My lovely and very generous and thoughtful bride slipped me a C-note this afternoon and told me to go get another bottle to enjoy. I came home with two.
Found very good bargains on Balvenie Doublewood 12 and Aberlour 12 at the local State Store.
I haven't cracked the Aberlour yet but the Balvenie is a very fine dram.
Amber, medium body with a lovely, soft but slightly spicy, malty-sweet aroma. Very flavorful. An intensely sweet initial burst quickly gives way to a lovely balance of sherry, citrus and malty mouth-filling goodness with subtle undertones of peat and smoke. The slight burn is pleasant and smooth. The finish fades into a mellow, slightly smoky dark chocolate that lasts a long time.
I could alternate this with Dalwhinnie 15 and be very happy, although I would occasionally miss the Dalmore.
On Saturday, she also presented me with a Glencairn glass and a copy of Kevin Erskine's Instant Expert's Guide to Single Malt Scotch
. It's a short book, but packed full of info very interesting and useful to a newbie like myself.
I think I'll keep her.