Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve
Balvenie 15 Single Cask
Balvenie 21 Portwood
Highland Park 18
Chivas Regal 12
Chivas Regal 18
What should I add next? (Sorry, Islay is next time around)
If you can afford it the MAc 18 -- though a shadow of its former self -- is imho the best of the bunch. But for much less you can get really good stuff:
Like the Glenfarclas 21 -- a more buttery, smoother malt than the mac 18 -- and much cheaper.
Yamazaki 18 -- which is amazing as malt. I would say a serious challenge to HP's title as the best all-rounder in malt. THat's the one I would try.
LEt us know what you pick !
2) Give up whisky and become a monk.
3) Of those listed, Mac 18 would most appear to provide something not in your inventory already. I agree that the Glenrothes would be a more affordable alternative. Or, to fill that big sherry niche at a more reasonable price than the Mac, go back to 1).
I'd say of the list, the Mac 18 would be a classy bottle to have on your shelves - it's pretty goods whisky too.
Monks do make some darn good beer - I wouldn't be so keen on the giving up whisky part though.
ScotchPalate wrote:Any particular reason I should give up a whiskey and become a monk?
Just thought I'd be as unhelpful as possible before giving you a straight answer! I'm amused at how often folks here give answers to questions that weren't asked, or ignore the range of options given, and figured I'd join in.
I voted Springbank, as to be frank, you should have at least one Campbeltown in your collection. I keep draining the one I have in stock so at present am out any from the two distilleries.
The beverage industry owes a lot to the monks!! See what you started Mr. T.???
Mustardhead wrote:I voted for the Macallan because I don't like the idea of passing by the opportunity to drink a midlle-aged Macallan
All the other opportunities will still be there but Macallan might just get too expensive.
Too late! I got my Macallan 18yo '85 before it went up this last time for $99US (now $130US) and still feel I got taken. Way over-hyped, IMO. A Glenfarclas 25yo @ $100-110US is 10 times better, IMNSHO. From the list I would still go for the Glenfarclas 17yo @ about $65US, the best quality/price ratio of the lot.
Given at what you have now and what's available in the States I'd say none of the above. Other choices to consider are the Aberlour 15 or a'bunadh, Longmorn 15 and Longrow 10 (the peaty Springbank).
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