The 12 year old is a yearly cask strength release and I was under the impression that it was highly regarded. I've not had it before and am considering buying the 2016 Anniversary release for £105 using a £35 gift card that I received. Much more affordable, and one I had considered, in the peated vein, is the Longrow Peated for £50, but I already own the Longrow CV so that made no sense. The retailer had an Old Malt Cask Ardmore 20 yo for £95 but we bought the last bottle (along with some other bottles) for a friend who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.Whilst the 16yo is a decent benchmark Malt the general release range isn't that interesting with the 8yo, 12yo and Game of Thrones edition and occasional Distillers Editions. The Feis Ile releases are expensive from the outset with the common supply and demand issues of sought after whiskies.
I agree on the Lagavulin 16, it is lacking in personality and much prefer the Port Charlotte 10 as you do. It does however make a reasonable whisky sour, and is dare I say a stereotypical example of what people associate with Scotch so passable as an end of evening digestif after assorted other drinks with non Scotch loving friends!Currently only whisky in the house is Lagavullin 16yo as I have drunk through Glenlivet NAS by making Highballs. Really don't like the Laguvullin 16 - so much so that I even tried to make a Highball from it - and it was much worse than using Glenlivet. I am currently sipping the Laguvullin 16 neat - I just think it is so underwhelming in terms of flavour profile, little depth, no complexity, short finish - even if I got this for £30 marked down in a clearance at Waitrose, I regret the purchase.
Need to bring some of my office stash home where at least I have Port Charlotte 10yo (I love this), Arran Sherry Cask NAS (yes!), Bunnahabin 12yo (decent but don't love it).
not tried, but have recently bought the 12 / 15 / 18 and batch 6 of the 10yr old cask strength…Currently really enjoying Glenallachie 12yo. 46% non-chilfiltered and good sherry cask influence.