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What's your Holy Grail of Whisky?

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@Nozinan
Nozinan started a discussion

Unobtainum doesn't have to apply only to expensive or rare whiskies. Many people would love the opportunity to taste Rosebank, Port Ellen or Brora, or some rare BTAC bourbon, but there may be less expensive whiskies that you just can't seem to get your hands on.

For me, in addition to the "usual suspects", I've been interested in Laphroaig 10 YO CS for a long time. Also, I'll soon be tasting Benromach 100/10 after which I've salivated since @MaltActivist's review.

So, what's YOUR Holy Grail of whiskies?

8 years ago

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@Pandemonium
Pandemonium replied

The holy grail is Ben Wyvis and maybe Killyloch. But wouldn't mind getting my hands on some unholy Loch Dhu.

8 years ago 0

Astroke replied

Probably E H Taylor Barrel Proof or even Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. Seem to be somewhat available in the US but unless they show up here in Ontario it is unlikely I will ever see a bottle. For Single Malts it would be the Caol Ila unpeated 17, I still have a bit of the 15, really liked it, but of course the LCBO after having the 15 fly off the shelves in days did not bring in the 17 .

8 years ago 0

@Nelom
Nelom replied

I guess I'd have to say Gibson's Finest Rare 18 Years Old. I have the Venerable 18 Years Old and love it, but from all accounts the Rare is to prefer and isn't available anywhere.

8 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Astroke Indeed that one sounds like it will be quite popular. No guarantees it will be excellent but....who are we kidding? Given the quality of Booker's Bourbon this one will likely be quite nice... if you like rye.

8 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

I hope to buy my first bottle of Octomore later this year, so I guess that. I'm in really in "rotation mode" now after slaying most of my dragons over the past year or two. There's nothing in particular that I'm really chasing after.

If I won the lottery, though, I'd probably buy some 1960s Springbank.

8 years ago 0

@NAV26
NAV26 replied

The Port Charolette 11 and 12 cask strengths that were released through travel retail. My wife saw 1 bottle of each of these these when traveling through Belgium last year. She was with our kids and rushed and unfortunately it didn't happen. I doubt I will ever get the chance to get my hands on these.

8 years ago 0

maltmate302 replied

@Astroke Bookers Rye looks absolutely fantastic. I hope I get the chance to buy some. I'm also looking forward to the Kilkerran 12 said to be coming in August. I'm now in a position where many of the whiskies I aspired to are now in my possession.These are some BTAC's , Four Roses Limited Editions , single cask Springbank, Kilkerran and Port Charlotte. Also single cask Glendronach etc,etc. What I'd really like to add is some single cask Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig but these are very expensive and difficult to obtain. Obviously I'd love to have stuff distilled in the 50's and 60's but at the price they are it's just wishful thinking! I know that this isn't the correct place to post this information but I've got to put it somewhere so here goes. Billy Walker's group of distilleries Glendronach, BenRiach and Glenglasslaugh have, after 12 years, been sold to Brown-Forman , the Jack Daniels people, for 295 million pounds.I generally see the loss of independent distilleries as undesirable but the way prices have been rising at Glendronach lately it might be a good thing.They might just reign in prices a bit but I won't hold my breath!

8 years ago 0

@Pete1969
Pete1969 replied

Four roses small batch limited edition, like anything by Jim Rutledge and may have found a bottle at a wine merchant at a stupidly cheap price for the 2015 his swan song. Ordered and awaiting online delivery if it turns up and is genuine will make my decade never mind year and will be breaking into savings to clear the stock. Bought from the same store before and his pricing on whisky is random do not think they know what a treasure they have on the shelf.

Ticked off Octomore already this year 6.3 in bunker awaiting my 50th in 3 years so the cabinet is developing nicely. The two I will probably really struggle with are Stagg and Weller anything BTAC so hard to get hold of will be hitting the sites online this Autumn living in hope I hit a bottle.

8 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

Some Springbank outings. The rundlets & kilderkins and also the longrow Gaja barolo cask. Unfortunately out of stock everywhere.

8 years ago 0

MrFathom replied

Holy Grail eh? Well only one choice that would be tough. The Lagavulin 37, but the chance of me trying that let alone buying a bottle would be around 2 percent chance. Really enjoy the Lagavulin Distillers Editions but not so much Lag Dist 4/503 and obliviously easily attainable.

Would love to own an Excellent Port Ellen or Brora. When it comes to Highland Park the 30yr gets rave reviews and sounds great. Heard the HP 40yr doesn't meet expectations. Currently me and buddy debating buying HP 25 but it changed to 45.7 %. Would work out to about $24 Cdn a shot. Choices.....

8 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas replied

@Alexsweden , oh yeah, I forgot about those Springbank R&K bottles! I changed my mind—as far as possibly attainable recent bottles go, I'm making them my grail. Especially the Longrow.

And I've got a bottle of that Longrow Gaja Barolo in the stash. I see you're in Sweden so I won't make the empty offer of sharing a dram with you, but it's good to know it's worth someone's pursuit as I look forward to opening mine, maybe next winter. I kinda felt I paid over odds for it (~$115 USD), but I had some windfall money and it was such an odd duck to find on the shelf. I love the idea of Longrow and some of their bottles have been great for me, but I've been disappointed by a couple recent ones (the underpowered 10 and the sour RED—Cabernet Sauvignon).

8 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

@OlJas, I appreciate the thought!

@MrFathom, I'll definitely add HP25 to my list. Not scarce but very expensive.

8 years ago 0

@Spitfire
Spitfire replied

I do not have the experience to really have a "holy grail" whisky. However, some that I would like to try, but possibly never will, would be: George T Stagg, Pappy 'Van Winkle 23, and perhaps the least obtainable, Glendronach Recherche 44yo.

8 years ago 0

@MuddyFunster
MuddyFunster replied

Whistlepig 15 year old, Booker's Rye and Four Roses 2016 later this year.

8 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost replied

I'd like to get my hands on a Laphroaig Cask Strength. I'm not batch particular in this case, so hopefully this is not a longshot.

I was going to get Octomore 7.4 Virgin cask, but the price is just terrible here in Australia (even by Octomore standards). I have a few other Octomores so I'm not missing out per se.

8 years ago 0

@mscottydunc
mscottydunc replied

Glenfarclas 40, and Macallan CS. Love other GF and heard the 40 is amazing. Had Mac CS once and it was probably the best CS sherried scotch I have ever had. Sadly Ill likely never own a bottle of it as its discontinued.

8 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie replied

Willet Family Estate Bourbon (Purple wrapper). I saw a few on a shelf two years ago and passed them up. Now they haunt me.

8 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie replied

@mscottydunc I think i have 2-3 unopened MCS. If you ever find yourself in Texas let me know.

8 years ago 0

Astroke replied

Any Willett Family Estate Bourbon or Rye.

8 years ago 0

@mscottydunc
mscottydunc replied

@newreverie That is very kind of you, if by chance I can make it to the summit in the fall I will have to take you up on that!

8 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie replied

@mscottydunc By the way there are two solid substitutes for MCS. Those would be Amrut intermediate sherry and aberlour abunadh.

8 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@newreverie

I agree the IS and a good batch of AA are as good as MCS, but there is something in the MCS that is unique, some dark dried fruits that come out differently than in the others. not necessarily better, but unique...

8 years ago 0

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