DrChimRichalds wrote::D Thanks for all your posts. I will not pay any attention to most if not all "clerks" giving advice and conduct my own research using this website and forums. I'm glad I didn't listen to him as the Talisker 10 was fantastic and a bit cheaper too ($45) than the 18. As for Lag 16, I will have to pony up for it ($62 here) one of these days. Seems most posters here have a bottle in their collection. I should too.
Is Lagavulin the best Single Malt on the planet?
if you really like the Talisker 10, then you'll almost certainly
love the 18YO even more. Of course, that's not guaranteed, but I would say that is what most people think. I would think that a significant percentage of whisky drinkers would have both the Talisker 10 and 18 in their collections and if I'm like most, I drink the 18 regularly and the 10 only once in a while.
Lagavulin 16 is arguably the best regularly available
whisky - that is if you like smoky / peaty whiskies. It's also kind of like a transition drug - it's often the first bottle that a lot of avid whisky drinkers had that rally made them "get" single malt whisky. Is it the best Single Malt Whisky on the planet? Most would say no and there are just too many different styles / moods / flavour profiles / premium special releases / differences of personal opinion to call ANY whisky the best on the planet.
However, it IS a great whisky and because it's regularly available and not TOO expensive (unless you live in BC like I do, where they just raised the price to a completely asinine $125 / bottle - $%#^*&%@!$#!!!!!) it has wide exposure to the market and many people have fallen in love with it.
IMO, Lagavulin 16 and Talisker 18 are both bottles worth trying.