The Islay I tried was definitely (my opinion) Laphroiag all three times. I have seen comments about it being Lagavulin but I am sure that is wishful thinking
Your views on the Highland will be interesting.
They are 'mystery' malts but I'm pretty sure the Islay expression is an 8yo Lagavulin, as Macleods seem to have a supply deal with Diageo. The exact ABV fluctuates with each bottling slightly so are very much 'As we get it' from what I can see. I can see the Islay perhaps being Caol Ila from time to time but I'm 95% plus positive the ones I've had are Lagavulin (confirmed by a couple of highly respected stockists).
The Highland I have heard is Macallan but I think this it is more likely to be Glengoyne for recent bottlings, given Macleods own the distillery. I'm open to suggestions on this one.
From what I can see this stuff only gets bottled once or twice a year and is in short supply - if you see it snap it up! As soon as RMW get supply in it vanishes.
Leither wrote:The Highland I have heard is Macallan but I think this it is more likely to be Glengoyne for recent bottlings, given Macleods own the distillery. I'm open to suggestions on this one.
Why not just bottle it as cask strength Glengoyne?
I think it might be Glenfarclas. They don't sell to indies and don't allow the use of their name. Any independent Glenfarclas will have a Pseudonym.
I had not heard of a new release like C.I. implies, but it would be logical. I seriously doubt however it would be Glenfarclas as they have been very strict lately against independent bottlings of their whisky.
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