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For me it was the opportunity to sample a few at the Duty Free store in London - Gatwick (I think) - in 1994. 'Bought a litre each of Lagavulin 16 and Dalwhinnie 15... and cherished them for quite a while when I arrived back home in Vancouver - until I discovered the land of opportunity right next door in Alberta!!!
Amazing how quickly a collection can grow when the prices are right!
Later on I discovered the malts from a bottle of Glenmorangie he brought from Duty Free shop. I also tasted it and thus started my love for malt whisky. Unfortunately (or not?) my sealed bottles are very few since I always had the quriosity to taste every single bottle got in my hands.
In hindsight, she probably regrets ever doing so, and she sure wishes I hadn't found this site. A short time thereafter her father bought me my first Dalwhinnie 15, and that just sealed the deal for me. I gave up the ice and started buying different malts in that pice range, and I'm now looking at taking another step up as I learn to appreciate them more.
Returning home – still a student on (very) low budget - I always tried to keep a bottle as a treasure, holding all the memories for me. Around 1990 I ‘fell’ over a bottle of Lagavulin 16yo (bingo!) – and for years to come those two expressions were sufficient for me. Never really thought about alternatives, not even blends. In fact due to so called ‘professional progress’ I completly forgot about the passion of my youth.
Until just recently. Last year finally I did a little research (can’t even remember why) on the internet and – woom! - there it was: the land of plenty! I think it went uphill since then, my wife tends to differ here slightly...
And anyway, those are six pretty good whiskies!
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