1holegrouper wrote:Laphroaig 10 I think is great for a "cheap" daily dram of peat. I know it is low end for what Laph can produce but I respect it and feel it is worth the money- it fills a niche that no other peaty SM does for its price. QC, as said earlier, is a slight upgrade but IMHO not worth the $10 increase in price. Some folks may not appreaciate its increase in sweetness. That said, I find Ardbeg 10 (where I live cost the same as QC) worth the extra $10 and a giant leap in taste. Now, if I was rich I would make Lava 16 my daily dram...
Lava 16?? This I gotta try! One of those Michael Jackson described as volcanic? MUST be a Talisker, then?!
From what has been written on these posts, you will see that a great many peaty Islay malts find favour here.
For me, I love the QC and the CS Laphroaig, and always enjoy the 10, though I would tend to buy the two stronger ones, but would gladly receive a bottle of 10 as a gift!. The only 15 I ever tried was so weak it must have been an 'off', or very old and nearly empty bottle...and the 10 is the one I regularly drink the least, and pretty much the first Islay I tried...but it still surprises. An unmistakeable, unforgettable dram that is great value for money.
In some ways, as an all-rounder, it's hard to beat the Ardbeg 10. Someone else just posted Caol Ila 12 as their favourite...
so ultimately, the answer to the question "which is your favourite Islay?" would have to be, for me:
"Whichever one I have in my glass right now!"