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05-29-2013, 02:26 AM
My birthday is coming up and I was thinking of treating myself to a nice bottle of scotch/whisky. I have three in mind at the moment but am willing to hear some similar recommendations or feedback
Hibiki 17 year
Glendronach 15 year old "Revival"
05-29-2013, 05:11 AM
I've never tasted Hibiki (any expression) nor the Signet from Glenmorangie. However, I have had the Glendronach 15yr Revival.
Here was my review of it from 2011:
I am a huge sherry fan. I like big, powerful, sherried whiskies. However, I'm not always in the mood for a cask strength whisky. I was turned on to Glendronach 15yr Revival as being highly rated and one that fit my favorite flavor profile. This is my first Glendronach.
Glendronach 15yr Revival is bottled at 46% ABV, and is a nice copper color.
Nose: Lots of sherry, but a bit wine-like. This reminds me of the Aberlour 15yr Sherry Finish. Chocolate covered strawberries. But, sweeter than that. Maybe Maraschino cherries in a liquid center covered in light chocolate. A bit "too" sweet for my nose. But there is something darker in there. I'm not sure if smoke is the right word, but definitely a strong malty note.
Palate: Warming in the mouth. Semi-sweet on the tongue. Dark, bitter chocolate. Some burnt toffee.
Finish: More maraschino cherries on the finish. Long finish.
Very good. Perhaps too sweet for my taste. Wow. This is really delicious. I might need something salty to go with this whisky. Obviously the balance isn't the best on this whisky, as it needs something else to round it out. However, it IS delicious, and if you have a sweeter tooth than me, this whisky is for YOU!
05-29-2013, 06:38 PM
I have not had any of the ones you are considering, but I have heard good things about the Hibiki 12, which is next on my list. I am working on a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 "Extremely Rare" that I can highly recommend, if you like something with a little sweet/a little spice/a perfect touch of sherry! Really a delicious whisky, very well rounded in my opinion.
Whichever you decide, Happy Birthday, and I hope you enjoy it!
05-30-2013, 11:39 AM
I like the Hibiki 17, but like the 12 even better and another fine blend is the 2012 WWA Best Blend - Taketsuru 17 and Yamazaki 12 single malt is not only great, but readily available in this country for less than it is in Japan.
Lagavulin 16 really strikes me as a great birthday drink too.
05-31-2013, 01:59 AM
Thanks everyone for the early recommendations/feedback. An additional note I wanna make is that I found a 2012 vintage for a Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams for about $105. Is that worth getting?
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