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Oct 19, 2012 08:36 AM

Peaty Scotch for my dad's birthday

My dad's birthday is coming up and I want to get him a nice bottle of scotch. He doesn't usually like spirits but he was recently gifted a bottle of Laphroaig quarter cask and absolutely loves it. I've been looking at some of the more heavy handed scotches out there and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I've been thinking about either Compass Box's Peat Monster, Coal Ila, and Lagavulin 12 year old but am open other ideas.


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  1. Almost anything from Islay would work - Lagavulin, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, or Bowmore.

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    1. re: obstructionist

      Actually, Bruichladdich is fairly sweet and light, and not really peaty at all; it could easily be confused with a sherried Speysiders.

      1. re: The Big Crunch

        Well, to be fair, there is a Bruichladdich for everyone, sherried, non-sherried and, yes, heavily peated (under the Port Charlotte and Octomore labels),

    2. I received a bottle of Laphroaig for Christmas a few years ago. Certainly cut down on my Scotch consumption. You might consider Connemara 12 Year.

      1. Ardbeg Uigeadail if you want to splurge a bit.

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        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

          I've heard good things about that one but $160 is a little rich for my blood. Have you tried their ten year old?

          1. re: silverd4

            10 yr old is a classic, fits the peaty requirement. Although lcbo prices are a ripoff compared to the US for Ardbeg and Lagavulin. You're paying almost 2x as much.

            peat monster is a big pass.

            1. re: aser

              I agree on the Ardbeg 10 year old. It's one of the greats and should be tried by anyone who likes Islay single malts.

              The LCBO is stocking a few interesting Bowmore bottlings with various finishes that look promising. This one - Bowmore Laimrig 15 Years Old - appears to be a single malt aimed at bourbon drinkers.

              The original 10 year old Laphroaig is kicking around town again. I prefer it to the Quarter Cask, which mutes that classic iodine, peaty profile.

              1. re: Pantz

                The real problem with Laphroig is that their best bottling is the 15yo, which was unavailable in Ontario for many years, and now has apparently been discontinued.

                The LCBO also fails to import many superior blends, like White Horse and Haig. :(

                1. re: obstructionist

                  I'm going to give them credit for the Black Bull 12 Year Old they are currently stocking! But, yes, I'm constantly amazed at what the LCBO doesn't choose to list.

                  The nice thing about this time of year is that they bring in a lot of interesting items for the holiday season.

                  1. re: obstructionist

                    I still have about 1/5th of a bottle left of the 15 yr old that I've been rationing. It is alas discontinued and can only be procured on the resellers market.

                    The 18 yr old, a replacement for the 15th in their lineup, is just not as good.

              2. re: silverd4

                Yeah, I have a bottle but what aser's saying is right, it is kind of a rip at the LCBO at more than double the price for the Uigeadail. The 10 year old is still a great bet and maybe your best as an alternative to the above mentioned.

            2. Talisker would be an interesting one to try ,not sure how available it is in Canada. it has some Islay characteristics but not nearly as intense as Laprhoaig or Lagavulin, it has more balance as well as some fruit and pepper to it that make it very interesting. The Laphroaig quarter cask and Lagavulin 16 yr are my favorite Scotches, and Talisker is not far behind.

              1. Here is a NY Times article from last December on a tasting of Islay single-malts: