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Hi,Although not new to Whisky I am definitely no expert and would like some advice on a few Whisky's if people have tried them.My preference is peaty, smoky and probably Islay whisky. My go to bottle is Lagavulin 16yr, a Laphroaig or the current Bowmore small batch although I am open to all and have bought and tried Japanese(Hibiki Harmony and White Oak Akashi, sherry cask limited 900 bottling) and Indian Whisky.At Whisky Live in London this year I tried the Laphroaig Brodir Port Cask and although a NAS I thought it was great. However this is a less affordable whisky and am looking for advice or alternatives.https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/laphroaig/laphroaig-brodir-whisky/?srh=1https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/talisker/talisker-port-ruighe-whisky/?srh=1https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/glenmorangie/glenmorangie-the-quinta-ruban-12-year-old-whisky/?srh=1I have watched the Whisky.com reviews but have only tried the Laphroaig Brodir. I guess my question is should I buy one of the other two or bite the bullet at double the price and get the Brodir before they all disappear?I would add I don't tend to save any whisky regardless of price but share and savour it.Any advice welcome,Regards,Kev
Hey Kev, Kevin here!I have had the Glenmorangie, and actually bought the Port Ruighe last week while in Europe! Although I've only had one glass of the Talisker so far (I'll be writing a review when I'm almost done with it), I can give you my opinion on both bottles so far.The Quinta Ruban is unpeated (of course) and much smoother and easier to drink. This is a very dangerous scotch; you could easily drink two drams (or more!) and not give it a second thought. This is a great scotch to introduce to the whisky newcomer.Port Ruighe...I definitely noticed the fruitiness of the port as soon as I opened the bottle; more so than with the Glenmorangie. I was initially surprised because I didn't notice the smoke as much as with the other Taliskers I've had. Maybe I've become immune to the smoke, the bottle needs to open up a little, or the port was that strong, but I actually had to SEARCH for the smoke! This bottle also seemed way spicier than any other Talisker I've had; the "chili catch" was strong with this glass!!! The finish was warm and VERY mouthwatering.In short: the Glenmorangie is the girl you want to bring home to mom and marry, while the Talisker is the exotic girl you want to have a one night stand with ! Both are good options,but if the two were next to each other at the liquor store, I would go with the Talisker.
Hi,I also have the Port Ruighe, and it's quite addictive . It has that sweetness coming from the Port casks that make it a wonderful dram at that price, even being a NAS. Go for it, you won't regret.Regards
Hi Kev(Kroman) and Rainbow79,My first post on this forum and straight away two really helpful answers, just what I was looking for, many thanks to you both and great reviews by the way. I look forward the your full review KevI would really like to pick up a bottle of Brodir and I know it will be inevitable however I know it will be too tempting sat in the cupboard and at just under £100 it's not that affordable.However really pleased you both like the Port Ruighe as that is the one I was tempted to buy. I know the Glenmorangie gets great reviews and Horst gave a good video account as well but I really wanted to try the Talisker.Mind made up then, I'll order the Talisker firstMany thanks for your assistance.Regards,Kev
Well....if you see, it was my first post too , so happy to contribute a bit. If you were closer to me I could have sent you a sample of the Port Ruighe, but I'm afraid Spain is a bit far from you. Anyway, as I said, happy to help.
Hi Rainbow79,I have ordered the Port Ruighe from master of malt along with a sample of Laphroaig Brodir and I am expecting a delivery Saturday.On the way home from work today I also picked up a Glenmorangie A Midwinter Night's Dram which was on offer. Review to follow.Cheers,Kev
wow, it really doesn't look like a bad day at all....hehehe. Let us know your thoughts on all of them. I've just had now a dram of the Port Ruighe, and....man.....it's really enjoyable..... I add a bit of water to this one, and not only the taste, the smell is also really good. I normally don't add water to the 10yo, but I do to this one. I guess probably because of being a NAS....not so smooth as the 10
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