Any distilleries similar in taste to Laphroaig?

I am fairly new to scotch whisky and I am looking for advise. I have tried
the basic offerings from Laphroaig, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Bowmore, and
Glenlivet. I have tried several step up bottles including Balvenie
doublewood 12 yr and either Glenfiddich or Glenlivet 18 yr (I guess I better
start keeping track) with my last 2 being Glenmorangie port wood 12 yr and
Glenlivet French Oak 12 yr. But my favorite still is Laphroaig 10 yr and I
have bought 2 or 3 bottles of it and have been eyeing the Laphroaig 15 yr
the last few times I have been at the liquor store. I am looking for other
brands that have a similar heavy peat taste (if that is a correct
description of what I am enjoying in Laphroaig) to try. I am open to
suggestions and thanks for any input.
Bud
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bud
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Yes! Ardbeg - I second that. The 10yo is heavy, or why not try the Uigeadail?
Otherwise the Caol Ila 12yo is usually a good bargain for peat lovers, less heavy though.
Cheers!
Ingemar Lund, Sweden
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Ardbegbrother
The Ardbeg recommendations are spot on. If you can get any Caol Ila or Talisker you probably won't be terribly disappointed either.
But regarding the Laphroaig 15, I got a combo-pack at AMS duty-free with the 10, the 15, and the cask strength, and although it might be interesting to try the 15 in comparison to the others, I didn't find any advantages--quite the opposite. The 10 is zesty and rich, and the 15 is mellower (not richer, not peatier, not more intriguing--just mellower). In the case of Laphroaig, I don't know if mellower is actually any kind of advantage. The cask-strength is not mellower--it is simply punchier in an overproofy sort of way. Which is o.k. by me, I might add.
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Douglas W. Hoyt
in article NF4gd.10599$233.8345@okepread05, SleepyWeevil at on 10/28/04 7:24 AM:
I am surprised that nobody mentioned Lagavulin. Just down the road from Laphroig and very similar in peatyness.
Bill Wyamn
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Bill Wyman
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I went for Ardbeg because I think that Lagavulin is more "sophisticated" than Laphroaig. But it's absolutely worth mentioning, it certainly is peaty enough!
And Bud, if you haven't tried Lagavulin, please do. For me it was instant love...
Regarding Laphroaig 10 or 15 I must disagree with Douglas and Sleepy. I found the 15yo slightly better. I found that the extra maturation has made the body slightly richer and more complex (not peatier though), I would never describe it as 'mellow'. But I can agree that it probably isn't worth the extra money, so it all comes down to how you value the experience. The cask strength I've rated between the 10yo and the 15yo.
But again, if you haven't tried Lagavulin or Ardbeg, try those first, IMHO.
Cheers!
Ingemar
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Ardbegbrother
After I wrote I tried them again, and I do agree that the 15 is a little more complex (though not enough to make it worth spending a lot for).
And instead of "mellow", how about "tamer"?
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Douglas W. Hoyt
Thanks to everyone for your input. I picked up a bottle of Ardbeg 10 and it was just what I was looking for although I think I will follow through with SleepyWeevil's advise and try em all.
Bud
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bud
I'd also ignore the advice about the Laphroaig 15 and would certainly recommend it over the 10 CS. Caol Ila 18 and Bowmore 12 or 17 are also recommended.
cheers
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Brett...
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Let's agree they're both great stuff!
/Ingemar
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Ardbegbrother
I will second (third? fouth?) the Ardbeg 10 recomendation. Lagavulin and Talisker are close as well, but with an iodine/medicinal taste I don't care for. I haven't tried Caol Isla, but expect it to be along the peaty lines. I beleive Bruichladdich does a peaty one too,... Octmore??
Something I had on the weekend was Ledaig. Not so peaty, but a nice balance I thought.
For something with a bit of the sea salt flavour, perhaps Oban.
Happy tasting Doug.
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Doug Ratz
One of my faves, a little Olive oil - it really works well. Try the Bowmore 12 and 17 as well...
I beleive Bruichladdich does a peaty one too,...
Yep, but haven't tried this one myself.
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Brett...
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Yes the Octomore, said to hold 80 ppm phenol. To be compared with Ardbeg's 50 or Laphroaig's and Lagavulin's 40, if I remember the figures correctly.
Should be great if you believe that if much is good then more must automatically be better...
From what I've heard it won't be sold over counter, when I was on Islay last year, it was possible to sign up for a box but I didn't. You know, pay now - drink later. Is it sold anywhere, does anyone know?
Cheers! Ingemar
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Ardbegbrother
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Gunnar
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Gunnar Thormodsæter
40 ppm Bruichladdich and 80 ppm Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte and Octomore) were distilled recently (from 2001) and won't be ready for bottling the first couple of years or more. So patience..
Steffen
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Steffen Bräuner
In a similar vein there's the Isle of Jura heavily peated 5YO. This is around 60 ppm and is over 60 % volume. A savage whisky that is like chewing a lump of peat, which has been coated in golden syrup and tar.
I love it :)
(snip)
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cheeny weeny
Steffen,
Actually, the Murray McEwan boys have already bottled the Port Charlotte, sort of. It is vatted into the Bruichladdich 3D "The Peat Proposal", see link here:
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Sláinte, Bushido
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Bushido

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