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Posted: 12/13/2013 2:58:07 PM EDT
Not to beat the dead horse...I know there are several scotch threads out there....but I am looking for recommendations for a really good smoky single malt scotch....my favorite is Lagavulin 16 (that I am sipping at this very moment), and I can't seem to buy anything else every time I go to the local ABC.  I want to try something different, but end up going with the old reliable because it's just that damn good.  Is there any recommendations out there from the scotch connoisseurs of GD, or have I found the pinnacle with Lagavulin????  Price is really not an object..but I would like to keep it under $150.00 pulease.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:01:49 PM EDT
Ardbeg Uigeadail is my favorite.

Here's a review,
For Peat's Sake review
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:04:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:05:31 PM EDT
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I'll just leave this here.

US bourbon now better than Scotch whiskey says expert

Mr. Murray, who wrote “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible,” argues that Scotland’s decrease in quality whisky is due to the use of sulphur candles to sanitize some barrels that have been used to age sherry, giving it a “bitter finish


Eta: argh, beat by less than a minute!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:06:12 PM EDT
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Laphroaig

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:13:25 PM EDT
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No complaints about Laphroaig. I prefer Arbeg Uigeadail, but you will not have any problems enjoying Laphroaig.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:14:12 PM EDT
Talisker is a nice smoky one if that's your thing
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:19:56 PM EDT
If you like smoke, it's gonna be hard to beat the Lagavulin.



Sure, you can always find MORE smoke (Laphroaig, Ardbeg), but you then risk overdoing it. Neither of those has the balance and complexity of Lagavulin.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:20:05 PM EDT
Usually get the Bosses a Bottle of Booze for Christmas.   $25 to $30...


One likes Spiced Rum (specifically Capt. Morgan private reserve...but any other suggestions would be welcome)..
One likes Wine (red...even could use a suggestion on that note also...).

One is a Scotch drinker.     He likes a variety, but did mention that he'd had a bottle that was too strong (too much peat flavor, I think he mentioned)..any recommendations in that price range from the above?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:23:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Not to beat the dead horse...I know there are several scotch threads out there....but I am looking for recommendations for a really good smoky single malt scotch....my favorite is Lagavulin 16 (that I am sipping at this very moment), and I can't seem to buy anything else every time I go to the local ABC.  I want to try something different, but end up going with the old reliable because it's just that damn good.  Is there any recommendations out there from the scotch connoisseurs of GD, or have I found the pinnacle with Lagavulin????  Price is really not an object..but I would like to keep it under $150.00 pulease.
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I just recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin Distiller's Edition. It's casked again in sherry casks before it's bottled. I'll let you know exactly how fucking outstanding it is tomorrow. Or maybe tonight...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:23:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:25:14 PM EDT
Caol Ila is pretty dang good
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:27:25 PM EDT
This is what I'm currently working on



You can't go wrong with either of them.

I need to start buying for my next batch though.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:35:17 PM EDT
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I was pretty pleased with the bottle I bought and rapidly drained recently.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:35:29 PM EDT
Some of the older (15+ years) Islays, such as Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, are pretty tasty.  I've read that Port Ellen is splendid, but the distillery closed in the 80s and although bottle are still for sale, they'll easily exceed your $150-ish limit.  Oban is a pretty darned tasty single malt and well within your price limit.  I say if you don't want to try one of the aforementioned Islay malts, give Oban a shot.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:56:55 PM EDT
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Some of the older (15+ years) Islays, such as Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, are pretty tasty.  I've read that Port Ellen is splendid, but the distillery closed in the 80s and although bottle are still for sale, they'll easily exceed your $150-ish limit.  Oban is a pretty darned tasty single malt and well within your price limit.  I say if you don't want to try one of the aforementioned Islay malts, give Oban a shot.
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Oban distillers edition is probably my all time favorite scotch.

Nothing I've had so far even compares.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:12:11 PM EDT
always starter with the good stuff.  put it away  and got waisted on the rot gut.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:24:23 PM EDT
I'm not really a scotch drinker.

But I was introduced to a Glenfiddich 21.

Nice.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:26:35 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
Laphroaig

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If you want some balls on your single malt, this is it.  Very smokey.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:29:24 PM EDT
The Mac or Oban is a nice safe bet. I really like Jura selections as it's off the beaten path and offers a lot of quality for the money.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 4:34:32 PM EDT
Awesome stuff...this was exactly what I was looking for...GD pulls through again...Thanks!!!  
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:11:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Awesome stuff...this was exactly what I was looking for...GD pulls through again...Thanks!!!  
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Which particular stuff?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:14:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Scott_S:
Some of the older (15+ years) Islays, such as Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, are pretty tasty.  I've read that Port Ellen is splendid, but the distillery closed in the 80s and although bottle are still for sale, they'll easily exceed your $150-ish limit.  Oban is a pretty darned tasty single malt and well within your price limit.  I say if you don't want to try one of the aforementioned Islay malts, give Oban a shot.
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I came in here to say this..Oban is one of the best affordable single malts out there
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:14:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Awesome stuff...this was exactly what I was looking for...GD pulls through again...Thanks!!!  

