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Whiskies of note
For zammis, and anyone else who's interested, some of the more notable whiskies from this year's Single Malt Scotch and Whisky Extravaganza:

Aberlour 16 - very soft and smooth
Bowmore 15 - a "full breakfast" whisky... everything from the pancakes to the coffee... complex, with a good balance of sweet and peat
Dalmore 18 - all the good qualities of the Dalmore Cigar Malt, but even better, with a rewarding complexity
Dewar's 18 Founder's Reserve- very good for a blend; sweet, smooth and nutty
"Double Barrel" - a blend of Bowmore and Highland Park; nice balance of the Islay peatiness and the Orkney sweetness
Glen Garioch 12 - light, floral, heather honey notes
Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX - full flavored with a sweet finish like honey drops
Glenrothes Vintage 1985 - deep, dark, with a baking spices aroma and taste
Laphroaig 18 - you really have to like the smoke for this, but it's smooth, smooth, smooth...

Of course, finding any of these may be a quest in and of itself...

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::drooling:: Yes: it was my thought that it might be a bit tricky finding some of those again. It sounds as if a whisky like the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX could haunt one (delightfully) for years.

Yeah... that was monsteralice's fave... they age it in Pedro Ximenez sherry barrels...

Now I have find it: monsteralice's fave and Pedro Ximenez sherry barrels... ::blissing:: Essence of raisins. I like the sound of this whisky more and mroe. The double barrel is also tempting; it has been years since I tried a blend (and anything with Highland Park in it promises well).

I had that Laphroaig at my cousin's wake this August... it was good. Smoky as breathing off a bonfire of wet wood, but yummy for that.

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Oh Sigh!

Now my mouth is watering! I have left all of my scotch, save one, at the house and I'm not there till Wednesday night. The idea of a breakfast scotch is sending my brain into interesting places.

Thank you for posting. The Glenmorangie is peaking my attention.

oh NOM! nommmmmmmmmm.

laphroaig 18, mmmm. I had some of that once given to me by someone who liked to play "guess that scotch". I said "It's like Laphroaig, but better behaved." And I was Right.

these all sound very nummy. **drool**

Double Barrel:

One of the Society whiskies I had once was called "Hebridean Heavyweight" - a Laphroaig single-cask, very nice but the 18 was nicer I think.

Thanks for the reviews!

Talking about smoke, apparently all my years of loving peaty, smoky scotch and bourbon have rubbed off on my tea drinking -- I discovered on Sunday that I now love lapsang souchong.

So, for us maybe-buy-one-bottle-every-six-years scotch "drinkers"...what is your considered opinion of the more "In-stock at the ABC store" brands of whiskey?:)

Let's see, off the top of my head, here are a few good and reliable ones:

Dalmore Cigar Malt (never mind the name, cigars do not figure into the taste)- my number one "everyday" brand of Scotch; nice balance of taste, sweet and smooth without much smoke. Very reasonably priced, too. The winner of the first Intercon Mid-Atlantic Scotch Tasting.

Highland Park 12- another reliable and rewarding (and affordable) whisky. A bit less sweet than the Dalmore, maybe a bit more smoke.

Isle of Jura 10- A nice Islay whisky, with moderate peat smoke. Used to be a bit "fiery", but I have a bottle right now and they seem to have damped that down.

The Balvenie Founder's Reserve- a nice Speyside whisky, nice blend of sweetness and spice with almost a honey finish. A bit more pricey than the others, but worth it.

The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak- Macallan makes some of my favorite whiskies ever. Very smooth and almost fruity with a great deal of complexity; also has honey and spice notes. Also not as cheap as some of the above; also worth it.

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You're welcome! Hopefully we can all make a whisky event together sometime...

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