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Originally Posted by music_man View Post

i just realised the op said the glenlivet 15 year oak kinda sucked. well, these things are as subjective as audio then lol.

i had a glass of 55yo macallan last night(not bought by me thankfully)! that....my friends was like heaven,i think.

music_man

 

I agree the Glenlivet 15 Oak has been a favorite of mine for a while. That and the Dalmore 12 which which my taste buds like even more.

 

Today I picked up the Glenlivet Nadurra (114 proof version). Wow... Now I know what the deal is. Next up, try to find the Clynelish 14.
 

post #602 of 630

Great reference thread, I'll definitely be trying some of the brands mentioned <<subbed>> The furthest I've delved into Scotch is Dewars and Johnny Walker, sad but true :(

post #603 of 630

PS. Dewar and Johnny Walker are blended whisky. Maybe try a single malt mentioned above.

 

Lagavulin 16 years at the moment (not far to go), maybe an Ardbeg next round.

post #604 of 630

Found a bottle of Clynelish 14. I'm not good with explaining the tastes but it has the traditional scotch taste with many different notes through out and extremely smooth even near the end while not watered down and at 46% alcohol. Quite impressive! And at $49 very drinkable!

post #605 of 630

Blindly bought the Ardbeg 10 today. Read the original post after tasting and I guess I'm not a novice scotch drinker anymore as I love this stuff. Another one for the cabinet. 

post #606 of 630
Can't believe I haven't posted in this thread yet. I haven't met a single malt I didn't enjoy, but seem to keep going back to Oban. Love the stuff, but that doesn't mean the rest of them aren't any good. :)
post #607 of 630

I have continued to enjoy the Laphroig 15, but I have also been enjoying some Lagavulin 16 as well, which I really like.

post #608 of 630

Just discovered this thread!  If you haven't tried the laphoraig cask strength, its a super value and IMO more complex and rich then the 18 and 1/4 barrel.  Also I discovered and spoiled myself with some Reidel Scotch glasses that add $20 to the taste of each scotch I have. 

 

Glasses aren't like cables - they do make a difference!

post #609 of 630

Hmmm...

 

 

I'm drinking my glass of scotch..

 

while reading my leather bound books...

 

that are kept on a shelf of rich mahogany...

post #610 of 630

I'm partial to the Glenfiddich 21 yr old scotch.

post #611 of 630

Just getting in some practice for the Wee Dram Fest (Bakewell, England) on Saturday.

 

£16 (but sold out now).  Free tasting glass to keep.  11am to 4pm.  As many whiskies as you could care to try in the time available.

 

Last year was awesome.  Tail end of the day and they weren't being stingy with the 23yo Highland Park...

 

As I said, getting in some practice.  I'll be taking my notebook for some notes.  Have been enjoying a dram of Lagavulin 16yo slowly for the last half hour and I'll just post some tasting notes (scoring based on Jim Murray's whisky bibles as mentioned in my posts earlier in this thread.

 

Colour: Deep Amber

Body: Medium - thin to medium leg spacing

Nose: Sawdust, vanilla and wood varnish.  Ginger and Lime.  Dying embers of a peat fire. 24.

Taste: Burned, varnished oak.  Seville orange marmalade.  Peat and demererra sugar.  23

Finish: Juicy - biting into an orange with the peel on.  Cumin,  Peat fire embers and dry coal.  Orange tang returns.  Distant smoke and creosote.  Spearmint leaves.  Cold potato wedges.  Several of the above things making a reappearance... 25

Balance: A different experience with every mouthful. 24

Overall: 96

 

Interesting to compare with the notes I posted last year (which I hadn't read any time recently).  I can see elements of consistency but it's not all there...

 



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Originally Posted by ear8dmg View Post


Lagavulin Aged 16 Years, Islay Single Malt Scotch, 43%
n. Something difrerent each time I smell it. Sausages barbecued to black over a peat and oak fire. Then furniture polish. A hint of vanilla after you've tasted it. 22
t, Smoky before the liquid hits the palette, like smelling with your mouth. "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hands... And he laid it upon my mouth" Isaiah 6:6a. 25
f. Lapsang souchong, then black pepper. Peat, staying there for a good while. Eventually a faint hint of peppermint. 25
b. Hold it in your mouth and inhale. It's like a good Havanna cigar. Add a drop of water and the nose gets smokier. Never seems quite as good as the first time I tasted it though. 23
Overall 95.

 

Edited by ear8dmg - 10/20/10 at 2:11pm
post #612 of 630

Cutty Sark 15yr. has always treated me nicely! 

 

I've been tempted to spring for the older ones but breaking the $100 price barrier on whiskey always upsets the stomach unless there's a very special occasion.

post #613 of 630

I'm a single malt Scotch virgin, but went to a Macallan tasting event last night and got to try their 10, 12, 15, 17, and 18. Definitely an eye (and palate) opening experience. Being a beer enthusiast I could recognize some of the flavors which made it all the more interesting. I doubt I'll ever be able to justify breaking even $50 on a bottle of liquor but looking online it seems there is no shortage of 10 and 12 year single malts under that price. I have a feelling that in the near future I will be collecting a bottle or two. Or more. Just what I needed, another expensive hobby

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Originally Posted by donovansmith View Post

I'm a single malt Scotch virgin, but went to a Macallan tasting event last night and got to try their 10, 12, 15, 17, and 18. Definitely an eye (and palate) opening experience. Being a beer enthusiast I could recognize some of the flavors which made it all the more interesting. I doubt I'll ever be able to justify breaking even $50 on a bottle of liquor but looking online it seems there is no shortage of 10 and 12 year single malts under that price. I have a feelling that in the near future I will be collecting a bottle or two. Or more. Just what I needed, another expensive hobby


I'm much less of a beer enthusiast since discovering single malts.  My favourite is the Laphroaig 10, which, while being a nuisance to get (not available in Canada), is also one of the cheapest.  I have found it as cheap as $40 US / litre.

post #615 of 630

Grrrrrreat list... now to choose!

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