There are many good whiskies on the market. The challenge is to find one at a great price. The best value, as a category, is bourbon- however, there are some good values for the Scotch drinker too, Black Bottle Original is one of them.
The nose and palate confirm the smoky peat that defines Islay. This is a youthful whisky for sure, with a bit of fire in it's personality, but there are calming sweet barley notes, along with some vanilla cream to tame the beast. I even pick up some subtle notes of smoked olives, seaweed, and suggestions of espresso on the finish. Because it is a blend, it's very drinkable for such an intense whisky.