- So, I'm getting into whisky….
Aberlour is lovely, my favourite scotch. I also like Jamesons which isn’t a single malt but is very nice and maybe a bit cheaper. Go to a specialist whisky shop and have a few tasters. I couldn’t get on with Talisker but have enjoyed Highland park and the Glenrothes, for a few more. Glenmorangie is very nice, Connor McCleod drinks it in Highlander!! 😀 defo get a bottle of Aberlour, you wont’ regret it.Posted 4 years agoBlindMelonMember
If you are going to get 6 bottles experiment a little and try some from different areas with differing flavour profiles to see what else you like or dislike.
Given that you like Glen Moray and Dalwhinnie you could try the likes of Balvennie, Glenfiddich, Glengoyne (18 yo is very nice), Macallan.
If you wanted to try something slightly more peated then Highland Park, Talisker or Bunnahabhain would be worth a taste.
Heavily peated options like Laproig and Lagavulin are very peaty and not to my taste but worth a try in the pub to see if you like it.
If you like a coastal tipple then Oban, Old Pulteney or Scapa are my personal favourites. Old Pulteney 21 yo is my all time favourite. Bit pricey though.
Don’t discount Irish whiskey, it tends to be triple distilled and very smooth. Jameson, Black Bush (both blends) and Bushmills 10 yo malt are all excellent.Posted 4 years ago
nice nosing glass is great; crystal feels great but is wrnong shape as Cougar says.
Stop the presses; problem solved!
I never knew that existed. Cor.Posted 4 years agoNickSubscriber
I’ve got a Glencairn glass from my visit to the Glenfiddich distillery a few years ago.
I hate drinking whisky from it, because of the narrowness of the opening you have to tip your head back to take a sip, it’s just not conducive to sitting by the fire and relaxing with a malt.
Plus it’s bollox that whisky tastes different or that you’re missing half the drink, I’ve tried it, can’t tell any difference at all.Posted 4 years agodavetraveSubscriber
Surprised nobody’s mentioned Glenfarclas, especially the 15yo, as a lesser known but very worthy Speyside, nevermind all the big commercial names…
If you’re going to make it a hobby then at least hunt out some of the alternatives. And don’t listen to those who say you shouldn’t add water – drink how you want; personally I find a splash of water takes the edge off the alcohol and allows the flavours to come to the fore, especially on the heavier/peatier/stronger whiskys.
Islands – depends how peaty you like ’em. I’m not keen on overly peated stuff myself but like the Buichladdich unpeated range, just finished a bottle of the 16yo.
Also just breaking in to a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 cask strength – a very hearty winter warmer that I shall enjoy sipping whilst sat on the sofa, wearing a big chunky cardigan and watching the snow fall outside (unfortunately no wood fire to complete the full experience)…
Oh and just to add, I use a Glencairn…Posted 4 years ago
Plus it’s bollox that whisky tastes different or that you’re missing half the drink, I’ve tried it, can’t tell any difference at all.
Fortunately, a failure of your palette does not impair the rest of us.
don’t listen to those who say you shouldn’t add water – drink how you want
“Drink how you want” is probably the best advice on this thread. We can offer suggestions as to how you might get more out of it but ultimately if it doesn’t work for you, it’s not mandatory.
With regards to water, I’d suggest that you add water literally a drop at a time; a single drop will often dramatically change the flavour of the drink (and not always for the better). Some drams will explode with flavour, others whimper and die.Posted 4 years agogwj72Member
Try Glenkinchie if you like Dalwhinnie. Quite similar although not quite as delicate. They did a limited run in maderia casks a couple of years ago and that was a cracking dram.
If you want to try a contrast Laphroaig is a good strong one. But don’t waste money on the older more expensive bottle. The standard 10 year old is the best of the lot (so me and two whiskey loving mates decided after a blind taste last month!).Posted 4 years ago
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