Mr Fjeld wrote:Welcome to the forums thehoj! Please don't take this as criticism in any way but rather as a tip based on my own experience. When I started a more seriuos approach to single malt it was after being introduced to Ardbeg Ten by Di Blasi - and I'm very grateful he did exactly that!
I spend most of my time chasing peat monsters and had a vague idea about collecting something I called "island malts". In the aftermath it's easy to see where I went wrong as I concentraded on the extremes more than anything else. And it's safe to say I missed out on a lot! At least as far as nuances go.
However, if you also try the "lighter" whiskies or even what someone might call "commercial" (skip the snobbery) such as take your time and get used to Glenmorangie 10 etc. I'm sure you'll find subtleness, delicacy etc. that you won't find in many of the whiskies where qualities like that are masked by impressive but rather one-dimensional sherry character or heavy smoke! There are a lot of nice whiskies out there and they're not all trying to grab you by the throat demanding your attention. Give your Glenmorangies, Scapas, Cragganmores and Dalwhinnies a chance!
Thanks for the advice..
I definitely see where you're coming from, and I had a very similar thought strike me recently!
I was realizing that I'm really enjoying all these really REALLY strong-charactered single malt's, and that's what prompted me to go back and spend some more time with my Bunnahabhain, I spent the time to really try to pick out some of the more subtle smells and tastes, I found a lot more than the first time I sat down with it, and I enjoyed it very much.
I also recently picked up a bottle of the Glenlivet 18yo, which again I find to have a lot of subtleties, it's definitely not near so brash as a lot of the other malt's I picked up, but again I really enjoyed picking out so many different characteristics (many subtle, and a lot that I can't even really place) in it. I found it so very very smooth, and it's got a very nice faint sweetness that I really enjoy (must be a honey flavor), and I can taste an initial woodiness mixed with that honey, it's got this really nice smell to it too.. I don't know how to describe it, but I guess maybe it's just that same sweet-woody smell, I absolutely love that smell. And it's like every sip and smell I take, I smell something different, although I can't place half the things I'm smelling.. I honestly don't know how to describe some of the things I'm smelling. I think I smell a tinge of vanilla, and I can see how one of the smells I'm smelling is referred to as a deep orange smell. I tasted an almost raisin flavor as well which was interesting.
Another malt I picked up (partially because it's so cheap, and I have heard a lot of good things about it) is the Balvenie 10yo founder's reserve. I could really notice the honey flavor in it, and a very faint peatyness. It seemed like a really nice easy going anytime kind of malt.
I've got a number of single malt's on my list of to-buy's at the moment, some very characterful, other's a lot more subtle from what I understand:
Bowmore 15yo (Mariner)
Laphroaig 10yo (I've had a few times, but always enjoy it)
Aberlour a'bunadh (what would another good sherried malt be?.. maybe something not quite so strong on the sherry..)
What would you recommend as far as a Glenmorangie?.. I did try the 10yo, and wasn't overly impressed by it, but again it was just a single dram so maybe I didn't give it enough chance.
The other slight problem with my selection is that I don't have a ton of it! I live in a government controlled area, and so what comes into the province isn't really the greatest in selection..
The entire list of what I can get is here:MLCC listing
And a lot of the time much of this list is not in stock.
I did notice on a recent visit to the Liquor mart, that pretty much that entire line of Glenmorangie malt's were available, so my interest is definitely piqued for that..
Rory B Bellows wrote:Well if you want sherry, A'bunadh is as big as it gets. You are also killing two birds with one stone, since you'll be knocking "try a cask-strength malt" off your list as well. If you put water in it, don't put too much (no more than 4 parts malt to 1 part water), or you will drain the life out of it.
I would advise against the Fine Oak Macallan as well. I only suggested Oban because it's different than anything else you've tried (that, and I happen to enjoy it): beware though, it's bloody expensive for what you get, so a sample would better than a whole bottle.
That's definitely another thing that draws me to that Aberlour, the fact that iit's cask strength, and I think the only cask strength malt I can get where I live.
Anyways, again thanks for the input I'm receiving from these forums, it's really helping me expand my experience with the single malt world.