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Which one should my next purchase be?

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Which one of these Whiskies would you advise me to buy?

Caol Ila 12 yo - 43 Euro
6
17%
Glendronach 12 yo - 43 Euro
2
6%
Redbreast 12 yo - 39 Euro
6
17%
Laphroaig Quarter Cask - 43 Euro
8
23%
Clynelish 14 yo - 46 Euro
5
14%
Dalmore 12 yo - 43 Euro
2
6%
Macallan 10 yo (Sherry Cask) - 44 Euro
4
11%
Glenfarclas 12 yo - 38 Euro
1
3%
Johnny Walker Green Label - 39 Euro
1
3%
 
Total votes : 35

Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby drinix » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:16 pm

Dear Malt-lovers,

a very good friend of mine gave me as a present for my birthday a 40 Euro gift-coupon to spend at a local whisky-store in Vienna.
I would like you to help me out with the purchase.
I listed in the poll the options and I would like you to pick one. The options are basically based on their price (40-45 Euro) and the price in other stores (i.e. if there's a whisky I want that costs less in another store, I'm not gonna buy it in this one). In my cabinet there at the moment one Blend (JW Black), 4 Islay Malts (Ardbeg 10 & Corry, Laga 16 and Bowmore 6yo Chateau Margaux Finish Murray McDavid), 4 Speysiders (Glenfiddich 12 & 15, 'Livet 12 and Aberlour 10) and 4 Highlanders (Old Pulteney 12, Glenmorangie Original, Talisker 10 and Highland Park 12). As I'm quite new to Whisky, you can note that my collection is quite basic. My idea is to start trying, if possible, the signature malts of different distilleries in order to determine if I like the profile. I should also point out that a part from the whiskies I own I haven't tried a lot of other malts (Laph 10, Glenfarclas 15, Oban 14, Dalwhinnie 15, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Bushmills Single Malt and Macallan 12 Fine Oak). Until know I really liked all the whiskies I bought (the only one that let me a little down was the Glenlivet 12, I expected more from it). However, I'm not sure in which direction I want to go next. That`s why I'll let you decide!

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby dramtastic » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:04 pm

i haven't tried all the whiskys on your list, but I rate Laph QC quite highly so it gets my vote.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby Dubois » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:18 pm

Go for Caol Ila 12 yo !
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby johan brugge » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:23 pm

I'd go for the Laph without a doubt. If you like iodine and salt mixed with woody sweetness ... go for it. They call it on this forum 'liquid heroine'. And they're absolutely right.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby kyorke1 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:28 pm

As a big Caol Ila fan myself, I have to say the 12. Laph close second.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby Holysinner » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:31 pm

No bad choices there, but my vote goes to the Redbreast, for the same reasons as C57. I can't imagine you won't enjoy it very much.

I know it doesn't make much sense to compare prices between continental Europe and the US, but relative to my local prices the Laph QC and Caol Ila would be the best deals, and are both excellent, so those would be next on my list.

I haven't tried the Clynelish, Dalmore, Glendronach, or that expression of Macallan, though.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby hyperfuji » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:23 am

how about a laphroaig 10
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby matteo » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:47 am

For me Clynelish because is different, oily, soapy, different from the other.
I tried both version of Flora & Fauna 14yo (normal ABV and Caskstrenght) and they are very good drams. I found that the normal ABV is quite well balanced.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:01 pm

My vote went to the Macallan 10. Your list doesn't show much along the lines of big sherry matured whiskies. The Macallan 10 Is a good introductory point for this. It will be very different from the Aberlour 10, Macallan FO 15, and the Glenfarclas 15. Redbreast 12 is another great option for diversification/exploration.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby jazz lover » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:44 pm

Redbreast 12
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby The Third Dram » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:53 pm

matteo wrote:For me Clynelish because it is different...

