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Monday, 28/Sep/2009

Favourite Islay Whiskies

Picture of Armin Grewe filling a Bruichladdich Valinch

As a small ‘reward’ this evening I've just poured myself a (not so) wee dram of Bruichladdich PC7 (bottle 18,845 of 24,000). Which in turn reminded me of two links I've wanted to post for a while now, related to favourite (Islay) single malt whiskies. With the impressive variety of Islay single malts there are certainly enough options to choose from. Before you read on, which one(s) is/are your favourite(s)? Also, do you prefer wine or beer? Answered both questions for you, then read on:

Picture of a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask against a sunset

A few weeks ago a tiny thread was launched, a small tool for Twitter allowing ‘threaded discussions’. To try it out I started a thread, the number of responses (well over 30) surprised me. What was the thread about? Well, the obvious question of course: What's your favourite Islay whisky? As to be expected the answers varied widely, covering the whole width of the spectrum of Islay single malts. There were also some (for me) unexpected ones like the ‘Finlaggan’ (and the ‘Brora’ ;-))

The second link is from the Bruichladdich Blog, in an entry about the Laddie Classic Mark points out that ‘wine drinkers appear to be more attracted to the subtleties of minimally peated Bruichladdich such as Rocks, 12, 16, 18; while beer drinkers seem to prefer the more obvious flavours of peated versions such as Octomore, Port Charlotte, Peat/3D, 2001.’ Which at least for me sounds about right. While on occasion I like a Bunnahabhain I tend to prefer the peatier Bruichladdichs or the Laphroaigs, known for their peatiness. You guessed right, I also tend to prefer beer (real ale) over wine.

How about you? Does Mark's observation apply to you? And what's your favourite Islay single malt?

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