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Finding a Good Speyside

Postby dward1996 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:27 am

Hi All

I wonder if anybody could help me out. My father is about to turn 60 later this year, and as a present I was hoping to get him a nice bottle of whisky. He really enjoys Speyside malts, but has no preferred cask. I am looking to get something that he would not normally get himself, something special, although unfortunately I only have a modest budget of £80-£100.

If anybody could give me some advice on some good bottles, that would be great, as I will quite openly admit that I know nothing about whisky!

Thanks in advance for your help.

David
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby Swedish Chef » Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:06 pm

David, your budget is in £ so I'm assuming you're in the UK. So I'd suggest you look at http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/ and http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ .
And as you mention getting something that he would not normally get himself, perhaps you should get him a Speysider from an independent bottler (preferable a cask strenght one).

I'm sure many of the other members will be able to point you in a more precise direction.

ETA: Does your father have a favourite distillery?
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby dward1996 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:55 pm

Thanks for the response. I've already contacted the whiskey exchange, and they suggested a 30 year old Glenrothes:

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-2643.aspx

A 30 year old Strathisla

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-11022.aspx

Also an 18 year old Mannochmore:

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-10888.aspx

If anyone has any advice on these that would be great.
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby dward1996 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:13 am

Swedish Chef wrote:ETA: Does your father have a favourite distillery?


Sorry I forgot to answer this. As far as I'm aware he doesn't have a favourite distillery, and unfortunately I've asked as many questions as I can without him getting suspicious (I'm hoping that it will be a surprise).
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby MARS » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:14 pm

The 30 years old strathisla and glenrothes are good.
There is also the 30 years old longmorn.
http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/produc ... 0000000371

Or, the 1971/2008 43°
http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/lo ... il-whisky/
A very good one. But with the sending cost we are a little bit out of the budget.
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby MARS » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:16 pm

The longmorn 30 years old is also available at the whisky exchange!
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:37 pm

Perhaps the Rare Malts Selection Glendullan or 175th Anniversary bottling from Glenfarclas? Both under £100 through The Whisky Exchange.
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:04 pm

A good Speyside that's reasonable in price, if yo ucan find one is Longmorn 15 in the old burgundy coloured tube. The newer version in the green tube is okay but the older one is my personal favorite from the distillery.

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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby MARS » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:16 pm

The mannochmore is a love it or hate it whisky. Better to avoir it for a present.
The glendullan is not very good. The longmorn 15 years old is good but the 30 years old is better (and the 1971 is even better with a finish a la benriach 1976 or lochside 1966/1981. Still, most benriach 1976 and lochside 1966/1981 are better).
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby dward1996 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:49 pm

Thanks for the many responses. It seems that the three possibilities are:

Longmorn 30 year old
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-10784.aspx

Longmorn 1971
http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/lo ... il-whisky/
(I should be able to stretch my budget if people think this is worth it!)

and the Glendullan 1978
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-1999.aspx

Out of these three, is there a stand out choice?
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:56 pm

dward1996 wrote:Thanks for the many responses. It seems that the three possibilities are:

Longmorn 30 year old
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-10784.aspx

Longmorn 1971
http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/lo ... il-whisky/
(I should be able to stretch my budget if people think this is worth it!)

and the Glendullan 1978
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-1999.aspx

Out of these three, is there a stand out choice?


I would vote for one of the longmorns. I haven't had the 1971 but I have had the 30yo and it is very good.
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Re: Finding a Good Speyside

Postby corbuso » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:22 pm

[quote="dward1996"]Thanks for the response. I've already contacted the whiskey exchange, and they suggested a 30 year old Glenrothes:

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-2643.aspx

A 30 year old Strathisla

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-11022.aspx
quote]

My suggestion to you would be for the 30 YO Strathilsa or the 25 or 30 YO Longmorn.
Good sherried speyside whiskies, with a very good quality/price ratio
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