Originally Posted by NewYorkIslander
I'm not nuts about this one. Its OK, but not worth the price for my taste. Granted, I am a big newbie compared to you guys.
Just want to say that my wife and I (since receiving a bottle at Christmas) have really gotten into it. We have a dram each every night and we've bought a few different types to try out to see what we like best. SO far we've really liked the Highland Park 12 and 18, the Balvenie CC, and I like the Laphroaig 18 (great smooth smokiness). We're still trying to determine what some of the tastes are (like peat) but this is a really cool, and fun journey...plus we're sleeping like the dead. Great stuff, thanks for contributing...
It's curious...they say "there's no accounting for taste" and when it comes to whisky...that, in spades.
Lagavulin and Laphroig are both Islays--lots of peat reek (smoke) and some iodine and salt. I like all the Laphroigs I've tasted and/or owned. But I wouldn't say that they are smoother than the Lag 16. I think they are a bit rougher and more medicinal, at least on my palate.
Sometimes I suspect it's just where you are in your biological cycle. I know that sounds weird and "new age" but there's been days when I thought I was drinking "the one
"--ambrosia, nectar of the Gods--all my years of searching finally come to fruition. (And I'm not guzzling--I seldom drink more than a dram more than twice a month.)
And yet, regardless if I bought a bottle or not, I could never really get next to it again.
That said, the Lagavulin never lets me down. I keep it for myself and the quaich...and the whiskys that failed the second impression test, for less persnickety guests.