Originally Posted by Brussell
Yeah, Macallan is obscenely expensive older than 12 year, but I wouldn't know if it's worth it seeing as I cannot afford to try it.
If you didn't like JW Blue then Id skip blends...
I wouldn't spend that much on an older or rarer bottle until you know the basics of regional variation and your personal tastes. If you find an old or rare bottle cheap then buy it quick, but save it back - put it out of your sight. I know it's hard to spend money and not see it, but right now your palate won't appreciate it as much as it might in 2-3 months.
Once you get some good 12 years down target your favorites and step up to the 15 year expressions. Then the 18, then 21 and so on. It's good to step it up.
My personal favorite brands are highland park, glenfiddich, balvenie and Yamazaki (Japanese). My least favorites are laphroaig and ardbeg (love the nose, hate the taste), followed by glenlivet and macallan fine oak series (the 10 year is criminally bad and overpriced).
PS, Id like to know which cheeky devil gave me the buffalo picture. I just noticed.
Great early post and don't worry about the buffalo - they gave me something comical too but I just replaced it with my own the next day.
I feel like agreeing regarding Macallan, although I've only tried the 12 year Fine Oak. Didn't care for it at all and while I plan on trying some others in the future, it's not at all close to the top of the list.
Regarding Blue Label and blends, I have to disagree. I don't care much for the JW either, particularly at its price point, but definitely think that Taketsuru 17 (WWA winner for 2012) is much better drink.
Going up slowly in years is definitely great advice too, particularly since some people won't care for them as well as middle aged bottlings, and I'm one who generally prefers 10-12 scotch, with few exceptions.
Yamazaki 12 is my favorite out of their whole lineup, although do like the Hibiki 17 and the Hibiki 12 (both blends) even better yet.