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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 9:43 pm    Post subject: 1 question Reply with quote

Hey m-mates, I'm looking for some answers.. maybe you could help?

Anyways, I'm looking for something 12-15 yo.. it has to be well rounded and smooth.. I'd say 40%, I feel that higher ABV is too strong for that age. I'm more on the bourbon side so I don't really care about sherry unless it playes a factor in a well rounded whisky. Not much into smoke, unless it's a little.

Oak, vanilla, honey, spice and malt up front Wink

Any good clues?
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend something outstanding like The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year at 43% ABV. with much of the profile you're looking for.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at the Glen Grant 10 & 12 and if your budget will stretch the Glenfiddich 19 Age of Discovery Bourbon
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deanston 12 is an excellent young whisky and ticks all the boxes, but of course it's at 46.3% ABV. Just adjust the strength with water and you'll be hooked!

At 40%, you could have a look at Glen Moray 12. And there's Dalwhinnie 15, though it's at 43%.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a very wide category that.

You can't really go wrong with Balvenie if you're looking for honey'd smooth notes. The 13yo Doublewood is a great starter whisky and the 12yo single barrel us entirely first fill bourbon but more expensive. Even though the single barrel is higher abv it's not to strong and you can always add water.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Glengoyne 12, only 43% with some sherry influence?

If it's a straight up bourbon maturation then maybe Tullibardine Sovereign 43%, currently reduced to £25 at Sainsbury's. Younger than 12 though.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheMaster wrote:
It's a very wide category that.


I actually thought the opposite, if we take the question strictly. I couldn't think of that many exclusively bourbon matured 12-15 year old malts bottled at 40%. Of course with a bit of leeway there's a big selection, yes.

For FS: A slightly left-field suggestion is the Kavalan Classic - not 12-15 year old of course but that's Taiwanese heat for you. It is sadly overpriced now, although it does meet your profile requirements flavour-wise.

Also if we allow a bit of sherry, you can never go wrong with a Glenfiddich 15 Solera.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies, I looked into some of them.. but what about Old Pulteney 12-15? It isn't availible here in Iceland but according to reviews I do think that is excactly what I am looking for, have anybody experienced it yet?

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexppp wrote:
Deanston 12 is an excellent young whisky and ticks all the boxes, but of course it's at 46.3% ABV. Just adjust the strength with water and you'll be hooked!

At 40%, you could have a look at Glen Moray 12. And there's Dalwhinnie 15, though it's at 43%.


I bought a bottle of Deanston 12 earlier this year and it was too harsh to begin with, and to be honest I didn't find the contrast of the flavours either at the start point, that is the main reason I mentioned 40%+ being too strong for that age.

But after 1-2 days I finished the bottle and finally found the sweetness and the richness increased, as ralfy said.. you gotta give it time and let it sit, lol. That's what I did for 2 days only and it worked, but.. I am looking for something better than D12, maybe D18 if I have to.

All I need is something that I can always depend on, I don't wanna spend energy looking for something basic and 'daily' stuff. That suffer. :/
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny you mention Old Pulteney 12, I was coming on here to throw that into the mix. I enjoy it and it has a little coastal twist with it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MattS wrote:
Funny you mention Old Pulteney 12, I was coming on here to throw that into the mix. I enjoy it and it has a little coastal twist with it.


Have you tried the 15?
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection, just has a drop of water to bring down the % ABV
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FS wrote:
MattS wrote:
Funny you mention Old Pulteney 12, I was coming on here to throw that into the mix. I enjoy it and it has a little coastal twist with it.


Have you tried the 15?


No, not personally.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Dalwhinnie 15yo Reply with quote

Dalwhinnie 15yo sounds like it could fit your bill, it's a great price as well, but dont confuse it with Dalwhinnie winters gold. GL
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