Hello all, I've been enjoying reading the boards and have decided it's time to post a question. Having been a modest whisky-lover for years my current circumstances finally allow me to indulge my tastes more fully
. About three quarters of the bottles I drink are really big - c.s. Ardbegs, Laphroaigs, and above all Talisker special editions. I do most of my experimenting amongst these styles, but I always like to have their polar opposite open as well. For this I like things that are very fresh, often coastal, sometimes with spice, but not with a great deal of fruit or rich sweetness. Because its sweetness was so fresh Rosebank always did the job beautifully, but I've found the sweetness more dominating in the limited number of other Lowlands I've tried. The less fruity Clynelish bottlings, when salt and spice predominate, keep me happy too, although I'm ideally looking for something lighter. Given that Rosebank is no more, and (in my limited experience) more and more Clynelish seems to be rich and fruity I'd like to draw on your knowledge for suggestions if I may. What distilleries and expressions should I look for to find freshness, breezy coastal qualities and delicacy?
Thanks for your time,