It depends a lot of what the distilleries are currently doing and what my eyes have falled on of IB's which is what I mainly purchase
Judging on the last 3-4 months I have been getting the best from these 5 in no partucular order
Ok, kinda cheated on the last one.
I could survive very well if I could only access whisky from Suntory's Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. Almost any profile I would need I could access from these, at least to some degree. Throw in Springbank/Longrow/Hazelburn and I'd truelly have a lifetime of whisky love.
1. Ardbeg (for its clarity and intensity)
2. Brora (for its uniqueness and complexity)
3. Highland Park (for its masterful juggling of multiple elements)
4. Lagavulin (simply for being what it is)
5. Port Ellen (for its magical melding of delicacy and flavour penetration)
VERY close behind...
Talisker, Yoichi and Wild Turkey
1. Middleton (They make Redbreast, Jameson 12 and Powers at reasonable prices)
2. Buffalo Trace (BT and Eagle Rare, also buck for bang)
It'llprobably change. I have exciting bottles waiting for me..
up and coming on strong, Glen Elgin
Top 5 closed distilleries
1. Port Ellen
Port Ellen, Ardbeg & Brora because of their individual intense and complex 'Islay' style, Glendronach & Karuizawa are my favorite drams which have been matured in sherry casks.
Lagavulin, Highland Park, Macallan, Longrow, Coal Ila & Laphroiag would also be in my top 5 depending on my mood.
Caol Ila. and Brora.
#1 is definitely Lagavulin,
followed closely by Laphroaig.
Rounding out the rest of the list would be:
Port Ellen, then
Glenfarclas, and finally
Just not quite making the list would be:
Talisker (is 18yo possibly the finest regularly available whisky?)
Longmorn/Glenlivet (in particular old sherry cask bottles)
Benriach (i just like the "feel good" family atmosphere from this distillery and the wide variety of tasty products)
Bruichladdich (in particular Octomore and the PC and 3D series)
and Aberlour sherry bombs
Collector57 wrote:Rufus Skytrousers wrote:I would go firstly:
Then in no particular order
You'll be a Speyside man then.
Oh yeah, I failed to mention Talisker, snapping hard on the heels of the latter 4
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