I've had all of the standard expressions(Laphroaig,Lagavulin, etc...), and I would say Laphroaig 10 is the best pure example of an Islay malt.
MrTattieHeid wrote:I don't see how you can answer this question. Any of the Kildalton malts, or Caol Ila, will give the impression you want, but no one of them can "exemplify" all of the others. Each is unique. Certainly Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain will not be represented by any of those, nor even Bowmore. This is exactly why I think regional classification has a very limited usefulness.
I don't mean as a regional classification, I mean, which one jumps, slaps you in the face and says "Welcome to the island of Islay". Now, I have no personal experience of the place, but, from my distillery tours(via bottles) I choose Laphroaig.
Also because Laphroaig 10 was the first whiskey I really liked and got me interested in whiskey and other Islay distilleries
And incidentally, Mr Picky wishes to remind you that there is no "e" in Scotch or Canadian whisky. I wrote a limerick once to tweak my Irish friend Bob, the gist of which was that my whisky should contain no water, ice, or e. Wish I could remember it! No offense to any who like any of those things.
Mr Picky's an annoying pedantic bugger, isn't he? I don't know how I live with him.
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