i like that you can do a differential diagnosis
of a favorite malt with an indy -- what makes it tick? what's going on here?
i just opened a bottle of sig 15yo laphroaig sherry that's just plain weird -- sweet and rubbery! i love laphroaig and was intruiged by the bottle and presentation and will soon crack open a bottle of the official 10yo CS along with another corker, an 11 yo sig laphroiag port finish, kind of a vertical (or zig zag if you prefer) of the three.
i think that the previous poster was right on about the craze of current distillery CS, which i personally prefer, if only for a texture standpoint over the neater (chained) watered versions more commonly available. i consider an independent to be a snapshot of a cask, an example, rather than a platonic ideal of what a whisky is. after all, the OB vatting can have a number of vattings available to the blender, which may improve the consistency of the product. after all, the distillery sets the framework of flavor and proof, going for a consistent product/profit rather than an expression in the snapshot sense.