In the past, she's enjoyed "Knappogue Castle 1994" (Irish - Cooley Single Malt), "The Smoother Sweeter One (when also just Cooley) and "Glenfiddich 15yo Solera Reserve". "Aberlour a'Bunadh" is taken at a pinch.
She's recently tried "Edradour 10yo" and "Glenfarclas 10yo" and rejected both.
Anyone know anything readily available in the UK that she may like please? Don't mind if it's Scottish, Irish, Bourbon, Single or Blend.
Try Glenmorangie 10 or Port wood finish - nice and sweet Balvenie 10 and 12 as well.
As a bit of a surprise, try your wife with Arbeg 10. I read what you say about her tastes, but Mrs C won't see past it with a bit of chocolate and whisky's not her thing .
eelbrook wrote:There is a reasonably priced "Elijah Cragg" (12yo) in our local store. Is that a sweetie?..
More spicy than sweet. Though, as noted above, many bourbons are, indeed, sweet. Try a 'wheater' -- a bourbon in which wheat is the flavoring small grain -- such as any Van Winkle, Old Fitzgerald, W.L. Weller (especially the 12yo), or Maker's Mark (more or less in that order of preference, personally).
In scotches, sherry or port matured or finished whiskies are probably your best bet for sweetness without peat or spice. The Glenmorangie finishes are examples or Duncan Taylor has several nice whiskies which are very sherried like an '81 North Port which was pure sweetness.
I think perhaps the Balvenie Portwood 21Yis the perfect dram for your wife. It's very sweet and smooth.
The Glendronach 15Y is also sweet and mellow (just sherry, no spices or smoke) with an oaky dry finish.
Glenlivet 12Y French Oak finish is also very sweet and mellow, but also a bit spicy
Crieftan wrote:Try Glenmorangie 10 or Port wood finish - nice and sweet Balvenie 10 and 12 as well.
I like Glenmorangie Portwood and Balvenie 12. Of cource the Bushmills 16 is also very sweet as well and would be my first choice if you can get it...
Jameson 12 or Blackbush deserve honorable mention. If you really want to blow the roof of the house, try Knob Creek (a 9yr old) by Beam distillery. Very maple sugary! I don't remember Elijah Craig being too sweet - more balanced in fact.
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