What I cannot understand is why anyone that likes Lagavulin has be subjected to suspicion that we're choosing on price and years when we all have multiple selections we don't particularly care for regardless of ancient bottling or exorbitant price tag.
There may be some who like Lagavulin because they were told to, but most Lagavulin drinkers love it regardless of its inexpensive price tag and don't care about how many years it says on the label.
Almost all of my favorites are 8 year bottlings for bourbon and 10 years for Japanese or Scotch selections. I actually assumed I would not like Lagavulin 16 the first time I tried it and the only reason I like it so much is the flavor.
Let the OP select what they will, but enough of ragging on Lagavulin drinkers. 十人十色。