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Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

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Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby Viridian » Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:18 am

Hello all,

I'm hoping to pick your brilliant SMS minds and solicit suggestions on some whiskys with a particular set of flavors. I'm a huge Lagavulin fan and found the exaggerated--in context with the 16, that is--maritime notes in the 21 year old expression particularly sublime. Call me crazy, but I felt like I was at Lagavulin, soaking up the wind and drinking all the flavors of the bay.

I've yet to try the Clynelish 10, which I'll be picking up tonight. The smoke and sea flavors Michael Jackson (RIP) described in his tasting notes sound fantastic; those are my two favorite combinations, which I suppose are going to largely be in peated whiskys.

So how about it? What whiskys have the soul of the sea?
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby photojonny » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:35 am

Old Pulteney is often described as a classic seaside malt, with salty, briny tones. I believe it markets itself as 'the maritime malt'.

The 12yr old is lovely and inexpensive. Have not tried any other expressions.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:20 am

Addition suggestions are Laphroaig -iodine/seaweed- and Jura -sea spray.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby shulaw05 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:25 am

photojonny wrote:Old Pulteney is often described as a classic seaside malt, with salty, briny tones. I believe it markets itself as 'the maritime malt'.

The 12yr old is lovely and inexpensive. Have not tried any other expressions.


i love op 12, but if you are looking for a sms that has a combination of peat and 'the sea', op 12 is not it, as it is not a peated scotch at all. i think the suggestion of laphroaig would be more up your ally (either the 10 yr, 15 yr or quarter cask). you may also consider ardbeg.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:38 am

I agree with Ganga and Shulaw that Laph would be a great fit.
To throw out something different how about Talisker 10. Some smoke and peat, loads of pepper and a fair dose of salt.

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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby Viridian » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:37 am

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out Old Pulteney and Jura. I'm very familiar with Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Talisker -- all favorites, naturally.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:43 am

Viridian wrote:Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out Old Pulteney and Jura. I'm very familiar with Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Talisker -- all favorites, naturally.


If you want to spend a little more you could look at Brora or Port Ellen. Both have salt elements to them. I find the Brora especially salty.

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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby les taylor » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:24 am

Don't forget Bowmore in this. The 12 year old has some nice sea fresh notes. Some of the warehouses couldn't be any closer to the water without actually being in the sea either.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby Reggaeblues » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:20 am

As a longtime south Islay devotee(Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig) I must big up one of the "finds" of last year. It comes from Springbank on Cambeltown and is called "Longrow CV."

As Richard at Loch Fyne whiskies would say(and I believe he does!) "Ace!" and affordable at @ £30. That's 5 bottles for the price of one Lagavulin 21!(Which I agree was exceptional from the small sample I was kindly given!)

the CV is one of my top 5 of last year...and a second bottle almost empty. A particularly nice nose, a palate to challenge Ardbeg, and not just a maritime flavour, but a maritime greenish tinge to boot!

To quote Les Taylor, :iwbrnt:
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:04 pm

Viridian wrote:What whiskys have the soul of the sea?

It would be a shame to omit Caol Ila from your shopping list... Especially the Cask Strength!
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby dramtastic » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:11 am

Longrow CV or maybe a Springbank.
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby dramtastic » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:45 am

Isle of Jura Superstition. Salt and Ferry diesel exhaust(amongst other things).
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby whiskynig » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:22 pm

I have some provenance bruichladdich which reminds me of the seaside!
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Re: Maritime Flavors - Suggestions?

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:27 am

Scapa is another possibility. Try and track down the older Allied Distillers 12YO edition... Great subtlety with a fragrance evocative of salt-encrusted heather.
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