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  • kwjd Dec 7, 2010 12:22 PM
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I posted this within a thread in the Ontario forum, but thought input from people here may get better results.

I'm looking to buy my dad a bottle of scotch for an xmas gift. He isn't into peaty/smokey scotches as much (I'd like more toned down than Highland Park 12). His favourite is Scapa 12. 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.

Here is my short list that I'm considering... what would you recommend from this list? (We have a government liquor control board monopoly as our only store, so selection isn't the best. If you suggest something not on the list, I may be interested in hearing about it, but I likely won't be able to buy it for this Christmas).

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...

THE GLENLIVET FRENCH OAK 15 YR
http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Those are all solid choices based on the flavor profile you described. I think the Cragganmore 12 and Glenfiddich 15 are probably the most interesting of the bunch, but Balvenie Doublewood is a real crowd pleaser and most people love it.

    A few more suggestions.

    Old Pulteney (rugged but not heavily peated)
    http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

    Amrut Single Malt (an Indian malt in the Scotch style)
    http://lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product...

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    1. re: sku

      Thanks! (also, double thanks for searching LCBO website before suggestions). Is the Glenfiddich 15 much different than the 12? I've had the 12 many times, but not the 15.

      I actually was going to include Old Pulteney on my short list, but it is a product listing with no product in stock anywhere.

      Amrut sounds interesting - I hadn't even heard of it. Was planning spending more than he usually spends on bottles for himself though. However, I may pick this up for myself to give it a try.

      1. re: kwjd

        The Glenfiddich 15 is actually a bit lighter and frutier than the 12. I actually like the 18 better than both of them and LCBO has it listed, but it's more expensive.

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

    2. it's an interesting list. The Balvenie always works as a gift. It's a fantastic malt that is a very high quality and always pleases. Of the list, Cragganmore probably has the most smoke. and Glenkinchie and Achentoshan have the least. I woudl avoid all three as a gift. Glenmorangie is good but pretty pedestrian. And I like Glenlivet as a good solid everyday malt but i don't think it makes a great gift. I'm simply not a Glendfiddich guy so i wouldn't go for those. The Balvenie would make the best gift from this list. It's different enough from the stuff he usually drinks: The Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12 and Johnny Walker Black, so it will be special. It will be an appreciated gift.

      1. From that list and given the others that he likes I would say that the Glenlivet French Oak 15 is your best bet. My second choice would be the Balvenie 12.

        1. I would also recommend the Balvenie.

          If you can find it, there is a three pack of Balvenie 50 ml bottles - the DW, 15 YO and 21 YO for $20 here in NC. Would be a nice bonus, the 21 yo is quite nice.

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          1. re: ncyankee101

            I came here to start this very topic and, alas, someone already had!

            Thanks for the tip on that 3-pack, ncyankee. Definitely going to try and find that—it will be a great stocking stuffer for the BF!

            1. re: ncyankee101

              Thanks for suggeston, but that 3 pack isn't available in Ontario. You're right that the 21 would be a nice bonus.

            2. If you are looking for a toned down Highland 12 you should consider the Deanston 12.

              1. My favorite is the Glelnfiiddich 12 year old. May not be the best in the world but is reasonably "mild" for those not into "peaty" brands and I fit into that category myself.