Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
With respect, I'm afraid I couldn't disagree more. While Lagavulin 16 is a classic among classics, Laphroaig QC is arguably the best of the "standard" offerings from Laphroaig and a mighty fine whisky that many consider a classic as well. It's just a matter of mood, for me. But I find comparing most Islays a difficult and sometimes unfair exercise because, in many respects, it's like comparing apples to oranges when I do. Lagavulin and Laphroaig are entirely different creatures to me, just as Highland Park 12 and Talisker 10 would be. That's not to say that I don't have favorites and a pecking order when push comes to shove, but that's more because of personal preferences than one necessarily being better than another. Know what I mean?
I agree.

I love Laph CS - but also love Laga16. I drink a lot more Laphroaig, however, because of the price... and there's times I want that briny, smokey kick in the teeth from the CS.

Other times the elegance and power of Lagavulin is all I want!

Cost is a factor, but mood is a bigger factor.

That said, I'd take Laga 12 CS over any of them at any time!