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benjiv50
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's been a couple of years since my first post and I thought I'd post an update now I'm further into my journey, although possibly at least a year overdue!

When I posted my first thread I was but a absolute virgin in the wonderful world of whisky, I suppose I still am. I truly believe that when you/one chooses to become a whisky drinker you have no idea what you're in for and boy, I surely did not. It's made me into a man, it's matured me, refined me and kept me interested during the many mad times we find ourselves in, especially currently.

As per my original post, I started a few years ago, but had NO idea what I was doing, the money I was wasting but most importantly, the whisky I wasted by not appreciating it for what it really was.

I'm now at a slightly more informed stage and have familiarised myself with most of the decent malts up to 12 years old. I now have 2 favourites, The Glenlivet 12 as number one and Glenmorangie original as 2. I am a speyside fan and prefer light, floral, fruity whiskies. I have recently tried a fair few whiskies and Glenlivet 12 just beats them all, I could drink it for days, and I do whoops. It's wonderful stuff, so complex yet light and delicate.

Anyway, apologies for re-igniting my original post, just thought it would be good to post an update on my journey,

Hope you are all safe and well.

Ben
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ben the two your enjoying are both fine and trust me we have all been there at one stage, when I started it was frightening how much I enjoyed the glenlivit 12, so fruity so apple and pears, it was my fav at that early stage, the glenmo is a far better drink and more complex , as you travel on your journey there will be others that you will just say wow so more fun to be had, when I tried the glenlivit 18 that was also a wow moment for me, keep learning and keep enjoying, I look back at some of my early posts and cry with my lack of knowledge and wonder did I really say that,
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ben, as somebody just setting out on my whisky journey I am really interested to read your posts - thank you for sharing your experiences.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldcrofter, most newbies will start on glenlivit 12 and glenmo 10 and too develop your taste a bit more the highland park 12 which has a touch of smoke which is different to the two above but is a good step to make, if you don’t like smoke that’s fine but never give up on it, it takes a while to accept, clynelish 14 is a belter and is a must try, enjoy your road into the whisky world.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your reply ralfy legend. During recent years of occasional aimless wandering in the world of whisky I have been drawn towards entry level stuff from the likes of Talisker, Jura and Laphroaig so I am happy with smoke (although I can still taste the aftermath of yesterday evening's encounter with Ardbeg 10). I am now taking a more navigated approach and am keen to try the no-smoke and low-smoke whiskies. To this end I recently tried Glenmorangie 10 and Old Pulteney 12 (which I guess is somewhat similar to Highland Park 12 which you mention with just a whiff of smoke). Glenlivet has already been delivered although I had not thought of Clynelish 14 - I must add it to the list.
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benjiv50
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks chaps, I'm not much of a smoky fan at all, I find I can still taste it the next day! I do need to slow it down though, during this lockdown half a bottle at night has become the norm!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not seen it in Aldi for a couple of months but if there Highland Select 4yr blended malt reappears that's another option at £15. No smoke, no peat to my taste.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like you sat Matt not seen for a couple of months but the highland 8 shouldn’t disappoint at £14 or £12.99 in England , I have noticed each bottle of the highland 8 can be slightly different, I’ve had one that was so fruity that I went for another that was more grainy and les fruit but hey ho ,
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