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  1. #71
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by chasking
    The price of Lagavulin 16yo has gone up substantially in recent years because demand outstripped supply, at least at its previous price point. IIRC, about three years ago they ran out. It was simply not to be found, at least around here; they had to wait for more casks to reach 16 years to bottle another batch, and when that reached the market, the price had jumped about 25% or so. The supply/demand ratio seems to have stabilized at that level.

    Personally I thought it was underpriced before. The 16yo was Lagavulin's "base" whiskey, and back then it was priced in the high $40s, at least around here. That was closer to the "base" whiskeys of its primary analogs: Laphroaig 10yo, Ardbeg 10yo, Bowmore 12yo. But those brands each had older versions that sold for much more: Laphroaig 15yo, Bowmore 17yo, Ardbeg 17yo (which was still available then). Those were all around $70. I always thought Lagavulin 16yo belonged in that company, rather than with the younger versions. Now it is priced accordingly. In fact, I still think it's a good deal, although I wish I had bunkered a case back then.

    I agree with what you have posted, you are spot on!

    For what ever it is worth: My friend Tim, (TMH) had mentioned to me, at a past get-together, about the difference in bottlings. I asked what? He taught me to look at the fine print on the front of the label, distinguishing the "White Horse" version from the "Port Ellen" version. In the past, I never could figure out why the Lag tasted different from bottle to bottle. I never had my glasses on to read the fine print and never had two bottles side by side to notice the different logo and fine print. (Proving how unobservant I can be at times)

    Seems in my past hunting trips that I was privileged to gather up some of the older stuff (White Horse) and didn't even know what I had...Tim has corrected that for me and I'll be ever grateful. With an open bottle of each, I've got to say though, I do prefer the White Horse to the PE version, but both are good in their own rights...

  2. #72
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Bristol UK.
    You might want to hold your white horses before opening any more - those older bottles are very sought after and you could make yourself a pretty penny.

    Sion (AKA Bamber).

  3. #73
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    Then again, I buy my bottles for drinking - even if it isn't going to be opened for a long time. The Ardbeg 1977 in my bunker is not going to show up on eBay!

    By the time I tried Lagavulin, any White Horse bottles had long disappeared from the shelves around here, so I don't have that as a benchmark to judge newer bottlings. That being said, at some point I might just have to resign myself to the new reality and buy another bottle of Laga, in spite of it being 50% more expensive than my last one.
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  4. #74
    Talisker 18 is easily my favorite Scotch. And, at $60 a bottle, it's a value (relative to other single malts that is.)

    I also like Laphroaig 15 when I'm in the mood for an Islay, and Macallan 12 for a non-peaty.

    I also think The Glenlivet 15 French Oak is a great value, especially when compared to the price of the Macallan Fine Oak 15.



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