Hello all. I'm new here but not new to Bourbon or Scotch.
I figured I would post this because this is kind of a nice find for people who like Islay scotches.
For context: I am an Islay guy, Laphroaig is my usual one but Lagavulin 16 is probably my favorite of all.
I went to my local liquor store, and they had a range of cheap scotches with very generic labels (ie: Islay, Highland, Campbelltown, etc). They are all branded Signatory, which is a company who specializes in rebottling other scotches. Sometimes good, sometimes not. There was a copied white piece of paper next to this cheap range describing where they come from, because this information is not on the bottle itself.
Much to my amazement, their Islay 5 year comes from Lagavulin, and it was by far the cheapest one at $13 and change per bottle.
I'm not going to sugar coat this and say it's the best scotch I've ever had, it's not even close, but at $13 it's definitely the best value I've ever seen on a single malt Islay.
The nose is almost pure Lagavulin. I'll have to get out my 16 year to be sure, but I know it well and this one should be close.
The taste is "young". If you're looking for all the tones that Lagavulin has, you're going to be disappointed. But it's definitely in the same territory as Lagavulin 16, just without some of the stuff you get from age.
I'm going to buy 2 or 3 more bottles if I can get a hold of them.