Gordon and MacPhail's 'Pride of Orkney' is superb. Sweet and tangy Can't vouch for other ones in their 'pride of' range.
Had Whisky Galore's 10 yr old Vatted malt which was cheaper than a single, was cheap and tasted ok but I wouldn't buy it again.
Famous Grouse malt and Bell's Special reserve are quite similar in character to their respective blends albeit smoother, obviously.
Johnny Walker's green label is very good but quite expensive. It is 15 years old.
I'd recommend starting with the Six Isles and the 'Pride of Orkney'.
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Compass Box's products, ex. Asyla,Eleuthera, Hedonism and Juveniles.
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The Century of Malts
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Famous Grouse Vintage Malt Whisky
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BLACKADDER SMOKING ISLAY
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The Compass Box offerings are the most over-priced, ordinary tasting whiskies I've come across.
Johnnie Walker Green is quite pleasant.
The Famous Grouse Vintage Malts (1987 and 1989) were also pleasant enough, and good value for the money.
I paid £22.50 for the Pride of Orkney 12yr. That's about as high as I would go. I know what was in that obviously. It is cheaper than that in Gordon and MacPhail's shops.
I might go a little higher if the whisky was older but not many distillers and bottlers would make an old vatted malt.
Itr's greatest attraction will always be that you can get 8 yr old malt for a cheap price - like in supermarkets.
Eleuthera by Compass Box is the one I missed out.
It's quite good and I polished it off quickly enough when given it for my birthday a couple of years ago. I do think, however, you would be better off with a medium peated Islay like Caol Ila or Bowmore or the W&M Bruichladdich instead. or possibly even Clynelish which has a reasonable level of peat though. It had a slightly 'cancelled out' feel to it.
It's worth comparing with G&M's Pride of Islay though. That is a fair buy though not one to satisfy lovers of peat monsters.
Ben Nevis have one called Glencoe at 8 yr old and 58.5%. I've got a miniature of it which I will crack open sometime. I was at the distillery today for a wee day out.
Ben Nevis will be at Whisky Live so they could have samples of it available to taste.
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JM gives it 94 points!(P.142)
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Contains 100% malt whisky from the 6 islands where distilleries are situated: Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran.
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