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post #1831 of 3270
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Originally Posted by BrianVarick View Post

I appreciate the advice! I think I am going to stick with bourbon until I want to start spending $40 or $50 on scotch. I would like to start drinking single malts but I don't have much room in my budget for that:) What's a good starter Islay in the $40 range?

None of any note, as far as I'm concerned.

But if you're a bourbon drinker the better part of wisdom is probably to leave the Islays alone until you've experienced the Speysides and all the rest and are comfortable with them. Islay malts are generally speaking the most idiosyncratic and distinctive of the Scottish malts. Not for everyone and certainly not...usually...for the beginner.
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Originally Posted by BrianVarick View Post

I appreciate the advice! I think I am going to stick with bourbon until I want to start spending $40 or $50 on scotch. I would like to start drinking single malts but I don't have much room in my budget for that:) What's a good starter Islay in the $40 range?

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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

None of any note, as far as I'm concerned.

But if you're a bourbon drinker the better part of wisdom is probably to leave the Islays alone until you've experienced the Speysides and all the rest and are comfortable with them. Islay malts are generally speaking the most idiosyncratic and distinctive of the Scottish malts. Not for everyone and certainly not...usually...for the beginner.

I'm not in the U.S. so not sure what it sells for there, but Bruichladdich's the Laddie 10 is a nice inexpensive Islay. It's not as peaty as a Lagavulin or Ardbeg, though not much is.

Don't let the funky packaging put you off--it's a proper single malt.
post #1833 of 3270
^That sounds like something I am looking for. It's available for $46 near me. I am just curious to try a peaty scotch since I have heard so much about them, but I don't want it to blow me away like I am sure Lagavulin would.
post #1834 of 3270
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

None of any note, as far as I'm concerned.

But if you're a bourbon drinker the better part of wisdom is probably to leave the Islays alone until you've experienced the Speysides and all the rest and are comfortable with them. Islay malts are generally speaking the most idiosyncratic and distinctive of the Scottish malts. Not for everyone and certainly not...usually...for the beginner.

While I agree with this in principal, I started with Port Charlotte at a party, just made me appreciate the sweetness, if you will, of the others (as I'd always pretty much liked bourbon). After trying out a bunch, I now can go back and appreciate the distinct quality and tastes of the Islays. Hope that makes sense.

FTR, I think the first bottle i bought for myself was a Bruchladdich 12 and it was just north of 40. As is the Jura 10.

I was out at a work function the other night and my wife and I both ordered a Laphroaig 10...everyone at the bar was like, "What's burning?" LOL. We turned and laughed with each other and told them it was our drinks!icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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post #1836 of 3270
World Whisky of the Year, huh?

Does it live up to the hype?
post #1837 of 3270
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Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander View Post

While I agree with this in principal, I started with Port Charlotte at a party, just made me appreciate the sweetness, if you will, of the others (as I'd always pretty much liked bourbon). After trying out a bunch, I now can go back and appreciate the distinct quality and tastes of the Islays. Hope that makes sense.

FTR, I think the first bottle i bought for myself was a Bruchladdich 12 and it was just north of 40. As is the Jura 10.

I was out at a work function the other night and my wife and I both ordered a Laphroaig 10...everyone at the bar was like, "What's burning?" LOL. We turned and laughed with each other and told them it was our drinks!icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Jura 10 is right around $40 but I it is not one that I like. I tried a Jura before that I enjoyed and I'm guessing it was one of the older ones.
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

World Whisky of the Year, huh?

Does it live up to the hype?

I think it is pretty damn good. It was a gift from a friend of mine. He was at a store that had 10 in stock and he bought all of them. Was cool of him to spare one for me!
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Starter Islay in the $40 range? Why not Caol Ila? I think that would be perfect.

 

Of late I have been dipping into the bottle of Old Rare Malts Mortlach 22 that I bought as deadstock for $125, and that I now find goes for $600. I think it is probably worth it.

 

~ H
 

post #1842 of 3270
Picked this up today...interesting, $55.



Don't like its casing though I do like that its a full "litre a scotch", and not 750 ML.
post #1843 of 3270
I started on macallan then jumped to laphroaig and never looked back.

It all depends on what degree of an alcoholic you consider yourself.
post #1844 of 3270
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

I started on macallan then jumped to laphroaig and never looked back.

It all depends on what degree of an alcoholic you consider yourself.

I even have my wife drinking Laphroaig! We love it.
post #1845 of 3270
Hadn't had any in awhile so I ordered it at a bar for old time's sake and my friend gave me the gas face when she smelled it lol8[1].gif
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