Bought some Black Bottle tonight because I've heard rave reviews. It was much sweeter and gentler than I expected, whereas I was hoping for more peatiness. Maybe, in time, it'll grow on me. I dunno. Considering Islay Mist for when the BB's finished. What do you all think? Any suggestions for any other good, cheap, peaty blended whiskies would be most welcome.
Relatively cheap islay malts bottled by independant bottlers - Big Smoke usually under £20. Can be found in RMW for sure others probably...
I think Caledonias sugestion is very good. Look out for young cask strenght Islay malts. There are a couple of good ones that don't have the distilleries name on it. I can advise the Cadenhead's Classic Islay vatted malt with 50%, that you can get for 26 pounds in their Covent Garden shop.
Ardbeg311 wrote:Instead of going to cheaper blends what about undisclosed Islay malts such as The Ileach or Finlaggan? Both good Islay's without going over the budget.
thats another one of the ones i was meaning...ileach is great stuff...not as in your face as big smoke tho or the signatory 5yo islay's
sleepypeople wrote:Considering Islay Mist...
I just bought some of the 17YO Islay Mist. Not inexpensive by any means, yet very good value for the money and VERY tasty. Another alternative in roughly the same price range would be Compass Box The Peat Monster, a pure malt with a decidedly peaty component to its flavour profile.
Worst comes to worst, pick up a less expensive blend of your own liking as well as one or two 50ml miniatures of one or two of your favourite Islay single malts, and blend them all together!
I too wish the 17 year was available in the US
Willie JJ wrote:The trouble with any blend is that it contains a majority of grain whisky which is unpeated and will dilute the bite of the peated malt.
This is generally true, but I think the Islay Mist is a bit of an exception. IMO it's nearly as peaty as the Laphroig 10, and almost as tasty. And since it's about 1/2 the price, it's quite a bargain.
I need to try the Black Bottle someday...
Black Bottle Contains 7 of the Islay Distilleries (presumably not Kilchoman-yet- and Port Ellen ) and Grains .
It's a shame BB10 was discontinued (they couldn't guarantee 10yo from all the distillery apparently) as it was far superior to the ordinary BB , i've heard whispers that there might possibly be a Deluxe BB in the not too distant future .
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Post Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:41 pm
Wave wrote:When I want peat I want the real McCoy, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig or Port Ellen. A blend just won't do. As a blend JW Black is just fine with me.
After being suckered into going to the "Famous Grouse Experience" (easily the worst tour in Scotland) last year you couldn't pay me enough to try any Grouse again.
Resident Whisky Snob!
I quite understand! But in these times of belt tightening and shrinking pockets, we can't always crack open the Oogie or the 23YO Bowmore...so methinks it time, again, to plug a "rawther nice drink," i.e. a dram of Black Bottle into which has been poured a capful, a generous splash, of any south Islay malt.
Really good it is. The BB acts as a kind of neutral base that's sort of naturally integrates the flavour of these malts. I've successfully done this with Ardie 10, all Laphroaig OBs, Lag 16. even a few drops of a very aromatic 23YO Bowmore...
...and that, besides Bo Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, is probably my preferred 'Black'!
Novice Scotch Fan wrote:Drammed wrote:Black Grouse tastes like Talisker 10 to me. I know Tali is not an Islay but it is a peaty whisky. Black Grouse is a blend and fairly inexpensive.
I agree. Good value for money.
I also just bought a bottle of this because this time I didn't want to spend to much money and I was wondering if I could identify the Islay malts used.
Of course I couldn't ( could be because I only had Ardbeg, Bowmore and Lagavulin from Islay ) but I do like it so far.
It reminds me the most of Bowmore as far as taste and peat level is concerned. I searched the internet quickly but couldn't find which Islay malts are used. Does anyone know?
MoreDalmore wrote:I searched the internet quickly but couldn't find which Islay malts are used. Does anyone know?
Not absolutely sure... But given that The Edrington Group / Highland Distillers (producers of Grouse) once owned Bunnahabhain, wouldn't it make sense that the parent company still holds stocks of maturing whiskies from that Islay distillery, and that it would use some of those stocks in Black Grouse? This is not to say, though, that malts from other Islay locations might not also be purchased and used as well.
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