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  1. #1361
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    Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    Slowly trying to expand my whisky experience. After spending some time in the Highlands recently , with a much enjoyed detour to the Old Country that past couple of weeks, I decided to drift over to Islay. Picked up a Bowmore 15 "Darkest" (I rather like the sherry influence in other drams) and a Laphroaig 18 for what seemed like a decent price.

    Once I work my way through Islay (already have a couple of Kilchoman bottling's) I may expand to the rest of the island offerings, in addition to the Talisker I already have, as my next destination.

    Oh, and recommendations for choices from the different Islay distilleries are happily considered. Especially if available in Atlanta. I have only seen Coal Ila 12 for example and even though it is from the evil empire (along with Lagavulin I think) I will happily try them all!

    Leaning towards Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Lagavulin 16 next.
    If you haven't already, try the basic Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10. The peat influence is more prominent than in the older bottlings.

    Corryvreckan is great and so is Lag 16. Can't go wrong with those.
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    Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg rarely misstep. So nearly anything from them is an easy recommendation. Specifically, my favorites are the standard 16 year, the 10 year cask strength, and the Corryvreckan respectively.

    Bruichladdich is not heavily peated, but you should try the Laddie Ten on your Islay journey.

    Don't sleep on Cambletown either. You should try something from Springbank and Glen Scotia if you have the chance.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti View Post
    Don't sleep on Cambletown either. You should try something from Springbank and Glen Scotia if you have the chance.
    Yes, I am kind of inclined to include Campbeltown with the "Other Islands" category even though it is connected to the main island. After all it is pretty much a tiny peninsula not much bigger than an island itself and surrounded by Islay, Jura and Arran with the distilleries on the coast.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Compass Box The Peat Monster is another terrific Islay blend, though a vatting with some Highland in it as well.

    More money, but my favorite Scotch of all is the Laphroaig 18 yr. Just slightly better than Lagavulin 16.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by black mamba View Post
    Compass Box The Peat Monster is another terrific Islay blend, though a vatting with some Highland in it as well.

    More money, but my favorite Scotch of all is the Laphroaig 18 yr. Just slightly better than Lagavulin 16.
    Yes, I decided to go with the Laphroaig 18 over the other Laphroaig options at the recommendation of my local whisky monger. But I left the Bowmore 18 on the shelf and went with the less expensive Bowmore 15yo given the sherry influence and the recommendation of a friend who drinks more scotch than I.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Picked up a Caol Ila 12 and a Benromach 10 to replace a couple of recently emptied bottles. Both are on my list of regulars to keep on hand.

    My Lag 16 is down to it's last pour as well but I have a replacement ready to be called up from the bunker..
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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Picked up a couple Tun #3 bottles while I still had the chance.

    I have been on the fence about a Port Ellen 12th. Should I?

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by LostBottle View Post
    I have been on the fence about a Port Ellen 12th. Should I?
    Definitely! You may never have another chance.

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    Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by LostBottle View Post
    Picked up a couple Tun #3 bottles while I still had the chance.

    I have been on the fence about a Port Ellen 12th. Should I?
    Score on the Tun #3!!! *high-fives*

    PE12... I'll just say Lagavulin 21 '07

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trey Manthey View Post
    Definitely! You may never have another chance.
    You are correct, and that is what is killing me. The trouble is that Diageo doubled the price between the 11th and 12th releases, $600 is a hard pill to swallow.


    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip
    PE... I'll just say Lagavulin 21 '07
    Yeah...not buying Lag 21 when I had the chance is probably the biggest mistake of my hunting career. When it first came out, I had a shot at two bottles at $350. I passed on both. The initial reviews coming out were mixed, some people thought it was ruined by sulphur. As more reviews started hitting, it became apparent that this was one of the best single malts ever. Also, at the time I wondered who the hell would spend $350 on a bottle of Scotch. Now, I would kill to pay that price.
    Last edited by LostBottle; 03-26-2013 at 18:07.

 

 

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