I have a friend (actually, my Nephrologist) who drinks Johnny Walker (not
sure whether it's Black or Red). I'd like to get him a Single Malt that
will give him a nice introduction to this wonderful world. I'm a peat
freak, so I disqualify myself! I'll be seeing him Monday morning. Any
suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
On 05 Dec 2007 10:36:10 GMT, Nick Cramer
Gentle? Dalwhinnie, Royal Lochnagar or basically any Lowland malt.
Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie or Rosebank if you can find it your side of
the pond. I have an independant bottling of Rosebank bottled by Helen
Arthur. Its an everymans friend. So easy going.
I'd also add the Glen Moray with an age statement - can't remember if
it's 10 or 12yo, but it's a lovely smooth, honeyed dram.
The non-age statement Glen Moray is just a wee bit rough around the
U¿ytkownik "Nick Cramer" napisa³:
In addition to what has been said before, Johnnie Walker is said to contain
a fair amount of Cardhu. In fact, the Cardhu distillery has been turned into
"the home of Johnnie Walker". Far from being the best whisky in the world,
it should have pleasant associations for your friend, it is quite
affordable, and it comes in a nice bottle ;-)
On the other hand, if it's quality subtlety you're after, I'd suggest
U¿ytkownik "Dave Hinz" napisa³:
Friendship's not a problem, but who's going to foot the whisky bill? ;-)
Seriously, though, I think that it is one thing that has not been discussed
as thoroughly and extensively as it probably should be. Namely, some of the
distilleries you wouldn't write home about on the basis of their most
popular, standard bottlings, can surprise you with some of their older, more
rare, or independently bottled stuff. Glengoyne is one of them - I wouldn't
give much for the standard 10yo (wouldn't pour it down the sink, either),
but the 17yo is a rare beauty.
Other such cases include:
Ardmore - my mates and I once had a blind tasting, in which an independent
Ardmore easily beat Highland Park 25yo OB.
Bunnahabhain - the 1987 from Murray McDavid would probably get very near my
top of the tops ever.
Glen Grant - they used to know how to make whisky there, back in the 1970s.
Dailuaine - will bever forget a single cask version from Adelphi (1984, if
memory doesn't fail me) that really brought me to my knees.
Older Glen Grants, from the mid-forties through the seventies, were some of the
best whiskies I have ever tasted. We still have a 30-yr. 1954 Glen Grant that is
quite spectacular -- my wife's birth year bottle. Fortunately, she shares. 8;)
I once had a bottle of G&M CC 1947 Glenugie 33-yr. which was was also terrific.
On Wed, 5 Dec 2007, Nick Cramer wondrously revealed:
}I have a friend (actually, my Nephrologist) who drinks Johnny Walker (not
}sure whether it's Black or Red). I'd like to get him a Single Malt that
}will give him a nice introduction to this wonderful world. I'm a peat
}freak, so I disqualify myself! I'll be seeing him Monday morning. Any
}suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
Depending on how much you want to spend and what's available
where you are: Tobermory 10yo; Balvenie Double Wood; The
Glenlievet 12yo French Oak; The Macallan 12yo.
In article ,
But it is rather sweet which is good for beginners. Also, if he is a
blend drinker, he will be in heaven with the Balvenie. If you want
something a little more "masculine" (at the risk of being sexist). try
the Glenfarclas Cask Strength ("105").