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Aug 16, 2013 02:09 PM

Next bottle of Malt?

I've only in the last couple of years got into malt whisky and I'm in the market for a new bottle and could do with some assistance branching out.

I feel it would help if I listed my likes/dislikes

Love- Ardberg and Laphroig 18 yr old
Like -Caol Isla, Highland Park.
Not that keen-Arbelour, Laphroig 10 yr old
Dislike- Auchentoshan.

I'm in the UK and looking to spend no more than £50.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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  1. Have you had Lagavulin 16? Given that you love the heavily peated stuff (mostly), I would say that's your missing malt.

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    1. re: sku

      Not that sku's opinion on whiskey need validation, but I concur. Lagavulin is at that sweet spot of fabulous and not SO expensive that I couldn't stand to actually drink the bottle.

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      1. re: EvergreenDan

        Another concur here on the Lagavulin. For a less peat and iodine experience that still has some heft and complexity and at a lower price point I am also a devotee of Bowmore, although my current remaining few drams of Mariner appear to be out of production.

        1. re: tim irvine

          I concur with Lagavulin, but I doubt that is anywhere near 50 pounds. It pushes $100 at the state stores here.

          1. re: Bigjim68

            That pricing is pretty bad. I live in CA and my liquor store charges $65 for Lagavulin 16 and they are frustrated because they can't come close to Costco's pricing which has been as low as $49.99 at various times this year.

            1. re: bg90027

              Actually $85+ is the price in most govt-control states, it is $97 here in NC.

              It is amazing to me that $65 is a tough sell, I bought a couple bottles from Astor in NY for $48 a couple years back, but their price is $68 now and that is the best price I have found for a retailer that ships here.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                Everything is relative. It was pretty widely <$50 in Boston before the big shortage (5? 7? more? years ago). Now I jump on it when it's less than $75.

                I wonder if Scotch sells poorly in warm sunny climates. I certainly drink it more in dreary winter.

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                1. re: ncyankee101

                  I guess I forget how good I have it. Was just offering that as a counterpoint to the idea that it wouldn't be available for 50 pounds.

      2. Talisker is another west coast peated malt (from Skye instead of Islay) that is well worth trying.

        By the way, I travel to the UK each year and find that malt whisky is usually less expensive in the U.S. than it is in the UK, even in the duty-free shops!

        1. Ardbeg Uigeadail.
          laphroaig quarter cask or triple wood.
          Ardbeg Uigeadail.

          And if you get the chance, definitely try Ardbeg Uigeadail.

          1. Parika Boy - What did you wind up buying?

            1. It's been a while since I posted but finally got round to buying a bottle of Lagavulin 16yr old today. Can I thank everyone who suggested this. It's a great dram. Slightly medicinal on first sniff but really rich and complex .It was £48, so did get it for under my £50 and it's a big whisky for that money, especially when Laphroig 18yr is £70.
              Funny thing is my missus is a food and wine buyer and after all this time of not buying a bottle and then finally buying one. She comes home tonight saying she has a present. Proceeds to pull 20, 5cl sample bottles of malt out of her bag. A lot of the usual suspects, Laphroig, Highland Park , Glenfiddich 15 & 18yr old but also several bottles of Tomintoul each from different barrels or different ages. Never heard of this whisky before.

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              1. re: Paprikaboy

                Now that's a nice present!

                Tomintoul is one of the younger (1964) Speyside distilleries. I've had some of the 10y.o. and vaguely remember (in that the name evokes the memories, rather than anything distinct) something fairly gentle, maybe some fudge and barley spring to mind. The older ones from there look pretty exciting, though; have you tried any of them yet?