Jonwin wrote:Hi Guys, right now I have narrowed down the choices:
1. Talisker 18- is it significantly better then the 12 year old?
2. Caol Ila- a friend of mine told me that it has a peaty taste to it but not a salty one like many other isleys.
1. Yes the Tali 18 is significantly better, i'd be tempted to go for a Laphroaig 18 as a peatier and a personally preferred alternative.
2. Caol Ila produce whiskey with variable amounts of peat, but at it's best is as peaty an experience as the best of them. The Natural Cask Strength is a good buy and well short of the £80 budget (you could get a second bottle, perhaps a Bladnoch 20 (also about £40)).
Where is your friend staying? If travel is no problem i'd go for a distillery fill-your-own. Aberlour and Pulteney are recommended and may have a choice of a sherry cask and a bourbon cask. If you like sherry the big talking point of the moment are the Glendronach Single Cask releases, there are several of them available and a few are in your quoted budget. They are highly praised.