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Okay, start laughing already! How I chose this one is truly unique. After buying a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 and being really impressed, I set out on a quest to find a scotch that was cheaper and "almost as good". Once I knew that JW Gold was mainly Clynelish 14 (which was not cheap), I looked at a map of Highland distilleries. I figured that soil and water were everything in the final product, so I looked to see which distillery was closest to Clynelish and also had affordable bottlings. Voila!!! It was Glenmorangie, so I bought a bottle of 10 year old Original at an entry level bargain price. When I got home, I had to calculate the amount of water to be added to bring it down to 40% ABV like JW Gold. Once things were equal, the taste test began.
Gosh, in just a few days of trying single malt scotches, I had already figured out the TRICK! They tatsed almost similar!! I even proclaimed my results to a bartender, who politely laughed and even bit his lip to avoid going into hysterics. What this newbie here failed to consider was that every new bottle needs to oxidize for a while, and then comparisons can begin. I should have remembered this from my few bottles of Kentucky Spirit Bourbon, one of the most succeptible to oxidation (That one goes from stellar to crap in just one month).
As this bottle of Glenmorangie 10 wore down, it became a love-hate relationship with it. Some days it was too bland, and on others it was worth keeping on hand year round. Decisions, decisions!