lawschooldrunk wrote:how would you guys and gals compare this to balblair 16?
I'm looking for a non-aggressive, very silky and smooth scotch for my brother who loves dalwhinnie because its smooth (he doesn't like a bite or a hot finish).
I have had a dram of Balblair 16 at a dinner party, if memory serves me, and I can't recall a thing about it. Don't take that as a critique, though - it was a while ago, before I got more serious about my whisky drinking.
You may wish to try either Glenlivet 15 or Aberfeldy 12. Neither of these get superior ratings from pro whisky tasters, I suspect because they're a little less "muscular" than what you typically think of whisky. But if you're looking for something with less "bite" than Dalwhinnie these would be what I would recommend. Both are Highland malts.
The Glenlivet 15 is kinda butterscotchy/vanilla-y with only a faint hint of spiciness, with a nice overall whisky-esque nose that isn't too heavy and a smooth finish, especially once the bottle's been opened and allowed to mellow. I foudn it's an especially nice malt to serve before a meal, because it's tasty enough to stimulate the palate, but light enough that it won't clash with the food later. This ought to cost you about the same as Dalwhinnie.
Aberfeldy 10, the single malt from Dewar's, I personally liked but I realize to many "serious" whisky drinkers it might qualify as pretty lightweight One of the professional tasting posted on this website describes it as "almost too playful to take seriously" - I wouldn't take that
too seriously. It's a very light and subtle malt for sure, and certianly can be enjoyed by the right palate. It's very smooth, lightly fruity with some hint of smokiness and peatiness, and quite "heathery" so you don't forget you're drinking a Scottish
whisky. I found this made a very nice nightcap whisky. This one should cost you a little less than Dlawhinnie. I got my bottle for $27, on a discount.
I take it you and your brother are American, and I understand Americans, generally speaking, have a rather different palate for whisky. I would consider Dalwhinnie a pretty American-friendly malt, and that's partly why it's been so well campaigned over here. The Glenlivet is also very popular among Americans (and has had some help via The Sopranos TV show in gaining further popularity). The Aberfeldy is a bit less well known, but I have yet found an American who has tried it and wouldn't give it some positive comments.