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26 minutes ago, jimbaxters said:

Is the 10yr any good? More readily available here.

Yep, pretty good. The 12 is probably better if you can find it but nothing wrong with the ten at all. 

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On that note, the Arran distillery at Lochranza is a Highland distillery but the island now has a lowland one at Lagg as well. (Technically speaking, don't believe either distillery class themselves as anything other than Isle of Arran)

So the line that divides Highland and lowland is pretty interesting, although according to Glengoyne themselves they basically got the line moved so they could call it Highland whisky.

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On 30/05/2021 at 21:23, Hedgecutter said:

Anybody got any interesting whisky pairings food wise?

Currently having a Benrinnes after a bit of banana loaf and it just seems to work.

Tomatin 12 and aldi black pepper oatcake bites

 

 

Been building a collection over the last few months with some fantastic finds (and others not so), of which Mortlach, Glen Turret and Glenfarclas have been the highlights

Heading to Speyside next week and looking for some recommendations.

Does anyone have any recommendations of any gems from the following distilleries:

Glen Garioch

Glen Dronach

Glen Ord

Balblair

Aberlour

Macallan

Glenallachie

Strathisla

Glen Grant

Glenfiddich

 

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Tomatin 12 and aldi black pepper oatcake bites
 
 
Been building a collection over the last few months with some fantastic finds (and others not so), of which Mortlach, Glen Turret and Glenfarclas have been the highlights
Heading to Speyside next week and looking for some recommendations.
Does anyone have any recommendations of any gems from the following distilleries:
Glen Garioch
Glen Dronach
Glen Ord
Balblair
Aberlour
Macallan
Glenallachie
Strathisla
Glen Grant
Glenfiddich
 
Balblair isn't in Speyside, its much further north. Not sure if your comments about Speyside and Recommendations were related, apologies if I've misread.

Would recommend a trip to Tomatin if you're travelling north on the A9. Their warehouse tour/tasting is excellent.
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5 hours ago, I'm Brian said:

Does anyone have any recommendations of any gems from the following distilleries:

Glen Dronach

15yo > 18yo >12yo

Eta: Balvenie does the best tour imo, although that might be because I got to fill my own bottle and sign my own label in their wee VAT office.

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5 hours ago, I'm Brian said:

Tomatin 12 and aldi black pepper oatcake bites

 

 

Been building a collection over the last few months with some fantastic finds (and others not so), of which Mortlach, Glen Turret and Glenfarclas have been the highlights

Heading to Speyside next week and looking for some recommendations.

Does anyone have any recommendations of any gems from the following distilleries:

Glen Garioch

Glen Dronach

Glen Ord

Balblair

Aberlour

Macallan

Glenallachie

Strathisla

Glen Grant

Glenfiddich

 

Glenallachie's 10yo batch strength stuff is great, and award winning. Batch 4 and 5 in particular are really good and I have both. They're on to batch 6 now which I haven't tasted. Heavily sherried. 

Similarly, Aberlour A'bunadh is great although not as good value as it used to be. Again, really heavily sherried cask strength stuff and really highly thought of by the whisky cognoscenti.

Macallan is overpriced shite for yanks in my opinion. 

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6 hours ago, V.Aye.R said:

Balblair isn't in Speyside, its much further north. Not sure if your comments about Speyside and Recommendations were related, apologies if I've misread.

Would recommend a trip to Tomatin if you're travelling north on the A9. Their warehouse tour/tasting is excellent.

Poorly worded on my behalf. Heading to Dornoch as well.

I stopped at Tomatin at the weekend. Picked up a bottle of their Sauternes Cask distillery effort. Looking forward to cracking that open when I get a chance

3 hours ago, CountyFan said:

Glenallachie's 10yo batch strength stuff is great, and award winning. Batch 4 and 5 in particular are really good and I have both. They're on to batch 6 now which I haven't tasted. Heavily sherried. 

Similarly, Aberlour A'bunadh is great although not as good value as it used to be. Again, really heavily sherried cask strength stuff and really highly thought of by the whisky cognoscenti.

Macallan is overpriced shite for yanks in my opinion. 

The A'bunadh is one I've seen mentioned regularly. I've not really investigated cask strength too much although having just bought a Glenfarclas 105 I can be tempted by them.

Macallan gives me that impression. Never tried any of them but always raises an eyebrow at their prices.

 

4 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

15yo > 18yo >12yo

Eta: Balvenie does the best tour imo, although that might be because I got to fill my own bottle and sign my own label in their wee VAT office.

I know a man who's promised me an all singing, all dancing tour of Balvenie/Glenfiddich. So hopefully looking at that later in the year. Balvenie is awesome stuff

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4 hours ago, I'm Brian said:

Poorly worded on my behalf. Heading to Dornoch as well.

I stopped at Tomatin at the weekend. Picked up a bottle of their Sauternes Cask distillery effort. Looking forward to cracking that open when I get a chance

The A'bunadh is one I've seen mentioned regularly. I've not really investigated cask strength too much although having just bought a Glenfarclas 105 I can be tempted by them.

Macallan gives me that impression. Never tried any of them but always raises an eyebrow at their prices.

 

I know a man who's promised me an all singing, all dancing tour of Balvenie/Glenfiddich. So hopefully looking at that later in the year. Balvenie is awesome stuff

If you're going to Brora, check out Clynelish. Marvellous stuff. 

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6 hours ago, I'm Brian said:

The A'bunadh is one I've seen mentioned regularly. I've not really investigated cask strength too much although having just bought a Glenfarclas 105 I can be tempted by them.

Macallan gives me that impression. Never tried any of them but always raises an eyebrow at their prices.

The A'bunadh and Glenfarclas 105 are equal favourites for me.  Two drops of water in the former; no more, no less.

The Macallan has been a victim of it's own success of late.  The 12yo was a thing of beauty, but I've heard they've run out of anything top-notch (possibly why prices have risen for remaining bottles) and have had to resort to producing blended malts under the name of things like 'Macallan Gold', trading on past glories.  Never really been a fan of their fine oaks though.

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Depends what you want to spend. Robertson of Pitlichry do a great Glen Ord independent bottling but its 150 quid a bottle. Worth popping your head into Robertson's if you are up that way anyway.

If I was heading north of Slochd then Clynelish would be 1 on my list. Easily my favourite mainland distillery at the moment and they do a huge variety of different bottlings. Brora Castle bar is not to be missed if you can get in.

Glenfarclas 105 is good, 25 is meh and 21 is the outstanding bottle. Remember Glenfarclas and a' bunadh are sherry heavy so if that's not what you are looking for try something else. I prefer something lighter for summer.

At the end of the day I wouldn't look for too much in the way of recommendations. Go to some distilleries, see what you like and buy stuff that they don't have in Tesco (many a good whisky in Tesco but if you have gone all that way, have a reason to have gone).

I'm not bothering with distilleries until the warehouse tastings are brought back. No interest in tours around washbacks and nonsense about water sources.

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I've ordered one of these to try it. 48%, unchill-filtered Glenlivet. Worth a bash.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Glenlivet-Illicit-Limited-Single-Exclusive/dp/B08L8YRN9P/

The tinted bottle is misleading right enough, the whisky looks fairly light coloured. I'm more interested in the flavour anyway and stronger Glenlivets are often good.

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On 02/06/2021 at 06:01, CountyFan said:

If you're going to Brora, check out Clynelish. Marvellous stuff. 

They've opened second one to bring back the Brora whisky.

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