Yeah, yeah, I know – another Islay poll…
But actually I don’t think we have covered this subject in an organized manner and as I have only myself tried a couple of the regional, unspecified Islays, I’m curious: Which ones of the above is a good buy – and why?
Thank you for your input.
I have myself tried the Mcleod’s & Dun Bheagan, both of which I liked and found to be excellent value for the price.
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Of the choices given, if someone let me have a free bottle, I'd go for the Auld Reekie followed by the Peat Monster. If I'm using my own money to buy a bottle, out of the choices I've been given, I voted for Dun Bheagan 8yr Islay followed closely by Black Bottle (10yr). Different prices for this last one in different markets. I would also add that if I was buying a bottle of Islay whisky on a budget, I'd probably go for the DTC regional Islay @ $52 cdn/bottle. A bit more expensive than the other I chose (can't get Black Bottle over here) but better balanced for my palate.
I should also say I like 6 Isles for a change of pace at $42. Wouldn't be the first thing I'd think of, but if I wanted a bargain whisky that's subtle, and has coastal flavours, I could go worse than this (at the LCBO, HP 12 is $50-52, $10 more than this. Is is worth it - debatable IMHO).
OK Nick. You're up!
The last bottle of Aul Reekie was a rip-off as it was a much lesser quality than the OB and $15 more
The Signatory Islay is quite wonderful and would be absolutely stunning if they hadn't watered the crap out of it to server it up at only 40%abv. at $50/bottle it is priced about right. A better deal than the DT regional Islay at $50/bottle
The Compass Box Peat-monster dreadfully overpriced @ $70. Not likely that i will ever pay the price again it didn't have the bang for the buck of similarly styled SM's. Big E for Effort though.
JMR's Smokey Peaty One at $40 and 40%abv. a good deal, yet the whisky lacks the oomph of SM.
The Macleods is a little too rough around the edges for me thanks and i'm guessing tahts why the low price.
I can't comment on the others as they aren't available here and i have never tried them.
The best valued SM IMHO, is the Dun Bhaegan 8yo Islay.
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but I picked up my bottle of Finlaggan Old Reserve for $17 at a Trader Joe's.
Sure it is not as complex as Lagavulin or Ardbeg
but for $17 it is my pick for best value and best bottle.
I like it better then Laphroaig 10yo
Ya, I still have two fingers left in my bottle . . . might have to hit that tonight . . .
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