be had for around 40 U.S dollars but is often
found for around 35 or so dollars.
Those of you north of the border touring
Mall of America etc. would be well advised
to check out Surdyks or Liquor Depot both
located in downtown Minneapolis for your
"spiritual needs",even given the exchange rate.
In fact prices for spirits here in the
Twin Cities are among the best in the U.S.A.
Hope this helps.
However, it now regularly retails for as much as $79, which is a bit steep when compared with the other whiskies it competes with.
Unfortunately, the Distillers Edition is not available in Australia.
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.
The glenfarclas 15y is here (belgium) around €40, that's not too much either, the 21 is €60 ...
The Port Ellen is too expensive for what it is, not that it's not a nice malt, but then I would go for something else in that price range
and I have to concur with stig, just buy whichever one you fancy most, and have a nice drink
You're choices are varied and in some cases rare (in Canada, at least). My own experience would support the Bowmore 17 - as a fine example of a bold, smoky and fiery Islay, the contrasting Bruichladdich 15 as a crisp Islay without as much peat and plenty of influence from the sea and the Glenfarclas 15 to me is a beautiful, full, well-rounded, almost chewable Speyside - with enough smoke to hold up late into the evening with a cigar.
These three are all fairly close in price ($58 ~ $62 Cdn.)in Alberta (add 30 ~ 40% in British Columbia, Canada - FYI...
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.
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.
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.
The London (UK) range on Lagavulin 16yo is usually £25 to £28 with most shops retailing at £26. On occasion you can get a special at somewere like Oddbins or Majestic for £23-ish.
PS: My old man reckons Lagavulin smells and tastes like old shoe leather. As you can see I still have some work to do.......
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