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need scotch suggestion -- LCBO

I'd like to buy my husband a good bottle for Christmas but I don't know what I'm doing. He likes single malt -- already has a really peaty one in the cabinet and he says he has a "smooth" one. So something inbetween would be good.

Price point is $75-$100 or so.

Hope this is the right forum to post this -- thank you!

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  1. Go into one of the bigger stores (Queens Quay or Summerhill come to mind) and talk to someone there. I have always found the staff to be pretty good.

    I did the same, buying my dad a decent bottle. I think I spent a little more at $115 for Lagavulin Distiller's Edition which is excellent. It is peaty though but well balanced so that might work for you. Otherwise get the advice from someone in the store as there should be someone who knows their scotch.

    1. Dalwhinnie is my favourite--it's really smooth

      1. Ardbeg 10 year old is fantastic, and around 99 a bottle. Definitely peaty, but truly superlative. If you want to go a little smoother, maybe one of the Bowmores, like the sherry cask aged.

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        1. re: Snarf

          LCBO Summerhill was tasting the Sherry Casked and Port Casked Bowmores yesterday, they were very good. For my money the Sherry casked was better. They were marked at around $75 each.

          1. re: dgilks

            I second the Bowmore. A great balance between peaty and smooth.

        2. Lagavulin's peaty, while Dalwhinnie is very smooth with honey notes. If you'd like something in-between, I'd suggest Oban (which I think still comes in a 14 year old that's very nice).

          Ardbeg is also a very good choice, and it's a little unusual, both in taste and appearance (it's a little cloudy due to the filtering process).

          And if you want to throw caution to the winds and go extra-peaty, try Talisker (16 yrs).

          Distiller's editions of both Talisker and Lagavulin are very nice, ramping up the peat (but smoothly, mind you). Personally, I find the DE Dalwhinnie robs the stuff of the lightness that I like in it.

          Lastly, if you want something very interesting that also happens to be (relatively) cheap, try the blended Te Bheag (pronounced, "Chey Vek"). Smooth, cloudy like Ardbeg - it's a bargain.

          1. Thank you very much everyone!! I'll definately take this list into the LCBO -- don't know if I can get down to QQ or Summerhill but I will try.

            I just remembered that he also said something about cask aged or barrel aged? Are they all cask aged ?

            This is what we have in the cabinet:

            Bladnoch - 23 years
            Glenmorangie - quinta ruban - port cask - extra matured

            Sorry I am just so ignorant on this stuff -- I really appreciate all the help!

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            1. re: geoprincess

              Now you're talking! Single Malts are very personal as different regions have very different tastes so it's hard to recommend without knowing more. And now you've given us more! Glenmorangie is from the Highland region, so this is where you might want to look. I did a quick check of the LCBO website and found Tullibardine fits your price range. Specifcally:

              TULLIBARDINE VINTAGE 1993 SAUTERNES FINISH $91.95
              Check review here: http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand...
              Available at Summerhill, Queen's Quay & Bayview Village

              TULLIBARDINE PORT WOOD FINISH HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT 1993 $99
              Check revew here: http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand...
              Available via online store only, you're out of luck if you want to buy before Christmas.

              Hope this helps.

              1. re: syoung

                Mmm...Tullibardine. In September, I visited Scotland and brought back a bottle of 1966 (my birth year). Can't wait to try it.