islay malt suggestions

#2
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? :)
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
I’m not sure 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.
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).
 
#18
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.
 
#19
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.
I'd suggest half a teaspoon of water and let it sit with something covering the glass for a few minutes.
 
#20
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.
Benriach do two peaty numbers; Curiositas and and Birniemoss. The latter comes in at 48% abv.
 
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