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#1 Post by K John Joseph » March 6th, 2018, 1:29 pm

If you had a budget of $60 to $250 per bottle, what three bottles of scotch would you buy?
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#2 Post by Jorge Henriquez » March 6th, 2018, 1:45 pm

Oh man! This is torture!!!

Ok, do you like peat? Then definitely a Laphroiag Caerdias or Lagavullin 12.

For me, the Balvenie Portwood 21 is the bee’s knees.

And for an “everyday drinker”, the 2000 Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Highland "The Distillers Edition" finished in Oloroso Casks
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#3 Post by RyanC » March 6th, 2018, 1:49 pm

I don't know if Spec's in Dallas is the same, but here they have a wonderful range of bottlings from Cadenheads and other independent bottlers. I've found the Cadenheads bottles to be across-the-board superb, so I'd probably buy the best you can in your price range.

Of more widely available options, I like Springbank a lot these days.
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#4 Post by Josh Grossman » March 6th, 2018, 2:06 pm

Highland Park 18 and Talisker 18 are two of my favorites. I usually go with Haighland Park 12 and tend to think anything that sits in a barrel for more than 20 years tastes more like wood than whiskey (whisky). While I've toured a few distilleries in Scotland, St. George Whiskey is another favorite, and comes from California; super floral and different than anything else I've had. I live in Ohio which is a state owned and controlled liquor control state--so it's pretty limited. Luckily they haven't stopped much online/catalog shipping yet. Often when I'm looking for a gift or something special, I check out what Caddell Williams has in stock: https://caddellwilliams.com/
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#5 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 6th, 2018, 4:20 pm

Abelour d’Abundah is a favorite, at the low end. And I’m sure it’s considered unsophisticated, but Macallan 18 is always a pleasure for me.

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#6 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 6th, 2018, 7:10 pm

Laphroaig 10 cask strength
Longrow 18
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#7 Post by Chris.Martin » March 7th, 2018, 11:17 am

Highland Park 18 for me. Price is typically in the $125 range so certainly fits the bill.

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#8 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 7th, 2018, 7:21 pm

Macallan 18
Abelour Abundah
Macallan Classic Cut
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#9 Post by JKim » March 8th, 2018, 10:01 am

Personal consumption or gift? Exploring scotch or you know what you like? Peat vs Sherry? Prefer single malt or is blend ok? Willing to look outside U.K.?

Anyway, without knowing anything, these are diverse and some of my favs, although I'm not a huge peat guy:

Balvenie
Macallan
Springbank
Lagavulin
Bruichladdich
Aberlour
Talisker
Laphroiag
Yamazaki
Hibiki
Compass Box
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#10 Post by K John Joseph » March 9th, 2018, 1:09 pm

Joe,

Gotta give me three specific bottles. Your three that you would buy for you. I'm interested in figuring out what folks would get themselves with that budget. I'll eventually pick three or so that I've not had a bunch of and try those. But I'm not looking for producer names. I've had at least one bottle of every actual Scotch producer you listed. With the exception of Compass Box. Which I am now intrigued by.
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#11 Post by JKim » March 9th, 2018, 2:37 pm

K John Joseph wrote:Joe,

Gotta give me three specific bottles. Your three that you would buy for you. I'm interested in figuring out what folks would get themselves with that budget. I'll eventually pick three or so that I've not had a bunch of and try those. But I'm not looking for producer names. I've had at least one bottle of every actual Scotch producer you listed. With the exception of Compass Box. Which I am now intrigued by.
Ok, I'll try to limit my recs to stuff you can find on the shelf easily.

1. Springbank 17 sherry or 18
2. Glenmorangie Signet
3. Balvenie 21 year portwood
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#12 Post by Scott G r u n e r » March 12th, 2018, 10:13 am

My personal 3 pack would be..

Macallan 18
Lagavulin 16
Highland Park 18
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#13 Post by K John Joseph » March 13th, 2018, 7:06 am

Scott G r u n e r wrote:My personal 3 pack would be..

