JWFokker wrote:I can't stand anything Bowmore, it tastes like bacon grease in seawater to me, but the Dalmore I can stand behind as a solid value. It's still around or under $30 most places. Oddly enough, the Dalmore Cigar Malt I've actually seen for less than the standard 12yo some places. I've yet to try it though.
I very much enjoy the Dalmore 12. A very rich dram with nice robust flavors. My last bottle seemed to tire quickly, but it was excellent until then. The Cigar malt, on the other hand, I found thin and almost dusty. It did not work for me at all. I on the other hand, enjoy Bowmore Legend and 12yo; but I am an Islay guy. Another good cheap malt in the US; Glenfarclas 12, which can often be had for $30. Heavy sherry, some peat at points, a nice malt in my eyes. I have also seen Laphroaig 10 for $30. While some lament it is not the dram of yesteryear, I still enjoy the balance of peat and malty sweetness that the dram gives. I recently tried one of the 1980s 10yo Laphroig (Johnson and Johnson on the bottle), and frankly it was too austere and lacked balance (for me). A total peat monster, but I wanted some other element (and in spite of myself, the distilery character was not enough).