So as it stands right now, my collection includes Johnnie Walker Gold and Blue, The Glenlivet 12 year old, The Macallan 12 year old, and Lagavulin 16 year old. Of course, I ran home like a kid with a couple new toys and after dinner sat down to choose my favorites. So, after much hard work (yeah, right) and careful consideration, I've managed to rank them in order of preference...
1. The Macallan 12
2. Lagavulin 16
3. Johnnie Gold
4. The Glenlivet 12
And as for the Blue Label? Damn, the packaging is pretty. It cost me so much that I still feel compelled to save it for a special occasion. Maybe someday once I've opened it I can add it to the rankings. Anyways, so based on my preferences stated above, any ideas on what I should keep my eyes out for? Preferably stuff that's readily available in the US, and nothing much more than about $75 a bottle, unless it's really worth it. Cheaper is never a bad thing, as long as its good stuff.
There are so many. A good idea would be to go to the "Tasting Room" section in this website and look up your choices. You can then compare them to other stuff in the section. You won't always agree with the raters, but it's usually quite accurate.
Other than that, the Highland Park 12 is very good...
Nice to see that you'r a fan of Scotch too. Aidan is right, there are so many blended Scotch whiskies and Single Malt Scotch whiskies the range seems alsmost endless.
To name but a few.
The Macallan 18Y
The Glenlivet 18Y
The Glenturret 10Y or their vintages.
Famous Grouse (12Y and vintages)
Well I could go on forever. Some I described are just an extension to others you allready have.
Here are a few thoughts:
If you liked the Macallan (a true sherry experience)and the Lagavulin (one of many glorious Islay's) - then you might enjoy the Lagavulin Distiller's Edition (Lag with a Pedro Ximinez cask finish) - or the Bowmore Darkest...or the Aberlour A'bunadh...
If you are wanting another sherry-type - try the Glendronach 15 - a great alternative/comparison to the Macallans.
As for others that are great value - my list of "must have" favourites that belong in every collection (IMHO)include:
Highland Park 12 (as Aidan mentioned)- considered "the great all-rounder"
Longmorn 15 - I always come back to this gem
Balvenie Doublewood 12 (Jeroen's recommendation) - well priced value
Bruichladdich 15 - head and shoulders above the 10 year old - and better value than the XVII...
...and anything ARDBEG - it's hard to argue with the 10 as a bargain...the 17 is more subtle, if that word could ever be applied to an Ardbeg - and everything else is incredible - if you don't mind the price tag(s). The 1977 seems to be in short supply - so if you find one - grab it!!! (usually around $105 Cdn or $75 US in Alberta - but as much as $145 Cdn - $105 US in British Columbia - FYI.)
Enjoy - Slainte, Dave.
Bowmore is a prolific producer with a great range...so don't give up on them just yet...
You've given yourself a good range with the 6-pack. It's a great way to experiment. Bowmore and Bruichladdich do similar combo packs. The Bowmore version has 5 X 200 ml bottles of the 12, 15, 17, Darkest and 21 year old and for $80 Cdn ($58 US)it works out cheaper per ml than buying the bottles separately - kudos to Bowmore for this great intro . Bruichladdich on the other hand does some combos that charge a significant premium .
Enjoy - Slainte, Dave.
Dalwhinnie 15 year is light and aromatic ideal as pre dinner dram highland
Cragganmore 12 year Speyside smokey finish
very good for the novice
Talisker 10year fullbody rich peaty flavour
the Glenrothes highland which is my fave. the best tasted 1969 or 1973
johnny walker red ,black
cost about 1000. cad
Curious if you've tried your Blue label yet. I too recently bought it and between the price and the packaging, I'm also debating when to drink it..if at all!
It's also hard to go wrong with Springbank. If you can get your hands on the 21 yr, jump on it, for it is one of the best.
Some of my favorites, in no particular order, are:
Caol Ila 18
Highland Park 12 & 18
This does not include more expensive whiskys I have, such as Macallan 25 yr, Bowmore 30 yr, Laphroaig 30 yr, that I consider more of the "special occasion" drams, unless, of course, your last name might be Gates!!
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