Re: FG Malt
I recently polished off a bottle of FG 18 and loved it...I've been thinking about getting another bottle but have hesitated because, as I'm fairly new to the world of whiskies, I'm trying to broaden my horizons and try different ones.
I found the FG very well balanced, well "rounded"...if memory serves, a nice balance of malt, sherry, fruity notes and spicy notes...maybe just a hint of peat or smoke, I forget which. But it had some "heft" to it...not just light etc. My only quibble, just a small one, is that it seemed to be a bit too "polished," not raw enough...maybe that was because it's a blend, or maybe it was the fruity notes.
Anyway, I'd much prefer this over another blend like, say, Johnnie Walker Black or Chivas Regal 12, though I admit the FG has more sherry than those 2.