www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk

Whisky Forum - Looking for a new Islay!

 

Whisky Forum

FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   RegisterRegister   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in
Looking for a new Islay!
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Whisky Forum Index -> Single Malt Whisky
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
cheekobonavista
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 17 May 2017
Posts: 25

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:10 am    Post subject: Looking for a new Islay! Reply with quote

Hi,

I just finished a bottle of Ardbeg Corryvreckan, and I'm about to polish off the last of my Lagavulin 16. I'll soon be headed to the bottle shop looking to replenish my store of peated hooch. I'm hoping to try something new that will rock my socks off.

So far I've had:

Lagavulin 16
Ardbeg 10, Corryvreckan, and Uigeadail
Laphroaig 10, Quarter Cask, and Lore
Kilchoman Machir Bay
Port Charlotte Islay Barley, and Scottish Barley
Talikser 10, Storm, and Distillers Edition (not Islay, but still peated and delicious).

Any suggestions of widely available, mid-priced, peated scotch would be appreciated.

Mahalo!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

GregBurnett
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 18 Oct 2018
Posts: 64
Location: Edinburgh

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the Lannnister Game of Thrones bottle. 9 year old Lagavulin at £65.

A bit pricey for a 9 year old, but it tastes a lot more mature than the age states. Also a nice change from the standard 16 year old!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
webdunk
Double Malt Member
Double Malt Member


Joined: 04 Sep 2017
Posts: 155
Location: Inverness

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe divert from Islay briefly and head to Mull?

Ledaig - The entry level expressions are largely unsherried and a nice peated style.18yr is sherried and very flavoursome. They also often do limited/distillery only runs in interesting casks.

If you want to stay on Islay then the Port Charlotte MRC:01 was excellent and I would strongly recommend trying any peated Bunnahabhain.
_________________
@in5tadram
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
TheMaster
Double Malt Member
Double Malt Member


Joined: 27 Nov 2018
Posts: 98
Location: The Back End of Nowhere

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure how available they are to you, guess it depends how well stocked your shop is....

Port Charlotte 10yo is good. 50%, uncoloured and unfiltered.
Port Askaig 100 proof (Caol Ila) also very good.

You could always try some Longrow if you fancied moving away from Islay; peated Springbank.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
davidbe
Master Of Malts
Master Of Malts


Joined: 28 May 2015
Posts: 283

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second vote for Ledaig. As good as anything from Islay.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Scotchnthings
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 11 Feb 2019
Posts: 38

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caol ila moch or 12 are also excellent peat style whiskies imo. If youve got a few more $ to put into it go for caol ila 25, it can often be found for under 100 euro in europe.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Fergie
Master Of Malts
Master Of Malts


Joined: 02 Dec 2006
Posts: 1375

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should enjoy Laphroaig PX Cask and away from Islay Ledaig 10 and 18 year old
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
TheWM
Master Of Malts
Master Of Malts


Joined: 26 Nov 2012
Posts: 1872
Location: Cheshire

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some IB ledaigs are incredible. Around the 8-10 year mark.

But for an Islay specifically I’d be recommending Caol Ila. Either young (under 10) or over 21 for the real sweet spots.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
drPete
Master Of Malts
Master Of Malts


Joined: 05 Jul 2012
Posts: 297
Location: London

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talisker 18.
_________________
Talisker 18 - the rest are just details
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BigShing
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 21 Feb 2019
Posts: 67

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheMaster wrote:
Port Charlotte 10yo is good. 50%, uncoloured and unfiltered.
Port Askaig 100 proof (Caol Ila) also very good.
I would second these two and also add Kilchoman Sanaig to the list. What sort of budget are you thinking of though? You've basically covered a good portion of the £30-£60 Islay market there and I fond with Islay once you move beyond the "entry level" range the prices skyrocket towards £100 and more very rapidly.

I think Port Askaig 100 Proof is a great shout and the really obvious next step for someone who has made his way through the whiskies you have.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

jsberry
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 24 Oct 2015
Posts: 25

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bowmore 15 "Darkest" is a great blend of sherry and peat. Lots of both for about $75.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BigShing
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 21 Feb 2019
Posts: 67

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't Bowmore Darkest 15yr now simply called Bowmore 15? Is it still the same whisky or have they changed it?

I got a bottle last christmas from my brother and I felt it was massively overpriced at its full price of around £60 here in the UK. I'm glad my brother got it on amazon for about £40 in their Black Friday sale because IMO it's no better than the standard 12yr. A nice enough dram, sure, but if you can't find better sherried Islay whiskies at that £60 pricepoint you'e not trying hard enough imo.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
cheekobonavista
Single Malt Member
Single Malt Member


Joined: 17 May 2017
Posts: 25

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried Caol Ila 12 and liked it. Tried Bowmore 12 at a pub and decided I probably won't buy a bottle, although I am interested in Bowmore Darkest. I had a sample pack from Bruichladdich that included Classic Laddie, Scottish Barley, and Port Charlotte Scottish and Islay barley; sorry to say but I was underwhelmed. Haven't tried any of their age statement whisky's. I loved Kilchoman Machir Bay, and would defiantly consider their other malts, but I wonder if Machir Bay is the cheapest and best in my price range; about $100-150USD max. Talisker 18 is a dream that I'll someday achieve. There are still too many good bottles under $100 I haven't tried.

Of all the suggestions, I think a bottle of Ledaig will be my next buy. I've seen it for under $60 here, and after what I've read I'm keen to give it a go. Thanks again.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dirge
Member
Member


Joined: 21 Jan 2019
Posts: 16

PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ardbeg Oogie!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Olorin
Master Of Malts
Master Of Malts


Joined: 27 Sep 2015
Posts: 332
Location: Glasgow

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently picked up a bottle of Lagavulin 10 yr for my Dad at Glasgow airport duty free for £40. I've not tried it yet, but I imagine it will be nice. Anyone here tasted it? It's interesting how large the price difference is compared to the Game of Thrones bottling.

Not sure about it's availability in other duty frees but I think it's a good price.

Also, I'd second Longrow as a suggestion.

Good hunting!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Whisky Forum Index -> Single Malt Whisky All times are GMT
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
 Drink Safely   Add Your Site   Other Whisky Sites    Links   Contact Us 

 

© 2018 www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk All rights reserved.

This website was produced in Scotland.