Super strong flavoured whiskeys?
I am finding myself more and more attracted to heavy strong whiskeys. I've always liked Lapfroig, Lagavulin, and Coal Illa, but am desiring even bigger flavors. I've also found my old favorites have started tasting a little too sweet for me as well, especially when they've been aged longer. I've reciently found a new love, Ballechin #2 (The Maderia cask) by Edradour, and have scoured up several of the last remaining of the 6000 bottles ever produced that are here in the USA. It has a huge pungent peat & medicinal flavor with heavy tar notes, a 46% alcohol content that burns your tounge, and a super dry earthy finish that tastes like dirt. It is the perfect whisky! BIG, BIG, BIG! I've purchaced a bottle of Aberlour Abundah (59.5%) and enjoy the burn of the cask strength higher alchohol as well.
Does anyone have any other sugestions of super strong whiskeys you've tried that you think I might enjoy?
Have you tried Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist? It's very smokey (and reminds me of Caol Ila), followed by Laphroaig and then Lagavulin which I see you're already familiar with. Aberlour A'bunadh is a great robust scotch as is the Aberlour 16 yo double cask matured which I note as intense and powerful.
Bowmore 15 yo - Peppery, very peaty, hint of sherry, smokey finish - great with blue cheese
Talisker 10 yo - Complex, salt, lots of body, pepper on fire! Great with seafood.
A few other great ones to mention - while not peaty, they're certainly big on body and flavor: Macallan Cask Strength, Balvenie 17 yo Sherry Oak and 15 yo BenRiach Tawny Port.
Have you ever tried Filaggan Old Reserve? Very peaty!!
Longrow 10 yo
It's hard to find but if you come across it try Springbank Longrow. Amazing peat for a non-Islay.
Amongst others I'd recommend searching out:
Any high-proof release of Brora (from the original, long-closed Clynelish site). I've also thoroughly enjoyed Clynelish in its cask-strength, Rare Malts Selection version.
Benriach Curiositas (a rather heavily peated 10-year old), with a most unusual flavour profile.
Lagavulin 12 Year Old Special Release Natural Cask Strength and, of course, Laphroaig 10-Year Old Cask Strength - both classics.
Some of the newer high-proof releases from Arran Distillery. This is, quite simply, a great Scotch enterprise in the making. The Amarone Cask Finish edition displays a quite remarkable layering of sweeter winey notes over an almost 'crunchy' malt core. It's fascinating to observe how this one transforms on the palate with the addition of a small quantity of still water.
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