@CanadianNinja I did actually list the things I specifically find lacking - weak casks, weak ABV, overfiltration. Just my take. Staying 'on topic' I would say buy both and make up your own mind: Revisit both in 12mths. More exciting. I'd go with Lag 16 on this one. Although, let’s not forget time is really the third key ingredient in this glorious collision. Hugely leathery, gamey, meaty and riddled with various tobaccos, dried herbs, old school cough medicines and umami seasonings. Lagavulin Feis Ile 2015. You are unmistakably on Islay! I admire the uigie's ability to hit the "lower notes" in a more earthy boggy way. There’s also some rather earthy notes of black tea and vegetal things like baked cauliflower, caraway, antiseptic and asparagus. Lagavulin Distillers Edition. Finish: very long, full of hessian and this rather textural, ropey, leathery kind of peat. With this fanfare, there is the assumed backlash where Laga 16 is often referred to as overrated in some circles. Pin-sharp peat, pink sea salt, black olives in brine, pure iodine, natural tar extracts, black pepper, smoked mackerel, salted liquorice and yet more tar. raisins? Despite the strength, the elegance, control, power and sheer force of peaty personality are massive. 4,8 sur 5 étoiles 4 987. All our new 1st fill Bourbon casks come from suppliers in the US. What does r/scotch recommend? Ardbeg Uigeadail, Islay 23 1oz. Cask Strength Non-Chill Filtered Natural Color. Like some other older official Lagavulins (thinkings the 30 and 37yo Special Releases) this has the same quality of deep and wayward complexity that leads you down many tangential and tertiary paths. Loved the baseball analogy @Russ! I'll throw a wrench in it. Goes to show that Ardbeg was still making some rather incredible whisky in the late 1970s. The lag has cymbal crashes where the uigie features stomping soldier's boots on their way to sack Venice sometime between 1508 and 1516, slogging through marshes, brackish waters, and mud, with gold and fair maidens on their minds. Mouth: big, brusque, tarry, hugely peppery and very salty. Lagavulin 16 vs Uigeadail. Lots of dried smoked herbs, peat, frying bacon, seawater, tarry rope, anthracite embers and mercurochrome. Nose: Old Lagavulin + sherry = beauty! I dub it "The Legend of Boggy Creek" whereas Lag is more reminiscent of thunder and lightening beating down on the heath, followed by a break in the clouds and a few sunbeams piercing the mists. Lagavulin 27 yo 1991/2018 (51.8%, OB ‘Casks of Distinction’, cask #0016, sherry puncheon, 432 bottles) Hey everyone, I've been travelling a bit deeper down the scotch rabbit hole and have tried quite a few new scotches lately. Lagavulin 16 ans coffret Livre. At 10 years old, the Laphroaig is a bit more vibrant and energetic. Some people travel to Ardbeg along the winding road from Port Ellen. Actually, the Ardbegs I've had are the 10 yo and Uigeadail. It is quite interesting to compare them. You have this mix of oily, almost syrupy and luxurious peat fused with dry, leafy and salty sherry. Contrary to what was stated above, Lagavulin isn't even matured in sherry casks - just in the standard Diageo refurbished cask. I have now tasted both the normal Lagavulin 16 years old and also the Lagavulin distillers edition. SGP: 478 - 95 points. There is no good reason for it. I love ardbeg 10 (current favorite that I own and also have laphroaig 10 but never tried lagavulin. I must say though it always disappoints me when colouring is added. What a nose on this one! If they're on sale for the same price, I'd go for Uigedail more often than not for the reasons that @Jonathan mentioned - higher alcohol volume (which means more flavor) and no caramel. Color Deepest Gold. Caneseeker (16) Rating: 4.9 (2019-10-03) [Updated Review] Relatively new to single malt, but have sampled many of the $50-100 top rated drams, and to date the Lagavulin 16 is the best of the smokey Scotch I have tried. To me, the tastiest, however is the Ardbeg 17. I try, @Wodha I agree with you however I've not had the Uigeadail so it maybe I'm biast. These two SMWS casks make Octomore feel like Speyburn. However, if I had to choose one, then lagavulin 16 would be my choice. This is a super rare version of this old White Horse series for Japan. But man - it is great. Arrives before Christmas. Runner Up in TWE's Whisky of the Year 2014. However I can say that I'm a big fan of the Lagavulin 16. In my experience the Laga 16 has been inconsistent as of late; so much so that I'd go uigedail without hesitation. It manages to be both monolithic and playful at the same time; brutality and tomfoolery in the same glass. Before I was born, when my home town still had three baseball teams, a popular discussion was over who the best local center-fielder was. While some of the notes are similar, I'l focus on differences between them: the Lagavulin 16 is older and more refined but bottled at %43 (and with caramel). @ewhiskey So far, these are my top two whiskies. Comments: We’re not in the same league as the SMWS pair (not much is really) but this is still an immensely impressive Ardbeg. The vast amount of whisky matures in ex-Bourbon oak. Il ne reste plus que 1 exemplaire(s) en stock. Lots of smoked canvass, fabrics and coal dust. But that's my take. SGP: 565 - 94 points. Colour: deep copper/amber. In NYC, where I live, I've seen a wide range of prices for the two bottles. The overall salinity is increased and there’s this familiar malt vinegar and chip fat morass which once again harks back to an early OB Special Releases 12yo. 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