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I purchased a bottle of Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old before Christmas and finished it off over the weekend.

 

One of the nicest I've had in recent memory. It has a really sweet aftertaste and just thinking about it now, makes me want to order another bottle. :wub:

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23 hours ago, Pete said:

 I guess I'm lucky I can sip a whisky at the rate much people drink a pint happily.

 

I sip them slowly, like just 1 dram takes me around 30mins. Is that odd?

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3 hours ago, Capwn said:

 

I sip them slowly, like just 1 dram takes me around 30mins. Is that odd?

Nah man that's how you should drink it. Though if that's a 25ml dram that's very slow!

 

But you want to savour it, often I just bring it to my nose to smell and put it down again.

 

Thanks for recommendations folks keep them coming.

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4 minutes ago, Pete said:

But you want to savour it, often I just bring it to my nose to smell and put it down again.

 

Glad it's not just me that does this! I'm another in the slow drinker club.

 

I'm back on bourbon rather than scotch at the moment, and my measure is two ice cubes in a glass, add whiskey until it just gets to the top of the ice. I've no idea how much that actually is but it's a nice measure that I can make last for ages.

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What is this "slow drinking"? :wacko:

 

Many have mentioned their top tier affordable whiskies, and @Lucky is right about Aberlour, but I'd say the 12 Year, not the 10. 

 

Lagavulin 16 is an interesting one. Top tier, absolutely; affordable ... its £50 a pop most of the time, I consider that expensive. That said, I managed to get a Dalmore 15 year at Xmas, it was a gift, but was available for the same price (£50) during Black Friday. It's the best whisky I've ever had. 

 

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3 hours ago, Thor said:

Lagavulin 16 is an interesting one. Top tier, absolutely; affordable ... its £50 a pop most of the time, 

 

 

Oh man, that sounds cheap to me. It's $159.99 here which is about 92 quid.

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If I lived your way Capwn I'd be getting into Bourbon!

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On 18/02/2020 at 20:21, Thor said:

What is this "slow drinking"? :wacko:

 

Many have mentioned their top tier affordable whiskies, and @Lucky is right about Aberlour, but I'd say the 12 Year, not the 10. 

 

Lagavulin 16 is an interesting one. Top tier, absolutely; affordable ... its £50 a pop most of the time, I consider that expensive. That said, I managed to get a Dalmore 15 year at Xmas, it was a gift, but was available for the same price (£50) during Black Friday. It's the best whisky I've ever had. 

 

 

But Lagavulin 16 is incredibly affordable for a 16yo single malt. You'd be hard pushed to find any 16yo single malts for a normal retail price of £50 - Lagavulin's is about the cheapest on the market. Even that Dalmore, a year younger, costs more, Black Friday deals aside. Mind, however much you think of either bottle (I think the Laga is an absolute staple), they both suffer a little in presentation, at 40% for the Dalmore and 43% for the Lagavulin, with chill filtering and artificial colour in both. 

 

If I were to have to recommend a single great but affordable 'name' whisky - a single malt, anyway - I'd have to say Old Pulteney 12yo. You can often get it in supermarkets for £25 or even £24. And it's an absolute classic imo, especially if you like the taste of the malt itself rather than sherry cask or peat smoke or whatever. It's almost pure 'whisky', with just a touch of the saline to it, and all the better for it. A real bargain if you ever see it at that price, but if you're only into sherry bombs or peat monsters - two treatments that when heavily applied can often be used to mask a multitude of sins imo - you might be quite underwhelmed. It's just a really good whisky.

 

But the price/quality relationship of whiskies has gone a bit mental over the past couple of years, I think. Especially when it comes to higher age statements (or even 15 years +). Just crazy. Too many collectors and people looking to snipe any bargains and sell on for a quick profit in the secondary market. Those fucking Glendronachs that were older than their age statements helped lead the way, cheered on by the growing WhiskyTube community, and it's been a slippery slope ever since. Sometimes the best deals these days are on the simplest things, and that's where I think OP 12yo fits right in. (Even OP's 15yo is now way over twice the 12yo's price.)

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Semantics. Fifty quid is fifty quid, it's still a lot of money. 

 

You're right about the prices though. Fucking crazy. :(

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On 21/02/2020 at 15:34, Gorf King said:

If I were to have to recommend a single great but affordable 'name' whisky - a single malt, anyway - I'd have to say Old Pulteney 12yo. You can often get it in supermarkets for £25 or even £24. And it's an absolute classic imo, especially if you like the taste of the malt itself rather than sherry cask or peat smoke or whatever. It's almost pure 'whisky', with just a touch of the saline to it, and all the better for it. A real bargain if you ever see it at that price, but if you're only into sherry bombs or peat monsters - two treatments that when heavily applied can often be used to mask a multitude of sins imo - you might be quite underwhelmed. It's just a really good whisky.

YES! Old Pulteney has long been my go to whisky. It can always be found on offer and is never disappointing unlike a lot of these no age types. I always feel it's overlooked, perhaps on it's always discounted status, but it's a solid dram. 

