Payday is soon here and with it some financial leeway that can be used to scratch an itch I have.
I’m a little in doubt what I should purchase this time and thought I would ask your advice.
As usual the poll is mostly to start the discussion, I look forward to hear your thoughts as well.
I have narrowed my choices down to these bottles:
Lagavulin Distillers Edition
I absolute love the 16yo, but have somehow managed never to taste the DE. As I mostly like my drams peaty and/or sweet, this should be a no-brainer; I’m convinced that I will like this dram.
Bladnoch, sheep edition
On the other hand, an argument could be made for the importance of variety. I have no lowlanders in my drinking selection and this comes recommended here on the forum.
Ardmore 1990 G&M Cask
Well, I have stated more than once, that I should have bought an extra bottle of this magnificient dram. Perhaps I should stop talking and start doing?
I am into single malts, this is where my interests lie. On the other hand I know that there are some good small batch bourbons out there. I recently tasted this in a bar and found it enjoyable. But enjoyable enough to purchase a whole bottle? I’m not sure…
So which should I, in your opinion buy next – and why?
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Are these your final options or could you perhaps consider a few other alternatives?
I agree with the pre-posters that you maybe should go for variety and as you haven't got a lowlander in your portfolio maybe you should consider a Bladnoch or perhaps even a Rosebank.
My experience with Bladnoch is somewhat limited and I haven't tried the mentioned bottling. For the moment I have only a few bottles of the Flora & Fauna Bladnoch plus the Chieftains 13y. finished in Rum Barrels. I like these two expressions very much although the Chieftain's has a lot more to offer in terms of complexity and flavours.
When it comes to Rosebank you have plenty of bottlings to choose from and I stilll haven't found a bad expression from this tragically lost distillery. Most of them are reasonably priced and I think you could find many of them in your country.
They are often flowery, herbal or grassy on the nose with a sweet, creamy, flowery, lemony or lavender palate.
In my opinion Rosebank is the ultimate lowlander and I recommend you to add a bottle to your collection.
When it comes to Bourbon, I am also rather new to this category. I haven't tried the Booker's but I recently bought a Evan Williams Single Barrel 1995 and a Buffolo Trace. Both were truly outstanding.
Here are my tasting notes for the Evan Williams:
Nose: Charred oak barrels, violets, coconut, vanilla and dried fruits.
Palate: Amazingly rich in flavours. Oak, hints of herbs, coconut, dried fruit, nuts and vanilla. Lots of toffee/caramel (butterscotch?). Very complex.
Finish: Sweet, fruitcake, vanilla. Long and outstanding.
Comment: In my opinion a great whisky that just beats the **** out of many scotch ones and leaves you stunned, gasping for more. For me, as a beginner of Bourbons, I could not imagine it would taste this good. For me this is the start of a friendship which shall never end.
As you stated yourself...You know you're gonna like the Lagavulin DE (which in my opinion is one of the best-ever whiskies ) and you've had the Ardmore. Go for something new...try a lowland whisky or head for a Bourbon. You're probably going to surprised in a very positive way.
As I haven't tasted the mentioned Bladnoch or the Booker's I don't submit my vote.
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If you aren't sure yet about the Bookers then you must decide if you want to chance a whole bottle or hit the bar for a few more shots before pulling the trigger. Personally I don't find it that useful to have a bottle of bourbon around but I just might pick up a bottle of Elmer T. Lee if it hasn't already been delisted.
But a close second is Lagavulin DE - just got a 1l bottle of this one (distilled 1989, bottled 2005). My son bought it for me on the boat from Norway.
The peat is a little less pungent compared to a normal 16yo Laga, and the taste is nicely rounded by the PX sherry cask used in 2nd maturation.
Though, the Lagavulin DE is a splendid dram...
As for the Ardmore, come down to Whiskyhouse with me some day and see if we can get a wee zip of the OMC 1979... There you have a truly amazing Ardmore.
I, too am interested in the Lagavulin DE, just for the variety of it, although more than one review has said it is different, but not necessarally better than the Laga 16.
I love Ardmore and would like to try that bottling to compare to the only one available to me, the '92 Signatory UCF.
I would agree to have a lowlander ready for the summer months, and I can recommend a Murray McDavid '92 Rosebank. I haven't found a Bladnoch that I have seen any reviews on. If anyone knows anything about a Bladnoch 11yo, 1991 Signatory Vintage 43% abv, let me know.
It seems the Bladnoch will be it then. Good that I asked, else I would probably have gone with Laga and thus added yet another islay to all the others. (I really wish to have varied selection, but somehow these pesky Islays have a way of sneaking into my cabinet almost without me noticing. )
jimidrammer wrote:If I remember right you were asking about GTS in another thread and I compared the two.
Yes, I did and I would love to taste GTS one day. But I must admit, that I find the price asked a bit steep.
Bullie wrote:As for the Ardmore, come down to Whiskyhouse with me some day and see if we can get a wee zip of the OMC 1979... There you have a truly amazing Ardmore.
Sound like a date - I will someday
hpulley wrote:If you aren't sure yet about the Bookers then you must decide if you want to chance a whole bottle or hit the bar for a few more shots before pulling the trigger.
Harry, I think you're right and I will go to the bar for another taste of this.
Mr Ellen wrote:Are these your final options or could you perhaps consider a few other alternatives? ... In my opinion Rosebank is the ultimate lowlander and I recommend you to add a bottle to your collection.
When the subject is whisky I'm always open to alternatives, but I think Rosebank will have to wait for a future visit to the liquorist. For now I have my sights set on the Bladnoch, which is available locally and not too expensive. Thanks for the Evan Williams note, it really sounds like a stunner and I'll keep it in mind, if I fall over a bottle one day.
Again thanks All - I will report back when I have had a go at the Bladnoch.
Bullie wrote:Jan wrote:Sound like a date - I will someday
I'll be going there the 20:th of May, with a bunch of people. If you'll come with us, you'll get a 10% off on the purchases!
Thanks for the invite - I will try to see if I can fit it into my schedule. I will get back to you in a few days time.
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