I really did enjoy the Highland Park 12, some smoke but not Islay strength. I have to try the 15 yr and the 18 yr most be really special. I do tend to favor Island malts, well the UK is and island so that would be Isle malts I guess. Talisker from the Isle of Sky was the exception. Theres one from the Isle of Orkney is it Skye called Scapa that is intriguing and pricy. And Jura is on the list.
Have to try Big Peat...thanks for bring that up Blake. It s got to be a blast mixing Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore & Port Ellen spirits.
Saul I cant get a picture of Clint Eastwood stand at a saloon bar out of my head....Bullet Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. I love the name. I will look for that one.
I picked up a bottle of Lagavulin yesterday for the holidays......Finishing Caol Ila and enjoying Laghroaig Triple Wood. I like to have a few bottles going at a time, sort have my own little tastings. Definitely a lot of peat right now.
Ardbeg do some wonderfully unusual distilling from what Ive read where they take current production spirit and mix it with their much older stock to create some extraordinary Whiskey...I think the "Alligator" that you mentioned Blake may have been such a bottling.
One thing Im finding is that the older malts are certainly smoother but I notice I miss that untamed sometimes in your face complex wildness that an Ardbeg 10yr has of a Laphroaig. It can be such an event. I wonder if age mellows intensity....hey Im almost 50yrs old, bet Im not as exciting as when I was 25. Ah but so much wiser!
This could turn into a Whiskey, currently drinking thread....