Well, I was at the liquor store trying to decide which Islay malt I wanted to sample. After a recent experience w/ Bowmore 12 at a local restaurant I was leary. Bowmore hit me with a soapy, STRONG iodine flavor followed by an ash-tray finish (not smokey but an ash-tray). But, so many are fond of the Islay I thought I'd give it one more try. The Lagavulin 16 was $92 , an expensive gamble. Ardbeg was all gone. So, I reached for the economical $40 Laphroaig 10 year. I really enjoy it!!! The nose is salty, seaweedy and humid, almost like I'm on the shore. I taste the seaweed, little bit of sea salt, SOME iodine, a few shovel fulls of peat (slightly sweet), a little bit of pickle (yes, pickle) and a warm smokey finish that lasts. I found myself really enjoing this tasty dram. After finishing my small dram (.75 ounce), I actually went back for another!! I've never done this w/ any other whiskey I own. Okay, okay, now you can all make fun of my typical whisky amount (once or twice a week) being .75 ounce.
I think I'll eventually pick up a Laphroaig quarter-cask. Now, to continue my tasty tour of the Islands I'll jup over to Campletown for a Springbank