Scotch

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 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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Originally posted by jesseix:
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

PH
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Originally posted by Clrv:

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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Originally posted by wine+art:

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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Originally posted by jesseix:
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 $125.
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Originally posted by Spiritus:
Macallan 18yr is nice but a little bit 08/15.
IF you would like to bring a Scotch that smells like a Scotch => Laphroaig 18! (price: around 100$)

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.
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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Originally posted by Spiritus:
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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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
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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.


+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
Thanks. I've toured the Highlands and stopped at a few distilleries but never took the tours. The trip was about the natural beauty for us. Were you in Tomintoul? There's a place there called The Whiskey Castle with 500+ single malts. We tasted some there and brought home a Provenance bottling I haven't seen in the US. I still haven't opened it.
We did not go to Tomintoul.
We were in Edinburgh and the Deanston distillery was close by.
What food! What drink! What people!
We were at "the Whisky Experience" where there is a room
with 5000 bottles behind glass.
Our supplier, Jeff Karlovitch, has a similar collection in his home.
Hope to win this trip again some day.... Cool
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by jesseix:
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

PH


+1....and I am not a Lagavulin lover...might as well suck on a iodine swab. My father loves it so I keep a bottle around and have tried to like it on several occasions.
A little off topic Clrv, but I have learned the hard way that the cork tops can be problematic over time. I used to keep my bottles standing up, which dried out the corks, which meant a few lost corks in the bottles. I now keep them all on their sides, as recommended to me.
I recommend to keep the bottles standing, from what i've heard the direct contact with high alcohol could attack the cork and then you might experience some nasty taste in your scotch. Maybe an urban legend? I've never experienced some lost cork in the bottle.

You should preferably keep the bottles in a humidified environment, same as for your wine. That should prevent your scotch corks from drying out. Or even better: drink them up before the cork dries out Wink

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