Yeah. The great thing about leaving home is not only when comiing back, but what you find along the way.
give me a good old style Macallan anyday! give me some more rosebank! I'd love another SMWS 5 YO Arran - like a sweetshop in a bottle... and the Yamazaki 18 YO was one of the surprises of late. So many delights to savour on one's travels.
bcrossan wrote:I predict an Islay landslide victory.
If that's the case, then I'll likely find myself beneath a ton or two of earth in no time flat.
Yes, I love Islay whiskies. But for me, be it concerning wine, beer or spirits, variety has always been the key factor. And intrinsic quality! Would I therefore pass up the chance to imbibe a venerable Glen Garioch or Macallan or Auchentoshan in favour of a fine Ardbeg or Lagavulin or Bruichladdich? The thought of potential deprivation sends shivers up my spine.
Ok, Speyside is a sub-region of Highlands. Oh yeah, all those other island distilleries are also considered Highlands. No problem to select Highlands when you have the likes of Brora, HP, Talisker, Glenfarclas, Macallan, Clynelish.
Also, you forgot about Campbeltown. Granted there is only three distilleries here but one of those is amongst the finest.
Tough call for me since I love Ardbeg Uigeadail and all the Laphs, but Talisker 10 and 18 and HP 12 and 18 and a special HP bottlings tipped it in favor of the Islands. I must say that the Highlands is a close third. A lot of good whiskies there.
I voted Highlands, as I consider Speyside and islands as part of highlands thus you have Aberlour, Brora, Talisker, HP, Macallan, Glenfarclas, Old Pulteney, Glenfidich, Glen Grant, Glenlivet, Glenmo, and others which to me beats Islay.
It could be argued that Islay isn't a region, but several very famous examples of Island whisky. The Whisky Magazine system, which distinguishes between "Islay" and "Island (non-Islay)" sort of relegates the other Island whiskies to an afterthought ("Oh yeah, there are those too, but they're not Islay."). I'm not sure why the "non-Islay" disclaimer needs to be there.