Originally Posted by jtsmith
So, I have to ask. Is this peaty, smoky flavor common in whisky? Did I just get lucky with my first two bottles or am I going to be severely limited in what I will be enjoying. What are whiskies I should just straight up avoid? The peat, seaweed, smokey flavor is NOT my thing.
Firstly I've got to say that it would be a big mistake to judge the whole isle of Islay with a single tasting of what amounts to one of the most obnoxious flavors available there and would highly suggest giving Bowmore, Caol Ila, Ardbeg and Lagavulin a try just to see how wide a range of flavors there are.
Case in point - a friend told me he hated Islay scotch because of Laphroaig 10 and instantly changed his mind when I gave him some Ardbeg Corryvreckan.
One of the worst ways to try an Islay is to pour a glass then immediately taste it and it will always go better with a first timer if you'll pour a glass, then spend the next 10 minutes or so getting acquainted with it. Just sniff it and get your senses used to the idea of what's in the glass before giving them a full-on assault.
Using this approach I've had many first time tasters like Islay's right away.