And, for my tastes at least, quite excellent. Individuals' takes differ rather substantially when it comes to the Clynelish 14YO, so it's worth keeping that point in mind. In terms of complexity and overall aroma/flavour delivery, however, this bottling represents a truly unique expression of that north Highland mix of coastal elements and drinkability.

Redbreast 12 Year Old, once again in my book, just gets nipped by the Clynelish. But it's a stupendous whisky, and great value, as well.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby DavidUK » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:46 pm

I voted Glenfarclas, but do yourself a favour and go for the 15yo.

2nd Clynelish

I love Caol Ila but this is too similar to Lagavullin if you are looking to broaden your horizons. QC is ok, but very overrated IMO
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby drinix » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:57 pm

Thank you all very much for your votes!
I'll let you know which one will be my choice. Anyway it might take a while since my cupboard is currently full :D.

Although the Laphroaig QC is currently the most voted option, I think I might consider buying the Redbreast 12, as it really would broaden my scope and I think it's a type of dram more suitable to this time of the year.

I will anyway sooner or later buy most of the whiskies I mentioned :P.

@Ganga: aren't the Glendronach 12 and the Glenfarclas 15 also heavy sherried malts?
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby Drammed » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:01 pm

I voted for the Clynelish 14 although the Caol Ila 12 is very good indeed.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby dramtastic » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:06 pm

I would personally call the 'farclas 15 nicely sherried, not heavily.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:56 am

To expand minimally on Nick's point regarding the sherried aspect of the Glenfarclas...

It's not just about the intensity of that portion of the flavour spectrum that is directly related to the use of ex-Sherry casks. More importantly, it's about the inherent capacity of the distillate to 'stand up to' such a cask maturation regimen.

For me, most of the whiskies from the Glenfarclas range that I've tried work really well in this regard.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby drinix » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:19 pm

Hi everyone,

I wanted to ask a question to all of you that voted for Clynelish 14!
As I'm quite enjoying the Old Pultney 12, during these hot summer days (I have to say I prefer it to the light speysiders like 'fiddich 12, 'livet 12 and Aberlour 10, since I find this dram more refreshing with it's light salty notes), I would like to know if one could say that the profile of Clynelish is similar to the one of Pulteney?
Or maybe is it more appropriate to compare it to the Glenmorangie Original (sweeter than the Pulteney)?

Let me know your thoughts!

Cheers,

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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby lockejn » Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:04 am

Clynelish is certainly closer to OP than Glenmorangie, but it's really pretty distinct. It tends to be a love it / hate it whisky. I love it, in some part for its uniqueness.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby matteo » Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:14 pm

matteo wrote:For me Clynelish because is different, oily, soapy, different from the other...

As I just said is DIFFERENT...I cannot compare to any other whisky that I tried...but I'm at the beginning of "my whisky wisdom journey"...
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:39 pm

There's nothing in the pricing and tonight I'm in the mood for peat so I'd go for the QC. Might be different another night though.
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:06 pm

As you have a decent selection of Islay and Highland and spey side I say take a walk on the Irish side and give the Redbreast a go. It will add a new dimention to your whiskey tasting.

Other wise I'd say Laphroaig for Islay
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby drinix » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:41 pm

I went for the Clynelish 14.

I was really intrigued by this one. Although many voted for the 1/4 cask, I didn't want to buy it for two reasons. First of all I'm quite satisfied with my selection of Islay whiskies, hence peat & smoke, for the moment. Second as I'm new to this world, I would like to buy always the signatory expression, a part from the cases where I know it's certainly no good, of the distillery as first malt. And since I've never owned a Lappi 10 yet, I'm going to buy that one first.

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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby steveblack » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:36 am

Good choice there with Clynelish 14.

I had tried the 4 top voted ones you listed and I like the Clynelish 14 the best followed by Laph QC and CI. In fact Clynelish among the best I SM whisky I have tried (From among 40).
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Re: Which one should my next purchase be?

Postby franklin78 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:22 pm

I think you can go with Macallan 10 because would be very nice for a gift.
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