sku wrote:I have a friend who is just getting into malts, having really only ever had basic blends (JW Black, Dewar's, etc.) with the occasional Glenfiddich. He asked for a list of malts that characterize the various flavors he's heard described: smoky/peaty, malty, sherry, fruity, spicy.
Smoky/peaty is easy, I'll recommend Laphroaig or Ardbeg.
...or Lagavulin, which most new people like a lot more. I would recommend Lagavulin.
sku wrote:For sherry, I thought I would recommend Aberlour or maybe Macallan, but I'm open to suggestions.
sku wrote:What would you recommend for a basic malt (I'm trying to keep things affordable, no Broras please) that characterizes each of the other flavors (malt, fruity, spicy).
Malty: I have to go with Glenlivet 18yo or Glenlivet Nadurra. Those are the most commonly available.
Fruity: Clynelish is quite fruity with a good whiff of sea air. Most speysiders have some kind of fruit as well.
Spicy: Definitely Talisker 10yo (an older version if you can find it). Peppery. Highland Park 18yo has those nice woodsy spices. It really depends on what you're looking for. Glenrothes 1987 and 1991 are quite spicy as well.