I like Bruichladdich XVII best from the samples I tasted, so what could be next?
I wanted something with comparable, or slightly more peat. Does that exist? Laphroaig for example was way too much for me, that went through the sink (fortunately a miniature).
So I guess I can forget about Coal Ila, Lagavullin and Bowmore and the likes?
I hope there's still something left which suits me
PS: maybe I should also mention that I like Cragganmore (also light peat?), Balvenie founder's reserve, and also more sherried ones like Aberlour, although that's a bit strange to mention in this topic together with the peaty Islays.
Did you try Caol Ila?
I find Caol Ila much less peaty, if at all peaty, with more of an oily sea flavour. Also it is much 'fresher' than the others you mention.
If you can find a miniature I suggest you give it a try.
If you want something light, summery nad most certainly flowery, then I recommend Rosebank, a now closed Lowland distillery.
Don't dump those minis--bottle 'em back up and screw the cap on tight, and try them again in a month or three. You never know when one of those will click.
the Moine Mhor is heavily peated, its little brother 3D The Peat Proposal is a bit less intense. The difference between the two is that the Port Charlotte in 3D was three years old, in Moine Mhor it is four. Both are not chill-filtered and not coloured, the 3D has 46%, the Moine Mhor 50%.
What you should look out for is the new Laddie Waves, only seven years old, Madeira finished or ACEed. Not a peat hammer but wonderfully peated and a bit sweet. Astonishing for its years.
The last Caol Ila I tried had hardly any peat and was indeed a breath of sea air. Maybe this was a-typical?
It was a Hart Bro's bottling.
I also agree with Kalla about the 3D / moine Mhor.
That said my reccommendation is Highland Park (pick a bottling in your price range), its got peat, but not overpowering and its sweet like some of the others you mentioned.
On a different tack, Pulteney has a strong flavour, but is not particularly peaty. The Pulteney 17 is quite sweet and smooth and might be quite similar to the Bruichladdich, although I would suggest the Pulteney 12 as a non-peaty contrast.
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