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Which Single Malt Next

Springbank 10 (NOT 100 proof)
2
10%
Glenfarclas 17
4
19%
Glenrothes 1991
7
33%
Balvenie 12 Doublewood
1
5%
Macallan 18
7
33%
 
Total votes : 21

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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:03 pm

I have:
Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve
Glenlivet 18
Balvenie 15 Single Cask
Balvenie 21 Portwood
Glenmorangie 10
Highland Park 18
Laphroaig 10
Talisker 18
Chivas Regal 12
Chivas Regal 18

What should I add next? (Sorry, Islay is next time around)
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Postby Oliver » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:19 pm

Well, it seems you are looking for a speysider -- Springbank aside...
If you can afford it the MAc 18 -- though a shadow of its former self -- is imho the best of the bunch. But for much less you can get really good stuff:

Like the Glenfarclas 21 -- a more buttery, smoother malt than the mac 18 -- and much cheaper.
Yamazaki 18 -- which is amazing as malt. I would say a serious challenge to HP's title as the best all-rounder in malt. THat's the one I would try.

LEt us know what you pick !

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:36 pm

I voted fro Glenrothes 1991, although the Solera Reserve could be a good choice too.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:19 pm

1) Why, Aberlour a'bunadh, of course. Or something else not on your list.

2) Give up whisky and become a monk.

3) Of those listed, Mac 18 would most appear to provide something not in your inventory already. I agree that the Glenrothes would be a more affordable alternative. Or, to fill that big sherry niche at a more reasonable price than the Mac, go back to 1).
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:21 pm

I'd go for the Glenfarclas or Glenrothes - yeah, probably the Glenrothes.
You probably have the best of Balvenie already, though the 12yo is excellent and as Oliver says, the mac18 isn't as good as it should be.
Enjoy whatever you choose :D
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:24 pm

Any particular reason I should give up a whiskey and become a monk?
:lol:

I'm surpised no takers for Springbank 10.
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Postby Choochoo » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:36 pm

The Springbank 10 is borderline OK, their 100 proof or 15 yo is a lot better (I love the 15 year old).

I'd say of the list, the Mac 18 would be a classy bottle to have on your shelves - it's pretty goods whisky too.

Monks do make some darn good beer - I wouldn't be so keen on the giving up whisky part though.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:36 pm

Out of interest, which Macallan 18 is it?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:42 pm

ScotchPalate wrote:Any particular reason I should give up a whiskey and become a monk?


Just thought I'd be as unhelpful as possible before giving you a straight answer! I'm amused at how often folks here give answers to questions that weren't asked, or ignore the range of options given, and figured I'd join in. 8)
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:51 pm

Teaser,
The only Macallan 18s around here are the sherried (NOT Fine Oak) 1987.

Tattie,
It seems to happen on any and every forum. Silly? Yes. Amusing? Yes. Sometimes annoying? Yes. But, hey, it makes the conversations interesting at least. :)
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:56 pm

ScotchPalate:
I voted Springbank, as to be frank, you should have at least one Campbeltown in your collection. I keep draining the one I have in stock so at present am out any from the two distilleries.

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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:08 pm

I voted for the Macallan because I don't like the idea of passing by the opportunity to drink a midlle-aged Macallan :)

All the other opportunities will still be there but Macallan might just get too expensive.
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Postby Ardbeg311 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:45 pm

I find myself in agreement with Choochoo here. I would substitute the Springbank 10 with the Sprinbank 15 in your poll. Both are good malts, but I have enjoyed the Springbank 15 more than the Macallan 18yo (at least the recent ones that I have tried -- sherry and fine oak). I think, however, both are overpriced.

The beverage industry owes a lot to the monks!! See what you started Mr. T.???
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Postby jimidrammer » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:50 pm

Mustardhead wrote:I voted for the Macallan because I don't like the idea of passing by the opportunity to drink a midlle-aged Macallan :)

All the other opportunities will still be there but Macallan might just get too expensive.


