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Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

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Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

Postby Alzarius » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:07 am

I'm thinking about putting together a purchase soon from TWE, to celebrate closing escrow on my new house. I've been eyeing a few things, mostly stuff I either can't get here, or is ridiculously cheaper from the UK, even after factoring in shipping.

For example, Big Peat is only £28.6 ex-vat, and it sells for $100 at my trusted local retailer.

I'm interested in trying some stuff from some good indie bottlers which we don't see at all here in the US, like The Whisky Agency, The Perfect Dram, BB&R. I'm hoping to keep the total order around £250 before shipping.

Stuff I'm already interested in (can't get them all if I want to keep under budget):
Big Peat
Nikka From The Barrel (can't get this in the US)
PC8 (cheaper in the UK)
Highland Park St Magnus (can't get this in the US)
Clynelish 1997/2010 from BB&R
Longmorn 1975/2010 Whisky Agency

Also considering some of the older Caol Ilas from the 1980s that seem to be priced well. Love Islay stuff, but pretty much enjoy anything else too.

Suggestions or recommendations for stuff you've had? :mrgreen:
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Re: Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:12 am

You really should look through the Single Malts of Scotland bottlings. There are some exceptional bottlings. Big Peat is alright. Not worth the $100. Of your five I'd go with the last three.
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Re: Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

Postby Alzarius » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:19 am

I really fear the next time I go to the UK. It's going to be hard to control my spending. :D I already told the wife-to-be that I'll be bringing home a really old Ardbeg the next time I go over there
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Postby bredman » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:46 am

Ganga wrote:You really should look through the Single Malts of Scotland

SMOS bottlings are difficult to beat. I generally stick to the cask strength stuff and i haven't had a bad one yet.

http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/twesea ... f+scotland

They have an excellent Caol Ila 8 Unpeated 64.2% with a decent discount ( check the special offers ), amongst others.
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Postby pkt77242 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:48 am

The Clyenlish and Longmorn both sound great. I have also heard very good things about the HP St. Magnus. Order them up and let us know.
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Postby dramtastic » Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:30 am

Don't be boring and just order the Scottish that have already been recommended by the other we can't get many Japanese whiskys either so we can't recommend them brigade. :P
Want something different, buy a bottle of Ichiro's Malt Double Distilleries while there is still some available.
If you want to go cheaper I would go for Yoichi 12 and if cheaper again The Nikka From The Barrel(best bang for ya buck you will buy) or Hakushu 12.
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Postby MARS » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:59 pm

The longmorn whisky agency seems a very good idea. (the ardmore is really good but not available at TWE)
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Postby The Third Dram » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:26 pm

Collector57 wrote:I'm with DT on the Nikka.
And get the HP too.

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I certainly wouldn't pass over the Saint Magnus (he says, still anxiously awaiting its release locally).

And the Straight from the Barrel is borderline addictive!
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Re: Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

Postby Alzarius » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:32 am

Thanks for the suggestions so far. There is really SO MUCH GOOD STUFF to get!!! I might have to splurge a bit, but for a special occasion, that should be OK. :mrgreen:

Anyone with comments about the Port Ellen 1983/2010 from Single Malts of Scotland? Price seems REALLY good.
And then, 2 more new arrivals today caught my attention too: Caperdonich 1972/2010 from G&M CC, and Highland Park 1973/?? from G&M Rare Old.

Very difficult choices here. Might have to defer on some bottles for another purchase at the end of the year (if they're still around).
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Re: Putting together a purchase from TWE: suggestions?

Postby bcrossan » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:07 pm

Old Bothwell Port Ellen cask 220 is great
Caol Ila Cask Strength is a good one that isn't in the US
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