The great single malt!!!
What do you like in you single malt scotch?
Personally I love the peaty smokey notes of the Isley's, and not so much of the heathery highlands.
For my money I'll take a nice bottle of bowmore and be quite happy.
What is your take?
I also like the Islay scotches. In the $20-$30 range, I like Bowmore Legend. In the $30-$40 range, I'd say Laphroig 10yr. At around $50-$60, I'd say maybe the Laphroig Quarter Cask, and at $60+, the Lagavulin 16yr. Recently, I was fortunate enough to find Lagavulin 16yr for $50 at Costco, which was a great deal, but I realize this isn't an everyday price.
Personally, I am not a fan of the smokey/peaty single-malts from Islay, I prefer the Spey Valley single-malts.
Have you tried the Finlaggan single-malt from Islay sold at Trader Joe's for under $20?
Here is a link to a past thread in smokey/peaty single-malts:
I'm a real fan of Finlaggan. It's an affordable, drinkable, enjoyable Islay
And it's price is modest enough that you can play with it as a cocktail base. I like it with fino and a large spiral of lemon. I know that sounds like heresy to "real" dramheads, but don't knock it 'till you try it.
Last year Kermit Lynch had a sale,1964 Bowmore Black marked down from $4899.99 to $3565.99.
It seems from this tasting note it's worth every penny.
Tasting Notes by John Hansell, Malt Advocate
...What I think impresses me most is how the whisky evolves. On the nose and palate, this is a thick, viscous, whisky, with notes of sticky toffee, earthy oak, fig cake, roasted nuts, fallen fruit, pancake batter, black cherry, ripe peach, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, polished leather, tobacco, a hint of wild game and lingering, leafy damp kiln smoke. Flavors continue on the palate long after swallowing. This is what we all hope for (and dream of) in an older whisky!
The pancake batter and leafy damp kiln smoke did it for me.
wolfe on May 22, 2009 02:30PM
Put me in the Spey Valley camp. Love my Glenfarclas and Glenmoranggie. Please excuse my horrible spelling.