That is, requests for recommendations
I'm 33, living in the Midlands, UK, and am growing to love strong and smokey islays so far. A friend introduced me to whiskies about 8 years ago, with a selection he had from the different regions. I then really didn't get into it very much, but on a holidy to France last year, a local supermarket had a fantastic deal on whiskies, so I came back with 6 bottles: Talisker, Aberlour, Oban, Card-Hu, Balvenie Doublewood 12 & can't remember the other 1 at the moment
The one that really struck me was the Talisker; the smoke and medicine taste of it (is the medicinal taste, the iodine aroma that I've seen mentioned?)
I didn't really get on with the others, and as such, I've come to find myself buying Islay whiskies. The ones I've tried and loved are Ardbeg 10, Laphroaig 10 & QC, Lagavulin 16 (Fantastic!), Jura (10 and superstition), Highland Park 12 (thanks to my partners Dad, who loves it), Bruichladdich Waves, Peat and Rocks
I'm now looking for recommendations to help expand my horizons. After buying some Islay malts I wasn't overly keen on (Bowmore Legend (which I've just noticed, doesn't have a yo on it), and Tobermorey. Ledaig is nice, though not smokey at all, almost caramely, certainly sweet).
Incidentally, I bought a couple of bottles of Laphroaig Cairdeas 2010 this year, and whilst nice, I'm finding it almost too sweet for me (almost, anyway).
I'm looking to spend a bit of money and get some nice variations on my fave whiskies, certainly some lagavulin 12, for instance, and would welcome any recommendations from other forum members on ones i should perhaps keep an eye out for
I'll stop there, before this post becomes too epic!
Thanks in advance