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@gronnelg
gronnelg started a discussion

Hey fellow whisky drinkers! I about a year into my whisky adventure, and have had a blast so far. I've been into Lagavulin 12 &16, Laphroig quater cask, Ardbeg 10, Highland Park 12 & 18, Macallan 12 & 18, Yamazaki 18, Glemorangie Lasanta (goodness! What a dissapointment), The Singleton, Glenlivet 15, Balvenie 14 Golden Cask (I think it's also named carrbean rum cask?)

Among my favourites are the Lagavulins, Highland Park 18, and Balvenie golden cask.

What whiskies should I be looking into next? I'm primarly looking for scotch.

I'm curious about Glenfarclas, Bowmore, Springbank, as well as other expressions of Lagavulin and Balvenie.

What do you guys think?

11 years ago

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@PMessinger
PMessinger replied

@gronnelg Like myself your selections run close to mine, I also like Speysides & Islay. I would say try Bunnahabhain any age, Aberlour A'Bunadh,Kilchoman any one, Old Pulteney 12yr. These are ones I have tried and recomend. The Old Pultneney is not from Speyside but it's good. Hope this was helpfull. :)

11 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 replied

Based on what you have tried and your curiosity, I'm gonna suggest a few of my favorites...Balvenie 15, Glenfarclas 12, and Talisker 10. Keep us posted and enjoy!

11 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael replied

@gronnelg For something a bit different (sherry cask matured) - you could always try the Aberlour range; the 16 yr, 12 yr Non-Chill Filtered, and A'bunadh are all very good.

11 years ago 0

@two_bitcowboy

Since you like Speyside and Islay, I suggest you give BenRiach Curiositas 10 and Benromach Peat Smoke a try. Also Bruichladdich "The Laddie Ten" would give you a whole new perspective on Islay.

11 years ago 0

@PMessinger
PMessinger replied

@gronnelg I have also had and recomend both the Bruichladdich Laddie Ten & the Glenfarclas 12, both are very good. Enjoy let us what you think. :)

11 years ago 0

@OCeallaigh
OCeallaigh replied

Out of the whiskies you are thinking about, I would recommend Glenfarclas 15 or Springbank 10 as starting points. Lagavulin Distiller's Edition is fantastic and I hear good things about Balvenie 17 y.o. Peated Cask.

For some reason, I haven't been too impressed with the Bowmores I have tried. But I feel like with Bowmore, it is all about the higher end bottles.

11 years ago 0

@bourbondrinker

You might want to try the rage of Juras as they span between fruity and peaty, light and rich. It's a 4 way direction that you might find interesting.

11 years ago 0

@TpR
TpR replied

I agree with OCeallaigh....Do the Springbank 10....there is nothing in the world that tastes like it and its inexpensive for what it is....unbelievable whisky from a unique distillery. I had tried about 30 different single malts before I had Springbank, and it really surprised me and reminded me how unique whiskies can be. Its also got some really awesome peaty qualities of a unique flavor.

11 years ago 0

@WhiskyBee
WhiskyBee replied

@gronnelg: The Balvenie Golden Cask and the Caribbean Rum Cask are both 14 yo's, but different expressions. You would probably like the Rum Cask; I think it's a good 'un, and it gets high marks from the whisky pundits.

I can also vouch for the Glenfarclas 12, although some prefer the 10 yo as an intro to the 'farclas range. Based on your collection, I might also suggest the popular Ardbegs (Uigeadail and Corryvreckan), Springbank 10, and GlenDronach 15 yo Revival.

11 years ago 0

@cpstecroix
cpstecroix replied

I'd do a cask strength if I were you...you've tried the laga 12...why not keep exploring :-)

Ardbeg uigeadail or corryvreckan with the former being sweeter (but not sweet) and the latter being peatier; Springbank 12 cask strength Glenfarclas 105 or a special cask strength (if you can find one...) Caol Ila CS Aberlour Abunadh

11 years ago 0

@gronnelg
gronnelg replied

Wow! So many good suggestions to go with here! Thanks a bunch guys! I'll have to make a list of all the suggestions, and try them out over time ;)

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

What @cpstecroix said! You certainly have got off to a great start - You may enjoy one of the Distillers' Editions; Talisker DE., Caol Ila DE. etc. The Glenfarclas 15yo. is a magical 'drop' and is the Distillery signature Whisky but it is a sherried Whisky, ditto Aberlour a'bunadh (also splendid). If the Lasanta didn't tick many boxes, perhaps sherry cask is not your thing: One way to find out is with the Glenfarclas 15yo. If you enjoy the G/F, you will love the 'a'bunadh'!

Good Luck.

11 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

I wouldn't like to see anyone judge sherried whiskies by Lasanta. In my opinion it is one of the very least impressive sherry finished drams. GF 15, A'bunadh and Macallan CS, 12, and 18 are in a completely different league. I agree with A'bunadhman, try one or two of the good distillers Editions. Can't go wrong with any year of the Lag DE. .

11 years ago 0

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

You are looking for something from Springbank and seems to enjoy peat: I suggest Longrow CV.

11 years ago 0