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islay malt suggestions

Discussion in 'Food and Drink Talk' started by isaiah53, Monday October 23, 2017.

  1. isaiah53

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    after a long time of being teetotal this year ive been getting back into having a drink. ive been really enjoying sipping rum and now ive got an itch for the opposite end of the spectrum and fancy trying a peaty malt.

    im looking for something under £40 and not too challenging. any suggestions? :)
     
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  2. I’m not sure any of the Islay peat bombs could be classed as “not too challenging”. I’d suggest starting off with Talisker 10, it’s peaty but less so than the ones from Islay.
     
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  4. Dansco

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    Bruichladdich (pretty sure I haven't spelled that right) and Caol Ila are my favourites. Just take a leap.
    I also prefer Lagavulin to Laphroig (that's pretty much my least favourite).
     
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  5. Boru62

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    It's not Islay nor Scotch but it's gentle on the peat and pocket: Connemara
     
  6. Bandito

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    Laphroaig 10 - marvellous stuff!
     
  7. Of course if you decide that you like the peat, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg are all excellent.
     
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  8. wooky114

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    Ardmore is worth a look, a peated Highland whisky without being sea weedy / medicinal as people can find some of the traditional Isla whisky to be. They do the Legacy (40% ABV) and the Tradition (46% ABV), both a good but if you can get the Tradition, which is a travel retail exclusive i.e. from any UK airport it's worth it.
     
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  10. isaiah53

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    looks like its £20 at asda and morrisons too :)
     
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  11. riverrun

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    In times of austerity: Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt from Lidl. £17.49
    While not as perfect as Lagavulin, it's quite good for the money... I'm having a little sip right now...
     
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  12. irish1759

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    +1 on this one, one of my favourites.
     
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  13. dowsing

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    For under £40 I think Laphroaig Quarter Cask is the best you can get.
     
  14. chrisbell

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    Indeed, or, as was mentioned earlier, for a 'wood smoke/bonfire' Islay, Caol Ila is superb, IMO.
     
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  15. For a gentler start (And Campbeltown not Islay clearly) Springbank 10yo - so well made and some peat without the PEEEEEEAT. Just under £40 with a bit of hunting
     
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  16. isaiah53

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    i went for the talisker 10. had a few glasses of it, and still trying to figure it out. added a teaspoon of water to my last glass and seemed to work a lot better for me.
     
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  17. Nothing wrong with that, I normally add a teaspoon of water to Ardbeg. You could also try letting it sit in the glass for ten minutes or so first to allow some of the alcohol fumes to settle down. I found peated whisky to be an acquired taste, Talisker was my gateway. Now it's rare that I reach for something non-peated.
     
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  18. chrisbell

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    I'd suggest half a teaspoon of water and let it sit with something covering the glass for a few minutes.
     
  19. Scotshave

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    Benriach do two peaty numbers; Curiositas and and Birniemoss. The latter comes in at 48% abv.
     

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