a girlfriend, but only to get drunk before we hit the sack...got nothing from tthe flavour.
But I loved the LOOK of the Lagavulin bottle, and when I opened it and caught the aroma that escaped, I was intrigued, fascinated, charmed! Like a 16th century bible ina bottle, i thought.
So began my journey down the slippery slope. 200 whiskies tried later, and I'm still sliding...and loving every slip n' sip!!!
Within the next couple of years I'd moved onto scotch as it were with the likes of Glenfiddich 12yr and even JB rare.
The magic really happend one day at a Wetherspoons pub in Liverpool Street station where just by chance they were out of Glenfiddich and Jim Beam Black but I was offered a glasss of what was called Laphroig 10yr old. Once that glowing powerfull water of life in a semi clean tumbler hit my taste buds I was a complete quality single malt convert.
That day on the way home I tried to buy a bottle but couldn't find it but did see on a shelf a bottle of 16yr old Lagavulin, it said it was from Islay which rang a bell after I'd enquired early in the pub about the Laphroig. So I said I'll have that one then and took it home. When I first tasted it I couldn't believe my taste buds. I though it knocked the socks of the Laphroig and still up until this day it is known as the old faithfull.
It's been a while but the first was probably a standard Glenfiddich then a Glenlivet. That exhausted the selection around here at the time. I had to go farther afield to find things like Knockando and Cardhu (1985)
It's been a wonderful journey ever since.
My first Macallan 18 only cost $79.00. I saw it the other day at $280.00
Should have bought a truckload the first time around!
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