A 20cl bottle was the safe bet. With anything smaller it becomes difficult to get to know the whisky enough to begin to judge. I too love Islay whiskies (save for a number of Bruichladdich bottles), but I'm not a fan of the Cragganmore 12 nor of the Cragg DE (both last tasted in 2006).
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I very much agree regarding the 20cl bottles. I'm just sampling Talisker 10 , 18 and DE . Initially I thought the DE the less good of the 3, however after a couple of tastings, I'm finding it a real hit. To me, at least equal , if not slightly the better of the other 2 superb expressions. Hence it being part of my order. (already have a fullbottle of 10 , and 18 is for the future) The cost of the smaller bottles certainly help scope for experiment.
I tend to risk Islay malts if there is no smaller bottlings, but are wary of bottlings from other places. Nothing worse than buying a £40/50 malt and being underwhelmed by it.
The Laga 12 was bottled last year, it just slips in under the £60 limit I have , as a bottle limit. Will be interesting to see how it squares up to Corryvrecken.