All of these distilleries produce excellent whisky or in the case of Port Ellen produced excellent whisky. I havent had an Islay whisky which i have thought to be poor but i must say for me what Ardbeg has released in recent years stands ou above the rest if you like Ardbeg and are feeling flush there is no better dram than the Ardbeg 17 year old IMO.
i agree, i voted ardbeg, but really depending on my mood it could have been any other islay...
And i have a soft spot for bruichladdich being family owned and run. Not many distilleries left like that (springbank is the only other i can think of)
For my smoke hit i would turn to Laphroaig but love the Ardbeg also. As said above the others are great whiskys also but i probably purchase Laphroaig and Ardbeg 10 times more often than any of the others.
Hi Arty and welcome to the world of malt whisky and to the forum. You will find that Bruichladdich acquired new owners around 2000 and they have since expanded the range available from the distillery including many limited releases so you wont ever be short of choice from them. I can highly recommend the Ardbeg 10 or indeed anything from Ardbeg.
Anyway i hope you enjoy discovering new whiskies and if you need anything i am sure someone on here will be happy to help.
Joined: 02 Jan 2011 Posts: 7 Location: Vancouver BC Canada
Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:43 am Post subject:
As a relative newcomer to Single Malts, I had to vote Laphroaig.
I was told by a friend to try Laphroaig before I buy a bottle. That sort of advice always causes me to do this opposite, and this was no exception. So glad I did!
The only Laphroaig available in this part of Canada right now, is the Quarter Cask. Fortunately, that is the one I was most interested in. Once the bottle is opened, and it settles in, it is one of the most satisfying drinks I have ever tasted. The smokiness and peatiness are most intriquing!
Carl _________________ "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." Auntie Mame. - Mame (Rosalind Russell) in Auntie Mame (1958).
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