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"Heidjer" wrote:Hi Norm and welcome to the forum.I started out tasting whisky about two years ago and Ardbeg Uigeadail was among the first twenty whiskies I tasted and now going 300 (thanks to the German forum infrastructure and the possibilities of mailing samples), it's still among the top 20 whiskies I've tasted.If you want to try more sherried non-peated whiskies, I would not necissarily start with the 18yo Macallan since it is that expensive. In the German forum we're about to blind taste alternatives, but even without that, I'd recommend to try GlenDronach 15, 18 or 21yo or some older independent sherry cask bottlings that are still in the two digit price range. I haven't tasted any Aberlours yet, but the 18yo is said to be very good.If you want to try different peated malts, I'd also recommend Laphroaig. If you don't want to spend too much it'd be the Quarter Cask, if you want to spend more the 10yo Cask Strangth (any batch) is the best regularly available bottle imho. A great expression if you can find it in the US would be this year's Cairdeas: http://www.whisky.com/whisky-database/bottle-search/details/fdb/Bottles/Details/laphroaig-feis-ile-2015-200th-anniversary-edition.htmlIt's really the essence of Laphroaig. I'm a huge fan of this distillery, so you may want to try the standard 10yo in a bar first, since the medicinal side of peat is not everyone's cup of tea.
So thanks to everyone for the feedback. I've taken a great deal of time to deliberate on several choices to round out my starter set for my bar.I DO truly enjoy the Ardbeg so I decided on continuing that exploration with the Laphroaig Quarter Cask and the Lagavulin 16. The Balvenie Doublewood 12 was also highly recommended so I decided to taste that for my Speyside and I've always wanted to try Glenmorangie because of recommendations from friends as being a very good social whisky - so I decided to collect the Glenmorangie 18 as my Highland whisky.The Lagavulin 16 was a little higher priced than I wanted, but both Ben and Horst recommended that so based on their feedback, I was able to justify the price in my own mind LOL!The Glenmorangie 18...I know that there are a lot of choices in the Highland Single Malts but there is just something about the presentation and the color that seems really intriguing to me.So I have attached an image of my Single Malt Starter Bar. If there is ONE more bottle that needs to be there, please let me know. Otherwise, I think I have reached a pretty good balance and volume for what I need for tasting and relaxing.Thanks everyone!Norm
Good selection. Enjoy them thoroughly for a couple of weeks and eveluate what you like and dislike. Only then I'd recommend to go on for more.
"Heidjer" wrote:Good selection. Enjoy them thoroughly for a couple of weeks and eveluate what you like and dislike. Only then I'd recommend to go on for more.
"normanlao" wrote:Although, I have to say - HORST's videos have really given me a fantastic education about the tasting approach and experience and I can clearly admit that if it wasn't for his VLOGs - I probably wouldn't have tried at all. But I truly appreciate HORST's respect and approach to teaching while tasting.
"horst_s" wrote:"normanlao" wrote:Although, I have to say - HORST's videos have really given me a fantastic education about the tasting approach and experience and I can clearly admit that if it wasn't for his VLOGs - I probably wouldn't have tried at all. But I truly appreciate HORST's respect and approach to teaching while tasting.Thank you very much for the praise.
Hello Whisky friends!Last night, I conducted my very first formal Single Malt Scotch Whisky tastings with one of my best friends. I actually even downloaded and printed out the Whisky.com Tasting PLACEMATS which are AWESOME and perfect to help a first time tasting. These tasting placemats from Whisky.com were a HUGE help in the tasting process. Each glass had a number marker and you just associated the flavor profile (or profiles) below the glasses and you created a very comprehensive tasting!The offerings for the evening were:1. Balvenie 12 Year Aged Doublewood2. Glenmorangie 18 Extremely Rare3. Laphroaig Quarter Cask4. Lagavulin 165. Ardbeg UigeadailEach tasting was 1 ounce in a Glencairn GlassHere are my nosing and notes as tasted NEAT:1. Balvenie 12 Doublewood: Vanilla, honey touch of green apple and pear, no smoke, tapering finish2. Glenmorangie 18 : Orange Citrus creme, touch of peach and nutty, very understated finish3. Laphroaig Quarter Cask: Medicinal and aromatic smoke, salty, iodine, caramel, lingering finish4. Lagavulin 16: Aromatic smoke, spicy and hot, iodine and sea salt, caramel, very quick finish5. Ardbeg Uigeadail: Heavy smoke, peaty, chewy, salty and sweet ham and bacon, tart, long finishHere are my nosing and notes as tasted with ONE Teaspoon Distilled Water:1. Balvenie 12 Doublewood: increased fruitiness and creaminess2. Glenmorangie 18 : increased vanilla, almond and toffee notes3. Laphroaig Quarter Cask: more sea salt and caramel notes, stronger dried red fruit notes4. Lagavulin 16: more floral, more iodine and an overall more medicinal smoke, less spicy5. Ardbeg Uigeadail: lighter smoke and sweeter, a little stronger caramel and tobacco noteWe did a complete and thorough tasting, with nosing notes, neat tastings and with a bit of water for ABV dilution. What an amazing and delicious experience! The GBut for me...the Ardbeg Uigeadail still reigns supreme! I think my sentiment speaks for itself. The Uigeadail was the very first Scotch Whisky that I tasted and it's been my favorite since.The Balvenie was probably the most surprising to me and very enjoyable. I can see why it is a very easy introduction into tasting Scotch single malts. Glenmorangie 18 had the most impressive bottling and packaging, but sadly for me - the least memorable flavor profile.What a truly fantastic experience and I thank Horst, Ben and all of you who suggested tasting options for me!Until next tasting...Norm
Another image - my tasting notes...using the placemat!
Thank you for sharing your experience. If you have to rank the whisky you have tasted, how would you rank them?
"116520" wrote:Thank you for sharing your experience. If you have to rank the whisky you have tasted, how would you rank them?
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