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Laphroaig 10 Year Old

An almost magical dram

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JReview by @Jordan740

6th May 2016


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This whisky pours a medium gold with campfire smoke on the nose. The flavor is peat forward and with a fresh bottle, medicinal & herbal flavors dance with the smoke to add a complexity unlike anything else. I've noticed as the bottle sits in the cabinet, the greener flavors disappear and this just becomes a smoke bomb. This was my first single malt and I fell in love which makes this a whisky that you either love or hate, no matter what your level of experience may be. I resist giving it a perfect 100 out of inexperience.

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Pete1969 commented

Welcome to the site Jordan, brave decision to jump in with Laphroaig 10 as first single malt, took me a while to brave Islay peated style but loved it off the bat.

If you can get your hands on the Quarter Cask it is well worth a try, I find it has a bit more depth and complexity than the 10.

4 years ago 0

jack09 commented

My bottle of Laphroaig 10 has been open 6 months, and after the first month, I noticed that the peat dies down. Now the peat is about 1/5th what it was. It's better to finish this off within the first 2 months. Thing is, you don't feel like having a peaty scotch every day.

4 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

I have not tried the 10, but my experience with the QC is that while the initial peat blast may attenuate over time, the flavour almost deepens and the whisky remains remarkably good to the last dram...

4 years ago 0

Jordan740 commented

Thanks Pete! Yes, I'd love to try the quarter cask, and especially the cask strength. I can only imagine Laphroaig with enhanced boldness.

4 years ago 0

jack09 commented

The qc is 48% abv, which helps maintain the flavors and richness over time. The laphroaig 10 that I have is 40% abv. Thw qc is on my wish list.

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