I have recently started whisky tastings in Denmark (I'm Scottish) but I live in Denmark now and I want to do an Islay tasting night!
I so far have Bowmore (17) my FAVOURITE, Laphroig (10) and Port Ellen (22) what a dry finish!
I am looking for any ideas for the tasting??
I have tasted almost all the Islays but I am open to comments/ideas.
Thanks in advance.
Why not make a small Islay tour? For starters a nice Bunnahabhain 12Y old(or the legendary 1963,1965 or even a Family Silver 1968, or a nice independend), then followed by a nice Bruichladdich 10,15 or 20Y old or even the Stillman's Dram, or a nice independend from Adelphi for example. After that it's probably time to face some beautiful Bowmore's(12,15,17,21Y or even 25,30,40Y or the 38Y old) and lovely Caol Ila's(15Y old or some nice independends like Signatory or the Hart brothers), by thenit's probably time to come with the legendary Kildalton Distilleries, like a Laphroaig 15Y old then follwed by a lovely Ardbeg 1975 or 1977 and to finish with a Lagavulin Double Matured Distillers Edition 1979 or 1980. And as a nice finishing touch a beautiful Port Ellen 22Y old or a 23Y old from the Hart Brothers or the late Signatory bottles from 1978(Amontillado) or a nice 1979.......
Just make a choice!!!
Is it something like this you require Ian???
I mean there are many many possibilities to have a Islay N&T.
It's nice to hear that it will be done in Denmark, by the way, as a matter of fact I'm comming to Denmark at the 3th, 4th and 5th of May to Copenhagen for the Whisky Messen.
It sounds like a lot of fun Ian what you have there.
Having a good selection of Islays at home, I can definitely say that this is my favourite (and given that it's in competition with the Lagavulin 16-y-o and Laphroaig 10-y-o cask strength, is really saying something!!)
On the whole, though, I've always been a tad disappointed by Bunahaibhan (or however it's spelt!) - does anyone else find it bland, or am I missing out on something?
Bunnahabhain was disappointment to me too, it was somehow soulless. Lagavulin 16 Y.O. is so far the best I've tasted, but Laphroaig 10 Y.O. is excellent too.
I'm not into more expensive ones (although I might have chance to taste Port Ellen in near future) because it would be waste of the money since I believe that I don't have "golden tongue" for them.
It's good that you have your own personal taste in this, for example I love Bunnahabhain very much, especially the single cask versions from the 60's are very good, then you'll get to know the Bunny a little bit better. Apart from that I wouldn't say no to a Port Ellen too, I have tasted quite a lot now, but they are always OK(ofcourse even in Port Ellen are some exceptions wich I don't like). Either way it all depends on a personal taste, for almost any Islay Malt you can wake me up in the middle of the night....
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