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looking to buy my first GREAT scotch

thanks for all the continued help. I've also had a little time with the Speyburn 10 and have to say that is a very good budget dram. very nice flavors and not too bad at $28- liquor is expensive in AK.

@ e_bone,
thanks for the list. most of those are on my " when I got the money I will try it" list. I just wish that I could get Bruchlaiddaich here in Juneau

Sep 13, 2010
Max D. in Spirits

looking to buy my first GREAT scotch

Finally checked all the liquor stores here in Juneau and couldn't find Highland Park. But I looked on the Malts.com flavor chart, and Talisker 10 was pretty close. So I took the plunge and got the Talisker...

As I type the warm peppery aftertaste is still lingering on my tongue from my previous sip. I do believe that, if price were no object, THIS is all I would ever drink! I actually wish that I hadn't tried this, cuz after this all other budget scotches now taste like Coors in comparison.

EDIT: after looking at the malts.com flavor chart again, I realized that I misspoke, it was the Talisker 18 that was close. Still, everything I said holds true!

Sep 06, 2010
Max D. in Spirits

looking to buy my first GREAT scotch

thanks for all the info everyone!! Guess I'll hold off on some of the Islay varieties. If I can find It I'll go for the Highland Park 12, if not, I'll see what else I can find in town that is similar.

Sep 06, 2010
Max D. in Spirits

looking to buy my first GREAT scotch

I was wondering if anyone on here could help me. I'm looking for a REALLY good scotch and, before I go and drop $50-$70 on a bottle, I thought I might get some recommendations from you guys.

For starters, the only single malt that I've tried is the Glenlivet 12. I really liked that one. but I was looking for something a little smokier/peatier, but not so much that it's overpowering. Something that stands out from the more common scotch.....something worthy of a special occasion. I have tried Grants and Dewar's white label and special reserve blended if that helps. I find that the Dewar's is lacking in sufficient depth and complexity for what I'm looking for in a scotch. I have kind of narrowed it down to a couple choices. I was looking at the Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Talisker 10. based on the info that I have given, do you think that an Islay malt would be too strong? What are your recommendations, in about a 50-70 dollar range?

Thanks,
Max

Sep 04, 2010
Max D. in Spirits