Bruichladdich The Laddie 10

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is light peat and fruit. The palate is very lightly peated with some malted sherry and dried fruits. This expression is extremely well ballanced. The finish does have a little smoke to it but overall it’s smooth with a medium finish. This single malt is ballanced and lightly peated with some fruit forward notes, has some nice white wine qualities. I am a fan.

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Bruichladdich Octomore 5.1

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 5 yrs

ABV: 59.50%

Price: $190-210

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Looking for peat? Try 169 PPM, that’s about triple the standard Ardbeg. The nose on this is massive peat (no suprise there) smells like new rubber. On the palate it’s super rich and really coats the entire mouth. Hard to believe that it packs this kind of ABV, there is virtually no heat at all. The finish is like the ending of a barbeque, you may feel compelled to lick the inside of your glass, your behavior is understood at this point. There is a bit of dry fruit in the finish as well. Fantastic stuff, this is a must try for Islay peat junkies.

Mcclelland’s Islay Single Malt

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $25

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

If you are looking for some inexpensive peat, then look no further. This is probably some young Bowmore. The nose has some citrus and a light smoke with a dash of honey. The palate has a good amount of malt and some light but effective peat, very nice ballance. The finish is a ┬ábit salty with iodine/peat. At this price….I’m a fan

Finlaggan

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $19

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose of this is peat, charcoal, Smells a bit like Caol Ila. On the palate it’s dry with a sweetness and a decent amount of peat. Tastes a bit like a campfire. The finish is salty with a heavy burn, this is where the bottle has a serious downside, there is some damp ashtray going on here. I like the palate enough to drink it even when I know the pain of the finish will follow. Overall it’s a decent expression if the price is considered. Can be bought at Trader Joe’s.

Bowmore 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peaty with some floral notes. The palate is salty, peaty, citrus and slightly soapy. The finish is light smoke and lingering medicine. I like this expression. However for the money I do like the Legend expression better as they taste very similar.

Ardbeg 10

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores/Wide

This is another agressive and raw peaty expression by Ardbeg. For my money this is the best distillery in the world. The nose on this is slightly tart/lemon with big peat. The palate is semi sweet and quite simple but very good even without the complexity of other Ardbeg expressions. The finish… peat peat peat and spice. Another Ardbeg that is oh so good

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 17

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 17 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $200

Availability: Rare

The bottle I sampled from was distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2011. Cask Reference ID 6997. This expression had a very limited run, though some bottles are still out there. It’s a must own for big Laphroaig fans. Everything about it is typical Laphroaig. As older Laphroaigs go the peat seams to die down during the aging process. This one is pretty good but far from fantastic. The nose is medicine and sweet fruit while the palate has some medicine and peat with a lighter finish and lingering smoke. It’s lighter than most Laphroaig expressions.