Originally Posted by BroncoBrian
Here is a question for you all:
Started a few weeks back with LGVN 16. My B-in-L must have thought that was funny to start me that way. I liked it. Bought a Glenfiddich 12 to get a second bottle going. LAME! Is the older GLFD stuff any better than that or does my appreciation for the Ardbeg and LGVN mean I should lean to something completely different?
LGVN 16 --> GLFDCH 12 --> ARBDG 10 and I have a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 and Aberlour A'Bunadh waiting to be opened.
How many bottles do you open at a time? Should I work through 1 or 2 to get used to them, or is switching between 3/4 ok to compare and get used to the differences.
There is no way to say how you'll feel about older glenfiddichs until you try them. That said, I think your taste for Ardbeg and Lagavulin may lead you to try something like Highland Park or another islay, like Bunnahabhain or Laphroaig. Find out what you like about Lagavulin and Ardbeg and then review tasting notes to find other malts with similar characteristics.
To answer your other question, there is no harm in having a few bottles open at a time. In my experience, changes in the whisky occur faster when the bottle contains more air than whisky. This was especially evident in my bottle of Balvenie Doublewood. Good luck in your journey and keep us updated!