Which particular stuff?


Sorry...I meant all of the suggestions is the awesome stuff...will head down to the ABC tomorrow with a shopping list....hopefully they will have a few of these in stock.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:21:36 PM EDT
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I meant all of the suggestions is the awesome stuff...will head down to the ABC tomorrow with a shopping list....hopefully they will have a few of these in stock.
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Gotcha. Try caskers.com for the Lagavulin Distiller's edition.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:27:43 PM EDT
macallan 12 is my go-to
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I can't drink that stuff. Too much peat for me.
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Originally Posted By Waldo:
Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
Laphroaig

http://www.aatiffany.com/images/laphroaig_10_jahre.jpg


I can't drink that stuff. Too much peat for me.


Don't start off full cask, then.  Cut with water until it's drinkable to you and slowly lessen the dilution over time.  
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This is good shit.  If you want less peat try some balvenie.

 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:01:00 PM EDT
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This is good shit.  If you want less peat try some balvenie.  
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Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
Laphroaig

http://www.aatiffany.com/images/laphroaig_10_jahre.jpg
This is good shit.  If you want less peat try some balvenie.  



Is there a chart somewhere with Scotch flavors and where the various ones fall?   I vaguely recall seeing one somewhere...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:02:14 PM EDT
I'm a big fan of plain old Macallan 12.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:07:58 PM EDT
I just finished a glass of Edradour. Very nice, and I highly recommend it.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:29:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
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Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.

Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:35:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AFARR:
Usually get the Bosses a Bottle of Booze for Christmas.   $25 to $30...


One likes Spiced Rum (specifically Capt. Morgan private reserve...but any other suggestions would be welcome)..
One likes Wine (red...even could use a suggestion on that note also...).

One is a Scotch drinker.     He likes a variety, but did mention that he'd had a bottle that was too strong (too much peat flavor, I think he mentioned)..any recommendations in that price range from the above?
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Glen Moray 16 is about ~$45 or so.
Highland Park 12 Is ~$40.

If you can spring $60, Dalmore 12 and Macallan 12 are good.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:38:54 PM EDT
oban 18
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:39:09 PM EDT
I recommend finding a nice bottle of cask strength MacCallan.

I'm not normally a fan of MacCallan, but this is something different.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:40:22 PM EDT
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Oban distillers edition is probably my all time favorite scotch.

Nothing I've had so far even compares.
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Originally Posted By Scott_S:
Some of the older (15+ years) Islays, such as Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, are pretty tasty.  I've read that Port Ellen is splendid, but the distillery closed in the 80s and although bottle are still for sale, they'll easily exceed your $150-ish limit.  Oban is a pretty darned tasty single malt and well within your price limit.  I say if you don't want to try one of the aforementioned Islay malts, give Oban a shot.


Oban distillers edition is probably my all time favorite scotch.

Nothing I've had so far even compares.

I agree with this!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:41:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:

I just recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin Distiller's Edition. It's casked again in sherry casks before it's bottled. I'll let you know exactly how fucking outstanding it is tomorrow. Or maybe tonight...
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Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Not to beat the dead horse...I know there are several scotch threads out there....but I am looking for recommendations for a really good smoky single malt scotch....my favorite is Lagavulin 16 (that I am sipping at this very moment), and I can't seem to buy anything else every time I go to the local ABC.  I want to try something different, but end up going with the old reliable because it's just that damn good.  Is there any recommendations out there from the scotch connoisseurs of GD, or have I found the pinnacle with Lagavulin????  Price is really not an object..but I would like to keep it under $150.00 pulease.

I just recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin Distiller's Edition. It's casked again in sherry casks before it's bottled. I'll let you know exactly how fucking outstanding it is tomorrow. Or maybe tonight...

Tagged for this...
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:45:23 PM EDT
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12 is good.
18 is very good. <--I would say this is in the realm of Lagavulin 16
25 is Epic.
30 is un-fucking-believable.

It should be noted that price increases with taste when it comes to Scotch.

ETA: Look, after the first or second... you can drink f'ing Johnny Walker or Famous Grouse. Start good, then ease down. It'll save the pocketbook.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:52:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By LSUTigersFan:
Ardbeg Uigeadail is my favorite.

