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    A good single malt, name one or two.

    I`m on a roll with the multi page posts at the moment.
    Picture this, you have just come down from the hill, the quad has brought your stag back to the larder for preperation. Your guide, your mate or who ever made it possible has just given you the biggest stalking buzz imagineable. You want reward them with a good bottle of............... by way of a thankyou. What would be your choice?
    basil.

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    Here you are a few of my favourites, Isle of Jura, Bunnahabhain, lagavulin, laphroaig, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Balblair, Bruichladdich.

    It would have to been an exceptional day to get the Balblair, The last bottle of that I got was about 8 years ago and that was 70 then for a bottle of 25 year old stuff.

    John

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    In my view the 21 year old Glenfiddich (appropriate name as well) is hard to beat. There are bottles that offer more of this or more of that but for a dram by the fire that just slips down the 21 Glenfiddich is hard to beat at any sensible price.

    The 27 year old Tomintoul is also a great dram if you would like something a little less main stream but I suspect it isn't just quite as "complex" as the Glenfiddich.

    If you want to spend a little less then the standard 10 year old Macallan is pretty good, the 18 year old is even better but it is sort of "more of the same" and the 10 is good value in my opinion. In the value stakes the Old Pulteney is also a good dram that can be had at a very decent price.

    I have tried an awful lot of whisky and although I'm far from an expert I am fairly confident in saying that the offerings from the big names (Glenfiddich, Macallan on Speyside for example) are hard to beat. It seems that some people enjoy hunting out the less well known offerings and many of them are very fine indeed but they are rarely as fully rounded and complex as the big name offerings and you often pay more for them.

    As you can probably see I'm not a big Islay fan, I like the occasional one now and again but for the most part it isn't whisky that I would chose to sit by the fire with after a day on the hill.

    In terms of sources there is usually a great selection at a good price in Edinburgh airport once you go through security. Glasgow airport is nowhere near as good either in terms of selection or price. The selection is quite variable and so you don't always get exactly what you want but Edinburgh airport sometimes has the 21 Glenfiddich for around 50 (I've paid nearly 40 for it there on occasions) and there is also often a 1 litre bottle of 16 Tomintoul at a good price and it makes a great buy.

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    Lagavulin, or failing that any of the Islay malts. Nectar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB
    Here you are a few of my favourites, Isle of Jura, Bunnahabhain, lagavulin, laphroaig, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Balblair, Bruichladdich.



    John
    Can we assume you like Bruichladdich john

    Have similar taste myself, although partial to the various macallan brands if the mood takes me

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    ABI

    [anything but Islay!!!]

    For a blend , Grouse is always drinkable

    For a malt i always go Macallan or Glen farclas [101 for a special occassion]

    A wise man once said

    "There is no such thing as a bad whisky, just some are better than others!"

    however "Poacher Choice" [2434me will back me up on this one] will curdle the milk in your coffee.
    It was a BAD whisky

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    Laphroaig Quarter Cask...Laphroaig is good stuff, but the Quarter Cask is nectar.

    Talisker of course.

    If you want a blend with a bit of peat in it, try the new Black Grouse. I think you can only get it at the distilery (great day out by the way) or in forn' parts

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    Jameson's ........... you didn't say it had to be from Scotland !

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    I don't drink blended. I just prefer mature single malts. Caol Ila 1989, Blair Atholl 1977 and Talisker 1978 do it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frax
    Laphroaig Quarter Cask...Laphroaig is good stuff, but the Quarter Cask is nectar.

    Talisker of course.

    If you want a blend with a bit of peat in it, try the new Black Grouse. I think you can only get it at the distilery (great day out by the way) or in forn' parts
    The Black Grouse is in the specialist shops, but only just.
    basil.

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