Hi everyone. I want to buy my first single malt whisky as a gift for my old man. I went into the local liquor store and wrote down the names of all the single malt whiskies within a price range of up to about $AU85.00. Here is the complete list of all the single malt whiskies within that range in that particular store:
1. Glenfarcias 8yrs
2. Aberlour 10yrs
3. Talisker 10yrs
4. McCallan 10yrs
5. Highland Park 12yrs
6. Chivas Brothers Strathisla 12yrs
7. Ardmore Highland
8. Dalwhinnie 15yrs
9. Cragganmore single Speyside malt 12 yrs
10. Isle of Jura Superstition
11. Oban 14yrs
12. The Dalmore 12yrs
13. The Balvenie 12 yrs (matured in 2 woods)
Glenmorangie 10 yrs
Glenmorangie port cask (matured in bourbon cask, then port cask)
Glenmorangie sherry cask (matured in bourbon cask, then sherry cask)
15. Hart Brothers (range from 8yrs to 12 yrs)
Provenance Jura 11yrs
Provenance Dalmore 10yrs
Provenance Ledaig 8yrs
Provenance Laphroaig 8yrs
17. Ardberg 10yrs
18. Knockando 12 yrs
19. Laphroaig 10yrs
20. Lagavulin 16yrs
21. The Glenlivet 15 yrs
22. Bowmore Islay 12yrs
23. Glenfiddich 15yrs
Phew!! What a list! I think I was there for about half an hour writing all this down. Whilst I was there writing all this, there was a guy next to me, also jotting down whisky names. I thought he was a staff member so I told him what I was doing as I was going to post a question on single malt whiskies on this forum.
He told me he wasn't a staff member but was opening up his own bar, so he was jotting down a range of whiskies for his own selection. He said he was an avid whisky drinker, and when I told him that I was looking for a single malt whisky as a gift for my old man within my specified price range, he immediately made a number of suggestions:
He firstly said that any single malt whisky within my price range would be good, that I couldn't go wrong. He then said that The Glenlivet 15yrs was a good choice.
He then raved on about 2 particular whiskies. The first one was Bowmore Islay 12yrs. But he added that this whisky had a very heavy smoke and peat flavour. He basically said that this was strictly an after dinner whisky, as the heaviness would "kill your appetite". He described the strength of flavour like a cigar, with the taste lingering in your mouth throughout the night.
The other whisky he raved on about, that he said he could sit down and drink all night, was the last one on my list, the Glenfiddich 15yrs. And this is the one that he recommended to me as his final suggestion, over and above The Glenlivet 15yrs, Bowmore Islay 12 yrs and all the others there.
So, I'd be interested to know from all of you your (one) suggestion of a single malt whisky from the above list.
On a side note, I've been reading some reviews of whiskies from my list in this Whisky Magazine website. Being a complete beginner regarding single malt whiskies, if I had to pick one from my own list based upon these reviews, I would most probably choose the Cragganmore 12yrs. Many of you seem to regard this as an outstanding and underrated drop.
But like I say, what would I know? I'm a complete novice. So again, what would you all suggest?