I would like choose just one bottle of either Compass Box Peat Monster or Ardbeg or Laphroaig. Is the Peat Monster any more extreme in smokiness ? or should I just stick to trying one of the single malts Ardbeg or Laphroaig.
Thanks for your opinions !
If you want raw peatiness I'd go elsewhere, however if you are looking for a nice smooth peaty drink, then buy, drink and enjoy!
Ardbeg 10YO is a stock answer to most things, and if you haven't tried it, then worth buying a bottle. Laphroaig QC is also a must try if you like peaty salty things.
If you want something cheaper then Ian Macleod's "Smokehead" is quite something, and very good value for money! Some say Caol Ila, some say Ardbeg, but has slightly more of the charactersitics of the latter IMHO.
I tried an Isle of Jura Heavily Peated at WL this year, and that pressed all of the right buttons, but I am not sure if they ever got it in to a readily available bottle on its own.
Buy a few, try and few, and see what you like. You may find that whilst the smoke draws you, you need sweetness, or saltiness to take thoughts of chewing on a stale ashtray away.
HTH - Rufus.
briefly I'd describe it as Quite smooth and rich, sweet phenolic with some flavoursome toasty smoke.
Lawrence agreed and described it as 'Ardbeg very young lite', which was a perfect similarity for me. Stock up quick!
I have heard that the peat monster was a bit of a pussy so even on offer at £19 from Waitrose I resisted.
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