peergynt323 wrote:Islays with a good amount of sherry influence are hard to come by, and 100% sherry Islays are even harder to find. If you come across the Kilchoman that is 100% sherry, pick it up for sure. It is delicious and complex. . . .
The newest Bowmore 12yo bottling is a real superstar value in my mind. I drink it more often than any other Islay.
I started this post as a "Scotch Newbie" . . . still am, but am gleaning from many of you who have been drinking this wonderful whisky for years. I have been literally soaking in the scotch and the information (lol). Appreciate your patience.
At every opportunity I try something new. For instance, tonight, a little local restaurant only had 2 brands of scotch behind the bar; Dewars (I've had) and Glinfiddich 10. I tried it and wasn't greatly impressed.
I wish I were able to try more, but there just aren't that many offerings in my area.
That is why I keep asking you guys. And, as you know, it isn't cheap.
I absolutely love everything about the Highland Park 12. With my inexperienced palate, I'm still not sure what it is that I love about it. There is definitely some smoke. . . and the sherry. . . but I'm still unsure if I taste peat.
As said previously, my tastes in other drinks (coffee, beer, wine) run on the dark and bitter side. I bought a bottle of Speyburn 10; then Macallans 12; JW Black . .. then Highland Park 12. Many have said that they were HP drinkers and went on to the Islays and loved them . . . such as Lagavulin 16 or Caol Ila.
I don't have the options of trying these, that is why I keep asking.
So . . . just moving up a step . . . from the HP . . . to the Islays . . . with real peat . .. but some sherry which I love . . . do I go for the Laga, the Caol Ila, Talisker Bowmore 12 or what?
(sitting right now on my patio with a dram of HP and a brilliant Domincan cigar and loving every minute of it . . . but ready for bigger things.)