Too late! I got my Macallan 18yo '85 before it went up this last time for $99US (now $130US) and still feel I got taken. Way over-hyped, IMO. A Glenfarclas 25yo @ $100-110US is 10 times better, IMNSHO. From the list I would still go for the Glenfarclas 17yo @ about $65US, the best quality/price ratio of the lot.
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Postby Wave » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:13 am

The best one in that batch is the Balvenie 12, but it looks like you have a couple expressions of Balvenie already. I've tasted all that's listed and even have an opened bottle of the Glenfarclas 17yo (which will be on my "glad to see empty" list!). The Springbank is Ok as a 10, but I tend to like older Springbanks, the 15yo is a cracker! Ditto for the Glenrothes (as in older).

Given at what you have now and what's available in the States I'd say none of the above. Other choices to consider are the Aberlour 15 or a'bunadh, Longmorn 15 and Longrow 10 (the peaty Springbank). :wink:


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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:47 am

Ardbeg311 wrote:The beverage industry owes a lot to the monks!! See what you started Mr. T.???


I was misquoted! What I said was "Get to Monk's (in Philadelphia) and have some whisky"!
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Postby Choochoo » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:04 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:
Ardbeg311 wrote:The beverage industry owes a lot to the monks!! See what you started Mr. T.???


I was misquoted! What I said was "Get to Monk's (in Philadelphia) and have some whisky"!


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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:19 pm

I go for The Glenrothes as it is another great all rounder like HP but with out the peat.
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Postby Frodo » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:48 pm

Time to try a sherried malt perhaps. Glenfarclas? If it was me though, I'd purchase the Glenrothes...
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Postby ScotchPalate » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:48 pm

Well, darn it. I dunno. Lately, I've been in the mood for something light and honeyed ( maybe JW Gold 18 ), although, I was enjoying my Laph 10 last night. Well, that's one of the great things about Scotch! Many choices and flavors. I definately don't want too much spice. Had enough of that lately. Is the Glenrothes 1991 spicy/zesty?
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Postby vitara7 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:20 pm

splash the cash and get the macallan 18yo
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:53 pm

From that list I would go for the Glenrothes, with Glenfarclas as second choice.
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:58 pm

Anything from Springbank that costs less than $500 is not worth it. :wink:
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Postby lbacha » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:53 pm

I would go with the Macallan 18 but a better choice would be the Glenfarclas 25. A very good dram that doesn't break the bank.


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Postby ScotchPalate » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:23 pm

The Glenfarclas 25 is arguably a better value than the Macallan 18, however, here in AZ both cost the same, $145 USD.

I think I'm leaning more toward the Glenrothes 1991. A repsected sherried malt that'a about half the price of the Macallan 18.
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Postby lambda » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:49 pm

I had a bottle of the glenrothes 1989-2000, which was excellent. I do not know about this particularly whisky, but you should try a glenrothes at some point :)
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:54 pm

I think that's the best choice. Notably more complex than the typical speysider--more avant-garde and islay like.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:16 am

Thanks everybody for your advice. I tell ya, that Macallan 18, it's just so hard to decide to spend $155 (after tax), I'll have to pass. I'm leaning toward the Glenrothes 1991. But, If I'm looking for a fruity sherry splash, would I be better off with the Oban 14? Damn, I should Have included that in the poll.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:08 am

No, Glenrothes is a good choice there. I haven't had the '91, and the '92 was not very impressive, but all the other Glenrothes I've had have been very good at least, and fruity is a good description. Lagavulin may have been the first malt to reel me in, conk me on the head, and throw me in the basket, but before that, Glenrothes definitely got a hook in my lip. I willingly leapt into the boat later. (A fine example of metaphor stretched beyond the breaking point....)
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Postby ScotchPalate » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:18 am

Thanks Tattie,
Ya' always got a good point or two (regardless of overstretched metaphors.) :lol: From the reviews I've read, the 91' is a return to a quality/taste of the Glenrothes reputation.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:43 am

Thanks everyone for your votes and opinions. I picked up the Glenrothes 1991 today. I've only had one dram. So far, It was worth the price and I'm glad I got it. It has some sherried berry flavors with LIGHT hints of butterscotch (have to look for it though, some might say toffee) followed by a decent showing of malt. It's a very pleasant dram. Good flavor, not too heavy, good balance. A great addition to my collection. I look forward to enjoying this one, and I recommend giving it a shot should you have the opportunity.
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