I can see some Direction is here needed...
First of all, you are *ALL* right - in one way or another.
The malt of choice (for Speys, the Kings of Malt Whisky)
is the A'Bunadh. There is no 'if' here.
(And there is no 'but' either, you - yes, *You* - so
sit down and hear me out...) */:~}
By this I mean, that as with the auld Hieland tradition,
one has a Whisky ready to serve Dear Friends and Lost
Travellers - and then there's the one kept in the back of
the highest cabinet, in case the Pope draps by...
In which case, you would serve the A'Bunadh - would
Assuming you had All Three; and for now, that's
what I'm assuming.
After that - if it was merely your Brother or your
Best Friend or your aged Mother or the like, I would
serve the Balvenie Single Barrel. First, it is the only
Traditionally Made malt still being produced (they
grow their own Barley and maintain a staff of Coopers
and Coppersmiths, ferChrist'ssake!), made on their
own Malting Floor - second, it is sic a Close Second
to the heavenly A'Bunadh that no man could be ashamed
if it were the only dram he could offer *GOD* to try
and bribe his way into Heaven, y'ken?
And following that, it would be the Glenfarclas 104/105
(do any of you Young Bucks remember when it was the
"104?" I've got the bottles to prove it, I have). Liquid
Fire in a bottle; the Uisge-Beatha for certain.
If you get a "bad bottle" of the Balvenie, it is because
it has a higher number of long-chain molecules amongst
the alcohol; this might give it a slightly "benzene" taste.
Here's what you do: let it "breathe" - just as you would
a rough Red Wine; in no more than a half an hour, all of
that Edge wil be gone, and you may taste through to the
true nose of the stuff. True, you will lose about 1% of the
total alcohol: so what?
I guarantee you will never have a Bad Bottle of the A'Bunadh.
As for the Glenfarclas "105" - well if you can't take
"Cask Strength" in the Balvenie, just as it's been made
for nearly 1,000 Years, then you cannot even appoach
this stuff. Let your delicate tastes enjoy the A'Bunadh,
along with the Pope.
Thank you for indulging me: if you really care, you will
Learn; if you don't give a damn about yourself, then
please do contest with me - after all, what could *I*
possibly know? */;~}