Here's a review,
For Peat's Sake review
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as always around here, first post nails it
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:54:15 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Not to beat the dead horse...I know there are several scotch threads out there....but I am looking for recommendations for a really good smoky single malt scotch....my favorite is Lagavulin 16 (that I am sipping at this very moment), and I can't seem to buy anything else every time I go to the local ABC.  I want to try something different, but end up going with the old reliable because it's just that damn good.  Is there any recommendations out there from the scotch connoisseurs of GD, or have I found the pinnacle with Lagavulin????  Price is really not an object..but I would like to keep it under $150.00 pulease.

I just recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin Distiller's Edition. It's casked again in sherry casks before it's bottled. I'll let you know exactly how fucking outstanding it is tomorrow. Or maybe tonight...

Tagged for this...


no shit!!!!!!!!!

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:55:33 PM EDT
I have two sealed bottles of Lagavulin here and I don't even drink the stuff.

Too bad you're not in Miami.

Chris
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:00:07 PM EDT
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My top 3 are:
Talisker Distiller's Edition
Oban 18
Macallan 18

For the smoke flavor, give Laphroaig a try.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:06:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ASUsax:


12 is good.
18 is very good. <--I would say this is in the realm of Lagavulin 16
25 is Epic.
30 is un-fucking-believable.

It should be noted that price increases with taste when it comes to Scotch.

ETA: Look, after the first or second... you can drink f'ing Johnny Walker or Famous Grouse. Start good, then ease down. It'll save the pocketbook.
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Originally Posted By CastorTroy:
macallan 12 is my go-to


12 is good.
18 is very good. <--I would say this is in the realm of Lagavulin 16
25 is Epic.
30 is un-fucking-believable.

It should be noted that price increases with taste when it comes to Scotch.

ETA: Look, after the first or second... you can drink f'ing Johnny Walker or Famous Grouse. Start good, then ease down. It'll save the pocketbook.


Mac 25 Sherry is ~$1200
Mac 30 Sherry is ~$2000
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Originally Posted By thor_ducati:
This is what I'm currently working on

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/q730/kykillluc/stuff/3A593756-ACB1-4C24-9FF8-CD6383342A2A-491-000000338D7561E5_zps05e68d4a.jpg

You can't go wrong with either of them.

I need to start buying for my next batch though.
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Here is what I am working on.   New Years should be fun.  

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:36:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By chriss1069:
Not to beat the dead horse...I know there are several scotch threads out there....but I am looking for recommendations for a really good smoky single malt scotch....my favorite is Lagavulin 16 (that I am sipping at this very moment), and I can't seem to buy anything else every time I go to the local ABC.  I want to try something different, but end up going with the old reliable because it's just that damn good.  Is there any recommendations out there from the scotch connoisseurs of GD, or have I found the pinnacle with Lagavulin????  Price is really not an object..but I would like to keep it under $150.00 pulease.
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for $150?     I would buy another bottle of Glenlivet 21.  No peat or smoke though.
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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.





Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
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Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:


Talisker is a nice smoky one if that's your thing






Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.





Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
Uigedail is a monster of a scotch, 111% of everything


 



edit: Try Lefroggy   (laphroaig) you should like it
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Uigedail is a monster of a scotch, 111% of everything  
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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Talisker is a nice smoky one if that's your thing


Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.

Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
Uigedail is a monster of a scotch, 111% of everything  


That's no joke.    I would NOT recommend it as a first, or even fourth.    It will probably scare off a lot of people.
Most scotch can be toned down with water.   This stuff requires JP-8.
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That's no joke.    I would NOT recommend it as a first, or even fourth.    It will probably scare off a lot of people.
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Originally Posted By wwace:


Originally Posted By WilliamGray:


Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:

Talisker is a nice smoky one if that's your thing




Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.



Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
Uigedail is a monster of a scotch, 111% of everything  




That's no joke.    I would NOT recommend it as a first, or even fourth.    It will probably scare off a lot of people.
I can only take small sips about an hour apart lol

 
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I can only take small sips about an hour apart lol  
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Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By wwace:
Originally Posted By WilliamGray:
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Talisker is a nice smoky one if that's your thing


Talisker is like an Islay Lite.    They are a good transition between a highland and an Islay.

Uigeadail Is pretty complex.   A LOT of earth and Iodine.
Uigedail is a monster of a scotch, 111% of everything  


That's no joke.    I would NOT recommend it as a first, or even fourth.    It will probably scare off a lot of people.
I can only take small sips about an hour apart lol  


It would be very handy for someone that liked brisket, but had their jaw wired shut.  
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