I think my absolute favorite Scotch is Lagavulin 12 - a bit younger than the 16 and bottled at a higher strength. Amazing stuff, and *should be* about the same price as the 16, but Diageo has declared it a "limited release" and charges almost double for it (I have not seen it below $100 for a long time).BigoteGato wrote: ↑Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:49 pmLaphroigh is very much an acquired taste. Hated my first sip but ended up living it. I prefer Lagavulin 16 over it by a bit but it’s a lot pricier. Ardbeg is very similar and tastes wonderful. Current favorite is Carol Illa. Also from Islay and great tasting (surprised only one person mentioned it).
Blends are nothing to sneeze at. Not a big fan of Johnny Walker Blue, but very much like the Green (vatted blend; Caol Illa is blended in it). Favorite would be Hibiki (though too pricey after Japanese whiskeys became popular).
The Boglehead in me just says NO, so I console myself with the 16, Laphroiag (standard 10, Cask Strength, and Quarter Cask), and Ardbeg (Corryvrekan and Uigadail). I think Kilchoman Machir Bay is also quite good, a bit milder than the above but amazing for a five year old malt.
As for Johnny Walker, I tried the Green once a few years ago (before it was briefly discontinued) and was surprised how much I *disliked* it - bland and with a bitter aftertaste. I used to want to try Blue someday, but after wasting $50 or so on the Green I have no interest in potentially wasting $150 on the Blue. (Perhaps I just got a bad batch, as I see the Green is usually well regarded. I had the same experience with Abelour A'bunadh - read so many good reviews on it, but I could barely drink the bottle I purchased years ago.)