I've currently been enjoying The Glennfiddich 15 Solera Reserve as well as the Highland Park 12. They are both very different from each other as I'm sure some of you know. The Glenn is rounder, more mellow, and citrusy while the HP is smoky and honey sweet. I'm currently looking to try something new that maybe lies somewhere between these two fine whiskys. I don't want to go over $50 unless someone absolutely convinces me that I [i]need[i] to. The first bottle of Scotch that I fell in love with was the well balanced Famous Grouse Blend. I'd love to find a malt that has that toffee-ish component but the purity of the above brands. I feel like the smoke of the Highland Park might be at the upper limits of my palate and find the Glenn's smoke to be well integrated even though I like the HP as a whisky overall....weird I know. Some bottles that have piqued my interest are:
Balvenie Doublewood 12
Singleton Of Glendullan 12
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
But doublewood is very good too, more vanilla and round wine notes.
Thanks for the fast responses. I live in Oak Lawn, IL and am a bit upset to hear that you can get a Glenlivet 18 for $50 in AZ! The cheapest I can find is at Binny's for $70. As a reference, I paid $35 for the Glenfiddich 15 and $40 for the HP12. $70 is kind of a big leap for me right now but if everyone stands behind the Glenlivet 18 I might not have a choice. Thanks again.
I got the Glenlivet 18 because I tried it at a restaurant first - so I could not resist, kept thinking about it for a week. Try that - then you feel no regret buying.
But I got Caol Ila, because Binnys gave me a sample of it - I left the store, great taste did not leave me for days, so I got it.
For an 18 yr, you won't get any better for the cheap then Glenlivet 18 - that and Caol Ila are favs. I'm pretty sure Binnys is not overcharging much for the 70$. I'm always so excited to go there, but I try to withhold.
tuddy24 wrote:I'm currently looking to try something new that maybe lies somewhere between these two fine whiskys.
Is the Scapa 14YO available in your area?
Very 'soft' single malt with subtle touches of salt and peat lurking behind the sweetness.
Thanks again for all of your input everybody. I'm going to head over to the Binny's in Skokie, IL tomorrow as I found out that my local Binny's in Orland Park is prohibited from letting its patrons sample hard liquor....except for wine. Silly isn't it? The gentlemen that was assisting me recommended the Aberlour 12 year but wasn't so high on the Balvenie Doublewood. In fact he was trying to redirect me towards Islay! Jim Murray's 2009 guide was sitting in the aisle and even though many have said he is crazy I totally agreed with every review he had writeen that I had tasting experience with. He said the doublewood was boring. Go figure. I had mentioned that the smokiness of the HP12 was my limit and the salesman said laughingly "not everything from Islay is a peat monster!". Either way I didn't pick anything up because I'd rather taste before I buy if that option is available to me.
The Third Dram wrote:toca wrote:Anyone try Bruichladdich 15 year old?
Very nice, clean melding of malt-derived fruity sweetness and discreet saltiness with next to no smoke.
TTD describes it well. I think it's a great everyday whisky, maybe even a little underrated.
You might like to hunt down a Wee Laddie tasting pack so you can try the 10, 15 & 17 side by side.
(this does not apply to those who live on the rong side of the earth)
Some might think it's boring but so what? Try it and make up your own mind.
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