Originally Posted by wallagm
Jay, consider buying Bunnahabhain 12 for a "milder" introduction to islay. To me, it's a FANTASTIC dram (and I'm not just saying that because I'm sipping it right now). I think you'll be very pleased with it. I think many would agree with this recommendation over Bowmore.
In fact, Bunnahabhain 12 is a little overpriced at about 90$ ( i don't even do that in a complete day of work...!)
The only auchentoshan that are accessible are the 12 and 21, and at the price of the 21 i can have way better drams (i think).
Well the next purchase will probably be the balvenie DW or glenffidich 15 solera as i only can get good comments. The islay can wait i guess! Maybe the aberlour if i fall in love with the macallan but as i want something different of what i already own (to match my moods), i'll have to make a good choice, the next purchase after this one should be on christmas!
Also, i want to thank you all for your constructive answers. I really like this forum because it's active and no one is judging. I've been to other forum where the only answers i could get were: well you can't have a good scotch if you can't put the money, try the highland park 30 or the balvenie 30...!