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The other big variable with peated scotches is the iodine/medicinal element. It can be pretty offputting for some people. Ardbeg Corryvrecken is really heavy on that. Talisker is a good example that's less severe.

Laphraoig doesn't have the medicinal element, more straight peat.

 

Really?  It still seems to be there, at least to my mind/tongue.  I will admit the triage flavours have seemed ever less prominent since the price spiked on the 10-year old about a decade ago, and even less so in the CS-- though my natural preferences and historical suggestibility may be playing a not-insignificant role here.  I was practically weaned on the 10.

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Really?  It still seems to be there, at least to my mind/tongue.  I will admit the triage flavours have seemed ever less prominent since the price spiked on the 10-year old about a decade ago, and even less so in the CS-- though my natural preferences and historical suggestibility may be playing a not-insignificant role here.  I was practically weaned on the 10.

Somebody else brought that up. I have a hard time with the language for heavily peated drams. I get a lot more rich peat, smoke, and earthiness from Laphraoig. Something like Ardbeg Corryvrecken reminds me of a hurricane; salt and iodine and seaweed with the peat overlaid on that.
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Now that I'll grant: those are certainly more prominent in that Ardbeg, and the earthy character of L10 is often overlooked (overtasted?) in favour of raving about things that more obvious but less characteristic, if that makes sense.  There are far 'smokier' and 'peatier' whiskies out there, but nothing evokes smouldering peat quite like it.

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A friend asked for some help with his computer/wifi set up at home, delighted to help.

We had an argument when he thanked me with this. Of course, it would be rude not to accept.

So looking forward to a nip. I can honestly say I always have a HP 15 on the go but have never tried the 12, don't know why.

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It's a goodie for sure, a staple in my whiskey shelf, enjoy...
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One of my biggest whisky regrets was not buying a second (or third) bottle of the Highland Park 21 (which was a duty free-only bottling a few years back). Sensational stuff, then they diluted it, raised the price and took it off the market. It's back now, but at almost twice the price.

For Islay or peat/smoke buffs, I recommend Laga 16 (or the CS 12 y.o. special bottlings) for the best balance of peat, smoke and iodine/salt. The Talisker 10 too, for a slightly more rounded dram (or the even better Talisker 18). I do like Ardbeg and Laphroaig, but they tend to have less broad appeal.

Finally, for those of you who want some peat, but don't like the strong peat of Islay or other Island drams, seek out the Longrow CV or Longrow Peated (which I think replaced the CV). Really sensational whiskies from Springbank's sister distillery, but with peat layered on top of that Springbank style. My go-to whisky these days.

Here's a link to my Whiskybase Virtual Collection. My wife has put the kibosh on my buying more whisky...as it is I'm probably good for decades to come at the rate I drink it.
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Bunnahabhain 12 and 18 are great choices for anyone into Lagavulin 16.
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...Longrow CV or Longrow Peated (which I think replaced the CV). Really sensational whiskies from Springbank's sister distillery, but with peat layered on top of that Springbank style. My go-to whisky these days.

 

Very interesting: must locate. Cheers.

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A bit of the Royal Lochnagar tonight. It really is tasty stuff. I've got to pick up the DE at some point.
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Anybody had the new single barrel Balvenie 15 year sherry. One popped up at a local store, wondering if I should pick it up?
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I was wondering if anyone has a bottle, or has seen a bottle of the Glenmorangie Ealanta around? I know theres a lot of Jim Murray is a shill yadayada going around, but I'm inclined to agree that it is one of the most unique scotches I have had the joy of tasting.

Please tell me if you have a bottle you are willing to part with, or know of where I can procure one. biggrin.gif
post #3162 of 3208
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I was wondering if anyone has a bottle, or has seen a bottle of the Glenmorangie Ealanta around? I know theres a lot of Jim Murray is a shill yadayada going around, but I'm inclined to agree that it is one of the most unique scotches I have had the joy of tasting.

Please tell me if you have a bottle you are willing to part with, or know of where I can procure one. biggrin.gif

I can procure one, you can send me a PM if you would like.
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Trying out the incoming stock.. Many different tastes I admit but I guess it is part of the taste discovery process..
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Of all the above, Oban DE and Dalmore Cigar Malt have been the favorites so far. Have some more in the stock which I will also post the pics soon..

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Some really good choices in that group. If you do not like Laga or Hp right up front, keep them for a while as you may find you like them once you want to deviate from the sweeter scotches into more intense flavors.
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