Reasonable Islay Scotch
I'm a new member here, so not sure what the perfect etiquette is for asking questions, but here goes....
It seems that over the last few months I've started learning to really love Islay Scotch. Been through a fair number of them. My favorite at the moment is the Lagavulin 16, but also a fan of the Ardbeg Uigeadail, Laphroaig 10, Caol Ila 12 and on and on.
My question is - can anyone recommend some sort of reasonable peaty-smokey, Islay-style Scotch (or even other whiskeys) that aren't going to be such a chunk of finances? I know it likely won't be as good as the above, but even something fairly tasty that I can have as more of an everyday malt. I mean, I'm still going to keep drinking the above whiskys, but would love if I could find something more day-to-day that's not going to cost me between 70 and 90 dollars a bottle.
Any help would be great - and thanks!
If you live near a Trader Joe's, see if they have Finlaggan malt whisky in stock. It is from Islay and sells for around $20. Try it and see what you think.
Here is Ralfy's review:
Black Bottle is a blended Scotch whisky with some Islay whiskies in the mix and has some peaty-smokey taste to it.
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Not sure where you're located, but Laphroaig 10 yr can usually be found for $40-45, just last year I got the quarter cask for $50 in Florida.
You might be able to find Bowmore 12 yr for around $40.
Ardmore traditional cask is not technically an Islay but it is quite peaty and could pass for one, and I have found it for around $30-35.