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- Please recommend me a bottle of Whiskey….
Its my brothers stag do in a few weeks time and we are doing a whiskey tasting session on one of the evenings (he loves Scottish whiskey). I need to bring a nice bottle, don’t want to spend a bomb but want something he will enjoy. Any advice? I don’t have a clue….Posted 2 years ago13thfloormonkMember
I don’t know your brother, and I don’t really know whisky other than ‘what I like’, but I’m loving my bottle of Smokehead at the moment, as the name suggests it’s very smokey (also known as ‘anti-septicy’) but it’s great, the woman who sold it to me recommended it on the basis that ‘you’ll smack your lips in three hours time and still taste it’.
The bottle/tin/branding is all a bit different too, think hard rock and skulls rather than the usual sort of whisky branding.Posted 2 years ago
When is the stag? I’m off to Japan in a couple of weeks, and can bring you back a bottle of my favourite “Nikka Whisky from the barrell” a cask strength Japanese whisky. £50 over here, I can get it for £20 ish plus postage, and I can pretty much guarantee he won’t have tried it before. It’s well rated on here.Posted 2 years ago
If he likes Peaty/Smokey ones, then Ardbeg could be worth a go, although its too much for me.
Talisker is a good option.
Pretty much what I was going to say. Talisker (used to?) do a Distiller’s Edition, which is wonderful.
Whisky (no E) is Scottish – Whiskey is Irish…
As a rule of thumb, whiskey is Irish and American, whisky is pretty much “everything else.” There are exceptions with odd distilleries though.
The story goes that the Irish used a different spelling to distance themselves from what was then viewed to be inferior Scotch whisky (and America kept the Irish spelling via Irish settlers).Posted 2 years agoobelixMember
The Lagavulin 16 is so good that I thought after the bottle was finished that I’d ruined whisky for myself forever!
Reason being that it was so nice that I didn’t think I’d be able to enjoy any others after tasting it, and it was £40 – £50 a bottle so wouldn’t be able to afford it very often.
But then I found the Aberlour 12, which is probably the best bang for your buck out there. Relatively inexpensive (£25-ish), and tastes like it could cost £50.Posted 2 years agotinybitsMember
That Nikka is bloody lovely. I got a bottle passing an off licence in Kensington.Posted 2 years ago
Smokey, I love an Ardbeg. Otherwise, why not go for an English Whisky, just to be different. My Dad bought me a bottle of The English Smokey whisky from the highlands of Norfolk. Very good but don’t drink after Nikka as it tastes like hoof wash!
Thank you for every ones help. I have just brought a bottle of the Nikka from the barrel and also now feel slightly more educated on all things Whiskey and Whisky so perhaps I can even join the discussions whilst tasting rather than just nodding and agreeing.
For the record I don’t really like whisky and I don’t really drink…
🙂Posted 2 years agochakapingSubscriber
Bowmore is at £25 in Sainsburys at the moment. A little bit more sophisticated than Laphraoig…
Now there’s a provocative statement!
I love both, but some might say Bowmore was a little less complex than the big L.
THis remains the nicest drop I’ve ever tasted.
Interesting, I’d like to try more Jap whisky, but really we need a list of all the varieties you’ve tasted.
😉Posted 2 years ago
But then I found the Aberlour 12, which is probably the best bang for your buck out there. Relatively inexpensive (£25-ish), and tastes like it could cost £50.
My best “bang for your buck” dram is the Benromach Organic. It’s around £35, can be had for less if you shop around, and it is superb. Beats many others at twice the price.Posted 2 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
If you can find it Old Perth is a fine whisky (blended malt) at around £25-£30 bottle and the Sherry Finish is superb at a couple of quids more.Posted 2 years ago
Mortlach (Speyside) is another cracker, the 15 yo is nice https://www.masterofmalt.com/distilleries/mortlach-whisky-distillery/
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