Part of me wants to finish of having one from each section of Scotland (Lowland), but the other says "forget that get the best"
What should my next bottle be? Recommendations welcome!
but i still love the 10 in its own right. Depends whether I want wild, or smooth and subtle. Have a new 18 awaiting opening at Christmas...I'll be drinking a fair amount of '10' before then!
Another fine one would be Ardbeg 10, one of my favorites, or Macallan 12 sherry matured...
From the list though, I'd go for Talisker 18.
If you like Islays, Ardbeg 10 is superb.
If you can get it in the USA, Jura Superstition is an interesting drink and is also priced fairly well.
Meanwhile, I highly recommend Bladnoch or Rosebank.
Lowland whiskies are not inferior, they are juts different. Often lighter and more floral.
Very good they can be, too.
pmullin wrote:BTW, I you want to try a lowlander, give Glengoyne a try. Although I almost always take my whisky neat, a drop of water really brings out the flavors in this one.
It is totally untypical (or is that a-typical Mr. Picky?) for a lowlander as it is so rich and heavy compared to the other lighter and more floral offerings.
I found it to be a quite pleasant after-dinner dram which was also pretty heavy with oak, sherry, raisin and other dark fruit flavours.
But in spite of this heaviness, the typical Auchentoshan Lowland lightness was somewhere in the background, trying to make its presence felt.
As I said, a pleasant but rather unusual dram which I believe can't make its mind up what it wants to be.
pkt77242 wrote:Elagabalus wrote:I don't know who selected Talisker 18. If he has not yet sampled Talisker 10 he should in no way sample the 18 first.
Sorry to disagree Elagabalus, but I voted Talisker 18 as well. A truly great scotch that hits most of the flavor profiles, a little sweetness, some smoke, a little pepper and salt. Plus it has a smoothness to it that is nice. You don't have to try the Talisker 10 (while good on its own merits) to appreciate and like the Talisker 18.
I vote for the 10 also and would probably agree with Elagabalus.
I think one should always start at the bottom of a new distillery and work ones way up.
I suppose a better way to put it would be that the 18yo would be a more expensive mistake if he does not like it. However the fact he has listed both the price is not really an issue and the fact that he already has done the Laga 16 & HP should be safe bet that he'll like Talisker.
However in saying that the 18 has a lot to offer even though I do prefer the 10 for it's bigger pepper punch. I have a bottle of each
Another bottle I was going to suggest was the triple wood Auchentoshan! Oban 14yo I'm enjoying "discovering" right now, a 15 or 21yo Glenfarclas worth a look too; I sort of agree with some of the comments made about starting at the "bottom" with distilleries to avoid expensive mistakes, but I'm also very mindful that there is no harm buying the odd "star" as you pass on your tasting journey.
Glengoyne 17 (its Glasgow, so its right on the Highland/Lowland controversy line)
Rosebank Flora and Fauna, or Rosebank 25 - get it while you can, both massively different whisky, both highly recommended!
Glenkinchie 20 - Bloody brilliant
If you haven't done the lowlands, carpe diem, - there may not be much more floating about in the next few years. Enjoy!!!
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