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Next Single Malt To Buy?

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  1. buster

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    I gave up alcohol for a short while. Mostly to lose weight and recalibrate my tolerance. I figured when I do decide to have a dram it might as well be a decent one. My reward has been to buy a single malt for each month I haven't drank. So far I have rewarded myself with Glinlivit 12, Glenlivit Founders Reserve, Glenorange, and Laphroaig 10.

    I have some ideas but I thought it would be interesting to see what others choices would be to get next. Price range is under $60, single Malt Scotch. I'm due for one more this month and a special reward for December that could go a little over $60. So two bottles to choose, GO!

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    Talisker 10. The 18 is amazing, but a little pricier. The 10 is darn tasty.
    for something a little sweeter, Cardhu.
    I haven't had any scotch for years, but I used to enjoy these quite a bit. Okay, a lot.

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    Made in San Francisco, St. George Single Malt Whiskey. Excellent drink; I just wish we could get it here in Pa.

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    Balvenie "DoubleWood" 12 is one of the best malts out there, period, and in around that price point.

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    Ardbeg 10 year old!

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    I'd second Ardbeg 10 or possibly go with Highland Park 12. But I do have a weakness for Islay whisky. Depending on where you live I've heard of mythical sales of Lagavulin 16 for less than $60 in states where Costco can stock it. I have to buy Lagavulin online to get it for less than $80 but it's still worth every penny.

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    +1 for talisker

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    Doublewood gets a second vote. Simply a fantastic scotch at a great price.

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    Agree with all of the above sugggestions. Also:

    Laphroaig 10 YO Cask Strength, Batch 007, or Batch 008 (if you can find it)

    US Single Malts (if available in your area):
    Colkegan (Sante Fe, NM)
    Deerhammer (Buena Vista, CO - locals pronounce it "B'yoona Vista")

    Blended Scotch:
    Monkey Shoulder (blend of Glenfiddich, Balvenie, & Kininvie) - my favorite inexpensive blended Scotch

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    Great choices gents.

    My top choices are Balvinie double wood, and Ardbeg. Now I'm torn because Lagavulin 16 is $63 US and Talisker is calling my name! I really like Islay malts in the cool weather. So many nice whiskys to choose from. I did check into Monkey Shoulder and that looks very promising for $25. St George spirits is just north of me but I've never tried any of their spirits. Looks interesting also. im specifically looking at Scottish whisky though.

    We just had a "total wine and more" store open near where I work and they have quite the selection. Also the best prices in my area! They really market their own whisky with their own private labels. Some get decent reviews. Some not so much. So I'm sticking to tried and true brands I know are legit. For now at least. I will dabble in those after I give Monkey Shoulder a go.

    Thanks for the input

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    I personally fancy Jura, Dalmore, or Lagavulin. They are a tad pricier, but if you only drink every so often it is definitely worth it.

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    For an Islay I'd go for Ardbeg 10, one of the very best there is. Especially in the last couple of years they've had an upswing in quality compared to '13-'14. If you're looking for something without smoke I like Aberlour. Good quality for lesser price. The special edition Aberlour A'bunadh is a real gem and a serious CS hitter but that might be above your stated price limit. Good luck! Do let us know what you landed on

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    The last single malt I bought was a few years ago, as a birthday gift for a friend in Queens, at a shop in Queens. 'Don't remember the brand, but it was aged maybe 12 years. I didn't get to sample it until we'd been out to eat and gotten home. It was $80, and was silky smooth and worth every dime.

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    I spent some time browsing the scotch isle this morning and ended up bringing home Ardbeg 10 year old. Mostly because I needed to add a nice smoked peaty whisky to my humble collection. I've started a wish list with some of the suggestions made here.

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    I received a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon in the mail this weekend! So today I stopped by the store and after browsing a bit I saw the last bottle of Oban 14 for $60. I shelled out $50 and that lonely bottle came home with me.

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    + another for Talisker. Nothing quite like it.

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    Oban is good too.

    I second the Ardbeg and Lagavulin folks.

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    Good picks! I'm sure you'll enjoy them both!

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    Aberlour A'bunadh--aged in sherry casks
    Double wood
    Hedonism--from Compass Box, a blended scotch, but uniquely as good as, and better than many single malts.

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    I am thoroughly convinced that the very best whisky generally available is Lagavulin 16. This presupposes that you like peaty, salty Islays, of course. (One wag said sipping Lag16 was like "drinking a burned church.) But you mention Laphroaig so you supposedly do not object to some smoke.

    If Lag16 is too much in the vein, Ardbeg (their 10 is their standard) is a bit less peat forward while still having the taste of smoke and sea you want in an Islay. Tallisker (not an Islay, as it is distilled on Skye) is clearly a close cousin and a bit less peaty even than Arbeg -- while still holding interest for those of us who want that sort of thing.

