Jonwin wrote:Do you like the ballence in the 16 year old Lagavulin?
Which Talisker Would you recommend? the 10 year old?
And is the Benriach Arumaticus Fumosus 12 Year Old rare and hard to find?
By the way, have any of you tried the Jura 16 year Malt?
I used to really enjoy the 16-year old standard issue Lagavulin. Not so much, alas, of late. Hard to pinpoint why, except perhaps to say that I find a 'thin' aspect at mid palate that could reflect distilling runs, cask selection or a combination of the two. It just doesn't have the depth, in my opinion, that it displayed years ago. These days, I far prefer the 12-year old cask strength releases (super clean and with a nice back-and-forth between sharp, dry smoke and sweetly fruity malt - ? pineapple sometimes) or, very occasionally, the Distillers Edition. But if the smokiness of Ardbeg and Laphroaig is a little too much for you, Lagavulin won't exactly represent a viable option anyway.
The 10-year old Talisker is a good place to start. If you have the cash and can find any, though, I'd strongly recommend trying the 18-year old. It's a smashingly complex, complete whisky that, while not being quite so forceful in character as the 10-year old, nonetheless offers up a fantastic spectrum of aromas and flavours. Top notch! The 25-year old brings many more oak and seaside flavours into the equation, and is a challenging go.
The Benriach shouldn't be hard to track down.
Funny... I was going to mention Isle of Jura Superstition as a possibility (I haven't tasted the 16-year old), given its moderate peating counterbalanced by malt sweetness. But I've always found the Superstition to be a little weird in that it can seem, at times, almost liqueur-like (think oranges). Therefore, I didn't mention it.