Which whisky to buy next

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Which whisky to buy next

Postby slojo » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:57 pm

Hi everyone - it's my first post on this great forum!

I am thinking of what to buy next. Here is what I have in my cabinet at the moment (from memory):

Open -

Laphroaig CS
Talisker 10
Caol Ila 12
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Aberlour A'Bunadh
Balvenie Doublewood

Closed -

Laphroaig 15
Ardbeg 1977
Ardbeg 10

I would like to expand my horizons and education a little and am considering one or more of the following, which I've never tried before:

Clynelish 14
Bowmore 17 (or maybe Darkest)
Talisker 18
Bruichladdich Infinity
Glenfarclas (105 or 21 yo)
Glenrothes
???????

I would welcome any thoughts on the above, or any others you would recommend.

Many thanks
Slojo

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Postby bamber » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:15 pm

Glenfarclas 15yo and a full sherry Macallan would be my next to try, but they all look worth a go.

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Postby mar_mcdo » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:34 pm

clynelish 14y is a great dram. malty and reasonably sweet with smokey undertones...quite different. the farclas 21y is nice if u like something quite fruity

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Postby slojo » Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:11 pm

mar_mcdo wrote:clynelish 14y is a great dram. malty and reasonably sweet with smokey undertones...quite different. the farclas 21y is nice if u like something quite fruity


...and currently only £22.99 at Tesco :D

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Postby posterboy » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:24 pm

If you're thinking of Bruichladdich (which I fully encourage), I would bypass the Infinity in favor of the 15 year, the 17 or the 20 (third edition). Naturally, the older expressions are more expensive, but I think you will find them superior to the Infinity, which is a blend of various Bruichladdich malts.

I would also recommend the Bunnahabhain 12. Bunnahabhain is consistently very, very good, even though it is not marketed as heavily as other brands. The price is also very reasonable.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:35 pm

I would not go for Bruichladdich or Bunnahabhain because you say you are trying to broaden your horizons. At the moment, you appear to have focused heavily on Islay. You might try Highland Park, or go for a Highland malt (Aberfeldy, Lochnagar, Ben Nevis, Dalwhinnie, etc). Alternatively, look further south and try Rosebank, Glengoyne or Tullibardine. Within Speyside, you could look for the grassier ones (you have already tried heavy sherry ones) - try Tamdhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Elgin, etc.

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Postby slojo » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:44 pm

Forgot to mention, also have an unopened Glenfiddich 18. Finished one bottle a short time ago - OK but didn't love it.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:26 pm

At the risk of appearing predictable, Highland Park 18. Can't go wrong with that.

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Postby Tom » Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:46 pm

Given the fact that you already have peat and sherry in your cabinet, You could opt for complexity in Glenfarclas 21 wich is a superb dram in any sence, or for honey in the Glenrothes, the 1992 is the newest release and its as usual pretty good.

The Glenrothes would be my first suggestion, as it is a whisky that belongs in anyone's cabinet, easely accesseble, sweetish with nice honeytones and if your palate develops further it also contains a few subtleties to keep you interested.

Glenfarclas 21 is very complex and if you are relatively new to whisky it might be too hard to find all the flavors and the hints that are in the undertone. However a Glenfarclas 10 might fit your cabinet as it is sherry and bourbon matured and you dont have anything like it in your cabinet now.

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Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:54 pm

Try the Caol Ila CS and the Lagavulin CS, i think that the extra oomph in the CS bottlings over the regular OB's is worth spending the extra coin. As Christmas approaches with all of the entertaining of guests the C.I. and Laga CS are two that i like to keep on hand, always "wows" 'em. :wink:

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:31 pm

'Laddie and Bunny may be Islays geographically, but they are miles away from the others on the palate. (Not better or worse, just far.)

Glenrothes and Clynelish are goodies by me. If you like the a'bunadh, you night want to compare it with the Glenfarclas 105.

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Postby slojo » Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:53 pm

Update - just bought the Clynelish 14 :wink:

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Postby kallaskander » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:54 am

Hi there,

attaboy, well done!

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Postby slojo » Thu Nov 24, 2005 1:42 pm

Had my first taste of the Clynelish last night. Very very impressed. Mostly struck by how well balanced it was. I normally go for either peaty or sherried, but this had a little bit of everything there. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Postby andrewfenton » Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:00 pm

Clynelish is one of my favourites as well - if you can get hold of it, I'd suggest a next step of Lochside. The common good bottlings are the Murray McDavid 1981/2000, and the Douglas Laing 14 and 22yr (the younger DL is probably superior, and certainly far cheaper).

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Postby MGillespie » Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:00 am

If you're now looking ahead to your next purchase...anything from Glenrothes would be good, along with the Glenfarclas 21YO or 105 CS versions...all are excellent!

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Postby Badmonkey » Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:08 am

I like a lot of the recommendations already given, but if you are trying to expand your horizons and explore new territory, your list might benefit from a little Springbank. I'm particularly fond of the Springbank 100 Proof (aged 10 years). It has a tantalizing mix of honey and ginger, and it kicks like a mule. Truly superb whisky.


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