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  # 1464902 7-Jan-2016 09:40
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Geektastic: They recreated the whisky found at Scott's Hut. Would love to get some of that.


I have had the privilege of sampling a dram of this! A very tasty and interesting drop :)


I've tried it too - at Scott base no less :). Whisky was ok - setting was superb !

Btw - my avatar is the mailbox outside the original Scott base camp. The milk is of course frozen


Awesome! The perfect place.
Yes - it is certainly a unique flavour - can't say I have every come across anything quite like it.

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  # 2238968 16-May-2019 11:39
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Maybe it's the arrival of the (relatively) colder weather, or perhaps it's the inundation of junk mail this week given it's world whisk(e)y day this Saturday, but I've found myself thinking about buying a new bottle, but trying something new. Being relatively unexposed to the wide range of options I'm interested in recommendations.

 

My preference is definitely towards Islay single malts or similar; my go-to buy has been Bowmore 12; My FiL got me a bottle of Caol Ila Distiller's Edition, which I have really loved but clearly too much as it's nearly finished! Another one I've liked (but not owned) is Talisker Dark Storm. I also have a bottle of Ardbeg 10, which I really am not a huge fan of.

 

So, based on those preferences, what would people recommend at, say, around $100 or less?

 

Many here seem to love Laphroaig, but I'm once bitten, twice shy given the 10 year's placement on some of the flavour maps (as reliable and useful as these are?!), being so close to the Ardbeg that I don't really like.

 

This is the 'map' I'm talking about:

 

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Anyway, appreciate any recommendations.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2239047 16-May-2019 11:55
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It is a tough one as I tend to enjoy a wide range at different times and for different reasons :)

 

I agree on the Bowmore though, and I always have an Ardbeg or two in the cupboard and a Benriach as well - I do enjoy all of those and they tend to be my defaults. 

 

 


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  # 2239101 16-May-2019 13:31
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I drink occasionally, Canadian Club everyday kind of drink (1 serve of course), Friends get together - either Chivas regal or Jamesons. Special occasions JW blue Lable. Not a huge fan of bourbon. Recently tried Jameson Caskmates. That was pretty good as well.

 

What do you mix your whiskey with?

 

 

 

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  # 2239104 16-May-2019 13:36
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  # 2239190 16-May-2019 14:57
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jonathan18:

 

Maybe it's the arrival of the (relatively) colder weather, or perhaps it's the inundation of junk mail this week given it's world whisk(e)y day this Saturday, but I've found myself thinking about buying a new bottle, but trying something new. Being relatively unexposed to the wide range of options I'm interested in recommendations.

 

My preference is definitely towards Islay single malts or similar; my go-to buy has been Bowmore 12; My FiL got me a bottle of Caol Ila Distiller's Edition, which I have really loved but clearly too much as it's nearly finished! Another one I've liked (but not owned) is Talisker Dark Storm. I also have a bottle of Ardbeg 10, which I really am not a huge fan of.

 

So, based on those preferences, what would people recommend at, say, around $100 or less?

 

Many here seem to love Laphroaig, but I'm once bitten, twice shy given the 10 year's placement on some of the flavour maps (as reliable and useful as these are?!), being so close to the Ardbeg that I don't really like.

 

This is the 'map' I'm talking about:

 

Click to see full size

 

Anyway, appreciate any recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Lagavulin - not fussy - 8yo/16yo - just try it and thank me later. It's peaty and smokey but it's more in the nose than on the palette. Fair warning though, one dram (even a generous one) is never enough - so give yourself time to appreciate ;).


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  # 2239211 16-May-2019 15:29
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grimwulf:

 

Lagavulin - not fussy - 8yo/16yo - just try it and thank me later. It's peaty and smokey but it's more in the nose than on the palette. Fair warning though, one dram (even a generous one) is never enough - so give yourself time to appreciate ;).

 

 

Good to hear, thanks - looks like it's a bit over my initial budget of $100 (cheapest I've seen the 16 is $130 and 8 is $120), but you make it sound worth it!

 

Has anyone tried the Talisker 10 year?




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  # 2239214 16-May-2019 15:31
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My usual is the Lagavulin 16. I had the Talisker Dark Storm which is really nice. The Talisker 10 is really good too.

