OK folks. First off my apologies for anyone offended by the question. This was my way of prompting some thoughts on other regions as there seems to be a disproportionatly heavy slant on this board towards Islay malt. I just wanted to hear people's reactions to my thought that a subtle bias has crept into the board's postings. I think any "beginner" who looks on this board would get the impression that "Islay is the best". Indeed we have gotten postings from people the have received this idea, and have acted on it and thanked us for getting them started on their journey. But is this being fair to the whisky world in general? Or is this even accurate within our own membership - is it simply a case of the Islay crowd being louder (kind of like the whisky itself)? Or is my impression an innacurate one?
I guess the hidden agenda was me trying to provoke a discussion on "have we as a board forgotten to give other malts/whiskies their due"? We have Aidan and Lex who fly the flag for Irish, and a few more bourbon enthusiasts (see thread: Same mashbill, different brand?) and some polite murmurings for Cdn (how Canadian that is!).
For me, the idea of discovering different traditions of whisky making, how these differences translate into taste, and how fans of these traditions view other whiskies are ongoing questions of interest for me. I don't think I have a favourite that lasts as I'm always drinking something new. I do go back and revisit old favourites to see where they stack up against new favourites. Have my tastes changed? Can I appretiate something I could not before? An example of this is my current attempt to try to get into what Bunahabain offers. I'm going to need to do further research on this before I can come to a conclusion
. Trying defunct Lowlands might be my next choice. My but they do cost some...
I'm NOT trying to have a go at posters whose unabashed favourite whisky is Islay and wish to shout this from the rooftops. I love hearing about what it is in a whisky that makes someone want to do a jig on the spot. Thanks to these raves I have tried Rosebank and Port Ellen which were wonderful malts, and want to try Benronach, Glen Grant and Rock Hill Farms (if the LCBO carries it) next. Here is my new question: "does the board give the impression of a bias on preferred types of whisky"?