I'm curious about the peat and smoke accents of the Islay scotches, having been captivated by the smoky finish of Highland Park 12, but seek the advice of those far more learned than myself. Having had a long love affair with JW Black, I ventured into the single malts by way of Glenlivet 12, then Glenfiddich 12 and most recently Highland Park 12. I found the Glenlivet 12 a little dull, the Glenfiddich 12 agreeable and the Highland Park 12 sublime. I want to explore the Islands a little more, but am wary of such tasting notes as "iodine", "cigarette ash" and "vomit" - none of these sound particularly appealing. It seems I need to ease myself into the peats and smokes, as I do not believe my palette is quite ready for the Ardbergs, Lagavulins and Laphroaigs of this world. I'm intrigued by Talisker 10, and suspect it may be my best bet due to my fondness for Mr Walker. Not an Islay, but believe it to share some of the characteristics thereof. I have heard good things about Bunnahabain 12, and somewhat mixed opinions on Bowmore 12. I am aware that the older Islays have less pronounced peat, but fear those are beyond my meager budget at this point in time. What thinks the collective?
lord.wexford wrote: are beyond my meager budget at this point in time.
Lord Wexford, you sound loaded.
I think Talisker 10. Alternatively Caol Ila 12 or Longrow CV. These three are in between the HP and the whisky nirvana that is Laga/Laph/A'beg. I can't recommend Bowmore as it's not my thing, but it may be yours. Keep us updated on your choices and progress.
You could always try Japanese such as Yoichi 10 if you can afford it. This will offer you amongst other things pure peat and smoke flavours, without the medicinal notes.
I usually don't agree with most of the more experienced members when it comes to peat smoke-levels so I may be way off though.
And if I read iodine in someones tasting notes, it's a good thing (vomit is not, makes me think of The Arran Malt 10yo).
Swedish Chef wrote: Even though I haven't had it a while I'd say the Longrow is a lot more smokey than the Bowmore so it would be quite a step uo from the HP12.
Your quite right. However the Longrow has improved so much over the last couple years, it's simply stunning, you can't not like it.
In Sweden, thanks to a greedy importer, the CV is twice the price compared to TWE.
My indication for lord.wexford is to try:
Talisker 10 - Spicied whiff smoke
Springbank 10 - Smoked salted seawead - remind you drinking whisky on a seashore
Caol Ila 12 - marinated bacon
Ardbeg 10 - peat bacon grass - remind you a barbecue on the grass near the seashore
Lagavuling 16 - Diesel peat medicine some sort of sweetness oily - very tasty and Disttiler's Edition is more sweet making it a dark choccolate mate
The order is my personal indication, a progressive initiation to smoke - peat.
Now it's on you
P/S Other than that,..I reckon Longrow CV is a real good one for you, when you have pocket.
Thanks y'all for this great, informative, welcoming community.
Wee Robbie wrote:Nu2Whisky wrote: I was at one time put off by descriptors such as Sea Weed, Iodine, Medicinal, Bacon and so on. No longer.
to me, laphroaig smells like burning band-aids. and i LOVE it.
Caol Isla is a great entry but way less body than the HP
Talisker would be a good road.
Try one of the smokey vatted malts, there are a few cheaper ones out there that are fine for a look see.
Take the Islay Journey when strong
Briuch classic would be where I would start Followed by C.I. followed by Bowmores legend or 12.
If I had Port C I am thinking it has such a big sweet finish that I might try it last after the big 3 southerners. Which I would take Laph Ard Lag 16
There is a great range from the islands and Campbelltown
Some dump on Bunn' so I haven't tried it yet.
I haven't quite connected with Jura, can't 'yet' see why people buy.
Ledaig is a favourite of mine.
Look out for Hellyers Road 'Peated' from Tasmania beautifull full smoky nose that you can get from a distance and a wonderful balanced drop with a long sweet finish.
Hard to get, but a delight when you get your hands on the stuff.
ps this answer really is to the next in line so to speak for I imagine the originator has taken his path by now.
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