 

Glenfiddich is making an "experimental" series but it is 50% more than your budget. But it's a really nice drop.





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  # 2239274 16-May-2019 15:52
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freitasm:

 

Jashan:

 

What do you mix your whiskey with?

 

 

I mix single malt Scotch whisky with a couple of drops of water.

 

 

That's the way to drink. I hate when I see people adding coke to there blended or single malt. 





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  # 2239281 16-May-2019 16:07
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freitasm:

 

My usual is the Lagavulin 16. I had the Talisker Dark Storm which is really nice. The Talisker 10 is really good too.

 

 

Thanks; all three of these are on my shortlist, the first two being a bit over budget so I have to convince my wife it's a worthwhile 'investment' or I may end up with the third! I tried Talisker Dark Storm at a pub last year and was very taken with it; more so than Storm.


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  # 2239362 16-May-2019 16:56
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Middle aged men often turn into whisky bores.

 

 

Relax gentlemen you are diverted by nothing more than base spirit distilled from beer, flavored with a brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in certain woods.

 

 

My advice work your way through the cheap blended until you find a brand you like and save money.

 

 

If this thread is a whisky snob competition I will out-snob you all; Lamerlaw.




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  # 2239364 16-May-2019 16:58
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Lagavulin 16 is my clear number 1 as well - and definitely just with a few drops of water. 

 

Regarding price, a good tip (if travelling overseas) is to order it online from a Duty Free store not at the airport, for pickup on arrival back into the country.  i.e. the onsite shops charge much more cos they've got you right there and have higher rent etc, but the offsite shops trying to compete with them will discount a lot.  For example, I went to Sydney a few weeks ago and ordered a bottle from JR Duty Free for arrival back into Auckland International.  Price was $104.  I think their standard price is $130, but they do $104 for Auck Intl because they don't have a footprint there.  Note, JR now seem to be part of Lotte, but prices etc the same.


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  # 2239371 16-May-2019 16:59
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jonathan18:

 

grimwulf:

 

Lagavulin - not fussy - 8yo/16yo - just try it and thank me later. It's peaty and smokey but it's more in the nose than on the palette. Fair warning though, one dram (even a generous one) is never enough - so give yourself time to appreciate ;).

 

 

Good to hear, thanks - looks like it's a bit over my initial budget of $100 (cheapest I've seen the 16 is $130 and 8 is $120), but you make it sound worth it!

 

Has anyone tried the Talisker 10 year?

 

 

and that is good advice. whiskyandmore is the cheapest you can get the Lagavulin 16 from. $109.99 + $4.99 shipping. or buy a 16 and an 8 and get it shipped for free (above $200). :)

 

lagavulin and ardbeg uigeadale are my staples.

 

i know ardbeg can be quite overpowering, but i happen to like it (10 or oogie).

 

 


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  # 2239373 16-May-2019 17:07
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nitro:

 

and that is good advice. whiskyandmore is the cheapest you can get the Lagavulin 16 from. $109.99 + $4.99 shipping. or buy a 16 and an 8 and get it shipped for free (above $200). :)

 

 

Sadly out of stock at Whisky and More, but, given how much many people are pushing this as the go-to drink, I guess I could be patient!

 

https://www.whiskyandmore.co.nz/products/buy-lagavulin-16yo-700ml-online?variant=20035214855

 

nitro:

 

i know ardbeg can be quite overpowering, but i happen to like it (10 or oogie).

 

 

Yep, too much for me! I'll get through it at some point, I guess...


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  # 2239497 16-May-2019 19:53
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Ah, a bit more digging paid off - I've found the cheapest online price for the Lagavulin 16, AND it's in stock: Scenic Cellars, a great wine/booze shop in Taupo, have it for $105 including delivery. (Free delivery over $100).

 

https://www.sceniccellars.co.nz/results.html?q=lagavulin

 

So I won't need to be patient, and I'm only 5% over budget! Thanks for the recommendations and advice.

 

And yeah, nah - I'll stick with the type of whiskies I actually enjoy, which can't be bought for $30, rather than "work my way through the cheap blended", thanks... 


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