Re: Do you like inconsistency between batches?
I had to vote no. But I need to be clear on what I mean by inconsistency. Is it a break with the usual tasting profile? Or an accentuation of one of the more enjoyable tastes? For example, when I buy a Lagavulin 16yo I do so knowing how much I like the peat, smoke, and the other flavors it usually offers. If the flavor of smoke is accentuated in a particular bottle, then this would be a batch variation that I like in Lagavulin. When the smoke flavor is replaced with say a flowery sweetness, then I think I have wasted my money. As borgom said, there will be some inconsistency. Heck the same bottle will seem slightly inconsistent depending on the usuals of mood, time, whether or not my team wins, etc..! There are, however, certain tastes I look for in particular bottles and when these are muted or absent all is not well.
*Apologies if this poll is only meant to refer to Aberlour A'bunadh. I'm not sure Aberlour is overly concerned with consistency in this case (quality, yes) as they would be with their other OB range. I do think with specific batch numbering one approaches the issue of the "single cask". Consequently, with these you roll the dice and take your chances.