I will be taking tour around the Whisky heritage tour also but I I'm lloking to buy something that is a bit special but on a budget, ie £30-35. Any suggestions for a whiskt that is a good all-rounder but is generally cheap?
best of luck
Whatever you buy will depend on your own tastes. Shopping is half the fun! Enjoy your trip, and check back in on this thread to let us know what you got. (Then we'll all second-guess you!)
Why not get the train up from Newcastle ?
If you book now you and your lady friend will get there for £37 (thats both of you not each) , saves driving and you can have a drink . We usually get the 9.36am (arrives Edin 11.06) then get the 7pm back from Edin (arrives N/cle 8.43pm) . More than enough time to get fed , watered , have a scout of the shops and do the heritage centre .
Regarding the purchase of a bottle , don't know what your tastes are but if you like peated what about the :-
Ardbeg Very Young
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Lagavulin 12yo (slightly above budget).
At Cadenheads see if there is any Campbeltown Loch 21yo left , it's a blend but very good .
2 other shops worth having a look at are Jenners (the whiskies on the 2nd floor ), they have a good selection of G&M as well as others and Harvey Nicks , they have a slightly small expensive selection but they do (or did)keep a range of Adelphi bottlings .They also have the Islay Fine food meats .......
Have a look in The Whisky Shop in the Metrocentre to give you a better idea on what might be available.
If you ever go up into Northumberland , more precisely Holy Island , the mead centre has a cracking selection of malts
(http://www.lindisfarne-mead.co.uk/Shop/ ... election=6) , again mostly G&M but i picked up a few older bottlings i'd never seen , a cracking 1991 Cask Caol Ila from sherry butts that if you blind tasted it you would say it was from the south shore of Islay.
I do recommend RMW, Cadenheads and the Whisky Shop.
I also recommend Jenner's, on Princes Street. Jenner's, the last time I was there, was well stocked with both Gordon and Macphail and Douglas Laing stuff and all at good prices. They have loads of miniatures and plenty of Douglas Laing cask strength 200 ml bottles.
MrTattieHeid wrote:...... As for the mead centre, I went to Holy Island last year, and somehow missed that!
Too busy been all religious no doubt ......
I wasn't expecting it either just popped in to see if the mead was as sickly as i remembered !
The big Hotel on the harbour has a canny selection of malts on offer as well .......for England .
I have never been in Harvey Nicks - I might just pop in some time and see.
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