Any whisky connoisseurs?

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    In our local tesco express I see they have Talisker Skye single malt reduced from £40 down to £25. I don't know the first thing about whisky, is it worth getting at that price?
     
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    I'm not a connaisseur, but if you are not one either a £20 bottle or £40 one will not make that much of a difference. But spending that £5 extra makes you more familiar with your palet so I'd say go for it.

    Usually a £40 bottle of whatever does not taste better then a £20 bottle on. But afterwards, the £20 one doesn’t taste as good as the £40 one. That's how you train your brain.
     
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    I've had rather a lot to drink tonight I'll try re-reading your post tomorrow to see if I understand it better :oops:
     
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    In short; go for it ;) learn what you like..
     
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    It's a rather smokey beast. If you like the West coast peat smoked then it is a bargain. If you prefer the Speyside then I recommend steering clear. Personally I love the west cost.
     
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    Talisker is a nice whisky, im off to tesco tomorrow
     
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    I got off on the wrong foot when I started whiskey. My first bottle was a gift from an extremely wealthy friend, 25 year Macallan. Now every whiskey that hits my pallet is being compared to what was programmed in. I still love bourbon and Rye. But I have to bust out the wallet twice a year now to always have a bottle of Macallan on hand.
     
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    Lidls do a whisky that is rated 88 on the Murray scale. Its £13.49 a bottle called Glen Orchy, a fantastic blended whisky.

    The average rating for a £100 bottle of whiskey on the Murray scale is about 82.

    I love it, and not just because its cheap.
     
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    MORRISONS.....! TWO BOTTLES - FAMOUS GROUSE (75cl) = �£20 (yep...10 quid each). Or mix n match with other spirits Gordons gin, Smirnoff Vodka, Brandy (think 3 barrels), Rum (can't remember brand), or Bailey's cream liquer. Forget Tesco' s - get on down to your local Morrisons........:arrow::arrow::arrow:


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    As Brazilian said, that is a smokey beast. Its an Islay malt, so think like Laphroaig and Lagavulin - both really good whiskies in the £40 range.
    Talisker is a really nice one, well worth £25 all day long.
    Smokey, peaty and very strong on the palette.
    Talisker can be a little full on, if you find it is just mix it with a drop or two of water and it transforms into a different drink, it gets smooth, smokey and a little tad sweet.

    I'll be nipping into Tesco tommorrow for a bottle or two for the cupboard.

    Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I picked one up this morning. It was actually £27 plus I had a £3 voucher and my wife's 10% discount so I got it for £21 :thumb:
     
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    Hey, Talisker certainly is not an Islay malt!!
    I used to live 4 miles from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. :)
    My wife likes Talisker whiskies very much - among her favourites.
    It's definitely not got the same strong peat-smoked tang as Laphroaig, Bowmore or Lagavulin - 3 of my favourites.
    Go for it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
     
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    Talisker would be an interesting drink to try for a first whisky. Its certainly a unique flavour. Bloody lovely though.
     
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    If you like your whisky tasting like an ashtray then go for it. The only whiskies I hate are scots island ones. But each to their own - loads of people savour the smokiness of it.

    If you want smooth whiskeys you need to think Irish. There is a Welsh whiskey called Penderhyn that is a lovely drink and nearly as smooth as an Irish.

    The scotch I drink is usually from the Speyside - smoother with less smoke than the others. Favorite speyside scotch is Glen Fiddich - beautiful drink.

    Nicest Whiskey I have ever tasted is Middleton Very Rare. A blended Whiskey that sets you back £150 a bottle - though it is made for drinking. Plenty of pubs sell it over here but it will set you back 10-15 quid per measure.
     
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    One of my favourites is Ledaig from Tobermory. I've got a Jura and litre of Jamesons on stand by..another nice one is Tulamore Dew. I like whiskey but get plastered too easily...

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    Well I had a taste and in thought it was bloody nice. It certainly is very smokey but I actually quite like that. I live about an hour from the Bushmills distillery, I had one of those last night at my dad's and it is definitely a lot smoother than the Talisker but nowhere near as good.
    I do enjoy a whisky now and again but it's not something I know a lot about. I like to have a few bottles in the house cos I have a few friends who love it.
     
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    Worth a visit if you're up there is the whisky shop in Tomintoul. He's got a giant bottle in there worth I think he said 50k! I thought it was a gimmick and started dinging my wedding ring on the side of it to see if it was real....he nearly layed an egg!

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    I've had the Jura, very nice indeed. Probably the best I've tasted was a Caol Ila cask strength which was fantastic.
     
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    Yes that's a good one!

    Cheers

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