Single Malts

#1
Not being overly blessed with money I have to try and keep my bottles of single malt below £20 (Tescos often offer £5 off a £25 bottle, nice) - so what are your favourites?

Mine are:

Highland Park (I like, and having visited distillery I have a special bond - I think I keep their business running - many bottles of 12 year old and my mother has a bottle of Capella)

Glenfiddich - always a good bet. Got a bottle of toasted oak special reserve and it's very smooth

Laphroig - fishy, peaty and strong, but for some reason I really like

Glenmorangie; very clean and clear, but a good malt

Talisker - powerful, good as a lunchtime malt

Scapa - hard to find, some are very very good, some seem a bit rough

Finally the cheapest Single Malt I found was Glen Moray (i was broke but needed whisky) - It's alright at a push and definitely better than Grouse/Bells

What are your favourites? Spill the beans...
 
#2
The Oban is good.

Chin Chin!

(Settles down with a small Grouse - the 10 year old one, £13 from the Co-op in LochGilphead - Perfectly acceptable I would add)
 
#3
Well I am just sniffing the (sadly) empty bottle of Yamazaki, a very fine single malt from the Land of the Rising Sun.
And, if I wasn’t so f*cking drunk, I would take a picture of the label for you.
But hard cheese.




Quack
 
#4
Oban first class, ES.

Try Bowmore if you like a peaty malt but not as strong as Laphroaig:

www.bowmore.co.uk/

Well solid.

Also Bunnahabhain - more like a Speyside, than the Islay that it is.

www.bunnahabhain.com/

Mind you, pound for pound - and I can hear the incoming - I'd put malts from the emerald toilet well ahead of the Jockistanis at least at the cheaper end of the market.
 
#5
asmallbrownduck said:
Well I am just sniffing the (sadly) empty bottle of Yamazaki, a very fine single malt from the Land of the Rising Sun.
And, if I wasn’t so f*cking drunk, I would take a picture of the label for you.
But hard cheese.




Quack
Is there a proper whisky that doesn't come from Scotland or the Isle surrounding???

I wouldn't believe it if I was knocking it back like my missus' fanny batter
 
#6
Dalwhinnie

Lagavulin

Fortunatly whilst posted in Edinburgh i managed to see alot of Scotland and popped into 1 or 3 distilleries on my travels.

Had a nip of Canandian Whiskey the other day - made Bells seem refined!
 
#8
Laphroaig is still my favourite. Rather medicinal, some might suggest, but I think it's absolutely lovely!

The Tesco and Asda 'own brand' single malts are both very impressive, for the cost. Both scored really highly in recent blind testings. I got the Asda Islay single malt a couple of months back and it's really good. It does my hip-flask a f***ing treat! :thumright:
 
#10
Sainsbury's 15yo Speyside Claret Finish @ £19.99 is a good glug.

But my favourite is The MacAllan: 10yo is good, and strangely the 12yo is
better than the 18!!
 
#11
I have just been given (won to be more exact ) a bottle of Bowmore.

I find it superb. I would rather sit here sipping a little than go upstairs and ..
...Oh this is not the NAAFI bar.

A very fine malt.
 
#12
asmallbrownduck said:
crabby said:
Is there a proper whisky that doesn't come from Scotland or the Isle surrounding???

I wouldn't believe it if I was knocking it back like my missus' fanny batter

Open your mind



Quack

To be pedantic Ducks Crabby is actually correct. All Whisky comes from
Scotland or the Isles. Whiskey however can come from anywhere.

And I agree some of the Nip stuff is quite drinkable.

Don't try the Indian versions however!!!! :)
 
#13
Gremlin said:
asmallbrownduck said:
crabby said:
Is there a proper whisky that doesn't come from Scotland or the Isle surrounding???

I wouldn't believe it if I was knocking it back like my missus' fanny batter

Open your mind



Quack

To be pedantic Ducks Crabby is actually correct. All Whisky comes from
Scotland or the Isles. Whiskey however can come from anywhere.

And I agree some of the Nip stuff is quite drinkable.

Don't try the Indian versions however!!!! :)
Ach, I knew that. However, surely whiskey should be whisky? I've never tried nip whiskey; I may try sometime.

I have been wary of supermarket's own - some of the posters here seem to suggest they're worth it? Morally I wouldn't like them to get that much of my money; but it they're cheap, they are still distilling whisky in a traditional way and haven't become overly commercialised then i'm sure I can find a space in my collection..

Oh, and often a younger whisky is fuller, smoother and yet crisper than an older malt; depends where you get it. Sometime you really are just paying for extra age on the bottle label
 

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#14
Tobermoray!

Its an island off the NW coast of Scotland, has its own dist5illery.

Its famous as the place where they film the kids TV program Balamory! I was eyeing up a decent whisky to buy, and my nipper (3 years old at the time!) was pointing, going "Balamory! Balamory!"

The picture on the box is of the multicoloured houses seen on the intro to the kids show!

So, SOLD!! And it was a fantastic drop, very smooth, and more than worth the price. I've paid a lot more for single malts that were far rougher.
 
#15
Returning to this post having been preoccupied with curry and shooting. (I see a theme developing here!)

Reading more about whisky has prompted me to pour another one.
This is Famous Grouse, not a single malt but I would rate it as the best of the generally available drinking rather than sipping whiskies. Interestingly, this is a ten year old reserve that was being sold on the cheap by the Co-op in LochGilphead, Argyll. £13.69 a bottle as I recall. It is quite a different beast than the standard Grouse and well worth seeking out, especially for the price.

I find that the problem with Single malts is that when trying to determine the merits of the various ones, one becomes desperately pi55ed and not fit to judge anything!

Sláinte mhar
 
#17
If you ever feel rich enough then without a doubt the one to try is the 'Stormont Arms', sold only in a pub in Blairgowrie, north of Perth on the A93 called the Stormont Arms.

Laid down especially for them and unfortunately costs in the region of £90 a throw. Lethal to drink due to its alcohol content. AFter all u nless your staying at the pub they will not sell you more than two doubles if you have to attempt to walk anywhere.............I know, and yes it is that lethal.

Very dark, exceptionally smooth, a little peaty but outstandingly good. Colour very similar to that of a good dark rum.............
 
#19
I prefer Kentucky Bourbons, however, i like a good single malt on occassion.

Glenfiddich 12 Year old

Glenlivet 12 Year old.

Black Bush, although an Irish whiskey, it tastes like a single malt to me.
 
#20
Is there a proper whisky that doesn't come from Scotland or the Isle surrounding???
Was in Japan with the wife a short while ago. Travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto on the bullet train the lovely lady with the trolley stopped by. It was early morning but had to try the Suntory, Japans best selling single malt, out of curiosity. I was expecting it to be awful (ala anything made by Keo in Cyprus really), but was pleasantly suprised. Very good whisky!
 

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