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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
33
24%
Talisker 10
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13%
Laphroaig 10
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9%
 
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:07 am

v1p wrote:Today I bought a bottle of Ardbeg Ten L7. We'll see...


First of all, it's smoother and sweeter than Laga. More delicate and very different. Give me some more time to analyze this...
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:17 pm

Tar, Crème Brûlee, maybe some citrus (pine-apple?), sea air...a little bit of iodine in the finish...very interesting combination and contrast...give me some more time...cause this needs time...
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:31 pm

Ganga wrote:I myself am not as enamoured with the current bottlings of Lagavulin 16. I think it is a good dram but not what it was in the 1990s.

Could this possibly have anything to do with the higher peat-reek levels that occurred at Lagavulin for a time? If I recall correctly, the distillery temporarily raised its specification to around the 50ppm range before later lowering it back to the more 'normal' 35ppm level.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby borgom » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:06 pm

The Third Dram wrote:Could this possibly have anything to do with the higher peat-reek levels that occurred at Lagavulin for a time? If I recall correctly, the distillery temporarily raised its specification to around the 50ppm range before later lowering it back to the more 'normal' 35ppm level.

Not sure of this as I've only tasted bottlings over the last five years but even over this time i've noticed a greater sherry cask influence and a thinner texture. The big peat and iodine Laga seems to have disappeared at the moment.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:31 pm

My final ranking:

1. Lagavulin 16
2. Talisker 10
3. Ardbeg 10
4. Laphroaig 10
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:06 pm

I'm looking forward to try Caol Ila 12 and compare it to these four.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Kix » Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:30 pm

I'd put the LAGA 16 on first position and on second Talisker 10, followed
by Laphroaig 10 with a bit distance to the ARDBEG 10 on last rank.

The ARDBEG 10 y. rather disappointed me :twisted: ;

1. LAGAVULIN 16y. :thumbsup:
2. TALISKER 10y.
3. LAPHROAIG 10y.
4. ARDBEG 10y.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:23 pm

Don't want to sound like an advertisement, but I think Diageo standard island bottlings play in a slightly different league than the others.

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

Postby v1p » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:50 pm

v1p wrote:I'm looking forward to try Caol Ila 12 and compare it to these four.


Today I bought a bottle. :)
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby MacDeffe » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:06 pm

They are all very good but my favourite is

1 Talisker
2 Ardbeg
3 Laphroaig
4 Lagavulin

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

Postby v1p » Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:18 am

v1p wrote:
v1p wrote:I'm looking forward to try Caol Ila 12 and compare it to these four.


Today I bought a bottle. :)


Excellent dram!

Classic Islay character, superb balance and sublime drinkability at quite a reasonable price.

1. Lagavulin 16
2. Caol Ila 12
3. Talisker 10
4. Ardbeg 10
5. Laphroaig 10
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby thecraft » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:41 pm

I bought the Laga 16 this weekend in the end.

It's early days and I've noticed with the previous whiskies I've bought it takes a while to get to know them, infact being new to it all, I find new things in them on a daily basis.. however I prefer both the Ardbeg 10 and the Laphroaig QC over it so far.

I can't really fault it, it is certainly very nice, but whereas with the Ardbeg and the QC I get a big dose of the peat, it seems so far that in the Laga that it is far more subtle and it seems very sweet to me. There is a kind of honey/dark chocolate taste to it that pushes the peat into the background and as drinkable as that makes it, I miss that peat flavour that I get a big dose of in the other two. I think if I'd tried it first I would like it better possibly..

It goes down very well, and I think it may be suffering from the fact that I expected too much of it but replacing the QC for the Laphroaig 10 as I haven't tried it I would say

1) Ardbeg 10
2) Laphroaig QC (although these top 2 are practically on a par, I love them both)
3) Laga 16
4) Talisker 10

All four are great though.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:50 pm

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!


I was probably a little bit drunk when I wrote this. There is no better whisky than Lagavulin 16.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby evanstonwhisky » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:07 am

Ardbeg i dew prefaar
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby lincoln imp » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:58 am

v1p wrote:My final ranking:

1. Lagavulin 16
2. Talisker 10
3. Ardbeg 10
4. Laphroaig 10


Spot on thats exactly how i would rate them. To be honest i only ever rate Laphroaig 10 for the bin/sink.
I agree with others that the Talisker 10 is a different sort of drink to the islay offerings here. Why dont you drop the Phroaig and Ardbeg and try Caol Ila 18yr. For someone possibly new to Islay whisky i believe it is worth a try imho. :iwbrnt:
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby lincoln imp » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:12 pm

irishwhiskeychaser wrote: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 .....


