I'm going with the DE. I think the sherry sweetness is a great counterpoint to the peat and smoke. Lots of nice contrasts in a single dram.
What do you think?
LagaDrinker wrote:It has to be the DE for me too. I also have the 21 & 25 yr old but not opened them yet.
Do yourself a HUGE favour and open the 21 YO!!! It is AWESOME!
Seriously, the three regular bottles are all great, but the 21 YO is on a completely different level.
It has the intensity of the 12, the smoothness of the 16 (even smoother which is crazy because of the much higher ABV) and a nose and complexity that puts the DE to shame in a serious way.
When I first opened it, it took me over half an hour to actually taste the whisky - I just couldn't stop smelling it. The bouquet is phenomenal.
I know, I know, I'm spouting off (and everyone's opinion is different), but it is absolutely one of the best bottles that I have ever, EVER tasted - truly an amazing whisky.
OH - BTW, I voted for the "staple" 16YO in the poll , though I do love them all!
I agree with Knolly on the 21, it is truly a special bottle. It way out does the other 3 IMO. As for choices here, I'm voting for the 12, because I just love whisky at CS period. The DE is a close 2nd though.
Me too. I am not a peat head and even i like this one. I like it alot. Its probably one of my favourite winter drams.lawschooldrunk wrote:extremely let down by the DE. It's damn good but didn't reach the the hype in my mind. I'd buy 16 over DE any day.
Sherried Malt wrote:Knolly, don't hold back. What do you really think about the Laga 21?
Enough that once I tried my first bottle, I immediately "stockpiled" up on it afterwards!!!
Actually IMO, the 2007 Diageo special releases from Islay were all solid bottlings: the PE is pretty damn good, but the Laga 21 and the Brora 30 are both phenomenal (though costly) bottles.
The trick now is to find bottles as good as these without paying such a high price. And, as good as Ardbeg Ten is, there is NO way that Ardbeg Ten is even close to Lagavulin 21 (or some of the kick ass 1970's Ardbegs for that matter) in my opinion despite what Mr. Murray says in the Whisky Bible...
lohssanami wrote:I found a bottle of 4th edition 12 the other day at a liquor store, but they wanted $179.99. I just couldn't pay that much!
Yeah, thats a tad on the high side! I paid just under $100 apiece for several bottles last year (2004 edition) at Binny's and I still though that was a little more than it should be, but I would definitely order the Laga 12 direct from Scotland before I paid that price of $180!
I'm going with the DE. I think the sherry sweetness is a great counterpoint to the peat and smoke. Lots of nice contrasts in a single dram
This is what I found, DE for me, I find it just has a little more character.
As far as the DE, I had it head to head with the Talisker DE and it just didnt have the depth for me that I would expect for the premium version.
Ganga wrote:How many of the voters on this are limited to having tried only one or two of the options? I know that I have had at least one version of each. What about the rest of you?
I have had 2 versions of the 12, 1 of the DE, and 2 of the 16. I still say the 12 is the best for me.
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