ZacRob76 wrote:...I swear it drinks like a young Laphroaig...
You're certainly not the only individual to have mentioned a Laphroaig connection. Witness the following by one Ernie Ayres:
"If I had to speculate, I would say that this is low grade, maybe even very young Laphroaig."
However, Mr. Ayres then goes on to say:
"This is not nearly as complex or peaty as other Islay whiskies, but a very good introduction to someone that may have rejected a smokier scotch in the past."
The inherent contradiction of these two statements (I would think a young Laphroaig would likely display a greater intensity of marine and peat) leads me to believe that Laphroaig is NOT the source.
Bowmore could represent the next logical alternative. However, with two lines of Islay whiskies already emanating from the owners (Bowmore proper and McClelland's), not to mention the medium phenolic levels employed for that site's malt, I'm somewhat doubtful.
Bruichladdich is a slight possibility. But I think Bunnahabhain might be a better bet, given it has (in recent times) utilized more heavily peated malt only in rare instances.
Have you tasted any of the 12-year old Bunnahabhain from Burn Stewart? A direct comparison between that whisky and MacGavin's would be enlightening.