HOORAY for this comment.
Thank god that i am not the only dissenting voice to all that pay homage at the alter of Ardbeg. I thought i was a lone voice.
There are much better whiskies out there for the price but fairplay to Ardbeg in getting their product hyped to excess. They must have a really good marketing team.
I have said before that with my limited tasting experience i am sure that there are some expressions i would like but if i do not like the core expressions of Ardbeg and particularly Laphroaig ie the 10yr offerings then why would i spend much more money on much older expressions?
Maybe its just because it begins with the letter A and is close to the front of whisky books that people know about it.
This whisky (Ardbeg) is overated and over hyped of that there is no doubt. :headbang:
I will now put my ear plugs in. :P
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:38 pm

lincoln imp wrote:
irishwhiskeychaser wrote: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 .....


HOORAY for this comment.
Thank god that i am not the only dissenting voice to all that pay homage at the alter of Ardbeg. I thought i was a lone voice.
There are much better whiskies out there for the price but fairplay to Ardbeg in getting their product hyped to excess. They must have a really good marketing team.
I have said before that with my limited tasting experience i am sure that there are some expressions i would like but if i do not like the core expressions of Ardbeg and particularly Laphroaig ie the 10yr offerings then why would i spend much more money on much older expressions?
Maybe its just because it begins with the letter A and is close to the front of whisky books that people know about it.
This whisky (Ardbeg) is overated and over hyped of that there is no doubt. :headbang:
I will now put my ear plugs in. :P


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

Postby v1p » Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:45 pm

Yesterday I finally bought LQC. It's a fine dram, I like it, but prefer to wait a little bit before giving my final opinion about.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby kyorke1 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:53 pm

v1p wrote:Yesterday I finally bought LQC. It's a fine dram, I like it, but prefer to wait a little bit before giving my final opinion about.


Quite wise. The LQC was good when I first had it, not so great the second time, then its been fantastic ever since, strangely.

v1p wrote:
v1p wrote:
v1p wrote:I'm looking forward to try Caol Ila 12 and compare it to these four.


Today I bought a bottle. :)


Excellent dram!

Classic Islay character, superb balance and sublime drinkability at quite a reasonable price.


I also recently bought a bottle and couldn't agree more. Sounds like we have similar tastes; ill have to give Redbreast a try.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby upright » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:48 am

I know there is a lot of hype when it comes to Arbeg, but i still love it to bits. All 4 are in my top 5, plus Brora. When i comes down to bang for buck the Laphroaig is top now in South africa.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:41 am

1. Lagavulin 16
2. Caol Ila 12
3. Talisker 10
4. Laphroaig QC
5. Ardbeg 10
6. Laphroaig 10
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby bbrownri » Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:53 am

I've got a couple sips left in a glass of Lap 10 right now, and what I've realized about this whisky is that it's got tremendous depth of peat flavors: wood smoke, iodine and medicinal tones, oily green olive and some wispy herbal notes. While I haven't tried the Ardbeg 10 (I know, I know, it's on my list!), comparing the Lap 10 to the Lag 16 - which I love - I'd have to say the Lap 10 has the edge in terms of every day drinking because it's got that interesting, complex peat and a lower price tag. For a treat, though, the Lag 16 is beautifully balanced and has something of a gently perfumy finish which I really like. As for the Talisker, I'm just not a big fan. It's never seemed multidimensional enough for me.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:50 pm

1. Talisker DE - 9.00 (Excellent. Sherry, sea, spice... All that beautifully composed to produce a stunning contrast of aromas, flavours and sensations. Complex, luxurious, delicious. Very close to my ideal for whisky.)

2. Caol Ila 12 - 8.50 (Very good. Who could say a bad word about this?! It has Talikser's spiciness on a beautifull seashore/vanilla background.)

3. Lagavulin 16 - 8.00 (A true classic but a little bit too austere. It lacks the richness of TDE.)

4. Talisker 10 - 7.50 (Transperant glass and blue plastic stopper on the cork - looks pretty cheap. Nothing but the pepper inside. Nothing so special about, but it's a good whisky at all.)

5. Laphroaig QC - 7.00 (Too woody and nothing so special at all. Like every standard Laphroaig, the nose is the best part of the experience.)

