Hedonism is a very nice change of pace when I want something other than a malt, but it's a bit pricy. But it has piqued my interest in single grain bottlings - any recommendations? Everything I've read indicates that Scotch grain whisky really needs lots of time in good casks to be worth bottling on its own without being blended with malt.
Orangerie - it's like bottled sunshine. The orange and spices really do a nice job of complementing the whisky!
I have a bottle of Asyla, but I haven't opened it yet - I'm in "opened bottles only" mode right now - but based on my experience with the other Compass Boxen, I'd expect it to be a very nice blend...
Nice to try but not to buy IMO.
As for the price of Eleuthera and Peat Monster, I don't feel they're bad deals at all, and I feel that vatting can offer some very interesting whiskies.
Sometimes, though, I can't help but wonder if whiskies are priced by the rolling of dice. As an example, in the Chicago area, at three stores within ten miles of one another, I've seen Ardbeg 10 priced at $30 , $40 , and $55 . One store will have Highland Park 18 at $65, another has it at $80. On the bright side, it gives me a reason to shop around and check out different stores...
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