Bruichladdich Full Strength, at the New Hampshire State Liquor Store while visiting a friend in Portsmouth;
Clynelish 14, which just became available here recently;
Macallan CS, just to get the nifty flask packaged with it ;
Cadenhead's Clynelish 12, just before I left Edinburgh;
Ardbeg LOTI and
Bruichladdich Valinch, both at the respective distilleries;
SFTC Port Ellen Burgundy Finish and
Lagavulin 25, both from Loch Fyne;
and the Whisky Shop in Inverness and the G&M shop in Elgin....
Now I'm into my back-and-forth to Canada part of the year, and will stock up on staples at the duty free shop--Ardbeg 10, Talisker, whatever else is available.
Before that, some top-ups of regulars like Talisker10, Laphraoig10cs and Laga16, and then Clynelish 14, which will probably also be bought again when I finish it.
I'll try to remember you when I open it. I'm working on the 14 now, and I think I may open the Cadenhead's just before finishing the 14, so I can compare. Also have a 200ml "Advance Sample" from DL, "refill hogshead" at 14 (1990), at 50%, of course. Maybe I'll work that one in,too.
Anyway, Lawrence, check your emails again. Hard to believe that you would be so unlucky.
Edit: Here's a explanation for Lawrence's bad luck, this in the "lottery" rules:
As you know international law prevents us from selling direct to all countries (Sorry USA, Canada & others – it isn’t our fault!).
Ardbeg 1977 (opened not bought) - Beautiful, but needs further study
Clynelish 14YO - nice with a dash of port - seriously
Laphroaig 15YO - revisited after long time and like it much more this time
Glenlivet 18YO - Love this one - spicy apple pie. Really surprised me.
Glenfarclas 15YO - like it, but still prefer Macallan
Macallan 12YO - Nice but no better than the 10YO (IMHO) and for me inferior to the 10YO CS and 18YO by some margin.
Four Roses Single Barrel - OK but won't break my top 10 Bourbons
Jameson 12YO - Yuk - really think I've got a bad bottle. Smells of glue though does taste better
Happy New Year All
Glendronach 15 (100% sherry-casked): Quite nice - too bad it won't be available much longer. Even though it's only 40%, I like it a lot.
Compass Box Peat Monster (46% version): Not yet opened.
Black Bush: Not opened yet, but I throughly enjoyed the last bottle I bought.
Compass Box Eleuthera: Wow! A very nice sweet/smoke balance.
Currently sipping some Aberlour A'Bunadh (not a recent purchase)... this is the Batch #11 version. I just saw some Batch #12 at a nearby store, and I have a Batch #7 in reserve. Mmmmmm... if you're looking for a sherry monster, this is it.
balvenie 21yo portwood - yummy with desert
caol illa 18yo - just right for the snowstorm outside
glenfarclas 17yo (yes 17) - bleech (i want my $ back)
where in USA can you get:
Talisker 1981 20yo Sherry Cask 62%
Talisker 1975, 25yo, Cask Strength
Lagavulin 1979 Distillers Edition, Pedro Ximenez Finish
wpt wrote:glenfarclas 17yo (yes 17) - bleech (i want my $ back)
Did you take any tasting notes on the Glenfarclas 17yo? I would like to know what you didn't like about it. I personally liked it however feel it is over priced for the quality. Maybe you got a bad bottle?
Between an HP 18yo and the glenfarclas 17yo I lean to the HP. I need to make another comparison
I personally liked it however feel it is over priced for the quality
In this market at least, I find all the Glenfarcli are overpriced.
The 105 costs more than its namesake in dollars, even the 10yo is $80!! The 12yo and older bottlings are all far too expensive, although I do find the 15yo to be an exceptionally fine whisky.
I did, however, get a surprise the other day when I saw Glenfarclas Heritage on sale in a certain store for just $48. I know it's just an 8yo, but - by Glenfarcli standards - that's pretty cheap.
Admiral wrote:In this market at least, I find all the Glenfarcli are overpriced.
Over here, the 12yr Glenfarcas is C$80 and the 15yr is C$100. Interesting to hear the Lagavulen price over there Admiral. Over here it's C$90 for the 16yr old, but currently out of stock (or so I've heard) . When it comes back, it'll be interesting to see if the price goes up!
Similarly, Clynelish 14yo is disappearing fast so if you want to try that one, make it a near future purchase. So many whiskies, so little time and money, eh?!?
However, I should keep an open mind, because it was one of the last drams I had after already getting stuck into some real heavy Islays and sherry monsters, so a light Glen Grant was never going to stand up to that sort of competition.
Lawrence wrote:Frodo, in Alberta the Glenfarclas 12 is $59.95 which is not a bad price.
Not bad by half! I'm always curious about regional variation in prices for the same bottle of Scotch... But then again, the lower taxes in Alberta would have something to do with that.
Just traded in 6 bottles of single malt for 2x bottles of the 24yr old Port Ellen. It was THAT GOOD. Expensive but worth it. Thank you LCBO for your return policy!!!
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