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Which one

Glengarioch 15 yo
4
8%
Clynelish 14
3
6%
Talisker 10
2
4%
Macallan Cask Strength
2
4%
Caol Ila 12 yo
2
4%
Springbank 10
1
2%
Bowmore 17 yo
4
8%
Lagavulin 16 yo
17
32%
Ardbeg Uigeadail
16
30%
Glenfarclas 17 yo
2
4%
 
Total votes : 53

PIck your best choice

Postby xcel » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:53 pm

The following are on my buy next list. Which one would you buy if these were the only options, price not an issue.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:11 pm

That is a heck of list,really hard to choose, as there as so many styles there, so it will depend how you want to round out your collection. I choose the oogy, but perhaps the Laga 16 is my fav on the list..Both are special.
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Postby Jan » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:30 pm

I'm with Drrich here - most malts on your list should be good to excellent. Would go for the Uigeadail because it is a smashing dram and one to look forward to. (If you have not tried it, which I presume you have'nt since you ask.)

Runners up would be Lagavulin & Talisker - both must trys if you are at all to peaty whiskies.
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Postby TheLaddie » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:10 am

I don't wish to be boring but I'd agree totally with the guys above. All the whiskies you list are excellent additions to anyone's palate (though I've not had the OB Geln Garioch I have tried a lovely Murray McDavid bottling) The Uigeadail is the outstanding choice in my opinion too. I'm on my third bottle.
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Postby Photon » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:21 am

1. Print list out
2. Tape to wall
3. Throw dart
4. Buy selected botte
5. Enjoy
6. Repeat

-P.
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Postby xcel » Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:00 am

I've heard great things about the Uigeadail, but I did not enjoy the ardbeg 10 much so I'm not sure how different the two are.

You guys are right it's a big list and everything on there is fairly top class, but if you had only one to choose from. I'm trying to cut back on the number of purchases to one, maybe two per month
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:40 am

Gosh what a selection to choose from, not easy! I haven't tasted them all so hard to say.
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Postby shoganai » Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:36 am

Tough call. For me, it's pretty easy to narrow it to Lagavulin or Ardbeg. But then which one? I went with Ardbeg because I've never really tried the Uigeadail (except for a small dram at a tasting), but Lagavulin is definitely the favorite of the ones I've tried.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:47 am

I'm with Photon...

then again, there are sooo many I've enjoyed here.
Esp Talisker, Lagavulin...and for sherrymonsters, macallan, and other glanfarclasses(Glenfarclae??) - never tried the 17.

But ONE whisky i'd definitely go for is the bowmore 17...because it's (a) being phased out and (b) an ace as far as bowmore OB's go - perhaps the best i've had. but bowmore seems to be more of an acquired taste than Talikser or Lagavulin, both of which are classic smoky malts. the bowmore is perhaps rather more subtle, but i'd plump for that for the reasons mentioned.

...or get out your darts!
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:13 am

xcel:
I'm in the 7% (1) that proposes you buy the Springbank 10. I personally haven't seen a Campbeltown for three years and for that paucity alone would pick it first. Second choice would be the Uigeadail, if I didn't have a spare sitting in The Lair.
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Postby Ann-Helen » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:58 am

I voted Glen garioch 15 yo.
It was a difficult choice to make since all of them are good :)
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Postby les taylor » Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:27 am

Uigeadail here. I do like Cask strength. With a sherry finish to knock off the edges a delightful dram.



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Postby Scotchio » Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:53 am

I'd go for Glen Garioch 15,it's a good all rounder and not so heavy on the sherry or the peat although both are notably present. The last one I had was very smooth and remininded me of Highland Park and to a lesser extent Bunnahabhain 12. I dont know about others but I have less use for heavily sherried or peated whiskies in the summer although strangely Talisker works with ice. 2nd choice would be bowmore 17 for similar reasons.
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Postby Leither » Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:15 am

Ardbeg oogy if you like a peaty but sherried cask strength dram. It contains older sherry cask Ardbeg in the vat and as such I reckon they will be replacing this line sooner or later (and I would bet on sooner!) with a younger version.

Look out for the older flip-top box circa 2004 batches which is supposed to contain Oloroso casks as opposed to the later regular (ie not flip top, same style box as TEN) boxed stuff which has Fino casks in the mix.
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Postby kljostad » Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:25 am

Really hard choice. Personally, I would have picked differently than I voted (Lagavulin), because there are so many on your list I haven't tried. I have tried The Macallan CS, the Ardbeg, the Lagavullin, The Caol Ila and the Bowmore.

