OK, if there is a dedeicated thread to the hairy arsed pirate drink, then we should honour the nector of life with its own... This Christmas, Santa has been very kind. As a devotee of Islay (prounounced Eye-la, by way) heavily peated malts, with some nice older and rarer examples in my modest collection, this new addition will not be out of place and be opened and tasted on Christmas day. I am hopeful it will be exceptional, and given its rather excessive price, it had better be
Bunnahabhain 1989 bottled 2015 - 26 year old *****
Bunnahabhain 12 ****
Lagavulin 12 Limited cask Strength ****
Lagavulin 1979 bottled 1995 16yo distillers edition*****
Lagavulin 16 ****
Bowmore 18 *****
Bowmore 15 sherry cask ****
Bowmore 10 ***
Laphroig 10 ****
Talisker 10 ***
Highland Park 12 ***
Dalwhinnie 1980 bottled 1995 15yo distillers limited ****
Glendronach 15 (purchased in about 1996) ****
Auchentoshan 10 (Purchased in 1997)
Thing about many of the the Scottish distillaries now is that many are no longer independent and the bigger corporate owners have sadly gone for marketing sales rather than maintaining quality. A 10 year old Macallan purchased today is nothing like the 10 year old purchased say in 1990. You can find the 1990 version in some specialist shops for about £200... (it cost around £18 back in 1990) and they are producing all these non-age labelled 'editions' which means they can release more bottles earlier and make more money.... mostly purchased in airports by tourists. They are good drinkable whiskies, but, are IMHO lower quality than teh age labelled standards. Quality is a suffering eg. The Macallan 18 from those 1990s was a stunning malt, sadly the 18 of today is but a shadow of its former self.
Best value right now is to go for independent bottlings that were distilled in the ate 80s and early 90s and bottled at 18-26 years - branded these would be £300-£1000, but can be had from £120 which is expensive, but exceptional whisky for that price...
Any fellow Malt appreciators out there, or be thee all pirates?