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I had the 12 years ago. I liked it, nothing terribly special
That tends to be what I find. I really like Glenfiddich 15, and it's only $50. There's only one crazy bottle I thought was worth it at $500.
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Ardbeg has a lot of peat but less of the briny flavour of Laphroaig. Both are peatier than Lagavulin but Ardbeg I'd say has a richer and fuller body. I love both and flip flop between them depending on the mood.
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Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg are all down the same road on Islay in Port Ellen, the Southern end. I stayed at the Islay Hotel, rented a bicycle, and just trekked my way to each distillery to spend the day. I plan on making the pilgrimage back every 2 years.
I bought a Laphroig and an Ardbeg. Maybe this weekend I'll do a taste test.

And that sounds like a fun trip. My husband is a teetotaler, though, so not one I'm likely to do.
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Exciting, let me know what you think! And yes, do try them both at the same time and flip flop between the two glasses and lmk your thoughts
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I bought a Laphroig and an Ardbeg. Maybe this weekend I'll do a taste test.

And that sounds like a fun trip. My husband is a teetotaler, though, so not one I'm likely to do.
Just leave him back at the hotel!! Sometimes the best solutions are the simple solutions!!!
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Just leave him back at the hotel!! Sometimes the best solutions are the simple solutions!!!
Or leave him at home, and travel with someone else. Or on my own.

But I doubt he'd want to hang out in noplaceinparticular Scotland, where is where that is if you aren't interested in the distilleries.
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Islay doesn't have much going on other than the distelleries. It is quite isolated.

If it were Skye, I would suggest hiking trails. They have lots of really good ones.
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Islay doesn't have much going on other than the distelleries. It is quite isolated.

If it were Skye, I would suggest hiking trails. They have lots of really good ones.


Edinburgh is fantastic too. Also plenty of tours that take you through the Highlands (and Loch Ness), unless you rent a car instead.

Islay is really just for the Scotch fanatics. There's really nothing to do for the teetotalers there.
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I'd love to visit Scotland someday. And the hiking sounds fun. Maybe I should go with my husband. We could split up for a day or two, and he could hike and I could check out distilleries.
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Ardbeg v. Laphroig should be its own thread.
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If you can get your hands on Laphroaig 16, I would highly recommend doing so. It's a limited release so IDK how easy it is to get anymore, but I picked up 3 bottles.

Before that I always thought 18 was the perfect amount of aging for Laph but they discontinued that one.


But my next "treat yo self" bottle will probably be the Ardbeg Supernova as a Christmas gift to myself.
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