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Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

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Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Mon May 10, 2010 9:37 am

Hi

These are the whiskies which I have not tried so far and available at Dubai duty free, where I do most of my purchases. Can you please recommend good ones out of this?

Aberfeldy 12 - $38.00
Bowmore 12 - $40.00
Bowmore 15 - Forgot to note
Bushmills Malt 10 - $34.00
Clynelish 14 75Cl - $68.00
Dalmore 12 - $53.00
Glen Grant - $25.00
Glenkinchie 12 - $49.00
Glenlivet 18 - $75.00
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban - $55.00
Glenrothes Select Reserve 70cl - $53.00
Highland Park 16 - $68.00
Longmorn 16 70Cl - $77
Macallan Select Oak - $53.00
Pebble beach 12 75Cl - $72.00
Singleton 12 - $39.00
Smokehead - $40.00

All one liter bottles, except where mentioned and price in US$ just as an indication. My comfort zone is $50-60, but can go high if very good, especially for drams with higher ABV. I have not listed exotically priced ones.

All help appreciated.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Dubois » Mon May 10, 2010 11:11 am

Here is one you should NOT buy:
Glenrothes Select Reserve ... :yuk:
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Mon May 10, 2010 12:10 pm

Collector57 wrote:Hi Steve

What are your preferences among the ones you have tried so far? And is your intention to increase the range of styles, or to go for similar things to those you already like?



Nick, thanks for the quick reply.

The idea is to increase the exposure. I took an instant liking initially to Islay whiskies and now have started appreciating other styles. I guess the kind of whiskies that I like are the full bodied ones that leaves a lot on the palate and has a long finish. I guess CS whiskies have found favour with me, though their availability is limited. I do not like overly sweet whiskies.

The whiskies that is the best I have had (descending order):

Nadurra
Laph QC
Glenmo Aster
Glenmo Nectar

Regulars well liked (In no order) :

Glenmo 10
Glefiddich 15
HP 12
Caol Ila 12
Talikser 12
Yamazaki 12
JW Green
Ardmore Traditional Cask
Balvenie DW
Ardbeg 10

Somewhat Ok (price is taken to consideration):

Glenlivet 12
Glenfiddich 12
Red Breast 12
Glenmorangie Lasanta (actually Ok, but considering price downgraded)
Macallan Elegancia (actually Ok, but considering price downgraded)
Abelour 10

The ones that have underwhelmed me are:

Glenlivet 15 FO
Jameson 12
Isle of Jura Superstition (the least liked considering the price)

Dubois, thanks. - I had heard others also saying same. It is among the more expensive ones, so I will skip that.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby The Third Dram » Mon May 10, 2010 12:28 pm

Of the ones on your list I've tried, Steve, the following would be my personal picks:

steveblack wrote:Bowmore 15 (Back on form. Richly rewarding.)
Clynelish 14 (Inimitable. Complex.)
Glenlivet 18 (Always sweetly smooth and satisfying.)
Longmorn 16 (Expensive, but quite excellent.)
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Mon May 10, 2010 1:59 pm

Thanks, Nick, TTD

So the consensus seem to be.............. I need to up my budget :)

I can bring in 4, so I guess I will go for

Clynelish 14
Longmorn 16
Bowmore 15
Toying between HP16 n Livet 18. Is the Livet 18 much better than 12 n 15? Those 2 were not very appetising.

Among cheaper ones, are Aberfeldy 12 n Smokehead ok given my preferences? Perhaps one of them can be the fourth.

Is there anything else other than Glenrothes that I should avoid?

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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby DavidUK » Mon May 10, 2010 2:15 pm

I haven't tried all you listed, but Clynelish 14 is very good. It falls towards the central area of the flavour map
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby The Third Dram » Mon May 10, 2010 6:38 pm

steveblack wrote:Is the Livet 18 much better than 12 n 15?

Decidedly sweeter and more honeyed than the 12YO, with a definite sherried component. Think very gently smoked peaches/apricots. Silky smooth, too.

Much less direct impact from the oak than is the case with the 15YO FOR.

I must admit, however, that I also happen to appreciate the 12YO and 15YO. So do take my positive comments on the 18YO with a 'grain of salt', and within the context of my commentaries.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby johan brugge » Mon May 10, 2010 8:31 pm

Dubois wrote:Here is one you should NOT buy:
Glenrothes Select Reserve ... :yuk:

Haha. I think DT warned you about this one.
I would go for these:
Smokehead
Bushmills 10yo
Clynelish 14yo
Highland Park 16yo
Bowmore 15yo
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Bulkington » Mon May 10, 2010 8:46 pm

I'd second or third or whatever the Clynelish 14.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Bruichladdict » Mon May 10, 2010 8:51 pm

Ditto, Clynelish 14...unique, subtle.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Mon May 10, 2010 9:11 pm

Thanks TTD n Johan

I guess I will expand the list to 8 because there are two of us and I need to restock some staples like Fiddich 15 and Glenmo 10.

