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Poll Question: Any Single Malts drinkers here???
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6 [15.38%]
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Fiddich has got better than previously indeed ... my tuppenny. 
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The word "Scotch" reminds me Isla ... Port Ellen (closed sadly) and old Laphroaig are terrific indeed. Beer
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Originally posted by stonebeard stonebeard wrote:



Being as I'm still new to the game, I think I might be able to name all of the whiskeys I've had:

Samples I've had:

Lagavulin 12
Oban 14
Springbank 10
Ardbeg 10
Bunnahabain 12
Highland Park 18
Glenlivet 18
Glenfidditch 15
Macallan 18


Bottles I've had:

Macallan 12
Glanmorangie Quinta Ruban
Laphroaig 10
Glenfidditch 12
Cragganmore 12
Arbelour 12

Plus one or two I've forgotten. I only had the slightest of sips of the Macallan 18, but it was seriously f**king good. Highland Park 18 is next, and probably Springbank 10 after. I'm trying to get into the Islay malts, but it's difficult.


Yeah, HP seems to be fairly popular (not speaking of sales number) among SM fans... I must say that I've yet to taste any (the smoky/peaty references in reviews are a drawback for me), but I like it's direct Orkney Island neighbour Scapa quite a bit

In your list, my preferred are Macallan 18y (though I found the Livett 18y impressive) and the Morangie Quinta Ruban, (somewhat better than the Lasanta I'm currebntly drinking)



Originally posted by otto pankrock otto pankrock wrote:

Picked up some Glenfiddich 15yr. Beautiful stuff. Don't claim to be an expert by any means but man, WoW.


Yeah, if I find the 12Y rather insignificant, the 15Y is their best, IMHO.... even better than the 18Y, which I do not find an, improvement in terms of tastes and aromas


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The Benelux and France hasve a few single man distillers >> the stuff is much cheaper than the Scottish equivalent for some relatively similar performances (so in some ways, it's often a much better qualityprice ratio)

Belgium has two of them:
Goldlys (the regular is smooth, but go for the specials (Manzanilla and SM) are much better)
The Belgian Owl is very well rated, but nothing more than 5y available (they started 7 seven years ago) >> I can imagine it' future greatness but right now, it's fairly rough going down so far

The Netherlands has two of them as well
Fryske Hinder is quite a very good thingie, but hard to find (small quantities)
Millstone (I think) is the other >> haven't tasted it yet

France: we all know France is more into Cognac and its cousin Armagnac or Calvados, but Britany has at least two distillers

I tried the Armorik 10Y >>> quite interesting (didn't stay long enough to investigate the others)
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After getting into whisky for some four years I am sure that Western Isles & West Coast is my favourite. My top five:

1. Lagavulin 16yo
2. Springbank 10yo
3. Jura Origin 10yo
4. Cragganmore 12yo
5. Talisker Skye

Most of the runners-up are also from that area.

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I usually find myself with a Highland Park, or did, before I gave up drinking. Really, like beer, wine or cigars, I don't have an absolute favourite drink. Most good quality whiskies have their own character and it depends on what I fancy at the time - fancied at the time, that is. So long as you can appreciate the quality, they all have something to say. Apart from Glenlivet or heavily peated whiskies like Laphroaig, which I can't stand. 

As for Irish whiskey / Canadian whisky / bourbon, no thanks. If I have a bourbon, I'm reminded it's made from corn, and then I'm drinking corn on the cob. Not for me. 

Incidentally, I used to review cigars for the largest UK importer. Easy way of getting free stogies. All a long time (and one stroke) ago. ;-)

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Blended scotch. Ah no. It's blended to be inoffensive to anyone, which I find offensive in itself. ;-)
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this is the holy grail:




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Daysbetween Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 10 2018 at 15:48
I love all the Islay malts especially Caol Ila so voted West. Other faves are the Macallan & Highland Park.
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Islay all the way... Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore. Not exclusively, though. The Speyside malts make a nice change, but the smoky, peaty nature of the Islay malts make them exceptional. Blends like Black Bottle and Black Grouse work well from an economical perspective when you want the more expensive single malts to last a little longer!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 10 2018 at 19:23
Laphroaig is shattering, like drinking iodine mixed with kerosene.   A fascinating flavor profile, and delicious.

For daily use I tend toward JW Black.

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For some reasons, just the word kerosene doesn't entice me to taste


My latest discoveries:

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/glenmorangie/glenmorangie-bacalta-private-edition-whisky/

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/aberlour/aberlour-abunadh-whisky/

https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/glengoyne/glengoyne-cask-strength-whisky/

These three almost are for eating for there is so much matter in those bottles that I'm not sure they should be called "spirits" anymore
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21yo Springbank the holy grail? May be true if the 10yo gives an indication as it does. But quite above my budget.

