Now it is time to punch my taste buds about with some teenagers on steroids of the peat variety from Islay, Island & Highlands, all cask strength., 12-15 years so no oldies.
Serge likes all these and rates the Ardbeg and Geerie at 96 %95 points, I actually rate the Ledaig higher than he does, not really the weather for this but what the hell
I know the ledaig is excellent but a few drops of water make it even better, worth 94 points.
The Geerie on the palate is better than the ledaig but the Ledaig has a slightly better nose.
I am expecting the Caol Ila to be oily after this. The Caol Ila is oily but a tad drying but with water it is better, a class act.
Before the Ardbeg I would have them in this order, Glen Garioch, Ledaig, Caol Ila
This is provisional but I need to taste the ledaig again to make sure it in front of the CI and Ardbeg.
Tasted the Ledaig again and to be honest I am splitting hairs between the Glen Garioch and Ledaig but the Garioch just noses it but both are brilliant whiskies. The Caol Ila is a solid 3rd and a quality dram, the Ardbeg brings up the rear because it is lighter and not as full bodied plus has less character than the other 3.
All are fine whiskies but the Garioch and Ledaig were noticeably better that the CI and Ardbeg still the Ardbeg is worthy of 88-89 points so there are no duffers here.