I collect for special occasions from the store when I find a Bookers bottle with more than 128 proof... They are rare and taste fantastic
Obviously he would know a LOT more than I would, but I've only noticed that the older a scotch gets (especially above 18 years), the smoother it gets - the flavors don't change a whole lot in my mind. This could also be different for certain types/regions, as I haven't had a ton of 25 or 30-years.AMGfan: Wow - that's an incredible collection!
How do the flavors change with the 25, 30+ year scotches? With the scotches that I've tried in vertical tastings, it seems that the smokey/peatey flavors increase until 15-18 years. After that it seems that the flavors begin to mellow out more and continually balance, but I've never had much beyond 18-20 years though. Do the flavors just become more balanced the older they get, or does something else typically become more prominent in the flavor profile?
Obviously he would know a LOT more than I would, but I've only noticed that the older a scotch gets (especially above 18 years), the smoother it gets - the flavors don't change a whole lot in my mind. This could also be different for certain types/regions, as I haven't had a ton of 25 or 30-years.
Rock on - that sounds similar to what I envisioned. I think I was describing something similar, the smokey, vanilla taste increases from the barrel, then mellows out after that.I can't say I am an expert and that my palate is very accurate. I do know that the longer a scotch/whiskey is aged in the barrel the more it will pick up from the barrel...also the the taste/character mellows out. I would say similar to the aging of a cigar except that aging of a whiskey stops once it comes out of the barrel...with my cigars they just age and "mellow" out in my humidors.
I have the 30yr Fine Oak and now the 30yr Sherry Oak (which is from what I have read is more traditional...whatever that means). I know that the 30yr Fine Oak was fantastic in nose and flavor...if it was $200-$300 better in flavor/character than the 25 is debatable and depends on the person and their palate.
The Glenfarcas which is a 40yr is almost 1/3 the price of the 30yr Macallan and gives it a run for its money.
I prefer the Highlands and Speyside single malts and have acquired the tasted of the peaty single malts like Laphroaig and Ardbeg. The two I have pictured above are like kerosene to the uninitiated...I started out my buddies with the fruity and aromatic Glenmorangies I have and as a punk I set them up with a shot of the Ardbeg and Laphroaig...I thought I saw flames coming from both ends when they took a sip. Personally...If I'm in the mood...the Ardbeg hits the spot.