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Islay whisky

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Green_Manelishi, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Knicker Knotter

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    There is a misconception that all Islay whisky is peaty and smokey. That is untrue. There are slightly, or no peat, expressions available. Do yourself a favor and seek them out.
     
  2. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    But I LIKE peaty and smoky.

    Christmas Eve I was going to treat myself to a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask but it was about the only scotch they were out of. In disgust I settled for a 12 yo Macallan.
     

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    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    Do us a favor and list them!:wavey:
     
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    rgregoryb Amerikaner

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    Bunnahabhain is one, and it is my favorite Scotch
     
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  6. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Knicker Knotter

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    So do I; I was simply addressing the myth-conception surrounding Islay whisky.
     
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    Green_Manelishi Knicker Knotter

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    Then you might want to start with the marketers that perpetuate this so called myth. I've had maybe a half dozen from the area and all of them taste nasty.
     
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    Islay whisky (definition) - whisky made from barley that fell into the bog, got washed off in the ocean, and dried out by a fire.

    Until you start listing, you ain't fooling anyone.
     
  10. Green_Manelishi

    Green_Manelishi Knicker Knotter

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    I'd sooner tackle the silly shyte belief that whisk(e)y needs to be flavored or sweetened in order to attract a larger consumer base. What it needs is the right folk educating the consumer(s).
     
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    I bet that is tasty!
     
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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Isn't Islay a Scotch?

    (Been drinkin' on the cheap today. 1/2 into the a fith of Dewer's White Label.)
     
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    Green_Manelishi Knicker Knotter

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    Islay is an island, and whisky region of its own. I've been there twice and would return in a heartbeat but not necessarily for the whisky. There are several working distilleries there as well as more than one no-longer-active such as Port Ellen.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islay
     
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    is delishous, smokey peatey and delishous!

    Oh, I thought this was a "finish this sentence thread."
     
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    Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich are far less peaty than the better known Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin. That said, Bruichladdich experiments quite a bit and their Octomore expression is sooo peaty that it seems to be peat-vapor-in-the-mouth. Kilchoman is mild enough. Bunna, and Kilchoman have recently (?) released peaty expressions, and Bruich produces an unpeated distillation. Bowmore and Caol Ila are rather "middle ground" as far as peat is concerned.
     
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    Krigloch BACONEER

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    My favorite Islay peaty scotch is the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. It's damn near perfect!
     
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    AZLawDawg Oh, Oh, Oh!!

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    I've had the unpeated Caol Ila, an 8 yr IIRC, not bad. Not something I'd seek out regularly, but certainly enjoyable.
     
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    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    Oh you poor baby. Are you alright? Let me call the waaaahmbulance for you. And ill take that horrid dram off your hands just to be safe.
     
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    FYI: a glimpse of Islay.

    [ame="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50137966n"]Spirits of the season: Scottish whisky - CBS News Video[/ame]
     
  20. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Hehe. I appreciate the offer but I soldiered through it and have now committed the bottle to the dumpster.