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Originally Posted by lemmywinks View Post

Finally decided to see what the whole deal with Laphroaig was...

I think I can acquire a taste for it, but it won't be something I'll reach for out of enjoyment.

What other brands of scotch should I look at that aren't peaty as shit?

While I will pour an Islay once in a while, they definitely aren't my first choice for a daily drinker. Balvenie makes some very interesting whiskies these days, with my favorites at the moment being the 14 year old Caribbean Cask, and the 17 year old Doublewood. I am also a huge fan of Glennfiddich. Even if they are a little mainstream, it doesn't mean they don't make excellent whiskies. The 15 year old is the best value, but they also released a 14 year old (U.S. market exclusive) bourbon barrel release that is very, very good.
post #4112 of 4254
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Originally Posted by lemmywinks View Post

Finally decided to see what the whole deal with Laphroaig was...

I think I can acquire a taste for it, but it won't be something I'll reach for out of enjoyment.

What other brands of scotch should I look at that aren't peaty as shit?

I felt the same way in regards to Laphroaig, but I found that Lagavulin hit the right spot for me. Even HP has some peaty tones to it, if you are looking for just a hint of peat in your dram.
post #4113 of 4254
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask and the Sherry Cask are both pretty good.
post #4114 of 4254
+1 on those Belvenies
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I am a big fan of Islay scotch. Particularly Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Uigeadail. Anyone here with any other thoughts and recommendations on on Islay scotch?
post #4116 of 4254
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Originally Posted by Man with Apple View Post

I am a big fan of Islay scotch. Particularly Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Uigeadail. Anyone here with any other thoughts and recommendations on on Islay scotch?

Laphroaig cask strength is great.
post #4117 of 4254
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Laphroaig cask strength is great.

Seconded.

Also Caol Ila, Ardbeg's Corry, Lagavulin's DE .... Lots of good options.
post #4118 of 4254
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Originally Posted by Man with Apple View Post

I am a big fan of Islay scotch. Particularly Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Uigeadail. Anyone here with any other thoughts and recommendations on on Islay scotch?

Seconded on the Caol Isla. I've had a few great independent, single casks releases that were phenomenal
post #4119 of 4254
I just recently opened up a bottle of Ardberg Alligator and I loved it, if you are a fan of Islay and can find the Alligator, its terrific. Now just waiting on the 21 year old Ardberg.
post #4120 of 4254
I just placed an order to start my beginners scotch collection. So far I already have a bottle of Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 and should soon receive a Yamazaki 12, Lagavulin 16, and Bowmore Darkest 15.

I tend to gravitate toward scotch that has some smokiness (but isn't a one dimensional peat bomb) and also rounds out with rich body and deep flavors, fruitiness is nice but not needed for every case. Obviously I've found most of the lower tier Speysides to be dreck and will be slowly adding to this collection as time goes on and my taste is refined. I don't have baller $ so I won't be picking up the rare or 21+ stuff anytime soon. Any other recommendations that don't really tip much over $100 but provide great value for $? I'm willing to reach higher if truly worth it.

My brother is a big Ardbeg fan so I'll probably pick up a bottle of the 10 at some point when I next come across it. Any thoughts on the Uigeadail
post #4121 of 4254
Oogy has been a forum favorite for years. Also Abunadh.

If you like just a little peat talisker IME tends to be not as peaty as laphroaig or lagavulin


Lately I've been really enjoying Springbank (the CS is great) and Arran
post #4122 of 4254
Ah man, I was on the fence about both the Uigeadail and A'bunadh but decided to go with the age stated Bowmore and Lagavulin. Will need to pick those two up at some point then.

My brother also likes Talisker 10 for a good value that has some peat and smoke but is nuanced enough to bring other flavors and notes to the table. Will keep that on the list along with the Springbanks and Arran as well.

Thanks indesertumbro!
post #4123 of 4254
+1 to all that
post #4124 of 4254
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Ah man, I was on the fence about both the Uigeadail and A'bunadh but decided to go with the age stated Bowmore and Lagavulin. Will need to pick those two up at some point then.

My brother also likes Talisker 10 for a good value that has some peat and smoke but is nuanced enough to bring other flavors and notes to the table. Will keep that on the list along with the Springbanks and Arran as well.

Thanks indesertumbro!

Laga 16 is a great pick. Desert island scotch for me. Like a more nuanced balanced oogy. Oogy tends to be brash and in your face

Bowmore OBs tend to be hit or miss for me.

Also Arran has this series where you get to taste different cask finishes. The base scotch is pretty neutral so the finishes really shine. Great educational experience
post #4125 of 4254
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Ah man, I was on the fence about both the Uigeadail and A'bunadh but decided to go with the age stated Bowmore and Lagavulin. Will need to pick those two up at some point then.

My brother also likes Talisker 10 for a good value that has some peat and smoke but is nuanced enough to bring other flavors and notes to the table. Will keep that on the list along with the Springbanks and Arran as well.

Thanks indesertumbro!

The Bowmore 15 "Darkest" is pretty good, although I would have put a lot of others in front of it.  Just about any Highland Park, Aberlour, Glendronach, etc.  I am also a fan of Talisker Distillers Edition.  A second for the Springbank as well.  Balvenie is another that can be on the cheaper side but is of good quality.  No peat there but some different finishing cask types to experiment with.

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