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Scotch offerings at the lcbo

jiminy Nov 30, 2010 04:25 PM

Just wondering if there are any good scotch offering this season at the lcbo

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    Chuckcluck RE: jiminy Nov 30, 2010 04:57 PM

    You're asking because you're confused by the wide selection and reasonable prices offered by the LCBO, right? Take that statement with as much sarcasm as you see fit.

    The first question is what do you look for in a good scotch. The second is how much are you willing to spend.

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      dubchild RE: jiminy Nov 30, 2010 06:59 PM

      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.

      1. syoung RE: jiminy Nov 30, 2010 08:15 PM

        The just (re-)released Balvenie Portwood 21 is one of my favorites.

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          kwjd RE: jiminy Dec 7, 2010 09:36 AM

          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
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          THE BALVENIE 12 YR DOUBLEWOOD
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          CRAGGANMORE 12 YR OLD
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          GLENFIDDICH SINGLE MALT 15 YEAR OLD*
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          GLENKINCHIE 12 YEAR OLD LOWLAND SINGLE MALT
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          GLENMORANGIE SINGLE MALT
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

          THE GLENLIVET 15 YEAR OLD IN LEATHER BOX**
          http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

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            CocoTO RE: kwjd Dec 7, 2010 12:25 PM

            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

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              Cam D RE: CocoTO Dec 7, 2010 01:27 PM

              kwjd,

              I would go with the Abelour A'bunadh or Glendronach for rich sherry flavours. I usually find lowlands too light in general but the 3 wood is very good.

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                foodyDudey RE: Cam D Dec 7, 2010 01:53 PM

                You had a typo in the name, Cam D.

                ABERLOUR A'BUNADH, LCBO Item # 573352

                I first tried it last month at a friend's house, he had bought it in Europe. His is batch 20 and mine is #30, and I can detect a difference between the two.
                I will drink some as soon as Mrs fD arrives home.

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                  blackguts RE: foodyDudey Dec 21, 2010 05:22 PM

                  Just tried a 1975 Dallas Dhu (LCBO # 208603)Nose: Fruity notes - fresh pear and peaches. Subtle estery influences, a delicate malt edge is present. A complex aroma.Palate: Mouth watering, remains fresh - peach elements, a subtle vanilla comes to the forefront.

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                  chowow RE: Cam D Dec 22, 2010 11:07 AM

                  Agree with Cam about the A'bunadh. Especially given your dad's dislike of phenolic tastes. The A'bunadh Batch 30 (this specific batch. You'll see the batch number on the packaging) won a Malt Maniac Award this year.

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                    kwjd RE: chowow Dec 22, 2010 11:16 AM

                    That one did seem nice, but was more than I was planning on spending. Yesterday I ended up buying a bottle of Auchentoshan Three Wood Lowland Single Malt. I'll see in a couple days if he likes it.

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                      CocoTO RE: kwjd Dec 22, 2010 11:33 AM

                      I did go out and buy (and have tried) the Auchentoshan Three Wood and it's a beautiful scotch ... Merry Christmas and cheers!

            2. miketoronto RE: jiminy Dec 22, 2010 05:38 AM

              Just get Laphroaig and be done with it ! :)
              In my opinion the best bang for your buck. $60ish for some big islay goodness.

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