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Old 10-27-2013, 08:51 AM
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I love Lagavulin 16 and every time I've had it, it's been a very enjoyable night.

Then I bought a bottle a few weeks back, and there's just nothing special about it.

The bottle I bought last year was great, from start to finish.

The bottle I had them open at a bar this summer was great.

The one that was a quarter gone and I helped finish off that night in a bar this last spring was great.

Same with the one I tried at a scotch tasting a few months back.

The only Lagavulin 16 I've ever had that didn't cheer me up is the bottle I've got in the cupboard now.

Last night in a bar I had a glass of Lagavulin 16 and again, it was perfect, so much so that I even nosed the glass after it was empty.

Anyone else had an experience like this with one of their favorite drinks?
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:10 PM
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I've not run into this yet, but a couple of things come to mind:

Maybe your bottle has been exposed to excessive light or sunlight somewhere along the way.

Or, maybe it's TCA/TBA. I've never tasted the effects of TCA or TBA, so I have no clue if it would simply make the whisky taste "off" or if there is a particular nose or taste element that clearly identifies TCA or TBA.

From an earlier thread: http://www.whisky.com/forum/showthread.php?t=97074

The poster of that thread states that there are taste and smell elements but apparently from reading through the post, a lot of people don't readily notice it.

Maybe it's neither of the above, but something else entirely, such as batch variation?

Is mislabeling even a possibility? As in, what you have is actually a bottle of 12? But if that were the case, I'm thinking you could easily detect the color difference.

I'm just throwing out some ideas. Probably not much help.

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Old 10-29-2013, 09:18 AM
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I had a taste the after making that post and it didn't taste bad, actually enjoyable, but still not the way that it usually is for me.

Had the 12 a couple times, and after my tasting of it back in the spring, I think I may actually prefer it. Higher price too though, so if it were the 12 it would probably have the opposite effect on my liking of it!
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I haven't had the 16 more than a couple of times, but I've heard anecdotally that the current version lacks something in comparison to older bottlings.
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You know that in 1997 Lagavulin greatly increased production volumes to try to meet a higher demand. So the new bottlings under the new higher volumes would be bottled during 2013.

This could be the reason for the difference, there was a lot of suspicion around other sites to whether the quality would drop off, and it may have done.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:25 AM
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I haven't had the 16 more than a couple of times, but I've heard anecdotally that the current version lacks something in comparison to older bottlings.
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You know that in 1997 Lagavulin greatly increased production volumes to try to meet a higher demand. So the new bottlings under the new higher volumes would be bottled during 2013.

This could be the reason for the difference, there was a lot of suspicion around other sites to whether the quality would drop off, and it may have done.
I think that the bars I've had it at this year must have older stock and mine's from the most recent batch then.

At very least it's still enjoyable - just not the heavenly experience I've been having in all other instances, and it being only the second time I've bought a bottle of it.
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I can't believe they would do this to such a beloved whisky. It's is truly a shame but I have watched companies go down this same road my entire life.
Take an excellent product and start watering it down until they go out of business.
I guess it's all about squeezing every penny out of it. I like the things that remain then same.
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