Macallan 18
Lagavulin 16
Highland Park 18
I like all three of those. One is not like the others...but that's the one I might like the most.
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#14 Post by Scott G r u n e r » March 13th, 2018, 8:09 am

Variety!!
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#15 Post by victor jay » March 18th, 2018, 5:56 am

Macallan 18, Macallan 15, Johnny Walker blue

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#16 Post by ERPark » March 20th, 2018, 11:40 pm

Balvenie 21
Hakushu 18
Macallan 18
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#17 Post by PeterJ » April 20th, 2018, 5:54 pm

Macallan Double Cask
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#18 Post by David H. » May 9th, 2018, 7:43 pm

My personal three pack.

Ardbeg Uigeadail.
Balvenie 17.
Aberlour 16.

If you could find a Bladnoch that is not molested by water or chill filtration with age on it, buy that before all else; especially if it's from a reputable independent bottler.
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#19 Post by Doug Schulman » May 10th, 2018, 9:51 am

At the high end of that budget, I'd get a Dalmore King Alexander III. SO much better than Macallan 18 for not much more money.
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#20 Post by Mike Maguire » May 10th, 2018, 1:20 pm

Nothing wrong with Oban 14 at the lower end of your range.

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#21 Post by Roy Soutee » May 11th, 2018, 7:51 am

Lismore Legend 21...$79.99. I like better than much more expensive bottles and buy it by the case when I find a great price. https://www.hitimewine.net/spirits/scot ... 750-166273

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#22 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » May 19th, 2018, 5:04 pm

Glenfarkas 25

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#23 Post by K John Joseph » June 1st, 2018, 11:36 am

I'm not a huge fan of Oban 14 because I think it's like the leather seat version of the Honda Accord. It's a solid all around scotch, it's classed up, but it doesn't really do any one thing well. It's got decent smoothness, a decent flavor profile, checks all the boxes, but lacks any real wow factor. It's also creeping in price.

Glenfarclas is a more unique flavor profile. I have not had the 25, but have had some others. When Centennial Liquor went out of business in Dallas they were selling bottles of 17 and 21 for $50 and $70 dollars. I bought them both, single last bottles on the shelf. Also a Dalmore 15 for $60. Same store I also bought a mixed case of Clarendon Hills syrah for $15 bottles a pop.
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#24 Post by PeterJ » June 1st, 2018, 5:33 pm

Casting a vote for Macallan Fine Oak 15 year. Or... Macallan Double Cask 12 yr. Both good at the lower end of the window. .
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#25 Post by Drew Goin » June 1st, 2018, 6:39 pm

K John Joseph wrote:Joe,

Gotta give me three specific bottles. Your three that you would buy for you. I'm interested in figuring out what folks would get themselves with that budget. I'll eventually pick three or so that I've not had a bunch of and try those. But I'm not looking for producer names. I've had at least one bottle of every actual Scotch producer you listed. With the exception of Compass Box. Which I am now intrigued by.

Scotch is such a tricky thing.

If a customer was seeking a gift of a single malt for a friend, I had to make a verbal disclaimer that most drinkers have their favorite Scotch, and any deviation from the norm might end up collecting dust on the recipient's bar.


Now, as per your criteria (what I would get for myself), that's a lot easier...

I loved Lagavulin 16 year old - the standard bottling. I have tried the 12 year "barrel-proof", and it didn't do anything for me.

Even though my favorite single malt is an Islay, I still have enjoyed softer, sweeter Speyside Scotches, etc.

Aberlour "d’A'bunadh" is very nice, as are the Balvenie "Double Cask" 12 year and Balvenie's "old" "Sherry Cask" (not the newer 15 year old; I don't know anything about that).

I know I have tasted several independently bottled single-vintage/single-cask Scotches, but I don't recall the company that offered them. Each was very impressive, but what truly struck me was how light in color the liquor was! I soon thereafter learned that coloring could be added to Scotch, much to my disappointment.

So, my last choice would be an independently bottled vintage/single-cask Highland single malt.

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#26 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 2nd, 2018, 9:55 am

Not that it should impact your enjoyment of it, because it's shouldn't, but Lagavulin's 16 yo has coloring added.
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