You must get the Laphroaig 10 (very tasty). It's an Islay icon. The quarter cask should be about $7 more so a good buy for the same price. I much prefer the Ardbeg 10 to both however. I felt the Quarter Cask (also very tasty) was a bit harsh, crude, green, unrefined. The Lag 16 is a very good dram but overrated and overpriced in my opinion.
The Bowmore 12 is a good whisky but boring compared to the big southern island peats.
From what I've heard on the Caol Ila 12, I'd not even bother with it.
I would say the Lag 16 is somewhat more refined that the Laphroaig 10.
Last edited by BoxcarBill; 08-04-2013 at 07:18 AM.