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Favourite single malt whisky?

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Lastyearsmodel Mon 25-Aug-08 20:27:45

Want to get DP a holiday treat but I'm not a whisky drinker. Can anyone recommend a good single malt (pref one available from the supermarket)?

slavemum Mon 25-Aug-08 20:37:52

balvenie or laphroig. they're lovely, very peaty.

squeaver Mon 25-Aug-08 20:38:51

Laphroig's my fave too. A lot of people like Glenfiddich

expatinscotland Mon 25-Aug-08 20:39:59

Aberfeldy, but that one is hard to find.

I guess my fav supermarket one would probably be Glenlivet.

McDreamy Mon 25-Aug-08 20:40:02

I really dislike whisky although DH is adamant it just means I haven't found the right one!! His fav is also Laphroig.

AMumInScotland Mon 25-Aug-08 20:40:03

DH likes Glenmorangie, or Macallan - not very peaty ones. Do you know what sort he likes in general?

dereelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 20:40:19


Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Aug-08 20:40:53


bruxeur Mon 25-Aug-08 20:41:05

Second Laphroaig, Caol Ila is also fantastic.

Habbibu Mon 25-Aug-08 20:42:12

Like Laphroaig, but love Highland Park and Balvenie. Highland Park good if you're not so keen on peaty.

ilovemydog Mon 25-Aug-08 20:43:26


CantSleepWontSleep Mon 25-Aug-08 20:47:54

You really need to know whether he likes them peaty or not.

If he does, then Lagavulin, Talisker or Laphraoig would all be good bets.

expatinscotland Mon 25-Aug-08 20:48:08

Laphroig is really peaty

TheDuchessOfSmokedNotJellied Mon 25-Aug-08 20:53:11

Lots of votes for Laphroig, but it is a rather distinct taste and too much makes my throat feel rough, like I've had too many cigars.

As a rule of thumb Speysides (ie. Glenlivet) are quite fine, Highland malts (Macallan, Glenmorangie) are classic-tasting and Islay malts are peaty.

Gingerbear Mon 25-Aug-08 20:55:18

Tallisker or Chivas Regal

frasersmummy Mon 25-Aug-08 20:56:06

The oban malt is lovely

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Aug-08 20:57:40

Just asked DH (a big whisky drinker) he says if you don't know what type of whisky your DP likes then stay safe with a classic like Glenmorangie.

His current tipple of choice is a Welsh single malt called Penderyn, which he likes a lot.

Heathcliffscathy Mon 25-Aug-08 20:59:15

caol ila is peaty and smokey but smooth. macallan is sweet and luscious.

Habbibu Mon 25-Aug-08 21:10:18

Glenmorangie a bit dull, though, Slub? Seriously - Highland Park is smooth and beautiful. Peaty whiskies like Marmite - in that they divide opinion quite severely, not that they taste like marmite...

MadameOvary Mon 25-Aug-08 21:12:02

Lagavulin here too.

Lastyearsmodel Mon 25-Aug-08 21:12:53

Blimey, thanks you lot. Think he might like it peaty - remember him drinking with friends in Scotland and having long discussion about their spring-fed peaty tasting water supply and how the whisky had a similar taste.

Will write a long list of your recommendations and head out tomorrow.

Also need nightcap-type present for friends - off to start a new thread.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 25-Aug-08 21:13:24

Laphroaig is a bit challenging for some, as it is so peaty.

Personally I would suggest Isle of Jura.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Aug-08 21:13:42

Habbibu my DH just flared his nostrils at you shock. I am trying to draw him on other non peaty whiskys he likes but he is heavily involved in some Indian thing on the telly.

He is a peat man.

Habbibu Mon 25-Aug-08 21:16:52

<falls over with gust from fiercely flared nostrils> I like peaty stuff too. Ask him if he likes HP, ask him, go on....

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Aug-08 21:22:47

oooooooooooooooohhh he is so impressive (as are you Habbibu) this is what he just said about Highland Park

The 15 year old Highland Park is one of the best single malts available on the high street. It is an exceptional whisky.

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