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Whisky Of The Year 2017

VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 30-12-2017 at 17:26 pm

By a landslide the Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/72332/flaming-heart-5th-edition-cb;

27.1% Caol Ila, 30 yo refill hogsheads american oak

38.5% Caol Ila, 14 yo refill hogheads american oak

24.1% Clynelish, 20 yo rejuvenated hogsheads american oak

10.3% Highland malt, 7 yo new france oak

Although it was released in 2015 (I opened my first bottle this year) and yes it's a blend and yes it's also a NAS. However, if such quality was so readily available as this for such a reasonable price point ($120cnd), many would not feel the need to spend much more on seeking such quality. I just open a Highland Park 25yo the other day, and so for (will see how oxidation takes effect), the Flaming Heart 5th Edition is a better dram for 1/5 of the price.

For an age statement the Springbank 12-year-old cask strength https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99298/springbank-12-year-old is a strong second and again as far as value goes ($88cnd) best bang for your buck for a 2017 release. Keep in mind, there is a couple of different Springbank 12-year-old cask strength releases, the one with 56.5 % Vol. seems to be rated higher than the others here on WB. I never tried the others.

Honourable mention Octomer 03.1 / 3_152 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/17775/octomore-edition-031-3152 An incredible scotch! You know you have a winner when you feel noising is all you need. Much better than the 4.1, 5.1, 6.1. and 7.1. Top four in the Octomores I've had so far. Awesome!

Happy New Year To All!

  Edited on 30-12-2017 at 17:48 pm
One life... Drink it well
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 30-12-2017 at 18:16 pm

As with VVP not one bottled in 2017 but 2012,  this for me is the best whisky quality/price ratio I  have purchased for some time.

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41085/speyburn-1975

BXpress
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 30-12-2017 at 18:21 pm

lincolnimp wrote:

As with VVP not one bottled in 2017 but 2012,  this for me is the best whisky quality/price ratio I  have purchased for some time.

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41085/speyburn-1975


And may i say...excellent purchase.


For me it's these two:


https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/73472/dailuaine-1980


https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/27547/glenlochy-1980-sv


I can't decide which I enjoyed more. I think the Glenlochy was rather flawless, whereas the Dailuaine was extremely interesting and characterful.


Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Administrator
Posted on 30-12-2017 at 20:17 pm

By a landslide the Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/72332/flaming-heart-5th-edition-cb;


Can't argue with that - tasted it at the Gathering in Rotterdam and finally managed to get one bottle of Flaming Heart 5th Edition into Norway.

As for affordable entry level drams, I really liked Glendronach 12yo, Springbank 10yo and Bunnahabhain 18yo.

Happy New Year!

“There is no such thing as bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 00:06 am

My three most pleasing purchases:


CompassBox No Name

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99601/no-name-blended-malt-scotch-whisky-cb

Apart from the main 75% being a massively smoked 16 year Ardbeg, the other components are very similar to the Flaming Heart.

At around £100 it's still good value for money.


Highland Park 1989 G&M

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/87261/highland-park-1989-gm

A really nice and gentle well matured HP.

Found it in a local shop in Kirkwall, and £105 for a 27YO is not bad concidering the 25YO OB was £355 at the distillery.


Douglas Laing's Feis Ile 2017 bottling, Caol Ila 6YO Provenance

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/95856/caol-ila-2010-dl

Unfiltered, uncolored, young and brutally raw "in your face" cask strenght peat attack!

Got it delivered at the door, tax free by a courier mistake, for around £50.


All three being IB's. My biggest disapointment of the year, an OB:

 Glenmorangie Bacalta

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/92186/glenmorangie-bacalta

A £40 whisky with a £100 price tag.


Cheers! And a Happy New Whisky Year to all!

cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 01:38 am

i'LL try and keep to the script and at reasonable prices.

longrow malbec for me; BRUICHLADDICH 11 whisky broker; and a craigallachie 8 year old - sherry octave IB; then batch 15 springbank 12 CS

cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 01:43 am

oh....and from an earlier bottling how does this sound??

1964 Springbank; 1977 Ardmore; 1977 North Port; 1978 Tomatin; 1977 Imperial; 1976 Glengarioch; 1976 Ardbeg and 1976 Glengrant. Combined with 30YO grain from Girvan...


BenNevis
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 09:15 am

Out of all the whisky I have tasted this year this one has surprised me the most and at £32  Its a lot better than some of the bottles I have brought that were 3 or 4 times the prize.


https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81735/ben-nevis-10-year-old

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praisethepasta
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 10:56 am

BenNevis wrote:

Out of all the whisky I have tasted this year this one has surprised me the most and at £32  Its a lot better than some of the bottles I have brought that were 3 or 4 times the prize.


https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81735/ben-nevis-10-year-old


I quite agree! Got a bottle for around €40, hard to believe it's only 10 years old ( I'm guessing there is some older stuff in there as well, somewhere in the 15 -17 yo region). So indeed a serious contender for budget friendly whisky of the year.


My top whisky however has got to be the 2002 Springbank bourbon wood.  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99739/springbank-14-year-old

It really is a whisky that takes you on a journey of flavour and taste, great complexity and development from nose to finish. Secondary prices are allready getting silly, so I'm really glad I got one at retail price.

Non scotch I nominate another cheap bottle: the Elijah Craig small batch 12 year old. It was quite the discovery for me, and at €35 incredible value for money. Great balance of typical corn sweetness with spiciness from the rye in the mashbill. 

So, no spectacular, decades old bottles, but all within the availability of a medium budget. Slainte to all of you and I hope 2018 brings more spectacular whisky moments!

  Edited on 31-12-2017 at 11:02 am
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ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 11:30 am

Best BFYB that I tried this year was the Ben Nevis 10-year-old.

Best whisky of the year for me was also the Flaming Heart 5th Edition CB.

  Edited on 31-12-2017 at 13:58 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-12-2017 at 14:28 pm

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/41992/colonel-eh-taylor-single-barrel 

Bourbons of the year.

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81715/jim-beam-signature-craft  

World

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/98581/paul-john-brilliance 

Scotch 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/84628/glenfarclas-15-year-old 

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/70492/benrinnes-1998-gm 

  Edited on 31-12-2017 at 14:49 pm
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 01-01-2018 at 00:34 am

Hmm,not going by opening up an older bottling.  I would go with my recent purchase of Alambic Classique Glenlossie 20.  Great ...no, but it is pretty darn good.

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