Re: Lagavulin DE & Oban DE
Unfortunately for me, the Oban DE is a total disappointment; I really wish I had tried this before spending money on this bottle. Again, my personal opinion, but I know i'm not the only person who thinks this. Anyway, it might be worth a try before hand.
This is not the first time I've heard that response to the Oban DE. The regular 14yo was okay, but not special and it sounds like the DE is just a slightly different interpretation. However, everyone raves about the Lagavulin DE and being a limited release I think I should get 2 and skip the Oban. When the other Distiller's Editions: Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie, and Cragganmore came out last year I just got the Talisker and Cragganmore. Not really fond of the rest in their original form.
I've kind of switched gears lately and have less of a priority of new, new, new and instead try to find something really good and get 2 or 3 so I can enjoy them over a long while. Too many average bottles lately brought me to the conclusion: less than $50, I'd rather enjoy a premium Bourbon, above that save my pennies for a good malt.