Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
Okay, had a little shootout on Tuesday, since this thread was on my mind. Although an amateur when it comes to scotch, I was surprised at the stark difference between JW Red and Black. The Red tasted like petrol after the Black. Laphroig wasn't doing it for me, just too much peat. So, what would I look for if I wanted a single malt, but not so heavy on the raw peat notes?
I'm sorry this didn't get an answer earlier: My vote is for Dalwhinnie 15. For more explanation: The Islay whiskys, cf. Bowmore, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, as well as the Island whiskys, Talisker, Jurra, Arran, Scappa -- tend to exemplify peat. The Speysides tend to have a much lesser hit and are sweeter -- Macallan, Cragganmore, Balvenie, Aberlour, Cardhu are examples. The Highland scotches tend to be much lighter, but still vary alot by internal region, with the North and Central whiskys being the ones I'd choose for you Dalwhinnie or Glenmorangie Sherry Finish, and Glengoyne (though it is arguably a Lowland). Regards, Huntsman Edited to put Cardhu in it's proper home in Speyside, not in Islay.