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I am not a Scotch drinker so I am looking for some help. It will be a gift for a friend. I know it would be easier to ask him what he would prefer but that kind of takes the surprise away. I would like to stay around the $150 to $250 price range.

Any suggestions?
 
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Macallan 18 yr.


I think I might be able to help with the Pan, Pam dilemma
 
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Macallan 18 yr.


+1

Consistently excellent.

PH
 
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Macallan 18 yr.


+1

Consistently excellent.

PH


+2.

Enough of a consensus? Smile
 
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Thanks! We will give that a try
 
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Now if you could find a "Sherry Wood" version of the Macallan 18yr, instead of a "fine oak", i'd totally agree.


There is nothing in our intelligence that has not passed by the senses. (Aristoteles)
 
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Now if you could find a "Sherry Wood" version of the Macallan 18yr, instead of a "fine oak", i'd totally agree.


Huge +1


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Macallan 18yr is nice but a little bit 08/15.
IF you would like to bring a Scotch that smells like a Scotch => Laphroaig 18! (price: around 100$)

Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Bright gold.
- Nose: At bottling strength, a soft toffee sweet, faintly spicy flavour counterbalances the trace of delicate phenols and fruit. There is an all encompassing smoothness when these are all brought together. Adding a touch of water allows the seaweed and salt to come through but not enough to overpower the vanilla and honey sweetness with just a trace of new mown hay and peat at the finish.
- Body: An intense depth that is exceptionally balanced and warming.
- Taste: An instant warming tang of smoke that fades into smooth floral scents and blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness on the taste. With a touch of water the peaty warmth fills the mouth but does not overshadow the sweet chocolate smoothness. This is balanced by the rich toffee taste and slowly fades into a delicate hint of heather and peat smoke.
- Finish: Full bodied, long with a luxurious oily smoothness.

=> 100% agree
 
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Highland Park 18yr is a good one too, tends to be a little cheaper than the Macallan 18 (probably around $100) but is pretty highly regarded at that price
 
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Highland Park 18yr is a good one too, tends to be a little cheaper than the Macallan 18 (probably around $100) but is pretty highly regarded at that price


I have both on my spirits caddy. I believe the Macallan warrants a 50% higher tariff. 2 Cents

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I ended up picking up Macallan 18, and Midleton Very Rare. Two different bottles I know. I bought extra bottles for myself while I was there to give them a try.

Thanks for the help
 
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Midleton Very Rare.


Nice. What year?

If you are ever in Cork Ireland, you should take a tour and tasting at their facility if you have not before. It is very well done and informative, and you will taste a lot of their products. Cool
 
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Nice. What year?



It was a 2011.

Cork Ireland... Smile Ireland is definitely on the bucket list but most things overseas (on my list) are a few years away. Thanks for the tip though.

Wink we all can't be as lucky as yourself and TPE
 
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Highland Park 18yr is a good one too, tends to be a little cheaper than the Macallan 18 (probably around $100) but is pretty highly regarded at that price


Agreed... Spend less. You can find Highland Park 18 for $89. MacCallan 18 is a decent value at no more than $125.


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Nice. What year?



It was a 2011.



Never had the 2011, but confident it is rock solid if not special.
 
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Macallan 18yr is nice but a little bit 08/15.
IF you would like to bring a Scotch that smells like a Scotch => Laphroaig 18! (price: around 100$)

Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Bright gold.
- Nose: At bottling strength, a soft toffee sweet, faintly spicy flavour counterbalances the trace of delicate phenols and fruit. There is an all encompassing smoothness when these are all brought together. Adding a touch of water allows the seaweed and salt to come through but not enough to overpower the vanilla and honey sweetness with just a trace of new mown hay and peat at the finish.
- Body: An intense depth that is exceptionally balanced and warming.
- Taste: An instant warming tang of smoke that fades into smooth floral scents and blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness on the taste. With a touch of water the peaty warmth fills the mouth but does not overshadow the sweet chocolate smoothness. This is balanced by the rich toffee taste and slowly fades into a delicate hint of heather and peat smoke.
- Finish: Full bodied, long with a luxurious oily smoothness.

=> 100% agree


There's Macallan before being sold to Suntory and after being sold Suntory. The "before" was considered one of the very best, if not the best Scotch by many experts.

As for Laphroaig, i'd first make sure the person likes the very peated stuff, before recommending this as a gift to anyone.


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Now if you could find a "Sherry Wood" version of the Macallan 18yr, instead of a "fine oak", i'd totally agree.


Unless you are seeing different macallans than I am, the 17 is fine oak and the 18 is Sherry cask
 
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Laphroaig 18!


As for Laphroaig, i'd first make sure the person likes the very peated stuff, before recommending this as a gift to anyone...


Yeah, you're right. I started with the easygoing Macallen too. Islay is - in my opinion - the part with the best "Scotch's", but maybe not for "beginners".
 
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Bunnahabhain 25 yo....
More complex and not everywhere.
Unique...
Banana


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It would be helpful if we knew your friends tolerance for peat.


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Mike, I've had the 12 and the 18 and like them both, but don't feel the 18 is worth that much more than the 12. Is the 25 worth the money?


Just one more sip.
 
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Originally posted by Spiritus:
Macallan 18yr is nice but a little bit 08/15.
IF you would like to bring a Scotch that smells like a Scotch => Laphroaig 18! (price: around 100$)

Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Bright gold.
- Nose: At bottling strength, a soft toffee sweet, faintly spicy flavour counterbalances the trace of delicate phenols and fruit. There is an all encompassing smoothness when these are all brought together. Adding a touch of water allows the seaweed and salt to come through but not enough to overpower the vanilla and honey sweetness with just a trace of new mown hay and peat at the finish.
- Body: An intense depth that is exceptionally balanced and warming.
- Taste: An instant warming tang of smoke that fades into smooth floral scents and blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness on the taste. With a touch of water the peaty warmth fills the mouth but does not overshadow the sweet chocolate smoothness. This is balanced by the rich toffee taste and slowly fades into a delicate hint of heather and peat smoke.
- Finish: Full bodied, long with a luxurious oily smoothness.

=> 100% agree


There's Macallan before being sold to Suntory and after being sold Suntory. The "before" was considered one of the very best, if not the best Scotch by many experts.

As for Laphroaig, i'd first make sure the person likes the very peated stuff, before recommending this as a gift to anyone.


Came here to say this. Love Laphroig, but I wouldn't give an Islay to someone who I wasn't sure loved Islay. Even people who love Scotch, may not enjoy Islay.
 
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I'd rather have a bottle of Lagavulin and an Ardbeg over a Macallan 18 any day.


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I'd rather have a bottle of Lagavulin and an Ardbeg over a Macallan 18 any day.


+1

I'd add Bruichladdich & Caol Ila to the bunch, as they're my favorite. But as somebody mentioned above, the super-peated Islay malts aren't for everybody, but they are for me Big Grin
 
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Boardo... The 25 is unique and worth it.
I was in Scotland recently (at the distillery)
and they took us through the vertical.
When tasted together the differences appear.
There is also a very scarce bottling called TOITEACH
that is also outstanding.... Smile


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