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Single Malts.

nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
edited September 2007 in The bottom bracket
whats your favourite tipple?

i have just bought a bottle of Uigeadail to try.

an other favourite is a'bunadh.

been through a few of highland parks 12 and 18 year olds. nice.

so sugestions or just discusion.
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  • ThantosThantos Posts: 533
    I tried one once, i think the name began with T. It was a 25 year old one.
  • jibijibi Posts: 857
    Inchgower 15 yr old
    and
    The Macallan 18yr old

    george
  • nwallacenwallace Posts: 1,465
    Rarely drink so usually go for the local one with dinner. If there's no local whisky there is usually a local Ale, and if there isn't one of them then what ever.
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  • photojonnyphotojonny Posts: 382
    Ardbeg 10.

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  • Golden SteedGolden Steed Posts: 845
    Arbelour 10 year old or Balvenie doublewood

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    jibi wrote:
    Inchgower 15 yr old
    and
    The Macallan 18yr old

    george

    that Inchgower sounds interesting. i wonder if the stazi will get it in for me? or will i have to import it myself?

    on of the most interesting was a Glen Grant that was from some time at the start of WW11 was about £30 for 2 cl.
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  • HJ1976HJ1976 Posts: 205
    Not sure how to spell it but it is pronounced brunanhaven.....very nice, works well with a couple of fat cigars and a night liberating my ex-husband and his mates of their money at the poker table!
    Ok so I'm censored at poker, but the wiskey is still nice, shortish wide bottle , very dark glass and a red lid i think.
  • The Uigeadail is fantastic stuff, one of my favourite malts.

    But if you can get hold of Ardbeg Still Young, (bottled 2006) do. Its completely fantastically brilliantly gorgeous!!! :D:D:D

    I bought the recently released Ardbeg Almost There (bottled 2007) last week, hoping that it'd be as good as the Still Young, but it's not quite as nice IMHO.

    The other malts I love (in no particular order) are -

    Lagavulin 16 yr old
    Caol Ila 12 yr old
    Bruichladdich Rocks
    Talisker 10 yr old
    Scapa 12 yr old

    Not that I have a problem, you understand!!!
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    pirate i had some still young a while ago in the local and tbh it was not quite what i was expecting. good but not that good.

    here is a picture i took a while ago.

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  • eanean Posts: 98
    Tamdhu and Tobermory, Speysides in general. Laphroaig and Talisker make good degreasers.
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  • DiogenesDiogenes Posts: 1,628
    Laphroaig or any of the Islays. The everyday speysides are a bit characterless for my taste. Glen Ord and Fettercairn are very nice Highland malts and Highland Park is very good.

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  • BigG67BigG67 Posts: 582
    Hmmmm.....

    So many whiskies so little time.....

    I'm lucky to be working for the biggest producer and I get £500/year to spend in the staff shop, which is nice :D

    If you're buying I'd have a go at a old Highland Park (which we don't make). I've got a 1967, bottled in 1991 as a 24yo, but only the last couple of drams left from being given it 10 years ago. Don't see too often now, Royal Mile Whisky had one at £325 a while back think the wife paid £80 for it.

    Started me off on a collection - pre current job - that's got me to 35 different single malts in the cabinet.

    If I'm buying I'd go for a Mortlach 16yo if we're having a sip and a chat or the Caol Ila 18 yo if it's a wee "challenge" post dinner you're after.....a great Islay but not too "medicinal".
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    oh my that is interesting. complex. i like.

    oh if you aint guessed i have just opened the Uigeadail.
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  • HJ1976HJ1976 Posts: 205
    Oh i nearly forgot the interesting bottle that my exfather-inlaw (a collector with some numbered bottles(?)) brings out when he has English guest who thinks they know Whisky. It is a 100 proof (?) Glenmorangie and he puts a tiny amount in to a glass and explains that it is the ONLY time he will give water with Whisky.
    He then makes the drinker have some as it came out of the bottle, then when they have stopped coughing and got back to a normal colour he then tells them try diluting it to a level that they can drink and enjoy.
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Cardhu & Dalwhinnie are two I usually go for, but I don't say no to any single malt :D
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  • nowt wrong wi' tesco value blended. £6.99.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    nowt wrong wi' tesco value blended. £6.99.
    thats for students and skinflints.
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  • AndyGatesAndyGates Posts: 8,467
    I have a weakness for the Ardbeg Very Young, rufty tufty little cask strength number that works wonders for roadside mechanicals before dawn.
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  • OffTheBackAdamOffTheBackAdam Posts: 1,869
    I once got a bottle of Glengoyne 30 years old, nectar! :D
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  • carlstonecarlstone Posts: 602
    I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to single malts

