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LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

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What's your personal favourite of these notorious islanders?

Lagavulin 16
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Ardbeg 10
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24%
Talisker 10
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Laphroaig 10
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby borgom » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:20 am

Lucas wrote:Ardbeg got battering there. I'm surprised. Renaissance would have won I think...

Don't know if the Ren would have won but i'm also surprised that Laga won by such a large margin. The Ren is fantastic though, it's one of the few whiskies that exceeded by expectations last year.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:39 pm

Thank you all for participating!

Now I have another question - what do you think about Laphroaig QC?
How do you find it compared to these four?
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby SoMK » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:20 pm

I'd go Laph QC over Laph 10.. unless it's Laph 10 CS but that wouldn't change my vote for the Laga.

1-Laga
2-Ardbeg
3-Talisker
4-Laph10/Qc
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:26 am

I don't like Laphroaig 10 at all, but its nose was maybe the best I have ever had. It was so intense and charismatic! I have no problems with the medicinal smell, but I have a problem with the strong medicinal taste. I heard the QC is smoother and packs some sweetness to balance. Waiting for opinions about!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby dramtastic » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:37 am

I Agree also. The QC starts out all peaty and medicinal but changes dimension with time and patience( fruity palate and more). Finish has wonderful ash dryness that goes on forever. I find it more complex than AB10 and now prefer it. I'd still take the Laga 16 over them both though!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:39 am

Collector57 wrote:For me the L16 just has the edge over the A10 - but it's very close.
And I haven't tried the new A10 yet so it may change

I doubt it will change Nick. The new A10 is good but the old one benefited from the older spirit in it I think. Having said that I would take the old A10 over the Laga anytime. Much as I love them both.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Giovinetti » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:20 pm

Too close to call between the Laga 16 and Ardbeg 10. I think the Ardbeg has been more consistent in its excellence, but some batches of the Lagavulin push it beyond the Ardbeg 10. In my area the 16yo is actually cheaper than the 10yo.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:46 am

What mitigates against Laga 16 for me is probably not the whisky itself, but the fact that my taste for higher ABV drams hs grown since i started on the whisky trail....with L16 my first love! Hence my hesitation to place it at the top. On the other hand, to be totally objective, I have an unopened bottle that I am eager to open to reacquaint myself. It does have an intriguing depth, complexity and regality that is unique...

...but then, that sample of the 21YO I was lucky enough to have the other night...it's in the high 50s ABV, and it's like the 16YO times 10!!

Lagavulin 21. The best whisky i ever tried??

A contender, certainly.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:50 am

P.S. Just finishing a glass of new A10 following a QC. Little to choose, but different. Both very dry, not oily. (The Laphroaig CS is musch oilier, which I like!) Similar in the way they play on the palette...i think the A10 wins by a nose!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:53 am

I heard Bowmore has some very unique, exotic flavours in it - passion fruit, etc. What do you think about?

P.S. Lagavulin 21 is very limited and €200+, but I'll be happy to try it at least once.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:57 pm

v1p wrote:I heard Bowmore has some very unique, exotic flavours in it - passion fruit, etc. What do you think about?

I've been quite impressed with the latest 15YO Darkest, which I find to be considerably improved over later issues of the older (no age statement) Darkest... A nice, seamless transition from the Sherry cask influence to the salt and peat notes, with good integration of the Jerez and Islay characteristics. In comparison, the older Darkest could sometimes appear a little schizophrenic on the palate.

Many might find the new 18YO slightly problematic when compared to the 17YO it has replaced in the lineup. Here, the Sherry thrust has increased, and now offers a surface sheen that overlies, both on nose and palate, the intrinsic traits of the distillate. I sense a top-layer mixture of dried papaya, honey and herbs. Despite this, the dynamics are pretty lively. I'm still wrestling with the 18YO, trying to come to terms with its undeniable complexities.

The 1990 cask strength Sherry Matured and 1991 cask strength Port Matured are very rich and individualistic whiskies that will not be to everyone's taste. I happen to like them both, giving a slight advantage to the Port version. If you don't mind a hefty dose of initial sweetness on the palate, either of these might just be worth investigating.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:44 pm

I plan to buy a bottle of LQC during the week.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Lucas » Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:51 pm

v1p wrote:I plan to buy a bottle of LQC during the week.

