Ryguy wrote:I just love cask strength whiskies. I think the higher strength really adds something and I find myself buying more whisky at CS than anything else.
Alot of my favorites have been mentioned above, but a SMWS Caol Ila at CS really opened my eyes to this distillery.
Which one? My "Introductory bottle" to SMWS was a15 YO CI...still have a few precious drops left. JUST amazing. I've said before it would give any Ardbeg a run fro its money!
More and more over the last 2 years I find myself drawn to higher ABVs. 46% I now consider ideal "easy drinking" strength. I don't always add water...maybe a few drops over 55% but that's about it. I've recently enjoyed 2 SMWS bottlings - a sherried Laphroaig and a Mortlach...definitely no water needed!
Outstanding for me have been "The vintage house Macallan" and ESC 5 Macallan; Ardbeg uigeadal and almost There; the CI I mentioned; Lag 12 ; a 34 YO Clynelish I sampled at Vinopolis; a rum finished 'Laddie sampled at Vintage house; a smple of Talisker 20; Talisker 57; something called "Spynimore" which was a Linkwood; 3 Glen Morays tasted at the distillery (including Mountain Oak - great, and different)an auchentoshan sampled at a tasting; 2 CS Springbanks; and really exceptional - a sample of Lag 21 recently sent to me by The Tross!
All good stuff. But it also occurs to me that there is an art to knowing the best, low ABV OBs...
there are many others