Originally posted by Davesax1965 Davesax1965 wrote:

I usually find myself with a Highland Park, or did, before I gave up drinking. Really, like beer, wine or cigars, I don't have an absolute favourite drink. Most good quality whiskies have their own character and it depends on what I fancy at the time - fancied at the time, that is. So long as you can appreciate the quality, they all have something to say. Apart from Glenlivet or heavily peated whiskies like Laphroaig, which I can't stand. 

As for Irish whiskey / Canadian whisky / bourbon, no thanks. If I have a bourbon, I'm reminded it's made from corn, and then I'm drinking corn on the cob. Not for me. 

I like both 12yo Glenlivet and Laphroaig. Bourbon? It is not like Scotch, but I'm thinking about getting a bit more into it I tried the Four Roses Single Barrel and found it delicious, something like a cranked up Metaxa.

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Laphroaig is shattering, like drinking iodine mixed with kerosene.   A fascinating flavor profile, and delicious.

Well said !

Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Islay all the way... Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore. Not exclusively, though. The Speyside malts make a nice change, but the smoky, peaty nature of the Islay malts make them exceptional. Blends like Black Bottle and Black Grouse work well from an economical perspective when you want the more expensive single malts to last a little longer!

Similar tastes, it seems.I have a soft spot for Speysides as well: besides the aforementioned Cragganmore, the rounded Cardhu and the complex Strathisla are also outstanding.
Here in the Netherlands, we have another low-priced one: Highland Queen Islay Single Malt, which seems to be bottled exclusive for a Dutch liquor store chain. I cannot find it on the Highland Queen site anyway, but it is hardly more expensive than a Black Grouse or a Black Bottle and quite a lot of quality for that price (but of course not as good as an Ardbeg or a Laphroaig).



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Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Here in the Netherlands, we have another low-priced one: Highland Queen Islay Single Malt, which seems to be bottled exclusive for a Dutch liquor store chain. I cannot find it on the Highland Queen site anyway, but it is hardly more expensive than a Black Grouse or a Black Bottle and quite a lot of quality for that price (but of course not as good as an Ardbeg or a Laphroaig).


Speaking of Dutch drinking...
Have you tried the Fryske Hynder?? I find it a verrrrrrry pleasant single malt, and all their bottles are single casks and numbered. The bottle I have was aged all its cask life in a red Burgundy varrel. 
Millstone (just north of Belgium) is more ordinary

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Been into Bourbons the last year or so......currently enjoying Basil Hayden's ...also Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace, Blanton's etc....  thinking about getting into Cognac also.
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For best price-performance ratio, Highland Bird.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2018 at 22:05
I was on holiday in the Cotswolds last month and was surprised to find there is a new distillery there -
 
I felt obliged to buy some and it's very good.
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Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

I was on holiday in the Cotswolds last month and was surprised to find there is a new distillery there -
 
I felt obliged to buy some and it's very good.


First I heard about it, and there is no age statement (which with the world demand increasing will become rarer anyways), but it does sound nice

However, this is more of a generic distiller (Gin, mostly), apparently if you look in the site's shop section.
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Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Here in the Netherlands, we have another low-priced one: Highland Queen Islay Single Malt, which seems to be bottled exclusive for a Dutch liquor store chain. I cannot find it on the Highland Queen site anyway, but it is hardly more expensive than a Black Grouse or a Black Bottle and quite a lot of quality for that price (but of course not as good as an Ardbeg or a Laphroaig).


Speaking of Dutch drinking...
Have you tried the Fryske Hynder?? I find it a verrrrrrry pleasant single malt, and all their bottles are single casks and numbered. The bottle I have was aged all its cask life in a red Burgundy varrel. 
Millstone (just north of Belgium) is more ordinary

 

Of Millstone I have heard only recently for the first time. I got acquainted with the existence of Fryske Hynder in 2015, while spending a few holidays in Friesland. I tasted a dram of it a few months ago: a rather grainy, but worthy single malt. The guy in the liquor store told me that there are two varieties: the silver which has matured for three years and the gold which has aged somewhat longer. I tasted the silver.

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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Been into Bourbons the last year or so......currently enjoying Basil Hayden's ...also Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace, Blanton's etc....  thinking about getting into Cognac also.

Cognac is interesting but I just don't like bourbon, it's too sweet and has a weird vanilla/coconut sort of aftertaste I don't care for.   I've noticed some of the wine cask-aged scotches have a similar flavor.

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