Speyburn 10: decent
Highland Park 12: very tasty, a tad too smoky
Talisker: too smoky
The Glenlivet: boring
Oban 10: good, but a bit salty
Laphraoig 10: surprisingly I like this a lot
So I'm thinking I like my scotch on the smooth, sweet side. Its also been suggested that I like speyside, though thats perhaps too broad a category to be really useful.
Any suggestions for what else I should be trying? I wouldn't be against trying a blend like Johnny Walker.
i was very pleased with this one...
Great to hear that you are new to the wonderful world of malt whisky.
If the whiskies you have enjoyed in the past are of either the peaty (the Laphroig 10yo) or the sweet (the Speyburn etc.), I would suggest you try Ardbeg Uigeadail.
This is a really big whisky, bottled at full cask strength (in this case 54.2%). It's a really peaty whisky which has been aged in a mix of bourbon barrels and sherry butts. The sherry influence lends some real sweet notes to it. Peaty and sweet - should be perfect for you.
I like to try this whisky with some really good quality dark chocolate. Pop some chocolate in your mouth, and let it melt. As it does take a sip of Uigeadail. You can pick up a bottle for around £40.
You did not mention where you live, so prices depend a bit on your location. If you like Laphroaig and a sweet dram, Lagavulin would be an excellent choice. Especially the DE (but probably out of your price range) is great, I am having a dram right now!
My experience (and thus my advice) is limited, but be sure to check out the posts above..
Which Glenlivet do you find boring? Have you tried the French Oak Reserve or the 18yr? A very good value speyside alternative is the 12yr Cragganmore. Another 2 inexpensive Highland alternatives are Balblair and Royal Lochnagar ( if you like oranges )
I can understand you not liking a 10yr Talisker but have you tried the 18yr.It is roughly half the price of a Macallan 18.
Finally are you on about the Laphroaig 10yr that you like or a different age? I only ask because i know how many people rate the 10yr but am i really the only person who thinks it is garbage? I can appreciate Lagavulin and Caol Ila but not that one.
Good luck on your whisky journey.
Balvenie DW is also nice, and though a little salty, Ardbeg 10 is great.
If you're up for something different, give Redbreast 12 (Pure Pot Still Irish) a try. As far as reasonably priced Irish goes, I am a new convert to Bushmills Blackbush.
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