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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Unsweetened Talisker 10

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@MisterDiggerReview by @MisterDigger

30th Jul 2013

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Both this one and Talisker 10 had me rate it as repulsive about a month ago when I tried each one at the bar. I gave Talisker 10 another chance last week, and I reviewed it with an improved score. The same goes for this Lag16, whereby it gets bumped way up to an 89 rating from this evening's tasting mission. Very good, but not good enough for me to buy a bottle to take home. It is very smooth, dark in color, and very similar to a Talisker 10 without the excessive sweetness. The bartender agreed with my description.

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MisterDigger commented

For those of you have been following my saga, I have decided to prolong the agony of having my single malt collection taken away from me by delaying doctor appointments. Since I could not find a bottle of this for sale in Louisiana, I crossed over the Pearl to my favorite bourbon store and voila, they had it. I whipped out the plastic and bought it. As many of you remember, I initially graded this one as repulsive from a newbie standpoint, and then upgraded it from a second chance tasting at a bar.

Getting this new puppy home, it was time to do my usual side by side taste comparisons. Needless to say, I increased my initial bar tasting score, and it easily beats out Highland Park 18, Laphroaig 18, and Bowmore 15. No easy task!!!! Dare I say, this is the definitive single malt available for less than $100 US!!! It has everything: subdued peat and sherried sweetness, which is basically all of the best characteristics of a good single malt. The only problem is that my own personal preferences now rates Glenfarclas 17 and Glenkinchie 12 as slightly higher, and just above Aberlour 12. For peat lovers, this one is a no-brainer!!!

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