Regardless of flavor preference and distillery. The standard flagship of any distillery is always best to introduce yourself in a distillery. So at least you know where you come from if you venture further exploring older/rare bottlings.
Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:58 am
Agree--always best to start with the standard issue, to get a handle on what the distillery wants you to think is their basic character. If you don't like that, you likely won't like any of them. If you do, you can branch out to the others. (Besides, it's usually cheaper that way.)
Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:53 pm
I actively disliked Laphroaig for a very long time, although I loved Lagavulin. Then one day I had one and liked it a lot. (Hey Mikey!) I thought, in retrospect, that it might have been around the time it supposedly "dumbed down", but I like the CS, too. A good lesson, and why I keep trying Bowmore now and then (to no avail, so far).
Don't know why you're surprised, Lawrence--everyone knows it's "love it or hate it"!
surprising that not one vote for something other than the ten! i think there is some ambiguity there in the question though. does the question mean "what is the best starting place for someone who doesnt drink Islay whiskies and wants to try laphroaig," or is it "what is the most typical of the distillery."
MrTattieHeid wrote:The question was "The best malt to be introduced into the Laphroaig Malt? Considering that I prefer Lagavulin 16 to Ardbeg TEN". Nothing ambiguous there in my mind, nor any surprise in the answers.
somehow i missed the part about preferrring lagavulin to ardbeg ten. oops
I'd go with the quarter cask, the best Laphroaig I've had for some time. Curiously I prefer it to the Ardbeg 10 I just opened which seems to have come over all toffeeish and is nothing like as good as I remember it.( I had a 5 year break from Scotch and previously considered the 10 to be something exceptional)
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