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It goes without saying that members of this forum have excellent taste, given their choice of vehicles. So beyond Porsches, I would like to take advantage of your experienced palates in the whisky realm.

I have some friends who will be visiting and they are Scotch drinkers. I need a recommendation for a good single malt Scotch in the $50 - $100 range. I know that @WHT TGR has suggested Glenfiddich 15 and @Macanuck an Ardbeg uigeadail in the past. Would these be acceptable to seasoned Scotch drinkers as well as to a novice like myself?

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Try Strathisla, it is my favourite value single malt.
It is the number one single they use in Chivas, so it is very consistent.
A bit of a secret for those in the know.
You mightn't like it, but I certainly do
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I don't know if it's available in MA but if you can find a bottle of Bushmills Black Bush or even an anniversary edition from 2008, don't hesitate.
It's a small but renowned Northern Ireland distillery that I visited some years ago.

They use all sort of mixed used barrels from sherry to port and even other whisky brands to obtain their distinctive taste.
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Single malts come in a wide range of styles, but my recommendation for you in your situation would be the Lagavulin 16 year old. It's a very intense peaty style, and pretty easy to find in most markets. even if it isn't your friends' favourite style, they will respect it, and respect your taste


other brands I like in that price range are the Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old, or Talisker 10 years or older, or Highland Park 10+
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I don't know if it's available in MA but if you can find a bottle of Bushmills Black Bush or even an anniversary edition from 2008, don't hesitate.
It's a small but renowned Northern Ireland distillery that I visited some years ago.

They use all sort of mixed used barrels from sherry to port and even other whisky brands to obtain their distinctive taste.
But Irish whisky isn't Scotch...
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One of my favorites in that price range is Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or. Many people refer to it as a desert Scotch as it's easy to drink and has a citrus and nut flavor.


If you want a more affordable and traditional Scotch, look for Aberfledy 12 or 18 (or 21 depending on how much you want to spend).


Now if you want to show off a bit and are willing to go a little above your spend limit, look for Aultmore 21. This is one of the smoothest Single Malts I own but not the easiest bottle to find outside the UK.


Glenlivet 12 and Glenfiddich 12 are kinda the gold standard and almost always available, while not adventurous or impressive almost everyone drinks them.
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But Irish whisky isn't Scotch...
I know. It's better than Scotch
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It's going to be a tough task to satisfy seasoned veterans as well as a novice like yourself with a single bottle. Many that are new to the Scotch world find the Islay's a bit too earthy/peaty, both in nose and in palette. @Arnold T has a good recommendation with the Balvenie Doublewood, and I would add that Balvenie Carribean Cask 14 yr is a great compromise for your diverse group. The veterans will appreciate the unique finish, and you will find it a smooth introduction to great scotch.

Know your service too. Some, like myself, consider a "splash" only about 3 DROPS of water in a dram. Others will take a short pour. Rocks can be the ones from the ice box, or I find a great way to cool a dram is with whiskey stones (literally small chunks of granite that you chill in the freezer that don't water down the drink). What's "correct" is what those enjoying the drink prefer, and you will find opinions on all sides. If any of those opinions includes a mixer, kindly show them the door, and be sure to catch their heel on the way out!
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+1 for the Balvenie suggestions, all of theirs are nice, and I'd add Highland Park 15 and 18
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What's "correct" is what those enjoying the drink prefer, and you will find opinions on all sides


very true. I don't add water or ice. just straight, room temp for me. but I would still enjoy it if you served it to me with ice or water. and I would be too polite to say anything

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