I thought I would start an interesting new topic. I am fairly new to tasting whiskies, I have probably tasted only around 35-40 different ones.
So I am interested in whats rated and whats good at the moment?
So what I want to know is whats the next bottle you plan to buy???
I am thinking of Bruichladdich 20 yr old!
But who the hell needs food when you get three malts as good as these, eh?
(Next one after that is Ardbeg 17. I was going to get the 1978 but it's sold out.)
Aberlour a'bunadh that should be worth of the experience. If I have understood correctly there isn't much of differences between the batches. This might be my next buy.
I just picked up (but haven't opened) some interesting bottlings by Samaroli. They are the "No Age" vatting and a Longrow 15yo 55% abv. I am very fond of Longrow and have been very impressed with previous Samaroli bottlings, expecially their millenium Longrow 12yo "cask strength."
I think I want to try the new Port Ellen label 'standard bottling' of Lagavulin to see if it really does taste tamed, or gelded, as so many people have said. My first bottle of Lag16 was in 2001, and it had the old White Horse Distillers label, and it was (is?) my favorite malt. All of my local shops have been restocked with the new one, so I'll have to do some digging to find a White Horse label to compare it with. I laid my WH label bottle to rest nearly a year ago, and haven't had a tast of the Laggy since. This would be my first repeat purchase, but since it is so changed now, it might count as a different (devolved) bottling.
For my next completely new purchase I would like to try a peaty Brora, or an older Springbank, but the price of both will decide which.
Cheers! -- St.Peat
I think your getting slightly confused with the label ,is it just the address that has changed ?It used to say White horse...,Glasgow ,but on the two recent DE's its got the address of the distillery , if so i think this is to do with the recent changes at what was UDV ,the Port Ellen Maltings had a new sign out side it saying "Diageo Global Supplies"(if my memory serves me right), so i think they've been changing everything over . On the Taste issue i've been saying for years that Laphroaig has changed (dumbed down IMHO)but i got told it was my taste that had changed over the yeaars !
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Glenfiddich 21 yr Rum cask is excellent although well out of my price range at £60 per bottle.
Ardbeg 17 yr is superb and has a habit of jumping out of the bottle and into your glass.
Caol Ila 12 yr old is a fine medium peated dram, ideal for those who miss the old Whyte and Mackay Bruichladdich and the 18 yr old is even better.
My liquorist spoke two times last week to the guy that makes the Lagavulin 16 (he's retireing at the end of the year). The man still insists it's all not true that the LAG 16 is changing! I'm going with Johannes (http://www.maltmadness.com). It's getting more sweet and less peaty. I'm not happy about it. Stock up on the bottles with the "white horse" statement on it! (I did, got the last 6 he had). Did you notice the royal seal also has gone?)
My liquorist spoke two times last week to the guy that makes the Lagavulin 16 (he's retireing at the end of the year). The man still insists it's all not true that the LAG 16 is changing! I'm going with Johannes (http://www.maltmadness.com). It's getting more sweet and less peaty. I'm not happy about it. Stock up on the bottles with the "white horse" statement on it! (I did, got the last 6 he had). Did you notice the royal seal also has gone?) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
*sigh* I wonder where I could get one (or two) too. :-/ (See my thread whisky trading/auctions.) Liquer stores in Finland are run by the government so I don't expect get that lucky as you.
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I think I will post a new thread asking people about the quality of Lagavulin 16´s...
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Run by government? does that mean the prices are high too? I was lucky indeed. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
We have quite high taxes on alcohol products, especially for hard liqour, Lagavulin 16 is around 55€ here. Another thing is that there isn't "old stock" because turnover rate is high ... you can't find dusty bottles in the finnish liquor store. On the wine side the situation is good, one can find few hundreds or even near thousand different bottlings, I assume that is rarely beaten in "free achohol countries" in the wine stores. But on hard liquor side it is worse, mainly because of the taxes that higher for them and in that way the selling is less for them and that's why the supply is smaller.
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