Originally Posted by opelfruit
Galileo is not a great Ardbeg, that's the problem. If you're an Ardbeg'r then you're probably not going to be too excited, same with Blasda.
I tried both open minded and tried to ignore they were Ardbegs and treated them like "just another whisky", in that regard they were both cracking. I'm certainly looking forward to going back to it and seeing what I think now.
My Galileo was not a sample, but a bottle, and over time in the glass (and during the course of the bottle) it really opened up and grew on me.
The Blasda was also a great summer dram, for sitting in my garden with a light and refreshing malt - I would drink this in the middle of December, but then again I wouldn't drink a PX GlenDronach Single Cask in the middle of August
I tried to do the same as you and just taste them as independent bottles and not in comparison with anything at all, but did not enjoy them at the time I tried them.
Today's Corryvreckan purchase was much different, and I'm still out as to what I think of it, but it's definitely special and what a nice long finish.
I'm fully open to trying both the Blasda and Galileo again, but don't feel confident enough to want to buy a bottle of either - but maybe that's what will end up happening eventually.