So, while planning to purchase a Glenlivet Nadura, I came across a single bottle of the Balvenie 17yo Sherryoak. Since we liked the DW I picked it up instead of the Nadura. Two or three other sites gave it positive comments but surprisingly I cannot find any tasting notes on this site. Anyone able to share comments?
I would love to sample various styles but locating SMS minis has been difficult so far. Fifteen yrs ago I had a sample pack with (I think) dalwhinnie/talisker/lagavulin/glenkinchie and one other. Have not seen a pack like that since. Anyone have some suggestions for USA sources?
Thanks for any responses.
LokiRN wrote:Fifteen yrs ago I had a sample pack with (I think) dalwhinnie/talisker/lagavulin/glenkinchie and one other. Have not seen a pack like that since. Anyone have some suggestions for USA sources?
Thanks for any responses.
Welcome to WMF LokiRN
The fifth was a Cragganmore, part of the "Classic Malts" range from Diageo then. Finding single malt whisky minis in the States has always been a bit of a hit or miss with me. I've got several dozen SMW minis but they've all come from many various shops around the US and abroad. Except for the shops abroad (specially Scotland) no US shop I've found really has the mini market cornered.
BTW... Mac 18 comes in Fine Oak as well. I think they keep those in the Asian market (I know they are not in US). I bought one in Taiwan duty free and it was not as good as the sherry 18.
Ganga wrote:I believe the "Classic Malts" mini set was actually 6 and included the Oban 14. I haven't seen one around in 10 years. It was a very good way to get an idea of the various styles of malts without investing in several full bottles.
I see another version around me with 3 bottles. I think it has Talisker, Caol Ila, and maybe Oban in it. They are not the small airplane sample size, but something a little larger
all great...and increasingly expensive. As I recall, the '84 was around £44!!
But it's hard to recall a sherried whisky I've enjoyed more. The much vaunted Glenfarclas 15 is just "ok" by compqrison...and I never found a Balvenie or an aberlour that matched it.
As a big fan of everything Balvenie (10, 12 & 15) and the Macallan 12 Sherry, I am excited to get my hands on this one.
Yes the sample pack did have at least Craggamore and probably Oban- I recall those minis along with a Knockando purchased at the time..
Having only bourbon whiskies prior to that sample pack I recall favorably Dalwhinnie and Oban as lighter/tolerable . Talisker was more strongly flavored--"that one that might be OK if tried a few more times" . Lagavulin- "the nasty one" strong and medicinal. Don't recall anything re Craggamore or Knockando. Now, fifteen yrs later, we'll see how it goes.
Balvenie-- prefered the DW to the 17Sherryoak. The SO had fine body but a definite taste of sulphur and was less smooth and less sweet to my taste. Next Balvenie will probably be the 15yo for us. The Aberlour comments/tastings look good too. I see one of those in the our future.
Where does the sulphur taste come from? The water? Material used to dry the malt?
Any recommendations btw Lasanta vs Nadura vs a'bunadh(#21)? I saw comments re sulphur notes in the some recent Lasanta posts. Relative sweetness btw them compared to the DW?
We will try some Compass Box samples-Peat Monster and Asyla- tonite.
My glenfiddich buddy recommended a store across town with a good scotch selection but I have to cross the Superbowl area to get there so no new purchases till next week.
Thanks for the suggestions and info re sulphur. Sounds like a'bunadh for a future purchase.
Ganga- found a bottle of the Kirkland(Andrew Murray) Macallan 18 at Costco. A trace less flavor/body than the Mac 18 mini but for half the price we like it.
Normal5. Have been to Leukens in Oldsmar for wine- will ck there for scotch selection.
In Clearwater on Old Coachman, 1 block west of US19 is Sunset Liquors. Stopped there on a whim yesterday while passing by from the bookstore. Amazing selection(to me). The only place I really looked was in Tarpon Springs at B-21. Prices at Sunset seemed similar from what I remember.
Sunsets selection includes lots of nice bourbons like Pappy van Winkle and such. Irish whiskys mentioned in the forum--Redbreast 12yo, Michael Collins, Jameson and several others. A Welsh--Penderyn. Scotch whiskys include Macallan 10/17/30 fine oak, 12/18/25 sherry, several by Aberfedy, only one Aberlour(a'bunadh). Many names I do not recall. Guestimate around seventy(edited) different bottles of scotch. Next trip to Costco I will stop at Sunset and list a few more here for people looking in the Tampa- St Pete area.
They did have a sampler set of Glenmorangie($50)-- Four 100ml bottles. One each of 10yr/Lasanta/Quinta Ruban/Nectar D'Or-- if you are interested.
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