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Which Limited Edition Malt for Christmas?

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Which rare malt?

Port Ellen
6
24%
Brora
9
36%
St. Magdalene
5
20%
Ardbeg (classic bottlings)
2
8%
Laphroaig (classic bottlings)
3
12%
 
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Which Limited Edition Malt for Christmas?

Postby peergynt323 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:43 am

I'm thinking of ordering a bottle from the whisky exchange.com. Which one would you guys recommend? Please recommend specific bottlings that are worthwhile. I'm looking to spend around $300 or less (shipping is $70). Please recommend stuff that I can actually get here in the states.
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Postby Wave » Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:07 am

If you are thinking of ordering a bottle from the UK might I suggest either Loch Fyne Whiskies or Royal Mile Whisky since their 1st bottle shipping charges are much lower (about 1/2 actually) than that of The Whisky Exchange. The Whisky Exchange shipping rates only get better when buying multiple bottles.

With that said there several Port Ellen selections at both LFW & RMW including the 2nd and 3rd Annual Releases with LFW having the best deal, a 2nd Release there goes for £88.43 w/ a £17.00 shipping, straight to your door comes out to just under $207USD. Damn! That's cheaper than what I paided for mine! As for a Brora, for about £63 a 1981 Cask Strength Sherry Cask Signatory or something on the highside, say a 30yo Brora for under $350, with shipping of course! :D

I have to admit there's some mighty fine looking PE's at the Whisky Exchange. I'd like to take $1000 and fill a 6-bottle order of 'em.
....maybe after Tokyo. :wink:


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Postby TheLaddie » Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:13 am

You gonna drink it or keep it?
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:49 am

TheLaddie wrote:You gonna drink it or keep it?


Drink it. Whisky lasts about a year in the bottle right?

If I really like it I'll buy some for the cellar.

I just want a mindblowing bottle to keep around for when I'm in the right mood.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:53 am

The Signatory Brora at LFW is pretty damn awesome--they gave me a sample when I was there about a month ago. Why have I not ordered one for myself? :? Race you to it!

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Postby Admiral » Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:22 am

Drink it. Whisky lasts about a year in the bottle right?


If you're going to drink it, I'd recommend a Brora. If you're going to keep it, I'd recommend PE.

As for the life of the bottle, my advice would be that once you get down to about half-full, you should finish the contents within 3 to 6 months before the deleterious effects of oxidation become noticeable.

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Postby Frodo » Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:25 am

From the responces on the forum, I'd be inclined to consider Laphroaig 30.
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Postby Jan » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:24 am

I would probably go for one of the official Port Ellens.

I have never tasted the Laphroaig 30yo but it is consistently highly praised here, so I suppose that would be a safe bet too.
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Postby TheLaddie » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:54 am

peergynt323 wrote:Drink it.

I just want a mindblowing bottle to keep around for when I'm in the right mood.


If you've not had a Brora I'd agree with Admiral and Mr T. Though I've not had the pleasure of tasting one of the 30yo OBs the single casks I have tried are gorgeous. :)

Other than that the choice between a classic Ardbeg and Laproaig would be a very difficult one for me...Mindblowing would be a very apt description. :?
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Postby peergynt323 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:07 am

Ooh, Laphroaig 30 just got restocked at the Whisky Shop. I might just hit up that wonderful piece of glass.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:40 am

peergynt323 wrote:Ooh, Laphroaig 30 just got restocked at the Whisky Shop. I might just hit up that wonderful piece of glass.


It is a most wonderful malt. A fantastic sour citrus taste that mixes with the deepest malt and splendid malt (too many adjectives).

However, if you go for this one, you can save yourself some money shipping by getting it in the US. It is around, usually for between 200-225.
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Postby badams » Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:41 am

buy a case of Johnnie Walker Swing and put your mind to rest!
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Postby Drrich1965 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:50 pm

badams wrote:buy a case of Johnnie Walker Swing and put your mind to rest!


Can you explain why? It is very, very common, and even older bottles sell for very little, and from what I have heard, not very good.
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:05 pm

I vote St. Magdalene because I've never tasted that distillery before.
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Postby vitara7 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:20 pm

go for the st.mags its getting very hard to find these days
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Postby Whiskana » Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:25 pm

Admiral wrote:If you're going to drink it, I'd recommend a Brora. If you're going to keep it, I'd recommend PE.


I would say the same also. I have tried 1982/20yo, 1977/21yo and 1977/24yo Broras and would take any of them again if I'd have the money for it.

Haven't tried any of the others though... :oops:

EDIT: I was speaking of The Rare Malts series Brora BTW...you were talking about rare malts in general of course... :roll:
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:02 pm

Di Blasi wrote:I vote St. Magdalene because I've never tasted that distillery before.


And if the St. Magdalene was not available, (sold out, or whatever), I'd probably go with the Brora, as tasting the recent 30y was quite nice.
But the Port Ellen 3rd Release I also remember as being one of those oh so special whiskies, dynamite really!!
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:46 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:The Signatory Brora at LFW is pretty damn awesome--they gave me a sample when I was there about a month ago. Why have I not ordered one for myself? :? Race you to it!

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SNAP - except I did buy a bottle!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:05 pm

Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks"

A perfect after-dinner and Christmas dram.
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Postby lbacha » Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:31 pm

Malt-Teaser wrote:Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks"

A perfect after-dinner and Christmas dram.
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I would agree with the quarter cask. I've been drinking a bottle of this over the past few months and it is a great dram.


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