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First of all, don't tell me the 18!!!I have a business friend who loves Bunnahabhain 12 and we are traveling g to Florida together. I wanted to bring an alternative that he would like as well as one I haven't had before. He hates smoke, and has only tried the Aberlour 12. He thought it was okay, but not as good as the Bunna. I'm guessing he wants more impact and alcohol. So my question is: do you know of a scotch that is similar to the bunnahabhain 12 year?I was thinking of the Edradour 12, Edradour 10 yr from signatory vintage (I've already had this, but it's sooooo good), Jura 16, Balvenie 17 doublewood (might be too expensive), or glanfarclas 15. Any other suggestions...?
Here are a few that have some sherry influence, no smoke, and at least 46% abv:Glen Garioch 12 Year OldTobermory 15 Year OldIsle of Arran 14 Year OldBalblair 1999 Vintage
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)>>> Whisky reviews by Slàinte Mhath <<<
"SlàinteMhath" wrote:I'd probably pick Dalwhinnie 15. It's not identical to Bunnahabhain 12 but it's good value for money, without peat and a dram with character.
Thanks for the advice,Although I haven't had the Dalwhinnie 15 yr, I've actually heard conflicting information on it; it was a little too safe, easy and unintimidating. A friend told me that it's a scotch to introduce to women who don't like scotch! If anything, I'd try the distiller's edition.However, I had forgotten about Arran. I had their Sauternes finish and loved it, so I might investigate the 14 year further...
"hwchoy" wrote:I am into the last 20cl of my Dalwhinnie 15, and some how it seems to be getting spicier and more oaky in the finish compared to when the bottle was full.
"kroman" wrote:A friend told me that it's a scotch to introduce to women who don't like scotch! If anything, I'd try the distiller's edition.
"SlàinteMhath" wrote:The same is said about Lowland whiskies. It's nonsense! Or do you believe that men only drink heavily peated whiskies from Islay? Variety is what makes whisky so interesting, whether it be Scotch, Bourbon or international malts.
"SlàinteMhath" wrote:And, I might add, never underestimate the quality of a standard bottling. One does not always need premium, ultra-deluxe expressions.
"kroman" wrote:I agree completely with what you are saying, particularly with scotch. The variety you can get is amazing, especially when you consider that the only ingredients are malt, yeast and water! However, this doesn't mean that everyone will like each and every variation you can get in scotch. Some people are very specific in what they want in a whisky, moreso if they are paying a lot of money for their bottle (compared to other kinds of alcohol). I guess the only point I was (poorly) trying to make was that the Dalwhinnie might be too mellow for my friends specific liking.
"kroman" wrote:Again, I agree! I'd take a Glenmorangie 10 yr Original over some bottles that are twice the price and "complexity". I sampled about five different expressions of Kilchoman last week and found their standard bottle (Machir Bay) to be my favorite out of all of them. It's just from some reviews I've read and things I've been told about the Dalwhinnie, I don't want to spend 55 dollors on a bottle that I may or may not like, when there are so many other alternatives. I'd much rather buy a glass at a bar and try it out first before determining whether I'd buy the bottle or not
"kroman" wrote:Didn't mean to offend, malt mate!
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