Originally Posted by drakoskl
They are not similar. The OCTOMORE is very different. I prefer the OCTOMORE but is very expensive and hard to find for an everyday drink. But as we all know its a matter of personal taste. I don't know why I don't like lagavulin 16 to be honest , everyone seems to be crazy about it. I have two bottles of the distillers edition 1989 and 1991 maybe the sherry influence will change my mind.
I think everyone is crazy about it because there seems to be an element of prestige, distinction, elegance, etc from the fact that its been sitting in a barrel for 16 years and it has developed a reputation that influences everyone's perception. People like the "finer things" and there is this idea that Lagavulin is one of them.
I wouldn't want to discount any complexity or range of flavors (although nuanced) developed from 16 years aging, but like the Laphroiag 18 and Triplewood, often times and to many people, its just less flavorful than the 10 year... and can be quite the let-down considering the price of these longer ages.