richardhod wrote:K1, your favourite scotches? And you know a good discount source, apart from Heathrow airport, and the (quality but expensive) Malt Whisky Society?
Well, I'm a sucker for a good Islay malt. Laphroaig is the all-time favorite and usual standby (I probably own half the distillery grounds by now with their "one square foot" of land per bottle club-thing), and I'm currently working through a bottle of Cask Strength (I've looked all over for the fabled Quarter Cask, but haven't found any). Ardbeg and Lagavulin are also winners, and I'm really excited to try the whisky from the new Kilchoman distillery which started up about a decade ago, but I haven't gotten my hands on any.
On the other end of the spectrum, a smooth Highlands malt is sometimes the ticket when I don't want to blow my taste buds out. Out of the ones I've tried, I think Oban probably has the most character (some of them are simply too watery - I was highly disappointed with a Dalwhinnie 15 I picked up). I also have a deep, abiding love for the magic of Talisker, though on character alone I think it's more of an Islay than Highlands type.
Speyside malts strike a good balance between peat power and smoothness, and some of Macallan's older whiskies are great, but too expensive to enjoy regularly.
As far as getting whisky on the cheap, I've never really bothered much with buying it online, since I usually only get a bottle at a time, and there's not much variability in the price (like with wine). Living in DC, of course, I always have a classy liquor store within walking distance, so I've never really felt the need to go online for Scotch.
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