Elagabalus wrote:It varies. I spend a lot of time doing research on what I drink beforehand. If I hear a certain SMS or less often a blend, highly recommended by certain individuals here, I will research the brand and then perhaps buy a bottle.
Usually, especially as of late, I try to follow what other members of the forum, whom I hold in the highest esteem (ganga, reggae, bruichladdict (sp?), Sherried Malt, M-T & Muskrat, to name a few) are drinking, and then buy what they recommend.
Not so much M-T because he owns his own bar and I think he likes 100 year old Port Ellens. lol sorry but I cant afford that. I have crazy pens and watches to buy.
However, there are some brands that I go back to because of the price/value factor. Talisker 10 and Aberlour 12/& A'Bunadh I really enjoy.
I think I'd like to try a Glenkinchie next, but I don't have my hopes up. Not the highest reviews I've seen.
thanks for the vote of confidence, but I can't afford too many of the really rarer ones, although thanks to some excellent tastings held by a certain whisky club in my bar, I do sometimes get a couple of excellent samples to try.
As for more 'normal' drams, last night I enjoyed a Balvenie 15y SB and really enjoyed it. In fact I'd almost forgotten how good it is.
Glenkinchie is one I have tried a few times, but never personally liked too much. My lowland preference is for Bladnoch and there have been some excellent G&M offerings at inexpensive prices.
If you like something smoother and slightly richer, then I can recommend Glen Garioch, if you can find it where you are. At least here in Europe it is accessible and not expensive.
Have fun and enjoy,