6. Ardbeg 10 - 6.00 (Too tarry and nothing special at all.)

7. Laphroaig 10 - 5.00 (Very harsh and medicinal.)
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:12 am

EDIT:

1. Caol Ila 12 /8.00/
2. Talisker DE /7.75/
3. Lagavulin 16 /7.50/
4. Talisker 10 /7.25/
5. Laphroaig QC /7.00/
6. Ardbeg 10 /6.00/
7. Laphroaig 10 /5.00/
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:27 pm

v1p wrote: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!

I'm still reading through the posts but had to stand up and be counted. I prefer the Lappy 10 for some reason. The Ardbeg and the Laggy have their own fascinations for me but I do enjoy Laphroaig.

The QC I find to be a poor cousin to the 10 yo 43%. It's nice but it's like dating Hannah Montana, a little too young and definitely a criminal offense. I'd definitely take Jessica Alba or Eva Mendes on a date first!

Talisker, for me is pretty wonderful as well, but with all things considered, I'm a "Friend of Laphroaig" for a reason. Now back to reading posts...

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

Postby bbrownri » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:51 pm

Well, I'm back and now I've tried the Ardbeg 10. From the first sip, I understood why it's so beloved by so many on this site: malty up front with a billow of peat smoke followed up by citrus and pear, underscored throughout by white pepper. It is a great whisky and more spirited than any of the others in my current collection. I'll definitely be buying a bottle, maybe even this afternoon...? :D
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:06 pm

My final ranking:

1. Lagavulin 16 /8.00/
2. Caol Ila 12 /7.75/
3. Talisker DE /7.50/
4. Talisker 10 /7.25/
5. Laphroaig QC /7.00/
6. Ardbeg 10 /6.00/
7. Laphroaig 10 /5.00/

Good whiskies, but not breathtaking. I'll continue my tour and Lagavulin DE is next on the list. I'll buy it during the weekend, though it's costly here - £75.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby talisker10 » Fri May 01, 2009 11:30 am

I missed the poll..but I would have to go:

1) Talisker 10
2) Laphroaig 10
3) Ardbeg 10
4) Lagavulin 16
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby v1p » Mon May 18, 2009 11:16 pm

After trying many island malts (Lagavulin 16, Lagavulin DE, Talisker 10, Talisker DE, Laphroaig 10, Laphroaig QC, Ardbeg 10, etc), I have to say that Caol Ila 12 is an unbeatable stuff. Wide availability, reasonable price, stylish package, charismatic aroma, classic Islay character with superb balance, great spicy finish and sublime drinkability. I believe it's hard to find a better dram.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby kass » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:07 pm

hey there new member. laph 10 has got to get some more respect than this. its like fresh vanilla ice cream. ardbeg is great but its like an ashtray compared to the laph.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby talisker10 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:07 pm

Yeah I don't get the lack of respect in general for Laph 10. For the price, especially, it is an incredible whisky. In general (not saying this applies to any posters here), I think people THINK it's medicinal, and just never notice how sweet and fruity it is. Following the distiller's recommendation of a few drops of cool water is a good idea as well..really brings out the fruit.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Reggaeblues » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:43 pm

kass wrote:hey there new member. laph 10 has got to get some more respect than this. its like fresh vanilla ice cream. ardbeg is great but its like an ashtray compared to the laph.


Well I'll be damned!!

Lap 10 was one of my "growing up" whiskies, and wen I tried Ardbeg 10, it was like "Laphroaig's sweeter sister" to my senses!

You and I is diametrically opposed
palate-wise!

but who cares? We're enjoying great whisky either way!

Tho' as time goes by, i prefer both CS and QC to the 10..which is still a great dram!
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby talisker10 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:04 pm

I definitely prefer the QC and CS over the standard 10..but both are a bit above my daily dram price range. I think the standard 10 at $40 or so is tied for the best bang/buck with HP 12 at about the same price or a little less.
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby scotchdrinker » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:08 pm

I have not voted because I have only had the Talisker 10 and I wasn't a fan of it. To me it was just too in your face and over peaty, couldn't tell any of the undertones. I tried twice and felt the same way both times.

Does anyone have any recommendations of what I could try?
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Re: LAGAVULIN 16 VS ARDBEG 10 VS TALISKER 10 VS LAPHROAIG 10

Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:21 pm

Talisker has become one of my favourites, in all guises and bottlings.

But I must admit when I first tried it I just didn't "get" it until the bottle was almost empty...

Come back to it in a year, or a few "drams" down the line.
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