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Picked up a bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year today, which has been conspicuous in its absence from supermarket shelves for the last few years. Was there a shortage or something? They seemed to have been replaced with the "Founders reserve", which is a really dogshit NAS whisky. 

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On 26/02/2019 at 19:21, Thor said:

Picked up a bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year today, which has been conspicuous in its absence from supermarket shelves for the last few years. Was there a shortage or something? They seemed to have been replaced with the "Founders reserve", which is a really dogshit NAS whisky. 

I remember reading that demand had skyrocketed for aged single malts a few years ago and a lot of distilleries couldn’t keep up with demand. I guess with gin overtaking it in popularity the last few years (and it being much easier to pump out a decent gin without having to age it) they’ve had a chance to catch up.

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4 hours ago, Jammy said:

I remember reading that demand had skyrocketed for aged single malts a few years ago and a lot of distilleries couldn’t keep up with demand. I guess with gin overtaking it in popularity the last few years (and it being much easier to pump out a decent one without ageing) they’ve had a chance to catch up.

 

I see the GlenDronach 15 is back (yay!) but now costs £60 a bottle (boo!).

 

I have far too much whisky in the cabinet, but I'd still buy a bottle of that like a shot if I stumbled upon it on my travels.

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This is probably heresy in this thread, but last weekend, on a whim because it was cheap in Tesco (£15 for 70cl), I bought a bottle of Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask. And it's lovely. For reference my favourite single malt is Aberlour 12 and I'm also partial to a good bourbon too. This is a relatively inexpensive way of hitting my sweet spot square on.

 

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1 hour ago, Darren said:

This is probably heresy in this thread, but last weekend, on a whim because it was cheap in Tesco (£15 for 70cl), I bought a bottle of Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask. And it's lovely. For reference my favourite single malt is Aberlour 12 and I'm also partial to a good bourbon too. This is a relatively inexpensive way of hitting my sweet spot square on.

 

Your tastes sound like mine, and I'm running low on stocks (I've been playing a lot of RDR2, which demands to be played with whisky). I'm going to, against my better instincts, give this a try assuming my Tesco have it. The worst that can happen is you gain my eternal hatred, and I'm willing to take that risk.

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The JD single barrel selections are normally pretty good, especially if you can get them at barrel proof strength.

 

(my tastes in bourbon tend to run to Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Heaven Hill, but in a pinch, JD Single Barrel Select will do ;))

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I just want to say that Lidl's Ben Bracken Speyside is an unbelievable single malt for £17. So good. I love a nice whisky but can rarely justify buying a bottle of something good. That's as nice to me as whiskies as costing two or three times as much. 

 

The Internet seems to think its a rebadged Tamnavulin which I have never tasted. 

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On 07/06/2019 at 11:52, Alexlotl said:

I see the GlenDronach 15 is back (yay!) but now costs £60 a bottle (boo!).

 

My wife bought me a bottle of this for Christmas and I managed to make it last for three months or so. Took some discipline, because it was bloody lovely.

 

I don't know if it's worth roughly double my usual whisky spend - i.e. whatever single malt with age statement is on offer in Sainsbury's - but I'm pretty sure it was the best I've tried so far (having only really been into whisky for a few years).

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Worth keeping an eye out for the little Glendronach gift packs they do at Christmas, with shorties of the 10, 12 and 15 (from memory). After Christmas, Sainsbury’s apply absolutely absurd discounts to them to get their shelf space back.

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On 11/07/2019 at 20:33, deerokus said:

I just want to say that Lidl's Ben Bracken Speyside is an unbelievable single malt for £17. So good. I love a nice whisky but can rarely justify buying a bottle of something good. That's as nice to me as whiskies as costing two or three times as much. 

 

The Internet seems to think its a rebadged Tamnavulin which I have never tasted. 

 

Oh, that’s interesting. I’ve recently taken a shine to Tamnavulin, after it being on offer in multiple supermarkets. It’s a decent dram.

 

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On 10 June 2019 at 15:59, Peter St John said:

The JD single barrel selections are normally pretty good, especially if you can get them at barrel proof strength.

 

(my tastes in bourbon tend to run to Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Heaven Hill, but in a pinch, JD Single Barrel Select will do ;))

 

Bulleit is showing up in more places and is pretty decent.

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4 hours ago, smac said:

 

Bulleit is showing up in more places and is pretty decent.

 

I tend to avoid Bulleit due to the long-running saga detailed here:https://neatpour.com/2019/07/exclusive-hollis-b-worth-talks-about-bulleit-diageo-split/  but it's definitely decent for the price! (and for a long time it was contracted-distilled by Four Roses, so if you like Bulleit, there's a good chance you'll enjoy any Four Roses bourbon too).

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