Looking for recommendations for best single malt with budget of $150. Need to purchase one for father-in-law whose tastes run along the lines of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. Don't believe he likes the heavy peaty tastes much.
We actually want to get him two...one more for everyday (~$50), one for special occasions (~$150).
We're in an area with pretty lousy selection, so we're limited that way.
I'd like him to branch out a bit for the everyday...
Thinking Highland Park 12y or Balvenie 12y Double Wood or Glenfiddich 18y (the Glenfiddich is what he think he wants and wouldn't exactly be "branching out", but...) for everyday and Balvenie PortWood 21y for the special occasion one. (Although I don't want to get Balvenie for both, so...)
Any other ideas or feedback on the above? Would appreciate it muchly.
Highland Park 18 is a good drop, but it might be more flavourful than your father-in-law likes.
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I can't argue with any of the suggestions you've received so far - but depending on where you are and what you have access too - and based on your budget targets - I would highly recommend the Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15 year old as a bargain ($65 in BC and $45-ish in Alberta) as your everday purchase and for the special occassion whisky here are a few thoughts:
- If you can still find the BenRiach 20 ($139.99 in BC) - or the BenRiach 16 ($100 in Ontario) - these are gems...
Highland Park 18 - always a favourite - especially in Alberta at ~ $75 - whereas I'd still happily pay the $121 price in BC if I couldn't make it over the Rockies...
If you are (or can be) in Calgary, Alberta - then the Glenrothes 1973 can be found for $140 at Willow Park, grab it and run!!!
I'm in Oregon (southern coast area). There is a product list from the Oregon LCC that I've been referring to for scotches that may be available here. It's at http://www.olcc.state.or.us/ - Category Price List(.pdf)
I hadn't actually looked at the Special Order Item List(pdf) until tonight...looks like I may have more of a selection than originally thought? (I have some time if it comes down to ordering.)
Thanks again for the help. It's greatly appreciated.
This sure isn't easy.
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Peanut wrote:I've read so much about the Highland Parks...and it looks like what I've read is supported here as well for the most part...sad to say, I believe the only one we have available is the 12y.
HP 12 is actually very good too and imh opinion better than the 18yo. Alto of people concur so don't be too down that it is the only one available to you.
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