Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish Single Malt
Johnnie Walker Green Blended malt
Johnnie Walker Blue Blended Whisky
There are so many others but if I had to pick three to be in my cabinet it would be these.
Easy to be nostalgic, and see a departed friend as the perfect companion, but I did get through a lotta bottles of this in my early whisky days...
I don't think I've got a "favourite all-arounder" these days, just favourites that do a different job, depending on my mood. Talisker 18 , HP 18, or possibly Macallan 18 might qualify if they were cheaper.
For a regular "feel like a whisky" or first dram of the evening, rather than some deep studying session, my hand tends to hover between Ardbeg 10, Black Bottle( with a dash of Laphroaig 10 or 10 CS!) Pulteney 12, Talisker 10, Aberlour 10 or Macallan 10, Glenfiddich 15, Glenmorangie Standard or Lasanta(tho' I hear from the reliable Les Taylor that the latest bottling has gone 'off'!)
Not at all clear cut!
I typically refer to an "all-round" whisky as something has a bit of everything.. a whisky i would offer to a newbie who wanted a feel of single malt whisky..
My vote goes for the Highland Park 12 YO.. it has displaced Glenlivet from this slot in my pecking order.. i seldom meet people who are not impressed by this dram.
For me, Balvenie, Glenfarclas and Glenrothes are also all-rounders because they usually have a "neutral" profile with enough depth but without overpowering notes.
Last year I was given a laarge "blind" dram of what reminded me of a really good HP. Turned out to be the Yamazaki 18!!
I'd dread to try that H@H with the HP18...the Japs might just win!
It's on my wishlist...
I had Yamasaki 12 a few days ago, teamed up with Blanton's Gold, Bushmills 16 Three Wood and a Bruichladdich Manzanilla. Did a wee battle of the nations for my blog. Yama totally won the tasting for me. Amazing dram!
Never had the Y12 but this 18...wow!
It was the most surprising, and therefore the outstanding dram at whisky live last year, where in 2-3 short hours I tasted some excellent whiskies - Glenmo Astar, Ardbeg Renaissance and Oogydal, my first Port ellen, springbank 15, a 34YO Glen Grant, Bowmore 18...
I drive Japanese. I guess I'll be drinking Japanese soon. doesn't quite have the same ring, does it?
" Fancy a Japanese? Do you take your Japanese on the rocks?"
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