    I am not typically a fellow to drink Highland singles. But I have a special love for Oban. It is a Highland, but a West a Highland, and distilled next to the sea, so perhaps that is why.

    So, in descending order of peaty goodness:

    Lagavulin 16
    Arbeg 10
    Tallisker 10
    Oban 14

    You will likely find that is a descending order of price point, too, from the Lag at ~$100 to the Oban at ~$50.

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    Lagavulin 16 is $60.99 where I'm located. Talisker 10 year old is $55.99. I have 4 in opened bottles at the moment. I've been drinking blends to keep me from opening the single malts. I'm starting a new job on Friday so I think that gives me an excuse to buy something new for December. I have a 9 bottle wine rack that I store them in. Who knows if my willpower holds I would like to have it filled with quality bottles. Seems like a good goal to aim for. I've been eyeing Caol Ila 12 year that's $60.

    Has anyone tried Bruichladdich the classic laddie? I have another coupon for $10 off $50 at this store. So with that coupon it would cost me $44.

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    Well, thanks to this thread, I'm just going to have to try some Lagavulin.

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    Highland Park 12 in the under $60 bracket.
    Over - depends on how much over. Talisker 10 and Lagavulin 16 have both been mentioned. Oban 14 is another good one.

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    Glenrothes Select Reserve

    https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/2666/glenrothes-select-reserve

    My favorite

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    +1 on Lagavulin if you want peat. Glenmorangie is great, and if you like it, Glenkinchie is in the same vein. Some of their editions are matured in sherry or port casks, making them rounder and fruityer, if you want a contrast to Laphroaig and Lagavulin.

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    Laphroaig 10 yo rings my bell.

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    One of my favs has been The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak, price is around $68/bottle.

    Color: Pale Straw
    ABV: 40%
    Nose: Complex with a hint of fruit and heather honey
    Palate: Soft and malty balanced with oak and fruit
    Finish: Lingering with hints of oak and fruit

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    Laphroaig 10 is my go to as well. I went through a phase of trying a ton of different Islay single malts but eventually realized nothing could beat Laphroaig for the money to my tastes.

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    Laphroaig 10 is on my list. I was gifted a bottle of the Quarter Cask for my bday and wanted to compare. I’ve been getting into Malts, but up here in Canada it’s pricey. Not 50$ a tin pricey but it’s up there!

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    Well the glenmorange, and Glenlivit's were consumed during December and have been replaced.

    Now my collection consists of,

    Laphroaig 10
    Laphroaig Quarter cask
    Lagavulin 16
    Ardbeg 10
    Balvenie double wood. ( 3 bottles because I like it and price to quality ratio)
    Oban 14, minus a Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve drink.

    I practice a dry January every year to balance out indulgent December. So the collection is safe until February.

    I want a bottle of Oban 18 year but it's out of stock until June. All good things come to those who wait I suppose? I would just hold onto it for a very special occasion anyway.

    I've got a coupon for $10 off, if you spend at least $40 that expires at the end of the month. I have the peaty smoke malts well represented in my collection. I'm now meditating on my next acquisition. 2018 is starting off rather well I would say.

    Happy New Years to all of you! Hope you all have a great 2018!

    Buster

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    Glenfarclas 15, Paul John Edited, Paul John Brilliance, Paul John Bold, Lismore 8, 10, 18.

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    Glenfarclas Cask Strength.

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    I'll second the Balvenie 12 Years. I used to love all the Balvenie offerings. They're fantastic.

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    Lagavulin 16 is now pushing $90 almost everywhere, but it's great. I don't think anyone mentioned Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 year old. 86 proof, no color, no chill filtering, under $60.

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    Scotch irritates my plumbing, so mostly I follow my adopted region and enjoy bourbon now and then. However, one time visiting friends in Queens NYC, we bought our friend a single malt at the local liquor store. It was a birthday, so we spent eighty bucks. Alas, I didn't write down the name of it ... best damned Scotch I've ever tasted, beautiful buzz, and no hangover to speak of. He shared it with the group, but there was quite a bar, so I finished off the evening with the Scotch, and it was lovely.
    ...oh no, I posted about the same eight months ago! Gotta read the whole thread and can the recitations. At least I quoted the same price. Mumble, mumble.

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    I'll second anything Glenfarclas!

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    For under $60 you can't go wrong with Glenfiddich 12 Year. $49 here in PA. Even the outstanding Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel is only $55, and the 15 Year Solera Reserve just a bit over at $63.

    I also recommend:

    The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year, also less than $60.
    Laphroaig Quarter Cask around $55 and/or Triple Wood at about $65.

    Posted 9 months ago #

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