Originally Posted by MrGimpy
Good to know. Thinking I may still pick it up as, in my very limited experience to this point, I've preferred things like Lagavulin and Talisker to more subtle scotches.
Actually, this preference reminds me of how I got into wine. I used to exclusively drink big reds (ex. Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon, often from California or Australia) and the more red-like whites (ex. oakier Chardonnays). Over the past few years, I've started to appreciate the earthiness and mineral notes that tend to be more easily detected in less full-bodied wines, and often find the very big wines a bit one-dimensional.
I'm wondering if the same drift in preference is something I can expect in scotch. Have anyone of you veteran scotch drinkers gone through a pronounced change in preference over the years, such as moving from Islays to Speysides?
Laga 12 is much bigger as Bacon pointed out. I think 16 is a better scotch, but 12 is pretty great in its own right.
In terms of Islay v. Speyside, on a basic level I'd argue that Islay is less challenging and nuanced, especially at younger ages. Of course, there are exceptions, but I think one has to be very familiar with the Islay he is drinking to get past the peat. Speysides aren't as masked generally (sherry bombs aside).
Over time I imagine your tastes will change, or you will branch-out out of boredom.