Malt Whisky Nov 11, 2012 19:57:04 GMT
Post by burnie on Nov 11, 2012 19:57:04 GMT
It's all a matter of taste,but a good whisky book helps you through the mine field.
Advice for malt virgins is to buy miniatures,so there's no waste if you don't like it(get it down you man,puts hairs on your chest,there is an alternative statement for the ladies)
Best start with a lowland like Glenkinchie,easily found and excellent taste.Then try a speyside,lots to choose from and Aberlour is on offer at the moment. Highland comes next,fewer around and they come from some very low places for "highlanders"Dalwhinnie is one of my favourites,but Glenmorangie(rhymes with "orangey") is popular. Islands come next with Ledaig from Mull one of the cheapest malts you can buy and not bad either,Talisker and Highland Park for the braver ones amongst you.
Cambletown sort of sits between the Islands and Highlands in taste sort of salty, but not too feirce and theres even a peaty one.
Finally(although these days there are non peated ones about and peated mainlanders) you get to Islay,described as phenolic,mouthwash and quite a few other unkind descriptions,they are an aquired taste. You can find un peated Islay malts,but I like the peat.
I spent a week in most of the Islay distilleries last year,highly recommended, and have to say they are quite superb.Bruichladdich is probably the tamer one to start with before moving to the south of the island where you hit the beasts,quite literally(appologies for spelling)but Ari- nam-bheist really is worth trying to find if you are a peat monster,as is Uigeadail, both from Ardbeg ,though the readily available Laphroiag is my favourite.If you won the lottery last night you might want to try the one I was offered by email from the friends of the classic malts, 32 year old Port Ellen,latest release a snip at £599 a bottle,numbers are limited mind so you can't buy them by the dozen!!
You missed out our local brand paint stripper.
It is not a bad dram and the distillery welcomes weary travellers who want to try a sample or two.
Sorry fredo,forgot about our new one,not tried it yet,still a bit young for me.My son was based near the English one and he sent me loads of their "spirits"sure it will be fine when its matured.