I found a $20 bottle of single malt scotch from Islay (my favorite region for scotch) — Finlaggan Old Reserve. It’s a 15 year single malt that has the peaty, salty flavor of most Islay single malts, but it’s much more mellow, with a strong heather honey flavor. The aftertaste gets more pungent and Islay-like, especially if you breath through your mouth. The nose is rich, honey with the undertones of the sea and peat. Color is golden in the glass, honey brown in the bottle.
It’s an excellent dram — not to medicinal, but a bit harder than the Speysides. Well worth $20, and would have been worth twice that.