What are your favorites?
I have to go sip my collection to refresh my memory about my faves. Be back in a few days. . . .
It also has the rather nice side effect that it doesn't lose any taste in the bottle, even when under 1/3 left - I recently returned to one that must have been at that level for 8 months or more, and it tastes even better than before.
from the top of my head
I agree with your list from a flavour and quality point of view, but I would suggest that (in my market at least), many of those are significantly more expensive than other malts they compete against.
If we are to stick to the original post's suggestion of what is "affordable", I think some from your list probably wouldn't qualify.
50 Euros equates to about $83 Australian dollars.
The majority of regular malts in the 10 to 15 year range retail for between $50 and $75, so $83 (50 Euros) would certainly stand outside what the Australian market considers regular or affordable.
(This is based purely on comparison of course, and is subjective based entirely on the purchaser. Afterall, $83 might seem horribly expensive to one person, and small change to another person.)
Crispy Critter wrote:hpulley wrote:Lagavulin 12yo CS (it is $75 CND$ here, crazy the prices in the USA on that one)
Whoa! It might be worth my while to make a side trip across the border next time I visit my sister. Anyone know if the LCBO in Sarnia would have it in stock, or would Windsor be a better choice?
I don't see any in the Sarnia or Windsor stores. There isn't much left (23 bottles in the province) so your best bet would be to have your sister order some to her local store for you. It is stock #602078.
islayjunkie wrote:Lavavulin 12yo CS is around $170.00 USD (excluding tax) in my State... I am very thankful that the Internet supplies plenty of Laga 12yo for around $100.00 USD (including shipping).
The Internet presents many opportunities
The LCBO does too as laga 12 can be had for C$75 a bottle...
Caol Ila 13yr Signatory
Bruichladdich 10yr, 14yr, and 15yr
Laphroaig 10yr and Cask Strength 10yr
Ardbeg 10yr and Very Young 6yr
and many more . . . . but these are the ones that are nearly always in the cabinet.
In fact, I think you've picked out some real gems, particularly since they're all under 15 years.
Although, I have to say the Laddie 10 & 15 don't excite me that much.....they're probably nice whiskies per se, but they're very, very expensive down here, and I don't think they have enough flavour or complexity to justify the local price tag. I've yet to try the 14yo though. How does it differ?
I started drinking the younger whiskies because of the cost of older whiskies, but I know find I prefer them. But, we could also ask when does a young whisky stop being a young whisky and is there such a thing as a middle-aged whisky?
I don't know what happened since I first started this thread, but there was a certain amount of consolidation going on in my whiskey pantry.
All the same I thank you and have had fun discovering some of the selections here.
Of these, there are of course many, many left to try from among the slections recommended here (PS mea culpa I should have given a definition of affordable, but I'm glad it was vague, because the selections have more scope -- but I'd have probably said up to around $50 for everyday staples . . .with an upper ceiling of $75 for occasional treats like Talisker 18 or Lagavulin 16.
But of the ones I have sampled so far that were not already perhaps in my collection, (and some which were already,) the standouts have been:
Clynelish 14 (an almost permanent resident)
Caol Ila 12
Unfortunately for reasons which defy explanation Oban 14 gives me a headache -- even after a mere ounce. So I am glad for Clynelish 14, which shares an affinity with Oban, in some ways, but is perhaps more intriguingly complex in others, though possibly slightly less "glowing."
Talisker 12 and 18 have been frequent visitors. A recent expression of Glendronach 15 was less inviting than a past bottle, which had previously been a firm favorite, ditto Highland Park 12. While the new-shape bottle of Macallan 12 seems to contain a less pedestrian, or even much more interesting offering than last year.
Scapa 14 has been around a few times, and while solid, seems best suited as an occasional visitor.
I'm kinda ready for a Bruichladdich again after a couple of years, and wondering if the 15 warrants the extra layout over the 10.
And I gotta try that Bunnhabhain. That is definitely next on the list -- unless I stuble across a long lost Royal Lochnagar.
I'm pleased to see Clynelish at the top of your list, i'ts been one of my must-haves for a long time. If you like the 14yr you might like to try the 17yr Signatory cask strength. It hits all the right buttons! It's still fruity like the 14yr but more like sun-dried fruits washed in honey with that wonderful peaty after taste.
Royal Lochnagar is one of favorite winter drams, when it's cold and wet outside there's nothing better! Unless someone knows something better?????
Prices in Alberta tend to be lower than in other Canadian provinces, but if we set $50 as the upper limit of affordability and try to cover some different styles of malt, I would probably pick the following:
Balvenie Double Wood Finish
Highland Park 12
Laphroaig 10 CS (a bit hard to find around here, though)
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