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  • Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    I’ve also got as a side note an Islay as we get it which is a 3 year old ardbeg and nice , very sweet and a nice neat dram which is mad as it’s 58.something percent

    I guess that could be the Smokehead?

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Bottle of quality malt, and a bottle of cheap malt.

    Drink the good stuff till somewhat merry then switch to the cheap stuff.

    Premier Icon sparksmcguff
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    Drink the good stuff till somewhat merry then switch to the cheap stuff.

    Sound advice.

    Also all this young whisky floating around, I can’t abide it. If it tastes alright it’s because it’s had older whiskies blended in surely. 3 year old whisky is pure turps (well the one or two I’ve had so not exactly conclusive).

    ive had a nice laphroaig that was stored in an old ardbeg barrel and it was lovely albeit a bit confusing to the palate lol

    This sounds like something worth seeking out.

    Premier Icon mrb123
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    Absolutely no reason not to add a splash of Ardbeg to a dram of Laphroaig and see what you end up with.

    Put a few drops of Uigeadail in a young, peated Bunnahabhain the other day and it was a significant improvement.

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    Could well be tennishoes,

    I like to play around with the odd drop of something in something else lol

    I also use guard whiskys in my cupboard that sit in a row to guard the stuff behind lol and the really top stuff behind that then the stuff I’m saving for a special time, ive 6 rows of stuff 🙂

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    I also use guard whiskys in my cupboard that sit in a row to guard the stuff behind lol and the really top stuff behind that then the stuff I’m saving for a special time, ive 6 rows of stuff 🙂

    Crikey.

    There was a time in my life when I had, I think, maybe 5 bottles of whisky in my possession at once, and I thought I was doing well 😂

    These days it’s a Christmas/birthday treat, but I now dream of guard rows!

    The Smokehead tip sounds good tho, will keep an eye out for that 👍

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    Tom over covid my guard has also slipped into the wifes gin cabinet lol ive gone through a lot this last year just bought more , im going to have to move the special ones to a new place as ive a smws bottle arriving today too doh.. and santa is due soon he got me 6 bottles last year 😁

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    @firestarter Can you introduce me to your Santa because mine is rubbish.

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    🤣🤣

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    Talisker 10 is £27 on Amazon at the mo.

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    Talisker 10 is £27 on Amazon at the mo.

    just been googling it, its a peaty one. for someone who prefers smooth speysides, and thought laphroig was pure TCP when i first tasted it, do you think itd be a good trial to see if i could get to like peaty now?

    i hated laphroig back in the day but that was when i didnt like whisky at all, i think it put me off. since discovering speysides and getting through a fair few bottles of the different makes, is talisker a decent ‘not toooo peaty’ drink? and if not, any suggestions? itd open up a whole load more whiskies to me if i got to actually like the TCP types.

    or should i just drink neat TCP for a while so that laphroig/talisker seem mild when i eventually try them 😆

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    Bowmore 12 is a good soft introduction, look out for the offers.

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    I’d say Highland park 12 is a very mellow intro. After enjoying whisky for 10+years if still only just heading toward the smoke. This chart which I’m sure you’ve seen before gives you an idea of flavour profiles, https://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/whiskyflavourmap.htm

    Premier Icon mrb123
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    Have a look at Benromach 10. A Speysider with a moderate level of peat…

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    do you think itd be a good trial to see if i could get to like peaty now?

    Ardbeg is the most-approachable (and my favourite) Islay, IMO. Did you ever try that?

    As above, Bowmore is also less fierce than some – and you can get the 12 year old for £27 on Amazon at the mo.

    Another option is to get one of the cheaper, milder non-age expression bottles like Laphroaig Select, Bowmore No 1 or Talisker Skye.

    I think these are partly intended as “beginners” versions of their core whiskies.

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    went to tesco today armed with a list of those recommendations ^^^ aaaaand…….

    Bowmore 12 is a good soft introduction, look out for the offers.

    £11 off down to mid £20’s, took a punt, and youre right on the money. i get a bit of peaty taste but as you say, its not overpowering and a good introduction. i’ll keep at it with a few nightcaps over the next day or two and see how i like it compared to my other purchase, a ‘safe’ glenmorangie, also on offer for about the same price.

    thank you very much.

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    Morrisons have lots on offer, sitting sipping a Dalwhinnie Winter Gold it was £25.

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    do you think itd be a good trial

    Sorry… missed this… the answer is no. It’s for smoke lovers.

    Bowmore 12 was a great suggestion. Perfect. We have a bit of that left from last year’s pre-Xmas deals.

    None of the others suggested would suit the peat cautious seeking great flavour. Some are a bit less Smokey, but also not very smooth (harsh even). You picked out the right one from the suggestions for sure.

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    Of my exclusively peaty collection, I find Ardbeg an Oa to be the smoothest, although suspect it’s still relatively strong!

    A Peated Talisker would be a nice experiment…

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    @sadexpunk Nikka “from the barrel” is an ace introduction to peated whiskey.

    You can taste the TCP (just) but in a very moorish way.

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    Regarding peat levels, a useful guide is to look into ppm (phenol parts per million) figures for different whiskies. The distilleries don’t always publish them but a bit of Googling usually comes up with an answer.

    Light to medium peating is usually in the range of 15-30ppm. 35 and upwards would be more heavily peated.

    Ppm doesn’t always tell the full story as the flavour profile of a particular distillery can influence how the peat comes across – Laphroaig for example is known for its medicinal character, whereas a something like a Lagavulin 16 may come across as more rounded even if the ppm is similar.

    A quick Google gives a few examples from common malts:
    Ardbeg 10 – 55ppm
    Laphroaig 10 – 45
    Lagavulin 16 – 35-40
    Bowmore 12 – 20-25
    Highland Park 12 – 20
    Talisker 10 – 16-22

    For anyone interested, it’s worth checking out the ppms for Bruichladdich’s Octomore series which are off the scale! They don’t exactly fall into the category of cheap malt whisky though!

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