Frodo wrote:The Laga IMO is overpriced given that the 16yr old is C$95. Laga DE at C$104 would be my second recommendation. I know you'd like the CI CS in the same way you'd like Dun Bheagan Islay 8yr old. Its just thst the IB's tend to be better that the OBs from what I've tried.
I know that you are right, but here's where and why i switched to some more subjective reasoning: Been there and done that also, as far as it goes with the Laga 16 and DE and i do luv 'em, but at 43% abv they are little pussies and with Lagas', i like the bad boys, younger smokier and with a little edge (must be the sherry), even though they score higher. Just can't resist smoked eel and coal-tar nose and smoke belch finish
Jim Murray (nine&three quarters) Lagavulin 16
Massive peat. Ultra-intense iodine carries a shade more spice than of old. The fruity-sherry notes are clean, vanilla is much deeper. Beautifully layered.
Peat so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Chewy iodine bolstered by sherry and big oak.
A little spice lightens the grip of the peat and vanilla. Dries off with malt, dried dates... and iodine.
A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth.
Dave Broom (nine) Lagavullin 12yo
Pungent, complex. Smoked eel, coal tar, apple-wood, smoked cheese, bitumen. Frisky.
Intensely peaty. Rounded with big kick: marine character, fragrant smoke, touch of black pepper, but balanced by sufficient sweetness.
Excellent. Lagavulin isn't as peaty as it used to be? Pull the other one.