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Lagavulin 25 Year Old

Postby eml1909 » Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:13 pm

I am looking to buy something "special" as a birthday present (for myself!!).

I am not a Whisky expert - indeed, far from it, but I do enjoy heavy, peaty whiskeys (e.g. Lagavuilin, Laphroaig, Talisker).

Was thinking of spending £170 on a Lagavulin 25 yr old.

Would the more knowledgeable people on here endorse that choice, or perhaps suggest something different????
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:39 pm

How about a Port Ellen?
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:34 pm

Personally i was very disappointed in the Laga 25yo when it first came out , Don't know if it's changed as i would assume there have been different releases .
Just a few Thoughts .....
Caol Ila 25yo ( Cracking dram , have had the two releases so far both very good) .
Brora 30yo ( haven't actually had these but all the peet-heeds i know rave on about it ) .
LFW's Living Cask Anniversary Offering (ok it's a vatted Malt , but i tell you the 1981 Brora and 1976 Glenlivet are great !) .

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Postby eml1909 » Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:53 pm

Thanks - that's very helpful.

I was thinking about one of these tasting packs (look to me like pretty good value for money and a great selection).

Either this:

Islay Triple Selection 2
Lagavulin 16 YO has been restricted due to demand outstripping supply. Even harder to locate is the premium "Distillers Edition". The Lagavulin owners have a second Islay Distillery - Caol ila - and we have added their excellent 25 YO Cask Strength bottling to make this Islay Triple Selection a very special opportunity for any Lagavulin enthusiast. More Info…
Price: £129.36 ex-vat £152.00 inc-vat

Or this:

Islay Collection 2005 / 5 x 20cl
1x 20cl from each of the following Malts,
Caol ila 12yrs, Caol ila 18yrs, Lagavulin 12yrs, Lagavulin 16yrs & Port Ellen 1979 / 25yo 5th Edition. An excellent way to try a selection of great malts, including the small batch Port Ellen. More Info…
Price: £72.34 ex-vat £85.00 inc-vat

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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:02 pm

I've got the Islay collection , 5 great little bottles !
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Postby Admiral » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:13 am

I agree with Gordon...the Lagavulin 25yo was a little disappointing when it first came out. I last tried it in 2005, and I thought it was a little dry and tired. The life and bounce seemed to have been sucked out of the malt.

Of course, I could tolerate this if it only cost around $150, but since it was over $450 at the time, I figured it wasn't worth it.

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Postby Steve Rush » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:40 pm

Lag 16 over the 25 for me. When I first tried the 25 I have to say I was extremely disapointed. Thankfully though my first encounter of the 25 was in a hotel bar so didn't have the disapointment of realising that I had paid a small fortune for a bottle which was to be honest nothing to write home about.
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Postby les taylor » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:34 pm

What about one of the Bruichladdich 1970's there's two versions around at the moment. For just under £200 it makes a nice present to yourself.



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