New Scotch drinker needs some advice...
I've started to become a Scotch fan within the last few months. For those of you who'd like to hear the story, here it is... for those of you who wouldn't, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. It all began a few months ago when I moved across town. A good friend helped me out quite a bit with the move, and after riding across town in 110 degree heat with no air conditioning (#%$&@ U-haul) and helping me carry quite a bit of large furniture up a nice curved staircase, I felt he deserved a nice thank-you present. So, when the guy behind the counter at the local liquor store told me the best stuff he had was Johnnie Walker Gold Label, I said I'd take it and took it to my friend. From his reaction I got the impression that the Johnnie Gold was quite good stuff, and between that and a little run of luck in Vegas a couple weekends later, I became the proud owner of my very own bottle, and a bottle of Johnnie Blue (and a few nice Tequilas). Anyways, after a couple weeks of enjoying the Gold label, I started looking around for some more information on Scotch, and picked up a few new bottles for myself today.
So as it stands right now, my collection includes Johnnie Walker Gold and Blue, The Glenlivet 12 year old, The Macallan 12 year old, and Lagavulin 16 year old. Of course, I ran home like a kid with a couple new toys and after dinner sat down to choose my favorites. So, after much hard work (yeah, right) and careful consideration, I've managed to rank them in order of preference...
1. The Macallan 12
2. Lagavulin 16
3. Johnnie Gold
4. The Glenlivet 12
And as for the Blue Label? Damn, the packaging is pretty. It cost me so much that I still feel compelled to save it for a special occasion. Maybe someday once I've opened it I can add it to the rankings. Anyways, so based on my preferences stated above, any ideas on what I should keep my eyes out for? Preferably stuff that's readily available in the US, and nothing much more than about $75 a bottle, unless it's really worth it. Cheaper is never a bad thing, as long as its good stuff.