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Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby Doug1937 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:37 pm

I normally look for whiskys that cost around $50 USD; I usually buy two of these at at time (many to choose from at that price range). However next month I want to get one that costs about twice that much, perhaps in the $80-$99 range. Which would you say are the best SMS whiskys for that price?

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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby DavidUK » Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:39 pm

I think a GlenDronach Single Cask bottling should squeeze in at under $100.
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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby lockejn » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:44 am

I would suggest a Talisker 18 if you can find one. I think in general trying older expressions of whiskies you really enjoy is a worthwhile endeavor. I've found in many cases I prefer the younger expressions, but there are a few real gems and it's interesting to see what those extra years really do.
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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby dramtastic » Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:13 am

I'll second Talisker 18 or maybe Springbank 15 if it's in that range. Also Yamazaki 18 if you want to broaden your horizans.
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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:54 am

Doug1937 wrote:Which would you say are the best SMS whiskys for that price?

Hard to generalize as to what constitutes "the best", as everyone's tastes differ, not to mention often change over time.

Despite this qualifier, I'll heartily add another voice to the chorus supporting the 18-year old Talisker... one of the finest (amd I mean that in every sense of the word) malts it's been my pleasure to experience, and one well worth tracking down.

Other alternatives could include cask strength editions such as the excellent versions from Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Glenlivet (the Nàdurra is absolutely delicious), etc. Ardbeg Uigeadail is another personal favourite (not sure of the pricing in your area, however).

I personally find Yamazaki 18 Year Old a little problematic - overly crafted and 'polished' if you will. But there's no denying its complexity and many other positive attributes, especially if you're partial to whiskies exhibiting a more pronounced Sherry cask influence. It is a beautiful pour.

Might I suggest a Yoichi as an alternative?
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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby dramtastic » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:48 am

I would have chosen Yoichi over that particulat Yamazaki but I didn't know it was available in the States.
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Re: Best for $80-$99 USD

Postby hyperfuji » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:20 pm

dramtastic wrote:I would have chosen Yoichi over that particulat Yamazaki but I didn't know it was available in the States.


i wish there were more japanese bottlings here in the states
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