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On 21/02/2020 at 15:34, Gorf King said:

 

But Lagavulin 16 is incredibly affordable for a 16yo single malt. You'd be hard pushed to find any 16yo single malts for a normal retail price of £50 - Lagavulin's is about the cheapest on the market. Even that Dalmore, a year younger, costs more, Black Friday deals aside. Mind, however much you think of either bottle (I think the Laga is an absolute staple), they both suffer a little in presentation, at 40% for the Dalmore and 43% for the Lagavulin, with chill filtering and artificial colour in both. 

 

If I were to have to recommend a single great but affordable 'name' whisky - a single malt, anyway - I'd have to say Old Pulteney 12yo. You can often get it in supermarkets for £25 or even £24. And it's an absolute classic imo, especially if you like the taste of the malt itself rather than sherry cask or peat smoke or whatever. It's almost pure 'whisky', with just a touch of the saline to it, and all the better for it. A real bargain if you ever see it at that price, but if you're only into sherry bombs or peat monsters - two treatments that when heavily applied can often be used to mask a multitude of sins imo - you might be quite underwhelmed. It's just a really good whisky.

 

But the price/quality relationship of whiskies has gone a bit mental over the past couple of years, I think. Especially when it comes to higher age statements (or even 15 years +). Just crazy. Too many collectors and people looking to snipe any bargains and sell on for a quick profit in the secondary market. Those fucking Glendronachs that were older than their age statements helped lead the way, cheered on by the growing WhiskyTube community, and it's been a slippery slope ever since. Sometimes the best deals these days are on the simplest things, and that's where I think OP 12yo fits right in. (Even OP's 15yo is now way over twice the 12yo's price.)

 

I have to say that "sherry bombs" have long since been my favourite style, but I'm going to be giving Old Pulteney a try next time round.

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Any of you whisky types know what’s happened to Strathisla 12? I haven’t seen a bottle on sale for ages.

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I have an unopened Old Pultney in my cellar*, as I'm still drinking through the backlog I acquired by virtue of my entire extended family grasping the fact that I liked whisky and giving me nothing else for birthday/Christmas for a few years. I'll have to move it up the list.

 

* wardrobe

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4 hours ago, ZOK said:

Any of you whisky types know what’s happened to Strathisla 12? I haven’t seen a bottle on sale for ages.

 

I think it's been discontinued. Strathisla's never been a big single malt producer - their stuff is mainly used as a major component of Chivas Regal blends - and I reckon they must have packed the single malt game in and been told to concentrate on producing for the blends. Or maybe they'll launch a new core range soon (and probably not a 12yo).

 

4 hours ago, Professor Rob said:

I have to say that "sherry bombs" have long since been my favourite style, but I'm going to be giving Old Pulteney a try next time round.

 

It'll be quite a contrast then - I find the 12 to be quite citrusy, and it's got that maritime saltiness on top. But under that there's just this pure distillate flavour. You can really taste the malt.

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Ah that’s a shame, I loved it. I’ve been picking up Aberlour 12 in it’s place, but that Strathisla had a satisfyingly delicate flavour.

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Whisky is such a difficult thing to recommend with everyone having very different tastes.  I love Laphroaig and Lagavulin, and based on this a friend recommendation Caol Ila.

 

I saw a 12 year old bottle at a good price and  bought it and while it's a decent enough whisky it doesn't do a lot for me. I'm distinctly underwhelmed and mildly disappointed, yet my friend still swears it's the best. 

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Total beginner. Looking for a Bourbon to go in a cocktail (Paper Plane). Example I saw was Maker's Mark. Anything else I should consider?

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Bulleit is probably also a viable option. Maker's is a wheat-based bourbon, so it'll be sweeter; Bulleit will be spicier due to the rye content.

 

(other great options would be Wild Turkey 101 or Four Roses Single Barrel, both of which I think are readily available in the UK)

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So I got a bottle of the Lidl "highland" single malt, and as expected it's a really good value whisky. Slightly floral and rich, similar to the Gelngoyne I just finished actually and I prefer it to the Lidl Speyside malt.

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I do love Highland whiskies. Will have to give that one a shot.

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3 hours ago, Thor said:

I do love Highland whiskies. Will have to give that one a shot.

 

It's a bargain for the price.

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Just having my first glass of the Lidl Highland ... it's not shit, but I won't be buying it again. 

 

edit: In fairness, this is from a neck pour, maybe I'm being unfair. It does have pleasant finish at least.

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On 14/03/2020 at 12:08, pledge said:

Total beginner. Looking for a Bourbon to go in a cocktail (Paper Plane). Example I saw was Maker's Mark. Anything else I should consider?

 

Given you are adding Amaro, Aperol and Lemon, I'd say anything with 'bourbon' on the label would do!

 

But more seriously, Woodford Reserve would give you some sweet / toffee flavours to counterbalance all the bitterness and sourness you are putting in that drink.

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On 24/03/2020 at 17:54, Thor said:

Just having my first glass of the Lidl Highland ... it's not shit, but I won't be buying it again. 

 

edit: In fairness, this is from a neck pour, maybe I'm being unfair. It does have pleasant finish at least.

Nope. It actually is shit, to my palate at least. For me it has the horrid combination of tasting like it's been watered down, and having far too much alcohol burn for something that's only 40% proof. It's a rubbish whisky, I'll keep it to one side and use in cocktails. 

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