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I was the occasional whisky sipper until last year, when I discovered Oban 14. A few months later I had visited Scotland (and Oban of course!) and tasted some other malts as well. I bought a bottle of Oban Distiller's edition there, and I regret that I didn't buy heaps of it now. I have tried some other malts but never found anything like it. Do you have any suggestions of what I might try next? I simply love the Oban DE, but I also like Balvenie DW 12 very much, and Ardbeg 10 and Glenfarclas 15 are good too. So I have no distinct "direction" of taste, I guess (Talisker was ok, standard Laphroaig and Bruichladdich too). But the Oban DE was just "it". If anyone of you has any recommendations for "close to Oban DE" malts I'd appreciate it very much!
So it follows that you should probably look for other coastal whiskies that have been finished or matured entirely in sherry casks.
So try a sherry cask Highland Park (Mackillops Choice have released one or two of these), Ledaig have released a sherry version (Ledaig comes from the Tobemory Distillery on Mull), and the Distillers Edition Talisker also qualifies. (Actually, the DE Talisker is a beauty!)
Any Brora / Clynelish might also tickle your tastebuds.
A sherried Bunnahabhain would also do the trick.
Also, why not try a Campbelltown whisky, i.e. Springbank?
That should keep you going for a while!
As to Highland Park, in may be M&McD 1988 - they used sherry casks, too. HP 18 is also round, although rather light. And I believe, Isle of Jura Superstition will be just perfect in this range.
Other nice deviations: Balvenie 17 Islay Cask, Ardbeg Uigeadail (too intensive, but the balance of peatiness and sherry is there!), and... what do you think of Lagavulin 16?
Sherried Clynelish, Brora and even Ben Nevis and Mortlach would be my suggestions. For particular bottling suggestions, Cadenheads has some cracking sherried Clynelish, Ben Nevis and Mortlach, as does Signatory. Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series has some very nice sherried Brora.
I will take notes of everything you have said here, I really appreciate the suggestions and discussions. Dalwhinnie - well, my visit in Oban was lovely, but I also got to know that the image of the small distillery they try to give you on the tour there was only half-true. I will get over the disappointment, though, and try the others I have still to taste in the classic malts range. I actually once thought I supported a small independent distillery there, could I be more wrong? They admitted they add caramel though - I have never understood why that is necessary. Does the colour sell? Eventually, it is the taste that matters, and I will go hunting for Oban DE whenever I am abroad. And off-topic stuff like these maybe should be discussed under another topic another day
Shigga wrote:Dalwhinnie 15 yo is great, tried it once! Surely I will buy a bottle next time that I have money
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