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Old 10-26-2012, 12:04 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Had me a Highland Park 18-year-old the other day. Almost the perfect scotch. Bit of smoke and peat, hint of sweet and malt, smooth and refined. A weighty whiskey that conceals its power with a multitude of charms.

Or maybe I have been reading too many scotch reviews! (-:
My daughter lives in Oswego, NY (on Lake Ontario). Her friend introduced her to Lagavulin Scotch Whiskey. I have only purchased one bottle of this scotch and I did so when my daughter and her friend we5re coming in for the holidays. (It is well out of my normal price range for adult beverages.)

It is the most different-tasting experience in whiskey that I have ever had. It is extremely "smokey" in the best of ways, yet it still delivers a rich Scotch flavor so important to folks who have acquired a taste for this variety of whiskey.

Be Scotch as it may, I love Bush Black Irish and would love some day to try the 10-year Green label and 2-3 longer-aged black labeled Bushmills.
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My daughter lives in Oswego, NY (on Lake Ontario). Her friend introduced her to Lagavulin Scotch Whiskey. I have only purchased one bottle of this scotch and I did so when my daughter and her friend we5re coming in for the holidays. (It is well out of my normal price range for adult beverages.)

It is the most different-tasting experience in whiskey that I have ever had. It is extremely "smokey" in the best of ways, yet it still delivers a rich Scotch flavor so important to folks who have acquired a taste for this variety of whiskey.

Be Scotch as it may, I love Bush Black Irish and would love some day to try the 10-year Green label and 2-3 longer-aged black labeled Bushmills.
Hey Nick, did your daughter go to school in Oswego? There is a SUNY College there. I've never been on that campus, but it sits right on the lake, and I understand that they put ropes up during the winter months so that the students can withstand the winds when walking across campus.

Lagavulin is good stuff, and the way you describe it is right on. Not sure how to describe this, but I found it to have a better balance then a some of the other "smokey" island malts I've recently tried, like Laphroaig and Talisker. When my wife smells one of the smokey whiskies, she says "ew, that Talisker smell!"
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I don't disagree about Talisker, but back when I used to smoke the occasional cigar, I found it to be the perfect accompaniment.
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Very funny. I was finishing off a glass of Lagavulin 16 as I started to read through the last few pages of this thread. Best glass I've ever had was a Lagavulin 12 Reserve exactly one year ago today. My best friend had just come out of a coma and his two brothers and I decided to tour Scotland in a bar two blocks from the hospital.
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I'm delighted to stumble upon a Scotch conversation here. I love ridiculously smoky and peaty whiskies, especially Laphroaig and Ardbeg. If you can find it in the US, you should try Hakushu. It's more balanced. Yoichi is another great Japanese whisky. As for Irish whiskey, Jameson is my everyday whiskey, but Redbreast is phenomenal.

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When it comes to smokey, I think Ardbeg is the clear winner. Master distiller for Ardbeg (and Glenmorangie), Bill Lumsden, is a creative guy who does some unusual things.

I highly recommend special edition Ardbegs such as the Uigeadail (Jim Murray's Whiskey of the year in 2009), Corryvreckan (my favorite), Supernova or Alligator. Another special edition that is disappearing, but still great, is Airigh Nam Beist. All of these range from $50 to $90 a bottle in DC, but I usually get them on sale for around $60 average.


I cannot pronounce the names of any of these Arbegs but they are all fantastic. Powerful stuff, too. Smokey and spicy like a lot of Islays, but with a balancing sweetness from a more discerning use of specific wood casks. I find other peaty scotches lack that balancing sweetness and are often too dry. Ardbeg is a leader in wood science and it does stuff no one else in the trade is doing.

The Arbeg special editions are also high proof and should be cut a little bit, making them go further than a lower proof whiskey. These scotches are not age labeled and consist of blend of very old, mid-age and young whiskeys.

Again, very creative. The other Islay distillers see Ardbeg's success and are trying to mimic - one example was Laphroiaig's quartercask. Yet it was dryer and didn't quite have the balancing sweetness, though I found it more enjoyable than most scotches from that distiller.

Over the years I have gravitated toward scotches that use sherry or even port casks for aging instead of bourbon (the vast majority of scotches are aged in casks previously used to store American bourbon). They impart a subtle sweetness and richness that's different from the bourbon casks, even though they are all made of oak.

Some distillers use a combination of casks, such as McCallan and now Laphroaig (again, the Ardbeg influence). The triple cask from either distiller uses bourbon, sherry and port, or they a combination of bourbon and sherry casks from both Spain and the U.S.
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Much as with the academic ratings of colleges, the relative qualities of various malt whiskies are hard to measure.
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When it comes to smokey, I think Ardbeg is the clear winner. Master distiller for Ardbeg (and Glenmorangie), Bill Lumsden, is a creative guy who does some unusual things.

I highly recommend special edition Ardbegs such as the Uigeadail (Jim Murray's Whiskey of the year in 2009), Corryvreckan (my favorite), Supernova or Alligator. Another special edition that is disappearing, but still great, is Airigh Nam Beist. All of these range from $50 to $90 a bottle in DC, but I usually get them on sale for around $60 average.


I cannot pronounce the names of any of these Arbegs but they are all fantastic. Powerful stuff, too. Smokey and spicy like a lot of Islays, but with a balancing sweetness from a more discerning use of specific wood casks. I find other peaty scotches lack that balancing sweetness and are often too dry. Ardbeg is a leader in wood science and it does stuff no one else in the trade is doing.

The Arbeg special editions are also high proof and should be cut a little bit, making them go further than a lower proof whiskey. These scotches are not age labeled and consist of blend of very old, mid-age and young whiskeys.

Again, very creative. The other Islay distillers see Ardbeg's success and are trying to mimic - one example was Laphroiaig's quartercask. Yet it was dryer and didn't quite have the balancing sweetness, though I found it more enjoyable than most scotches from that distiller.

Over the years I have gravitated toward scotches that use sherry or even port casks for aging instead of bourbon (the vast majority of scotches are aged in casks previously used to store American bourbon). They impart a subtle sweetness and richness that's different from the bourbon casks, even though they are all made of oak.

Some distillers use a combination of casks, such as McCallan and now Laphroaig (again, the Ardbeg influence). The triple cask from either distiller uses bourbon, sherry and port, or they a combination of bourbon and sherry casks from both Spain and the U.S.
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Ardbeg 10 tonight, as I watch the Professor and the Magic on NBA League Pass. Nice.
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