Admiral wrote:I've yet to hear anyone tell me that there's one (or two) of the Kildalton three that they don't enjoy.
Still, I know several people have posted on these pages that they enjoy one but not another....
Are you not contradicting yourself here? Or are you simply distinguishing between in-person and forum opinions?
There have been many posters here who have said that they don't care for Lagavulin, or Ardbeg, or Laphroaig, and that's what I based my statement on. Personally, at one time I loved Lagavulin and hated Laphroaig; of late, I enjoy Laphroaig and find Lagavulin difficult. There is no doubt that, if you like one of these, you are more likely to enjoy the others; but it is no sure thing. The true beauty of the three Kildalton malts is that, no matter how often they are lumped together as birds of a feather, they are distinct whiskies, each with its own characteristics that may be loved or reviled. ScotchPalate may find some statistical significance in Laphroaig fans' appreciation (or lack thereof) for Lagavulin, and he may even make a purchasing decision based on the probabilities derived therefrom. But there is no way to predict for certain whether he will like the stuff; he can only answer that by trying it for himself. I would like to encourage everyone to try everything available, and come to his own conclusions, rather than depend on the judgment of others. I understand that some people have limited budgets, and don't want to be stuck with bottles they don't like, but at some point you have to make the leap. Even a bad bottle is an education, and sometimes what seems a bad bottle becomes an appreciated one as it goes along. (It still has alcohol in it, anyway.) The point is to gain experience, and broaden your knowledge. You can't do that by letting someone tell you that you won't like Lagavulin. If you're thinking about it, go for it.