Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by French Cuff Consignment, Dec 14, 2006.
I just picked up a Caol Ila 10 from a local distributer...looking fwd to cracking it open...
Huntsman makes a convincing case and I'd like to take it at face value...it is, after all, what I've believed for some years now.
But it re-raises the question--some peats won't have any appreciable iodine (kelp or salt water) in them, simply because of geography. So some heavily peated whiskys should be nearly free of any medicinal flavours while at the same time retaining the smokiness and the peat reek. [and at one point in time I suspect most if not all SM Scotches were dried and distilled over peat as it was the most common and readily available fuel in Scotland.]
So...are such whiskys available and which are they?
Well, that depends what you mean by 'heavily peated.' As I mentioned earlier in the thread, if you're going by the numbers, Highland Park has a higher ppm measurement than Bruichladdich or Bunnahabain, and shows smoke but no medicinal flavors (at least to my palate). That said, you can't call it a heavily peated whisky.
Bunnahabain is more distinctly peaty without the medicinal note, but it's still a very gentle peatiness. My best guess would be Longrow - the most heavily peated of Springbank's Campbelltown distilleries. I haven't had Longrow before, but I've seen it on the lists at my two usual Scotch bars, so I can give it a shot and report back.
Brora and Port Ellen are both reportedly more smoky than medicinal, but I haven't had either (and as they're both closed are getting scarcer by the day).
Finally, I'd say Talisker 10 yr old is pretty smoky without a strong iodine/medicinal note to it, but YMMV.
Was also going to suggest this.
Thank you. I have bought a few bottles of Talisker in my time and drank Bunnahabhain with my son in law. I like HP and like you have never tried the Longrow.
I'd call Talisker more peppery than medicinal. And I'll be interested in your take on the Longrow.
This day has been a frustrating bit of shite, so I think some more of the Lap quarter cask is in order.
I agree. Talisker 10 is about the limit of peat that I enjoy. It used to be Bowmore Darkest, but since they switched to a new formula a few years ago I find it across the line (much to my dismay).
I'll be sure to report back on the Longrow (probably not before Friday, though).
In the mean time...
why is all this shit constantly going up in price?
Largely for the same reason cigars have gotten more expensive, the Far East.
It is indeed, but the Nadurra Triumph 1991 (pictured here) is even better. Rounder, richer with deeper flavors. Worth the upgrade, but I wouldn't use it in a cocktail!
Mortlach is high on my list; Royal Lochnagar isn't on my radar (details?); and agreed on Longmorn - great stuff. Not as complete a package as HP 18, but still good stuff.
And wine. GD China.
Maybe also because there are a fair number of people in this world who are not prepared to act on their professed convictions.
"There's no worse curse than approval."~ James Lee Burke
There are probably five hundred of the things around here but people might look askew if I brought in scotch to sample.
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