Between them, Ardbeg and Lagavulling is head to head, but Lagavulin win on a photo finish.
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Postby Frodo » Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:16 pm

I'd take the Bowmore 17 followed by the Glen Garioch 15. Laga 16 runs neck-and-neck with the Bowmore but it has more availability...
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:12 pm

I voted Bowmore 17 yo

But Laga 16 & Talisker 10 would be close second and third
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Postby Quaichuser » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:37 pm

Here's to a great list, anyone of which would be welcome in any of our whisky cabinets. I voted for the "oogy" because it is the only one of the bunch I haven't tasted and I have heard so many good things about it here.
Plus it's not readily available in my corner of the world. :(
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Postby Ardbeg311 » Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:24 am

Of the ones you list, Ardbeg Uigeadail is my pick. I think the Uigeadail has enough of a different tasting profile (noted by Leither above) to recommend it even for someone not overly keen on the 10yo. However given the price and your experience with the 10yo you might want to try it somewhere first if you are able. My second vote would be the Clynelish 14 or the Lagavulin 16.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:58 am

I want to know what you have been drinking already before making a choice.
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Postby lexvo » Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:28 am

I voted Lagavulin 16 because it is my favourite :)

But I agree with MrT here: what kind of whisky do you like?
For example, I think Glenfarclas 17 is a great choice if you like Speysiders.

If you are not a fan of Ardbeg 10, I wouldn't pick the Uigeadail as my first choice.

The Talisker is great if you like a little smoke/peat.

But like the others said, they are all good.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:28 pm

Which would I choose next? Any of them. They are all great SMSs. I haven't tried them all, but all have a great reputation. It will matter what mood you are in. You might decide which region you want to explore and go from there. Right now, I'm into speysiders and would go with the Glenfarclas 17.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:44 pm

What do you mean, "often"? :?

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Postby xcel » Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:42 pm

I tend too like the not so peaty whiskies. I like smokey, sweet, sherried, maybe a bit salty/tangy. I do like cask strength more, but not always.

So far I've drunk a bunch of Islays, Macallan, Aberlour, Balvenie, HP 18, Talisker, Glenmorangie, red breast.

I would say I've enjoyed the Macallan, Aberlour and the Balvenie the most.
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Postby vitara7 » Sun Apr 22, 2007 1:31 pm

if your going to buy everyone on the list one after another for deffinate and areonly wanting to know whcih you should buy first, well id plump for leaving the ardbeg to last and heres why.

yes its prob the best dram on the list, but, if you buy the best dram on the list and finish it, all the next bottles are going to feel poor compared to it. thats why im sayying to leave the best till last.
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Postby karlejnar » Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:46 pm

I would go for the Caol Ila 12 - a very underrated malt IMHO
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Postby Drrich1965 » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:44 pm

karlejnar wrote:I would go for the Caol Ila 12 - a very underrated malt IMHO


I agree very much, way underrated!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:53 pm

Then there's three of us!
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3? Maybe... 2 probably!

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:33 pm

Mr Fjeld wrote:Then there's three of us!
So how come there's only two showing as picking Caol Ila? Someone is flying under false colours here.
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Re: 3? Maybe... 2 probably!

Postby Drrich1965 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:45 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:
Mr Fjeld wrote:Then there's three of us!
So how come there's only two showing as picking Caol Ila? Someone is flying under false colours here.
Musky Picky



No, I love the Caol Ila, but perhaps the oogy even more :wink: Besides, Caol Ila 12 is easy to get, oogies seem to becoming a bit harder to find these days, especially the 2004.

The the price, Caol Ila 12 is a much better bang for the buck malt..
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Re: 3? Maybe... 2 probably!

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:26 am

Drrich1965 wrote:
Muskrat Portage wrote:
Mr Fjeld wrote:Then there's three of us!
So how come there's only two showing as picking Caol Ila? Someone is flying under false colours here.
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No, I love the Caol Ila, but perhaps the oogy even more :wink: Besides, Caol Ila 12 is easy to get, oogies seem to becoming a bit harder to find these days, especially the 2004.
The the price, Caol Ila 12 is a much better bang for the buck malt..

:oops: Oh, well, yeah okay... oogie is pretty wonderful but like you, I've not yet met a Caol Ila that I didn't like.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:11 pm

Well, my point in asking what you've already had is not to choose based on what you like, but to choose based on what you haven't had, to broaden your experience.

I'm a little confused when you say you like not-so-peaty whiskies, but like "smoky". Perhaps you could give examples of each that you like and don't like.

Anyway, I'll get lazy now and vote for Clynelish.
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Postby Badmonkey » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:35 am

I haven't had the Glengarioch 15. I'll vote for it.
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Postby Ann-Helen » Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:06 am

Since you say that you like Macallan ,Abelour etc. I would try the Glen garioch 15 yo it is great so smooth and its got peat sneaking up on you.
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