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SPRINGBANK 10yo - $61.85
3
9%
ABERLOUR A'BUNADH - $58.45
15
44%
CRAGGANMORE DISTILLERS EDITION 12yo - $64.95
2
6%
TALISKER DISTILLERS EDITION 12yo - $69.95
5
15%
CLYNELISH 14yo - $45.95
6
18%
EDRADOUR 10yo - $52.70
3
9%
 
Total votes : 34

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Postby Nock » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:32 am

So I am itching to pick up a new bottle of something I haven't tried before. I have narrowed it down to a few options but I thought I would get the opinions of the wonderfully experienced members of this forum. :D

Here is the relevant data:
I am currently board with malts like Glenmorangie and Oban (just finished a bottle of each), and I can't stands malts like Auchentoshan. I love the heavy peated malts (Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin) but that is all I seem to have on hand at the moment. I want a little variety . . . which would you pick?

what I have open:
Talisker 10yo
Laphroaig 10yo
Laphroaig 10yo CS
Laphroaig 15yo
Highland Park 18yo
Bowmore Legend
Bowmore 15yo
George T. Stagg

(I have three Ardbegs and two Lagavulins in the closet . . . but I am waiting on those for the moment :wink: )

This list above is what I have narrowed the field down to along with what I would pay locally. I think that there are times when price does make a difference. Maybe you think the Talisker distillers edition is great, but not worth $70 when you have a Clynelish in the running for about $46.

This is all just for kicks and giggles but I am curious to see what you have to say.
:P

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:06 am

Talisker Distillers Edition might be a choice just to contrast against your Talisker 10.
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Postby Aidan » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:13 am

I'd go for one of the first three, but only because I am not a big fan of the last two on the list. I'd probably go for the Cragganmore, if it was me.
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Postby ryoma » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:35 am

Well, I don't care for heavy peated single malts! So much for different tastes. :wink:

I have voted for the Aberlour a'bunadh. I have it open and it's just gorgeous and I think it would bring something new to your collection.
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Postby Aidan » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:53 am

Which batch is it from? The a'buhadh, that is.
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Postby Bullie » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:54 am

I would opt for the Aberlour, since it's quite the difference to the opened bottles in your cabinet. A heavy sherry influenced whisky, with a distinct speyside character.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:09 pm

I voted for Springbank. Medium peated, so not a total departure from your current joys, but different enough to take a stretch. I think you can get that bottle much cheaper...www.binnys.com. Even with shipping, much less. Also, the 100 proof 10 is nicer...
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:50 pm

I vote a'bunadh. I have no idea if you will like the sherry thing, but you seem to prefer more intense drams, and it certainly qualifies. Different from anything else you've mentioned.

Hopefully you will eventually learn to appreciate subtler malts--you are missing a lot. I was a peat fiend once, too.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:56 pm

I, too, used to be a peat fiend. I voted Clynelish because I hadn't spotted Edradour. Please mentally transfer my vote. Edradour 10 is a wonderful heathery dram quite unlike anything else I've had - although it is a bit subtle, I suppose.
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Postby Frodo » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:35 pm

I voted Springbank, but Clynelish would be a close second. Springbank because you would get to see why people rave about it, and Clynelish because it is closest to what you seem to like (on the heavy side of medium smokey with a slightly different flavour profile).
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Postby Aidan » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:49 pm

I think Springbank is a wonderful distillery. I'm also a fan of their Longrow.

I think, for such a renounded distillery, it is talked about very little on these pages.
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Postby jimidrammer » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:03 am

Finally. a poll where I've actually tried them all. I voted Aberlour also, but they are all worth a try eventually. Here's my personal rundown:


ABERLOUR A'BUNADH - Rich sherry, sweet mint and spice

CLYNELISH 14yo -Fruity, nutty, a little peat

SPRINGBANK 10yo - Salty, coconut, caramel apple

CRAGGANMORE DISTILLERS EDITION 12yo - Honey, vanilla, spice

TALISKER DISTILLERS EDITION 12yo -Fruity, wood, spice and smoke

EDRADOUR 10yo - Buttery, caramel, cooked fruits
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Postby pouranother » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:53 am

I would choose the Springbank, to me malty,little pear, salty, excellent mouth-feel,rich and a hint of smoke at the end. My only concern $65 for the 10, seems kinda high. I hate to bring this up I paid $35.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:30 am

Frodo wrote:I voted Springbank...because you would get to see why people rave about it....


I've tried Springbank 10 several times, and I have no idea why people rave about it. My bad, I guess. But I have a feeling that Nock wouldn't get it right off, either.
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Postby Bullie » Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:28 am

As for the Springbank, I would rather go for a 10yo 100Proof version.
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Postby GreyArea » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:42 pm

I've voted for the Aberlour, but you might also want to consider a Glenfarclas 105. Similar enough to be alike, different enough to be distinctive.

Both are cask strength sherry monsters.

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Postby Wave » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:36 pm

Definitely the ABERLOUR A'BUNADH. Batch #'s make very little difference as they're all great!
At 60% +/- alc/vol with little or no extra spring water added it's surprisingly smooth.



Cheers!
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Postby Nock » Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:14 am

Thank you all for your opinions and taking the time to vote. I decided to go with the clear majority here and just picked up a bottle of Aberlour A'bunadh!!! :D

It is batch No. 16 at 59.6 ABV

Thanks again

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Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:29 pm

ohh, I was too late to sway your decision... and I was the only one to vote for Edradour :) I picked it cos it's sooo very different from anything you've got open atm, with that lovely chewy custardy taste :)
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