Go for the 10, or for the Nam Beist if you want something even better.
whiskeyme wrote:I know, I know I haven't tried Ardbeg.
You basically answered your own question .
The great thing about Laphroaig is that there are quite a few standard bottlings available for it:
- Laphroaig QC (which I think is excellent and one of my frequent drinks due to the quality and price)
- Laphroaig 10 (very tasty, but my least favourite of the group - but that's kind of like picking your least favourite child)
- Laphroaig CS (the big @$$ kicker in the range)
- Laphroaig 15 (subtle - I really enjoy the 15)
- Laphroaig 30 (absolutely awesome, but getting to be expensive; if you're in the US it can still be found for about $230 / bottle)
The first four are all available for $60USD or under, so they are really quite affordable to get and they are all Laphroaig, but slightly different. A lot of fun to try them out - ONCE you've had the Ardbeg
It read from your text that like you really enjoyed Lagavulin as well. I would recommend you to try the Lagavulin DE (Distillers Edition) (Pedro Ximinez sherry finished). A bit more expensive though, but really good!
For a cask strenght Ardbeg in the US, try the Ellenstown 10 year old..wonderful stuff..
Feel the Peat
bruichladdich port charlotte PC6 - cuairt-beathe
heavy peat, tootsie rolls - wtf?, grass/corn hairs|
immediate peat and smoke, mmmmm leather, a bit of corn syrup sweetness,
long...the sweet and heather peat stay with you, a bit of tang in the cheeks
6 Years Old
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"QC for me!"
Welcome, indeed...and if monday wasn't my "night off" whisky-wise, I'd follow your example. finished a bottle days ago, and have another waiting to be opened!
whiskeyme wrote:PC5 is not available in my state, I checked a while back.
being in the SW with limited selection, I feel your pain. but, turn to CA! while not all of their stores will ship to all of the SW states (but some do), you may know someone in CA who would hold or forward a bottle for you.
For the PC5, check out the Wine & Liquor Depot in Van Nuys. I believe they may have the PC5 for about US$120.
And for my vote - you can't go wrong with Laph QC, although the Ardbeg 10 is a safe bet for venturing into new territory. Either way you would not be disappointed.
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