    My favourite was Tamnavulin Glenlivet (sadly now closed down/mothballed, damn Japs). Lovely malt and beautiful distillery and visitors centre, again sadly no more. :cry:

    Now will drink most any of Speyside malts. Haven't got the balls for the Lagavulin and Laphroaigs of this world :shock:

    My favourite tipple at the end of a meal with the sweet course is Drambuie over ice. I have a sweet tooth so any of the malts liqueurs go down well (Glayva is nice and easily available, but if you can get hold of Athol Brose you've got to try it). Also quite good to tempt non whisky lovers over to the dark side :twisted:

    If anyone loves whsiky the Speyside malt whisky trail is a must. I've been up there probably 5 or 6 times and find new distilleries every timeI go. Would be great on the bike to, just don't have a taster at every one! :D
  • driverpmdriverpm Posts: 65
    I like to start off with a glenkinchie - easing my way into a session - and end up with an islay (Laphroigh 15 or caol isla), ideally going via mortlach and highland park enroute - tour'o'scotland in an evening - perfect!
    Lived in Edinburgh for a couple of years and being a sothern softy new nothing of whisky - friend dragged me over to the Malt Whisky Society and i was in heaven! If you get the chance pay them a visit (in Leith and now on Queen's Street too) fantasitc tasting rooms, good food and company and a selection of single casks that will blow your mind (and overdraft!) :P
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  • jonesy124jonesy124 Posts: 205
    My family is from the highlands and I know that the 15 yr Dalwhinnie is a must have.

    I am not a huge whisky fan myself so I am just passing on the opinions of others. Im more of a 'Rose with dinner' and 'Vodka with the dancefloor' kinda gal! :)
  • jonesy124jonesy124 Posts: 205
    nicklouse wrote:
    nowt wrong wi' tesco value blended. £6.99.
    thats for students and skinflints.

    Dont knock own brands - I hear that Waitrose do a good single malt (at £16.99 not quite as cheap as tesco!)
  • purpleRpurpleR Posts: 93
    caol ila 18 y.o.

    mmmmmmmmmm

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  • JustRidecpJustRidecp Posts: 302
    Highland Park 18. Fabulous. Also, keep your eyes peeled on the supermarket. Can often find HP 12 down at the 20 quid mark every now and again.
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  • JustRidecpJustRidecp Posts: 302
    nowt wrong wi' tesco value blended. £6.99.

    Not tried the value but the tesco's own label is my standard bothy juice. Suprisingly quaffable after a hard day on the hills!
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  • Fixed WheelnutFixed Wheelnut Posts: 2,267
    I think Highland Park is one of the smoothest Whisky's I have tasted, the Balvenie 10 year reserve is bloody good.

    Ardbeg, so smokey you look twice to make sure it's not burning :D I have a bottle open at the moment.

    Dailuane is another smooth one :D
  • cycologistcycologist Posts: 721
    edited July 2007
    Completely out of malt at the moment having finished off the last of the Laphraoig earlier in the week. Mrs Cycologist is usually reponsible for buying me whisky (birthdays/Xmas etc) and so she tends to always buy me the same type that she thinks I like, often Glenmorangie. On a recent trip to Skye i took the opportunity to remind myself of the taste of a few others, notably Caol Ila. Lagavuilin and of course, Talisker. Must drop a subtle hint about the Lagavuilin such as write it in bold captals on the shopping list and hope she dosn't notice the price when she picks it up
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  • BigG67BigG67 Posts: 582
    Don't knock adding water...always up to the drinker but any tasting I've been at has recommended it and it will open the flavour. Still, room temp and anything up to the same again depending on the power of the whisky.

    Someone mentioned Drambuie over ice. As an alternative to a desert wine, stick a light malt - e.g. Dalhwinnie - in the freezer overnight and drink straight or with a splash of ice cold water (in a cold glass) with a bitter chocolate desert.
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