Personally I like peaty whiskies, but my everyday taste is leaning more towards slightly different whiskies, many of which are wonderfully flowery and lighter Lowlanders.
Each different style has its own time and place in my drinking repertoire.
Macallan Cask Strength
Glenfarclas 105 (not quite as monstrous)
My favorite sherry cask I have open right now is a Mannochmore 13yo by Signatory matured in a South African Sherry Butt. It's malty with burnt carmelized apples that have been drizzled with honey.
There are lots of single sherry cask bottlings of Highland Park around too. I recommend those as well. Very dark and sweet.
I love Laphroaig but still iffy about Ardbeg
Further I would not consider myself as a peat freak as I also love the other side too and enjoy sherried malts or just smooth malts.
Peat and smoke flavours do change and do influence the whisky but for me if I don't like the whisky well it's the underlying whisky that is at fault and not the peat levels.
Examples of Sherry Monsters are
Bowmore Darkest 15yo
Macallan Sherry casks
Auchentoshan Three Wood.
and just to confuse the situation Lagavulin DE is both a sherry and peat monster
As Malt-Teaser briefly touched upon, there is a huge wealth and difference between all the Islay whisky's and I would say that if anyone has tried one that is not to their particular fancy try a different expression or one from a different distillery.
Someone who likes an Ardberg 10 may love or hate a Lagavulin 16 and vise versa. With the likes of Bruichladdich you may have a love and hate relashionship with a few their expressions over the last few years as they have been very varied.
I would also go as far as saying for anyone starting out on the Peat trail and wants a good inexpensive starting ground. Go for one of the finer blends such as the Black bottle. The 8yr is a great dram and the ten is a peice of blend quality in my mind.
l'chaim wrote:I like whisky. Peated, un-peated, and especially repeated. I usually have at least one bottle of peated whisky in my rotation, which right now consists of Bruichladdich 10, George T. Stagg, and Caol Ila 12. I didn’t have high hopes for the Caol Ila, because it doesn’t seem to be mentioned on this forum very often, but I think it’s excellent.
I am a big Caol Ila fan, and usually like to have on open at all times (although not one for the last few weeks). The 12 year old is excellent, but I like to try different indy bottelings just for the variety, and for trading perposes. The 19yo McGibbons Provenence is really nice, and for $50 at binnys. My next one to open will be a cask strengts G & M 8 or G and M 10. I have yet to try a one in the 20 plus year old range, of the ten or so I have had. If you like the oily mouth feel (and some do not), then they are great.
However, I find that when it is one more of many flavors in an older, more complex flavor package (i.e., a 24yo Port Ellen, or 32yo Bowmore), it often is a desireable element.
Dirt made my lunch,
Dirt made my lunch.
Thank you Dirt, thanks a bunch,
For my salad, my sandwich
My milk and my munch 'cause
Dirt, you made my lunch.
Dirt is a word that we often use,
When we're talkin' about the earth beneath our shoes.
It's a place where plants can sink their toes;
In a little while a garden grows.
A farmer's plow will tickle the ground,
You know the earth has laughed when wheat is found.
The grain is taken and flour is ground,
For making a sandwich to munch on down.
A stubby green beard grows upon the land,
Out of the soil the grass will stand.
But under hoof it must bow,
For making milk by way of a cow.
My dad's initials as it happens...still dramming at 88!
he dropped in 5 years ago(He lives in Switzerland) and he , my neighbour and i pooled our resources. We stopped at Oddbins on the way from the airport and he bought me a Balvenie 12 and an /Ardbeg 10. the neighbour brought HP12 and Dalmore...between us we sampled 13 malts and were still sitting upright.
the winner? lag DE (1984) with Mac allan 18,(Also 1984)a close second.
there has always been an Ardbeg 10 open in this house over the last 4 years...
Right now i'm sipping a Tallisker 18.
Peat??? I say Brrring it on!!!!
P.S. l'chaim wrote: "I was in Syracuse to see BB King a couple of weeks ago. "
Lucky you! missed his swansong tour here. I was just writing a tune to submit for his new album beore I sat down at the Mac! it's themed around new orleans i believe...
P.P.S Thumbs up to peat for sure, but it's hard to find a whisky i hate...
If a blend is all that's on offer, gimme a bog standard Blackbush, or a JW Black.
Ah, but i reckon the JW red is peatier...
Reggaeblues wrote:P.S. l'chaim wrote: "I was in Syracuse to see BB King a couple of weeks ago. "
Lucky you! missed his swansong tour here.
BB was incredible. Maybe the 5th time I’ve seen him, and he never fails to put on an amazing show. At 81 and diabetic, he needed help getting on the stage, but once he sat down he started belting out the tunes and wailing on Lucille. The venue, the Landmark (http://landmarktheatre.org/), is an ornate theater built in 1928 in an ‘Indo-Persian’ style, and the acoustics were superb. Of course he closed with “The Thrill is Gone”. Simply fantastic.
These old bluesmen are a dying breed.
I was in SF 10 years ago and hung out and played with John Lee Hooker's daughter Zakiya, which was a LOT of fun. Back in UK I used to get weekly bulletins on the health of the dying Albert collins from Z.s sax player. Apparently BB was one of the last people to visit him...
...and of course John lee left us not so long ago...days after doing his last gig.
They sure leave in style, i must say, bless 'em!
As for whisky, the night of the concert I had a Dalmore 12, a Glenmorangie 10 (the waitress called it Glenmalingy and I took a chance) and a Basil Hayden’s. And at the concert itself, a Magic Hat Ale from Vermont which wasn’t bad even in the big plastic cup they served it in.
D'you know BB's album "Blues Summit" where he lets Albert C take over Stormy monday in fine style? Maye he knew something we didn't...
Glenmanlingy eh? sounds kinda...cute! You say you "took a chance". Was that with the Glenmalingy, or the waitress??
Reggaeblues wrote:Glenmanlingy eh? sounds kinda...cute! You say you "took a chance". Was that with the Glenmalingy, or the waitress??
Puh-leeze reggaeblues, my wife was with me. Actually I asked her if she meant Glenmorangie and she said she thought so, so I figured I’d go for it.
Never saw Freddy King, that must have been a treat. I’ve probably seen Buddy Guy more than any other bluesman, I guess I would have to say he’s my favorite.
Seen buddy guy a few times myself. A friend of mine jammed with him when he was just 15, a few years ago here in London.
Apparently , at the albert Hall gigs with EC some years ago, they had to hide his brandy!
always very playful - a good sense of fun. Great dynamics too, at his best. Standing at the back of the stage playing and singing REAL quiet...teasing the audience...
...like the peat I was surprised to discover on the finish of an aberlour a'bunadh I sampled last night. don't remember it being there before...maybe because the bottle is low and the whisky's accents are changing.
I saw Stevie Ray on his tour with Jeff Beck. Just blew Beck off the stage. Unreal.
The show I regret missing the most was RL Burnside's last trip thorugh Portland. We had tickets, but we got several inches of snow (which sat on ice out in the boonies where we live), so we bailed.
Oh - to keep this on-topic. The smell and taste of peat reminds me of helping my dad in his greenhouse.
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