Originally Posted by DWFII
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!