Originally Posted by emcgaffey
If anyone has the time, I'm looking for suggestions on a 'sophisticated' speyside. I've been cultivating snobbery and I've been avoiding the region all together since they first led me to scotch, but I'm trying to unsaddle my high-horse a bit and get reaquainted. Also, the Oban 14 is the only Highland I've tried and I love it. Any other suggestions?
The Oban is not just a "Highland", but a Western Highland. It is unique, and not to be confused with the flavor profiles of other Highlands.
As for a sophisticated Speyside, I need to know what sophisticated means. I would take it to mean subtle, complex, but not challenging. Smooth. I am thinking of my favorite Speyside of them all, Glenrothes. I would go with the '91, as it is cheaper than the '89 or '85 (and almost as good). I have not yet tried the '94 or '98, so I don't know if they would be a good "sophisticated" Speyside.