Originally Posted by coastieducks
I am new at single malt whisky. By new I mean I have never had any. I have always been a fan of bourbon but recently started drinking some Johnie Walker Black and Green (I'm a huge fan of the green and I get it cheap at the local military exchange).
My wife bought me a fairly large gift certificate for the local spirits store and I'm trying to decide what to spend it on. I have $250 to work with and I'd like to get 4-5 whiskys that run the spectrum.
This is what I'm looking at so far:
Highland Park 12yr
Ardburg 10yr or Bowmore 12yr
What do you experts think? What suggestions would you make?
Both the Yamazaki 12 yr and Bowmore 12yr are two of my favorites. The Bowmore is an Islay, and has such has a very peaty flavor.
The Yamazaki is a very clean, crisp, refreshing whisky.
Another good one to try in that range is the Balvenie 12 year doublewood.
And if you like smoky, peaty whiskys at all, you should at least try Laphroaig 10 year - It's an either love/hate whisky - but it's an adventure at the very least. Smoke, seaweed, iodine, and malt sweetness.