True Lagavulin is awesome you'd have to go far to beat it here's 2 that do IMHO but they are shooting for the moon as far as prices go...
http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/w...ign=whiskybase Ignore the daft name of the site this stuff (and most other to come out the legendary Linlithgow distillery is) is tremendous never had a bottle mind, but the three drams I have tried have been staggeringly good (all the better since I was't paying ) I won't try and pretend I can accurately give the tasting notes but it gave lashings of apricots initially progressing on to a slightly watery smoky liquorice on the nose. Taste well gives a strange but not unpleasant oily texture on the tongue however the initial taste is sweet and almost fudgy maybe toffee? Progressing to be sweet and spicy then a long malty finish finally giving way to a mild but noticable amount of peat. Note to B&B I'm not a professional whisky taster far from it if you've tried it ya'll may well disagree completely your palate is probably better than mine!
next up on the list of Lagavulin beaters IMHO is this http://www.specialistwhisky.com/Bror..._campaign=base Ohhhh Bugger it's good but a bit of history first the distillery was first known as Clynelish but in 1968 when Clynelish was opened the name was changed to brora! Lots of folks who are into whisky are wary (and rightly so) of brora simply because the amount of peat in it oscillates (or seems to) wildly from a fairly light to Islay rivaling bucket loads! The one I tried struck for me an intricate balance which with a splash of water balanced a slightly delicate seeming incense smokiness with a dried aged fruit (think currants and christmas pudding) perhaps a flowery whiff too... Giving a very clean mouth feel not at all one for sticking around like an Islay malt however there is an intriguing herbaceous quality to the taste that certainly makes it worthwhile in some strange way it seems like an Islay that went on an anger management course! It no longer has the desire to establish a permanent colony on the palate.
Ok that's enough thread high jacking and about as much ruminating on whiskies I tasted a while ago as I can reasonably expect to be taken seriously in.
Here's a good few punts that should fit the bill for the OP Kilchoman! Get IT!!!!! Newest distillery on Islay I believe? Only just old enough to be called whisky! Non-chill filtered no caramel added! Great if you want a flavorful tour of an age of whisky you'll never get out of a big brand! http://www.drinkfinder.co.uk/index.p...ummer-46-75cl/
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-12827.aspx Bunnahabhain Scotland's most impronouncable whisky perhaps? An oxymoronic thing a mild Islay!
Here's another!!! No Peat WTF??? http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-15629.aspx heed the advice and baby it with the water! If you do that you'll get a quality after dinner whisky!
Well I'll round my spiel by saying this is a sensational thread! With excellent posts all round! Well done OP and B&B!!!!
Any questions just shoot I'll try and answer.