Other considerations that immediately come to mind would be some of the Bruichladdich Sherries, which I have oft raved about on the forum.
I would also consider some of the Glenfarclas bottlings.
The 15 says 'A rich gold-amber with a luscious, unctuous oily oak character delicately peated. Finish gloriously sherry sweet, gently smoky-long and distinguished.'
The 17 says 'Colour: Rich amber
Nose: Complex, with distinctive butterscotch, sherried fruit and peat smoke aromas.
Flavour: Big, full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones, and a touch peat smoke.
Finish: Long lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness.
Or you could always go for *cough* Macallan 12yo. But A'bunadh with water is more than worth the $30 and it will last longer.
You could also try a Glendronach, which I like, and has a lot of sherry in it. Glenfarclas is a good choice as well.
lbacha wrote:I tried Glendronach last weekend and was quite suprised by the sherry in it. I'm not sure what the bottle costs but it was very enjoayable.
In my parts, Glendronach 12 or 15 go for $40-$60. And for some reason I've seen the 1968 25yo Glendronach at a few local stores for $85 - I think someone must have made an error on that price though.
In general, I find the glendronach to have a fruity/cherry quality to it that's different, in a good way, from other sherried malts I've tried.
Going purely by palate & taste alone, I would vote for the Macallan, but if you have to take finances into account, it's a different story:
Aberlour 15 - $85
Macallan 18 - $185 !
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