So far I have enjoyed the following:
Caol Ila 12
Glenlivet 21 Archive
In the waiting room yet to be tasted I have:
Ardbeg Uigeadail/Airigh Nam Beist
Caol Ila 18
I have not enjoyed Cardhu 12, Scapa 14 or Old Pulteney 12.
I am considering the following:
Caol Ila CS
Given the whiskies I have liked to date and taking into account the delights on my shelves yet to be tried, would I be wise spending money on these four?
Your thoughts are welcome.
As well as the Authenticus, I find the Benriach 10YO Curiositas a quite unique as well as a very interesting pour.
I'd certainly add Glenlivet Nàdurra 16YO CS to your list of options.
The new Longmorn 16YO (48%ABV) impresses me more each time I pour it, too.
Then there's the 12YO Lagavulin CS... right up your alley!
I tasted Glenmorangie CS last night and came away swayed by its combination of seeming textural lightness, clean spiciness and appetizing nature... perfectly drinkable at full strength.
I had the same issue with Bunahabhainn 12 but found the 18 to be magic.
Moral of te story don't write off a distillery because to take a dislike to one expression.
Feel free to broaden your horizons even farther by getting a decent Irish or Japanese
Longrow CV, so far favorite my SMW after Lagavulin 16. Kinda like having an Islay when you don't want an Islay. Unique smoke intergration.
Aberlour A'bunadh, everyone should have one in their collection, my favorite sherried malt.
After that I agree with Macdeffe, I'm really enjoyng my Balblair 97, so grab a Balblair. Like the 2 I have mentioned, it's good value as well.
Rob B wrote:I am considering the following:
Caol Ila CS
I would keep the Aberlour and Longrow and add Balvenie 15yo and Yamazaki 18. Since you already have enjoyed the Caol Ila 12 and Laphroaig CS it is likely that you would also like the Caol Ila CS. However, I am not sure how much your horizon would be expanded with this pick. The Yamazaki is so wonderfully different it would be my number one choice here.
I'm onto my second Longrow CV, well described here as "an Islay when you don't want an Islay..."
...and every home should have an Abunadh!
But don't ignore the Talisker 18...
The Third Dram wrote:The Yamazaki 18YO is a very refined whisky... no doubt. I do like its sweet-tart fruit and silky, oak-enhanced textural quality. However, for me (and personal tastes certainly need to be taken into account!), the Yamazaki doesn't quite sparkle the same way a 10YO or 12YO Yoichi does, so I'd add those two to your list of potential Japanese spirits.
I would echo that sentiment .... there are some great bursts of flavour in the 12 year olds where as the 18yo is as you say more complex and refined. Depends what your looking for.
Caol Ila CS
Aberlour A'bunadh (will confirm batch number)
Lagavulin 12 CS (2008)
That should keep me occupied for a while. I was tempted to try the Irish and Japanese recomendations, but I want to get to know the Scottish offerings first.
Again, thank you all for your suggestions. All I now need is for Lent to end
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