Is there any whisky that you would give 10 out of 10?
Mortlach 16 yr old, Balvenie 10 yr old, Bowmore 17 yr old and Darkest are there or thereabouts as well.
Not sure about scoring whiskies. But these are definitely whiskies that I can drink any time or place regardless of mood.
Maybe I would give my Black Bowmore a 10. I will let you know in about 20 years, hehe. Maybe I shall be disappointed, I don't know. Don't we expect a rare and old whisky always to be of extraordinary taste? We should not only look for the high-score whiskies (I admit I also watch the New Release pages), but also for the others, from less known distilleries. The one who loves e.g. Laphroaig would rate it high, whereas someone else thinks it's disgusting. It's up to individual preferences.
So far only Ize has nominated the Lagavulin 16 yo that Michael Jackson and Jim Murray rated so highly - and no-one has nominated the Macallan Gran Reserva 18 yo. But of course there is no reason why any of us would have exactly the same tastes as those
Personally, I would give 10 to Fours Roses Single Barrel - but I shudder to think what the experts would say about it.
Personally, I would give 10 to Fours Roses Single Barrel - but I shudder to think what the experts would say about it.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sorry, I just have to, is that whisky? Sorry again, I couldn't resist the temptation to fool around.
Honestly, I do have thought about trying bourbons out. Elijah Craig 12yo or 18yo have been on my list, but should I consider that FR Single Barrel instead? It would be cheaper at least ...
So happens I have a bottle of the Elijah Craig 18 yo, and was drinking some only last night.
It's certainly a good bourbon, but in my view - purely personal, you understand -
I would put it at about 8 compared to the Four Roses 10.
Only bourbon that runs Four Roses close is the Van Winkle - at least a 9.
<B>Friend of mine gives perfec ten to Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve bourbon. Too bad my whisky provider do not have that item to sell, so I'll go for Four Roses next time I fill up my "stock".
just shows how personal this taste thing is,
I have tasted Woodford Reserve twice - the first time I could not believe how bad it was!
Against that, I have just had a taste of a
new whisky to me described on the label as a SPEYMALT from the Macallan Distillery'
1993. It was imported into the US by Park Avenue Liquor Shop - if you ever get a chance go there, it's got a great range and Jonathan Goldstein really knows his whiskies. I need to taste it a few more times - at least that's my excuse! - but the feeling already is that this could turn out to be a real favorite
Just joined this forum and it looks brill. We are currently the top malt whisky bar in the country with over 460 single malts as well as vatted malts bourbons, Irish Welsh and Japanese, check Rudolph's best whisky bar thanks for your kind comments Rudolph.
The great thing about malts is the vast amount of tastes, aromas and mouthfeel. It really depends on our tastes and mood, eg. try a Glen Moray matured in a Chardonay cask before dinner, or Old Pultney 12 year old along with smoked salmon, Highland Park 18 year old along with Aberdeen Angus Sirloin steak, and one of the biggest surprises see if you can find a hint of peaches in Benromach along with your sweet. Finally after all that lot sit with your feet up by the open fire with Aberlour Abunagh or G&M's cask strength Mortlach just bottled in June this year,mmmmm. Another new surprise is the Glenfiddich Caoran which will be launched on Wednesday 16th October. This is a simple 12 year old matured in an Islay cask. If anyone is at Whiskyfest New York that same night come to our stand and have a taste of it.
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