Lagavulin 16 is my favorite malt, but I am interested in trying some cask strength Islay whiskies. I have the Lagavulin 12 CS from 2010 but I am waiting for a friend to come back into town before I open it up. In the meantime, I am currently looking at the Ardbeg Corryvreckan or the Uigadail to pick up next. Are these two similar at all to the Lagavulin? Are they similar to each other? What would you suggest?
I also loved the 12 CS from 2010 ( and 2008 ) and I think these make a much nicer comparison with the Corryvreckan ( which I also like a lot )
Ganga wrote:...the Uige is from sherry casks.
There are some Sherry cask matured distillates (around 10% if I remember correctly) incorporated in the Uigeadail, but the remainder of the whisky is (just like the standard 10-year old) ex-Bourbon barrel matured. The Sherry comes through in fine strands and helps to plump up and sweeten (only slightly, though) the palate presentation.
As for the Lagavulins, those 12-year old cask strength releases are very different from the standard 16-year old version in terms of their flavour thrust... the intrinsic characteristics of the whisky come through in a much 'cleaner' fashion with relatively less impact from the oak. I really like these!
(I like the Uigeadail, too.)
I believe they do an annual release of the Laga 12 CS. They probably just ran out of stock for the 2010 edition.
The Uigeadail is a better whisky than the Corry', but is more likely compared with the Laga 16, not the 12. In fact to muddy the waters the Laga 12 falls somewhere between the Oogie and Corry in impact. Maybe you should buy a bottle of both so you can answer the question For a Lagavulin lover, Corryvreckan or Uigeadail? And then tell us what you think, apples or oranges.
(But the Uigeadail is better )
Or as Ganga says, just not my cuppa tea. In fact I'd rather have a good cuppa tea.
I went to the store yesterday to pick up the Uigaedail (no one sells the Corryvreckan around here) because it was on sale... and low and behold there was a Corryvreckan sitting next to it, ALSO on sale! I figured because I had been looking for and couldn't find the Corryvreckan, I had to pick up both (and a bottle of the Evan Williams 2000 Vintage Single Barrel Bourbon, also on sale). I am terrible with tasting notes but when I open them when my friend gets back, I'll definitely post my reactions.
Most of the Glenmorangie range was on sale too.... maybe there is some kind of LVMH-wide sale?
Thank you for your help and all the best,
pickleydoo wrote: I had to pick up both ... I am terrible with tasting notes but when I open them when my friend gets back, I'll definitely post my reactions.
That's a good outcome. You should try and compare them with the Laga 12 & 16. I look forward to your answer to the OP.
Oogie has gone up and down in quality over the years , the original 2003 bottling did contain 1970's Sherry casks , The last few batches i've tried have been very good .
couldn't choose between the two mind you....
Spirit of Islay wrote:Oogie has gone up and down in quality over the years , the original 2003 bottling did contain 1970's Sherry casks , The last few batches i've tried have been very good ... couldn't choose between the two mind you....
That constitutes good news of sorts.
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