i'm getting myself acquainted with some decent Scotches as i'm a big bourbon fan. I was looking at getting a few bottles of different styles of SMS, but am on a shoestring budget. Therefore i'd be looking at the youngest age bottlings of any particular brand. In the highly competetitive Speyside category, i can access these brands quite easily:
Tamdhu Single Malt (dunno age)
For those who vote, would you be so kind as to indicate the general flavour profile of the one chosen. I know generally by reading here that Aberlour has a sweeter sherry note, but have only tried the Glenlivet once before (and liked it - albeit it was fairly malty and one-dimensional)
Choochoo wrote:The Aberlour 10 is very good for the price, but generally I'd go for the Glenfarclas 12yo which is around the same cost and a bit better IMO.
I echo the sentiments on the 'farclas 12. In truth, I don't like the Aberlour 10 very much. It seems very caramely, and sort of artificial tasting. I do know I am in the vast minority on that one..
pete_d wrote:Thank you all for your opinions. I also appreciate the other options. However the Craggenmore 12, Balvenie 10 and Glenfarclas 12 is well beyond budget. All 3 are about 60% more than the others mentioned. The import/retail situation down here is atrocious.
Where's down here? I'm curious about the Glenfarclas 8 yo.
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I know in the states it is around $40 a bottle in NYC. The aberlour 10 at around $35. The glenlivet is a bit cheaper at $29 a bottle and glenfiddich is around $38.
Dalmore 12 is around $25 and glenfaria is also in the $30's
Really? The tasting notes on this site suggest that this distillery is a Highlander. I was gonna get this one anyway as an example of a Highland Bottling, or a Dalwhinnie (i'll decide on the day of purchase)
I like the concept of the Balvenie 10, but can only see the 12 Doublewood around in the shops thus far. And that bottle is probably pushing budget (although i can be pursuaded)
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I recently loaned some musical equipment to a grateful showcasing songwriter whose management promised me the malt of my choice in return. I was just out of Aberlour A'bunadh, so that's what I specified.
They couldn't find it, they said( never trust a mananger!) so palmed me off with the standard 10. i did my best to hide my disappointment, having never REALLY rated the dram - certainly not as much as the old macallan 10.
Then I opened the bottle...
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