I am hoping that a few of you who are into your whisky could offer some advice.
I’m not new to whisky myself, I’ve been drinking it since I was about 12 ( obviously on odd occasions and in moderation ) but over the last 20 years or so, it’s really taken a backburner to other drinks and I’m a bit out of touch now. The advice I’m asking is because I always used to like my whisky on what I would consider the sweeter side, so things like Mcallan and other sweetish Speysides where my favourites. Even rusty nails where on the radar.
Since returning to them recently I’ve found all of them to be too sweet for my tastes now. I haven’t had any I didn’t like, but I can’t help but think that the whiskies I used to hate and therefore know little about, might be the ones I now will really enjoy.
Am I right in thinking I’d be best seeking out an Islay? And if so which one? Looking around, there seems to be infinitely more choice now than there used to be, but a lot of it is shockingly expensive. I don’t want to spend serious money on a bottle I might find I still hate, so it needs to be about £30 if that’s at all doable?
The whiskies I’ve tried recently are The Society’s 16yo, Nikka from the barrel, Shackleton, Chivas Regal and a Mcallan sherry cask. The Society and the Nikka where my favourites, but still a bit sweet. I sometimes have a splash of water with it but not a mixer, although occasionally I’ll make a cocktail.
Any advice is welcome. It doesn’t need to be available from TWS. Thanks