Originally Posted by Goodfella
Can anyone give me a recommendation?
I am looking for the best Scotch (or Scotch's) That are not avalible in the U.S.
P.S. I am lovin this forum!!!
As 505Gibbs stated, The Whisky Exchange
in London is a great source as well as Royal Mile Whiskies
in Edinburgh. I have been buying from these retailers for years. One thing to keep in mind. In order to keep one from having a heart attack over shipping charges, I have found that a minimum of three bottles should be purchased to make it more palatable. No pun intended. Royal Mile Whiskies
is a little bit cheaper on shipping charges, but both stockists are generally competitive. Keep in mind that the price you will pay is the "ex VAT" price as the whiskies will be shipped out of the UK. Also, always pay in POUNDS STERLING
if given the option to pay in DOLLARS or in POUNDS. The exchange rate will be friendlier on your credit card. I keep up-to-date with the current exchange rate by frequently visiting XE.COM
But in answer to your question about whiskies that cannot be had in the US, there are several good whiskies currently on the market. As taste is subjective, one has to ascertain as you are doing. I highly recommend TALISKER 57 NORTH ( no age statement )
. As I normally find the younger GLENFIDDICHS
austere; there is a current bottling of GLENFIDDICH
named GLENFIDDICH 14-YEAR-OLD RICH OAK
which is a delightful and pleasing dram. Additionally, BALVENIE
currently has two 14-year-old expressions on the market; a RUM
and a GOLDEN CASK.
The BALVENIE 14-YEAR-OLD RUM CASK
can be bought in the US, but the BALVENIE 14-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN CASK
is only sold in Europe and DUTY FREE
. In my opinion, the GOLDEN CASK
is one of the best bottlings that BALVENIE
has come out with recently. I recently compared the two in a tasting. The GOLDEN CASK
has loads of complexity and palate pleasing tastes that repeat themselves along with continuously picking up new flavors along the way. The GOLDEN CASK
also has a long and lip-smacking finish. The palate begs for more. It is definitely a "moorish" dram. As I bought a bottle of the RUM
cask for comparison, I found the RUM
cask to be the fraternal twin that did not shine at all. I would not buy another bottle of the RUM
cask. If you like peated whiskies, and especially Speyside peated drams, TWE
bottles a 12-Year-Old CAPERDONICH at 57%.
A good digestif to sip and savour to lose yourself in for the rest of the evening. Two of the drams I have recommended have age statements and one does not. A NOTE ABOUT AGE STATEMENTS:
Never get hung up on age statements. The age of a whisky does not indicate the quality of the whisky inside. To paraphrase Michael Jackson, the noted whisky writer ( God rest his soul ), Americans for some reason feel the magic age for a whisky is 12 years old. Why? No one knows.