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Is there an interesting 1977 Islay?

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Is there an interesting 1977 Islay?

Postby Pascal » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:04 am

Hi all,

I just read a post on this forum which mentioned a 1977 whiskey, and that happens to be my birth year. I figure it would be nice on my birthday to open a bottle that was born on the same year as I was. I am most fond of Islay whiskeys and would like to hear about any recommendations you might have that could potentially be located within the US / Canada.

Thank you in advance for any input!
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Re: Is there an interesting 1977 Islay?

Postby Lawrence » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:14 am

Pascal wrote:Hi all,

I just read a post on this forum which mentioned a 1977 whiskey, and that happens to be my birth year. I figure it would be nice on my birthday to open a bottle that was born on the same year as I was. I am most fond of Islay whiskeys and would like to hear about any recommendations you might have that could potentially be located within the US / Canada.

Thank you in advance for any input!


I think most people are talking about Ardbeg 1977 when the two key words of '1977' and 'Islay' are mentioned in these forums.

The 1977 Ardbeg is an exceptional whisky and if you are lucky enough to find a bottle, buy it.
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Re: Is there an interesting 1977 Islay?

Postby Whiskana » Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:34 am

Lawrence wrote:The 1977 Ardbeg is an exceptional whisky and if you are lucky enough to find a bottle, buy it.


I am recommending Ardbeg 1977 also and yep, You should definitely buy that! That's the only bottling I've just had to stock up...two gone and two to go. I just love this one.
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Postby Ardbeg311 » Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:15 pm

If you are willing to expand your search beyond North America and have time and money there is always the Laphroaig 1977 'Vintage' (43%, OB, bottled Spring 1995). Of course this bottle will be extremely difficult to find. I suspect, however, the 1977 Ardbeg will not be found easily in Canada or the US at this point either (although surely more easily than the Laphroaig).

I have not tried either the Ardbeg or the Laphroaig in question, but from what I have read the Laphroaig 1977 ‘Vintage’ is supposed to be some dram. This is what Serge Valentin at http://www.whiskyfun.com had to say about it on his posting of May 4, 2004:

“Its nose is very fruity at first, but heavy peat and smoke are soon to appear. Then it develops on passion fruit, and then peat and smoke again, and then fruit… That’s endless: wow! The palate is exceptional, somewhat in the 15yo’s style but simply with a little more of everything. And the balance is absolutely superb. 92 points.”

Again, I don’t want to give you the impression that there is a good chance this bottle is gathering dust at your local liquor store, but it certainly qualifies as an interesting Islay from 1977.
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Postby Pascal » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:15 pm

Thanks for the input.

While this is not an Islay, I've located a 1977 Glenmorangie locally, any input on that one?
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Postby The Dazzler » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:00 am

Hi,

I am familiar with the 1977 Glenmorangie but never tried it, good presentation box though. However I would agree that if you could find an Ardbeg 1977 grab it quick. Also, Highland Park done an super 1977 the Bicentenary, I would go as far as to say it was the best Highland Park I have ever tried.

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Postby kallaskander » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:23 am

Hi there,

Bunnahabhain did some very good runs in the 1970ies. I have one that is from 1977, bottled this year by a local whiskytrader 28 years old.
It is not peated and has 45,1% abv. It is wonderful stuff and you never miss the peat.
There are other 1970ies Bunnahabhains around, Scot´s Selection I think has one. For the age they have now most are reasonable priced if you do not go for the 25 years OB that is.

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Postby bamber » Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:36 am

Glenugie S 1977 27yo 46.7%alc is very good - tried it at whisky live.
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Postby pavv » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:07 am

If you're thinking about leaving Islay for your 1977 bottle I can recommend another great flavour of 1977:

Brora 1977 - Rare Malts 21 years 56.9%

I enjoy every sip I take from this bottle.

and I heard that the Brora 1977 - Rare Malts 24 years is also quite good (but did not check that one by tasting it yet)
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Postby Scotchio » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:40 am

Got to back up Pavv on this one, I'm a big fan of the RM Brora 77 21 if it can still be found.
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Postby Whiskana » Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:44 am

Scotchio wrote:Got to back up Pavv on this one, I'm a big fan of the RM Brora 77 21 if it can still be found.

I found one from Scotchio! :D

Leaky cork and all, it was great. I must say it's far better than the 1977/24yo.
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Postby Wave » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:33 pm

Highland Park done an super 1977 the Bicentenary, I would go as far as to say it was the best Highland Park I have ever tried.


A '77 Highland Park OB can be found at Binny's, not sure if it's the Bicentenary though.


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