For that amount of money and considering that you are quite new to Scotch malt whisky there is a huge selection available for you to choose from.
The big cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh have a few excellent Scotch Whisky shops such as Oddbins, The Whisky Shop and Royal Mile Whiskies.
There is also a great selection of whisky and some good bargains to be had at the airports. I dont know which airport your girlfriend is flying into in Scotland but you will find a "World of Whiskies" shop at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports both of which have a good selection of whisky with considerable savings on shop prices.
Out the 2 whiskies you mention i have only tried the Old Pulteney 21 year old, it is a good dram which i am sure you will enjoy. I havent had the Glenugie from Douglas Laing who is an independent bottler of whisky but i have had other Douglas Laing bottlings and i have always found his bottlings to be quality drams. As you say that does seem a decent price for a 25 year old whisky. I had a look in Jim Murrays whisky bible and he scores the Glenugie at 87/100 which is a pretty decent score. I am sure you would enjoy it and it is a limited edition rare whisky which will not be around for ever.
The other 3 whiskies Andy mentions Highland Park, Macallan and Talisker 18 year olds are all excellent whiskies which anyone new to Scotch whisky should try at least once. The HP 18 and Talisker are both recent winners of Best Whisky in the World at the Whisky Magazine awards, this tells you that they are quality drams.
Really appreciate the answers.. Good to know there are people who care about what they are drinking
Is The Whiskey Shop an expensive store? The whiskies you have recommended (HP and Talisker) cost the same here in Norway (even with our insane alcohol taxes). These whiskies I might as well buy here in Norway.
The Old Pulteney and Glenugie is not to be found in Norway.
The Macallan Fine Oak Single Malt 18 Years Old costs about 100£ here in Norway? What do you think I have to pay for it in the airport?
I`ll send a list with my girlfriend who will be in this order:
1: Old Pulteney 1983 Limited Edition 21 year old
2: Glenugie Old Malt Cask 25 year old
3: Macallan Oak Single Malt 18 year (if she can get it for ~75£)
I had a look in the world duty free website and they have a 1 litre bottle of Talisker 18 for only Â£29.99 which is a fantastic price.
Pug Nose is your girlfriend flying into Glasgow or Edinburgh, if so you could contact the duty free shop via their website and ask them for prices on a specific whisky. I always find the airport is always cheaper by far and Glasgow airport has a great choice of whisky not sure about Edinburgh as i do not use it. The whisky they show online available from their duty free shop is just a sample of what they do have.
I would have thought you would have went for the Macallan sherry wood rather than the macallan fine oak as you said you liked the dalmore. Personally i do not rate the macallan fine oak very highly but there sherry wood is not called the Rolls Royce of malts for nothing. I am certain the macallan will be available at the airport.
Incidentally The Whisky Shop can sometimes be a bit expensive just depends on which whisky you are after.
The Talisker offer is tempting! But it is not that expensive where I live either, so I think I will buy a more luxurious whisky
But the Chivas Royal Salute 21 y.o is listed at 60£ in the duty free shop. Thats more than half the price than here in Norway. And it is a whisky that I would not buy in Norway(because of the price).
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