which I particularly enjoy is "Booker's Bourbon ,produced by Jim Beam brands.
It has a complex nose ,a smooth taste
.and a very long finish. Reminds me of an excellent cigar.
A great duty free choice for those of
you leaving the States for your home countries.
Caledonian Selection Caperdonach 31 yr, 1970, 104.6°
Hart Brothers Clynelish 15 yr, 1984, 108.2°
Caledonian Selection Laphroaig 20 yr, 1981, 110.6°
Longmorn 25 yr (sherry and bourbon cask), 110.0°
Highland Park 10 yr, 1988, 115.2°
SMWS Mortlach 13 yr
These are the cask-strength bottlings that I personally rated at 8/10 or higher. I drank each of them undiluted.
Would you buy a Springbank Local Barley 30+yo (or other cherished bottling) if it came with a screwcap?
Screwcaps are touted as being a better closure than corks. What would have to change in the screwcaps' design or appearance for you to change your mind?
Or, shall we just drink our whisky faster, so it doesn't matter much, which?
Wrote this one with coffee ... dreaming of a dram of Macallan NAS C/S (red/orange label).
I have a Glenfiddich 15yo C/S 1-litre bottle which a friend spirited away from Scotland for me. That bottle has a shallow black plastic cap with an O-ring seal. I found the whisky tasty, so I opened and closed it frequently, getting my drams out. At cask strength, and in a larger size than I usually have around, the bottle has lasted some time. However, the cap, which still seals tightly (best I can tell) may breach at any moment, as there are two ugly cracks running vertically up its sides.
On the Bladnoch forum WhiskyGuru John McDougall has recently extolled the virtues of screwcaps. Perhaps he has something there ... I'm not entirely sure, though.
[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 07 February 2003).]
in addition to some great suggestions above, I'd like to add the
Lagavulin 12 y 58%
Signatory's Edradour Straight from the cask 60.2 %
They're all quite affordable, especially the Lagavulin, since all other recent Diageo (former UDV) releases seem to be extraordinary overpriced.
[forgot to say:] I usually add some drops of water.
[2nd correction:] the Douglas Laing Brora Old&Rare Platinum Selection 1970/2002 at 58.4% can be taken neat.
[This message has been edited by Rudy (edited 13 April 2003).]
[This message has been edited by Rudy (edited 18 April 2003).]
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