Neal Anderth wrote:
danivon wrote:Still, you can't beat a good Scotch single malt.
If we're talking the Islay peat monsters like Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig then I fully agree but otherwise a lot of bourbons can hold parity with the scotches. And when you start breaking it down into a value/cost per serving then the bourbons will win more often then not. But maybe your purchase price dynamic is reversed from mine, I don't know.
I think it comes down to opinion, there. Blended scotches (in the main) are different from, but I guess on par with bourbons etc.
However, there is much more to the single malts than the peat-monsters (which I can take in small doses). What you tend to get with less peaty malts (or even non-peaty lowlands) is a more complex set of flavours. Bourbons tend to be relatively simple in that sense. Smoother, yes, but perhaps less... interesting. And less varied.
I tend not to try and price per serving (otherwise I'd not have that 1/2 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label). Scotches and other whiskys that have been casked for longer take on more flavour and that time does add to the cost as well. You also can get 'cask strength' malts which have a higher alcohol content.
Sass - Indeed, also there are some places like the Wine Society who do 'own label' whiskys which are actually rebrands of the actual originals, for a much lower price.