We all have different palates and enjoy different tastes and flavours, so we can each only recommend based upon our own tastes. WIth this in mind, I have to say that my favourite Islay malt is currently Caol Ila.
There are some very good ones about at the moment and not so expensive, especially when you look at some of the IB Cask Strength offerings.
My own preference with Caol Ila is for cask strength, up near to 60% vol as it takes water very well and is always enjoyable.
I say that since you have an open bottle of Laphroaig 10yo you should try the Ardbeg 10yo. Then go for Lagavulin 16yo after that. Once you have experienced these main expressions then start toward the cask strength options. Other wise I am afraid you will be be ruined for life
And also wanted to say hello to everyone who uses the forum on a regular basis, This is my first post and will be usng the forum on a alot more regulaily and look forward to getting to know you all!
The Bunna Boy wrote:my true colours didn't stay hidden for long then! Its a dram I genuinely believe in and its only going to get more prominent!! the future is bright for the north of Islay!! Is it a dram you par-take in??
The future is bright for the whole island. The Bunnahabhain 12 is a beautifully balanced malt when you want to focus on the more subtle aspects of the Islay character rather than the peaty/medicinal qualities of the Kildaltons. I always have a bottle open on my shelf. I've never got as far as the older expressions but have tried a few nice older IBs.
You have chosen a good post to nail your flag to...
my true colours didn't stay hidden for long then! Its a dram I genuinely believe in and its only going to get more prominent!! the future is bright for the north of Islay!! Is it a dram you par-take in??
Absolutely like the laddie I have always a 12 on the shelf. To see Captain Birdseye looking down on you is great.
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