Originally Posted by blackjet
Gidday from Australia,
My best mate and myself had decided to buy a bottle of JWblue for NYE this year.
I have been turned off by the idea because I think I will be paying for the hype $200AUD.
So I have been researching Single Malts over the past few days, now I am really confused!!
Whilst doing my research I have decided that any Scotch from Islay may be to strong for us beginners.
I also think that anything from the Lowland region may be a little to subtle for us.
My idea of what I want to try in a single malt would include descriptions like ,
Smooth, Smokey, complex aromas, somewhat sweet, not hot or peppery, and definitely individual.
I am willing to pay up to $200AUD for this pleasure.
I know I am asking a lot, and also it may have already been covered in this forum. But I am running out of time fast.
Any Help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Regards and Thank You
You've learned a lot very quickly. Good for you! I'm not sure how much $200AUD is, but I'll figure it's about the same as US $200 (since that's about how much JWB costs).
I don't buy scotch that expensive, so I'm not sure what will cost that much. However, for around $100, you can get some GREAT scotches.
Here's what my list would be:
Aberlour A'bunadh or Macallan Cask Strength (you will want to dilute it a bit!)
Balvenie 21yr Portwood (subtle sweet aftertaste)
Glenrothes '89, '91, '87, '85 (or any Glenrothes you can find!) (just a superb, smooth whisky!)
Highland Park 18yr (very good complex flavors, extremely well balanced)
If you just really WANT to spend more money, look for these, and just get an older bottle. However, the ones listed above are excellent, and will hover right around $100 US.
Happy New Years!