Re: If I love Talisker 10yrs, will I love Lagavulin 16yrs?
I actually am in the same situation as you, I tried bottle of the Tali 10 - I've had it a while, and just drank some more tonite. It really gets to be something you miss.
Then last night, I tried Laga 16 in a hotel bar, just to try. It was a half-full bottle, so it would be normal quality.
Personally - I liked it, it was nice and smoky, with some peat, and notes of cherry underneath, a richer sweetness. Like smoky cherries. I even had it with some nice Chili and bread to complement it.
While I think it is a great taste, to be honest, I really actually in some ways prefer the Laphroaig and the Ardbeg (familiarity probably a large factor), which I have bottles of. Laphroaig 10yrs was really nice and smoky peaty, with no sweetness interfeering- which I liked. Laphroaig Quarter Cask had a nice round flavor, but not sweet in particular. Ardbeg had a more tart, apple like sort of sweetness underneath huge peat smoke, more subtle and tangy.
The Lagavulin somehow, seems to have a more aristocratic type taste. It was like the Tali 10, except with a plum red rounder, less yellow type sweetness underneath, and with no pepper, just plumy smoke.
If you are going for the ultimate Islay for some buck wild smoke and peat, not so cultured peat and smoke, maybe try Ardbeg or regular old Laphroaig. or caol ila - very yummy.
Hey, looks like we are sort of a new generation of newbies on this forum - the old guard has gone over all this already, but its good we refresh it.