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Postby Mr Fjeld » Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:53 pm

It's hard to have a favourite Islay (as in smoky) whisky when there are so many good to choose from! The Caol Ila 12 however is becoming something of a favourite these days. I keep on replacing bottle after bottle of this stuff and it never disappoints. This is clearly a single malt which unjustly suffers from a bad reputation; stored on the mainland and "large scale production" . Here's a whisky which encapsulates everything a smoky Islay whisky should be yet also manages to bring out layers of flavours beyond the smoke and also a peppery and oil-like texture. Simply perfect!
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Postby LeoDLion » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:12 pm

Ardbeg Oggie now is my favorite malt.
Lagavulin is not to far off.
Laphroaig holds a special place in me heart.
Bowmore I am glad existed.
Caol Ila, Port Ellen, Buichladdich are equal in great taste.
Bunnahabein is the mildest to me.
Octomore, nevermore, where are you?
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Re: favorite Islay

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Re: favorite Islay

Postby LeoDLion » Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:42 pm

Since I always have a single malt during dinner, I can attest to the fact that any whisky goes with any dinner food! :D Since I drink whisky serially (a bottle at a time) most of the time, the Bowmore Legend goes well with roasted chicken and fried sausages and peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
Is it because I separate the sipping with the eating? I mean I chew and chew and swallow food, then I sip whisky. I never chew and sip whisky at the same time! What do you guys do?
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Re: favorite Islay

Postby r900p » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:47 pm

I'm a Laddie too but very biased.

Just reading this thread has made me think of doing an Islay tasting over the xmas and new year period when the family is up, think i'll look for a 10 or 12 of each one to try and see which really is my favourite, all have been tried separately but together so you can remember them mat be interesting.

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Re: favorite Islay

Postby lincoln imp » Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:16 pm

No contest for me its the Lagavulin 16yr followed by Caol Ila 18yr,and i,m not even a peat head.
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Re: favorite Islay

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:50 pm

Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg (in that order). I can honestly say that I like everything I've had from each of these distilleries, but Lagavulin is definitely at the top for me. I can't wait for my bottle of Lagavulin 21 which I'm getting Sunday!
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Re: favorite Islay

Postby hiccy » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:30 am

Ardbeg is my "first love" in whisky terms so I have to mention that first.
Laphroaig I very much enjoy at the moment.
Bruichladdich 18yo is superb. Had a 17yo last which we also really enjoyed.

Never tried Port Ellen, although there is a bottle warming in the cupboard right now. :wink:
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Re: favorite Islay

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:35 am

Go for that PE!!!
They are usually superb drams exhibiting lots of straw and hay in an Islay kind of way.
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Re: favorite Islay

Postby hiccy » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:54 am

Malt-Teaser wrote:Go for that PE!!!


It's meant to be for a "special occasion"..... Christmas is coming... :lol:
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