Hi all. Well, as some of you know, I had my first single malt whisky (Cragganmore 12yrs) and loved it! There is a whole bunch of single malts that I've read about that I want to buy, and I'm going to be buying a different one each time.
I was originally going to buy the Glenfiddich 15yrs Solera Reserve next. However, I am having a coworker for lunch/dinner in 3 weeks and he loves the Bowmore Islay 12yrs. I know that this is a strong peat and smoke whisky. As I was going to indulge in a peat and smoke whisky anyway, I thought I'd give the Glenfiddich 15yrs a skip this time and buy either the Bowmore Islay 12yrs or an alternative, the Talisker 10yrs, which I know to be another strong peat and smoke whisky.
Now, you may be wondering as why I just don't buy the Bowmore Islay 12yrs as this coworker loves that one. However, this isn't one of the whiskies that was on my to buy list. In fact, this is my initial list of whiskies that I want to try, based on what I've read in this forum site, other sites and youtube reviews:
Glenfiddich 15yrs Solera Reserve
Balvenie Double Wood
So, as you can see, the Bowmore Islay 12yrs is not on my list of initial whisky purchases. So my question is this. Would you recommend that I still buy the Bowmore Islay 12yrs or the Talisker 10yrs for a strong flavoured peat and smoke whisky?
On this forum site and others, the Talisker 10yrs has rave reviews. Whereas I haven't read the equivalent for the Bowmore 12yrs. I know that the Lagavulin 16yrs is supposed to be the top of the tree as far as a peat and smoke whisky. But I was going to reserve that for the end of the year for sharing with my old man for Christmas. As it's supposed to be one of the finest whiskies in existance and it's also the most expensive (in my list of choices anyway).
So what do you recommend? The Bowmore Islay 12yrs or Talisker 10yrs?