Peaty Whisky: Reccomendations?

Discussion in 'The Spirits Forum' started by Mark Priestley, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. I've been tasked with buying a bottle of Peaty Whisky as a Christmas gift but as my knowledge in this area is pretty non-existent I wonder what recommendations people here might have?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Peating varies from the subtle (Cragganmore), gentle (Talisker), moderate (Lagavulin) and heavy (Ardbeg). Islay's the home of peat and runs the moderate to heavy show. I'm guessing that the recipient is reasonably in to whisky and perhaps they might appreciate something a bit different. Springbank (Mull of Kintyre) is towards the gentle end and a really nice if under-rated dram. On the contrary The Ileach (Vintage Malt Whisky Company) offers heavy smoke with good complexity if a little on the young side. A few Speysides are experimenting with single edition peaty malts and have a look at Balvenie, Tomintoul and Glenrothes (not tasted any of these yet). You do not need to spend a fortune to get a good whisky. I was going to recommend Port Ellen 1982 Connoisseur's Choice which I bought for £120 six years ago but it seems to have jumped to £1500 so I'd leave that (and I'll enjoy the last of the bottle). Probably worth £120 but at £1500 you'd be off your rocker.
  3. A fine summary Kinley, though I would suggest that most Laphroaigs would be peatier than an Ardbeg on the heavy peat scale.

  4. Opened a Bunnahabhain 12 year old, non-chill filtered tonight, from Islay but doesn’t taste too peaty? which is no criticism
  5. The peated whisky I currently hold is Port Charlotte 10 year old 2nd Edition at 50%ABV and natural presentation (no colouring or chill-filtration). It is pretty decent. However this is only available from specialists.

    I would say the fail safe option that would please a novice or an experienced drinker alike would be to get Lagavulin 16 year old. Funny as it is to say this, but if you find the Laguvulin 8 year old that is better as natural presentation 48% and down right delicious and would be a crowd pleaser.
  6. I currently have open a bottle of the Port Charlotte 'Peat Project' (I believe it is an early example of their peated scotch) that I was sipping when it was cold and blustery. Summer is here now and instead I am enjoying an old standby, the Glenlivet 12.

    Interesting that you mention the Lagavulin 8 Year Old as that is one I brought back from my recent trip to Australia. Whereas most spirits in Australia is much more expensive than in Canada, the Lagavulin 8 was uncharacteristically cheaper. I came home with two bottles but have yet to try it. There have been excellent reviews of it, some preferring it to the 16 year old. I understand that it is a clean, distinctive, distillate-driven malt.

  7. If you'd be interested in doing a sample swap of that Port Ellen for something in my collection (I've got loads of stuff) please let me know, I'd love to try it
  8. Alas Tom I broke a 2 week abstinence (work enforced) on the 28th Dec with the last of the Port Ellen, the last of the Macallan 1874 and a bottle of 1963 Borges Irmao port. A fine evening to put a few very busy working days to rest.

    I haven't been for around 5 years but the George Hotel in Inveraray has (had?) a stunning selection of malts (including the aforementioned Port Ellen) at very, very reasonable prices. In an evening I worked my way around a fair few trophy bottles and the bar bill didn't even reach three figures. The secret may be out by now and I don't see much information on the website.
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