However, I wasn't a great fan of Springbanks rum finish (regretted opening it in fact --though the finish is brilliant --fruity, belies the turpentine nose) and think the Glenmorangie port finish pales compared to the Balvenie 21, same for their Sherry finish as compared to the 'real' Macallan.
I'm in the same boat as you: I can no longer afford the balvenie 21... But it used to be decently priced in old new orleans, around $50, or not much more just a couple of years ago.
There was a pretty decently priced Port (finish?) glenfarclas a few years ago that I thought was good (very good). It really is a bit of a challenge to be single malt afficionado without sizeable reserves of disposable income. May I point you to an older entry on maltresistance ("how to build a cellar on the cheap") there might be some good tips for those of us in the know but not in the dough....
I know zero about cigars, but have a friend who is a major aficionado. He recently gave me some quality mild, medium, and bold flavored cigars as a gift. We smoked a mild dominican (I think), I broke out the single malt to see how they went together. Along with a Glenfarclas 17yo, A’bundah, and a few others, the malt that was heads above all others was an Auchroisk 12yo port finish from Murry McDavid. It had an extra sweet finishing punch that worked great with the smoke, the combination was really something.
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