I am pretty new to whiskey, my first single malt was the Glenlivet 15.
Now I have these options:
and maybe Highland park 10
I am not sure about the last one so take it as an option only.
If so, what should I get then? should I prefer "younger" macallan/talisker to 15 Glenlivet / Bowmore?
And what is preferable anyway, the Bowmore or the Glenlivet?
Advice will be appreciated.
I don't think I have ever had a Bowmore 15yo, and I have never seen a HP 10. I am assuming the Glenlivet 15yo is the 'French Oak' and so the three other whiskies you list I have had recently. Of these, the Talisker 10 has provided me with the most pleasure and would be my recommendation.
On a side note, Clover (and no pressure here), it would be most helpful for you to indicate where you live in order that you might receive the greatest benefit from this forum. I have found that the local men and women often can be the most helpful.
clover wrote:Now I have these options:
Is this the French Oak Reserve? A very good pour if so.
The older issue Mariner or the newer Darkest? I like them both, the Mariner for its greater seaside flavour thrust and the Sherry finished Darkest as representing a marked improvement over the often inconsistent no-age-statement version it's replaced.
So good, and so unique.
The older Sherry casked or the newer Fine Oak version? Haven't tried the latter, but wouldn't hesitate to pick up a bottle of the former.
and maybe Highland park 10
I'm not aware of a 10-year old official bottling. Do you possibly mean the 12YO? If so, a lovely melding of Highland and island characteristics.
I am from Israel btw.
I don't have much of experience with whiskeys and regions where they come from, as I said, the only single malt iv'e had is the glenlivet 15 which was great for me.
I want something abit different, just to try, altough I enjoyed it, but the question is, whether going down with the years is worthy - will a Talisker 10 really delight me rather than a Bowmore 15?
and between Talisker and Macallan, I see that you tend towards the Tali?
and about the highland, yes, I think it was 12 years.
So now I am thinking about the talisker, tough ardbeg you didnt help me alot with the descriptions as I am not much experienced with all
You were saying that the higland would be the best or Macallan or Tali?
lockejn wrote:Age comparisons between distilleries - particularly distilleries so dramatically different - are not very useful.
I'd go one step further and suggest that age does not necessarily offer any indication of quality... period. Young or old, whiskies of widely varying ages can each bring something unique to one's senses of aroma and taste.
"What whisky should I buy next?" There is no one bottle that you should buy next. Ideally you should try them all so that you will broaden your whisky experience. There is no rule that says you must stay with the mild, gentle whiskies (40%) before moving on to something like the Talisker 10 (fiery, sweet, peppery, some smoke and peat at 45.8%). As such, I gave my own preference for the whiskies that you listed and that I have tried. I was saying that the Talisker would be best, FOR MY TASTES. I find it has more to offer the tastebuds than the other two. But I prefer stronger whiskies.
In a similar way, as Lockejn indicated, age is not a great directive given the differences between the distilleries. It is not the case, IMO, that the Glenlivet 15 is more sophisticated or complex than the Talisker 10 because it is 5 years older. Such differences may be more pronounced within a range of a particular distillery (e.g., Glenlivet 12 vs Glenlivet 21), but not between different distilleries. So yes, a Talisker 10 may indeed delight you more than a Bowmore 15.
Search this forum and others for tasting notes of the bottles you list. If there are things that you see that you might like (or might dislike) then that will make your choice a bit easier. Be warned though, just because an expert picked out the flavor of Christmas spice cake doesn't mean you will.
Whatever your decision I hope you enjoy your purchase, but if you do not, keep the bottle until you have more experience with single malts and revisit it from time to time. Sometimes whiskies you don't appreciate straight away become loved or even favourite whiskies once your palate gains experience.
You should also forget about whisky age as there are equally good and bad whiskies available at both ends of the age spectrum.
Don't bother with any Macallan that says "Fine Oak" on the label. Not bad, just not distinctive IMO.
Then try Lagavulin 16YO - a wonderful peaty dram, but balanced by other influences, including sherry. I believe this is the best "first " Islay. It certainly was mine...followed by Laphraoig 10 and Ardbeg 10. the latter has been my "house whisky" ever since...
It would be helpful to know which whiskies /styles you have already tried.
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