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@CognacFan
CognacFan started a discussion

I'm hopping to make a special road trip to visit Ottawa's LCBO in a week or so and I was looking to get something special noy available here in Quebec. I had my eyes on a couple of expression those are Highland Park 21 yo at 47,5% abv, Old Pulteney, hopefully Jim Murray's 2012 winner edition, and Bruichladdich 21 yo Blac Art 2nd edition. I also had a eye on Raymond Ragaud 17 yo, witch is a 1991 vintage Cognac. I know it all comes down to personal preference , but I'm open minded and was hoppin for a top two suggestion in those choices. Thanks in advance.

11 years ago

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@cpstecroix
cpstecroix replied

Well...I've had the HP 21, the Old Pulteney 21... And I own a black art 2 though I've not tried it. Honestly I prefer the 17 to the 21 re Pulteney. The HP is brilliant, but a bit overpriced to my mind. I've heard great things about the BA2 (it was a gift).

I might also throw in an LCBO only Caol Ila which is very good. Also good is the 97 14 y/o Clynelish 1st Edition it reminds me of old school Clynelish/Brora (not old, old school...). Don't know if the Bunnahabhain 18 is available in Que, but it's in Ontario.

Hope this helps...

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

Sroberts86 replied

I really like all the black arts expressions thus far and I doubt you would be disappointed. I think that the Highland Parks are generally are bit too pricey. What an older Bowmore, never been let down. If your thinking HP why not try something else from Orkney and see if you can get a Scapa.

11 years ago 0

@maltymatt
maltymatt replied

@CognacFan Don t forget to bring some bottles of Amrut Fusion in quebec,which is a really good whisky that you should consider.Got one bottle from LCBO last month and i should have buy many more...

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

@CognacFan:...+1, what @cpstecroix said, "H/P 21yo." and, if they have it Old Pulteney 17yo. I have not tried the 21yo. but the 17yo. is sensational and I'm not sure the huge price difference would add to the enjoyment of a mighty fine 'drop'. My $0.02 & Jim Murray obviously disagrees - A friend of mine has tried both, in a parallel tasting, and rates the 17yo. points ahead of the 21yo.

If money is not a consideration, you could buy both; I'm sure there are many members who would like to share in your experience.

Good Luck!

11 years ago 0

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

I wanted to jump on the Black Art 2 band wagon. I haven't tried any of the other ones that you listed, but recently tried the BA2. Wow! There is a lot going on in the glass; a complicated whisky that you can take your time nosing and sipping. I highly recommend this one.

As for Old Pulteney, haven't tried the 21, but really enjoyed the 17.

11 years ago 0

@maltster
maltster replied

I wouldstrongly recornd the HP 21 - a masterpiece. The Bruichladdie Black Art II would be my second choice - a very well made Malt with depth and oomph but the HP is one of the best in its class.

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

@CognacFan: Just a thought; if I recall the older expressions of H/P 21 were lower abv. it might be wise if you have a look.

Cheers.

11 years ago 0

@cpstecroix
cpstecroix replied

The HP21 in Ontario is the higher ABV version...He's safe.

11 years ago 0

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

Bruichladdich is a distillery I really like so I would go with the Black Art. It must be very expensive in LCBO though.

11 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan replied

@JoeVelo So it is but what is the cost of a life experience. Was looking for the Laddie Ten and seeing you found a bottle may I ask where/how you got it. Thanks for your suggestion, I also have some other plans for some Bruichladdich...

11 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan replied

@JoeVelo @bwmccoy @maltster @maltymatt @A'bunadhman @Sroberts86 @cpstecroix Big thanks to everybody for all the good suggestions. My trip to Ottawa was a flash and a blast, I took some time to visit some chocolate shops but foremost I had the chance to grab some nice bottles. So from the top of my list I got the Highland Park 21 and the Bruichladdich Black Art 21 yo, so happy. I treated myself with a Port Charlotte multi-vintage and 2001 Resurrection by the latter Bruichladdich. Being on a rampage, I got my hand on some nice independent bottlings, a Coal Ila 15 yo from Wemyss and a Clynelish 14 yo from Edition Spirits, that rounded up with some Alberta Premium. Got to say it's a good way to finish my vacation. Thanks again.

11 years ago 3Who liked this?

@cpstecroix
cpstecroix replied

Nice choices! Let me know your thoughts on them once you've opened them.

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

@CognacFan: "Being on a rampage..." What a lovely phrase and what splendid Whiskies you have chosen.

Enjoy!

11 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan replied

@cpstecroix @A'bunadhman @Sroberts86 For sure I'll be giving my impressions, but these bottles are not the next bricks on my Whisky Road, at least not for the immediate futur...

11 years ago 0

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

Went to Whisky Fest Chicago last march. Went to Binnys. Absolutely huge selection of whiskies there. Got the Laddie Ten and the Amrut 2 Continents @CognacFan

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

@JoeVelo: How was the Laddie 10? I have heard such good reports but can't find a bottle anywhere here (in Australia).

11 years ago 0

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

This is very good. The quality and taste is on par with Bruichladdich. Very mouth filling and the finish is awesome @A'bunadhman

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

I found the Laddie 10 decidedly so so right out of the freshly opened bottle, but with some time to breathe and a couple of months oxidizing in the opened bottle it has become very, very good. Needs a few drops of water too, but very few. I managed to drown it the first time.

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

@JoeVelo: Thanks! All I have to do now is turn up a bottle somewhere, somehow.

Slainte!

11 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills replied

@JoeVelo Isn't it always the case that a Bruichladdich is on par with a whisky from Bruichladdich? ;)

11 years ago 2Who liked this?

Sroberts86 replied

Ha yeah thats where my confusion lay. @Wills

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

In fact I mean that the quality is very good like everything Jim Mc Ewan does @Wills

11 years ago 0