I have two questions really.
I bought a bottle of Lagavulin 16 for a tasting I am planning. I have two friends who are at the Ballantines 12, Jameson 12 stage and would like them to try some single malts. (The blind leading the blind...) Anyway, I had a wee dram of the Laga last night and, as others on this forum have noted, noticed that it had changed. It was not the Lagavulin that blew me away five years ago. It seems to have lost some of its 'medicinal' taste and a little muscle. Is it different, or is it merely the power of suggestion?
Second, I would like to do a tasting that starts in the Highlands and works its way to Islay. I was thinking: Old Pulteney 12 or Aberfeldy 12 to start mellow - Glenfarclas 105 for a taste of cask strength - Auchentoshen 12 - Springbank 10 and then Lagavulin 16 to finish.
How many whiskies can you do before you fry your palate? Does this seem like a logical order? (It is limited by my cabinet and wallet right now)