So it will be

Clynelish 14
Longmorn 16
Bowmore 15
HP 16
Smokehead
Aberfeldy 12

Plus the regulars

I will keep the Livet18 for next trip.

I am tempted to try Glenrothes to see how can they make such a dram costing so much. I can fight the temptation this time :) For once the 70 Cl bottle make sense I believe ;)
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Mon May 10, 2010 10:02 pm

Thanks Bulkington n Bruichladdict

I didn't know Clynelish had such a following. And to think I kept overlooking it all these days
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby dramtastic » Mon May 10, 2010 11:35 pm

Just my 2 cents but steer clear of the HP16 as well, I gave my bottle away.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby lockejn » Tue May 11, 2010 2:41 am

+1 on the Clynelish
+1 on skipping the Glenrothes

Personally I'd like to try the HP16 since it's being discontinued.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Tue May 11, 2010 9:27 am

Hmm.. HP 16 does not seem to have the universal appeal that other elder HP expressions got. Perhaps I would just skip it.

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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Doug1937 » Tue May 11, 2010 5:16 pm

I recommend the Dalmore 12...it's just as good as the Aberlour 12 IMO...an excellent dram.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Ganga » Wed May 12, 2010 1:10 am

Bowmore 12 - $40.00
I really like Bowmore. I have a preference for the 12 yo over the 15 yo, especially if the 15 is the Darkest.

Clynelish 14 75Cl - $68.00
Good malt. See everyone else.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban - $55.00
While not everyone enjoys the inlfuence of port or this replacement for the port, I find this one very entertaining. Worthwhile if you like port finished whiskies.

Longmorn 16 70Cl - $77
Longmorn makes great products. While I haven't tried the 16, everything tells me that it is in line with the 15 (except for maybe the price change).

Macallan Select Oak - $53.00
Not sure what the Select Oak is. Is this the Fine Oak or something special for Duty Free (both?)? I don't particularly care for the Fine Oak series: too much oak.

Singleton 12 - $39.00
Now this depends on which Singleton it is. The US received Glendullan, a fruity malty whisky. Europe received Dufftown I think. Ord for the Asia.

Smokehead - $40.00
Good whisky.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Wed May 12, 2010 9:40 am

Thank you Ganga for the detailed reply.


Ganga wrote:Bowmore 12 - $40.00
I really like Bowmore. I have a preference for the 12 yo over the 15 yo, especially if the 15 is the Darkest.


This 15 is the Mariner. Since the list represent the entire choice left to me, I guess I will definitely be buying 12 some time or other.

Ganga wrote:Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban - $55.00
While not everyone enjoys the inlfuence of port or this replacement for the port, I find this one very entertaining. Worthwhile if you like port finished whiskies.


I don't know if I have tried a port finish dram before. I have listed almost all whiskies that I could try above. I have to see which among those are port finished ones. Generally I have liked all Glenmorangies that I have tried, Aster/Nectar/Lasanata/Original. If this is something of same quality, I will pick one in near future.

Ganga wrote:Singleton 12 - $39.00
Now this depends on which Singleton it is. The US received Glendullan, a fruity malty whisky. Europe received Dufftown I think. Ord for the Asia.


This is the Dufftown. Any good?

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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby The Third Dram » Thu May 13, 2010 12:06 am

steveblack wrote:This is the Dufftown. Any good?

I happen to have received a bottle of this from my 'significant other', just returned is she from London. Tried it for the first time last night...

Nice balance. Easy going and quite smooth. Definite malt sweetness at the outset. As things progress, the oak kicks in more, offering up spice notes in the process. Very early impressions, though.

I don't think, nonetheless, that you'll be disappointed.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Thu May 13, 2010 8:52 am

The Third Dram wrote:
steveblack wrote:This is the Dufftown. Any good?

I don't think, nonetheless, that you'll be disappointed.


Thanks. TTD. My purchase list gets one more addition. 8)
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby Ganga » Thu May 13, 2010 4:54 pm

Bowmore 15 Mariner is good whisky. Either one will allow you to discover if Bowmore is a whisky for you.
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Re: Good whiskies among this untried ones. Help me decide

Postby steveblack » Sat May 15, 2010 8:20 am

Ganga wrote:Bowmore 15 Mariner is good whisky. Either one will allow you to discover if Bowmore is a whisky for you.


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