At the risk of repeating myself, a new neighbor came to my house many years ago who happened to be of Scottish decent. More than that, his father was and/or still does work for a distillery in Scotland. When he came over and the subject of scotch came up, I mentioned that Lagavulin is my favorite. A very smokey and peaty dram. His response? "You drink that stuff?! It tastes like ass!". And in a thick Scottish brogue. Yet, wouldn't you know the first time I'm invited over to his place, what does he have on the bar? Lagavulin. Is it possible I turned a Scot onto Lagavulin? Probably not. I think he was just messing with me. But true story.
Have you tried their 8-year old expression? Had a chance to compare it to Laga 16 yesterday. Although the general profile is obviously from the same family, these are absolutely different spirits. The 8 is fresh, zesty and in-your-face. The smoke is somewhat thin and light. Whereas 16 is just so much thicker and richer. Glad I've got a spare bottle of the latter in my cellar