Actually I said 'more gentle' which is kind of the same thing. The difference in style is mainly in the peat. Both Bunnahabhain, and Bruichladdich, have in the past used very little peated barley in their malts.
The Bunnahabhain distillery is known for its gentle whisky. With mildly briny maritime notes, and fresh ripe fruit on the palate.
The Bruichladdich distillery is known for its aromatic whiskies. One example is the release of their brand new 16 Year Old 100% bourbon Finish. The nose is malty with green apple and ripe fruits, this leading to a sweet fruity finish.
Another gentle Islay is Jura, but I have not tasted any of their offerings so I can offer no tasting notes.
I should note that some recent offerings from Bruichladdich like the Octomore and the PC4,5 6 and 7, are all peat monsters. Pity for me, great for you.
Last edited by Arctic Wolf; 01-07-2010 at 02:29 AM.