I am quite fond of the Brora, but when I bought a bottle last week (a D. Laing of 1983), I had no idea on how it would taste, since no tasting notes are provided and the peat level of Brora is known to be very variable.
My question is how do you select your whiskies?
thank you for answering
but add to this the opportunistic element, I look for bargins and buy accordingly. I got hold of a arbeg 1977 for £33 a long time ago.
and also, since reading this forum I get a sense of what is good and what I want to try, for example my next big purchase (unless opportunity knocks) will be bowmore 17yr. all because of the thread 'what I drank last night'
Actually, there are a variety of reasons why I might buy a specific bottle. Certainly there are specific distilleries whose product will always interest me. I may have read about something that sounds good, or tasted it in a place like the Bow Bar. Recommendations from persons whose opinion I respect (like most of youse, or a knowledgeable retailer like Joe "Thirstin'" Howell) will play a part. I don't have a try-first policy, because then I'd hardly ever buy anything; I don't feel that a sample is a fair trial, anyway. I get the occasional clinker, but that's part of the game.
Nine times out of ten, it will be either because of a recommendation from someone whose palate I trust, or a price thing. I also sometimes go by try-before-you-buy, but I've tasted plenty of whiskies that I know I can never afford!
I will sometimes buy on recommendation, if I trust the judgement of the person recommending it to me. I always trust LFW, they have never let me down, if they say it's good - then it's good!
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