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Scotch, where to start?

Islays are fine, might be too peaty for a new pallet.

This is why I always save Islay's for a separate introduction later on, if I'm helping a newcomer to scotch. Sure there's some folk that don't really like anything until they try an Islay, but lots more in my experience that take one sip of an Islay and nope out hard. Better to get a few unpeated offerings into them first, then bring out the big smoke.

I even have one friend I'm working on right now who swears he hates scotch, but likes other whiskies, because he bought a $90 bottle of scotch once and it was so bad he couldn't get past two sips and poured the whole bottle down the drain. Turns out his first foray into scotch was Laphroaig, lol. I've been pouring him Old Pulteney 12, Deantson Virgin Oak, Highland Park 10, etc whenever we hang out to slowly correct him into saying "I hate that scotch" instead of "I hate scotch".
 
If you could choose one for your own personal use, purely on taste and not on value for cost, would you select
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Caol Ila 12 year old
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Release 2021
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
 
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If you could choose one for your own personal use, purely on taste and not on value for cost, would you select
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Caol Ila 12 year old
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Release 2021
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Uigeadail is my top choice, but you can’t go wrong with this list. I have had bottles of all but the Lagavulin mentioned but find the Lagavulin 16 superb.

The Uigeadail adds a sweetness from the sherry cask that makes it my top choice.
 
Uigeadail is my top choice, but you can’t go wrong with this list. I have had bottles of all but the Lagavulin mentioned but find the Lagavulin 16 superb.

The Uigeadail adds a sweetness from the sherry cask that makes it my top choice.
Thank you!
I was kind of torn between the first two. Helps me make up my mind.
 
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For my own personal taste, I prefer Highland and Speyside. That being said, Islays scotches are probably more suitable for me. I don't drink them as fast, just because of the taste. I like them, but not as much as the former 2. No one should be whistling down 3 anyway.
 
Hmmm, Lagavulin and Laphroaig yum! My choice.
I started by drinking Chivas.
Its fun to try different Scotch’s. Seeing how adding ice or water changes their taste. Especially when you’re paying?😏
I really enjoy Lagavulin 16 and Laphroaig Quarter Cask. I'm an Ardbeg Wee Beastie fan as well. Truth is I like all Scotch. Like Bourbon, I've yet to meet one that I don't like. :)
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My own taste for scotch tends to lean towards Islay (+for for the black coffee/Islay connection).

Glenlivet is a good starting place.

When I started, Diageo marketed a Classic Malts of Scotland Sampler that was mini bottles of Lagavulin 16 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, Glenkinchie 10 Year Old, Cragganmore 12 Year Old, Talisker Skye & Oban 14 Year Old for something around $50ish I think. It has been a while since I've seen this, but this is where I started and it gave me a good idea of different regions without having to drop crazy amounts of money for a full 5th of each.
 

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My own taste for scotch tends to lean towards Islay (+for for the black coffee/Islay connection).

Glenlivet is a good starting place.

When I started, Diageo marketed a Classic Malts of Scotland Sampler that was mini bottles of Lagavulin 16 Year Old, Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old, Glenkinchie 10 Year Old, Cragganmore 12 Year Old, Talisker Skye & Oban 14 Year Old for something around $50ish I think. It has been a while since I've seen this, but this is where I started and it gave me a good idea of different regions without having to drop crazy amounts of money for a full 5th of each.
Our ballet used to do a fundraiser on a gorgeous October evening on the lawn outside the Austin Four Seasons. We sipped bubbles around the pool, and a piper led us to long tables where we had marvelous Scottish specialties paired with the six classic malts and a very knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer. The next year we did a vertical of Macallan. I am not usually a fan of Macallan, being more of an Islay type, followed by highlands, but 21 YO with bread pudding darn near converted me.
 
I had a dram of Johhnie Walker Blue last night at the hotel bar. I have seen bottles of this at several duty free stores for around $240 USD.

I paid $36 for the dram just to see what it’s like without taking the big plunge. I liked it, and I thought it was pretty smooth, but I don’t think it’s worth the money. I would pay $100 for it though.
 
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