I'm very much enjoying the peatier and smokier Islay malts, and when I try other less/unpeated stuff it seems tame in comparison I have a bottle of HP 12 on the go at the mo, but it's just not the same.
Anyway, I think I'm going to stick with the Islay stuff for now, but I was wondering if there are any other genuinely heavily peated malts from other islands or the mainland? I don't mean malts with 'smokey notes' or the like, I mean good ol' high phenol content PEAT
Many thanks for your help.
Longmorn (From Springbank, right?)
Edradour Ballechin (££!)
+ Connemarra from Ireland
Any others to add to my wishlist? I am now completely out of the peaty stuff (apart from my miniature Kilchoman New Spirit, having just had the last of my Lappy QC)
And any opinions as to how these compare to the Islay Usual Suspects?
It's Longrow from Springbank.
MrTattieHeid wrote: I hope you'll keep an open mind, though. There are many of us here who felt as you do in our early days of whisky exploration. I was a peat freak once, but now hardly ever drink heavily peated drams. The world of whisky is a wide one, and it would be a shame if you confined yourself to one narrow little corner of it.
I certainly will be keeping an open mind in the long run. At present I can't afford to spend ££ on malt, so I'd rather stick to what I'm enjoying. I'm only 27, so have plenty of time to experiment in the future! The HP 12 was an attempt to 'broaden my horizons', but as I can only really afford to have one or two bottles at a time, I'll stick to the peatier stuff for now.
MrTattieHeid wrote:It's Longrow from Springbank.
Of course. That'll teach me not to give advice whilst drinking a bucket of Glenfiddich
I'm personally a fan of the Ardmore Traditional Cask--it's quite peated, but Treacle is correct in that it is a bit sweeter. It's the signature malt for Teacher's.
Somebody else mentioned Talisker, and you should definitely try this--it is a terrific dram.
I think people's tastes evolve over time, so the world of whisky awaits you!
welcome to the forum!
Ganga wrote:I don't think it's Longmorn that everyone is thinking about but rather Longrow (from Springbank).
Oh the shame, will I ever live this down?
Reggaeblues wrote:Sorry about the repeat. But I guess I kinda want to stress that I've fallen in love with Longrow...
That's ok Reggaeblues, it is indeed worth mentioning twice, Longrow CV is a terrific bottle! Not as heavily peated as any of the above-mentioned Islay heavyweights, but it's under 30GBP and delicious! I would love to try that Longrow 18 everyone's hyped up.
If you are looking to save $$$ and trying to get away from Islay, I would go with the Ardmore Traditional Cask. It's smoky enough and you can find it for just over 20GBP. Ledaig also makes a peated version called (you guessed it) Ledaig Peated, and it's dead cheap at 15 quid!! I haven't tried it, but at that price anything is worth a go.
Good luck and let us know what you go with and how you like them!
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