This is a head to head look at two Lagavulin Distillers Editions, the 1991 and the 1993 (thanks Dryzie).
Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1991 16yo 43%
Seaweed drenched in PX sherry with a murky undertone of crustaceans and musty oak.
Surprisingly tame on the palate for a Laggers...somebody has definitely poured water on this fire.
However there is sherry with smoke and chilli but it fizzles out like a mild, flat, damp smoky squib. 79
Lagavulin Distillers edition 1993 16yo 43%
Garden mint, seaweed in a sherry marinade, a hint of new paint, cherry cough sweet, the smoke hidden under a sea-soaked blanket of PX sherry.
This offers the sweetest of sherries on the palate with pepper dominating the finish.
Water , interestingly brings out a touch of horse sweat and cherry berry juice but still lacks the meat and punch of the standard 16 yo. 85
This version however has so much more definition than the vague 1991 but I think cask strength would have settled the raging sherry and smoke war in both versions.