A little help to make up my mind...

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A little help to make up my mind...

Postby Stephane Grialet » Fri Jan 24, 2003 10:58 am


If you have tasted these single malts, could you tell me what you think about them ?

Ardbeg 1978 - 40° - Con. Choi. - Gordon & Mc Phail ?

Bowmore 17 y.o. - 43° ?
Bowmore 21 y.o. - 43° ?

Bruichladdich 15 y.o. - 43° ?

Caol Ila 12 y.o. - 43° ?
Caol Ila 18 y.o. - 43° ?

Clynelish 14 y.o. - 46° ?

Dalmore Cigar Malt - 43° ?

Glenfarclas 15 y.o. - 46° ?
Glenfarclas 21 y.o. - 43° ?

Port Ellen 1979 - 43° - Sign. Vint. ?

I have the opportunity to buy one of them but they are not especially cheap (!), so i'd like to be sure they worth it.


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Postby scotspain » Fri Jan 24, 2003 11:25 pm

None of them are worth the price.

whisky prices are at their highest, so buy the one you enjoy the most and drink it!


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Postby Stephane Grialet » Sun Jan 26, 2003 11:48 am

First, thanks for your answers.
I hope other people will participate.

In fact, i've been a Single malt addict since 2 years only.
My own "preference" goes towards the Islay malts.
I enjoy a lot Bowmore 12 y.o. and 15 y.o.
I enjoy also (above all during a cold winter !) Lagavulin 16 y.o., Ardbeg 17 y.o. and Skye's Talisker.
I liked a little bit less Caol Ila 12 y.o., but it was a particular "bottler" (Mac Kullick), not the official one.

I would really like to taste the Bowmore 21 y.o. but in France it will cost me about 100 euros !... so i would like to be sure it is really that good.

I've never tasted Port Ellen, Clynelish, or Brora but i would really want it.
B.t.w., could someone tell me about its feeling for the :
- Port Ellen 22 y.o. - 1979 - 43° (about 100 euros)
- Brora 24 y.o. - 1977 - 56° - Rare Malts (about 87 euros)

I also like very well-rounded and greatly perfumed singles, as Macallan, Cragganmore, Highland Park...

What do you think of the Macallan 18 y.o. - 1984 - 43° (90 euros) ?
I enjoyed a lot the 12 y.o., and i would really like to taste this one, but i find it really expensive.

And, in all the associations i have tried with "habanos" (cognacs, rums, etc...), i am more and more sure that the best ones are with Single malt scotch whiskies, especially from the Islay.


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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Jan 26, 2003 11:55 am

Hi Stephane,

I would go for the Port Ellen 1979 from signatory. Why? Simply because it's a malt whisky, wich is threatened with extinction. Just enjoy that one now it's still availlable, and you won't be dissapointed for this one, this Port Ellen is from great quality.... Image



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I.W. Harper?

Postby yonkman » Tue Jan 28, 2003 8:07 pm

Is I.W. Harper Burbon Wisky any good.

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Postby hpulley » Wed Jan 29, 2003 10:29 pm

I enjoy Bowmore 17yo but lately I've had inconsistent results with Bowmores (some that used to be great were so-so or worse the last bottle I tried) so I don't really recommend them at the moment.

Have you tried Bruichladdich 10yo, The Dalmore 12yo and Glenfarclas 12yo? They are nice and are cheaper than the older versions you mention. Once you have tried the younguns and liked them, you may find the older ones are worth a try.

Bruichladdich is a light islay with definitely island character but without smoke -- the old 40-43% bottling was in some ways more interesting but some would say it had an odd, medicinal nose. The new 10yo is much more composed and is a very nice whisky but in some ways is less interesting. Still very good. Never got a chance to try the old 43% 15yo and we only have the new stuff here (Canada) now.

The Dalmore is a nice, smoky, malty highland. It is my favorite highland whisky and in general an inexpensive malt overall.

Glenfarclas is a nice, sweet, tasty speysider. It is one of my favorite speys at the moment.


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Postby hpulley » Wed Jan 29, 2003 10:29 pm

Also, I think the Macallan 18 1984 is a big waste of money. Very disappointing. Little flavour.


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Postby peatreek1 » Wed Jan 29, 2003 10:45 pm

I agree with you Harry, particularly on the 3 'standard' bottlings you recommended. Plus I really enjoy the Ardberg 10, which I think is actually well balanced between the strong peat and malty sweetness.

In my opinion, older whiskies tend to cost a lot more than they are worth as far as being superior to standard 10-12 bottlings. I like to try them, but find myself hard pressed with justifying the purchase price. I have tasted a few Macallan 18's, and found that they are quite good but were only marginally superior to the 12.

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