The very first bottle of scotch I got was the Glen Morangie 18 YO. It was nice, smooth...then it got boring....
I then was exposed to the Japanese Yamazaki 12 YO through a Japanese video game. Out of curiosity, I went to get a bottle in Dan Murphy's. Turned out a little harsh and I didn't quite liked it. I had a few of my close buds over and none of them liked it. THEN, over months I grew to like how harsh it is and it is very exciting.
Later on, one of my friend brought an Ardbeg 10 YO to my place. Initial whiff wasn't good. I didn't liked it at all. Days gone by, and one day I actually am curious about it and my olfactory preference have come to like it. Then there's no turning back from the peated monsters.
Back to the Yama -
One day while drinking with a mate in one of Melbourne's Izakayas, I noticed they stocked the Yamazaki 18YO. It wasn't cheap, about $30 dollars for a nip. Took the plunge and was rewarded with an excellent whiskey. It smells sweet, maple syrup like but not over powering. Upon sipping it, your mind expects it to be sweet but when you actually sip it, it isn't! I spent about 40 minutes sniffing the glass and slowly savouring it. I've decided on that night that I will get a bottle. Shame it was sold out every where that time. This was back in 2011. Finally in 2013, Chez Regine (Now Whiskey & Alement), stocks them for $270 I think. But searching online, I found out that Masters of Malt stocks them, for $220 shipped. I got a bottle for myself, and then a year later my friends got another bottle from Japan for my birthday. It's the one Non-Islay that I will always come back to.
However, today I went to see what is the current pricing. Nick's is selling it for $999 a bottle. Almost 5 fold now. I think I will quarantine my bottles.....
Ardbeg 10yrs old
Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten 10yrs Old
Johnnie Walker Platinum
Sullivans Cove Single Cask French Oak - made in Tasmania
Crown Royal De Luxe Canadian
Crown Royal Reserve Canadian
Crown Royal Black Canadian
Oh, Dan's ship to the Territory now!
They never used to - I think because of the banned drinkers register, and what a nightmare that would have been for them to manage.
I've pestered them a dozen times or more over social media to re-allow shipping to the Territory, and now that they do they didn't bother to tell me!