Originally Posted by Brussell
-Macallan 10 Fine Oak (awful)
-Macallan 12 standard sherry (amazing)
-A few other blends I didn't like, such as J&B.
-Knob Creek and Makers Mark bourbon.
The most disappointing of them all was ... macallan 10 fine oak
Hope to try these next:
-Ardbeg Uigeadail and Corryvreckan and Galileo.
-Caol Ila and Bowmore
As one who has only tried a couple JW's, and not been too impressed, the Gold and Green are both on my curiosity list and I'll be interested in hearing what you think of it.
Ardbeg 10 has been on my favorites list from the first sniff.
Most of my favorite single malts, particularly the Japanese ones, are 10 year bottlings, but the Yamazaki 12 is my favorite of all their single malts. I also like their blended Hibiki 12 over the more prestigious 17.
If you ever get to Japan, make a trip to Sendai and try the distillery-only bottling of Miyagikyou 10.
Your dislike for the Macallan Fine Oak mirrors mine as well and I'm more curious than ever to try a non-Fine Oak.
J&B and Knob Creek in particular, but also to a lesser degree, Makers Mark, left me wondering what it is about them that attributes to their popularity.
Have not yet had the chance to try the Corryvreckan, but Uigeadail is another of my absolute favorites and definitely belongs on the shelf next to the 10.
A word of caution on both Galileo and Blasda - just because one likes Ardbeg 10 or Uigeadail, does not necessarily mean they'll also like these two - I didn't, and although it may be overly judgmental of me to say, felt they should not have even made them.
Galileo struck me as an incredible mistake, and Blasda was simply a very non-descript experience.
If I get another chance to try them both, I definitely will, but I think that buying a full bottle is a risk I'll not be taking.