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Shannon Leis:

Following (1 week ago)


Brett Perkins:

If you like Ardbeg, etc. (peat) you might try Kilchoman (I generally like Machir Bay, or the Bourbon Casks) or Port Charlotte. If not, try Bruichladich. 2 (1 week ago)


Sam Knash Green:

Kilchoman 1 (1 week ago)


Brian Wellman:

Caol Ila 9 (1 week ago)


Rachel Evey:

Jura 16 or Jura 10 aged in ex-bourbon barrels like Laphroaig but not peated. Their house single malt however is super peaty. 1 (1 week ago)


Marshall Naiman:

We are kind of limited to five options here. (since you passed on the three big ones) Maybe consider Talisker which is not an Islay. Kilchoman is not peated. See Brett's note. (1 week ago)


Kerry Moynahan:

Bowmore 2 (1 week ago)


Asgeir Bollason:

Caol Ila hands down for me 😉 3 (1 week ago)


Raj Nallapothola:

Port Ellen :p 1 (1 week ago)


Lauren Peck:

Not 100% Islay but if you want something smoky go for Compass Box Peat Monster 2 (1 week ago)


Johnny Derango:

I don't think it gets any better than Bruichladdich. (1 week ago)


Andrew Smith:

Kilchoman! 2 (1 week ago)


Simon Wong:

Depends on how much smoke you want. I'm not a big fan of heavy peat, but I love my bottle of Caol Ila 18. The smoke is tamed, pleasant, and doesn't remind me of hospitals. 😋 1 (1 week ago)


Jacob Shelby:

Drink em all! 1 (1 week ago)


Brennan W. Penney:

Octomore. Period. 1 (1 week ago)


Jason Horn:

Here's a fourth vote for Caol Ila! 3 (1 week ago)


Tyler Dow:

Caol Ila for the win.

Not strictly-speaking an Islay scotch, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Ledaig. Isle of Mull. 2 (1 week ago)


Ben Alexander:

2005 Caol Ila G and M cask strength. Right Joe McCluskey? 2 (1 week ago)


Marc La Rue:

Bowmore 1 (1 week ago)


Krisy K Alexander:

Not islay but close. I like Oban. 3 (1 week ago)


Joe McCluskey:

If you like Oban, you'll love Benromach' 2 (1 week ago)


Scott E. Kingsbury:

Bunnahabhain. Many different ages. Opened and killed a bottle in Scotland and ended up playing spoons with my friend's father who is 80 years old and played the squeezebox. Maybe the memories made it better. 2 (1 week ago)


Trent Tilton:

San Diego Distillery Peated :) 2 (1 week ago)


Mark Scholar:

Here's a map showing Islay distilleries:

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Lee Phillips:

has to be Bowmore (1 week ago)




10 (5 days ago)

Josh Hodas:

That is an interesting development as the Alexander Murray Trader Joe's bottles are not generally labeled for the distillery.

That said, this remains a 40% abv bottle which is unfortunately low (and likely chill filtered). I'd be happier to see it at 43% 1 (5 days ago)


Luke Alonso:

I saw that the other day as well. I've had good luck with the young Caol Ilas and plan to pick one up. Josh's point is valid, but for $40 it seems a risk worth taking. 2 (5 days ago)


Dimitri Theodor:

I'd give it an 80-85. Which makes it a pass. (5 days ago)


Mark Schumacher:

I think it's quite good. Especially for the price (4 days ago)


Andrew Smith:

Hopefully they'll bring it to Peatin' Meetin'! 1 (4 days ago)


Vince Hudson:

Buy it at trader joes's since hi times wants $70.99 1 (4 days ago)


Elisa Harden Rose:

We thought about it.... we passed. (4 days ago)