I'm trying to cough up the precise reasoning behind my selection, and I suppose it's due to the following...
1. Islay appears to be regaining considerable momentum in the single malt marketplace, what with the opening of Kilchoman as well as the incredible range of releases now being offered by the other distilleries on the island. Where a 'new' Port Ellen would fit into this scenario (I've always viewed its main attraction as a malt as being a complex melding of a 'softer' sort of peat - not to say lighter necessarily, just more integrated - and a somewhat delicate malt core, the combination of which permits more secondary aromas and flavours to emerge), I'm not quite sure. The northern Highland malts, by contrast, remain woefully underserved and underappreciated.
2. Good as some contemporary issues of Clynelish can be, I've yet to come across any that hold a candle to the best Broras.
3. My ancestors (on my late mother's side of the family) hailed from Caithness / Sutherland Country, so there's a bit of an emotional tug there.
How about some other pair ups: Rosebank vs. St. Magdeline? Glenugie vs. Convalmore or for us Americans, Stitzel Weller vs. Michter's.
No way. Will wait for another chance!
johan brugge wrote:OK. That's enough. All this talk about the Brora's only fuels my desire to try some more. The next one I'll get will be a Brora. Any suggestions?
Vergeet je portemonnee niet, Johan! (Don't forget you wallet, Johan!)
I_SPEY wrote:Vergeet je portemonnee niet, Johan! (Don't forget you wallet, Johan!)
Weet ik. De prijzen zijn soms echt belachelijk.
I know. The prices are sometimes plain ridiculous. Are there any IB's worth my money?
Ganga wrote:Drammed wrote:I have not tried either so I did not vote, but is another Islay a bad thing
Depends on whether you like to get ACE'd. And remember, Kilchoman is coming.
Excuse my ignorance but...ACE'd?
Ganga wrote:The annual releases are very good whisky and I don't think you'd be disappointed if you like peated whiskies.
I know it's a bit of a long-shot, but you might want to try and track down an official Diageo release (or, if availability is a serious constraint, an IB) distilled during the late 1970s. The 1982 Rare Malts Selection issue I tried didn't have nearly the peat impact that a 1977 distillation (in the same series) did, and I believe that the peating levels employed over the last couple of years of operation at Brora had a tendency to drop. Mind you, that 1982 was still one sweet whisky!
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