xcel wrote:What do you guys think about the laga or Talisker DE? Is the sherry quality anywhere near the A'Bunadh?
Different idea altogether. The DE's are sherry-finished--that is, matured for a number of years in bourbon wood, with some months (usually 6-24) in sherry wood, whereas a'bunadh is matured entirely in sherry wood. There are other whiskies matured fully in sherry wood (notably the traditional Macallans), but very few with anything approaching the sherry intensity of a'bunadh--Macallan Cask Strength is the only one often mentioned in the same vein. I have a vague recollection of Glenmorangie Natural (a duty-free bottling) being somewhat similar, but can't swear to it just now.
That said, the Lagavulin and Talisker DE's are both really fine drams. Look for something similar to the basic bottlings, with added sweetness and depth.