Do so, it's amazing whisky. £2 dearer than 10yo and twice as good. I agree with people saying it packs extra sweetness, but for me the key to this nose is weed, hay and tool-shed. If that makes any sense to you...
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:34 pm

Lucas wrote:
v1p wrote:I plan to buy a bottle of LQC during the week.

Do so, it's amazing whisky. £2 dearer than 10yo and twice as good. I agree with people saying it packs extra sweetness, but for me the key to this nose is weed, hay and tool-shed. If that makes any sense to you...


It sounds interesting.

I also heard the taste of rubber is minimized.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Onefortheditch » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:26 am

Talisker, laga,laphroig, then last is the Ardbeg for me.

But they are all very nice!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby cepal » Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:57 pm

v1p wrote:By the way, two days ago I tasted JW Blue - the best blend I have ever had. For me the roses will remain its distinctive mark. Gold is also superb, but Blue has the edge.


JW Blue is not blended, it's a mixture of Single Malts! Big difference, dude! :P

BTW I have a Lagavulin 16 Distilleres Edition at home (ready to open once I reach one important goal), which matured one or 2 years in sherry casks I think (not sure if it was sherry). Got it fot 1.470 CZK (=approx 52 EUR) on PRG airport (yup I'm from PRG)... In other shops it would cost between 2.000-2.500 CZK, whiskies are damn expensive here... :x
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby cepal » Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:00 pm

v1p wrote:Thank you all for participating!

Now I have another question - what do you think about Laphroaig QC?
How do you find it compared to these four?


Wouldn't that be worth starting another topic??? :P

IMHO Phoig QC is very good choice, but I am very subjective as I am a lot into Islay :D

I bough my father L12 CS for xmas and that's really for gormands, "normal" people do not appreciate much (perhaps too strong taste and too hard to find our ideal mixture ratio with water). So the only one who was really enjoying the tasting, was me :-D. I have to admit, that it was hard for me to figure out any better ratio than 1:0 already for my first CS, Macalan 10, which is, btw, really pleasure for my tongue :-), so ever since I do not add any drops of water to any CS...

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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:06 pm

cepal wrote:JW Blue is not blended, it's a mixture of Single Malts!

BTW I have a Lagavulin 16 Distilleres Edition at home (ready to open once I reach one important goal), which matured one or 2 years in sherry casks I think (not sure if it was sherry).

Sorry, but Johnnie Walker Blue Label IS a blend, which contains both grain (some venerable) and single malt whiskies.

As for the Lagavulin Distillers Edition, it is finished off in Pedro Ximénez casks.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:10 pm

cepal wrote:
v1p wrote:By the way, two days ago I tasted JW Blue - the best blend I have ever had. For me the roses will remain its distinctive mark. Gold is also superb, but Blue has the edge.


JW Blue is not blended, it's a mixture of Single Malts! Big difference, dude! :P


Are you sure? :lol:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:11 pm

I wonder what to take - Laphroaig QC or Ballantine's 17 - both creations of Robert Hicks. :lol:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Swedish Chef » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:13 am

I voted for the Laga, but would rather buy a Laphroaig QC over the four in the poll.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:21 pm

Today I bought Redbreast 12.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Ganga » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:54 pm

I'm not a fan of the QC. I'll stick with the 10. BTW, in my market the 10 is about 1/3 less than the QC.

Now Bowmore on the other hand is a different animal. I don't care much for the 17 but I love the new 12, 18 and 25. :smoke:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Striped Weasel » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:12 pm

My Vote....

Lagavulin
Ardbeg
Talisker
Laphroaig

Tought question though. Love them all!!!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:54 am

v1p wrote:Today I bought Redbreast 12.


I'm drinking it from my Eisch glass right now. Brilliant! Sensational! Sorry, boys, but this is the best I've ever had! It's better than Lagavulin 16 and JW Blue! The Laga is ideal if you like it very smoky & peaty, the Blue is perfect if you want something luxury, but the Redbreast is superior!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Aidan » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:43 am

v1p wrote:
v1p wrote:Today I bought Redbreast 12.


