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    Whilst being my nearest distillery, the produce from the Ben Nevis distillery has never appealed to me --------or many of the locals ------but it appears that the Japanese appreciate the taste. Give me a shout if you are in the area and perhaps we could share a dram?
    " Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of idle minds and minor tyrants". Field Marshal Lord Slim.

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    Hi Jock

    I agree with you on Ben Nevis - but it is convenient as we will be hiking around Fort William and Glen Coe.

    Happy to give you a shout if this comes off.

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    I've been continuing my exploration of the less expensive scotches, especially in light of the fact that Glenmorangie 10yr, Laphroaig 10yr, and Bowmore 12yr all went up $20 a bottle in my area, making my ability to purchase them much less frequent. Fortunately, I saw it coming and was able to stash away a bottle of Bowmore and 2 bottles of Laphroaig before the price went up, and I am nursing the bottle of Glenmorangie that I opened for Burn's Night.

    I tried Gran Old Parr 12yr, and as blended scotches go, I found it to competitive with Chivas Regal 12yr, Johnny Walker Black and Pinch at around $10 less a bottle. Not necessarily better than this competition, but good and enjoyable in its own right at a bargain price.

    Going down a shelf, although I still find Teachers the best bargain on the shelf, I have added Black & White, and Old Smuggler to the rotation. Both very good and affordable.

    With Laphroaig now at $60.99 a fifth, I had to find a Islay that I could enjoy more frequently. I found that in Finlaggan Old Reserve, which is a single malt with no age statement. At $22.99 a fifth, it is priced lower than many blended scotches. It gives plenty of peat and is also very drinkable IMO. I haven't compared it directly to Laphroaig, but given the price difference, it just has to be good in its own right, which I think it is.

    My doctor has advised me to cut down on my drinking. I've done this by drinking less but better scotch, and only straight with a few drops of water in a Glen Caryn glass. Mo more on the rock. This way, I sip is slow and savor it. It is working. I'm drinking a lot less and enjoying it a lot more.

    Cheers!

    Dave

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