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@KRB80
KRB80 started a discussion

So I am going to make another trip to my local Whisky Emporium to pick up a few more botles. I have settled on Highland Park 18 and Bruichladdich "Laddie Ten." However, for the third bottle, I am not sure which direction to go. 3/4 of my collection is peated-heavily peated so I am thinking of going in the direction of something more on the sweeter side of things (maybe even some spice thrown in for good measure).

My current two choices are Glemorangie Nectar D'or or Auchentoshan Three Wood. I haven't had either one before so I do not know anything aside from the reviews. Any other suggestions or opinions that would lean towards this area of the malt world?

Thanks in advance!

9 years ago

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@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

Between those two options, I would go with the Nectar D'or for a sweet profile (I got a candied grapefruit note off of it when I tried it once, fwiw). The Auchentoshan is a good sherried expression, but it retains the Auchentoshan signature 'grassy' note that would kick it out of the sweet discussion.

For truly sweet, I can't recommend anything other than Brenne Single Malt Whisky from France. Aged in cognac casks, it is creme brulee and/or strawberry shortcake in a bottle. An awesome 'dessert' whisky.

9 years ago 2Who liked this?

@PeterG7
PeterG7 replied

If you can't decide between your 2 choices, I would suggest a visit to your local whisky bar and do a taste test. Any good whisky bar would have both of them avaialble

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@KRB80
KRB80 replied

Thanks for the replies so far. It's appreciated.

How about Glenlivet Nadurra? As of now, I am talking about all of this but will probably end up caving and buying a Caol Ila CS or something of the sort. LOL

9 years ago 0

@PeterG7
PeterG7 replied

@KRB80 The two you mentioned in your last post may not have the sweetness you are looking for

9 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@KRB80

You have access to Caol Ila CS? Lucky you, it doesn't seem to exist anywhere in Canada...

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@KRB80
KRB80 replied

@Nozinan Yes Sir. I also just noticed that they have Longrow 7yr Gaja Barolo as well. Decisions....See how I am already moving away from the original post? It's a complete mystery to me what I'll end up bringing home.

9 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael replied

@KRB80 Between the Auchentoshan, and the Glenmorangie - I would go for the Glenmorangie.

9 years ago 3Who liked this?

@Jonesz
Jonesz replied

If you haven't had Glendronach 15 Revival, I highly recommend that one. Has turned me from a peat head to a Muscovado sugar sherry freak! Decadent,

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Robert99
Robert99 replied

@KRB80 Why not get your Caol CS AND SATISFY YOUR SWEET URGE WITH CUTTY SARK PROHIBITION, A BIG FLAVOR BLEND WITH A TRUCK LOAD OF SWEET AT A RIDICULOUS SMALL PRICE.?

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@MaltyMike
MaltyMike replied

I would go for the Glenmorangie Nectar D'or.... Let it oxidize a little and it turns into a true gem.

9 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

I have to say that contrary to popular opinion I was quite underwhelmed when I sampled highland park 18. At that price I'd say that there are more interesting whiskies available. As for your other purchase I have tried the nectar d'or and it's delicious. Sweet, pleasant glenmorangie! Thought about the aberlour a'bunadh? Heavy sherry with some lovely spice

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Fiberfar
Fiberfar replied

I remember thinking the Auchentoshan Valinch was the sweetest whisky I've ever had when I tried it. But Nectar D'Or is probably your best bet between the two you mentioned.

9 years ago 0

@Jules
Jules replied

'Arran', especially the 14 & 16yo OB's, both of which I can recommend.

9 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier replied

Tormore 16yo at 48%. Very lightly sherried and nicely sweet.

9 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost replied

For a malt that has not been finished in an ex-wine or sherry cask, the Strathisla 12 yr 43%ABV is rather sweet

9 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

Or grab one of those 40- or 50-year-old Strathislas that Markjedi1 just reviewed. I bet those are pretty reasonably priced.

9 years ago 0

@YakLord
YakLord replied

@Pudge72 I second that recommendation for Brenne, if you can find it (although I'd describe it as bananas flambé rather than strawberry shortcake). The Scapa 16 is also pretty decent - almost like a salted caramel over vanilla ice cream.

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

@YakLord...I haven't had bananas flambe to make it a reference point, but I can definitely see any sort of 'sweet fruit' dessert profile as applicable to the Brenne...it is a great 'dessert whisky'! mmmm.

9 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Pudge72

Definitely try the bananas. really easy to do. butter and brown sugar in a pan until it starts to caramelize, then add bananas, turn over once (a little browning and softening), a good dose of dark rum (I like Havana Club or Flor de Cana) and a lighter...poof.. Serve over ice cream...

9 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

@Nozinan...thanks for the recipe. Sounds like something I will definitely have to try soon!

9 years ago 0

@bourbondrinker

Since everyone's throwing in a different whiskey, I'd say Aberfeldy 12yo.sweet sweet sweet

9 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

I guess this may be too late but if you're still in the market for something sweet I would recommend you buy the Auchentoshan valinch 2012. It is a sweet lemon meringue pie of a dram!

9 years ago 0