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Whisky with a taste of iodine

Westy Nov 5, 2007 05:52 AM

Hello -

Tried a couple of single malts recently for the first time. The ones I gravitated towards had a slight iodine taste. It was kind of intriguing. Anyone tell me which distillers are kown for having this taste in their whisky?


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  1. sku RE: Westy Nov 5, 2007 06:55 AM

    Iodinie usually goes along with the smoke and medicinal tastes typical of Islay Scotch. Laphroaig is probably the most iodine and medicinal of the malts.

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      ozbuc RE: sku Mar 27, 2013 02:41 AM


    2. ChefBoyAreMe RE: Westy Nov 5, 2007 07:08 AM

      That peaty, iodine-y tast is ususally associated with Islay ("eye-luh") malts.

      Try Laphroig, Lagavullin, or Bowmore. There are others that are more obscure, but these are the onles yo are most likely to find, especially the first 2.

      1. warrenr RE: Westy Nov 5, 2007 10:37 AM

        my vote goes for caol ila. although less well known than some, it's in widely available in the usa now. never call it an iodine taste to a distiller, they hate that description! (even though it fits)

        1. ted RE: Westy Nov 6, 2007 06:45 AM

          Talisker, too.

          1. Spiritchaser RE: Westy Nov 6, 2007 06:55 AM


            1. alanbarnes RE: Westy Nov 6, 2007 07:51 AM

              The strongest iodine component I've ever tasted was in an older (16-year?) Laphroaig that was served at a tasting many years ago. It was too much for me, bringing to mind Band-Aids and plastic pool toys. But if you're really into that style, and if they still bottle it, it may be worth a try.

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                Schpsychman RE: alanbarnes Nov 7, 2007 09:34 AM

                Wholeheartedly agree with what has been said. You are tasting the peatiness of the sctoch's made from Islay and I would say the peatiest (is that a word?) would have to be Laphroaig, followed by Bowmore. Talisker, for me, has the right level of peatiness and is excellent. I still remember my first encounter with single-malt scotch was a 10 yr. old Laphroaig, BAM! quite an introduction it was!

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                zin1953 RE: Westy Nov 8, 2007 05:59 AM

                Look up "iodine" in the dictionary: that illustration is a picture of the 16-year old Lagavullin.

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                  Jmey42 RE: Westy Mar 22, 2013 11:48 AM

                  Try Ledaig. My new found best friend. Great iodine and a really long finish. Drink it slowly and savor the goodness.

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