Islay, South Shore
Well, if you are going to acquaint yourself with Islay malts, you might as well dive in head first. This has to be one of the strongly flavored whiskies I have had. Very dry and intensely smoky with a complexity that is challenging.
I remember being in Aberdeen one a business trip with a colleague. We had finished dinner in the hotel restaurant, and he wanted to by me a drink. Naturally there was a lot to select from being in Scotland. However, he knew he wanted to get me a Lagavulin, and I have to admit that I am indebted to him for doing so.
Strong amber in color and with its smokiness and almost salty taste, common to Islay malts, this is the perfect drink for a nightcap or an evening drink to be enjoyed on its own.