I'm looking to buy my dad scotch for an xmas gift, so I may as well piggy-back off this thread. He isn't into peaty/smokey scotches as much. His favourite is Scapa (12, I believe, which has been de-listed by the Control Board). He also likes The Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12 and Johnny Walker Black. I want to go a step up from these, but still in the general flavour profile.
These are the ones on my short list... any suggestions (can be on or off my list)?
AUCHENTOSHAN THREE WOOD LOWLAND SINGLE MALT
THE BALVENIE 12 YR DOUBLEWOOD
CRAGGANMORE 12 YR OLD
GLENFIDDICH SINGLE MALT 15 YEAR OLD*
GLENKINCHIE 12 YEAR OLD LOWLAND SINGLE MALT
GLENMORANGIE SINGLE MALT
THE GLENLIVET 15 YEAR OLD IN LEATHER BOX**
I'm a real single malt lover and my pick would be the Auchentoshan Three Wood - it's a little less common around these parts and very smooth due to the triple distillation and the aging in the Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks (and the other two woods as well) .... Won't have any peat/smoke on it either mmmmmm Think I might head out and get myself one of these come to think of it
There was more selection about a month ago, but still lots of stuff. I was hoping this year they would bring out those classic malt sets, the one which come with three different bottles in 200ml each. Instead I found some of those scotches sold individually in 200ml: Cragganmore, Talisker, Lagavulin and Oban. All greats in my mind. Saw a Johnny Walker gift pack today which comes with the red, black, gold, and blue in 200ml for $100. Bowmore is always good value and recently I've seen the 12yr, 15yr finished in sherry casks, and the 18yr olds. The other scotch related thing I tried recently was Ola Dubh (probably misspelled), the Scottish beer finished in 40yr old Highpark casks. They had this last year, but this year they also have the 30yr, 18yr, 16yr and 12yr olds. Christmas is a good time for special items at the LCBO. Of course to narrow down what you are looking for, you've got to answer Chuckcluck's questions.