I'm drinking it from my Eisch glass right now. Brilliant! Sensational! Sorry, boys, but this is the best I've ever had! It's better than Lagavulin 16 and JW Blue! The Laga is ideal if you like it very smoky & peaty, the Blue is perfect if you want something luxury, but the Redbreast is superior!


Hi v1p

I love the Redbreast too. You should try the 15 yr old.

But this thread isn't about which is the best whisky in the world or anything like that (although Lagavulin 16 would be close for me), but it's comparing a few smokey island malts.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:59 am

Aidan wrote:
v1p wrote:
v1p wrote:Today I bought Redbreast 12.


I'm drinking it from my Eisch glass right now. Brilliant! Sensational! Sorry, boys, but this is the best I've ever had! It's better than Lagavulin 16 and JW Blue! The Laga is ideal if you like it very smoky & peaty, the Blue is perfect if you want something luxury, but the Redbreast is superior!


Hi v1p

I love the Redbreast too. You should try the 15 yr old.

But this thread isn't about which is the best whisky in the world or anything like that (although Lagavulin 16 would be close for me), but it's comparing a few smokey island malts.


Hi Aidan

You're right! Sorry, it's my fault!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Aidan » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:02 pm

I wasn't giving out or anything. I don't mind if things go off in tangents at all.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:47 pm

I have to go

1.Talisker
2.Lagavulin
3.Laph.


4.Ardbeg (by a mile for me )


Talisker takes it for me because eventhough it has lost a bit of it's peppery sparkle over the years I still really enjoy it. However the Laga 16 has gone from stellar to just great which is a bigger dissappointment than what has happened to the Laga. I still really love the Laga 16 but as already mentioned the dumbing down of laga has been very noticable for me.

This brings out an interesting question.

Don't both Laga and Talisker ship a lot of spirit to the main land and get it casked and stored there. Did this practice start 18-20 years ago? Is this te result :( or is it just a natural progression.

Just a thought....


P.S. delighted that Ardbeg has been hammered .... really can't understand the hysteria over ardbeg or am I just strange :wink:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby UUNetBill » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:12 am

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:P.S. delighted that Ardbeg has been hammered .... really can't understand the hysteria over ardbeg or am I just strange :wink:

IWC - the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, you know.

:P :wink:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:01 pm

My problem with Ardbeg is just all the hype .... I still prefer Laphroaig & Lagavulin over Ardbeg but nothing against the distillery as such. But there is just so much writen about, talked about and just general coverage that I get bored of seeing anything about Ardbeg :( Sorry just me .....
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby borgom » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:47 am

Yep I'm a little sick of the hype too. I try and ignore it (like I do with movie ads and trailers) so I can judge and enjoy them for myself.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Derek in london » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:52 am

Having just aquired my first Laga16 I'd have to say it's difficult to choose between A10 and L16.

I find my choice of malt depends on my mood. For normal moods (don't ask me to define normal) I'll take any of these four. If I'm in need of a comforting dram I'll take a blablair, If I'm feeling mellow I'll take a rosebank
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:47 am

Derek in london wrote:Having just aquired my first Laga16 I'd have to say it's difficult to choose between A10 and L16.

I find my choice of malt depends on my mood. For normal moods (don't ask me to define normal) I'll take any of these four. If I'm in need of a comforting dram I'll take a blablair, If I'm feeling mellow I'll take a rosebank


My view entirely! It's a mood thing.

When I fancy an Ardbeg, it;s the best!

Ditto Lagavulin...

Whilst the other two are "Hello, old friend!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby sparky » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:54 am

I love the Ardbeg 10. I is fantastic, but I had to vore for the laga because it is so quaffable. Problem is that the price is too high here in B.C. A bottle of laga 16 is about $115, which is rediculous, so I never get it, thanks to the taxman, who takes a 115% on my indulgences. Here in B.C. we have to pay dearly for ordinary drams. It is too sad. But, the mountains are pretty and the sking at Whistler is great (one day at Whistler = 1 bottle of talisker. It is a no brainer). Woe is me. When the wheather improves I'll bust out my bike and hit the north shrore. Dreaming of ordinary whiskies like Ardbeg 10, I'll huck some air and grab a 6-pack of beer for $12. Glad the gov't is looking out for me...
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