I haven't tried any CI yet, have an unopened bottle of Balvenie 10 which I haven't tried either, and have only had Mac 12 (sherry cask), not the 10FO.
You can be sure no one would ever mistake Laph 10 for brandy...
Then, after that a whole bunch of stuff: Caol Ila 12, Balvenie (I would pay the extra for the Double Wood though myself), maybe the highland park...
I would put the Macallan Fine Oak 10 at the bottom of the list, though the 15yo F.O. is a serious improvement on the 10 and worth investigation if the price is reasonable (though again, there are bunch of other whiskies I'd go for first for the price of the F.O. 15yo...).
However, when the deals are on(which is usually when I stock up ) I'd say Talisker 10 and Ardbeg 10 are also great "bang for buck 10 YOs" esp. considering the higher ABV (45.8/46%)
Liechtenstein wrote:Laph 10 will be the hands down winner because most of us are peaty smoke lovers.
That is why I voted for the Caol Ila 12yo. The last couple bottles of the Laphroaig 10 (40%) have been really disappointing in that they have seemed thin and the finish died too quickly. It's not on the list, but for my money it is very difficult to beat the Laphroaig 10yo CS for best Bang-for-the-Buck!
[quote="Liechtenstein"]Laph 10 will be the hands down winner because most of us are peaty smoke lovers.
I love peaty Islays, Laphroaig 10 however isn't one of them, too weak IMHO. The CS on the other hand is pure peat heaven!
Nonetheless, I've voted for the Caol Ila. Not only is it a great all-rounder in terms of flavour delivery. It's also quite simply a superb whisky in its own right.
From the list in the poll, Glenlivet 12 $47.00
Aberlour 10 $50.00
Glenfiddich 12 $60
Old Pulteney 12 $60
HP 12 $60
Glenmorangie 10 $60
Benriach 10 Curiositas $60
From the list in the poll, Macallan FO 10 $70.00
Cragganmore 12 $65.00
Macallan Sherry oak 12 $65.00
From the list in the poll, Laphroaig 10 $80.00
Ardbeg 10 $75.00
Bowmore 12 $80.00
Glenfarclas 12 $80.00
Talisker 10 $75.00
Macallan FO 12 $80
Caol Ila 12 and Balvenie FR 12(the 10 doesn't seem to be available in Australia) are both $100.00
There are no real alternatives in 10 or 12 year olds in Australia at those prices but you could buy,
Glenlivet Nadurra $100.00
Laphraoig QC $100.00
Lagavulin 16 $100.00
Longrow CV $100.00
Aberlour A'bunadh $100.00
Balblair 97 $100.00
From the list in the poll my vote went to Glenlivet 12.
If Aberlour 10 was on the list that would have gotten my vote purely on a bang for buck basis.
Ganga wrote:CS, what prices would your market reflect? Given some differences in cost, I would likely change.
Glenlivet 12 - £22-25
Laphraoig 10 - £25-30
Glenmorangie 10 (Original) - £18-25 (often on offer)
Highland Park 12 - £25-35
Macallan 10 FO - £25-30
Caol Ila 12 - £30-35
Balvenie 10 Founder's Reserve - £36-45
The Laph 10 is too expensive as an alternative to white spirit
Now, if the Lap QC were on this list, I'd might go with that: I like the peaty-sweet balance and it's also around $45 at my local store, which I think is a great bang for buck ratio.
I guess I should qualify my Lap QC comments: I suppose if we're going by the strict title of the thread, the Lap QC is out because it's probably younger than 10. Still, though, I think it fits the spirit of the category.
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