RJRiha Posted January 18, 2010 Share Posted January 18, 2010 if your scotch lasts a year, spring for the two listed above. i don't know how well these last after opening (i read the glenlivet 18 lasts well), but definitely worth it if you are a light drinker. why scrimp and save a couple of dollars a month, literally, and have something that allows for such a shallower enjoyment? then again, the two above are the highest price point scotches i have tasted; what awaits me further down this beautifully cursed road? Hmmm...Glenlivet 18 and Lagavulin 16 are what, $70 or $80 in WA? That's what I would consider an "average" priced single malt. Before you get into the the different oaks, take some time and really go region by region and explore the base flavors. I wish I had done this earlier. Here's a recommended "hit list". Some of these I haven't tried, but come as highly recommended (and are on my list to try). Oban 14 (highland) Dalwhinnie 15 (highland) Balvenie 12 Doublewood (Speyside) Glenfarclas 15 (Speyside) Macallan 18 (Speyside) Highland Park 15 (Island) Talisker 18 (Island) Bunnahabhain 12 (Islay)...I wouldn't normally recommend another Islay as you've tried my normal 1st and 2nd choice with Lagavulin 16 and Laphroig 10, but Bunnahabhain is much more subtle. Auchentoshan 12 (Lowland) Springbank 15 (Cambeltown)...I NEED to try this one (have heard great things) Work through that list and you'll see what awaits you down this road. Average price for a single malt is around 50-60 bucks. That would be for a decent 12 year (e.g. MacAllan 12 or Balvenie 12). I think the Oban is good, but like the similar (but better, IMO) Glengoyne 17. Oban also puts out a special release for a few dollars more that is quite tasty (Kimmo - they have it at the E Pine liquor story in Seattle, the last I checked). Highland park 15 is excellent (and also still reasonably priced). I'd say that most of the 50-60 dollar purchases are in the "entry level", or 10 and 12 year category. There are exceptions, but the middle ground (at least the way I consider it) would be the 15 and 18 year, along with some of the special oak releases and cask strength bottles. The 21 year and up stuff I would consider "high end" (probably anything starting out at $120 or so), with the ultra old and rare stuff making up the "luxury end". I don't normally even consider anything under $40 (except Laphroaig) because, for the most part, it's young and more commercial (or not even single malt). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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