bamber wrote:Not wanting to sound partonising, but I don't think a $300 bottle of 35yo Springbank is the ideal place to start. I would either store it or return it.
I would at the very least try out the 10yo and 15yo OB before you open that bottle - you may find the house style does not agree with you or it will give a context from which to enjoy the one you have.
Ideally though, I would start out with the usual suspects - a peaty Islay - Lagavulin 16yo, say, Macallan 12yo sherry wood, Balvenie 10 and Talisker 10yo.
A good point! For $300, you can buy 4 pretty wonderful bottles, or even more.
Let's say this, for example, using appox. US Prices (Try Binny's in Chicago, http://www.binnys.com
Lagavulin 16 $80
Springbank 12 $90
Dalmore 12 $30
Highland Park 12 $45
Balvenie 12 $50 (although some on this board clearlly prefer the 10 or 15, I like the double wood best of the three).
So, for under 300 dollars, you can have a pretty smashing version of the Springbank, and try a world class Islay, a Highland, a Orkney delight, and a sherry Speyside...
Each of the above have a replacement option (some would argue for the cheaper Ardbeg 10 or Laphroaig 10, they they are all great), but you get the idea.